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 …

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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 …

DEA Approves Synthetic Marijuana for Company That Spent $500K to Keep Weed Illegal

March 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm Written by Alex Thomas (ANTIMEDIA) Lobbying in the nation’s capitol is a billion dollar industry, but sometimes, companies dip their toes into state and local politics, as well. When giant corporations want to influence bills and national elections, they generally spread their money around, cozying up to a number …

The Best Recipe for Maximizing the Medical Effects of Marijuana

CBD-only preparations lack the synergies available when marijuana's other cannabinoids and its terpenes are kept in the game.   By Phillip Smith / AlterNet March 22, 2017 CBD (cannabidiol) is getting a lot of attention these days as the medicinal cannabinoid in marijuana. CBD-only products are all the rage in the ever-expanding medical marijuana market, …

(IL) Illinois lawmakers propose legalizing recreational marijuana

  Robert McCoppinContact ReporterChicago Tribune Lawmakers are proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois but say the legislation probably won't come up for a vote until next year. Sponsors on Wednesday introduced bills that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow and buy limited amounts of marijuana. The state would …

Top 6 Marijuana Bills to Follow

by Nanette Porter on March 11, 2017   Lawmakers have been busy introducing a variety of marijuana bills since the election. While there is no guarantee that any of these bills will actually become laws, a perusal of the bills introduced offers useful insight into how the decisions made regarding cannabis might affect our lives …

In Peru, mothers rouse support for legalizing medical marijuana

Ana Alvarez, a working mother of two in Lima, never imagined being on the frontlines of a fight for marijuana in conservative Peru. But a police raid on a makeshift cannabis lab that she and other women started to soothe the symptoms of their sick children has roused support for medical marijuana, prompting President Pedro …

WHO Takes First Steps To Reclassify Medical Cannabis Under International Law

by Scott Gacek on January 01, 2017   It could still be a long wait, but patients in the United States may not be dependent on the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana. The World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) recently met and initiated the first steps in a long process …

Burgeoning Marijuana Market Prompts Concerns about Crop’s Environmental Impact

By Melati Kaye on February 2, 2017 A visit to a marijuana farm in Willow Creek, the heart of northern California’s so-called Emerald Triangle feels like strolling through an orchard. At 16 feet high and eight feet around, its 99 plants are too overloaded with cannabis buds to stand on their own. Instead each plant …

Ignorance abounds in Kentucky concerning cannabis law

    The following story was printed on Kentucky.com and my response is included. By Thomas Vance The world is watching Colorado and is finding out that everything we have been told by our government about marijuana has not been factual, to put it nicely. Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2012 and recreational in 2014. …

Marijuana can be covered in pesticides, fungi, and mold — even if it’s legal

There is no known lethal dose of marijuana, which means it can't kill you. But the stuff that gets sprayed or grows organically on pot buds can. Studies show that marijuana sampled across the US carries unsafe levels of pesticides, mold, fungi, and bacteria. Earlier this year, Colorado recalled hundreds of batches that tested positive …

The MERP Model for Re-Legalizing Marijuana

(The following article was sent to me by Bruce Cain in about 2008 - I found it today while going through some old mail.  It deserves to be re-visited...SK)         The MERP Model for Re-Legalizing Marijuana This is a recent interview that I (Bruce Cain, Editor of http://www.newagecitizen.com) did with Krystal Cole …

This may be the ultimate indictment of the "moneyed" drug reform movement in this country and I urge you to distribute this article as widely as possible

(The following article is posted from a website that I happened to come across today while looking for information on the "MERRP Model" for RE-Legalization.  I decided to repost it because I think the opinion that is offered needs to be heard and RE-Legalization vs. Legal-Lies or "Legalize" has to be made known.  SK) (1) …