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Oregon Cannabis Legalization Law Takes Effect, Sales Could Began by the Fall

By Paul Armentano PORTLAND, OR — Legislation took effect at midnight Wednesday permitting adults to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use. Fifty-six percent of state voters approved Measure 91 in November, which allows those over the age of 21 to legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis and/or to engage in the non-commercial …

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600 Christian Churches Call for an End to the Drug War

By Darby Beck, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition MANCHESTER, NH – Last Saturday, the New England Conference of United Methodist Churches, a group representing 600 congregations in six Northeastern states, voted in favor of Resolution 15-203, which uses Christian principles to call for an end to the War on Drugs. The resolution begins:

Delaware Legislature Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession; Governor Expected to Sign Bill Into Law

By Robert Capecchi, Marijuana Policy Project DOVER — The Delaware Senate approved a bill 12-9 on Thursday that would remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for adult possession of a small amount of marijuana. The measure, which was approved in the House earlier this month, will now be sent to Gov. Jack Markell (D), …

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Where Do Presidential Candidates Stand on Marijuana?

By Tom Angell, Marijuana.com The 2016 presidential field is taking shape, and many of the candidates are weighing in on the debate about marijuana. Here’s a roundup of what the declared candidates have said about cannabis policy, as well as what they’ve admitted about their own marijuana consumption. This post will be updated as new candidates officially enter the …

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New York Legislature Passes Medical Cannabis Emergency Access Bill

By Drug Policy Alliance ALBANY, NY — Monday night, in an unusual show of bipartisan support, the New York Senate voted 50 to 12 in favor of a bill, sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo, that directs the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as …

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Study: Cannabis May Fight Intestinal Worms

By Eric Sorensen, Washington State University Science Writer VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found that the more hunter-gatherers smoke cannabis, the less they are infected by intestinal worms. The link suggests that they may unconsciously be, in effect, smoking medical marijuana. Ed Hagen, a WSU Vancouver anthropologist, explored cannabis use among Aka …

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U.S. House Votes to Cut DEA Budget by Millions, End Bulk Data Collection Program

By Drug Policy Alliance WASHINGTON, DC — Legislators voted by a simple voice vote Tuesday night to end the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection programs, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives’ consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. The House also passed three amendments that cut $23 million from …

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U.S. House to Vote on Several Amendments to Roll Back Federal War on Cannabis

By Marijuana Policy Project WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Tuesday evening or Wednesday on several spending limitations intended to roll back the federal government’s war on marijuana. Several marijuana-related amendments will be offered to the FY 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill, and at least …

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New DEA Chief to Focus Less on Cannabis, May Improve Methods to Reclassify and Declassify Cannabis

By Marijuana Business Daily The incoming head of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly will focus less on marijuana and instead put more resources toward harder drugs such as heroin, which could relieve some pressure on cannabis businesses in states without strong regulations on the industry. Chuck Rosenberg – who served as chief of staff to …

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President Obama Selects Chuck Rosenberg to Head DEA

By Drug Policy Alliance DEA Increasingly Scrutinized as States Legalize Marijuana and Public Opinion Turns Against Failed Drug War A senior F.B.I. official and former U.S. attorney, Chuck Rosenberg, has been selected by President Obama as acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Rosenberg has served as the chief of staff to the F.B.I. director, …

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Growing Cannabis Outdoors; A Detailed Guide

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com If you smoke heavily, you will only need the harvest from between five and seven large female marijuana plants for the entire year – assuming they were grown properly and are as healthy as possible, of course. When translated into choosing the best place for growing cannabis, this means that you …

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Hemp and Medical Cannabis Bills Advance in Missouri

By John Payne, Show-Me Cannabis On Monday, both HB 830, which would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Missouri, and SB 386, which would allow doctors to recommend CBD oil for disorders other than intractable epilepsy, were approved by legislative committees. The hemp bill was voted out of the Senate Agriculture, Food Production, and …

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Montana Legislature Votes to Require Conviction for Asset Forfeiture

By Scott Shackford, Reason.com Another state legislature has massively voted in favor of reforming their asset forfeiture laws to require criminal conviction. Today Montana’s House of Representatives joined the state’s Senate in passing some major updates to its asset forfeiture laws to make it harder to take the property of its citizens—particularly the innocent ones. …

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Cannabis Associated With Seizure Control In Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy, Finds Study

By Paul Armentano, NORML The administration of oral cannabis extracts is associated with the mitigation of seizures in adolescents with epilepsy, according to clinical data published this month in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Researchers from the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver performed a retrospective chart review of 75 children provided cannabis extracts. Authors reported …

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Confirmed: DEA Head Michele Leonhart Stepping Down

By Paul Armentano, NORML Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart is stepping down, US Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed. Members of the US House Oversight Committee gave Leonhart a vote of “no confidence” last week after an Office of the Inspector General report revealed that senior DEA officials had participated in sex parties arranged …

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