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Three New Marijuana Reform Bills Being Introduced in Texas

By Alizeh Siddiqui, Marijuana Policy Project AUSTIN, TX — As part of the Marijuana Policy Project’s multi-year legislative campaign in Texas, the Washington, DC based organization is developing bill proposals to address marijuana decriminalization, as well as allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons and eventually regulating it similarly to alcohol for adults in …

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Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. to Vote on Cannabis Legalization in Just 10 Days

In just 10 days, on November 4th, the 2014 general election will be upon us, and Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. – along with a couple of cities – will be voting on the legalization of recreational cannabis, only two years after Washington and Colorado did the same. In Oregon, Measure 91 has consistently maintained …

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Report: Legalizing Cannabis Would Create A $35 Billion Industry In The U.S.

A new report released by GreenWave Advisers has detailed a calculated prediction about the future of the legal cannabis industry – and the numbers are huge. According to the report, if cannabis was legalized on a federal level in the United States by the year 2020, the recreational and medical market combined in all 50 …

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Netflix CEO and Founder Donates Over $245,000 to Defelonize Drug Possession in California

Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix, has donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars to Proposition 47, an initiative being voted on next month in California which would defelonize personal drug possession, in addition to other non-violent crimes such as petty theft. The contribution (which was $246,664.20 to be exact) is the second highest …

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Seattle Issues Hundreds of Cease and Desist Letters to Dispensaries Ordering Them to Shut Down

The City of Seattle has issued over 300 cease and desist letters to dispensaries throughout the city, ordering them to shut down by July 1st, 2015, unless they can obtain a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, despite no such license existing for medical cannabis facilities. On Thursday last week, the city sent …

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New Study Finds Cannabis Use Doesn’t Lower IQ in Children

A new study out of the University College of London has found that consuming cannabis has no impact on a child’s IQ. The study, which included 2,612 children, examined IQ scores at age 8, and again at 15. They found “no relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ at age 15,” even when other factors …

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New York Mayor de Blasio Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrest Crusade

By Drug Police Alliance NEW YORK: A new report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and the Drug Policy Alliance shows that, despite campaign promises, marijuana possession arrests under Mayor de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under Mayor Bloomberg. As under the Bloomberg …

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Colorado Department of Health Backs Down from Suggestion to Ban Cannabis Edibles

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has backed down from a proposal to ban most forms of edible cannabis such as brownies and cookies, with lozenges and tinctures being the exception. The proposal, which was made public on Monday before quickly being withdrawn, sparked outrage among the cannabis industry and among cannabis advocates; …

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Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on Whether Cannabis Should be Removed as a Schedule 1 Drug

By Paul Armentano, NORML Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute designating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM. Members of Congress initially …

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Vote on Medical Cannabis Given Go-Ahead in Guam After Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge

U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has dismissed a lawsuit challenging next month’s vote on the legalization of medical cannabis, officially giving the go-ahead for the vote to take place. According to Tydingco-Gatewood, the individual who brought forth the case – attorney Howard Trapp – has no legal standing. Trapp sued the …

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