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Marijuana Industry News October 18, 2013


California Marijuana Legalization Ballot for November 2014 Filed…

Residents in California have waited for the state lawmakers to fix their vague marijuana laws for years.  Activists are trying to rectify the situation.  A ballot initiative to be possibly be voted on in November of 2014 that would legalize marijuana has been filed.  The proposed law is aimed at addressing many issues including raising new tax revenues, preventing sales to minors, to ensure growing safety, and to reduce the power of illegal dealers.  There has been a growing push for residents to come up with their own plan, as elected officials have been unable to properly create marijuana laws since 1996, 17 years after medical marijuana became legal in the state.


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Dali Lama Supports Medical Marijuana Use…

The Dali Lama is a symbol of peace for many people around the world but  we at do not recall many instances where he has commented on marijuana.  He is currently on a three week tour of Mexico where  the Tibetan spiritual leader was invited to a  forum created by former Mexican President Vicente Fox. The forum was a pro marijuana event, as legalization gains momentum in Mexico, due to the reaction of out of control cartel violence/power.  The Dali Lama doesn’t care much for the recreational use but does join a growing list of influential figures calling for reform, as he see’s the medicinal potential in marijuana.


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Washington State Approves Rules for Legal Marijuana…

There has been considerable excitement and curiosity over how exactly Washington and Colorado will oversee their legal marijuana’s industries.  Legal sales are expected to begin sometime in the middle if 2014.  The issue is complex with tax rates, security, and trying to keep marijuana from being taken out of state leading the concerns.  Production will be capped at 80 metric to a per year and 334 dispensaries will be permitted state wide.  The states liquor board has held public hearings for the past year and hopes they have agreed on the best procedures.  The state hopes to generate tens if millions in new tax revenue.

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Marijuana Industry News September 27, 2013


Poll: Majority of California Residents Support Legal Marijuana…

While many think that support for marijuana legalization in California is a foregone conclusion, that has not always been the case.  Residents have supported medical marijuana for years.  At times, residents against recreational legalization have seemed to outnumber those for it.  That trend is starting to change and recent polls show a majority of residents do support legal marijuana. With what happened last year in Colorado and Washington, and the DOJ’s recent admission that they will not prosecute those in accordance with state law, it may not be a surprise if the trend continues all over.  A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Institute of California, indicated that 52% of California residents would like to see marijuana legalized. Democrats favored legalization by a margin of 64-33 while Republicans favored keeping marijuana illegal by a margin of 53-45%.  The poll also found significantly more support for federal authorities to respect state laws,  68% of  likely voters said the federal government should not interfere with state marijuana laws.  California has encountered considerable financial and budgetary problems, perhaps making the idea of green lighting new tax revenues popular.

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NORML Makes Attempt at Getting Marijuana Ad to Air During Superbowl…

The NFL may not be able hide under its archaic marijuana policy for much longer.  Calls to reduce mandatory suspensions for marijuana violations
are coming from all over.  There is no mandatory suspension for Dui related arrests.  Marijuana  Policy Project recently put up a billboard outside of the Denver Broncos stadium that questioned the NFL’s pro alcohol and anti-marijuana policies.  The billboard received a great deal of press.  Now there may be a chance NORML takes the issue to even newer heights.  Intuit is running a contest where the organization that receives the most votes will have a Superbowl ad paid for.  NORML’s ad is currently the leader in votes.  It will be interesting to see if Intuit will award NORML or refuse to help the ad air.  Fox, the television host of the Superbowl may also elect not air the commercial.  Unfortunately for Intuit, they may find that you cannot send an open offer to the people if you are not prepared to discuss what is truly on their minds.

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High Profile Mexicans Urge Decriminalization In Newspaper Ad…

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox has been beating the marijuana legalization  drum for years.  The country is experiencing devastating cartel violence and the idea of legalizing marijuana to reduce cartel power is popular.  Earlier this week, a newspaper advertisement was printed with many highly successful Mexican residents including a Nobel prize scientist, businessmen, actors, and lawmakers coming together to call for marijuana decriminalization.  The ad had a caption that read :

“Mexico has paid a high cost for applying the punitive policy of prohibition.  We know well that neither decriminalization nor any other individual measure represents a panacea to end the violence, corruption and lawlessness in Mexico. But effective decriminalization of marijuana consumption by raising the dose permitted for personal use is a step in the right direction.”

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Marijuana Industry News August 9, 2013


Older Generations Trying Marijuana in Higher Numbers Than Younger…

Earlier this week reported on a recent Gallup survey that found the number of teens co summing marijuana has remained steady for years.  The conversation revolved the perceived notion that legal medical and recreational marijuana would lead to a spike in usage by the teen to 29 year old bracket.  In 1985,  56% of of those ages 18-29 had tried marijuana.  Now, according to the new Gallup data,  that number is just 36%.  Of from the ages of 30-49,  49% have tried cannabis.  As much or more of a surprise is that those from the 50-64 age bracket are smoking marijuana at much higher rates.  In 1985 only 9% of Americans from the age of 50-64 smoked marijuana.  Now that number has risen to 44%.  The makeup and attitudes of this age group is considerably different.  In 1985,  many people from this group were World War 2 and Korean War vets.  Today many from this age group were part of the Hippie Movement.  Additionally, critics of legal marijuana dismiss the chance that regulation works.  Any marijuana to them will result in waves of zombie like teens willing to anything for access with caregivers driving around in vans willing to distribute.  Perhaps medical cards has been a deterrent for teens.


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Chilean Psychologist Leads Push To Follow Uruguay’s Legal Marijuana Path…

Recently we learned that Uruguay has moved very close to legalizing marijuana.  The impact may be spreading thought Central and South America as there seems to be even more interest in Chilean marijuana activist, Dr. Milton Flores.  He is considered to be the most well known marijuana reform advocate in Chile. The psychologist has been a long time advocate of legalizing marijuana.  He is trying to end the criminalization of those who are non violent or require medical relief.  Dr.  Flores has been  He recently said “Cannabis is neither good nor bad.  Its use can be appropriate or inappropriate. It’s a tool that can have very significant effects.”  While Dr. Flores had been trying to bring awareness the issue for decades,  he has found much more support in recent years. There has been growing support for legalization in Chile as of late.  Mexico may also consider legalization soon as their former president, Vicente Fox had been quite vocal on the issue.  With Uruguay’s plans to move forward on marijuana legalization,  the idea seems to be generating momentum all over South and Central America.


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Arkansas Activists Revise and Resubmit Medical Marijuana Ballot…

The Deep South may represent the last stronghold of marijuana reform opposition.  When it comes to reform,  the west was first,  the northeast has been on fire,  and medical marijuana has even made its way to the Midwest.  However,  with Florida having an elderly population in need of medicine and already producing the highest quantities of illegal marijuana,  there clearly is demand in the sunshine state.  While reform in  Florida may be on the way,  it is Arkansas who may be the first to drastically alter marijuana laws.  The group Arkansans for Medical Cannabis are working hard to get the decision into the hands of the people. A previous ballot proposal was rejected by state Attorney General Dustin McDaniels lady month.  If approved this time,  which is certainly not guaranteed, those with Arkansans for Medical Cannabis would have the opportunity to collect enough signatures and put medical marijuana to a vote of the people in 2014.

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Medical Marijuana Industry News June 22, 2012


Uruguay Looks to Legalize Marijuana In Effort to Reduce Violence and Crime…

Efforts by Central American countries to convince the United States government to reconsider their rigid stance on marijuana has proved unsuccessful.  America’s demand for marijuana has lead to a rise in cartel power and violence all over Central America.  Both President Obama and Vice President Biden have been hammered by criticism from leaders in the region on recent trips.  Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico has been very vocal regarding how United States drug laws are having a devastating impact on Central America.  Leaders in Uruguay are taking the initiative and will not wait for United States to take action at a glacial pace.  Uruguay’s Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro said this week that prohibition was causing “more problems than the drugs themselves.” Analysts believe this is only a start and that many nations will follow Uruguay’s lead.


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New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana…

Recently New Hampshire lawmakers approved a measure that would permit medical marijuana.  There has been momentum for such a program for several years as a similar measure was passed in 2009 only to be vetoed by Governor Lynch.  He has done so again with the new 2012 bill however advocates and lawmakers are hoping they can gather enough votes to override the Governor’s veto.  The bill passed by a wide margin in both New Hampshire’s House and Senate though it is still unclear if enough legislators would support overriding the governor’s veto.


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Two House Representatives Refuse to Let DEA Official Avoid Answering Marijuana Questions

Jared Polis (D-CO) is one of the nation’s most recognized marijuana supporters in Congress.  Along with Barney Frank and Ron Paul (R-TX) Mr. Polis has certainly fought hard for marijuana patients.  This week he grilled Michele Leonhart of the Drug Enforcement Administration during a Congressional hearing.  As Ms. Leonhart was asked questions regarding marijuana, she seemed unwilling to elaborate as to why the federal government has marijuana classified as a schedule 1 drug.  Steve Cohen (D-TN) also demanded straight forward answers from Leonhart  Below you can find an excerpt of the exchange between Polis and Leonhardt:

POLIS: Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?

LEONHART: I believe all the illegal drug  are bad.

POLIS: Is methamphetamine worse for somebody’s health than marijuana?

LEONHART: I don’t think any illegal drug is good.

POLIS: Is heroin worse for someone’s health than marijuana?

LEONHART: Again, all the drugs –

POLIS: I mean, either yes, no, or I don’t know. I mean, if you don’t know, you can look this up you should know this as the chief administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency. I’m asking you a very straightforward question. Is heroin worse for someone’s health than marijuana?

LEONHART: All the illegal drugs are bad.

POLIS: Does this mean you don’t know?

LEONHART: Heroin causes an addiction that causes many problems that’s very hard to kick.

POLIS: Does that mean that the health impact is worse than marijuana, is that what you’re telling me?

LEONHART: I think that you are asking a subjective question. Will Be Attending the High Times Cannabis Cup In San Francisco this weekend…

There is no rest for the weary as will be taking the excitement from San Jose’s Hempcon with us to San Francisco and the 2012 High Times Medical Marijuana Cannabis Cup.  If you are in the Bay Area come check us out on Saturday, Sunday, or both days.  We will continue with our popular raffles and we encourage patients to learn more about which medication is right for them with a free one on one session with our strain master .  We’ll also be showing off our comprehensive strain library and be providing education on the newest marijuana reform developments.

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Outside of U.S. Comfort Zone President Obama Forced to Discuss Failed War on Drugs

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Over the weekend President Obama attended the 6th Summit of the Americas in Columbia.   Most of the media focus will be on the secret service prostitute scandal and Cuba’s exclusion from the event.  However, medical marijuana patients were treated to at least a glimmer of hope from the weekend summit.

President Obama has sidestepped discussions on marijuana several times over the past several months.  In two separate online votes, the White House has encouraged participants to submit topics  they wanted the president to discuss.  Marijuana reform dominated the votes, but was sidestepped by the White House.  This comes at a time where patients are genuinely concerned about the administration’s handling of medical marijuana and feel that President Obama is not keeping his promise to uphold state law.

Unfortunately for the president, he was unable to maneuver out of a drug policy discussion at the Summit of the Americas.  Momentum for marijuana legalization seems to be growing significantly.  Many Latin American countries have voiced their opposition to the American War on Drugs recently.  Vice President Joe Biden also was pressured on marijuana policy last month in his visit to Central America.  As the violence has escalated out of control in the region, especially in Mexico, many former and current world leaders including former Mexico president Vicente Fox, have called for a change of course.

At the summit, President Obama maintained his current position that legalization is not the answer to combat drug cartel violence.  Instead he feels we need smarter laws, better law enforcement structure and stronger economies.  These general statements may not sit well with U.S. patients and residents of Latin America although President Obama did indicate that he was willing to hold a debate on the issue.  He did acknowledge that the war on drugs has not been successful over the past 40 years.

While the United States Federal government seems reluctant to enact any changes to its approach on marijuana policy, other countries seem more than willing to do so.  The United States now trails many other countries in education, crime rates, and stem cell research.  Is America willing to take a backseat on yet another global issue?

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