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Travel Guru Rick Steves Has The Best Advice For Fighting ‘Big Marijuana’

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

grow your own weed‘Big Marijuana’ is like the boogeyman in the marijuana world right now. Marijuana opponents warn of the imminent demise of American society due to the threat of big marijuana. Those claims are nothing more than scare mongering. Many people in the marijuana movement and industry fear a corporate takeover of marijuana, and those fears are well founded in my opinion. Travel guru Rick Steves has some stellar advice to combat the corporate takeover of marijuana – grow your own.

Rick Steves offered up that advice in an interview he did with KUOW a few weeks back. The comments came as Rick Steves was discussing the need for Washington State to add a home cultivation provision to its marijuana legalization law. As it stands right now, Washington is the only state to legalize marijuana but yet not allow home cultivation. Per KUOW:

Rick Steves doesn’t think Big Marijuana should control your pot. That’s one reason people in Washington state should be able to grow their own weed, Steves told KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel.

“I don’t want marijuana to go the route of tobacco and have Joe Camel and Big Tobacco and Big Marijuana” dominate the industry, Steves said. “If there’s money to be made, it’s going to attract big corporate interests and they’re going to have the clout. I like the idea of having home grow because it gives people an option to having to buy something from a giant organization. They can just have a few plants on the window sill, and it’s not a big deal.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/travel-guru-rick-steves-has-the-best-advice-for-fighting-big-marijuana/


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Marijuana industry building a buzz

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER — Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson. Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine.

As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there’s a scramble to brand and trademark pot products.

The celebrity endorsements are just the latest attempt to add cachet to a line of weed. Snoop Dogg calls his eight strains of weed “Dank From the Doggfather Himself.” Nelson’s yet-to-be-released line says the pot is “born of the awed memories of musicians who visited Willie’s bus after a show.”

Read More:http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20160102-marijuana-industry-building-a-buzz.ece


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Marijuana gap divides Colorado towns that sell pot, those that don't

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

LOG LANE VILLAGE — An interesting David-and-Goliath dynamic is taking shape across Colorado's burgeoning commercial cannabis sector, with tiny communities friendly to the sale of recreational marijuana living in the shadow of large — and totally pot-shop-free — neighbors.

Manitou Springs, just a few miles from Colorado Springs, is the only place within a reasonable distance of the state's second-largest citywhere you can buy recreational weed. On the Eastern Plains, Log Lane Village plays the same role vis-…-vis Fort Morgan, a city 10 times its size.

Garden City, which weighs in at less than 1 square mile, has four recreational pot businesses. On the other side of 25th Street lurks Greeley, with more than 96,000 residents. It has none.

Read More:http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_29334878/marijuana-gap-divides-colorado-towns-that-sell-pot


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DEA Eases Restrictions on CBD Research to Benefit Big Pharma

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

There was speculation last week that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration might be on the verge of downgrading the Schedule I classification of the cannabis plant. Unfortunately, the end result proved the implications behind the rumors were somewhat overstated, as the agency simply moved to ease the restrictions surrounding one of the herb’s most infamous non-intoxicating compounds in an effort to abridge the research process for Big Pharma.

Last Wednesday, Tom Angell with the Marijuana Majority revealed that he had obtained a letter from Congressman Earl Blumenauer that suggested the Food and Drug Administration and DEA were finally working together to reclassify marijuana under federal law. Although the details were vague,the document, which was sent to Blumenauer by the Justice Department, clearly states that the “DEA is currently reviewing two petitions to reschedule marijuana in accordance with the [Controlled Substances Act].” 

The news of this development generated a great deal of excitement in marijuana advocates across the nation. The consensus was that regardless of how small the reform, if the federal government did finally decide to change the Schedule I status of the cannabis plant, it would be a big step in the right direction. An article published in SF Weekly suggested, “The drug is in a good position in Schedule I” because “there’s nowhere to go but down.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-eases-restrictions-cbd-research-benefit-big-pharma


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MILegalize Prospectus For 2016

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

michigan marijuana legalization milegalizeThe grassroots effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan is looking good for the 2016 portion of the campaign, according to campaign leadership.

“We are charging into the new year with focus and determination,” said MILeglaize Chair, Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank. “Petitioning and campaigning continue statewide while our organization handles the administration of the campaign in Lansing.”

Hank reflected on the past year with praise for the workers and volunteers who compose the MILegalize group. “Our 2015 plan was successful. We augmented the ‘volunteer army’ of petitioners with professionals to create a solid core group of activists and an indisputable volume of verified signatures.”

Those signatures collected by individual volunteers were returned to the campaign in mass quantities during the first few weeks of December. “So many signatures were turned in by volunteers before December 21 that our certification service was unable to log and verify all of them over the holidays,” said MILegalize Campaign Manager Chris Silva. “They are still being processed, and petitioners that missed the December 21 deadline can still mail their petitions in to our P.O. Box or return their paperwork to petitioning hubs.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/milegalize-prospectus-for-2016/


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Power Five Conference Schools Ease Penalties for Pot Use Among Athletes

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other recreational substances, according to an investigation undertaken by the Associated Press

Last year, the NCAA cut in half the penalty for athletes who failed pot screenings at its championship events. 

NCAA chief medical officer, Dr. Brian Hainline, called college sports’ drug policies wildly inconsistent. 

“There should be one policy and it should be transparent,” Hainline told the Wall Street Journal.

One change Hainline would favor—ending NCAA testing for pot and other recreational drugs while encouraging schools to adopt their own comprehensive deterrence programs. 

“Our competitive safeguards committee said we should decrease the ban because (athletes) really aren’t doing it (recreational drug use) because of cheating,” Hainline told the AP. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/power-five-conference-schools-ease-penalties-pot-use-among-athletes


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