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Five New Cannabis Related Bills In The Works In Alabama

Ignoring the rapidly growing base of support in the state for reform, state lawmakers earlier this month rejected House Bill 2 out of committee, which would have legalized medical cannabis in Alabama. Despite this defeat, advocates are remaining optimistic, and are pushing forward. So much so, that five new cannabis related bills are in the …

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Misdemeanor Cannabis Possession No Longer Guarantees A Night In Jail, In New York City

During his final State of the City address this morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out a plan to help lower the immediate punishment for those found with small amounts of cannabis. Effective next month, those caught and arrested for cannabis possession misdemeanors will no longer spend a night in jail, but will …

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56% In New Hampshire Support Legalizing Cannabis Like Alcohol

According to new polling conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 56% of those in New Hampshire support legalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis, which would be sold and taxed through state-run liquor stores. Only 39% oppose this idea, with just 5% undecided. This comes at a time when state lawmakers are …

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Drug Czar: Federal Government Will Go After Legal Cannabis Distributors In Colorado And Washington

In one of the first direct responses to how the federal government will react to the opening of legal retail outlets in Colorado and Washington after the passage of Amendment 64 and Initiative 502, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske has made it clear that they’re planning to attack cannabis distributors, even if they’re following state law. …

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Federally Legal Hemp A Possibility In 2013

The possibility of legal hemp production in America has been gaining momentum over the past several months, and the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 – House Bill 525 – is seeking to make it a reality. Sponsored by Congressman Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, with 28 additional co-sponsors, HB 525 would amend our …

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Spokane, Washington Opens Its Arms To Legal Cannabis

In Colorado and Washington, cities across both states are banning or working towards banning cannabis retail outlets after the passage of Amendment 64 and Initiative 502, even before they’re able to be established. This makes it exciting when major cities, such as Spokane – the second largest city in Washington – decide to follow the …

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Senate Committee Votes Unanimously to Approve Legal Hemp in Kentucky

Today the Senate Committee on Agriculture in Kentucky voted unanimously on Senate Bill 50, which would legalize industrial hemp in Kentucky. U.S. Senator Rand Paul, wearing a t-shirt made of hemp, testified at the committee in favor of the bill, stating that if it passed, he’d work with the president on granting a federal waver …

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Q&A With Washington State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Sponsor Of House Bill 1661

Joe Fitzgibbon was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2010, winning with 57.3% of the vote in the 34th district. Since then, Joe has been a champion for progressive issues, including cannabis law reform. Recently he’s made news with the filing of House Bill 1661, which we announced last week. This bill …

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Man Wins Lottery, Pledges Half A Million To Cannabis Reform

Bob Erb of British Columbia won the lottery, earning himself a grand-total of $25 million. An activist at heart, Bob put this money right to use, by donating a large sum to a local homeless shelter, and pledging up to $500,000 to fight for an end to cannabis prohibition. Round of applause to Bob. “The …

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Arizona Lawmaker Attempting to Once Again Put Medical Cannabis To A Vote Of The People

Winning in a nail-bitingly close race, Arizona residents voted in 2010 with 50.1% of the vote to approve a medical cannabis bill that allows for the use and possession of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and directed the Arizona Department of Health Services to establishing and license medical dispensaries. Voters in Arizona also approved legislation regarding …

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