Event: The State of Marijuana 2014

The State of Marijuana is the premier professional marijuana event in Los Angeles that brings you exclusive conversations and insight on the current and future state of the marijuana industry. This event will cover elements ranging from research, to ‘ganjaprenuers’ and business, to digital media and entertainment. It will be held in Hollywood, CA on Saturday, July 26th from 1pm to 9pm and will feature key figures such as Justin Hartfield, Co-Founder of Weedmaps.com and Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University.

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Cannabis Now: How I Protect My Son, by Dale Sky Jones

Note: Dale's piece entitled "How I Protect My Son" was originally published in Cannabis Now magazine and online at cannabisnowmagazine.com. For photos and the full article, click here to view it at Cannabis Now.

We live in a world filled with many risks, especially for children. Like any good mother, I want to do everything possible to protect my son. Unfortunately, our modern world presents many more dangers than any mother would like to see, particularly in light of the complex web of the international drug industry. We all know the havoc wreaked upon entire generations by the tobacco and alcohol industries, but not nearly enough attention has been paid to the deadly distribution of prescription pharmaceuticals, which now kill a U.S. citizen every 19 minutes. Even aspirin can be deadly.

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52% of California Adults Favor Marijuana Legalization: Good News, But We Must Do Better

By Aaron Juchau and Randy Hencken

The latest Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll puts the number of adults in California who favor the legalization of marijuana at 52%, and suggests that six out of ten likely voters favor legalization.  This is a new record and great news to those of us working to legalize marijuana.  It means our efforts have been moving that fickle number in the right direction, and we should keep it up.  However, our movement has too much to lose from another loss at the ballot box to be comfortable with a shaky 2% margin. We should continue our efforts to bring more people onto our side with the goal of winning by a landslide in 2016.

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This Week's Winners and Losers in Marijuana Policy (Sept 14, 2013)

This week’s winners: Sheriff John Urquhart, the American people, and common sense.

The week’s losers: Kevin Sabet, prohibitionists, and their irrational arguments.

by Randy Hencken, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform

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California Democrat Party Passes Marijuana Resolutions


CAdemparty.jpegOver the past few decades, society has had a significant change in attitude toward cannabis. With this, we have seen shifts in our institutions, such as medical marijuana laws in 18 states, and outright legalization in two.  Riding this current, on Sunday, July 21, in Costa Mesa, California, the California Democratic Party passed two landmark resolutions on the issue of marijuana. These resolutions happened within weeks of the Conference of Mayors calling on the President to end federal interference with local marijuana laws.  While there are clearly still federal obstacles to legalization, the strong movements at the state level have continued to reflect these evolving social attitudes on marijuana. 

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Partnership at Drugfree.org finds parents are ready for ending marijuana prohibition

OPartnership.jpegn Tuesday July 16, the Partnership at Drugfree.org released the results of an online survey which found that 70% of the U.S. respondents support medical marijuana, 52% support decriminalization, and 42% favor outright legalization. While these figures come as no surprise to those who have been following national trends, the release of these results from the Partnership at Drugfree.org is unusual and worthy of notice.

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Alaskans On Pace For 2014 Ballot Initiative To Legalize

marijuana-alaska.jpgOn Friday, July 5, Alaska's Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell certified the application for a 2014 ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in the state of Alaska, and proponents of the initiative are well on their way to acquiring the signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot. 

For the supporters to succeed they are required to get 30,169 signatures from 30 of the state's 40 districts. They are off to a good start -- reporting this past Saturday they are collecting roughly 300 signatures a day. At this pace, there should be plenty of time to acquire all the signatures needed by the the start of the next legislative session on January 15th.

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Oakland Wins Ruling Halting U.S. Bid to Shut Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Magistrate_Judge_Maria-Elen.jpgAccording to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek:

"The city of Oakland, California won a ruling halting a U.S. effort to seize a building housing a medical marijuana dispensary while it appeals the dismissal of its own suit challenging a prosecutor’s bid to close the store.

"U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James said the government won’t be harmed if its bid to seize the building where Harborside Health Center operates is put on hold pending Oakland’s appeal.

"'This is a matter of significant public interest,' James said in a ruling today. Oakland’s lawsuit challenges 'federal action it believes is inappropriate and a threat to its citizens.'”

Read the rest of the story at Bloomberg Businessweek.

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WA: Liquor Board To Allow Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation

I-502.jpgThe Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) will allow the outdoor cultivation of cannabis according to the list of revisions to the draft rule set released on May 16th.

In the weeks since the original release, rule writers at the LCB have received input from the WA cannabis community in regards to fine-tuning the rules. One of the main concerns they heard about from citizens was the exclusion of outdoor cultivation from the law.

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LGBT Rights, AIDS Patients Rights, and Medical Marijuana

Gay Pride, LGTB and Medical Marijuana"The 1985 Gay Pride [event] was so depressing. Don't get me wrong, we were still out there and celebrating our community. But there were so many people who were at the '84 Pride that didn't survive to '85," recalled Robert while he walked his pitbull, Maybelle, through the Mission.

Rob has lived in San Francisco off and on for decades, running between San Francisco, Los Angeles and Michigan. "When I first came to San Francisco, I was a naïve, gay 19-year-old from Michigan. I soon found myself living with two older gay men who showed me the town, introduced me to people and gave me a place to live. They and their friends became like a family to me. Then they all started dying at the height of the AIDS crisis, just dropping left and right."

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