Independence Party of Minnesota Adopts Marijuana Legalization Platform

The Independence Party of Minnesota adopted a party platform yesterday calling for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana, meaning that they not only support such a move, but will be working towards it.

Minnesota Independence Party Logo.

Minnesota Independence Party Logo.

The platform was adopted after a vote which took place at the party’s annual convention.

“Party members spoke to allowing for personal choice and individual responsibility throughout the convention,” said Kyle Lewis, Executive Director of the Independence Party. Continue reading

UFC Softens Marijuana Testing Policy

After months of outcry from fans for a change, and after the World Anti-Doping Agency recently changed its policy regarding marijuana, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has changed its testing policy to be substantially more lenient towards marijuana.Logo-the-ultimate-fighting-championship-250777_800_600

Under the new policy someone won’t have “failed” a drug test unless they have at least 150 nanograms per milliter (ng/ml) of THC in their system. Before the policy shift, the limit was 50 ng/ml. Continue reading

Pharmacists, Psychologists, Nurses and Physicians All Support Medical Marijuana in New York

A bill to legalize medical marijuana continues to gain momentum in New York as the state’s legislature pushes the measure forward, and as organizational support is on the rise. Medical-marijuana1

The measure, which would establish state-licensed dispensaries to distribute marijuana to qualified patients, has already been approved by two committees and now awaits a full Assembly vote: If it’s approved, as is anticipated, it will head to the Senate. According to the bill’s prime sponsor, the majority of the Senate is in favor.  New York’s governor isn’t in support of the proposal, but has stated he has an “open mind”, indicating he may let it become law if given the opportunity.

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76% of Physicians Worldwide Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

According to a survey published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, 76% of physicians approve of the use of medical marijuana, despite its illegality in most countriesmedical-marijuana-symbol, indicating that they’re in support of legalizing the substance for medical purposes. The study included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries including from every state in the U.S..

“We were surprised by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes — even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries,” the survey’s authors wrote.

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New Research Finds Marijuana May Combat Brain Damage

New research published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimenmedical-marijuana-brain-300x225tal Brain Research has found that even miniscule amounts of marijuana may help fight brain damage.

Pharmacologist Josef Sarne of Tel Aviv University, the lead researcher of the study, found that tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may protect the brain after injuries from seizures, as well as toxic drug exposure and a lack of oxygen.

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Oregon Senate Approves PTSD as Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition, Heads to Governor

By a vote of 36 to 21, Oregon’s full Senate has approved Senate Bill 281 to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that qualifies someone to become a medical marijuana patient.medical-marijuana-logo-hemp-beach-tv-hbtv The state’s House approved the measure recently with a 19 to 11 vote, meaning the measure will now head to the governor for final approval. If signed into law – as it’s expected to be – Oregon would join Delaware, Connecticut and New Mexico as states that allows PTSD as a qualifying condition for the medical use of marijuana.

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New Hemp Documentary Premiers in Hollywood During Hemp History Week

On Wednesday, June 5th in Hollywood, CA, organizers of Hemp History Week will be hosting a special premiere of “Bringing It Homebanner-sm, a documentary film about industrial HEMP, healthy houses, and a greener future for America,” a new hour-long documentary about industrial hemp that examines why the cultivation of a crop with so many widespread benefits is prohibited in the U.S.. The filming will be in celebration of the 4th annual Hemp History Week, a nationwide education campaign designed to inform on the benefits and uses of hemp while calling for an end to federal hemp prohibition. Continue reading

Colorado Governor Signs Measure Legalizing Hemp

Hemp cultivation is now officially legal in Colorado, and licensed production could begin as soon as the end of the summer. Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 13-241 yesterday18-hemp, a measure which fixes a provision in Amendment 64 which legalizes hemp only if the legislature and governor takes action to approve it, which they did with this measure.

Under the proposal, farmers will have the option of applying for a 10-acre plot of land in order to test various hemp strains, or they can request a license for a larger hemp farm which wouldn’t be limited by the number of plants. Continue reading

Activists Submitting Double the Signatures Required to Qualify Legalization for Vote in Portland, Maine

Local cannabis advocates celebrate today, as more than 3,000 signatures (more than double the amount needed) will be turned in to city officials in Portland, Maine, to qualify an initiative that would legalize personal possession of 2 1/2 chronounces for adults 21 and older.

Residents of Portland, the largest city in Maine, have been collecting signatures on petitions over the last few months, working to assure a spot for legalization on this November’s ballot. The Portland Green Party, the Marijuana Policy Project, the Libertarian Party of Maine and the ACLU of Maine have all been involved in the project. Continue reading

Nevada Senate Approves Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Nevada’s Senate approved Senate Bill 374 today, a measure to legalize state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.pot_t653 The vote signified overwhelming support for such a move with 17 voting in favor, and only 4 voting in opposition. The measure passed through two Senate committees unanimously in the weeks leading up to the vote.

In the State of Nevada, the possession and usage of medical marijuana is a constitutional right which was approved by voters in 2000. Despite this, safe access points still aren’t legal, leaving most patients to rely on the black market to obtain their medicine.

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