Louisiana House Passes Measure to Make Medical Cannabis Law Permanent

Louisiana’s full House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would make the state’s medical cannabis law permanent.

House Bill 823, filed by Representative Vincent Pierre (D), was passed by the House yesterday in a 69 to 23 vote. According to its official text, the measure; “Repeals the termination date of laws authorizing the recommendation or prescription of medical marijuana in the treatment of certain debilitating medical conditions”.

Louisiana’s current medical marijuana law, passed in 2016, allows those with a qualifying medical cannabis condition to purchase and use medical cannabis products, given they receive a recommendation from a physician. Qualifying  conditions include cachexia/wasting syndrome, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders/spasticity. This law is set to expire in 2020, but would become permanent under House Bill 823.

Earlier this month the House voted 60 to 39 to expand the list of qualifying  medical marijuana conditions to include intractable pain, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe muscle spasms and Parkinson’s disease.

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Bipartisan Federal Legislation Introduced to Facilitate Medical Cannabis Trials for Veterans

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives have filed legislation that would facilitate government-sponsored research on the use of medical cannabis by veterans.

The VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 (HR 5520) was filed by representative Timothy Waltz (D) with 34 bipartisan co-sponsors. The measure states that; “In carrying out the responsibilities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.. the Secretary may conduct and support research relating to the efficacy and safety of forms of cannabis.. on the health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions the Secretary determines appropriate.”

The measure authorizes “the Secretary to conduct and support research on the efficacy and safety of medicinal cannabis.”

According to recent polling published by The American Legion, 39% stated that they “know a veteran” who is using medical cannabis, with 21% saying they themselves “use cannabis to treat a mental or physical condition.”

If you support this proposal you can click here to urge your federal lawmakers to do the same.

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What 3 Things Make the PAX 3 the Sexiest Vape on the Planet?

Sex appeal. That’s what it’s all about with the PAX 3. It’s sleek, it’s compact, it’s minimalist… the iPhone of vaporizers. But where did this unique design come from? Why does it give off this feeling of style? The Californian based PAXLabs has got the branding for the PAX 3 spot on, and it is a pleasure to use. But how did they get to this stage? How did they come up with the most distinctive design on the market and inspire a generation of would-be dry herb vapers? Read on to find out more.

1) Apple Inspired Vape Design

There’s no doubt about where the inspiration for the PAX 3 comes from – just one glance at that matte finish and the distinct lack of any noticeable buttons exudes Apple, and by association, California. What a perfect companion for all you Apple fans out there who like a little bit of dry herb vaping in your life – hell, why not download the corresponding PAX app from the Apple App Store? 😉 In fact, the inspiration is so obviously taken from Apple it doesn’t just stop with the vape itself, let’s consider the packaging for a moment – an unnecessarily large white box with a hefty padded base protecting all the vital components of the PAX 3 (don’t go damaging those cleaning brushes!), ring any bells?

California Vaping

But seriously, when you see your PAX 3 sitting there on the living room table don’t you just dream of driving down the magnificent California coastline in the glorious sunshine, the waves breaking invitingly against the shore, vaping your PAX 3 just before an awesome surf sesh? I know this guy is…

If you’re interested in a less tongue-in-cheek breakdown, check out the latest review of the PAX 3 by Australian Vaporizers.

2) The PAX 3 is the Minimalist’s Wet Dream

What is it about a lack of stuff that gets

The Original 420 Events Took Place in San Francisco

I first heard about 420 in 1990, at a Grateful Dead show at the Oakland Coliseum, when a hippie breezed by our Cannabis Action Network (CAN) booth giving out fliers. They had a scrawny marijuana leaf drawn next to “420” and “Wake’n’Bake,” surrounding a proclamation asking everyone to “Smoke Pot at at 4:20.” The CAN crew quickly figured out it was 4:20 somewhere, more than 24 times a day, and got busy spreading the news to others.

From left: Ed Rosenthal, Debby Goldsberry and Steve Bloom at the 1994 Cannabis Action Network festival in Golden Gate Park.

CAN was on the road back then, driving from city to city hosting Hemp Tour events and rolling with big festivals like Lollapalooza, H.O.R.D.E. and Warped. This was pre-Internet, so we simply copied that flier and passed it out along the way. Each day at 4:20, in whatever time zone we were in, the crew would break out pipes, joints and bongs, knowing that people everywhere were joining us in solidarity. It was a great feeling to imagine all the others celebrating at the same time.

The original flier claimed 420 was a police code for pot-smoking in progress in California, starting a myth that still lingers today. It’s not; we’ve since learned that a bunch of students at San Rafael High School in Marin County started the phenomenon in the early 1970s, using 420 as their code to meet after school to get stoned. Ultimately, that group of friends, known as the Waldos, was credited with coining the term 420. They passed it around through Deadhead circles in the Bay Area until the 420 fliers mysteriously appeared on Shakedown Street at the Oakland Coliseum shows that closed out 1990.

CAN set up a national office in Berkeley in 1992. As the years went by, we kept spreading the message of 420. It was still rare enough to be subversive.

Federal Legislation to Legalize Hemp Advances to Senate Floor

Federal legislation that would legalize industrial hemp across the United States has rapidly advanced to the Senate floor.

Filed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), the proposed law (the Hemp Farming Act of 2018) would remove hemp from the federal controlled substances list, effectively legalizing its cultivation and production. In no small part due to the bill being filed by the Senate majority leader, it has been fast-tracked past the committee process and directly to the Senate floor. This is possible through the usage of a procedural move known as Rule 14. Although the move doesn’t guarantee the measure will receive a Senate vote, it makes it incredibly likely.

“By legalizing hemp and empowering states to conduct their own oversight plans, we can give the hemp industry the tools necessary to create jobs and new opportunities for farmers and manufacturers around the county,” McConnel said in a statement announcing the bill’s filing. The measure is cosponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D), Rand Paul (R) and Jeff Merkley (D).

In addition to legalizing hemp federally, the bill allows states to determine their own hemp laws and hemp regulations. Those wanting to research hemp would be able to receive a license from the Agriculture Department.

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How To Use A Water Pipe – Knowing The Parts

How To Use A Water Pipe: All The Important Pieces

The great thing about water pipes is they come in all different sizes and types. From tall, monstrous water pipes that stand at over three feet to small, portable and easy-to-manage water pipes, they all elicit a different experience.

For example, let’s say that you’ve recently just purchased a small, simple beaker water pipe. The instructions for this one are pretty easy: add water, add your substance of choice, grab a lighter and smoke away. Other water pipe combinations may have accessories like ash catchers, drop downs, dab nails and more that may be a little daunting to take in all at once.

Don’t sweat it. We’ll walk you through it. First, we’ll explain two different types of water pipes and their various parts.

Different Water Pipes: Stemless Water Pipes vs. Stemmed Water Pipes

While the water pipes shown here look drastically different from each other, you’ll find the steps it takes to use them are basically the same. Still, you might need to understand the different parts to get what we’re talking about.

Stemless Water Pipe Example

Let’s start by first dissecting this 16-inch water pipe. This awesome device is made up of many components, like the spinning disc splash guard. The neck, sitting slightly above the splash guard, is made of an impressive 50x7MM of Thick Ass Glass.  

As you move down the water pipe, you’ll find two honeycomb discs, which are a kind of percolator. The small holes aerate the water as you inhale. The purpose of this part is to allow for a smoother and more enjoyable hit.

Another important part of this stemless water pipe is the 16MM thick base. This base will keep your water pipe standing sturdy on your desk, table or nightstand.

Stemmed Water Pipe Example

Beaker water pipes like this stemmed example are more suited for first-time glass pipe owners.

Pennsyvania Officials Approve Whole Plant Medical Cannabis Use

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has approved allowing medical cannabis patients to use whole plant cannabis, and has also agreed to expand the state’s list of qualifying conditions.

At a hearing on Monday, the Department of Health approved changes to the Pennsylvania medical marijuana program that were recommended by the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board on April 9. This includes allowing patients to access medical marijuana flowers for vaporization in addition to the more expensive processed products they can currently obtain from dispensaries. Smoking marijuana would remain prohibited. It also approved several additions to the list of conditions for which patients can qualify for the program.

The Department of Health will promulgate official regulations with the changes on May 12.

Medical marijuana became available in Pennsylvania to registered patients in February. Only a fraction of the approved cultivation centers and dispensaries are currently operational, and patients are not permitted to purchase whole plant marijuana under the current system. This has led to product shortages and prohibitively expensive medicine throughout the state. There is more information about the benefits to patients of allowing whole plant marijuana here.

“Allowing cannabis in its natural, flower form and expanding the list of qualifying conditions will have a huge positive impact on seriously ill Pennsylvanians,” said Becky Dansky, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project, who helped lead the medical marijuana effort in the state legislature. “By being able to provide medical marijuana in plant form, producers will be able to get medicine into the hands of patients much more quickly and for much lower cost to patients. This is vitally important for patient access right now while the program is still getting off the ground and production is not yet at full capacity. We hope these rules are promulgated as quickly as possible so even more patients will be able to find relief.”

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Dab Rig vs. Water Pipe: What’s The Difference?

If you’re considering smoking or dabbing, you might wonder how a dab rig differs from a water pipe. The short answer is that a dab rig is a type of water pipe — but it’s designed specifically for smoking oils or concentrates.

While water pipes in general have a long- established history among the smoking community, dab rigs specifically are more of a recent trend and a peek into the future of smoking.

Both are great options to invest in, but depending on your smoking preferences, you’ll have a clear choice among these two popular smoking accessories.

Learn the major differences between dab rigs and water pipes and which one is right for your smoking preferences.

It’s All About What You’ll Be Smoking

First, you need to consider what you’ll be smoking with this pipe. Smokers who use water pipes primarily use them to smoke tobacco, dried herbs or flowers.

Meanwhile, if you are using a dab, also known as an oil rig, you’ll be using a legal concentrate along with wax, oil, or honey. To use the dab rig, you’ll heat up whatever you choose as your concentrate on the dab nail to vaporize it.

Dab Rig vs. Water Pipe Parts and Accessories

Just like how you’ll be smoking different things with these items, dab rigs and water pipes have different parts to help you do so.

Water pipes will use the traditional bowl piece along with a lighter to help you smoke the dried flowers, herbs or tobacco.

Meanwhile, dab rigs use a dab nail instead of a bowl piece. You’ll need to heat the dab nail with a torch to help you vaporize what you’ll be smoking.

Size Comparison

Another noticeable difference between these two systems is the overall size of water pipes compared to dab rigs. There’s a reason for this difference in size, and not just appearances. Water pipes tend to be larger with …

The Original Flyer That Sparked the 420 Phenomenon

Former Freedom Leaf senior editor Chris Goldstein interviewed editor-in-chief Steve Bloom about the origins of how the number 420 became synonymous with cannabis in 2016. Bloom was the first journalist to write about 420 when he worked at High Times in the 1990s.

Goldstein: You claim to have discovered 420. How did that happen?

Bloom: The last week of 1990 I went to several Grateful Dead shows at the Oakland Coliseum. I was walking in the parking lot and someone handed me a half page flyer. It had this message that people should smoke together at 4:20 and on 4/20. I brought it back to High Times in New York. We passed it around the office and everyone got a kick out of it. I was news editor at the time. I transcribed the flyer and published it in the May 1991 issue. My little write up in High Times was the first time “420” got any national publicity.

Goldstein: What did the flyer say?

Bloom: Four-twenty started in San Rafael, CA in the late ‘70’s. It started as police code for

How To Diagnose And Treat Magnesium Deficiency In Cannabis | HMJ

magnesium deficiency cannabis plant

If you’ve ever done any kind of gardening—any kind at all—chances are you’ve said these words at least once: “What the deuce is wrong with these plants?!” All right, maybe not those exact words, but something to that effect. This sentiment is usually followed by some level of panic because there’s now a very real possibility that you could lose the plant completely (i.e., it dies).

This is especially true when you’re growing cannabis because the end result is a homegrown psychedelic trip or some much-needed medication. So there’s real value waiting for you at the end of this particular rainbow.

One of the more common “What the…” problems is magnesium deficiency in cannabis. It can affect any strain at any time and eventually leads to the complete failure of your crop (again, that’s DEATH, boys and girls). So what’s a concerned cannasseur to do if magnesium deficiency rears its ugly head? Treat the problem and prevent it from happening again, that’s what.

But how exactly can you tell if it’s magnesium deficiency or something else entirely? The experts at Honest Marijuana are here to help. We’ll be your superhero!

In this article, we’ll tell you how to diagnose, treat, and prevent magnesium deficiency in your cannabis plants. Along the way, we’ll also answer some other important questions, such as:

  • What is magnesium?
  • What does magnesium do in cannabis?
  • Can pH levels affect magnesium absorption?
  • How long after diagnosis until your plants look better?

That’s a lot to get to, and we realize the life of your precious pot plants is on the line. Time is of the essence, so let’s get started saving the day. Cue Mighty Mouse theme song.

What Is Magnesium?

Magnesium (Mg) is a chemical element on the periodic table (number 12 for those of you who were curious). It was “discovered” in 1618 by Henry Wicker’s cows (seriously, look it up). One hundred and …

Study: Those in the Food Services Industry Most Likely to Use Marijuana, Those in Mining, Oil, and Gas Least Likely

A new Colorado-based study released by the CDC examines the likelihood of a person being a marijuana consumer based on the industry they currently work in.

The study, titled Current Marijuana Use by Industry and Occupation — Colorado, 2014–2015, was released by the CDC on Friday.  Using the 2014 and 2015 BRFSS [Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System] data combined, “state-weighted percentages were calculated, and bivariate analyses using a Rao-Scott chi-square test were performed to compare the prevalence of marijuana use by age group, sex, and race/ethnicity.” In addition, “prevalence and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to compare the prevalence of marijuana use by industry and occupation.”

Among the combined 26,936 respondents* in the BRFSS 2014 and 2015 surveys, 18,848 (70.0%) were given the opportunity to answer the question of whether they had ever used marijuana or hashish, and 18,674 (99.1%) responded (either positively or negatively) to the question. Of those respondents, 10,169 (54.5%) indicated that they were employed or had been out of work for less than 1 year. Among the 10,169 workers responding, 14.6% reported using marijuana during the preceding 30 days.

The prevalence of current marijuana use was higher among persons aged 18–25 years (29.6%) than among persons aged 26–34 years (18.6%) and persons aged ≥35 years (11.0%), and higher among men (17.2%) than among women (11.3%). By race/ethnicity, prevalence of current marijuana use was highest among non-Hispanic whites (15.3%), followed by Hispanics (15.1%) and non-Hispanic blacks (14.5%).

Below is a breakdown of marijuana users by industry, starting with the industry with the highest percentage of users, down to the industry with the lowest percentage:

Accommodation and Food Services — 30.1%
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation — 28.3%
Other Services (except Public Administration) — 20.9%
Construction — 19.7%
Real Estate, Rent, Lease — 19.6%
Retail Trade — 18.9%
Administration, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services — 18.8%
Information — 18.2%
Manufacturing — 16.3%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing/Hunting —

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Slow Data Reporting Leaves State’s Current Marijuana Market Unknowable

Reporting on Washington State’s legal marijuana market is slow-going, with data released by the Liquor and Cannabis Board being months behind other states.

Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, which oversees the state’s legal marijuana industry, operates a neat and fairly comprehensive Marijuana Dashboard which has detailed statistical information regarding marijuana sales, licensing and production. The problem is that the Board seems be incredibly slow at collecting data, and/or reporting it.

The latest monthly sales data for Washington’s marijuana industry was released by the Board roughly two months ago. This was data for October, 2017. This means that data for November, 2017 and onward is unreported and completely unknown by anyone outside of the Board (or maybe it’s even unknown to them). By contrast, in Oregon and Colorado, states which have their Department of Revenues overseeing their marijuana markets, sales and tax data is reported through February of this year. This means that they’re four months ahead of Washington’s available data, and just one month behind current time (this makes March the only finished month where data isn’t yet available, though it will be soon).

Although data being released so slowly isn’t a life-changer for most people. even for those in the industry, it’s another sign that the Board may not be entirely fit to handle the job they’ve been tasked to do. Way back in 2015 we reported on how the Board was utterly confused about the state’s then-new medical marijuana law, and was giving bad advice to medical marijuana collectives that could have led to them receiving felony charges.

We reached out to the Liquor and Cannabis Board for their thoughts on this issue but they have yet to respond.

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Republicans Hijack the Marijuana News Cycle

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) says he’s made a deal with President Trump that will protect businesses in legal marijuana states.

It was a big week for Republicans and weed. First, on Apr. 11, former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he’d joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a cannabis company “with cultivation, processing and dispensing operations across 11 states.”

Two days later, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said he’d struck a deal with President Trump that would allow recreational marijuana business in the nine legal states to operate without federal interference. Gardener stated:

“Late Wednesday (Apr. 11), I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole Memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry. Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix the states’ rights issue once in for all.”

In exchange, Gardner said he would no longer block Trump’s Justice Department nominees.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Gardner’s remarks:

“We’re always consulting Congress about issues, including states’ rights, of which

Trump Administration Pledges to Not Interfere With State Marijuana Laws, Support Federal Legislative Change

President Trump has pledged that the federal government won’t interfere with state laws that legalize marijuana, and says he’ll support legislative efforts to cement this.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) says that he has received commitment from President Donald Trump that the administration will not take action to disrupt marijuana markets in states that legally regulate the substance, and because of this will s top his blocking  of all  Department of Justice nominees.

“Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” Says Gardner. “Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.”

He added: “Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all. Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees.”

White House Press Secretary confirmed during a press conference that Trump has spoken to Garnder about marijuana on several occasions.

“We applaud this commitment from President Trump, who promised during his campaign to take a federalist approach with regard to marijuana policy”, says NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri. “That campaign promise was not reflected by Trump’s appointment of longtime marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General or any of the actions that Sessions has taken since becoming the nation’s top law enforcement officer.”

Altieri continues; “With the President now reiterating this commitment, it is time for Congress to do its part and swiftly move forward bipartisan legislation that explicitly provides states with the authority and autonomy to set their own marijuana policies absent the fear of federal incursion. Doing so would not only follow through one of Trump’s campaign promises, but it would codify the will of the overwhelming majority …

Lead the Marijuana Legalization Movement

The Marijuana Policy Project is looking for our next Executive Director to run the nation’s leading marijuana policy reform organization! We are taking advantage of our first-ever change in executive leadership to cast the widest net possible so we can find just the right person to lead us into the future at this critical juncture in marijuana policy.

We are looking for a leader with a personal commitment to marijuana policy reform and individual liberty who has the drive, skills, and experience to end marijuana prohibition. Marijuana reform is one of the country’s most popular and bipartisan issues, with public support more than doubling over the last 20 years. The opportunity has never been greater to make historic changes to the nation’s marijuana laws.

The Executive Director will lead the team responsible for over half of the current medical marijuana and adult use legalization laws in the country. The position develops and implements the organization’s political strategy and goals in conjunction with the staff and Board of Directors. Ensuring fiscal stability is a major part of the job, and the ideal candidate will have a track record of successful fundraising and a demonstrated ability to run a fast-paced, mission-driven organization of 20 or more employees with a primary focus on changing laws.

Find the full job description here.

Interested parties should contact edsearch@mpp.org with a cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references.

Matthew Schweich, the current executive director, is committed to leading the organization until his successor has been named. He will then focus his attention on the Michigan and Utah ballot initiatives campaigns. Mr. Schweich joined MPP in early 2015 as the director of state campaigns, and he was the campaign director for the 2016 legalization ballot initiative campaigns in Maine and Massachusetts, and also worked on the 2016 Nevada campaign. He was named executive director of MPP in November 2017.

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Louisiana House Votes to Significantly Expand Medical Marijuana Program

Louisiana’s full House of Representatives has voted to expand the state’s medical marijuana program (passed in 2015).

The House voted 60 to 39 yesterday to expand the list of qualifying  medical marijuana conditions. Filed by Representative Ted James, the House-approved legislation would add intractable pain, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe muscle spasms and Parkinson’s disease to the conditions eligible for medical marijuana use. A separate measure by Representative Rodney Lyons, which has already passed the House, would also add autism to the list.

“We’ve got a lot of vets who don’t want to take drugs, the heavy drugs,” says Representative Kenny Cox, a retired Army officer who argued that the law could help military veterans suffering from PTSD. The proposal must now be passed by the Senate before it can be sent to Governor John Bel Edwards for consideration.

“If we can prolong life and ease pain for one young person, one senior with this bill, I think we’re headed in the right direction,” says Representative James.

Passed in 2015 and altered in 2016, Louisiana’s current medical marijuana law allows those with cancer, cerebral palso, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and other specific conditions to use marijuana in non-smokeable forms such as oils, sprays, pills and  topicals (like lotions).

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Alaska Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed into law a bill legalizing industrial hemp.

Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 6 today, which was filed by Senator Shelley Hughes. The measure was passed unanimously by both the Senate (18 to 0) and House of Representatives (36 to 0).

The new law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from the definition of marijuana. This effectively removes hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances, allowing it to be grown as an agricultural commodity.  Senate Bill 6 also clarifies that “cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil””,and clarifies that “adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product”.

“It was time to remove hemp from the marijuana statutes,” says Senator Hughes. “There’s no psychoactive impact from hemp. If you were to smoke acres and acres and acres of hemp, all you would get would be a sore throat and a cough.”

Hughes continues; “I just want to use Alaska hemp. It’s been frustrating for us, just because our business is entirely made up of products that we wild-craft or grow ourselves. And so the hemp seed oil, that would just change everything for us, to have it completely Alaska-grown and made herbs and plants in our products.”

The full text of Senate Bill 6 can be found by clicking here.

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They Say It’s an Evolution: On John Boehner’s Cannabis Switcheroo

The April 11 announcement from Acreage Holdings, a diversified multistate cannabis corporation headquartered in New York, that former House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, would join its board of advisors affirms reformers’ lament that the closer the U.S. gets to legalizing cannabis, the more persecutors-turned-profiteers like Boehner will seek to join the nascent and booming industry.

Despite being a well-known devoted consumer of tobacco and alcohol, Boehner in his 20-plus years in Congress voted against all proposed measures to reform any aspect of cannabis prohibition—from adult use to industrial hemp to medical access. Every single one.

As recently as 2015, Boehner opposed the effort to legalize recreational use in Ohio, his home state. In 2011, he said marijuana should remain a Schedule I drug, stating: “I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of a variety of drugs.”

Predictably, since Colorado and Washington legalized the commercial production, sale and taxation of cannabis products in 2012, individuals previously associated with maintaining cannabis prohibition and advocating for rigorous law enforcement have begun using their positions of power and influence to profit from the fruits of decades of advocacy work by nonprofit organizations like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Drug Policy Alliance, Marijuana Policy Project and the American Civil Liberties Union.

We Have a Winner for MPP’s 2018 Shirt Design Contest!

After two rounds of voting by thousands of our supporters across the U.S.A. — beginning with a public vote on Facebook before moving on to a members-only vote —we are excited to announce the winner of the Marijuana Policy Project’s 2018 T-shirt Design Contest.

Congratulations to Michelle Geiger of Apollo Beach, Florida! Her polished and imaginative design features our organization’s full name, our motto We Change Laws, our website URL (mpp.org), and our inaugural year all cleverly shaped to represent MPP’s nationwide impact. 

We look forward to using this new shirt to help amplify our advocacy and educational efforts on the state and federal levels, starting with its unveiling at the National Cannabis Festival on April 21, 2018 in Washington, D.C. It will also be available in multiple color and size variations on our online shop this summer.

Thanks to everyone who participated in MPP’s 2018 Design Contest and for your ongoing commitment to MPP’s mission. Between the integral role MPP played in passing adult-use marijuana legalization in Vermont and our successful efforts to secure state medical marijuana protections in Congress, we have already made significant progress this year. With upcoming ballot initiatives in Utah (medical marijuana), Michigan (adult-use), and other states this year, your continued support is crucial.

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Former House Speaker John Boehner Reverses Position on Marijuana

Early this week, former Republican House Speaker John Boehner announced his support for descheduling marijuana at the federal level. At the same time, he revealed his plans to become advisor to a multi-state marijuana industry firm with dozens of locations. This is a stark departure from his previous stance on marijuana. While in Congress, Boehner voted in favor of legislation that prevented the District of Columbia from implementing its voter-approved medical marijuana program for more than a decade, and was a vocal opponent of legalization.

Marijuana Moment reports:

Boehner, along with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R), is joining the Board of Advisors of Acreage Holdings, which holds 35 licenses for cannabis businesses across the U.S.

“When you look at the number of people in our state and federal penitentiaries, who are there for possession of small amounts of cannabis, you begin to really scratch your head,” Boehner said. “We have literally filled up our jails with people who are nonviolent and frankly do not belong there.”

In a tweet, Boehner, who did not endorse marijuana law reform while serving as the House’s top official, said he now supports removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, a process known as descheduling.

In a 2011 letter to a constituent, the speaker wrote, “I am unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug. I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.”

But now, Boehner says that he and Weld will advise Acreage on navigating confusing and conflicting federal and state marijuana laws.

While Boehner should be commended for seeing reason and adding his voice to those calling for sensible marijuana policy reform, many advocates are concerned that he is set to profit from policies he opposed and is not doing enough to counteract the impact of his words and actions while in office.

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Maine Legislature Passes Commercial Marijuana Regulations

This week, the Maine House and Senate overwhelmingly passed LD 1719, which would set up Maine’s adult-use marijuana market. MPP was neutral on the bill, as it removed social club licensing from the initiative voters passed in 2016. LD 1719 also reduced the number of plants adults can cultivate at home from six to three flowering plants. That said, it’s been 18 months since Maine voters passed Question 1, and it is time that adults had a legal place to purchase marijuana.

Given the veto-proof margins that LD 1719 passed by, we are uncertain if Gov. LePage will veto the bill. If he does, many lawmakers will have to change their votes to sustain his veto. We will keep you posted on what happens next.

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Study: Marijuana Legalization Associated With Reduction in Crime, Drug and Alcohol Use

The legalization of marijuana is associated with a reduction in crime, as well as drug and alcohol use, according to a new study published by the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

“First-pass evidence is provided that the legalization of the cannabis market across US states is inducing a crime drop”, states the study’s abstract. “We exploit the staggered legalization of recreational marijuana enacted by the adjacent states of Washington (end of 2012) and Oregon (end of 2014). Combining county-level difference-in-differences and spatial regression discontinuity designs, we find that the policy caused a significant reduction in rapes and property crimes on the Washington side of the border in 2013–2014 relative to the Oregon side and relative to the pre-legalization years 2010–2012.

Researchers found that legalization “also increased consumption of marijuana and reduced consumption of other drugs and both ordinary and binge alcohol. ”

More information on this study, conducted at the University of Bologna in Italy, can be found by clicking here.

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Albuquerque Mayor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinance Into Law

The mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico has signed into law an ordinance that decriminalizes the personal possession of marijuana.

The new law, approved by the city council earlier this month in a 5 to 4 vote, makes the possession of up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana a simple $25 ticket. It was signed into law today by Mayor Tim Keller (D). A similar proposal was vetoed by then-Mayor Richard Berry (R) in 2015.

“At the end of the day, our police officers have more important things to do”, says Councilmember Pat Davis, who filed the measure with Councilmember Isaac Benton.  Davis compares the ticket that would be given to those possessing an ounce or less of marijuana to a traffic ticket.

Albuquerque is by far the most populated city in New Mexico with roughly 560,000 residents, roughly a fourth of all residents in New Mexico (which has a population of slightly over 2 million).

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Colorado Senate Approves Bill Allowing School Nurses to Give Medical Marijuana to Patients

Legislation that would make it legal for school nurses to give medical marijuana to students who are registered patients has been passed by Colorado’s full Senate.

House Bill 1286 was passed today through its third and final reading in the Senate; the vote was 47 to 17. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where passage would send it to the desk of Governor John Hickenlooper.

According to the official summary of House Bill 1286; “Under current law, a primary caregiver may possess and administer medical marijuana in a nonsmokeable form to a student while the student is at school. The bill allows a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee, who may or may not be an employee of the school, to also possess and administer medical marijuana to a student at school.” The bill “provides a school nurse or the school nurse’s designee protection from criminal prosecution if he or she possesses and administers medical marijuana to a student at school.”

The full text of this proposal can be found by clicking here.

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