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Marijuana Legalization Advocates Return to Independence Mall This Friday for Smoke Down Prohibition VII

July 25th

By | The Daily Chronic - The Voice of the Reform Generation

This Friday, Philly NORML and The Panic Hour return to Independence Mall in Philadelphia for the seventh installment in their monthly protests against marijuana prohibition.

From the organizers:

“After six successful rallies, The Panic Hour and Philly Norml return with the seventh edition of Smoke Down Prohibition.

We ask you to join us and peacefully sit-in at The Liberty Bell to stand up against cannabis prohibition.

This time the rally will be on Friday, July 26th and we will be gathering for the event at 4:20pm. Meeting location is Independence Mall at 5th St and Market St.

Click here for more info and to RSVP”

Smoke Down Prohibition VII newSpeaking on the evolution of the Smoke Down events, one of the prima. . . . . READ MORE

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Missouri Lawmakers Hear From Supporters Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization

July 20th

JEFFERSON CITY, MO — The Downsizing State Government Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives held a listening tour across the state this week, and they heard from Show-Me Cannabis supporters at most stops.

The committee visited Saint Louis, Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff, Joplin, Springfield, Independence, Saint Joseph, Columbia, and Jefferson City.

This is the same committee that gave a very favorable hearing to a decriminalization bill at the end of this year’s legislative session. After that hearing, committee chairman Paul Curtman (R – Pacific) and vice chair Mike Kelley (R – Lamar) both told reporters that they favor the bill. Furthermore, Rep. Curtman spoke at our conference and one of our town hall meetings.

In my testimony to the committee in Saint Louis, I thanked the legislators for considering decriminalization. I also encouraged them to consider any decriminalization or legalization bills introduced next session as both would substantially reduce the size and scope of Missouri’s government.

Several other attendees at the Saint Louis meeting voiced support for reforming the state’s marijuana laws including Saint Louis City Republican Committeeman Curtis Farber and READ MORE

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AZ: New Tuscon Area Medical Marijuana Dispensary Hosting Open House Today

July 20th

MARANA, AZ — Arizona’s newest medical marijuana dispensary, Nature Med, located just North of Tuscon in Marana, will be welcoming new patients with an open house Saturday, July 20, from 10 am until 5 pm.

Nature Med 2The event is open to all current Arizona medical marijuana card holders, as well as non-patients who are interested in learning how to obtain medical marijuana certification.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions from current and future medical marijuana patients.

Located less than a mile west of Interstate 10, Nature Med is a non-profit, state licensed medical marijuana dispensary operated by a father and son team with a medical background.

“My father is a registered nurse, and has been in the healthcare field for over 30 years,”  says dispensary general manager Jacob Schmidt. “He has seen great suffering and pain in patients who are most often prescribed pharmaceutical pain medication.  While these may work for many people, others find the negative benefits of these opiates to outweigh the positive.”

“We believe in a natural approach to physical and mental relief,” Schmidt added.  ”The cannabis plant is a great alternati. . . . . READ MORE

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Philadelphia Activists Brace for Smoke Down Prohibition VII

July 18th

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Final preparations by marijuana reform activists in Philadelphia are underway for Smoke Down Prohibition VII, the seventh in a series of monthly protests held at Independence National Historic Park.

Smoke Down Prohibition VIIAfter six successful rallies, The Panic Hour and Philly NORML, joint organizers of the event, will return to Independence National Historic Park, home of the Liberty Bell, to peacefully protest cannabis prohibition starting on July 26.

Unlike previous editions of Smoke Down Prohibition, which were one-day demonstrations, this event begins at 4:20 pm on a Friday, and taking a page from last year’s Occupy movement, will continue for as long as necessary — even if it stretches for days, weeks, or months.

“We ask you to join us and peacefully sit in at the Liberty Bell to stand up against cannabis prohibition,” organizers said in a press release about the event.

There will be speakers, activities, arts and crafts and workshops thro. . . . . READ MORE

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Former Mexican President Fox Urges Marijuana Legalization At San Francisco Meeting

July 9th

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — At a meeting with drug reform advocates in San Francisco, former Mexican President Vicente Fox expressed support for California’s efforts to legally regulate marijuana, medical and otherwise.

Fox said that California has a strong cultural influence on Mexico, and that progress here would help efforts there.

Speakers included Dale Sky Jones for CCPR, Nate Bradley for LEAP and Dale Gieringer for California NORML.

Gieringer noted that marijuana prohibition is an international problem founded on international treaties, which need to be fixed through international cooperation by the U.S., Mexico, and other countries.

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St. Louis Police Allows Cop to Lobby for Marijuana Legalization

July 6th

ST. LOUIS, MO — In St. Louis, Missouri Sgt. Gary Wiegert has been given permission by his chief of police to become an official lobbyist in the state to legalize marijuana for the non-profit organization Show Me Cannabis.

While there are hundreds of former law enforcement officers lobbying with the non-profit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), having a currently employed  law enforcement officer being given the ‘green’ light by their command to lobby for marijuana legalization maybe a first. Regardless, it most certainly will not be the last!

Article appeared from the AP in the Kansas City Star:

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has reversed course and will allow a veteran officer to moonlight as a lobbyist for a pro-marijuana organization.

Dotson wrote to police Sgt. Gary Wiegert on Tuesday saying his request for “secondary employment” will be allowed.

Wiegert filed a complaint earlier this year with U.S. District Court claiming the department violated his First Amendment rights to free speech for refusing to allow him to lobby on behalf of Show-Me Cannabis.

Wiegert worked for three years as a lobbyist for the St. Louis Tea Party. In February, he submitted a new applicatio. . . . . READ MORE

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Maine Medical Cannabis Program Expanded to Include PTSD, Other Debilitating Conditions

July 4th

AUGUSTA, ME – Patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, Crohn’s disease, and other debilitating disorders will soon be eligible for cannabis therapy under legislation approved last week absent the Governor’s signature.

The new law expands the list of qualifying conditions for which a Maine physician may legally recommend cannabis to include “post-traumatic stress disorder,” “inflammatory bowel disease” (such as Crohn’s and/or ulcerative colitis), and “dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders and other diseases causing severe and persistent muscle spasms” (such as Parkinson’s disease and/or Huntington’s disease). It is the second time that Maine legislators have acted to expand the pool of patients who may have access to medicinal cannabis.

The law takes effect in approximately 90 days.

Four states — Connecticut, Delaware, New Mexico, and Oregon — explicitly allow for the use of cannabis to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Clinical trial data published in the May issue of the journal Molecular Psychiatry theorized that cannabinoid-based therapies would likely comprise. . . . . READ MORE

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Ohio Medical Marijuana Legalization Petition Drive Underway

June 30th

COLUMBUS, OH — A signature gathering campaign aimed at placing marijuana reform on the ballot has begun in Ohio, and the group sponsoring the initiative is hopeful they will place the issue before voters next year.

The Cannabis Rights Amendment, sponsored by the Ohio Rights Group with the help of local grassroots organizations statewide, would authorize the medical use of marijuana by adults 18 years or older (and minors with parental consent) as well as the cultivation of industrial hemp in the state.

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Initially, a list of over 30 debilitating medical conditions would be eligible for medical marijuana.

In order for the Cannabis Rights Amendment to be placed on the 2014 ballot, sponsors need to collect 385,253 signatures in at least 44 of the state’s 88 counties by July 3, 2014.

As with most petition drives for ballot initiatives, the petition campaign is accompanied by a push to register voters because only signatures from registered voters count toward the number needed.

In response to the petition, . . . . . READ MORE

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CO Festival to Host Marijuana Legalization Debate Between Ex-DEA Chief & DPA’s Nadelmann

June 26th

ASPEN, CO – The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic are hosting their ninth annual Aspen Ideas Festival from June 26 through July 2, 2013. More than 300 insightful thinkers and leaders from around the country and beyond will gather in Aspen, CO to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas.

The week’s programming will cover a variety of important issues, including the economy, the Middle East, energy, space, mobility, design – and marijuana legalization, among other topics. The public dialogue will engage, over seven days, a festival audience of more than 4,000 attendees between the campus at the Aspen Meadows and the town of Aspen, as well as those following the festival online throughout the world.

On Monday, July 1st, Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, will debate former DEA head and U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson on marijuana legalization. Nadelmann and Hutchinson have previously debated on a national stage, such as on CNN’s Crossfire.

Last November, Colorado and Washington became the first states in the country – and the first political jurisdictions anywhere in the world – to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult use.

Two months ago, a Pew poll found for the first time in four decades of p. . . . . READ MORE

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PA: Pro-Legalization State Senator Daylin Leach Looks at Washington in 2014

June 19th

HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach has been an outspoken advocate on the issue of marijuana law reform during his tenure in Harrisburg. Senator Leach made a splash legislatively this year when he introduced Senate Bill 528, which would legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana in Pennsylvania, the first time such a bill was introduced in the state.

Daylin Leach portraitSenator Leach was also featured as the keynote speaker at the first ever NORML Mid-Atlantic Conference which was held this March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can view video of his remarks here.

State Senator Leach is now looking to take his advocacy to Capitol Hill. He is running for an open seat representing Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives that will be vacated by Congresswoman Alison Schwartz, who is stepping down from her post to pursue the governorship in 2014.

While the Democratic Primary for this position won’t be held until May of next year, Senator Leach’. . . . . READ MORE

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