Monthly Archive: January 2013

New Bill Proposes Zero THC Standard For Commercial Drivers In Washington

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By John Novak A new bill was introduced by Washington State Representative Roger Goodman (Democrat – 45th District) and others. It includes controversial language that would restrict commercial drivers from having any amount of THC in the system, or risk losing their commercial license for at least one year. While this might sound like a …

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WA State’s Initiative 522, Forcing Companies To Label GMOs, Officially Qualifies For November’s Ballot

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Ending with over 300,000 valid signatures from Washington State residents, Initiative 522 has officially qualified for the general election ballot in November (unless legislators vote to pass it during the current legislative session). If passed, the measure would establish mandatory labeling of foods produced through genetic engineering. It would set up legal, monetary penalties for …

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New Poll: Majority Of Americans Want Feds To Lay Off Legal Cannabis

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According to a new poll administered by the respected Reason Foundation, 72% of Americans believe that the federal government should not arrest people who use cannabis in states that have voted to legalize it, such as Colorado and Washington. On top of this, 68% feel that the federal government should leave growers alone in these …

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Nation’s Largest Dispenary Releases Dr. Seuss Inspired Pro-Cannabis Video

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California’s Harborside Health Center, featured on Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars and boasted as the largest medical cannabis safe access point in the country, has release a Dr. Seuss inspired video, titled The Haag. The video, which was sent out in a press release, uses Dr. Seuss style animation and rhyming to summarize the current travesty …

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Arizona’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Set To Have Open House

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Arizona’s first medical cannabis dispensary, Arizona Organix, will host an open house for the public on February 2nd. A tour will be offered, and being a qualified patient isn’t necessary. The Glendale access point, opened just a couple months back, is hoping to teach the public about the benefits of medical cannabis, show how it’s …

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San Diego Mayor Quickly Turns Back On Medical Cannabis Community

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Barely over two weeks ago San Diego mayor Bob Filner made national headlines, and caught the praise of cannabis reform advocates across the nation, when he ordered an end to the attacks on safe access points within the city. It turns out, the first-term mayor was either blowing hot air out of his ass, or …

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Senator Wants Legal Cannabis In New Mexico

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New Mexico Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) wants the people of his state to be given the chance to vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis. The senator plans to construct a resolution that would be voted on within the state’s legislature, that would be sent to the 2014 general election ballot if …

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4,200 Plants Found In Utah, Man Faces Life In Prison

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As reported by the Salt Lake City Tribune, Roman Juarez-Sanchez of Compton, California, is facing life in prison for over 4,200 cannabis plants found on U.S. Forest land in Iron County, Utah. His sentencing is set for April 1st. Two other individuals have pleaded guilty to manufacturing/cultivating a controlled substance, and Juarez-Sanchez faces a mandatory minimum …

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Do You Use Cannabis? Hold Your Head Up!

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By Steve Elliott, Seattle Weekly columnist, and author of the Little Black Book of Marijuana “You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” ~ César Chavez If we, as cannabis activists, finish the job we’ve started, we could be the last generation that has to live under the onerous sway of old-style “Reefer …

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New Hampshire Bill to Legalize Cannabis Introduced

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In an exciting move, in a state with support for legalization above 50%, House Bill 492 has been introduced in the State of New Hampshire. The legislation, sponsored by a handful of bipartisan legislators, would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, as well as a limited number of home-grown plants – …

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LA Council Puts Medical Marijuana Legislation On May Ballot

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In an 8-4 vote, the Los Angeles City Council has put a measure further regulating medical marijuana dispensaries to a vote of the people – the vote will take place May 21st, 2013. The measure, which is an accumulation of much-discussion amongst the council, comes after a back-and-forth from the council that’s left people confused, …

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Why is Society Steering Me Back to My Murderer?

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By Jared Allaway, Washington State cannabis activist Waking up and thinking, “why do I have a catheter?” Man this is irritating. Aren’t humans silly? Here I am waking up after a night of flat lining and being brought back to life and I’m complaining about discomfort. I should be thankful that I can still experience …

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Canada’s Liberal Party Puts Forward Specific Plan For Legalization

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In a recently released report, Canada’s Liberal Party has put forth their reasoning for why the country should legalize cannabis, while also laying out important pointers in assuring that the system works: The legal status quo for the criminal regulation of marijuana continues to endanger Canadians by generating significant resources for gang-related violent criminal activity …

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Washington State Activists Seek To Finally Protect Patients From Arrest

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During the current legislative session Washington State legislators will be considering House Bill 1084, being referred to as the Ric Smith Memorial Act. The name is in honor of the recently deceased activist, who many saw as a hero within the cannabis reform movement. The core function of this legislation is bringing defined arrest protection for …

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Washington State Legislators Propose Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

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In a move more typically aligned with a state like Georgia, legislators in Washington State will be considering House Bill 1190, which would require recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) to pass drug testing in certain cases to continue receiving their benefits. The bill, unsurprisingly, is sponsored entirely by Republicans (Reps. Angel, Haler, …

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