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NORML Lobby Day Less Than One Week Away

Category: Events | Posted on Sun, May, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

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The NORML Legislative Fly-In in Washington, DC is less than one week away. Please join NORML in this call to action.*

If you’ve not pre-registered for the May 20th cannabis lobbying training and messaging day, please do ASAP by going here. The conference schedule and speaker list are online.

NORML activist and leadership awards, a silent auction and social on Thursday night are all on tap (so to speak…).

Marijuana is becoming legal in our lifetimes. Please join us at the nation’s capitol and help hasten these long-needed public policy reforms by lobbying your elected policy makers.

*There are over 40 million cannabis consumers in the United States (according to government data) and NORML knows that 99.99999% of these direct stakeholders are not going to come to Washington to lobby on cannabis law reforms next week, but, that does not mean they can’t be active on May 21st-NORML Lobby Day-contacting their federal policymakers (one congressperson and two senators)

If you and your cannabis tolerant friends and family can’t join us in Washington, D.C. next week, please consider, for the day, being a ‘virtual lobbyist’ for cannabis law reform. To do so, please visit NORML’s Take Action Center

Thanks in advance and hope to see you next week in Washington (where the possession and use of cannabis by adults over 21 years of age is legal).

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/norml-lobby-day-less-than-one-week-away/


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Learn How To Legally Invest In The Marijuana Industry

Category: Events | Posted on Sat, May, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

ryan hurley rose law group marijuanaInvesting in the marijuana industry is a tricky thing. In most other industries, the main things to look for in an investment is if and when you will get a return on your investment, and how much. That is true of the marijuana industry as well, but investing in the marijuana industry also involves the added element of legality. There are many, many good ideas out there in the marijuana industry, but a lot of them involve operating in a legal gray area at best.

There are a lot of details involved in the marijuana industry surrounding legality. The federal government still considers marijuana to be illegal, while some states have medical or recreational provisions (or both). Throw into the mix 280E, banking, insurance, intellectual property, and other considerations, and you have a very complicated situation. A very common e-mail that I receive is ‘I want to invest in this idea, but is it legal?’

If that is you, you should attend the World Cannabis Congress and Business Exposition in New York in June, and hear attorney Ryan Hurley’s presentation. Mr. Hurley will be speaking at the event, and the topic of his presentation is ‘How to Legally Invest in the Cannabis Business.’ You can hear Ryan discuss the legal and practical issues of investing in the marijuana industry with lessons learned from 5 years in the trenches. Federal vs. State Law, 280E, issues regarding non-profit dispensaries, important contract terms for cannabis contracts, and an overview of new markets and opportunities to invest will be discussed.

Ryan Hurley is at the forefront of the marijuana industry, having advised countless businesses in the Arizona medical marijuana industry and beyond. Below is a brief biography about Ryan Hurley, via the Rose Law Group website, of which Ryan is a member:

Ryan Hurley is a partner, chair of Rose Law Group’s Medical Marijuana practice group and head of the Renewable Energy Policy and Research Department at RLG. Ryan concentrates his practice in the areas of medical marijuana, renewable and alternative energy, water law and land use and zoning.

Mr. Hurley is a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a member of the American Solar Energy Society, has served as the Vice President of the Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association, chair of the Pinal Partnership Renewable Energy Committee, and is a regular speaker at conferences around the country on issues related to both medical marijuana and renewable energy. Ryan is also a Bitcoin enthusiast and helps keep RLG on the cutting edge of new developments in law and technology. Mr. Hurley earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and his J.D. in 2005, from The University of Arizona. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/learn-how-to-legally-invest-in-the-marijuana-industry/


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Attend The Global Cannabis March In Portland This Saturday

Category: Events | Posted on Fri, May, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

global cannabis march portlandCall to Action: 16th Annual Global Cannabis March & Rally (Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 11am-5:30pm – Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland – Featuring Mack & Dub & the Smokin’ Section, The Sindicate, Mad Dabber & Bad Habitat. Sponsored by CRRH, KBOO Community Radio & Oregon NORML)

On Saturday, May 2, nearly 300 cities worldwide, including Portland, will participate in the 16th annual Global Cannabis March. Portland participants will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square for a rally that begins at 11:00am, with a scheduled cannabis freedom march beginning at 4pm through downtown Portland, accompanied by a police escort.

Musicians Mack & Dub and the Smokin’ Section, The Sindicate, Mad Dabber, Bad Habitat and Pass Margo have joined the lineup for the rally as well as many guest speakers and non-profit organization booths.

Last year, Keynote speaker, Oregon Congressmen Earl Blumenauer said the U.S. government should “re-appraise what can be only described as a failed war on drugs,” and discussed the importance of medical research on the effects of marijuana. “We have to a do a better job of breaking the stranglehold of this pernicious classification,” Blumenauer said in regard to the Schedule I status of Marijuana/Cannabis according to the federal government. “That’s like saying it is the same as Heroin, or LSD.”

This year, we are honored to have Representative Lew Frederick, a Democrat from District 43 in Portland, as our Keynote speaker. Rep. Frederick has submitted House Bill 3372, legislation that would expunge all nonviolent, marijuana related convictions from Oregon residents. The historic bill, if passed, would send a signal that Oregonians support a comprehensive, pragmatic, moral, and sensible reform to drug policy. He will be speaking directly after the march.

The rally cry for the event is the protection of our civil liberty and the need to end discrimination against cannabis consumers. Even after Measure 91 goes into effect, one can still lose their job, housing, doctor, children and student benefits. Education is still important, as many people won’t understand the nuances of Measure 91 and some will continue to go to jail. Remember, Measure 91 was not a legalization initiative; it was simply a decriminalization initiative, now law.

Oregon taxpayers spend $30,000 per year to incarcerate each of our state’s 200 citizens who are locked up for nonviolent marijuana convictions, according to data supplied via The Bus Project. Despite the passage of Measure 91, we still have a long way to go in the fight to end the senseless war on cannabis. According to The Human Solution International, a grassroots organization marching this year, the single most important thing you can do to help end prohibition is take action.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/attend-the-global-cannabis-march-in-portland-this-saturday/


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Top 420 Events For 2015

Category: Events | Posted on Fri, April, 10th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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4/20 is just ten days away. I have been compiling a list of events (which is a daunting task, because there are so many out there), which can be found below. I’ll be updating this list as my day job and life allow over the next ten days, so don’t consider it a polished finished post just yet. If I didn’t post an event, it’s because I haven’t had time to add it yet, not because I’m not recognizing it as a fun thing to do, so please keep that in mind.

Please help me out by e-mailing me at johnnygreen@theweedblog.com with any leads on events in your area, or post them in the comments so that others can benefit from your knowledge. I will be posting this list on 4/20 as well to remind people of what’s out there. April 20th is on a Monday this year, so many events will occur over the previous weekend. With no further delay, below is the messy list of 4/20 events that I have compiled so far:

Colorado

High Times Cannabis Cup

April 18-20th

Denver Mart 451 East 58th Avenue in Denver

More details about the event at the event homepage

Oregon

Cannabis Awareness Walk at the state Capitol in Salem

Event Details on Facebook

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/top-420-events-for-2015/


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High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup Proceeds Despite Threats By Mayor

Category: Events | Posted on Tue, November, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
cannabis-cup-issuesAmsterdam was once the ‘Mecca of marijuana.’ They had the best marijuana on the planet according to my friends that traveled there, and their laws were very liberal. After all, that’s why High Times always held their annual Cannabis Cup event there. But it appears that those days are gone, as this year’s Cannabis Cup has been the target of Amsterdam’s mayor. Per The Cannabist:
 
The Amsterdam ‎Cannabis Cup‬ was shut down on Sunday — its first day — for fear that “all participants would be arrested,” according to organizer High Times magazine.
 
The mag said the mayor’s office had issues with the legality of the Cannabis Cup.
 
“This morning we were informed that if were to proceed with the Cannabis Cup Expo the event would be shut down and all participants would be arrested,” High Times wrote on Sunday. “In the 26 years of the Cannabis Cup, there has never been any health or safety issues, nor has there been any lawlessness on the part of attendees.”
 
New rules in Amsterdam resulted in this year’s Cannabis Cup being dab free. Participants are not allowed to share marijuana either, which drastically changed the Cannabis Cup. Yet, despite the attempts by the Amsterdam mayor to crush the spirit of the Cup, the event moved on with seminars as planned. Per High Times:
 
It’s official: What should have been a death knell for this year’s Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam has only made us stronger.
 
All seminars held at the Melkweg today were packed. Cup attendees, even after all they have been through, remained in good spirits and eager to learn all the insider secrets (grow and otherwise) that were unveiled during the day.
 
Again, this Cup and been a difficult one so far, but we (both HIGH TIMES and all Cup attendees) are standing strong. Until tomorrow!
 
I’m curious to see what the future holds for the Amsterdam Cannabis Cup. With Amsterdam becoming more and more conservative with it’s marijuana laws, will the Cup continue to be held there? If so, will people keep attending the Cup knowing that it isn’t the same as it used to be? High Times is holding more and more Cups in America, so will people just start going to those instead of traveling to Amsterdam? While I only plan on attending Cups in America, it’s a sad day to know that the amazing event that has occurred in Amsterdam for so many years is not going to be the same as it used to be. In a way, it’s the end of an era.
 

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Hempstalk Permit Denied For 2015

Category: Events | Posted on Mon, November, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
hempstalk-permit-deniedWere you planning on attending Hempstalk in Oregon next year? Might have to rethink your plans unfortunately, as the Portland parks officials have denied the permit of Hempstalk Festival for 2015. Not only did the officials deny the permit, they waited until the day after Oregon’s vote to join Colorado and Washington in legal cannabis for recreational users. The park officials sent a letter the Paul Stanford the day after the vote. The letter said that Stanford couldn’t organize Hempstalk at Tom McCall Waterfront Park or any other public property.
 
 
Even though Hempstalk has previously been held in Portland, city officials stated that past years of the event haven’t been organized well. The disorganization they’re referring to means that attendees were smoking cannabis and the organizers of the event were unable or unwilling to intervene. On Wednesday, Shawn Rogers, the Parks Bureau customer service center, wrote that the denial of the permit stems from the inability of those organizing the event to manage it in accordance with the necessary condition that are clearly outlined for such an event. 
 
 
Lax rules at Hempstalk may end up being it’s downfall, as the city had people go to Hempstalk in order to see how things were going. Previously, the event had been held at Kelley Point Park in North Portland. Officials that attended said that there was a serious problem controlling those in the crowd that were smoking. Not only that but when Rogers himself attended the event, he heard speakers from the main stage telling attendees to go outside the front gates in order to smoke weed. Rogers said that the smoke was so thick, “I actually felt like I was at risk of getting high.”
 
 
Rogers and the other parks officials made sure to say that the denial of the Hempstalk 2015 permit isn’t a stab at the marijuana community in general. It’s more so about the ability of those who put on the event, as they previously haven’t followed the guidelines that the parks officials request. “There’s no reason why an event can’t be done legally, lawfully, and well managed,” Rogers said. It is nice to smoke marijuana at an event that’s related to the plant. But is it worse to not smoke or to just not have the event at all? 
 
 
“We intend to seek a writ of review,” Lawyer Ann Witte said in an email. “We will ask the court to stop the city cousin review until our case is heard in court."

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