Study: Health of a Child Unaffected by Living in a Cannabis Grow Operation

A new study conducted by the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia has found that “there was no significant differen284409774_640ce between the health of the children living in cannabis grow operations and the comparison group of children”.

The study was initially published by the International Journal of Drug Policy. It’s also been published to the US National Library of Medicine.

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Vermont Seeks Reform: Legalization, 2 Decrim, and Medical Expansion Bills Filed

Vermont lawmakers and advocates are hard at work attempting to bring cannabis law reform in the state.

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Yesterday House Bill 499 was introduced, and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee, according to The Daily Chronic. If passed, the measure would allow for the legal possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, which would be sold through state-licensed retail outlets. As with Initiative 502 in Washington, the state’s Department of Liquor Control would oversee regulations.

The measure would also explicitly legalize hemp in the state.

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65% in Minnesota Support Legal Medical Marijuana, Legislation Forthcoming

According to polling released today, conducted by Public Policy Polling and the Marijuana Policy Project,  65% in the state support allowing individuals to use cannabis for medical purposes if recommended by 4c2a6fbe5d5faa1ede9d72b6ad5f6b4f their doctor. Only 27% opposed such a move. Continue reading

Kentucky Hemp Bill Comes Back to Life

Just yesterday we reported on the fact that Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo had effectively killed Kentucky’s hemp legalization bill by refusing to put it to a House vote, despite the Senate votinhempg the measure through with a strong majority, 31-6.  Stumbo attempted to hide behind the excuse that there’s “not enough time”, something that Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who pushed the bill, called “hypocritical” in an interview with Kentucky.com, noting that, essentially, he was wrong. Apparently, he was.

According to the Associated Press, House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins has proposed amendments to the measure, that Stumbo now says he sees as a “path forward”. Though the measure’s fate is still uncertain, this is certainly promising, and a quick reversal from a day full of national news regarding the bill’s death.

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Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi: Respect State Marijuana Laws – Tax and Regulate

In an intervinpmic4twitterew released yesterday on the Denver Post, Nancy Pelosi gave her first direct response regarding what she feels should happen to states that legalize, or have legalized recreational cannabis.

According to Pelosi, “I think that has to be respected”. She goes on to say something even more telling of her position, “I think tax and regulate.”

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“In order to do that, there has to be a level of respect for the fact, that if you are going to have recreational marijuana, someone is in business to do that and they have to have tax treatment in order for them to function as a business. How the state of Colorado interacts with the federal government on the taxation issues is something they have to work out, but I think they should.”

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Colorado Cannabis Committee Meets This Friday

As a way of helping to streamline the process of forming regulations now that Amendment 64 has passed in Colorado, lawmakers recently established a joint committee (meaning it contains members of both the House and Senate) to formulate legislation.

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The Denver Channel.

The committee will have the responsibility of taking the recommendations put forth by Colorado’s marijuana task force (established by the governor), as well as input from the public, and turning that into bills that will then be considered by the state’s legislature.

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Copenhagen Wants To Import Cannabis From Washington And Colorado

The City Council of Copenhagen, Denmark is considering a test-run of legalization – and has expressed interest in importing cannabis from the U.S. Proposing a 3 year trial, the Council claims that, “the legal sale of cannabis will result in decreased gang criminality, more prevention and a better life for average cannabis users”.

According tdenmark-copenhagen-flag-embroidered-patch-a346--4831-po the Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs Mikkel Warming, the city is “looking abroad for where we could import cannabis”. He continues, “We realise of course that there are a lot of international conventions and regulations to deal with, but we think it is possible.”

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Rodeo Clown Convicted of Conspiracy to Manufacture Marijuana, Faces Minimum of 20 Years in Prison

According to an ABC affiliate in Iowa, a professional rodeo clown, Rory Meeks, is heapa-mandatory-minimum-sentences-for-drug-trafficking-crimesded to prison after being convicted by jury of conspiracy to grow marijuana in Iowa.

Although Meeks was acquitted of a second charge, he was convicted on one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

According to the report, “Federal prosecutors said Meeks planted marijuana along corn and soybean fields in secluded spots in Jones County, tending the plants throughout the summer. They say the 55-year-old and others harvested and processed the plants in the fall, and sold the marijuana in fall and winter.”

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New Mexico House Passes Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

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New Mexico’s House voted today to approve a bill decriminalizing cannabis possession.

Today, New Mexico’s House of Representatives, by a vote of 37-33, approved a measure that decriminalizes up to 4 ounces of cannabis, changing it from an arrestable misdemeanor, to a simple civil infraction of no more than $100.

Penalties for possessing 4-8 ounces would also be lowered to include no possibility of jail time, though the charge would remain a misdemeanor. Under current law, possessing 4-8 ounces will net someone up to a year in prison.

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Wake Up Democratic Leaders, Your Constituency Isn’t Happy

Besides a few champion reformists on both sides of the aisle, neither the Democrats Sept_14_fs_dem_donkey_gop_elephant_Fox_Gfxor Republicans, especially on the national level, are known for being friendly to cannabis law reform. But with our nation’s Senate minority leader, a Republican, co-sponsoring legislation to end hemp prohibition, while the majority leader and president, both Democrats, remain mum, we obviously have a problem.

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