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Congress Turning a New Leaf on Marijuana Uncategorized 

Congress Turning a New Leaf on Marijuana

Just two years ago, pot lobbyist Michael Collins was a pariah on Capitol Hill. Marijuana reform was too much of a risk. Lawmakers wouldn’t meet with him. Not anymore. “I’ve got offices reaching out to me,” said Collins, the deputy director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit group that supports the legalization of marijuana. “It’s definitely a big change.” Marijuana-related legislation was on a fast track to nowhere until 2014. That was the year Republicans and Democrats alike approved a measure that kept federal authorities from interfering in states that allowed…

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The American Legion wants the federal government to change course on marijuana Uncategorized 

The American Legion wants the federal government to change course on marijuana

The American Legion, a group representing 2.4 million U.S. military veterans, has called on Congress to remove marijuana from Schedule 1 of the federal Controlled Substances Act and “reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value.” In a resolution passed at the Legion’s annual convention last week, the organization said it hopes that better research into marijuana and an official acknowledgment of its potential medical benefits will hasten the development of new treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, ailments that have plagued veterans returning…

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Marijuana Could Be the New Sin-Tax Gusher Uncategorized 

Marijuana Could Be the New Sin-Tax Gusher

Is marijuana the new sin-tax gusher for the states? It sure looks that way. In November, voters in five states will decide on whether to allow recreational use of the drug, while citizens in four other states have the option of legalizing medical marijuana. Unlike the fierce battles of the past over decriminalization, resistance by governors, law-enforcement groups and state medical associations is down (though not entirely gone). The ability to collect mountains of new taxes could be a reason, judging from the experience of Colorado, where voters approved medical marijuana in 2000…

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Marijuana ‘tornado’ rips through an Oregon farm Uncategorized 

Marijuana ‘tornado’ rips through an Oregon farm

Marijuana has been called ‘devil weed’ and ‘the devil’s lettuce’ by critics and humorists, but never ‘dust devil weed’ — until now. Oregon pot farmer Michael Johnson of Siskiyou Sungrown got quite the surprise when he reviewed security camera footage of his twin recreational and medical gardens Thursday. In the footage, a small ground air phenomenon known as a dust devil rips through the medical garden, creating a whirlwind of precious, pricey buds, and ripping a 36 square-foot medical pot plant out of the ground and throwing it fifty feet south over…

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Santa Barbara Temporarily Bans Recreational Marijuana Businesses Ahead of Legalization Vote California 

Santa Barbara Temporarily Bans Recreational Marijuana Businesses Ahead of Legalization Vote

With the legalization of marijuana in California appearing increasingly likely, the city of Santa Barbara on Tuesday issued a temporary ban on recreational marijuana businesses for the purpose of studying their potential local effects before they can open. The citywide ban, an interim emergency zoning ordinance, was enacted by a unanimous vote of the City Council. Read the full article HERE

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Oregon marijuana testing-lab accreditation program on “precipice of collapse,” warns state administrator Uncategorized 

Oregon marijuana testing-lab accreditation program on “precipice of collapse,” warns state administrator

A hitch in state accreditation for private laboratories testing marijuana may soon hamper recreational pot sales around Oregon. Thirty-seven labs have applied for varying levels of testing, Oregon Health Authority spokesman Jonathan Modie said Tuesday. Four of them have been accredited thus far and another 12 will be reviewed before Oct. 1, he said. Read the full article HERE

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This Might Just Be L.A. County’s First City to Permit Pot Cultivation Uncategorized 

This Might Just Be L.A. County’s First City to Permit Pot Cultivation

The city of Lynwood is on the verge of becoming the first city in L.A. County to permit marijuana cultivation under new state rules. The City Council is scheduled to take up the matter at its meeting tonight. The ordinance “would permit business activities related to the cultivation and manufacturing of medical cannabis subject to obtaining a permit with the city and satisfying all applicable local and state protection measures and rules,” a summary of the proposal states. Read the full article HERE

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