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Indiana governor gives stores 60 days to pull CBD oil

Cannabist - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:15
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing state excise police to resume checking stores for CBD oils after the state’s attorney general declared them illegal with one limited exception.

Michigan: Attend The MMFLA Application Deadline Event

Weed News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:10
Join Michigan’s premier cannabis business conference series on December 3rd in Lansing at the Radisson Hotel. December 15 is rapidly approaching- that’s the start of the application...

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Incoming NJ Gov. Murphy names head of cannabis trade group as chief of staff

Cannabist - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 16:31
Phil Murphy has named Pete Cammarano, the head of New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association, as his chief of staff, another sign of support for legalization.

Double Your Impact on #GreenTuesday

NORML Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 16:22

#GivingTuesday is a day that unites us in generosity and celebration for all that we have accomplished. After the two most busiest shopping days of the year, #GivingTuesday gives us all a chance to give back. This year we’re going BIG, and the only way we can ensure that happens is with your help.

The holiday season is in full swing, and naturally we are forced to think about all we are thankful for. We at NORML could not be more grateful for YOU and all of your continuous, unconditional support as we work for our shared vision of a legalized nation.

During this joyous time of giving thanks, one of our generous supporters offered to match the first $5,000 in donations for #GivingTuesday.

Double your impact and make a donation to propel us to the finish line and end marijuana prohibition.

We’ve made so much progress over the last year, all thanks to you. But there is still so much to be done. We expect 2018 to be even more successful for the movement, and we need you to help continue our momentum by making a contribution in honor of #GivingTuesday. Now more than ever is when we need your support to ensure that we achieve a fair legalization and equitable marijuana market.

Donate today to have your contribution matched dollar for dollar!

Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. Join NORML’s global giving movement where millions of people have come together to support and champion our cause of ending marijuana prohibition. Become one of those people today, on #GivingTuesday.

Many thanks,
The NORML Team

P.S. Shopping on Amazon for holiday gifts or just day to day expenses? Through the Amazon-smile program, you can have a portion of your costs be donated to NORML and our reform efforts.  

How opioids started killing Americans at the corner pharmacy

Cannabist - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:57
It's been conventional wisdom for some time now that America's opioid epidemic began at the pharmacy. Now there are numbers to put any doubt to rest.

Lawyer banned from NY jails after trying to smuggle weed to client

Cannabist - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:11
Authorities say a Rochester lawyer has been banned from local jails after he was caught trying to smuggle drugs to an inmate.

Canada: House Members Overwhelmingly Pass Adult Use Regulation Bill

NORML Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:34

Members of the Canadian House of Commons voted 200 to 82 to approve legislation that seeks to legalize and regulate the adult use cannabis market. Liberal Party members, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, back the measure, which now faces debate in the Senate.

The Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, amends the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. It further seeks to establish rules and regulations governing the commercial production of retail cannabis products. Proponents of the legislation hope to have the new law in place by July 1, 2018.

Health Canada is presently seeking public feedback regarding the regulations. Written comments will be accepted through January 20, 2018.

Additional information regarding C-45 is available from NORML Canada. Updates regarding the text and status of the legislation is available from the Library of Parliament here.

US CA: Extreme Marijuana Use Linked To Vomiting Syndrome

MAP - Cannabis - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 08:00
The Fresno Bee, 28 Nov 2017 - For 17 years, Chalfonte LeNee Queen suffered periodic episodes of violent retching and abdominal pain that would knock her off her feet for days, sometimes leaving her writhing on the floor in pain. "I've screamed out for death," said Queen, 48, who lives in San Diego. "I've cried out for my mom who's been dead for 20 years, mentally not realizing she can't come to me."

CN ON: Column: Alberta Betting On Marijuana Boom

MAP - Cannabis - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Star, 28 Nov 2017 - So far it looks like Alberta will be the go-to province for marijuana entrepreneurs lining up to get in on the action when selling pot becomes legal next summer. Unlike Ontario and Quebec, Alberta has taken a free market approach. Recreational marijuana will be sold in privately owned retail stores and there could be a lot of them because at this point there is no limit on the number.

Canada: Marijuana Legalization Moves One Step Closer To Becoming A Reality

Weed News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 03:36
When Justin Trudeau was campaigning to become Canada’s Prime Minister, marijuana legalization was a big part of his platform. So when he won the 2015 election in Canada, hopes were at an...

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Does Cannabis Cure Cancer?

Weed News - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 02:02
Being diagnosed with cancer is a terrible, scary thing. I have never been diagnosed with cancer, but members of my family and some of my close friends have been diagnosed with cancer before, and...

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The Cannabist's ultimate 2017 gift guide compendium

Cannabist - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 00:36
Getting the perfect gift for somebody is a bit of an art, and weed gifts are trickier than most. Here's a handy collection of gift guides for cannabis consumers.

Poll: 62% of New York Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 00:19
According to new polling, a strong majority of registered voters in New York are in favor of legalizing cannabis for adults.

The poll, conducted by Emerson College and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance, found that only 28% of New York voters are opposed to cannabis legalization. With 10% unsure, even if all of them decided to start opposing legalization supporters would still have a 24% majority.

The poll also found that 60% of respondents support legalizing and taxing marijuana to help address New York’s budget deficit. Between 15% and 27% of voters supported each of the other options presented — increasing sales or income taxes, increasing tolls, or cutting public education or other services.

“It’s time New York stop wasting resources punishing otherwise law-abiding residents for using a substance that is safer than alcohol”, states the Marijuana Policy Project in a blog post published earlier today. “Let your lawmakers know voters want them to take marijuana off of the criminal market, so we can create good jobs, build the economy, and fund essential services.”

If you are a New York resident, you can  email your lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo by clicking here.

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Canada’s House of Commons Approves Bill to Legalize Cannabis

The Joint Blog - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 00:14
Legislation that would legalize cannabis for all adults in Canada has been approved by the nation’s House of Commons in a 200 to 82 vote.

Approval of Bill C-45 in the House of Commons sends it to the Canadian Senate for consideration. If approved by the Senate, it will be sent to the Governor General for Royal Assent (final approval). Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, a supporter of Bill C-45, calls the measure’s approval in the House an “important milestone” in the nation’s plans to reduce organized crime and keep cannabis away from children.

If the measure is passed by the Senate and signed into law, as expected, the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis would become legal for those 18 and older. The measure would establish a system of licensed brick-and-mortar cannabis retail outlets, while also allowing cannabis to be sold online.

According to a report released earlier this year by the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada is set to garner approximately $675 million ($500 million US) annually in tax revenue from legal marijuana sales.

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Illinois Cannabis Legalization Hearing Tomorrow

Weed News - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:54
I do not have high expectations for cannabis legalization occurring in Illinois in the near future given how restrictive Illinois’ medical cannabis program is and how hard it was to get in...

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Former Seattle cop pleads guilty to cross-country weed smuggling operation

Cannabist - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:43
A former Seattle police officer has pleaded guilty for his role in smuggling hundreds of pounds of marijuana to Baltimore.

New Mexico study finds legalizing MMJ reduces opioid use

Cannabist - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 18:38
University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients.

Setting The Record Straight

NORML Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 18:10

One of NORML’s primary missions is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults. One of the ways we successfully achieve this goal is by debunking marijuana myths and half-truths via the publication of timely op-eds in online and print media. Since the mainstream media seldom casts a critical eye toward many of the more over-the-top claims about cannabis, we take it upon ourselves to set the record straight.

The majority of NORML’s rebuttals are penned by Deputy Director Paul Armentano. In the past few weeks, he has published numerous op-eds highlighting the therapeutic effects of marijuana, the racial disparities in prohibitions’ enforcement, and the overall need for reform.

Below are links to a sampling of his recent columns:

“Cannabis has a record of safety, efficacy”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. November 23, 2017

“African Americans are disproportionately arrested for low-level marijuana violations — and the disparity is growing”
Alternet. November 21, 2017.

“Cannabis saves lives”
Santa Fe New Mexican. November 13, 2017

“Medical marijuana should be legal in Indiana”
Indianapolis Star. November 10, 2017

“How to heal our sick system for managing pain and fighting the opioid epidemic”
Los Angeles Times. November 3, 2017.

“American opinions have changed when it comes to marijuana, federal law should change too”
The Hill. October 28, 2017

For a broader sampling of NORML-centric columns and media hits, please visit NORML’s ‘In the Media’ archive here.

If you see the importance of NORML’s educational and media outreach efforts, please feel free to show your support by making a contribution here.

Kidnapped man about to be traded for 30 lbs of marijuana escapes car trunk at Mexican border

Cannabist - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:46
Handcuffed and duct-taped, a man bolted from the trunk of a car, the driver of which was planning to turn him over for 30 pounds of marijuana.

Michigan police face questions about using experimental saliva drug test at DUI stops

Cannabist - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:14
Michigan State Police officers are conducting saliva tests on suspected drug-impaired motorists, spurring questions about the tests' accuracy.
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