SACRAMENTO, CA – And then there were two. Proponents of a second 2014 marijuana legalization initiative filed the measure with the California secretary of state’s office last Friday. An earlier 2014 legalization initiative has already entered the signature-gathering phase. The measure filed last Friday, the Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014, would legalize, tax, and […]
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SEATTLE, WA – Seeking to gauge how much should be grown, Washington state officials said they’ve estimated the average pot smoker’s consumption at a joint every three days. In Washington, that means state-sanctioned growers need to cultivate enough marijuana for about 80 million joints — or 123 joints per year for each of the state’s roughly […]
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SACRAMENTO, CA — The president of the California Senate and Chair of Assembly Public Safety introduced bills Monday to crack down on illegal cultivation and distribution under guise of medical marijuana, and to create one of the most comprehensive regulatory structures in the country to allow bona fide patients to access medical marijuana, from state registered […]
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SACRAMENTO, CA — A week after the Justice Department issued a memorandum, providing guidance on the role of federal law enforcement with respect to state marijuana laws, California legislators introduced a bill today that would bring long awaited regulations to medical marijuana businesses across the state. In the non-binding memo released a week ago Thursday, Deputy Attorney […]
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SALEM, OR — Oregon activists organized as New Approach Oregon will try to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the November 2014 ballot, the leader of the group told the Willamette Week this week. The move comes after an effort in the legislature to put the issue before voters didn’t bear fruit. “Our coalition is moving forward […]
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SEATTLE, WA – Spanning 1.5 miles, two public parks, six stages, over 400 vendors, and over 1,000 volunteers, Seattle’s 22nd annual Hempfest starts Friday at noon. Here is a behind the scenes look as volunteers worked Thursday to put the final touches on the world’s largest annual marijuana rally.
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SEATTLE, WA — For years, Seattle police have looked the other way as thousands of people openly smoke marijuana on the Seattle waterfront for three days during Hempfest, the largest annual gathering of marijuana smokers in the world. That was before voters passed I-502 last November, legalizing the possession of marijuana by adults in Washington […]
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SALEM, OR — A bill that will expand the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to allow the licencing and regulating of medical marijuana dispensaries was signed into law Wednesday by Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber. The bill, House Bill 3460, will give the Oregon Health Authority the ability to license, regulate, inspect and audit medical marijuana dispensaries in […]
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SACRAMENTO, CA – The annual number of misdemeanor drug arrests has fallen by nearly 50 percent in California in five years, largely due to the imposition of a 2010 law reducing minor marijuana possession offenses to a civil infraction. According to figures released this week in the 2012 California Crime Report, statewide misdemeanor drug arrests fell from an estimated 133,000 in […]
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SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Assembly is considering a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes and similar smokeless vaporizers in areas where tobacco smoking is banned.
Though the bill, Senate Bill 648, was approved by the Senate in May as a bill against tobacco e-cigarettes, it would adversely impact use of vaporizers by medical marijuana patents.
Current state law defines e-cigarettes as “device[s] that can provide an inhalable dose of nicotine by delivering a vaporized solution.” This includes a wide range of vaporization devices now widely used for medical marijuana and other herbs, as well as tobacco and nicotine.
California NORML is urging the Assembly to reject SB 648 on the grounds that vaporizers offer a proven, beneficial “harm reduction” substitute for medical marijuana users by reducing exposure to harmful smoke toxins while at the same time posing no second-hand smoke hazard to the public.
Vaporizers are designed to eliminate the respiratory hazards of smoking by eliminating the combustion that produces the smoke. Regular pipes and cigarettes produce carcinogenic tars, particulates and other smoke toxins that are a byproduct of burning leaves.
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