NFL Reportedly To Renegotiate Drug Policy, Reduce Marijuana Punishments

A source told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the renegotiation of the drug policy, which has been going on since 2011 and includes testing for HGH, also will significantly increase the threshold for a positive marijuana test and reduce the punishments for violations involving that drug.

Marijuana has been a hot topic in both college football and the NFL recently, and the NFL is reportedly set to address the issue by renegotiating the current drug policy. The new rules will reportedly reduce the punishments handed out for marijuana use, per Dan Graziano of ESPN.com: When and if the NFL’s new drug policy is finalized and Read the full article…

Stop The War On Drugs, Says Top Republican

Conservatives like Portman, troubled by the vast federal spending on jails and seeking a distinctly conservative approach to crime and poverty, have found allies in Democrats and civil libertarians who have long argued for a less punitive approach to illegal drugs.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Ohio Republican Rob Portman, a leading figure in his party who is sometimes mentioned as a candidate for president in 2016, will call for a reevaluation of the “war on drugs” and the massive prison population it has created in a speech set for Tuesday and shared exclusively with BuzzFeed. But Portman Read the full article…

Colorado Collects More Than $20 Million From Marijuana Sales

Statewide pot-supply shortages slowed the edibles’ arrival, but manufacturers also were stifled by emergency regulations from the state Liquor Control Board, which has taken a cautious approach to opening the marketplace.

COLORADO:  Colorado raked in nearly $22 million from marijuana taxes, licenses and fees in the first three months of recreational pot sales, according to state Department of Revenue data released Thursday. Sales of recreational marijuana were nearly $19 million in March, up nearly one-third from about $14 million in February, according to state figures. The state has Read the full article…

In NY GOP’s View On Pot Easing

"There's a stigma out there that we're the 'Party of No,'" Langworthy said Wednesday, adding that he's been speaking to Republican state senators and prodding them to support the bill.

NEW YORK: In another sign that momentum might be shifting on the issue of medical marijuana, a rising leader in the Western New York branch of the state Republican Party is calling for the passage of a bill that’s currently blocked in the GOP-controlled Senate. Approval of the measure, contends Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy, would help with the Read the full article…

Colorado House Backs Down, OKs Hemp-Farmers’ Access To Financial Co-Op System

Acquiescing to Senate insistence that hemp farmers be allowed to join the cooperatives, representatives voted 33-31 for House Bill 1398, sending it to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk for approval and, ultimately, a showdown with federal banking regulators.

COLORADO: Backing down from a five-hour fight over whether industrial hemp farmers should be able to access a new credit union-like arrangement for marijuana businesses, the state House narrowly passed a bill that would create the first cooperative of its kind. Acquiescing to Senate insistence that hemp farmers be allowed to join the cooperatives, representatives voted Read the full article…

‘Charlotte’s Web’ Cannabis Oil Showing Great Results For Girl

Jenna, 8, and her family moved to Colorado in January from Minnesota. She has epilepsy and had been on a waiting list for the cannabis oil known as Charlotte’s Web, which is now legal to use under Colorado’s new marijuana laws.

COLORADO: One of the dozens of families who moved to Colorado in order to treat their kids with a cannabis oil that helps combat seizures says they are seeing outstanding results. Jenna, 8, and her family moved to Colorado in January from Minnesota. She has epilepsy and had been on a waiting list for the cannabis Read the full article…

Legalize Now NY Hosts Legalization Talks And Live Music

Recently an energetic group of pot activists met at the Bell House in Brooklyn

By Rich Woznicki NEW YORK: Last night, advocacy group Legalize Now New York hosted talks from local politicians, advocates, and had a surprise visit from Redman at the Bell House in Brooklyn for the event.  In attendance were all the  likely suspects from the New York legalization movement, veterans like Troy Smit of Empire State NORML, NY Read the full article…

Going To Pot: Will Illinois Join Colorado And Washington?

llinois is not the first state to think about green-lighting marijuana.

ILLINOIS: Chicago-area Democrats stirred the pot last week, arguing it’s high time for Illinois to legalize personal adult use of marijuana. Illinois is not the first state to think about green-lighting marijuana. In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington approved amendments that make it lawful for adults 21 years and older to possess up to one ounce Read the full article…

Unprecedented Pot Study Planned at SF General

Pending final clearances, SF General Hospital Chief of Hematology and Oncology Dr. Donald Abrams will use government dollars and government-supplied weed to see if cannabis reduces the pain and inflammation associated with sickle-cell disease. Such scientific studies are extremely rare, because of the ongoing federal war on marijuana.

CALIFORNIA:  An unprecedented human trial of vaporized cannabis is set to begin this summer at San Francisco General Hospital, Legalization Nation has learned. Pending final clearances, SF General Hospital Chief of Hematology and Oncology Dr. Donald Abrams will use government dollars and government-supplied weed to see if cannabis reduces the pain and inflammation associated with sickle-cell disease. Read the full article…

Illinois Marijuana Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs

Ralph Wilson, left, looks at a business card he was handed after he testified at a public hearing on proposed rules for Illinois’ new medical marijuana program Monday, May 5, 2014, in Chicago while would-be patient Steve Investors and patients grilled public officials Wednesday at a public meeting to ask state regulators about the process to apply to grow, dispense or use medical marijuana.

ILLINOIS: A public hearing on Illinois‘ new medical marijuana program morphed into an informal networking session Monday, with would-be growers, retailers and patients collecting business cards and sharing trade secrets. The hearing in Chicago drew about 200 people, with two dozen testifying about proposed rules for the state’s four-year pilot program. Pharmacists said they should Read the full article…