Senator Cory Booker still wants to legalize marijuana nationally by punishing prohibition states

Erik McLaren     17 November, 2017Above:  WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) (3rd L) speaks during a news conference on medical marijuana as U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (2nd L), U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (3rd R), Kate Hintz (2nd R) and Morgan Hintz (R), who suffers from a rare form of …

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Burying our heads in the weeds

By Aaron YarmuthWe have a weed crisis in this country.Weed needs to be legalized as soon as possible. Nationally, sure. But in Kentucky, a poor state with a pension crisis, there should be no hesitation in mining this (green) gold rush.For the first time, real data proves that the weed industry is an emerging economic …

"It’s the height of hypocrisy,"…

FDA Is Open To Medical Marijuana For Vets, But Other Agencies Stand In The WayMona Zhang , ContributorDr. Sue Sisley, a medical marijuana researcher, speaks at the Arizona Secretary of State's Office Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned cannabidiol producers against …

Researcher and Activist Bob Melamede Considers Marijuana a Miracle Drug

by Ken Picard November 08, 2017 Bob Melamede was pissed off, which seemed out of character for a laid-back guy who laughs a lot. Plus, he'd begun the day as he always does — by ingesting 80 to 100 milligrams of oil containing tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. That's enough THC to leave most …

Zero Cosponsors: Artificial Intelligence Gives Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 Just 1% Chance

Don Fitch | October 4, 2017The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, introduced by New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker, is exactly the criminal justice and health legislation this country so needs. Much like Bernie Sander’s bill in the last Congress, this act would not reschedule, but actually deschedule cannabis out of the Controlled Substance Act …

(KY) Representative To File Bill Allowing Counties To Decide On Marijuana Legalization

  (LEX 18) A press release from the campaign manager for Representative Dan Johnson of Bullitt County said that he is filing a bill for the 2018 General Assembly that if passed, would allow local jurisdictions to hold local option elections to decide whether to allow marijuana growth, possession, and distribution. "A lot of people want …

Msgt. Thomas Vance: (KY) Pot Legalization Opponents Looking Desperate

(From Msgt. Thomas Tony Vance via Facebook comes the following opinion)There was a Kentucky Assembly Joint Interim hearing of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee held on 12 October 2017. There was short notice of the hearing and the main topic was cannabis legalization as it relates to Public Protection. All of the …

“…the riskiest pot is coming from the black market—which could be an argument for expanding legalization”

Marijuana: Why Dangerously Potent Pot Is Making People Lose Their Minds and MemoriesBy Jessica Firger On 10/19/17 at 4:44 PM High-potency pot is causing psychiatric issues, including addiction and memory problems. New strains of the recreational drug have higher levels of the active chemical and not enough of another compound that keeps the drug safe. …

When it comes to legalizing pot… WWBD?

By Erica RuckerKentucky, your governor is a fool. The pension crisis — among the nation’s worst — is a defining issue in Kentucky. So… WWBD? What will Gov. Matt Bevin do? What has he done? Not much.One thing is certain: He will keep repeating the phrase “a sucker’s bet,” and do little else besides cut …

Long-Term Marijuana Use Changes Brain at the Cellular Level, Say Scientists

The team behind the study hopes that their findings can eventually be used to treat people with cannabis use disorder, defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 as a “problematic pattern of cannabis use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.”By Yasmin Tayagon October 16, 2017Filed Under Alcohol, Drugs, Neuroscience & SexIn …

Republican state Senator will propose recreational marijuana as way to create needed pension revenue

10/04/2017 03:11 PMby Nick Storm• @NStorm_politicsVIDEO THROUGH THIS LINK!With one of the worst funded pension systems in the entire nation in the commonwealth, Republican state Sen. Dan Seum says the need for new revenue could take the state higher, legally. Seum, R-Fairdale, suggests legalizing marijuana could add badly needed new revenues to the state coffers …

Congressman Heck Introduces Marijuana Banking Amendments

by NORML September 2, 2017Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) with Representatives Perlmutter (CO-07), Lee (CA-13), and Titus (NV-01) have submitted two amendments to the financial services division to be included in the House appropriations bill. Both of these amendments focus on banking services for legal marijuana-related businesses and would be a temporary fix until the current …

Uncertain legal status of financial transactions in marijuana industry lead to bitcoin, cryptocurrency development

By Steve BrachmannSeptember 2, 2017 On July 27th, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing of the full committee to markup several pieces of legislation, including S.1662, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2018. News reports indicate that, during that hearing, the Senate appropriations committee approved an amendment which …

Pot Was Flying Off the Shelves in Uruguay. Then U.S. Banks Weighed In.

Pot Was Flying Off the Shelves in Uruguay. Then U.S. Banks Weighed In.By ERNESTO LONDOÑOAUG. 25, 2017A line outside a pharmacy selling legal marijuana last month in Montevideo, Uruguay. Credit Matilde Campodonico/Associated Press The pharmacies selling pot were doing a brisk business.After Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana sales …

Why the Marijuana Justice Act legalizes marijuana the right way

By Jim Patterson, Opinion Contributor - 08/16/17 02:10 PM EDTEarlier this month, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act. To some, this bill may look like another liberal attempt to push for widespread legalization of marijuana across the country. But for those of us who work in this industry and understand the complexities …

Commentary: Support states’ rights on cannabis

As a Nevada citizen, a marijuana special use attorney, and advocate for veterans, I write today to discuss important issues related to states’ rights, federalism, and cannabis regulation.The Constitution of the United States codifies federalism, protecting the power of the states to speak, act and legislate in a constitutionally guaranteed and sovereign manner. As Supreme …

(KY) Legalize marijuana now, the people have spoken

By Erica RuckerIf Gov Matt Bevin really wants to avoid future state budget deficits and chip away at the pension disaster, instead of cutting services, he must work with state lawmakers from both parties to finally legalize cannabis.Kentuckians are ready to join the growing number of states where it is legal to some degree — …

Why Canadian marijuana companies are going public in 2017

Submitted by Marijuana News on Fri, 06/09/2017 - 08:45 The marijuana market in Canada is prepped for additional growth: several companies plan to go public in 2017 since the country's regulations are more favorable, giving investors more options in this growing sector.Companies are choosing to file their IPOs in Canada because of the more restrictive …

The Origin of the Word ‘Marijuana’

Anna WilcoxThe word “marijuana” plays a controversial role in cannabis culture. Many well-known organizations such as Oakland’s Harborside Heath Center have publicly denounced “the M word” in favor of our favorite plant’s Latinate name, cannabis. Even Salon Magazine, a major press outlet outside of the cannabis industry, published an article titled “Is the word ‘Marijuana’ …

Oakland-Based Startup Develops Marijuana ‘Breathalyzer’ to Sell to Police Departments

When the governor of Vermont vetoed a marijuana legalization bill this week, he said he was especially worried about stoned driving. He wants to hear more about an “impairment testing mechanism” to detect it.The problem is that no such mechanism exists. There is no Breathalyzer for pot.Urine and hair tests can detect whether a person …

Medical marijuana patient wins employment discrimination suit in Rhode Island

    By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2017 A Rhode Island fabrics company violated the state’s medical marijuana law when it refused to hire a card-carrying patient who couldn’t pass a drug test, a state Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. Christine Callaghan sued Darlington Fabrics Corp. for compensatory and …

“…We need support in dealing with transnational criminal organizations and dealing with human trafficking – not in going after grandma’s medicinal marijuana,”

Kamala Harris to Trump: Leave grandma’s marijuana alone By Sean Cockerham scockerham@mcclatchydc.com WASHINGTON Sen. Kamala Harris of California used the year’s first big 2020 presidential spotlight Tuesday to rail against Trump administration drug policies and call for easing laws governing marijuana. “Let me tell you what California needs, Jeff Sessions. We need support in dealing …

2017 Kentucky Marijuana Legalization Vote: Key Dates To Watch

Above:  Unfortunately the above picture was not taken in Kentucky!   Have you been trying to follow Kentucky marijuana legalization news online and find you cannot figure out if it is legalized or if the bill died in the Kentucky State Senate? Current Kentucky medical marijuana laws were introduced in late 2016 by Kentucky state …

What the Guys Who Coined ‘420’ Think About Their Place in Marijuana History

Submitted by Marijuana News on Thu, 04/20/2017 - 08:45 By now, you don't have to be a smoker to know that April 20 is considered by many to be a sort of national holiday for cannabis culture. Some have suggested that the date comes from "420" being a code among police officers for "marijuana-smoking in …

Secretive investment group sought Indiana marijuana business

Tony Cook , tony.cook@indystar.com 6:06 a.m. ET April 16, 2017 Some of Indiana's best-known former legislators and lobbyists joined a secret investment company that several investors say was formed to cash in if marijuana was ever legalized in Indiana. Some of Indiana’s most influential lobbyists and political operatives joined a secretive investment company that several …

H.R.2020 – To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana into schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act

115th Congress (2017-2018) | Get alerts Bill Sponsor:Rep. Gaetz, Matt [R-FL-1] (Introduced 04/06/2017) Committees:House - Energy and Commerce; Judiciary Latest Action:04/06/2017 Referred to House Judiciary  (All Actions) ext: H.R.2020 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Bill Information (Except Text) As of 04/08/2017 text has not been received for H.R.2020 - To provide for the rescheduling of marijuana …

South African Court OKs Marijuana for Home Use

JOHANNESBURG —  Last week's court ruling allowing home use of marijuana has sent South Africa buzzing about the possibility that cannabis will now be widely legal in the Rainbow Nation. To which pro-marijuana activist Julian Stobbs says: Chill. Friday’s ruling from the Western Cape province High Court does apply across the nation, but the decision …

Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act —

Marijuana Treated Like Alcohol? Legislation Filed In Senate and House by NORML March 30, 2017 Senator Ron Wyden and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis have introduced legislation in the House and Senate — The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act — to permit states to establish their own marijuana regulatory policies free from federal interference. …

Hash Bash 2017: The Great Cannabis Betrayal Continues

Bruce Cain·Friday, March 31, 2017 I would very much appreciate it if you would re-post and republish this article as widely as possible. Whether you live in the US, Canada -- or anywhere around the world -- your right to “grow and sell” your own Cannabis is under assault. I have been a small voice …

Why Cannabis and Not Marijuana

  January 31, 2017 GreenSleeves You may be wondering why even though the word Marijuana is a very ingrained in American culture, we tend to use the word Cannabis. Cannabis used as medicine is a significant part of American history. It was used mainly in the form of tinctures and very commonly prescribed for various …