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State Lawmakers Cancel Local Pot Decriminalization—But It Gets Worse

State Lawmakers Cancel Local Pot Decriminalization—But It Gets Worse

Conservative Republicans are conservative, to a flaw. Big government is evil and bad and must be shunned at all turns, except when smaller government does something they don’t like. In which case: enter, stage right, Big Brother. This is the lesson to draw from Tennessee, where state lawmakers in the Republican-dominated House voted on Thursday to block the limited marijuana decriminalization efforts undertaken by city councils in Nashville and Memphis. That’s bad, and means racially skewed arrest rates in the state’s two urban areas—both of which have sizable populations of black people, who (of course) are the people most often […]

Vermont Ponders Safe Injection Sites for Heroin and Opiate Addicts

Vermont Ponders Safe Injection Sites for Heroin and Opiate Addicts

Governor Peter Shumlin has said his state is at the center of “a full-blown heroin crisis” that is plaguing the whole country. Heroin use in Vermont has risen dramatically in the past 12 years. This dramatic increase in opiate-related deaths in 2016 has compelled local and state officials to consider setting up “safe injection sites” where addicts can use intravenous drugs under supervision. Advocates say the safe injection sites can reduce harm and help deal with addiction. State’s Attorney Sarah George admitted that the prospect sounds scary but that she has a duty to look at all options. “Clearly it’s […]

Don’t Despair—Here’s Why the Weed Industry Won’t Be Stopped by Trump

Don’t Despair—Here’s Why the Weed Industry Won’t Be Stopped by Trump

As the man in the Oval Office continues to bellow, threaten, lie and display increasingly unstable behavior, let us at least be optimistic about marijuana. Why? As the saying goes: Follow the money. Even as our president continues to hand over the store to his family and friends, legal weed is on a roll that won’t be easily stopped. Arcview Market Research, according to its most recent report, predicts the marijuana industry will continue to grow at a compound annual rate of 27 percent through 2021. Troy Dayton, CEO of Arcview, said the momentum of the past few years won’t […]

Opioids Hurting the Workforce, Marijuana Not So Much

Opioids Hurting the Workforce, Marijuana Not So Much

All across the United States, presidents and CEO’s of companies are saying the abuse of prescription painkillers and other doctor-approved medications is having a negative impact on their bottom line, according to a new survey by the National Safety Council. It seems that the portion of the great American workforce that has succumbed to the grips of addictive prescription medications is now missing around 50 percent more work than their sober counterparts—a situation that is causing these people to take off work as many as six weeks per year. Although absenteeism is one of the primary complaints among companies dealing […]

Women Suffering from Rare but Severe Condition while Pregnant are Finding Relief in Cannabis

Women Suffering from Rare but Severe Condition while Pregnant are Finding Relief in Cannabis

There has been great deal of debate over the benefits versus the risks of using weed while pregnant. Despite the mostly unknown health concerns and negative warnings frequently disseminated by the media and medical community, thousands of pregnant women are smoking marijuana to save their own and their unborn babies’ lives. Women who suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a rare, but severe, morning sickness that causes weight loss and dehydration, typically from excessive vomiting, are now using weed to stem the horrible symptoms. “Usually about 10 – 15 times a day was the average. It’s like having a terrible hangover all […]

Fear and Avoidance: Tennessee Medical Marijuana Dies Because Lawmakers Are ‘Scared’

Fear and Avoidance: Tennessee Medical Marijuana Dies Because Lawmakers Are ‘Scared’

Though the notion of giving sick people their choice of medicine is a winner in every poll and is at last taking hold in the South, there will be no medical marijuana in Tennessee this year. Why ever not? The reason is simple, according to Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Faison. It’s because his fellow lawmakers are scared. Faison was sponsor of a bill that would have seen Tennessee lawmakers make a medical marijuana law themselves and not foist the difficult question onto voters, as nearly ever other state has done. Nothing wrong with direct democracy: Voter initiative was how medical […]

Minnesota Marijuana Oil Sent to New York Stirs Anger

Minnesota Marijuana Oil Sent to New York Stirs Anger

BY KYLE POTTER ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some top Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on a medical marijuana company whose former executives face felony charges for shipping marijuana oil to New York. County prosecutors charged two ex-executives at Minnesota Medical Solutions with felonies alleging they collaborated in late 2015 to ship $500,000 worth of marijuana oil to New York. The charges against Laura Bultman and Ronald Owens are still proceeding in court. But some top Minnesota lawmakers said Thursday they’re pushing to give regulators authority to revoke the company’s license and hit them with a $1 […]

Bills to Regulate Marijuana Introduced in Illinois

Bills to Regulate Marijuana Introduced in Illinois

Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sen. Heather Steans introduced bills Wednesday that would finally end cannabis prohibition in Illinois. Identical bills, one introduced in the House and one in the Senate, would allow adults to use, possess, and cultivate limited amounts of cannabis with no penalty, and would set up a taxed and regulated market for cannabis production and sale. “People are fed up with laws that punish adults for using a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol,” Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a press release. “The time is right for the […]

Oregon Senate Approves Proposal to Protect Weed Buyers’ Information

Oregon Senate Approves Proposal to Protect Weed Buyers’ Information

As many people fret over a possible federal crackdown on weed, Oregon has stepped up to the plate to protect its pot-smoking citizens. A proposal to shield the names, birthdates, driver’s license numbers or any other identifying information of potentially thousands of Oregon’s recreational pot customers cleared its first major hurdle in the Oregon Legislature this week. The proposal, Senate Bill 863, was sponsored by a 10-member bipartisan committee that has already crafted most of Oregon’s marijuana policies. The bill cleared the Senate on Tuesday and now, heads to the House for consideration. SB 863 seeks to put an end […]

Key Committee Approves Marijuana Possession Bill in Vermont

Key Committee Approves Marijuana Possession Bill in Vermont

The Vermont House Judiciary Committee voted 8-3 to approve H. 170, a bill that would eliminate penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and a small number of plants. Additionally, an independent poll commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project and conducted by Public Policy Polling found that 57% of Vermonters support H. 170. As amended by the committee, H. 170 would eliminate penalties for adults 21 and older who possess one ounce or less of marijuana, two mature plants, and four immature plants — as well as the marijuana produced by those plants, if stored properly in accordance with the […]

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