Sustainability Is In the Eye of the Beholder

By Jeremy Moberg, Washington State wildlife biologist, President of the Okanogan Cannabis Association

The recent announcement from Marcus Charles is to open an industrial indoor cannabis operation in the economically depressed Raymond area of Washington. In fact Marcus is practicing a long standing form of environmental classism where industries focus polluting practices in impoverished economies.  Struggling ecbudviewonomies are often glad to accept any industry regardless of its effect on the environment, health and public safety.  Still, given his background developing “local” and “sustainable” restaurants in the Seattle area, I know he is motivated to do the right thing.  In this case sustainability can only be reached by transferring cannabis production to the sun, which the west side is famous for not having.  There are plenty of struggling economies with high solar input to choose from in the east side of the state.  We welcome Marcus’s investment in sustainability, but with a single joint being equal to driving 22 miles we think he has missed the target a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

Bipartisan Legalization Measure Filed in Maine

A legalization measure has been filed today in Maine which would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 6 plants. In addition, it would direct the MedicalMarijuana2-JCR-250x250state to license and regulate cannabis retail outlets which would sell cannabis to adults in the state.

The bill, which would also allow the state to begin regulating and licensing farmers to grow industrial hemp, has 35 cosponsors, which is more than any other legalization bill in the country.

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“Marijuana is Safer” Billboard Goes Up in Portland, Oregon

The Marijuana Policy Project has introduced a new billboard they’ve posted in Portland, Oregon, and will be holding a press conference tomorrow at 10:30am to make an official announcement. The billboard points out that marijuana is a safer substance than either beer or wine, linking 12486163-largeonlookers to the site MarijuanaIsSafer.org, which redirects to a factsheet on MPP’s website comparing alcohol with marijuana, pointing out facts such as marijuana has no overdose level.

The billboard will be just blocks away from the city’s annual beer and win festival, which takes place this weekend.

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U.S. Supreme Court Says Drug Dogs Can’t Sniff Outside of Homes Without A Warrant

In a tight, 5-4 decision, the U.S Supreme Court yesterday issued a ruling on the case Florida v. Jar111111dines, which sets precedent across the country indicating that it’s illegal for cops or any others to use drug dogs to search the perimeter of someone’s house in an attempt to find illegal drugs.

In order for a cop to do such a search, they must first obtain a warrant from a judge, the ruling declared.

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Legalizing Marijuana: An Infograph

By Adrienne Erin, a pro-legalization designer from Pennsylvania: You can follow Adrienne on Twitter under the handle @adrienneerin. Read the rest of this entry »

Kentucky House Passes Measure Legalizing Industrial Hemp

After weeks of back-and-forth, with the bill being considered dead, then alive, then dead, and back alive again, Kentucky’s House of Representatives has officially approved Senate Bill 50, to legalize industrial hemp in the 11014331-full-frame-detail-of-a-hemp-fieldstate. The vote showed overwhelming support for the measure, with the final tally being 88 to 4. Earlier this month the state’s Senate approved the measure 31 to 6.

Now, the measure moves to the desk of Governor Steve Beshear, who will decide whether or not to sign the bill into law.

This measure would open up a diverse and expansive new market for Kentuckians: According to recent congressional research, we import over $400,000,000 worth of hemp from other countries. The same congressional research states that the hemp market may consist of over 25,000 various products. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced

Today, New York State Senator Diane Savino introduced a bill, Senate Bill 4406, that would finally bring the marijuana25n-2-weblegalization of medical marijuana to New York state. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried introduced a companion companion measure, Assembly Bill 6357.

The measures, titled the Compassionate Care Act, would authorize doctors to give recommendations to qualified patients. Qualified patients, and/or their designated caregivers, would be allowed to legally posses up to 2.5 ounces, if the measure passes.

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Update on the Role of Cannabinoids in Breast Cancer

By TruthOnPot.com, exclusive to TheJointBlog

Evidence of a role for medical marijuana in treating cancer seems to be growing with every day that passes. Just this past month, an update (1) was published in the Oncology Nursing Forum (ONF) on the topic of medical marijuana and breast cancer. image (1)

Well, maybe not medical marijuana per say, but close enough. The update summarized the current state of breast cancer research so far and the potential for cannabinoids to be used as a medical treatment. Cannabinoids are the group of chemicals found in marijuana, such as THC and CBD.

While cancer research has yet to be conducted on actual marijuana, researchers have made great progress in this field by using THC instead. In fact, studies (2) show that THC has strong cancer-fighting effects and can prevent both tumor growth and cancer metastasis – the spreading of cancer to other parts of the body – when tested on animals. On the other hand, studies have yet to be done on humans, which makes it difficult for scientists to say for sure what the effects might be.

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University of Texas Seeking to Drastically Reform Their Cannabis Policies

Currently at the University of Texas, if a student is found possessing cannabis, even small amounts, it almost always leads to an arrest. This arrest will likely lead to a conviction, which will quite possiUt.gifbly lead to that student losing any loan or grant money they might receive.

Now, in the wake of cannabis reform taking place across the country, students and certain faculty at the college are working to reform this policy.

Tomorrow, March 26th, at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Building (SAC), a vote will be held by the Student Government to do just that, according to a local ABC affiliate. Those involved will be voting on an amendment to the university’s cannabis policies, which would direct campus security to no longer make arrests for marijuana possession, but to instead given students a simple citation – similar to how it’s done state-wide in areas like California and Massachusetts. Read the rest of this entry »

Legalize Marijuana Super PAC Launched

Two brothers from California have recently formed a new Super PAC (political action committee), with the intent of bringing cannabis law reform throughout the country. The PAC, titled the Legalize Marijuana hemp leafSuper-PAC, was filed a couple weeks ago with the Federal Election Commission.

We had the opportunity to speak with the President of this new effort, Mark Rogers, who let us know that their goal is “Full legalization at this point, though the idea seeded as a medical marijuana initiative.” He continues, “Basically were going to sponsor pro-legalization lawmakers, and we’ll be in the ear of lawmakers and legislators trying to clarify some of the existing laws”.

In addition to being a lobbying organization, the group has full plans to fund initiative efforts to legalize marijuana, “We are absolutely interested in funding everyone who has interest in our goal”, which he lets us know may very well including upcoming legalization efforts in Missouri and California. Read the rest of this entry »