Iraq War Veteran, Marijuana Legalization Activist Launches Independent Candidacy For New Jersey Congressional District 12

NEW JERSEY:  Iraq War veteran Don DeZarn launched his independent candidacy for U.S. Congress in the 12th District. Speaking on Friday to a gathering of New Jersey Veterans for Medical Marijuana, DeZarn announced his challenge of sitting U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12). DeZarn highlighted his core goals, which include establishing congressional term limitis and abolishing Read the full article…

At California Pot Convention, Business Is Strong – And Potent

CALIFORNIA: Working from a small booth on the fringes of a trade show packed with thousands of enthusiasts, Sean Donahoe says these are heady times to be in the marijuana business. “In a gold rush, you sell picks and shovels,” says Donahoe, deputy director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. The young organization is trying to Read the full article…

Hemp’s Future In Indiana Raises Doubts

INDIANA:  More than 50 years after America started eradicating it, hemp might be coming to a field near you. An Indiana Senate committee has given its approval, which has thrilled advocates of the new crop. What remains to be seen is whether Indiana farmers will be willing to plant the crop. Supporters make hemp, which Read the full article…

D.A.R.E. Curriculum Drops Pot

WASHINGTON:  The students who graduated Monday from Kennewick’s D.A.R.E. program will be the last to be taught the potential dangers of marijuana. Nearly 100 fifth graders at Sunset View Elementary accepted their diplomas after the ten week course, which discourages kids from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. But D.A.R.E. officer Mike Meyer says the national D.A.R.E. Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Zones Out Connecticut Officials

CONNECTICUT: Is medical marijuana production a non-agricultural activity? There is a difference of opinion between New Milford attorney Jeff Seinkewicz and the New Milford Zoning Commission. Sienkiewicz argued last week against the commission’s proposal to define production as a non-agricultural activity. The commission is in the process of developing definitions for medical marijuana production facilities, medical marijuana dispensaries and pharmaceutical grade marijuana. Read the full article…

Illinois Agencies Propose Rules for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

ILLINOIS:  Three state agencies have released proposed regulations for Illinois‘ pilot medical marijuana program. The departments of Revenue, Agriculture and Financial and Professional Regulation posted draft rules online Friday to address how dispensaries and cultivation centers will be regulated and taxed. Public comments will be taken until Feb. 27. The proposed rules include provisions for Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Plan Stalls In New Mexico

NEW MEXICO:  A proposal to allow New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana stalled Friday, putting the measure in doubt — for now. At a disjointed meeting, the Senate Rules Committee failed to debate the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for the possession and personal use of marijuana for those 21 Read the full article…

President Obama Signs Farm Bill With Amendment To Allow Industrial Hemp Research

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: President Obama has signed the Farm Bill which contains an amendment to legalize hemp production for research purposes. Originally introduced by Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the amendment allows State Agriculture Departments, colleges and universities to grow hemp, defined as the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, for academic or agricultural research Read the full article…

Washington Legislature Eyes Hemp Production Move

WASHINGTON: With recreational marijuana use now legal in Washington, state legislators are eyeing whether the state should also allow an industrial hemp industry. Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant but has much less THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that makes people high. The hemp plant has thousands of industrial uses and could provide a Read the full article…

Georgia Medical Marijuana Bill To Get First Hearing

GEORGIA:  Legislation that would allow limited use of medicine derived from marijuana will get its first public hearing on Monday. The House Health and Human Services Committee will hear testimony Monday on House Bill 885. Sponsored by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, the bill would create a complex system that would ultimately allow patients who suffer from certain Read the full article…