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Kentucky Approves 12,800 Acres For Hemp

Kentucky Approves 12,800 Acres For Hemp

Frankfort, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly tripling the number of acres that were approved for 2016. More than 525,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2017. “By nearly tripling hemp acreage in 2017 and attracting more processors to the state, we are significantly growing opportunities for Kentucky farmers,” said Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, in a news release. “Our strategy is to use KDA’s research pilot program to […]

Research Finds That Cannabis May Be Better For Chronic Pain Than Opioids

Research Finds That Cannabis May Be Better For Chronic Pain Than Opioids

For years, medical marijuana advocates have asserted that cannabis may be more effective and have fewer side effects than prescription opiates for chronic pain. Without scientific proof, however, it was only anecdotal. With mounting concern by doctors, nurses and even the CDC about opioid fatalities, dependence, and abuse, alternatives to opiates are being sought throughout the medical world, including cannabis use. But here’s the rub: With cannabis still federally illegal, legitimate studies on cannabis versus opioids have been challenging to conduct. Several recent patient studies, however, including one by Santa Rosa-based medical cannabis company Care By Design, may begin to […]

How Cannabis Oil Can Help Save A Cancer Patient’s Life

How Cannabis Oil Can Help Save A Cancer Patient’s Life

In July 2015, Illinois resident Darren Miller went to the hospital with a variety of unusual symptoms. After an open-heart surgery that occurred a few days later, on his 50th birthday, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and told he only had six months to live. Yet, six months later, Miller proved doctors wrong by ridding himself of cancer, with the help of cannabis oil. Miller was no stranger to the healing power of cannabis. He was already using the plant to aid him with his Multiple Sclerosis when he received his cancer diagnosis. Miller’s brother, who’s also […]

Marijuana Legalization In Europe – Is France Next?

Marijuana Legalization In Europe – Is France Next?

Marijiuana, a divisive issue that normally resurfaces in Europe during election campaigns, has come home to France’s hotly-contested presidential race. With eight months to go until the 2017 French presidential election, marijuana – or cannabis, as the French prefer to call it – is an honored guest meme in the candidates’ discourse, and a subject of intense controversy among the French electorate. But hold on. The political debate is less about interdiction or legalization but, rather, about the nuances of what many are calling “an unavoidable course:” complete legalization or mere decriminalization. European legislation echoes international law barring consumption of […]

Pot Advocates See Some Hope In Sessions’ Vague Answers On Marijuana

Pot Advocates See Some Hope In Sessions’ Vague Answers On Marijuana

Washington – Marijuana legalization advocates struggled Tuesday to find hope in comments that Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, made at his Senate confirmation hearing about federal tolerance for states that have legalized pot. Sessions, who has been fiercely anti-marijuana as a U.S. senator from Alabama, has the power as attorney general to reverse the Obama administration’s tolerance of marijuana in the states that have legalized its growth, sale and use. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but eight states, including California, Colorado and Washington, have legalized pot for recreational use and 28 others allow medicinal use of […]

Action Works When Action Is Taken

Action Works When Action Is Taken

As an American citizen, it is easy to become cynical about citizen participation in democracy.  Even the most basic form of participation, voting, can be difficult in the United States. Unlike most nations, who hold elections on a holiday or have mandatory voting requirements, the US holds elections on Tuesdays. When many people cannot vote, whether for time reasons or restrictive state laws, it is a struggle, for those of us enthused about participating in democracy, to watch less than 60 percent of the electorate turnout for a presidential election. One of the proposed reasons for the problem is a […]

Humboldt County Cup Forced to Move by Police

Humboldt County Cup Forced to Move by Police

For marijuana activists in states with legal marijuana, the strategy quickly moves from legalization to normalization, but for some communities like Ferndale, California, the stigma remains. For months, organizers of the Humboldt County Cup and the Ferndale Police Department have gone back and forth over the decision to host their event at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Citing past complaints from the community and concerns about the reggae music that was to be played during the event, local law enforcement never specified what laws, if any, would be violated. “Smith-Caggiano — who is the executive director of the Humboldt County chapter of […]

Governor Proposes Decriminalizing Marijuana in New York State

Governor Proposes Decriminalizing Marijuana in New York State

For much of the past two decades, New York City had the dubious distinction of being the nation’s capital for low-level marijuana arrests. Fueled by the data-driven zeal of former Commissioner Bill Bratton—the same “police reformer” Bill Bratton who suggested, in 2016, that marijuana was responsible for most of New York’s violent crime—NYPD officers dutifully collected petty weed busts like baseball cards. In 2011 alone, NY cops arrested 51,000 people for marijuana offenses, most of them black or Latino people. The reason, police observers noted, was simple: Marijuana busts are easy, marijuana busts fill the stat sheet and marijuana busts […]

Still No Homegrown Marijuana in Washington—But That Could Change

Still No Homegrown Marijuana in Washington—But That Could Change

Washington state has one of the country’s earliest laws allowing adults 21 and over to use marijuana free of fear, and one of the most restrictive. Washington was a progenitor of the arbitrary and worthless DUI threshold of 5 ng/ml of THC in a driver’s blood, and for a time, Washington’s Initiative-502 also seriously disrupted the state’s existing marijuana supply chain seriously enough to lead some industry observers to question whether it would work at all. Under legalization in Washington state, growing marijuana at your home is also a crime, and a very serious one at that—a felony punishable by […]

Weekly Legislative Roundup, 1/13/2017

Weekly Legislative Roundup, 1/13/2017

NORML supporters: Welcome to this week’s edition of the legislative roundup. With a majority of states now full swing into their legislative sessions, over 400 bills nationwide have been submitted that in some way, shape, or form address marijuana policies. Ranging from ending the criminal prohibition of marijuana to tweaking established legal medical marijuana programs in order to better serve patients; clearly, inch by inch, we are winning. Below are the priority bills that we are tracking so far, with more being posted on our http://norml.org/act page every day. If you have not yet, make sure to sign up for […]

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