Bill to Prevent Removal of Financial Aid for Cannabis Misdemeanors Introduced in U.S. Congress

faidU.S. Representative Early Blumenauer (D-CO) has introduced House Resolution 3561, a proposal to prevent college students from losing federal financial aid funding simply because they’re convicted of a cannabis misdemeanor. The bill is named the Fair Access to Education Act of 2016.

“Nearly half of the population has smoked marijuana at some point in their lives, and now in four states and the District of Columbia, people can do so legally,” Representative Blumenauer said in a statement made on the House floor. “It is senseless that we would limit a student’s future for any drug offense for which they have served their sentence, and even more senseless that we would do so for an offense for a drug that a majority believes should be legal.”

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Ho-Chunk Nation Indian Tribe in Wisconsin Votes to End Ban on Cannabis Possession and Sales

hochunkThe Ho-Chunk Nation Indian tribe, located in Wisconsin, has voted to end their ban on the possession and distribution of recreational cannabis.

The tribe’s General Council has voted to end their ban on cannabis, with 63% of the council voting in favor.

According to tribal officials, cannabis sales and possession is not yet legal as they work out the specifics of where cannabis would be sold, but this is the first step in that direction.

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South Carolina Senate Panel Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

South Carolina FlagBy Associated Press

A Senate panel has advanced a bill legalizing marijuana in South Carolina for patients suffering from an array of ailments recognized by a doctor.

The bipartisan sponsors of the proposal sent to a full Senate committee Thursday wanted suggestions to make the bill better.

It would allow qualified patients and care-givers to possess limited amounts of marijuana and creates a seed-to-sale tracking system.

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One Week from Today, Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales Begin in Oregon

cannabudOne week from today, on October 1st, Oregon will become the 4th state to allow for the legal distribution of recreational cannabis.

Due to the signing of Senate Bill 460 by Governor Kate Riley in July, each of the state’s 300+ medical cannabis dispensaries will be authorized to sell cannabis to anyone 21 and older, even if they’re not a patient or a resident of Oregon.

You can find a list of each of every approved medical cannabis dispensary in Oregon on the state’s official website by clicking here.

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Seattle: IRS Agent Busted for Extorting Medical Cannabis Dispensary

irsbuildingA Seattle Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent has been charged with soliciting a bribe and accepting payment from a local medical cannabis dispensary owner, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorneys Office.

Paul Hurley, 42, was charged Monday in U.S. District Court after he allegedly asked for $20,000 cash from a dispensary owner in exchange for giving lenience in a tax audit. Hurley was the first to make contact with the dispensary owner, who didn’t seek leniency themselves.

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Michigan House Judiciary Committee Passes Bills to Legalize Medical Cannabis Edibles, Dispensaries

Michigan’s House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday advanced a three-bill reform package to legalize medical cannabis dispensaries, allow for the use and distributionmedcan of medical cannabis in edible forms, and establish a tax on cannabis sales.

“This is something I’ve been working on longer than my bachelor’s degree,” said Representative Mike Callton (R-Nashville), who sponsored the dispensary bill. “It’s been essentially over 4 years, and it’s been an education. Now it’s better than it’s ever been.”

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Cannabis Possession Doesn’t Justify Police Stop, Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules

gavelThe Massachusetts Supreme Court, in a 5 to 2 vote, has ruled that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of cannabis.

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve [the] objectives” of a 2008 law that decriminalized the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, Justice Margot Botsford wrote in the majority opinion.

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Advocates Launch Initiative Drive to End Cannabis Prohibition in Massachusetts

massState legislators and a former federal law enforcement official joined the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol at a news conference today in front of the Masschusetts State House to kick off the signature drive in support of a proposed ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition in Massachusetts.

Senator Will Brownsberger (D-Belmont), Representatives Jay Livingstone (D-Boston) and David Rogers (D-Cambridge), and Regina Hufnagel, a former federal corrections officer, were among the first to sign the petition.

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Study Shows 87 of 91 Former NFL Players Have Rare Brain Disease; Could Cannabis Help?

football2By Derek Rosenfeld, Drug Policy Alliance

The NFL is back and I’m very excited about the upcoming season. But there is something that I have become more aware of recently that I can’t help but think about while watching the game – the issue of concussions, their effects on the brain, and how medical marijuana can help play a role in treating the problem.

There is a growing body of evidence that shows football players at any level, especially ones who repeatedly use their head to hit another player, can eventually develop a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The leading researchers studying the brains of deceased football players just released new figures showing they have found evidence of CTE in 87 out of 91 brains of former NFL players. The disease can lead to conditions such as memory loss, depression and dementia. The powerful special produced by PBS’ Frontline, “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” first opened my eyes to the gravity of the issue.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council Passes Measure to Decriminalize Cannabis


Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Albuquerque, New Mexico City Council today passed a measure to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The proposal was approved with a 5 to 4 vote.

The ordinance would remove the possession of an ounce or less of cannabis from the city’s criminal code, effectively making it no longer a crime.

Cannabis paraphernalia would also be decriminalized.

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Study: Daily Cannabis Use For Chronic Pain Is Safe and Effective

kushBy Paul Armentano, NORML

Chronic pain patients who use herbal cannabis daily for one-year report reduced discomfort and increased quality of life compared to controls, and do not experience an increased risk of serious side effects, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain.

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal assessed the long-term health of 216 medicinal cannabis users with chronic non-cancer pain who consumed a daily standardized dose (12.5 percent THC) of herbal cannabis compared to 215 controls (chronic pain suffers who did not use cannabis). Subjects in study were approved by Health Canada to legally use medicinal cannabis and consumed, on average, 2.5 grams of herb per day, typically via inhalation or vaporization.

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Gridiron Cannabis Coalition Formed to Allow Football Players to Use Medical Cannabis

gccWith a growing call to allow professional footballs players to use medical cannabis, a new organization has formed to help push the conversation forward. The Gridiron Cannabis Coalition was formed in part by former NFL player Kyle Turley, who played as an offensive lineman for the New Orlean Saints, the St. Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs.

“The Gridiron Cannabis Coalition is dedicated to the advancement of medical marijuana in the modern age”, states the group’s about us section on their website. “Driven by research and development, the GCC mission is committed to the evolution of the natural healing elements of the cannabis plant.”

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Two Houses Made from Hemp Built in Bellingham, Washington

Pam Bosch in the process of building one of her hemp homes.

Pam Bosch in the process of building one of her hemp homes.

In an example of how diverse the plant can be, Pam Bosch, a resident of Bellingham, Washington, has built two small houses made almost entirely out of hemp.

Bosch, who has never built a house before, is using hemp herd, which she says is like straw but “stronger”, and is using lime mixed with hemp for plaster.

“Anybody can do this,” says Bosch. “Grandma can do it. Grandma’s doing it.”

“We need to be building this way,” Bosch told King 5, who used hemp imported from Europe. “We should have as many buildings as we can that are built out of a renewable resource that sequesters carbon, that is healthy and if it were legal would be very affordable. It’s an agricultural waste product we’re using.”

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Welcome to’s weekly podcast, airing every Sunday at 4PM PST!

Today’s episode features a breakdown of the top cannabis stories from the past week, a look at cannabis law reform in the presidential election, and an interview with Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for the organization United for Care, which is working to place a medical cannabis legalization initiative on next year’s ballot in Florida!

September 20th, 2015:


New Side-Effect of Washington’s Marijuana Law: Youth Possession Now a Felony

By Associated Press

A prosecutor in southeastern Washington has charged three teens with felonies for marijuana poteen felonyssession, saying a new law demands the higher level of offense.

The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho reports ( three teens ages 14, 15 and 17 have been charged in nearby Asotin County, Wash., with felonies that could net them up to five years in prison.

The offense was previously a misdemeanor with a maximum 90-day jail sentence.

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