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ME: Portland City Council to Hold Marijuana Legalization Hearings July 15

June 18th

PORTLAND, ME — The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing on the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana by adults.

The hearing will be held Monday, July 15 in response to a citizen-proposed ordinance that would allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

After the hearing is held, the city council will have to either decide whether to adopt the ordinance as written, send the referendum to the voters, or offer an alternative proposal alongside the ordinance proposed by residents.

If the council elects to send the proposal to voters, a vote would have to be scheduled on the referendum within 90 days.

If approved by voters, the initiative would allow adults aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana with city limits.

The proposal would prohibit smoking of marijuana in public spaces, such as schools and on public transportation,and allow landlords to prohibit it in their apartments.

Proponents of the ordinance gathered over 3,200 signatures to place the proposal on the ballot this year, far more than the 1,500 signatures that were required.

It’s unclear what effect the ordinance would have as it would contradict both state and federal law, although the possession of up to 2.5 ounces has been decriminal. . . . . READ MORE

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Maine Lawmakers Lift Ban on Pesticides in Medical Marijuana Growing

June 17th

AUGUSTA, ME — Some low-risk pesticides will be allowed in the cultivation of medical marijuana for dispensaries in Maine following a bill passed by the legislature on Friday that is expected to be signed by Governor LePage.

L.D. 1531, an emergency measure sponsored by Sen. Thomas Saviello (R-Wilton), a former chairman of the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, passed in the House without a roll-call vote Friday, one day after the Senate passed the bill Thursday.

Current state law prohibits dispensaries from using any pesticides when growing medical marijuana, including organic fertilizers or natural substances such as vegetable oil.

Under the new bill, which would become effective as law immediately upon the Governor’s signature, the Department of Health and Human Services, who oversees the medical marijuana program in Maine, will be allowed to authorize certain low-risk pesticides.

Which pesticides allowed will be determined by a list of more than 30 active ingredients that are exempt from federal regulation because they are deemed virtually harmless, including sesame oil, soybean oil and peppermint oil.

Under the bill, each pesticide also would have to be registered for use in Maine, and its label would have to indicate that it can be used on all plants. If the substance were to be used on marijuana plants that would be turned into edible products, it would face more scrutiny.

 

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Medical Marijuana Patients In DC: Enroll Now

June 15th

WASHINGTON, DC — After a nearly fifteen legal and political odyssey–Washington DC voters like me voted at the nearly 69% level for medical access to cannabis in 1998!–the DC city government has finally issued the last of the necessary forms to in effect allow medical cannabis to finally be employed by sick, dying and sense-threatened medical patients.

With three medical cannabis dispensaries up and running, the only thing they lack are legally compliant patients.

Residents of D.C. that need medical cannabis, who possess a physician’s recommendation, can download the necessary forms here.

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Mass. Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on Medical Marijuana Restrictions

June 13th

BOSTON, MA — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill will hear public testimony next week on four proposals to add restrictions to Massachusetts’ yet-to-be-implemented medical marijuana law.

All four bills are designed to allow landlords, property owners, and municipal governments to ban the use of medical marijuana without such bans being considered discrimination due to a medical condition.

The four bills, all introduced by Rep. Cleon H. Turner (D-Dennis) and co-sponsored by lawmakers who have voted against sensible marijuana legislation in the passed, will be heard by the Joint Committee on The Judiciary next Wednesday, June 19, beginning at 1:00 pm in room A-1 at the State House.

House Bill 1663 would allow cities, towns, districts, school districts and regional school districts to regulate, including prohibiting, the use of marijuana, including medical use of marijuana used for medicinal purposes.

House Bill 2101 extends any existing marijuana smoking ban enacted by cities, towns, districts, school districts or regional school to automatically include medical marijuana, unless they vote to allow smoking medical marijuana on their properties.

House Bill 1664 would give landlords the ability to regulate or. . . . . READ MORE

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Medical Marijuana: Students and Seniors Lobby Congress

June 3rd

US Congress

WASHINGTON, DC – Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Silver Tour will convene a medical marijuana training session and lobby day in Washington D.C. to encourage Congress and the Obama Administration to allow states greater autonomy to create their own cannabis policies without political pressure from the federal government.

Lobby training session is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, with legislative lobbying all day Monday, June 17.

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For more information about the schedule, speakers and activities, please visit here.

Joining SSDP is the senior citizen medical cannabis educational project The Silver Tour, which is looking for crowdsource funding to bring The Silver Tour bus to Washington, D.C.

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Legal Appeal in the Rich Paul Marijuana Case

June 3rd

KEENE, NH — As Rich Paul sits in jail, supporters this week announced plans for an appeal of his marijuana conviction. New Hampshire’s most prominent advocate for cannabis legalization could be released during the appeals process.

During his trial, jury nullification was the basis of Paul’s defense strategy. New Hampshire is unique among the states, in that defense attorneys have the right to argue nullification before a jury.

However, in his instructions to the jury, the judge told the jurors that they “must follow my instructions, and ignore the statements of the lawyer,”  thus the foundation of the appeal.

Mr. Paul faces sentencing on June 7th, after which he will be moved from the county jail to the state prison system, though with his honor intact.

While the appeals process may release him temporarily, everyone hopes for an appeals victory which would completely free him. More than that, an appeal done well and successfully will set precedent in drug cases based on jury nullification.

The precedent would be binding only in NH, but the case law could have some degree of effect nationwide. It would also be a motivation for legal theorists and legislators across the. . . . . READ MORE

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Legal Appeal in the Rich Paul Marijuana Case

June 3rd

KEENE, NH — As Rich Paul sits in jail, supporters this week announced plans for an appeal of his marijuana conviction. New Hampshire’s most prominent advocate for cannabis legalization could be released during the appeals process.

During his trial, jury nullification was the basis of Paul’s defense strategy. New Hampshire is unique among the states, in that defense attorneys have the right to argue nullification before a jury.

However, in his instructions to the jury, the judge told the jurors that they “must follow my instructions, and ignore the statements of the lawyer,”  thus the foundation of the appeal.

Mr. Paul faces sentencing on June 7th, after which he will be moved from the county jail to the state prison system, though with his honor intact.

While the appeals process may release him temporarily, everyone hopes for an appeals victory which would completely free him. More than that, an appeal done well and successfully will set precedent in drug cases based on jury nullification.

The precedent would be binding only in NH, but the case law could have some degree of effect nationwide. It would also be a motivation for legal theorists and legislators across the. . . . . READ MORE

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Rural Vermont and Vote Hemp to Host Hemp Victory Celebration

May 27th

BRATTLEBORO, VT — With the recent passage of a common sense industrial hemp regulation bill, Rural Vermont, in conjunction with the national hemp advocacy group Vote Hemp, will be hosting a Hemp Victory Celebration in Brattleboro.

A 1942 film produced by the US Government called for farmers to grow hemp for the war effort.

A 1942 film produced by the US Government called for farmers to grow hemp for the war effort.

The event, which will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery in Brattleboro, will include two special viewings of the short 1942 USDA propaganda film “Hemp for Victory.”

In addition to the film presentations, the victory celebration will feature Vermont legislative updates by Rural Vermont Organizer Robb Kidd and national legislative updates by Vermont resident and Vote Hemp Co-Founder Eric Lineback.

Guest appearances by Vermont farmers and policy leaders, as well as free samples of hemp product samples, are also planned for the evening.

The Hemp Victory Celebration is part of the National Hemp History Week campaign, and this year will highlight and celebrate the positive work that Vermonters have done to contribute to this wid. . . . . READ MORE

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Grab Prohibition by the Horns at the Texas Regional NORML Conference June 7-9

May 25th

DTexas Regional NORML Conference

DFW NORML proudly presents the Texas Regional NORML Conference at the Norris Conference Center (304 Houston St. Fort Worth, Texas 76102-7404) in downtown Fort Worth from June 7 – 9.

This historic event includes over a dozen speakers such as Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, Judge Jim Gray, the 2012 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nominee, expert cultivation and concentrate tips, medicinal alternatives to smoking, an exclusive screening of the new documentary American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny, patient testimonials, a hemp fashion show, reception and live art show, two after parties, vendors, prizes and more than a few surprises.

The primary goals for the Texas Regional NORML Conference are:
1.) Give Texans an honest, entertaining and interactive cannabis education.
2.) Showcase the strength of the Texas effort to end prohibition.
3.) Call all Texans to action because now is the time to get involved!

This historic event includes over a dozen speakers including Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, an exclusive screening of the new documentar. . . . . READ MORE

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Subverting Democracy in Springfield, Missouri

May 24th

What a long, strange trip it has been for cannabis law reform activists in Springfield, Missouri.

About a year ago, Springfield activists requested financial help gathering enough signatures to place a  local marijuana decriminalization measure on the November 2012 ballot.  Under the proposed measure, citizens possessing under 35 grams of marijuana would be subjected to a civil infraction, instead of a misdemeanor offense, thus preserving the educational and employment opportunities of those caught with personal amounts of marijuana.

Local Springfield attorney, Robert Sweere, urged the City Council to respect the will of the voters. Unfortunately, the council voted 7-2 to repeal the ordinance and demonstrate their lack of respect for their constituents and the democratic process.

Local Springfield attorney, Robert Sweere, urged the City Council to respect the will of the voters. Unfortunately, the council voted 7-2 to repeal the ordinance and demonstrate their lack of respect for their constituents and the democratic process.

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