Dan Seum files SB 80 –

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A powerful Kentucky senator believes marijuana can reap a harvest of cash for the state’s budget.Sen. Dan Seum is the highest ranking lawmaker to get behind the campaign to legalize marijuana. Seum, chairman of the Senate Majority GOP caucus, said it will help grow the state's bottom line.“We've been too late …

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Sen. Cory Booker was LIVE!

Cory Booker was live.I’m excited to join Representatives Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna right now for a live press call announcing the House introduction of the #MarijuanaJusticeAct—a bill that I introduced in the Senate late last year.The Marijuana Justice Act aims to end the federal prohibition on of marijuana in the United States by legalizing …

House Bill 166 filed for medical cannabis legalization

JOSHUA SAMMONS joshua.sammons@lee.netJan 11, 2018FRANKFORT -- A medical cannabis bill acquired support and has officially been submitted to the House of Representatives on Wednesday.State Rep. John Sims is the primary bill sponsor with State Rep. Alan Gentry as a cosponsor. Sims said that he stands behind the bill because of research and studies that show …

Wisconsin’s Governor wants to disqualify weed smokers from welfare

Steve Elliott30215 December, 2017ABOVE:  NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: A Harlem resident chooses free groceries at the Food Bank For New York City on December 11, 2013 in New York City. The food bank distributes dry, canned and fresh food to needy residents and works with community based member programs to provide some 400,000 …

For a very long time we have known all we need to know about marijuana, but we have strangely and stubbornly refused to act on that knowledge

Alain Miville de Chêne Entrepreneur, investor, student and lover of life. During the last 125 years, governments all over the world have repeatedly appointed commissions to analyze the use of marijuana and provide recommendations. All major inquiries, among them the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report (1894), the Laguardia Committee (1939), and the Le Dain Commission …

Wayward Bill attends the 2017 Cannabis Business Awards, Alexis Bortell wins “Most Influential” 2017!

The Cannabis Business Awards 2017 Presented by Chloe Villano and Clover LeafThere were many valuable and appreciated Activists who were represented at the Cannabis Business Awards in Denver, Colorado last night.The Cannabis Business Awards features industry power players including CEO and Founder Chloe Villano, an entrepreneur featured in People Magazine’s “Marijuana Millionaires.” As one of …

Kentucky is already a marijuana state; we just have chosen the least effective way to manage that fact…

GUEST OP-ED: Time to rethink Kentucky’s marijuana laws David Adams/Guest Op-EdKentucky is already a marijuana state; we just have chosen the least effective way to manage that fact, causing incalculable harm and missing practically all the benefits of embracing a natural advantage at our fingertips.As our nation quickly approaches three dozen states with at least …

Hemp is ‘the next big thing’ in pain management as growth and research expand in Ky.

By Beth Warren Louisville Courier JournalTo some it seems taboo. But a nationally renowned pain doctor says a four-letter word can ease aches and anxiety without the risk of addiction: H-E-M-P."It's gonna be the next big thing," said Dr. James Patrick Murphy, a former president of the Greater Louisville Medical Society who treats patients in …

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 …

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 …