Poll: 60% of California Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

A new PPIC Statewide Survey has found that 60% of voters in California support the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, an initiative to legalize cannabis for adulteveryone 21 and older that advocates are currently attempting to place on this November’s presidential election ballot.

According to the poll, the initiative is supported by 69% of Democrats, 65% of independent/decline to state voters and 45% of Republicans.

“Prohibition is an abject and expensive failure”, says Jason Kinney, spokesperson for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. “It’s time for California to lead with a new approach that better protects our children, our local communities and the public health”.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Passed by Ohio Legislature, Sent to Governor Kasich

medcanptsdOhio’s full legislature has now given approval to legislation (House Bill 523) that would legalize the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of cannabis based medicines for medical use. The vote in the House of Representatives was 67 to 28, while the Senate passed the bill with an 18 to 15 vote.

The measure now goes to Governor John Kasich for consideration; Kasich has the option of signing it into law, vetoing it, or allowing it to become law without his signature. If it does become law, those who receive a recommendation from a physician would be able to use and possess cannabis medicines such as edibles and tinctures. Patients would also be able to vape cannabis, though smoking would unfortunately remain prohibited.

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215,000 Signatures Collected on Arizona Initiative to Legalize Cannabis, Likely to be on November Ballot

large_15749_madmanogbud_1333590824Activists in Arizona have collected over 215,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older, well more than the 150,000 needed to place the measure on the November presidential election ballot.

Although the number of signatures for the measure has far surpassed the 150,000 mark, the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is aiming to collect a total of 230,000, in order to fully account for invalid signature (any duplicate signature or any signature from someone not registered to vote in Arizona).

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Rhode Island Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Add PTSD as Medical Cannabis Condition

ptsdRhode Island’s full Senate has given unanimous approval to a bill that would add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. The measure now goes to the House of Representatives, where its passage will send it Governor Gina Raimondo for consideration.

Under current Rhode Island law, medical cannabis is legal for those with a variety of conditions such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, though it remains illegal for those with PTSD. This new bill would change that, allowing those with PTSD to legally purchase, possess and use cannabis for medical purposes if they receive a recommendation from a physician.

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Legislation to Defelonize Cannabis Possession Signed into Law in Tennessee

jointLegislation to remove the possibility of a felony conviction for the personal possession of up to half an ounce of cannabis has been signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Under current law, someone caught possessing up to a half ounce of cannabis for the third time can be charged with a felony punishable by up to six years in prison. House Bill 1478 changes the law so that third and subsequent cannabis possession offenses will be reduced to a misdemeanor, punishable by no more than one year in jail (the same penalty for someone’s first or second offense)

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Louisiana Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill

LouisianaStateSealRGBLargeLouisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill that brings the state one step closer to creating a workable medical marijuana law that establishes a program for the legal use and distribution of medical cannabis.

Senate Bill 271 replaces language in the current law that allows doctors to “prescribe” medical cannabis, which is illegal under federal law, with language that allows them to “recommend” it. Under SB 271, medical cannabis will be produced by a single cultivator and distributed to qualifying patients by up to 10 pharmacies.

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Seattle IRS Agent Behind Bars After Accepting a $20,000 Cannabis Bribe

By Allie Beckett, Marijuana.com

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(Photo: Master Video).

A couple of days ago it was announced that a former Seattle IRS agent, who took a $20,000 bribe from Seattle’s Have a Heart Cafe, was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.

According to the Seattle PI, Federal prosecutors described Hurley, 44, as a corrupt tax collector who took in $20,000 to cook the books for the marijuana business. However, his attorneys argued Hurley took the money as “gratuity” – a tip – for advice he provided the business owner.

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U.S. House Approves Measure Allowing Veterans Affair Doctors to Recommend Medical Cannabis

The United States House of Representatives today gave approval to an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that is intended to ease access twelveto medical cannabis for veterans suffering from a variety of medical conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a similar amendment to its version of the bill last month.

The amendment, introduced by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Joe Heck (R-NV), would prohibit the spending of funds on enforcement of a Veterans Health Administration directive that prohibits VA physicians from recommending medical cannabis to their patients, even in states that have made it legal.

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Oregon: Cannabis Legalization Has Created Over 2,100 New Jobs, More than Liquor Industry

weed-chopsticksDespite being passed into law just a year and a half ago, the legalization of cannabis in Oregon has already created over 2,100 jobs, with many more to come, according to the new Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report. The total number of jobs has already far surpassed the number of people employed in the beer, wine and liquor industry.

According to the report, legalization has created a total of 2,165 new jobs, with a total annual payroll of $46 million. The Oregon Cannabis Jobs Report is sponsored by the consulting firms New Economy Consulting and Whitney Economics.

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Cannabis Decrim Bill Passed by Illinois Legislature, Sent to Governor

White-Berry-Marijuana-BudRoughly a month after Illinois’ Senate gave approval to legislation (Senate Bill 2228) that would decriminalize cannabis possession, the state’s House of Representatives has passed the same bill, sending it to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. The vote in the Senate was 40 to 14, while the vote in the House was 64 to 50.

The proposal, introduced by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would remove the possibility of jail time and a criminal record for the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis; instead it would become a fine of no more than $200.

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Ohio Senate Committee Votes to Pass Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill

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Ohio’s Senate’s State and Local Government Committee has given approval to House Bill 523, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis medicines. The measure was recently passed by the full House of Representatives with a 71 to 26 vote.

Under the proposed law, the possession, use and retail distribution of cannabis and cannabis products legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician, although smoking cannabis would remain prohibited (vaporizing would be allowed, as would consumption through edibles, tinctures and other methods such as topicals).

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Connecticut: Legislation to Legalize Medical Cannabis for Children Signed into Law by Governor

medcanLegislation (House Bill 5450) to legalize the medical use of cannabis for those under 18 has been signed into law by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy after being approved 152 to 24 by the state’s legislature. The new law also protects nurses who administer medical cannabis to qualified patients in hospitals from any criminal, civil, or work-related disciplinary actions.

Under the proposed law, children with a wide variety of ailments would be allowed to use non-smokeable forms of cannabis (such as tinctures) for medical use, so long as the child has approval from their parent or guardian and receives a recommendation from a physician and a specialist (under current Connecticut law medical cannabis is already legal for those 18 and older). Qualifying conditions include but are not limited to cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and post traumatic stress disorder.

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Colorado Governor Who Called Cannabis Legalization ‘Reckless’ No Longer Opposes it

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (Photo: CPR.org)

In 2012, Colorado voters gave approval to Amendment 64, legalizing recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. Among the law’s most vocal and prominent opponents was the state’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, who called the decision by voters “reckless”. At the time, Hickenlooper said he would “wave a magic wand” to reverse the decision, if he could. Now, over three and a half years later, the governor has changed his tune.

During a recent discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, Hickenlooper said; “If I had that magic wand now, I don’t know if I would wave it… It’s beginning to look like it might work.”

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Getting The Correct Dosage For Marijuana Edibles

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.comedible

If you have ever eaten or baked marijuana edibles before, you are likely well aware of the difficulty that comes with figuring out your proper dose. Time and time again people either have too little marijuana (leading to no high at all) or far too much (resulting in an uncomfortable high), and they can’t seem to get it right even after some major trial and error. Luckily, this article will give you some of the most important tips for getting the right dose in your next batch of marijuana edibles.

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Canada to Allow Prescription Heroin

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

Health Canada announced Friday that it is proposing new regulations to allow access to prescription heroin under its Special Access Program (SAP). That program allows for emergency access tohealth drugs for serious or life-threatening conditions when conventional treatments have failed or are unsuitable.

“A significant body of scientific evidence supports the medical use of diacetylmorphine, also known as pharmaceutical-grade heroin, for the treatment of chronic, relapsing opioid dependence. Diacetylmorphine is permitted in a number of other jurisdictions, such as Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Switzerland, to support a small percentage of patients who have not responded to other treatment options, such as methadone and buprenorphine,” the statement said.

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