Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015
Marijuana Legalization Petition Gets Enough Signatures To Earn Debate In UK Parliament

In the United Kingdom, people can gather signatures for petitions and force a debate in Parliament for whatever topic the signatures were gathered for. One was started for cannabis legalization, and in just a handful of days, the 100,000 signature threshold was met. There is a deadline of January 2016 to gather the needed signatures, but as of this blog post, not only had the goal been achieved already, it was smashed with over 175k total signatures gathered and climbing. Below is the language of the petition: Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing

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Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015
Oregon Activist Homework: What Is The Status Of Marijuana Regulation In Your Area?

By Jennifer Alexander For the past few months, we have been closely following the Legislature to see what laws would be implemented for marijuana regulations.  Now that the 2015 Legislative Session has concluded, it might be feeling like the time to kick back and enjoy the newly legalized freedom to grow and consume marijuana without fear of arrest.  But don’t get too comfortable: the local governments are still working on their own regulatory frameworks and we need to stay vigilant and involved. Some cities have implemented regulations that would extend beyond reason, including banning the smell of marijuana.  So while

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Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015
Medical Marijuana Decisions Handed Down From Michigan Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court dropped two decisions recently that impact the medical marijuana community. Both Richard Lee HARTWICK and Robert TUTTLE were medical marijuana patients registered with the state of Michigan. Tuttle stood accused of selling marijuana to a patient with whom he was not connected through the state process. Hartwick was registered as a patient and was properly connected to five other individuals through the Michigan state database. He was in possession of 3.9 ounces of marijuana; he was certified to have 12.5 ounces on his person. Although those details seem very easy to understand, the Courts became embroiled in

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Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015
Marijuana Law Reform Beyond America's Borders

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director While America’s public support for domestic prohibition of marijuana appears increasingly waning, quantifying the types of marijuana law reforms internationally could constitute a full time job for the eager. This day’s news alone from overseas about cannabis law reforms strongly suggests that the contagion to end pot prohibition is hardly an America-only phenomena: Israel – The country’s deputy health minister announced today that medical cannabis will be made available for retail access via commercial pharmacies. Italy – Cannabis law reform group in Italy claims 250 out of 945 members of Italian Parliament support

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
See CannaGuard Security At The Cannabis Creative Conference This Week

Just about every marijuana based business needs some type of security. Businesses like dispensaries and warehouses need a lot of security. In Oregon, where entrepreneurs are scrambling to open storefronts and industrial gardens, there is a very large need for security. Not only is there a need for obvious security measures such as video cameras and sophisticated door locks, but there is also a huge need for cash transport and armed security guards. Unfortunately for most of the marijuana industry, banks will not open accounts for cannabis businesses. In the rare cases that they do open an account, once it

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
It's Official - Oregon Recreational Marijuana Sales Will Begin October 1st

Oregon approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. The possession, consumption, and cultivation provisions of the initiative became effective July 1st, although some counties suspended enforcement before that. The biggest remaining question since July 1st is ‘when will recreational marijuana sales begin in Oregon?’ Late last month the Oregon Legislature passed a bill that would allow limited recreational marijuana sales via existing medical marijuana dispensaries. That bill was signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown earlier today. Below is the summary of the bill: Allows medical marijuana dispensaries, beginning October 1, 2015, to sell limited marijuana retail product to persons at least 21

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
New York Senator Schumer Co-Sponsors Federal Medical Marijuana Legislation

Today, Senator Schumer (D-NY) added his name to the Senate’s sweeping medical marijuana bill. The CARERS Act, introduced in March by Sens Gillibrand (D-NY), Booker (D-NJ), and Paul (R-KY) would end federal prohibition of medical marijuana, and remove barriers for research, veterans, and banking. The move comes just days before New York State is expected to announce the names of five companies that will be allowed to produce medical marijuana in New York. New York’s medical marijuana is expected to become fully operational in January 2016. New York patients have expressed their gratitude for Senator Schumer’s support: “Chuck Schumer sided with

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
Attend The Women Grow Portland Chapter August Networking Event

Last month I attended my first ever Women Grow event. The event was held by the Portland, Oregon chapter of Women Grow, which is the fastest growing chapter for the organization in the entire country. The event was packed with entrepreneurs and the vibe at the event was nothing short of electric. I met people that own dispensaries, own edible companies, own branding companies, event planning companies, and several other types of businesses that are dedicated to cannabis. Never before had I attended an event in Oregon that provided such a fantastic networking opportunity. The next Portland Women Grow chapter

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
Sorting Through The Marijuana Mess In Ohio

By Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel If anyone would have suggested a year ago that Ohio might be on the verge of legalizing marijuana in 2015, I would have laughed at the idea. First, Ohio is a conservative Midwestern state that is seldom, if ever, on the cutting edge on social issues. And second, 2015 is an off-year election, with no statewide or federal elections, meaning the voter turn-out would be lower and the likely voters would be older and less supportive than would be the case if the proposal were on the ballot in 2016, a presidential election year

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Jul 282015
 July 28, 2015
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Protests Removal Of Judge Over Text About Marijuana

The Ann Arbor News recently published text messages between Washtenaw County Judge Christopher Easthope and attorney Nadir Nassif indicating that the two of them smoked pot together had inappropriate conversations about ongoing cases. A Detroit News columnist called for Easthope to be removed from the bench, sparking a sharp rebuke from Michigan’s top judge, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Robert Young, Jr. Easthope originally tendered his resignation, effective December 31, 2015, due to unspecified family reasons. The Ann Arbor News released the text messages between judge and lawyer, prompting Easthope to change his tune, admitting that the comments

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