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BREAKING: Attorney General Vote Delayed

NORML Blog - 15 hours 25 min ago

Today, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested a delay on the vote to advance Jeff Sessions to the full Senate for confirmation to become the next Attorney General.

The delay comes at the request of California Senator Diane Feinstein, who justified the delay for the American public to learn more about Senator Sessions’ background and cited Saturday’s Women’s March as justification.

While this in no way means that Sessions will not merely be advanced and approved next week, it does buy us time to make our voices heard in regards to his stance on marijuana policy. One more week of the federal government not arresting responsible consumers in states that have legalized recreational or medical marijuana. One more week for us to reach out to the Senate to apply more scrutiny to Sessions.

Email your Senators now to make sure that marijuana is front and center.

For weeks we have been calling upon NORML members to contact their Senators to oppose the Sessions if he would not clearly declare that he would not use federal resources to prosecute marijuana consumers.

To date Senator Sessions has made no such clarification.

Tens of thousands of people have participated by emailing their home state Senators – and we need to keep the pressure up.

Join us and thousands of other regular Americans who are voicing their anger about the continued prohibition of marijuana and engage in your democracy- email your Senators now.

Israel Government to Spend Millions Studying Cannabis

The Weed Blog - 20 hours 39 min ago

The Israel government has announced that they will be spending millions to study various aspects of cannabis. The studies will be done in collaboration between the Ministry of Health’s medical cannabis unit and the Ministry of Agriculture’s chief scientist unit. According to the Ministries of both agencies, they will be providing ILS 8 million (roughly [...]

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Smoking Necessities for Every Stoner

The Weed Blog - 20 hours 39 min ago

Whether your a recreational marijuana novice or veteran, you probably have a small stash of necessities for enjoying a good smoke. Those veterans out there already know the key materials to keep handy to enjoy a relaxing marijuana smoking sessions. But if you’re wonder what the most basic needs for connoisseur’s collection are, here’s a list [...]

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Washington Bill Would Alter Marijuana Penalties, Allow Sharing

The Weed Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00

Legislation to alter the penalties associated with possessing and transferring certain amounts of marijuana has been filed in Washington State. The measure, House Bill 1065, received a public hearing last week in the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming; a majority of those speaking spoke in favor of the measure. Filed by Representative Steve Kirby [...]

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Canadian Company, Cannabismo, Provides High-Quality Cannabis Products

The Weed Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00

The marijuana industry has become one of most booming industries in the United States. Opportunities for profit in the cannabusiness have only just started to be realized since the 2014 legalization of recreational cannabis in Colorado and Washington. Canadian marijuana enthusiasts are trying to keep up. More and more states in the U.S. have started [...]

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Cannabis Industry Mixer Hosted to Benefit Local Portland Nonprofit

The Weed Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00

This coming Wednesday, Januray 25, The Weed Blog will host an Oregon Cannabis Industry Mixer and Networking Event at the Lagunitas Community Room  to benefit Echo Theater Company in Porltand! The event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and will include a cash bar, finger foods, and messaging from many leading brands in the Oregon cannabis [...]

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Multiple Bills Filed for Medical Marijuana Legislation in Georgia

The Weed Blog - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 08:00

With only two weeks in session, lawmakers in Georgia have submitted three different bills on marijuana policy reform. State House Representative Allen Peake has proposed two of these measures, and the third was filled by Senators Watson and Unterman. Each proposed bill tackles medical marijuana from a different perspective. Here is a breakdown of these [...]

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CN AB: Charges Dropped Against Local Marijuana Dispensary Operators

Medical Marijuana - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 05:00
Edmonton Sun, 21 Jan 2017 - One of the operators of an Edmonton storefront cannabis dispensary says he has joined an industry legalization committee after charges laid in a police raid were dropped. Aaron Bott, his brother Colin Bott and his mother and stepfather, Janice and Bob Cyre, were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance when their non-profit "compassion club" was busted in July 2015.

CN BC: Column: Marijuana Linked To Health Issues, Study Finds

Medical Marijuana - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 05:00
Prince George Citizen, 21 Jan 2017 - Here we go again. Another week, another massive report by top doctors and scientists finding very limited medicinal value to marijuana. In an age when liberal politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based" public policy, I find it odd that they have such a blind spot when it comes to pot. A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - that reviewed the results of 10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana concluded that there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective" in treating only three conditions: chronic pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms (although there was "limited" evidence of "clinician-measured" spasticity relief).

CN AB: Charges Dropped Against Local Marijuana Dispensary Operators

Cannabis News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 05:00
Edmonton Sun, 21 Jan 2017 - One of the operators of an Edmonton storefront cannabis dispensary says he has joined an industry legalization committee after charges laid in a police raid were dropped. Aaron Bott, his brother Colin Bott and his mother and stepfather, Janice and Bob Cyre, were charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance when their non-profit "compassion club" was busted in July 2015.

CN BC: Smoking Linked To Higher Death Rate For Drug, Alcohol

Cannabis News - Sat, 01/21/2017 - 05:00
Prince George Citizen, 21 Jan 2017 - Tobacco-related illnesses account for a surprisingly large number of deaths among individuals diagnosed with alcohol- and drug-use disorders, according to a University of Northern British Columbia study. A team led by Russ Callaghan, an associate professor in UNBC's Northern Medical Program, looked at statewide linked hospital and death records in California over a 16-year period - from 1990 to 2005 - and found 40-to-50 per cent of deaths in the alcohol and drug groups were smoking-related.

The HIA Challenges the DEA’s Recent CBD Code

The Weed Blog - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00

The HIA has filed a petition for a review of the DEA’s recent internal changes which gave a specific code to CBD and CBD-derived products. Back in December we wrote about a statement issued by the DEA that said that under “Final Rule—Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract” that a specific code [...]

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Legalization’s Impact: Growing Revenue, Narrowing Margins

The Weed Blog - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:00

The legalization of cannabis throughout North America has created many opportunities for companies and investors, but the increase in supply has made the industry less profitable over time. While the cannabis industry is expected to soar to more than $20 billion in just five years, driving significant potential revenue, prices have fallen anywhere from 25% [...]

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CN ON: Pot Dispensaries Under Fire

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Hamilton Spectator, 20 Jan 2017 - Bylaw enforcement officers to target storefronts, memo says The city is abandoning its hands-off approach to illegal marijuana dispensaries and forming a team to search for possible bylaw violations by the proliferating pot sellers.

US MD: Maryland General Assembly Ethics Committee Hires Special

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan 2017 - Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat, speaks to reporters on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2016 session. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun) Special counsel hired for ethics investigation into Baltimore County Del. Morhaim's cannabis work.

CN BC: Are Langley And Canada Going To Pot?

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Langley Times, 20 Jan 2017 - With the release of a 106-page federal task force report, the possibility of legalizing marijuana inches closer to reality Legalizing marijuana in Canada - once passed off as a pipe dream - appears to be gaining traction.

US DC: Outside Lawyer To Review MD Lawmakers Marijuana Business

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Washington Post, 20 Jan 2017 - [photo] Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun) The Maryland General Assembly has hired outside counsel to aid its ethics investigation of a state lawmaker who championed medical marijuana while having a business relationship with a prospective dispensary, a spokesman for the Senate president confirmed Friday.

CN ON: Pot Dispensaries Under Fire

Cannabis News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Hamilton Spectator, 20 Jan 2017 - Bylaw enforcement officers to target storefronts, memo says The city is abandoning its hands-off approach to illegal marijuana dispensaries and forming a team to search for possible bylaw violations by the proliferating pot sellers.

CN NS: Saliva Needed For Roadside Drug Tests

Cannabis News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Metro, 20 Jan 2017 - Police forces in Canada testing out devices over February Next time you come across a police checkpoint in Halifax, you might be asked to help test a roadside drug-screening device. Halifax Regional Police (HRP) began a new Public Safety Canada pilot project a week and half ago, and have until the end of February to collect 100 saliva samples from anyone who'd like to anonymously volunteer for the testing in a regular traffic stop.

US MD: Maryland General Assembly Ethics Committee Hires Special

Cannabis News - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 05:00
Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan 2017 - Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat, speaks to reporters on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2016 session. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun) Special counsel hired for ethics investigation into Baltimore County Del. Morhaim's cannabis work.