Ending Marijuana Prohibition | TheWeedBlog.com | Part 1

New York Gov. Cuomo Will Put Before Lawmakers A Bill To Legalize Small Amounts Of Marijuanaby Monterey Bud It looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo from N.Y. is finally waking up and smelling the sweet scent of common sense. Gov. Cuomo will put before the New York state lawmakers, first thing  Monday morning, a bill  to legalize the ownership of small amounts of marijuana. In an [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Detroit Will Vote To Legalize Marijuana In Augustby Phillip Smith The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way—finally—for Detroiters to vote on a marijuana legalization initiative. The high court Friday refused to hear an expedited appeal of a February appeals court ruling that Detroit election officials had acted improperly when they blocked the measure from getting on [Click Here To Continue Reading]

The Russ Belville Show Returns TodayTune In To The Russ Belville Show They say marijuana’s not addictive, but listening to The Russ Belville Show is!  My apologies to all the dedicated fans who have been going through withdrawals waiting for my return.  But I’m back, Monday, June 4 at 3pm Pacific right here at radicalruss.com, with the [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Anonymous Announces OpCannabis420, Phase 2By Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town The online activist organizations Anonymous and Team Vendetta have announced that Operation Cannabis 420 needs to evolve beyond marches, social networks, and campaigns. The team has told Toke of the Town it intends to concentrate on communications and outreach as a Phase 2 [Click Here To Continue Reading]

No Gray Area On Drug War For VP Candidate James GrayBy Ellen Komp Judge James Gray, in his first Bay Area appearance since winning the Vice Presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party, addressed a group of drug policy reformers at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California on May 24, 2012. Gray is a former California Superior Court Judge and Federal Prosecutor, [Click Here To Continue Reading]

California Bill To De-Felonization Drug Possession Diesby Phillip Smith A bill that would have decreased the penalties for simple drug possession from felonies to misdemeanors died Thursday in the California Senate.  The proposed measure, Senate Bill 1506, was defeated on a vote of 24-11. The bill was introduced by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), and would [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Study Finds Cannabis Use Lowers Mortality Risk In Patients With Psychotic DisordersThe use of cannabis is associated with lower mortality risk in patients with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, according to a forthcoming study to be published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. An international team of investigators from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Inje University in South [Click Here To Continue Reading]

The Russ Belville Show - Independent Voice of the Marijuana NationRadical Russ Returns On June 4th By Kaliko Castille I’m a political junkie. I live to listen to talk radio, watch cable news and follow political reporter’s tweets. I remember some weekend morning in the waning years of the Bush administration, I was getting ready for the day when I [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Ethan Nadelmann From The Drug Policy Alliance Speaks At The Oslo Freedom ForumEthan Nadelmann Explains The Impact Of The War On Drugs At The Oslo Freedom Forum Ethan Nadelmann explains the devastating impact of the War on Drugs on individual rights, arguing that there are innovative policy alternatives to the current norms that do not take such a toll on freedoms, democracy, [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Moves Forward In Rhode IslandIs Marijuana Decriminalization Coming To Rhode Island? By Anthony Johnson Decriminalizing cannabis can save law enforcement resources and hard-earned tax dollars as it is getting ever more expensive filling up jail cells.  Not to mention the fact that while law enforcement officers are taking time arresting, booking and jailing people [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Montana Supreme Court To Settle Medical Marijuana LawThe Court Will Determine the Constitutionality of Montana’s New Medical Marijuana Law After a month-long delay for procedural reasons, the Montana Supreme Court will finally hear oral arguments on Montana’s new prohibitionist medical mariuana law–the notorious SB423. A cannabis industry group, and the State are appealing a 2011 decision by [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Mainstream Media Is Missing A Giant Opportunity With Marijuana Advertising PoliciesIf Mainstream Media Allowed Marijuana Advertising They Wouldn’t Be Broke Many mainstream media outlets are struggling financially. For so many decades media outlets relied on advertising dollars that came with large readerships. As those readers started to get their information from free outlets on the internet, the advertising dollars for [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Help Elect Marijuana Friendly Candidate Beto O’Rourke To CongressHelp Elect Beto O’Rourke To Congress By Anthony Johnson It is easy to see why Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is an up-and-coming political talent in El Paso, Texas. politics.  Born in 1972, he has already founded a successful IT company and defeated an incumbent city official to become one of the youngest city [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marc Emery Calls Out Anti-Legalization Marijuana Activists On Washington’s I-502The Prince Of Pot Speaks Out About Washington Initiative’s Opposition By Marc Emery I have written thousands of words on the controversy surrounding Washington State’s I-502 legalization initiative.  I even get people in my comments sections who hate me because of my opinions on the issue.  Now, Marc Emery, the British [Click Here To Continue Reading]

President Obama’s Cannabis Use RevealedClinton Smoked It, Obama Smoked It, Why Can’t We? By Anthony Johnson Author David Maraniss’ biography of President Barack Obama,”Barack Obama: The Story,” will be published in June, but President Obama’s cannabis use in his younger days has already hit the web.  BuzzFeed has an extensive rundown of his past cannabis use.  The [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Push to Legalize Medical Marijuana in North Dakota BeginsNorth Dakotans to Begin Gathering Signatures for Medical Marijuana Initiative In Fargo, Democratic state Rep. Steve Zaiser is heading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota for anyone with a debilitating medical condition. Under the proposed law, patients may grow and use marijuana, and possess up to 2.5 [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Northern Wisconsin Chapter of NORML Announces 'El Kabong' VehicleHave You Seen ‘El Kabong’ Yet? 1979 El Camino SS aka el kabong. The mobileNORML vehicle for the Northern Wisconsin Chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). The chapter will use the vehicle at events, rallies, parades, street side campaigns, car shows and we are sure [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Tax Court Rules Dispensaries Can Deduct Expenses Despite 280E  Dispensaries May Deduct Some Expenses O.K., I admit the ruling is not new, but the tax court’s message is an important one as hundreds of dispensaries will open across the country this year—be very careful about accounting for expenses. Our tax code is a jungle rife with danger even for[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Barred From Evidence Because Of Illegal GPSBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town A federal judge has ruled that law enforcement illegally placed a GPS tracking device on a Kentucky man’s car, and has barred prosecutors from using 150 pounds of marijuana discovered in a subsequent search of the vehicle. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Join Sensible Colorado And Supporters To Rally In Support Of VeteransDo you care about Veterans and Social Justice? Of course you do! Join Sensible Colorado and supporters as we rally in support of veterans and file a petition to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of conditions which qualify for medical marijuana in Colorado. Nearly 20% of[Click Here To Continue Reading]

New Poll Shows 56% Favor Legalizing And Regulating MarijuanaA Majority Of Americans Polled Favor Legalizing And Regulating Marijuana A new poll was recently released by Rasmussen Reports showing that a large majority of polled Americans support marijuana legalization. Below is information from Rasmussen’s site: “A new national telephone survey of likely voters shows that 56% favor legalizing and [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Cameron Douglas Case Highlights The Failure Of Current Federal Drug PolicyHarsh Cameron Douglas Sentence Sparks Appeal, Support by Phillip Smith Cameron Douglas, the son of noted Hollywood actor Mike Douglas, had a well-known history of drug addiction when he was sentenced to five years in federal prison for heroin possession and drug distribution. Not offered drug treatment, Douglas relapsed while [Click Here To Continue Reading]

New Jersey Assembly Committee Unanimously Approves Marijuana Decriminalization BillNew Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee Unanimously Approves Marijuana Decriminalization The New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would replace criminal penalties with fines for people caught with less than 15 grams of marijuana. “Some acts harm society and they warrant the intervention of police, prosecutors and perhaps [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Hearing Held Today On Bill To Decriminalize Possession Of Marijuana In New JerseyToday, Monday, May 21st, the Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Assembly Bill 1465, which would make possession of one-half ounce, or 15 grams, of marijuana a summary offense similar to a parking ticket.  The hearing will convene in Committee Room 12 at 10am in the State House Annex. [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Changing Campus Drug Policies Doesn't Mean An End To Federal FundingSSDP Gets The Facts Directly From The Department Of Education By Devon Tackels Recently, we’ve noticed an alarming trend of lawmakers and university officials citing the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) as an obstacle impeding them from allowing sensible policy change on college campuses. They claim that by [Click Here To Continue Reading]

New York Supreme Court Justice Urges Lawmakers To Support Medical MarijuanaBy Monterey Bud The 420 community is gaining friends in “high” places. A current cancer patient and active Brooklyn New York Supreme Court Justice [Gustin Reichbach], has become the newest voice of common sense to be heard screaming from the abyss. Judge Reichbach thinks the only rational course of actions [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Campaign To End Marijuana Prohibition In Oregon Files Over 120,000 Signatures In Bid To Qualify For 2012 BallotCitizens For Sensible Law Enforcement Files Over 120,000 Signatures to Qualify for Early Turn-In Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement today will file enough signatures today to meet the early turn-in deadline and allow the Secretary of State to begin counting its signatures, according to Chief Petitioner Bob Wolfe. The campaign [Click Here To Continue Reading]

New French President Looks To Waste Resources On Expanding Marijuana Prohibitionby David Borden France’s new president, François Hollande, has vowed to continue France’s expensive addiction to repressive drug policies. Tom Blickman reports for the Transnational Institute: Hollande’s choice as Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls, is a declared opponent to any reform on cannabis. During the election campaign, Hollande already [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Major League Baseball Needs To Rethink Marijuana RulesHypocrisy in America’s Favorite Pastime? By Bob Humphreys On May 5, the Orioles’ 2006 first round draft pick, Billy Rowell, tested positive for marijuana and received a 50-game suspension. Following the suspension, Billy called Major League Baseball “hypocritical” for their treatment of him. While that may not be the most appropriate [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Ellen Rosenblum's Victory Ushers In A New Era In Marijuana PoliticsAll Political Parties Need To Be Aware That The Marijuana Community Is A Force Ellen Rosenblum’s victory yesterday in the Oregon Democratic Primary will go down in history as a major turning point in marijuana reform. Ellen Rosenblum ran on a pro-marijuana platform and won convincingly. Dwight Holton and the [Click Here To Continue Reading]

New York Police Continue Racially Motivated Marijuana Policy According To Latest Databy Scott Morgan The latest data on stop and frisks in New York City is nothing short of horrifying. Kristen Gwynne at AlterNet reports. For the NYPD’s stats to add up, they’d have to have stopped every young, black man living in the city once–and then some. Both marijuana arrests and[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Drug Czar Dodges Question About Marijuana And Alcohol RegulationsDrug Czar Being Disingenuous and Evasive. No Kidding. By Bob Humphreys At the Center for American Progress on May 1, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske answered a question from MPP’s Steve Fox regarding marijuana prohibition. Or did he? What Steve essentially asked is that if a great many Americans use both marijuana [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Arizona Accepts First Medical Marijuana Dispensary ApplicationsArizonans Will Finally Have Reliable Access To Medical Marijuana After 18 months of waiting, today is finally the day for Arizona medical marijuana. Despite countless lawsuits, sporadic raids, and hurdles thrown up by Governor Jan Brewer, the Arizona Department of Health (ADHS) today accepted the first 14 applications to operate [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Talk To Your Mom About Marijuana Reform On Mother's DayHave You Told Your Mother About The Importance Of Marijuana Reform? The year was 1998, and I was a senior in high school. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) campaign was in full swing, and it was my first real step into marijuana activism. I had supported marijuana reform before that, [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Donate To The NORML Women's Alliance On Mother's DaySupport Moms That Support Marijuana Reform I can’t think of anything that is more fitting than donating to the NORML Women’s Alliance on Mother’s Day. I have met some very hardworking moms that are members of the NORML Women’s Alliance, and I can say that I have seen first hand [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Bill To Decriminalize Drug Crops Advances In Colombiaby Phillip Smith A the first draft of a bill that would decriminalize the cultivation of illegal drug plants in Colombia, including coca, opium poppies, and marijuana, has been passed by its lower house of congress, according to Colombia Reports. An incident in the country’s northeast that same underscored the [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Legalization - It's All About HealthLegalizing Marijuana Would Create More Safe Access By Lanny Swerdlow, R.N. The medical marijuana model for providing cannabis to people is not working. Sixteen states with medical marijuana laws and almost sixteen years since passage of Proposition 215 and people’s lives are still be ruined as they attempt to navigate [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Federal Appeals Court Will Hear Case Against DEA For Denying Medical Marijuana ResearchBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town On Friday, May 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston will hear oral arguments in a federal lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration for denying University of Massachusetts-Amherst Professor Lyle Craker a license to grow marijuana for [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Study Shows Cannabidiol Mitigates Psychotic Symptoms In SchizophrenicsStudy: Administration Of Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid Mitigates Psychotic Symptoms In Schizophrenics The administration of the non-psychotropic plant constituent cannabidiol (CBD) is associated with a significant reduction in psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, according to clinical trial data published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. An international team of researchers from Germany [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Younger Voters Are Key To Electing Pro-Medical Marijuana CandidatesYounger Oregon Voters Key To Electing A Pro-Medical Cannabis Attorney General By Anthony Johnson Younger voters – not surprisingly – are the key to many elections dealing with monumental social change.  To understand this, one need not look any further back than the election of Barack Obama as the first [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Republican Led House Votes to Continue Medical Marijuana RaidsRepublicans Keep Up Attack On Cannabis   Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives had the chance to end federal raids on the medical marijuana industry. Instead, a Republican led House voted down an amendment, 262-163, to the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill that would have defunded efforts to [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Romney Fires Back: Marijuana Is A Gateway DrugRomney Fires Back: Marijuana Is A Gateway Drug On Wednesday, Mitt Romney lashed out at a reporter in Colorado for daring to mention marijuana in his stately presence. When asked, “Should marijuana be legal for medical use and taxed? ” Million dollar Mitt replied, “Aren’t there issues of significance that [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Women Shouldn't Spend Mother's Day In Jail Because Of Failed Drug PoliciesSign Petition In Support Of Moms And Kids Kept Apart By The War On Drugs Mother’s Day is approaching, and we can’t help but think of the women who will spend May 13 in a prison cell missing their children. Those children are growing up without their mothers because of [Click Here To Continue Reading]

The REAL ISSUE For NJ WeedmanThe NJ Weedman Trial In New Jersey By Kellie C. Murphy We’ve read about the NJ Weedman trial. We’ve giggled at the attention-getting “Weedmobil.” The NJ Weedman even used to smoke at Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, a federal property, hoping to attract and engage the federal system and eventually be heard by [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Charlottesville, VA City Council Calls On State To Reform Failed Marijuana Lawsby Phillip Smith The Charlottesville, Virginia, city council approved a marijuana-related resolution Monday night calling on the governor and the legislature “to revisit the sentencing guidelines that merit jail terms for simple possession, do away with rules that suppose intent to distribute without evidence and give due consideration to sponsored [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Medical Marijuana Law Becomes Major Issue In Oregon Attorney General RaceCandidate Rosenblum Supports Will of Oregon Voters and Safe Access for Patients, While Candidate Holton is Hostile and Threatens Popular Law Drug Policy Action – Group That Played Key Role in Passing 1998 Ballot Initiative – Throws Weight Behind Former Judge Rosenblum Medical marijuana has become a major issue in [Click Here To Continue Reading]

White House Admits Marijuana Is Not A Gateway DrugWhite House Admits Marijuana Is Not A Gateway Drug It’s been tough to keep up with the stream of misinformed statements from Obama on marijuana lately. Back in April, I reported on Obama’s 2012 Drug Control Strategy, and its implications for the marijuana movement. Later that month, Obama clarified his [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Tell Congress To Stop Paying For Medical Marijuana AttacksBy Steph Sherer The US House of Representatives may vote at any minute on an amendment to the Appropriations Bill that will remove funding for medical cannabis enforcement. Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is calling on patients and advocates nationwide to call Congress to support the Rohrabacher-Hinchey-Farr Amendment to stop [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Decriminalization In AmericaDrug Possession Laws – Marijuana Decriminalization By Ben Brewin An increasing number of states are considering marijuana decriminalization efforts. It is a begrudging acknowledgment that pot use is not a significant threat to public safety,  and not worthy of the time and attention of the court system. Most of these efforts eliminate criminal penalties for [Click Here To Continue Reading]

American Victory Coalition Supports Ellen Rosenblum For Oregon Attorney GeneralAmerican Victory Coalition PAC Supports Ellen Rosenblum’s Campaign for Oregon Attorney General By Anthony Johnson As more and more citizens favor patients’ access to medical cannabis and ending cannabis prohibition, these important issues have come to the forefront of the Democratic Oregon Attorney General race between Ellen Rosenblum and Dwight Holton.  Both Rosenblum and Holton [Click Here To Continue Reading]

NORML Plans Protest For UCSD Student Illegally Starved And Imprisoned By DEAPlease be advised that on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 4:20 p.m., the local chapter of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) will protest the Drug Enforcement Administration’s detention of UCSD Engineering student Daniel Chong for five days without food and water. The protest will take place [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Interview With Actress and Activist Roseanne BarrActress and activist Roseanne Barr gives legalization a presidential promise Roseanne Barr knows a thing or two about commercial and critical success. Her hit TV show Roseanne lasted nine seasons and earned the comic-actress an Emmy, a Golden Globe and three American Comedy Awards. At one point, Barr was the second-highest paid [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Global Marijuana March 2012 A SuccessMarijuana Activists March On Cinco De Mayo On a day that is often known as an ‘alcohol drinking holiday’ to many people across the world, many marijuana activists took to the streets to participate in the 2012 Global Marijuana March. In my home state of Oregon, there were rallies in [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Prosecutor Goes On Witch Hunt As NJWeedman Trial BeginsNJWeedman’s Trial Begins Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion has large, painful tumors in his leg. NJWeedman also suffers from headaches, depression, and stress. NJWeedman uses medical marijuana to treat his symptoms, rather than use harmful pharmaceuticals. “I smoked a joint this morning, and I’ll probably smoke one at lunchtime,” NJWeedman told Philly Burbs. “I[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Haborside Founder Steve DeAngelo To Give Free Lecture Today In HollywoodHarborside Health Center Founder To Give Free Lecture Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center in Oakland and star of “Weed Wars”, will be giving a free lecture in West Hollywood as part of a week-end devoted to federal tax reform. Join Steve for a rousing and inspirational “Journey [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Rise In Teen Marijuana Use Demonstrates Continued Failure Of Prohibitionist ApproachDespite 750,000 Annual Marijuana Possession Arrests, Teens Consistently Report That Marijuana is Easier to Obtain Than Alcohol Teen Cigarette Smoking Continues Dramatic Decline — Demosnstrating Success of Non-Criminal, Public Health-Based Approach The 23rd annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) was released today, showing an increase in teen marijuana use and reductions [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Join Students for Sensible Drug Policy: Help Us End Marijuana Prohibition in 2012One More Reason To Start A Students for Sensible Drug Policy Chapter At Your College Yesterday I read the story of Daniel Chong, a University of California San Diego student who was taken from a 4/20 party at a friend’s house that had been busted by the DEA for unspecified reasons. The [Click Here To Continue Reading]

What Is The 'National Cannabis Coalition'?The National Cannabis Coalition Looks To Bring Marijuana Reform To All 50 States I’m very excited to announce a new organization that we have been talking to. The National Cannabis Coalition is doing things that I haven’t seen other organizations doing, BIG things. I always tell organizations to put their money [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Activist Scott Morgan Asks Drug Czar About Forced Rehab For Marijuana ConsumersMarijuana Activists Ask Drug Czar Questions At Event I was on Reddit earlier today, and came across the following message from one of the best reform activist/bloggers working to end prohibition, Scott Morgan. If you haven’t checked him out at Stop The Dug War or Flex Your Rights, I highly[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Reform Initiatives Need To Start Early To SucceedAn Early Start Is A Key Ingredient To A Winning Marijuana Initiative Campaign There have been reports across the nation of marijuana reform initiatives that are not going to be able to get enough signatures in time to make the 2012 ballot. It happens every election cycle. There are still [Click Here To Continue Reading]

The Ugly Truth About Obama's War On Medical MarijuanaBy Scott Morgan As the media turns up the heat on Obama’s medical marijuana crackdown, one of the excuses he’s giving is that they’re just going after businesses that are violating state laws. In the President’s own words: The only tension that’s come up – and this gets hyped up [Click Here To Continue Reading]

'Stellar' Florida Teacher May Lose License Over MarijuanaIt’s another case of our government destroying the life of a good citizen over cannabis–this time an elementary school teacher. Diedra Hanna, and her husband Paul were arrested on Sunday after police discovered a grow-op in their garage. Local police claim to have started snooping around after smelling marijuana coming [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Gary Johnson Picks Pro-Marijuana Judge For Vice PresidentBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has selected retired California Judge Jim Gray, a prominent marijuana legalization advocate, to be his running mate. Judge Gray’s selection “puts pot front-and-center in the campaign,” a Johnson campaign staffer told Will [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Education Is Vital To The Marijuana MovementKnow Your Marijuana Facts And Spread Them As Far As You Can One of my favorite things is talking to people about marijuana reform that don’t know much about the topic. I have found time after time that if people are presented with the facts about marijuana in a constructive [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Attorney General Holder Admits Obama Misled On Medical MarijuanaAs many of you have heard by now, Jimmy Kimmel called Obama out on marijuana at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night. Kimmel asked, “What is with the marijuana crackdown? Seriously, what is the concern? We will deplete the nation’s Funyun supply? Pot smokers vote too. Sometimes a [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Mitt Romney's Stance On Marijuana Policy In AmericaMitt Romney Receives A Failing Grade When It Comes To Marijuana Policy Now that it’s apparent that Mitt Romney will be the GOP candidate for president in 2012, I think it’s necessary to start talking about him more on TWB. I already knew how Mitt felt about marijuana policy in [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Missouri's Campaign To Legalize Marijuana Is Still Chugging AlongMissouri’s “Show-Me-Cannabis Campaign” Is Still Working Towards Making The 2012 Ballot I was sad to see several news outlets report that Show-Me Cannabis had given up its campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri. It is absolutely false! The Show-Me Cannabis campaign is alive and kicking in Missouri. Here’s what [Click Here To Continue Reading]

New Poll Shows 74% Of Americans Support Marijuana Law Reformby Erik Altieri A new poll, published by Angus Reid Public Opinion, looks at the changing attitudes towards marijuana possession penalties in the UK, Canada, and the United States. The poll surveyed 1,011 Americans, 2,015 Britons, and 1,005 Canadians during March of this year. The results show that an overwhelming [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Oregon May Cease Helicopter Patrols For Marijuana Grow-opsDue to proposed cuts in funding to the National Guard Counter-drug Program by President Obama, Oregon may cease all helicopter patrols for marijuana grow-ops statewide beginning next year. Apparently, the massive cost of the operation is simply too high, relative to the benefits of an air assault on cannabis. The [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Moms, Cops And Students Plan Mothers Day Rally To End The Failed War On DrugsMothers Groups, Who Played Key Role in Ending Alcohol Prohibition, Aspiring to Repeat Success 80 Years Later Moms, Cops and Students From Around Country to Share Personal Experiences of Tragic Drug War and Unveil “Mom’s Bill of Rights” Mothers from around the country will join with law enforcement and students [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Dutch Court Upholds Ban On Foreigners From Marijuana Coffee ShopsIn an attempt to destroy marijuana tourism in The Netherlands, the Dutch government passed a law banning all foreigners from the world famous Dutch cannabis coffee shops, including those in the marijuana Mecca, Amsterdam. Today, a judge at The Hague District court upheld the controversial new law, which requires Dutch [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Canadian Mayors Sign Letter In Support Of Ending Marijuana ProhibitionMayors From British Columbia Sign Letter In Support Of Legalizing Marijuana The letter is addressed to B.C. Premier Christy Clark, NDP Leader Adrian Dix and Conservative Leader John Cummins, and is signed by Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson Burnaby’s Derek Corrigan, North Vancouver mayor Darrell Mussatto, Lake Country mayor James Baker, Armstrong mayor Chris Pieper, Metchosin mayor John Ranns, Enderby mayor Howie [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Bills To Drug Test The Poor Facing Tough Opposition In Some Statesby Phillip Smith With states facing severe budget pressures, bills to require drug testing to apply for or receive public benefits — welfare, unemployment benefits, even Medicaid — have been all the rage at Republican-dominated state houses this year. Fail the drug test and lose your benefits. The bills carry [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Ireland Students For Sensible Drug Policy UN DocumentarySSDP Ireland UN Documentary A short documentary about the illegality of cannabis in Ireland for both recreational and medical users. An insight into the medicinal benefits of cannabis and the negative effects that criminality puts on Irish society, health and the prison system. The video was part of a larger [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Policy Project 'Money Bomb' For Colorado Very SuccessfulMPP’s “Money Bomb” Generates $632,943 for Colorado Campaign Last week, during the five days leading up to and including 4/20, MPP promoted a 10-to-1 matching challenge for the Colorado campaign. Thanks to the generosity of one donor, we pledged to give $100 to Colorado for every $10 donated to our [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Fully Informed Juries Can Help End Cannabis ProhibitionCan Fully Informed Juries Help Cannabis Prohibition? by Allen St. Pierre Of the many numerous peaceful and constitutionally-respectful means employed for decades by which cannabis law reformers have been to try to bring about about an end to Cannabis Prohibition laws, one of the most benign, yet most powerful arrows [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana and College Athletes: A Story Everyone Already KnowsESPN’s Article On College And Marijuana Didn’t Surprise Anyone By Sam Chapman With all this pointless drama surrounding the ESPN story regarding University of Oregon football players’ usage of marijuana, it’s time to clear the media smoke screen and have a real conversation about college athletes who use marijuana. A large majority [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Dutch Coffee Shop Owners Push Back Against Unreasonable RegulationsBy Phillip Smith The Dutch conservative coalition government’s plan to close the country’s famous cannabis coffee shops to foreigners and turn them into “members only” clubs is under increasing fire from coffee shop owners and pot enthusiasts. Last week, border coffee shop owners went to court to block the restrictions, [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Open Letter To 'The Oregonian' From Johnny GreenIn Response To Susan Nielsen’s Article On Oregonlive.Com Earlier today it was brought to my attention that my home state of Oregon had an article appear on the website of the main news outlet ‘The Oregonian’ talking about the Oregon medical marijuana community’s vocal opposition to Oregon Attorney General candidate Dwight Holton. [Click Here To Continue Reading]

California Lawmaker Ends Effort To Impose Unscientific Drugged Driving LawAssemblywoman Norma Torres has amended her proposal, AB 2552, to remove language that initially sought to expose marijuana consumers to enhanced DUI penalties based solely upon the presence of THC in their blood. Assemblywoman Torres took this action after representatives from the marijuana law reform community and the public roundly [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Activists See First Amendment Rights Violated At Boulder CampusThe Annual 420 Protest At Boulder Campus Is A Constitutional Right Marijuana prohibition is a political issue. Therefore, protesting marijuana prohibition is protected by the First Amendment. Marijuana activists have the right to assemble and vocally, as well as symbolically, protest failed marijuana policies. Protesting on a college campus should [Click Here To Continue Reading]

The Entire Nation Should Support Oregon's Campaign To End Marijuana ProhibitionDonate To Citizens For Sensible Law Enforcement To Help End Marijuana Prohibition Marijuana prohibition is one of the worst public policies in American history. I have challenged people to debate me on that for years, and no one ever has a sufficient comeback. That’s not a coincidence. It’s hard to debate [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Obama's 2012 Drug Strategy Is A Reminder The Feds Are Addicted To The Drug WarBy Phillip Smith The Obama administration released its 2012 National Drug Control Strategy and accompanying 2013 drug budget Tuesday, and while the administration touted it as a “drug policy for the 21st Century,” it is very much of a piece with anti-drug policies going back to the days of Richard[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Support Marijuana Reform In Washington By Making A Donation This 4/20A Sensible 4/20 Money-Bomb As we head into this year’s April 20th, a celebratory time for the cannabis movement, we’re enthusiastic about our efforts moving forward. We now have initiatives available in multiple cities throughout the state to make cannabis the lowest enforcement priority, and to prohibit these cities from cooperating [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Over 300 Economists Agree It’s Time To Legalize MarijuanaBy Erik Altieri Over 300 economists have signed on to an open letter to the President, Congress, Governors, and State Legislators asking them to allow this “country to commence an open and honest debate about marijuana prohibition.” The petition states that the undersigned “believe such a debate will favor a [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Medical Marijuana Activists, Patients Seek To Deny Dwight Holton Oregon AG Seat In May Primary‘Dwight’s Not Right’ Campaign Launches Medical marijuana supporters are voicing strong opposition to Attorney General candidate Dwight Holton in the May 15 primary race for the office, while supporting his opponent, Judge Ellen Rosenblum. “Ellen Rosenblum will support Oregon’s voter-approved medical marijuana program, and says personal marijuana use is the [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Students For Sensible Drug Policy Events On 4/20Support Students For Sensible Drug Policy On April 20th I received the following information form the legendary Aaron Houston, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). Students for Sensible Drug Policy is my favorite reform organization on the planet, so when they send me stuff, I post it as fast as [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Oaksterdam Raid Leaves More Questions Than AnswersBy Aaron C. Lachant Last week, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Internal Revenue Service raided Oaksterdam, a medical marijuana trade school in Oakland, California. The DEA said the raid was part of an ongoing criminal investigation. According to San Francisco DEA spokeswoman Jocelyn Barnes, the reason for the raid was “[m]arijuana [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Obama's 2012 National Drug Control Strategy: An Invitation For ChangeBy TJ Green Yesterday, President Obama, through the White house Office of National Drug Control Policy, released his 2012 National Drug Control Strategy. For medical marijuana and legalization advocates alike, this report illuminates a path to creating a dialogue with the President during an election year on an issue of [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Democratic Party Of Colorado Endorses 'Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol' InitiativeDemocratic Party Of Colorado Endorses Amendment 64 It’s not everyday that a major political party endorses a marijuana reform initiative, so I’m very excited to pass along some information that I was sent by the Colorado Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign. It’s going to be an enormous year for marijuana [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Obama Addresses Drug Legalization During Latin American SummitUS President Barack Obama touched the subject of drug legalization, if only to dismiss it By Phillip Smith Responding to a growing clamor from his Latin America colleagues at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, this weekend, US President Barack Obama broached the subject of drug legalization, [Click Here To Continue Reading]

How Can You Tell If Your Marijuana Comes From A Cartel?Buy Your Marijuana Local And Help Put Cartels Out Of Business A couple of days ago we posted a piece about the importance of purchasing your marijuana from a local source to decrease the chances of your purchase supporting cartels. The author of the article, Chance Campbell stated, ‘Every product, [Click Here To Continue Reading]

CU Boulder Plans To Close Campus To Visitors On 4/20 And Arrest TrespassersThe University Of Colorado At Boulder Is Trying To Kill An Annual 4/20 Tradition Yesterday the University of Colorado announced that it will close the entire Boulder campus to non-students or staff on April 20th in an effort to ruin the annual 4/20 smokeout. CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard cited a[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Activists Should Never Underestimate The Power Of Social MediaMarijuana Activists Should Harness The Power Of Social Media It seems to surprise people when I tell them that The Weed Blog doesn’t pay for advertising. If we have banner ads or links on other sites, that’s because we have built partnerships with those people. To be blunt, we just [Click Here To Continue Reading]

What Is The 'Idaho H.O.P.E. Fest'?Idaho ‘Hemp Offers People Everything’ Festival I hope you can make it to the Idaho H.O.P.E. Fest on September 30th, 2012 at Ann Morrison Park in Boise, Idaho.  Below is some information from the Idaho H.O.P.E. Fest website: Greetings from the Idaho HOPE Fest. HOPE stands for Hemp Offers People [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Maryland Lawmakers Pass Two Marijuana Law Reform BillsMarijuana Reform Bills Pass in Maryland by Phillip Smith The Maryland General Assembly adjourned Monday night, but not before passing two bills that lighten up on marijuana possession. One bill, House Bill 350, reduces the penalty for possession of small amounts; the other, Senate Bill 422, makes marijuana possession a [Click Here To Continue Reading]

UK Students for Sensible Drug Policy Annual Conference In LondonUK Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference 2012 On the weekend of Friday the 20th to Sunday the 22nd of April, Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK will be hosting its third annual conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. This year’s conference is about building [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Five Ways To Avoid Getting Busted For PotHow not to become a statistic in our nation’s enormous, expensive war on marijuana By Scott Morgan Each year, close to a million Americans are arrested for possessing marijuana, and many millions more are targeted and searched by police on suspicion of being a marijuana user. It’s an incredible waste of limited [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Policy In MassachusettsMassachusetts Marijuana Policy Massachusetts is a fairly liberal state when it comes to marijuana laws, which is surprising considering Mitt Romney was in charge for awhile.  In a perfect world, marijuana would have no penalties.  But marijuana consumers can do a lot worse than the state of Massachusetts.  Below are [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Baby Products Linked To False Positive Drug Test Results In NewbornsYet Another Way Drug Testing Fails By Paul Armentano Commercially available baby soaps and other wash products that are commonly used with newborns may yield false positive results for THC in immunoassay drug screens, according to a just published study in the journal Clinical Biochemistry. Investigators at the University of [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Obama To Attend 'Summit Of The Americas' This Weekend Amid Climate Of Drug Policy ReformPresident Obama to Attend Summit of the Americas in Colombia This Weekend: Discussions to Include Drug Decriminalization, Legal Regulation and Other Drug War Alternatives First Time Ever that Sitting Presidents are Calling for All Options to Be Put on Table to Reduce Drug Prohibition-Related Crime, Violence and Corruption by Ethan [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Team Vendetta Releases More Information About OpCannabisAnonymous Continues Operation Cannabis I received the following e-mail that is very important for all TWB readers to look at. Please follow @Anonymous_Nuke or @Anonijuana on Twitter for more details: Attention individual people, governments, companies and fellow Anons! We are Anonymous and we have an important message for you: There [Click Here To Continue Reading]

What Is A Fair Tax Rate For Marijuana?Should Marijuana Be Taxed? If So, At What Rate? The momentum to end cannabis prohibition is growing everyday. The polls prove that, and anyone who wants to deny the reality that marijuana prohibition has failed needs to get their heads out of their butts. Part of the reason that ending cannabis prohibition is becoming [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Religious Use Of Marijuana Court Case Gets Sent To Lower CourtUsing Marijuana For Religious Purposes Gets A Review It looks like a case involving a Native American religious group seeking an exemption from federal marijuana laws is not over yet. Essentially, in 2009, the feds intercepted a FedEx package bound for the Oklevueha Native American Church. The police destroyed the [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Anonymous Announces Phase 1 Of 'OpCannabis'The Online Activist Organization Anonymous Has Begun Phase 1 Of OpCannabis By Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town The online activist organization Anonymous has begun Phase 1 of OpCannabis, its effort to educate the public and work on behalf of cannabis legalization worldwide. In announcing OpCannabis, which officially launches [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Cannabis Businesses Need To Lead The Way On Campaign DonationsIf You Make Money Off Of The Marijuana Movement You Need To Give Back I had a very unpleasant experience yesterday. I talked with a collective owner that I previously thought was genuinely fighting for the movement. Turns out I was wrong. I have been trying to network with collective [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Salvation Army Asks Medical Marijuana Grower To ResignDace Zeps Is Being Pressured To Step Down As Head Of Neighborhood Association I was on Facebook earlier today, and my friends at Madison NORML posted a link to a very distressing story. Apparently, a longtime activist named Dace Zeps is being pressured by local organizations to step down as [Click Here To Continue Reading]

'Cannabis Now and In Your Future' Event Hosted By SSDPPresented By Brain Mind and Consciousness Society and Students for Sensible Drug Policy The Brain Mind and Consciousness Society and Students for Sensible Drug Policy proudly present, Cannabis Now and In Your Future Expert Panel Discussion with Q&A Session April 18th, 2012 at 7pm at the Stevenson Event Center located on [Click Here To Continue Reading]

'The Silver Tour' Billboards Get ResultsWe Can Legalize Cannabis Now By Robert Platshorn For the past year, most of my income from Black Tuna Diaries, Square Grouper DVD’s, and related memorabilia, has gone to build and support The Silver Tour to teach senior voters the facts about medical marijuana. I realized two years ago, that [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Study Says Marijuana Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Marijuana UsersMarijuana Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Marijuana Users In a recent study, 4AutoinsuranceQuote.org, a national quote provider for online car insurance quotes, cites a strong correlation between traffic-related accidents and marijuana use. The study, which looks at statistics regarding accidents, traffic violations, and insurance prices, seeks to dispel the thought that “driving [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Is Richard Lee Selling Oaksterdam University?Oaksterdam University Going Up For Sale? Is Richard Lee selling Oaksterdam University? According to the L.A. Times, he is. “I’ve been doing this for a long time. Over 20 years…. I kind of feel like I’ve done my time,” Richard Lee told the Times Thursday. “It’s time for others to take [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Hash Bash: Sinclair, DeAngelo And The Continued Call For ActivismHash Bash Is This Saturday By Rick Thompson 41 years ago or so a fellow named John Sinclair was arrested for two marijuana joints. These arrests are still happening in Michigan. That action prompted artists, activists and ordinary citizens to rally in support of the convicted; the Michigan Supreme Court [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Visit The NORML Table At The Joint WI And MN Libertarian State ConventionNorthern Wisconsin And Minnesota NORML To Appear At Libertarian State Convention Northern Wisconsin NORML and Minnesota NORML are working together to bring NORML to the Minnesota/Wisconsin State Libertarian Convention to be held on April 14th in Eau Claire. The two organizations will be conducting “joint tabling efforts” during the WI/MN[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Colorado 'Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol' Campaign Unveils BillboardColorado ‘Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’ Campaign Billboard The Colorado ‘Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’ campaign officially unveiled a billboard today. The woman on the billboard looks like an ordinary Colorado citizen, with the words ‘For many reasons, I prefer marijuana to alcohol. Does that make me a bad person?’ When one [Click Here To Continue Reading]

California's 'Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act' Will Try For 2014 BallotBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town This will be remembered as the election year with three competing marijuana initiatives to end prohibition in California — and none of them making the ballot. Organizers behind the Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act (RCPA), one of the three (and seen by many [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Cannabis Reform Lawyer Bruce Margolin Running for U.S. CongressAttorney Bruce Margolin announces his bid for US Congress in California’s newly formed 33rd district. With his innovative platform, he brings grassroots energy and a new approach to solving some of the district’s most pressing, heartfelt issues. With his name now added to the ballot for California’s open primary election [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Cannabis Movie Review: Cash Crop - The Golden State Gone Green‘Cash Crop – The Golden State Gone Green’ Is My New Favorite Film About Marijuana I first heard about ‘Cash Crop – The Golden State Gone Green‘ film when I was at the SSDP Conference in Denver. Some of the conference attendees had it in their hands when they walked [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Marijuana Policy In MississippiMississippi Marijuana Policy Mississippi is the home of the federal hypocritical medical marijuana garden at Old Miss.  It blows my mind that the feds are supporting medical marijuana research in Mississippi, yet won’t allow the citizens of Mississippi to have medical marijuana…Below are the current marijuana laws in Mississippi, courtesy [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Charlottesville Residents For Decriminalization Of Marijuana Seek ReformGroup Seeks Less Strict Weed Laws Residents advocate minimized legal repercussions for possession, attempt to lower drug’s degree of priority By Callie Herod A group attempting to minimize the legal repercussions which accompany the possession of marijuana approached Charlottesville City Council Monday with a resolution which aims to direct law [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Weed Not Greed Cross Country TourWeed Not Greed Cross Country Tour Is Out To Educate YOU The Weed Not Greed Tour is making their way across the country this summer with an energized and educational campaign to inspire American citizens to take back their right to benefit from the magnificent cannabis plant. Cannabis Information Network, [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Undercover Cop Flirts With Student To Entice Marijuana SalesBy Tony Newman Working at the Drug Policy Alliance for the last twelve years I have read and heard countless stories of people having their lives ruined because of our country’s cruel war on drugs. Last weekend, the nationally syndicated show This American Life highlighted a story that is so[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Signature Gathering For Washington's Cannabis Child Protection Act Starts TodayThe Washington State Cannabis Child Protection Act The Cannabis Child Protection Act seeks to protect minors from the effects of the cannabis economy and get cannabis out of schools and away from kids. Proponents of I-1223 and I-514 will begin collecting signatures to do just that starting Tuesday April 3, [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Why Are The U.S. Marshals Involved With The Oaksterdam Raid?Are The U.S. Marshals Taking Richard Lee’s Possessions? In an article that I posted earlier today, Arlette Lee, a spokeswoman for the IRS, “said that the U.S. Marshals Service is also involved in the operation” referring to the raid at Oaksterdam and properties owned by cannabis activist Richard Lee.  I was [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Cannabis Activist Richard Lee Detained By Federal AgentsLegendary Cannabis Activist Richard Lee Detained By Zusha Elinson Federal agents on Monday morning raided several properties owned by Richard Lee, the leader of the marijuana legalization movement in California, sources tell the Bay Citizen. Agents also detained Lee at his home. Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration[Click Here To Continue Reading]

Oaksterdam University Raided By The Federal GovernmentThe Feds Are Raiding Oaksterdam University Federal officers arrived in the 7 a.m. hour Monday. Oakland’s Oaksterdam University was taken over by federal officials Monday morning. Officers wearing U.S. Marshals, IRS and DEA jackets swarmed the Oakland medical marijuana facility before 8 a.m. Monday. Yellow tape was keeping everyone away. [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Interview With Northwestern University Students For Sensible Drug Policy ChapterNorthwestern University Students For Sensible Drug Policy Chapter I was inspired at the 2012 Cannabis Law Reform Conference hosted by Oregon Students for Sensible Drug Policy by what college students can do if they put their minds to it.  I sent out e-mails across the nation, and even to some international Students [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Michigan Father Killed By Law Enforcement In Marijuana-Related Child Removal IncidentBy Phillip Smith A prosecutor in northern Michigan has cleared the police officer who shot and killed a Grayling man as police and Child Protective Services (CPS) employees attempted to seize his three-year-old. The attempted removal of the minor child came after a police officer who came to the scene [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Missouri's Show-Me Cannabis Regulation Campaign Turns In 11,000 SignaturesShow-Me Cannabis Regulation Campaign The 2012 Election has the potential to be the biggest time in the history of the marijuana movement.  An activist from Washington once pointed out to me that if one state ends marijuana legalization, the feds will be ready for battle.  But if several states end [Click Here To Continue Reading]

Canadian Physicians Call For Drug Policy ReformCanadian Doctors Call For Evidence-Based Drug Policy Making In an article published Wednesday in Open Medicine, three leading Canadian physicians called for comprehensive drug policy reform. The chief medical health officers from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia say that the war on drugs is ‘ineffective’ and that mandatory sentences for [Click Here To Continue Reading]

%d bloggers like this: