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Dallas Cop to Help Mobilize Marijuana Activists In Tyler, Texas On Saturday

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisLocal marijuana policy reform advocates, including an active-duty Dallas police officer, will gather Saturday for an advocacy training event at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce in Tyler. Details of the event are available at http://texasmarijuanapolicy.org/training-tyler/.

The event, hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is the fourth in a series of events being held around the state as part of an effort to inject the marijuana policy debate into 2016 state legislative races. Regional events are also scheduled for Houston on December 12, Amarillo on January 9, and Lubbock on January 10.

The featured speaker at Saturday’s event will be Nick Novello, an officer with the Dallas Police Department and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Members of the media are invited to listen to his presentation at 3:30 p.m. CT, and he will be available for interviews immediately after.

“I work toward marijuana legalization because, as an active police officer, I have an obligation to improve public safety and protect my community,” Officer Novello said. “Regulation and education will focus police resources on more important crimes and make the drug more difficult for children to get. By every measure, marijuana prohibition has failed. Safer communities are within reach.”

Joining Officer Novello will be Michael Bullock, legislative director for State Rep. David Simpson, who will offer tips on meeting with lawmakers to discuss marijuana policy reform. Rep. Simpson is currently facing off with Rep. Bryan Hughes in the Republican primary race for Texas Senate District 1, which encompasses Tyler. Earlier this year, both representatives were co-authors of a bill to remove the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for simple marijuana possession.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/dallas-cop-to-help-mobilize-marijuana-activists-in-tyler-texas-on-saturday/


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Royal Canadian Mounted Police Raid Three Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In B.C.

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 4th 2015 by THCFinder
royal canadian mounted police medical marijuana raid

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After the most recent election in Canada, a lot of people feel that marijuana legalization is inevitable in Canada. And rightfully so, because the person leading the charge is the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. This is something that Canadian police seem to be aware of too, but instead of embracing the impending changes to Canadian marijuana policy, they did the opposite and raided three medical marijuana dispensaries in B.C. this week. Per Vice News:

In seeming defiance of the new government’s intention to legalize marijuana, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have followed through on their threat to bust three medical marijuana dispensaries in British Columbia. And at least one is vowing to re-open.

“It is unfortunate that the RCMP decided the best way to deal with the coming change in cannabis laws was to detain front line clerks and attempt to prevent access of medical cannabis patients,” reads a statement from Trees Dispensary, released Tuesday evening.

The Nanaimo medical marijuana store said that the raid on their storefront “[flies] in the face of public opinion, and the stance of our newly-­elected federal government.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/royal-canadian-mounted-police-raid-three-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-in-b-c/


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How To Get Senior Citizens To Vote For Marijuana Reform

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

robert platshorn silver tour washington dc rally event seniors senior citizensStatistically speaking, senior citizens are the most likely demographic to oppose marijuana reform. That’s a big problem when you also consider the fact that senior citizens vote at a higher rate than anyone else. Whenever I look at polling for certain campaign efforts, I always look at the senior citizen polling first. I always sit and daydream about how easy it would be to end marijuana prohibition in state after state if the marijuana reform movement was able to get even a small percentage of those ‘no’ senior citizen voters to change to the ‘yes’ side.

It seems like so many campaigns, organizations, and reform efforts quickly disregard the senior citizen demographic, as if it’s just hopeless and no one should even try to change seniors’ minds. A truly comprehensive campaign strategy (or awareness strategy leading up to the launch of a campaign) would have a plan in place to reach seniors. If only there was an easy way to do that…

Insert Robert Platshorn, and The Silver Tour. Robert Platshorn is probably the most dynamic public speaker I have ever seen from the marijuana movement, and maybe anywhere else. I first heard him speak at the 2012 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles. Within seconds of grabbing the microphone on a panel dealing with reform efforts, the entire crowd (including and especially myself) was captivated and hanging on his every word. He has a way of putting some amazing humor together with cannabis reform educational facts that leave you always wanting more.

I don’t think that’s a coincidence, because Robert Platshorn was one of, if not the, original pitchman (feel free to factcheck). Whether he was the first or not is irrelevant, because he is definitely a stellar public speaker regardless. Jay Smoker and I have always wondered why every campaign and organization in America doesn’t swoop him up and put him on a senior citizen center tour across America. Imagine how many minds would be changed?

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-to-get-senior-citizens-to-vote-for-marijuana-reform/


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San Jose leaders eye changes to medical marijuana rules

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

SAN JOSE -- With just weeks to go before a December deadline for compliance, medical marijuana providers are still balking at some of San Jose's rules and city officials are offering to ease them.

 
 

Nineteen pot providers have been seeking to meet San Jose's regulatory requirements by December 18. The rules, adopted in June 2014, restrict pot stores to select industrial and commercial areas away from schools and parks and impose a host of security, tax payment and other requirements. Dispensaries that fail to meet the requirements by the deadline face closure.

But one rule in particular requiring pot stores to demonstrate that their marijuana is cultivated locally and not from collectives around the state remains a sticking point. City officials planned to ask the City Council to ease the rules Tuesday, allowing another five months for shops to sell through products obtained from "third-party" vendors and letting San Jose pot clubs buy and sell to one another.

Read More:http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29180432/san-jose-leaders-eye-changes-medical-marijuana-rules


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Does High-Potency Marijuana Do More Damage To The Brain?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

There’s been a long and heated debate about whether marijuana actually triggers long-term changes in a person, both neurologically and psychologically. Some research has found that pot is linked to psychotic symptoms, and it’s certainly been linked to schizophrenia across multiple studies. However, it’s a bit of a chicken-or-egg problem, since it can be difficult to tell which is the pre-existing “condition,” the pot smoking or the psychological/psychotic symptoms. Now, a new study from King’s College London finds that smoking skunk, a high-potency variety of pot, is linked to changes in the white matter connections between the two hemispheres of the brain. And this seems to be true whether a smoker experiences psychosis or not.

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/11/28/does-high-potency-marijuana-damage-the-brain/


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How To Help Medical Marijuana Legalization In Arkansas

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, November, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

Arkansas medical marijuanaI received the following alert from the Arkansas medical marijuana campaign:

Arkansans for Compassionate Care volunteers have been working hard over the past year to collect the 138,000 raw signatures needed to make the 2016 ballot. We currently have more than 50,000 signatures and are continuing to collect them daily. But as the months go on, we’ll need to hire professional canvassers to collect the rest. That’s why we need you to chip in $20 or more to help.

We’ve launched an event called Giving Tuesday (Dec 1st) and are calling on all our supporters and friends to donate on this one day event. We’re asking that you pledge to donate now, ask your friends to donate and share our event on Facebook.

It’s critical that during the winter and holiday season, we hire professional canvassers to work full time collecting signatures. We’re confident we can make the ballot and win in 2016, but we’re going to need your help to make it happen.

Can we count on you to donate $20 or more?

With your help, we can get on the ballot sooner and start helping thousands of Arkansas patients and their families.

P.S. Can you donate $20 or more to help Arkansans for Compassionate Care make the ballot and win in 2016?

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-to-help-medical-marijuana-legalization-in-arkansas/


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