Marijuana Activists Rally In West Chester

Marijuana activists rallied in West Chester to advocate for cannabis reform, on the corner of High and Market street.

PENNSYLVANIA:  Marijuana activists rallied in West Chester to advocate for cannabis reform, on the corner of High and Market street. “What we’re here to do is talk about all aspects of cannabis reform in the state,” said Les Stark. Stark was one of the rally’s organizers, and the executive director of the Keystone Cannabis Coalition. Read the full article…

How Texas Became A New Front In Marijuana Legalization Fight

The fact that a sweeping legalization bill made it anywhere in Texas impressed many Capitol observers and marijuana advocates.

TEXAS:  Shortly before 10 p.m. on a Wednesday in April, Tammy Castro was describing the heartbreaking story of her son’s losing battle against drug abuse. The crowded Capitol conference room, packed with marijuana-rights activists, fell silent. Marijuana started her son on a downward spiral to his death, Castro said, holding back tears. “If you pass Read the full article…

Thousands To Begin 4/20 Pot Celebrations In Colorado

Thousands of tourists and marijuana activists are getting an early start celebrating the unofficial stoner holiday of 4/20.

COLORADO:  Thousands of tourists and marijuana activists are getting an early start celebrating the unofficial stoner holiday of 4/20. Concerts, rallies and festivals are planned through the weekend. Among the biggest is a public festival and concert in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. And just north of downtown this weekend is the High Times U.S. Read the full article…

Colorado Judge Will Not Strike Down ‘Self-Incriminating’ Marijuana Taxes

A new court filing says the federal government cannot passively allow a billion-dollar marijuana industry to flourish and then later deny its participants bankruptcy protection.

COLORADO:  A Colorado judge ruled Friday that consumers and sellers of recreational pot must continue to pay taxes, even if it puts them at risk of federal prosecution. A group of marijuana activists had filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that pot taxes violated consumers’ and businesses’ Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The activists’ attorney, Rob Corry, warned that those Read the full article…

Cannabis Mom: 8 Things You’re Getting Wrong About Parents Who Use Pot

Diane Fornbacher

COLORADO:  It is now legal to buy marijuana for recreational use both in Colorado, and as of this week, Washington State. Diane Fornbacher, a long-time cannabis activist and mom of two boys, 11 and 5, would like to clear up some common misconceptions about parenting and using pot.  1. No, I don’t deal weed out of my house. Read the full article…

Marijuana Industry Delegation’s Pitch On Legalized Pot: It’s Just Good Business

They met with staff members to ask for changes to the tax code, which prohibits the businesses from taking standard deductions for expenses. And they huddled in congressional offices to make the case for other changes that would encourage banks to work with legal cannabis businesses.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The delegation from the National Cannabis Industry Association made a point of dressing well for its day on Capitol Hill, sporting mostly dark suits, lots of ties and plenty of the group’s signature lapel pins, which feature a sun rising over vibrant fields of marijuana. Marijuana advocates have come to lobby Washington Read the full article…

Pro-Marijuana Groups Want Option To Toke In Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA: Emboldened by the legalization of marijuana in two states, including bordering Colorado, hundreds of marijuana advocates flooded the Oklahoma Capitol on Wednesday calling for fewer restrictions on pot smoking in Oklahoma. Two separate pro-marijuana groups — one advocating the medicinal use of marijuana and another pushing for full-scale legalization — held events at the Capitol that Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Supporters Hold Day Of Action In Florida

Volunteers collected petitions from residents who wish to see the debate on marijuana's usage reach the November ballot.

FLORIDA:  Hundreds of medical marijuana supporters gathered across the state Saturday for what they called a day of action. Volunteers collected petitions from residents who wish to see the debate on marijuana’s usage reach the November ballot. The group has until Feb. 1 to gather about 700,000 signatures from Floridians wishing to see the issue come Read the full article…

Massachusetts Activists Push To Fully Legalize Marijuana

NY MMJ political blinking game begins

MASSACHUSETTS: Pro-marijuana activists in Massachusetts have already succeeded in paving the way for dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries and decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug. Now many of those same activists have set their sights on the full legalization of marijuana for adults, effectively putting the drug on a par with alcohol and cigarettes. Read the full article…

2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference In Celebratory Mood Following Recent Cannabis Achievements

“We haven’t won. Not only because it’s only two states out of fifty, but because it’s only one issue out of many. Marijuana legalization ain’t enough.”

COLORADO: The dust has now settled on the Drug Policy Alliance’s International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver last month – attended by three Transform staff as well as a more than a 1,000 drug policy experts and activists from around the world. The conference is held every two years and chance had it that this year it Read the full article…