California Senate Approves Measure Protecting Dispensaries from Prosecution

Legislation to protect owners and operators of nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries has been approved by the California Senate. Senate Bill 439 passed today with a 22 to 12 vote, with not a single Republican votimedical-marijuana2-630ng in favor, and now heads to the state’s House of Representatives. If approved, the measure would clear up some of the confusion associated with the state’s fluctuating medical cannabis industry, and would provide dispensary owners the clearest legal protection they’ve ever had in the state.

“We want to create more certainty where little or none exists now”, stated Senate President (Pro Tem) Darrell Steinberg after the vote. Continue reading

Over 80% in New York Support Medical Marijuana Legalization, According to New Poll

Legislation to legalize medical marijuana is continuing to advance in New York’s Legislature, having already passed the full House, and new polling NYCNORMLwill give extra momentum to the effort. New polling released today, conducted by the Siena Research Institute, found that 82% of New York voters support legalizing medical marijuana. The polling found that, surprisingly, support among Democrats and Republicans is equal, at 81%. Self-described independents support the move the most, with 89% being in favor.

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Illinois and New Hampshire to Become 20th and 21st Medical Marijuana States

The movement to reform our failed marijuana policies has been progressing tremendously, and victories are being accounted for all across the globe.medical-marijuana-symbol One of those victories includes the State of Illinois, whose House and Senate recently voted to approved legislation legalizing the possession and state-licensed sales of medicinal marijuana. All that is left before the measure becomes law is a signature from the governor. He stated today that he has an “open mind” on the issue, knowing that legislation is heading his way.

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82% in Pennsylvania Support Medical Cannabis

New polling has found that a drastic majority of Pennsylvania residents – 82% – support the legalization of medical cannabis. Only 14% oppose such a move, with only 4% being undecided. This new polling isMedical Marijuana sure to give weight to recent legislation filed in the state’s House which would legalize the possession and cultivation of cannabis for adults who have a qualifying medical condition. The measure would also legalize medical marijuana safe access points, without specifying any particular regulations.

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Legislation Announced to Legalize Marijuana in New York

Senator Liz Krueger has announced that she intends to file legislation in New York aimed at legalizing the recreational use, possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales of marijuana for adults. The measure cnewyorkomes as New York’s Legislature continues to push forward a measure to legalize medical marijuana – a proposal that’s already been approved by the state’s House, and is expected to pass the Senate.

“It is my intention as a New York State senator to soon introduce a law that would actually decriminalize, regulate and tax marijuana in New York,” stated Krueger earlier this week.

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Illinois Senate Passes Measure Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Heads to Governor for Final Approval

The Illinois Senate has voted, 35 to 21, to approve a measure to legalize medical mariIL-medical-marijuana-640x259juana. The proposal has already been approved by the state’s House of Representatives, and now heads to the governor for final approval. If signed into law, it would be legal in Illinois for qualified patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, which they would obtain through one of sixty state-licensed dispensaries. Governor Quinn hasn’t stated whether or not he’ll sign the measure, but stated recently that he’s “open minded” about the move. Continue reading

New Poll: Only 6% of Americans Support Jail Time for Marijuana Possession

Nearly 70% of Americans support decriminalizing the possession and use of marijuana, according to a new Reason-Rupe poll released this morning. The poll also found that an incredibly low percentmarijuana3age of Americans – literally just 6% – support putting someone in jail for consuming or possessing marijuana, indicating that 94% in the U.S. would like a fundamentally different approach to marijuana than what the U.S. government has put forth with their continuation of its prohibition.

During the research, which was conducted by Princeton Research Associates International, the question was asked: “Which approach do you think government and law enforcement should take toward someone found smoking marijuana or in possession of a small amount of marijuana?” As-mentioned, only 6% of respondents stated that the possession and consumption of marijuana should be punishable with jail – 20 percent said it should result in mandatory substance abuse counseling. Of the remainder, 67% believe that consumption and possession of cannabis should either carry with it no penalty at all, or a maximum of a ticket. New Poll: Only 6% in U.S. Support Jail-time for Marijuana Possession, 67% Support Decriminalization Continue reading

Patients And Doctors Go On Hunger Strike In Israel Over New Medical Marijuana Restrictions

The Israel Government has recently introduced new regulations on the medical marijuana program in the country, including limitations on what patients and conditions qualify for treatment. Now, doctors and patients are protesting the new restrictions. One of their methods; medical-marijuana-635x357 a hunger strike outside the home of Health Minister Yael German.

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New Research Indicates Hemp Processing May Have Taken Place Throughout Human Society

New research being published in the June issue of the journal Geology, and published online early, has found evidence of hemp retting from early society, indicating that humans produced hemp products likely throughout society’s existence.

An example of hemp retting is soaking stalks in water to separate the fiber from the wood tissue.

An example of hemp retting is soaking stalks in water to separate the fiber from the wood tissue.

The study’s abstract starts, “Hemp (Cannabis sp.) has been a fundamental plant for the development of human societies. Its fibers have long been used for textiles and rope making, which requires prior stem retting.” Retting is the process of employing moisture on plants in order to loosen the fiber from the wood tissue.

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Liquor Control Board Releases Draft Regulations for Recreational Marijuana Sales in Washington

After months of discussion, debate and public input, Washington State’s Liquor Control BoardLiquor-board-logo-with-marijuana-leaf-300x300 – the regulatory body overseeing recreational marijuana sales in Washington State – has released its initial draft regulations for the newly-legal industry. The board will hold a public hearing on the regulations in the coming weeks as they finalize these rules, with the aim of having the first marijuana retail outlet open early next year.

Here’s an overview of the draft regulations submitted this afternoon:

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