Boston Globe Opposes Over-Regulation of Cannabis in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA -- This week, the Boston Globe came out with a surprising editorial saying that when it comes to marijuana legalization, the less regulation the better:

Should Massachusetts eventually legalize marijuana completely, it shouldn’t spawn another regulatory monster in the process... Anyone should be able to grow or sell legalized marijuana, subject to whatever taxes and age requirements the state enacts.
Not only was it a major shift in attitude on the issue of legalization in general, but even more surprising was how far it actually went, moving beyond the norm of recent victories in other states. This is very significant, as it's political influence is dominant in the Massachusetts media world. It gave a matter of fact acceptance of the end of prohibition, something never approached before in its editorial stance. But when it came to what kind of model of legalization is best, it came down squarely on minimal restrictions, much in line with Bay State Repeal's ideals in their campaign for the 2016 initiative. The Globe took the opportunity to attack the cronyism associated with the recent Massachusetts medical marijuana program, as well as the over-regulation of alcohol in the state, which became set in stone
Teen Facing Possible Life In Prison For Weed Brownies Says Independent Media Saved Him

Earlier this year, we reported on Jacob Lavoro of Round Rock, Texas’ story; at the time, he was being charged with a first degree felony for selling hash oil brownies. He was set to receive an absolutely insane possible sentence of life in prison for weed brownies. He is now

Bob Marley’s Heirs Licenses Singer’s Name to US Marijuana Firm

KINGSTON, JAMAICA — A U.S. private equity firm announced Tuesday it has joined the family of late reggae star Bob Marley in hopes of building what it touts as the “world’s first global cannabis brand.” Seattle-based Privateer Holdings announced Tuesday it has reached a licensing deal with Marley’s heirs to

North Texans Brave Cold To Protest for Medical Marijuana at State Rep’s Office

FRISCO, TX — Texan’s really want medical marijuana legalized.  Despite near freezing temperatures, about 45 advocates gathered at Republican Texas State Representative Scott Turner’s office in Frisco on Saturday to protest of his stance on medical marijuana and rally in support of Team Alexis. Recently Representative Turner met with the Bortell

Congress Unlikely to Block Marijuana Legalization in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, DC — At a press conference Thursday, the District of Columbia’s congressional delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), urged her colleagues to respect the will of the voters who overwhelmingly approved making marijuana legal in the nation’s capital last week. Norton was joined by three other congressmen, including Dana Rohrabacher

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Virginia Senate

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Virginia Senate

RICHMOND, VA — A bill that would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana has been filed in the Virginia Senate in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. If passed, Senate Bill 686, filed by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D – Alexandria), would…

Texas Marijuana Reform is Coming:  How Today’s Vote Can Have an Impact

Texas Marijuana Reform is Coming: How Today’s Vote Can Have an Impact

DALLAS, TX — Changing the draconian marijuana policies in Texas is no small task but a coalition of organizations have banded together to reform the Lone Star State:  The Marijuana Policy Project, DFW NORML, Progress Texas, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, Mothers Against Teen Violence, Texas NORML, MAMMA, Drug Policy…

MPP to Introduce Three New Marijuana Reform Bills in Texas

MPP to Introduce Three New Marijuana Reform Bills in Texas

AUSTIN, TX — As part of the Marijuana Policy Project’s multi-year legislative campaign in Texas, the Washington, DC based organization is developing bill proposals to address marijuana decriminalization, as well as allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons and eventually regulating it similarly to alcohol for adults in…

Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect in Philadelphia

Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The City of Philadelphia’s new fine structure for handling marijuana possession charges takes effect today. This will largely stop the procedure of using custodial arrests — handcuffs and holding cells — for small amounts of cannabis. Philadelphia Police will begin issuing civil citations instead — $25…

D.C. Council Approves Sealing Court Records for Marijuana Offenses

D.C. Council Approves Sealing Court Records for Marijuana Offenses

WASHINGTON, DC — Residents of the nation’s capital who have been convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses could apply to have those criminal records sealed under a bill granted initial approval by the D.C. City Council on Tuesday. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) introduced the record-sealing bill. He…

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Do Not Prosecute Medical Marijuana Related Offenses, Pennsylvania Lawmaker Says

Do Not Prosecute Medical Marijuana Related Offenses, Pennsylvania Lawmaker Says

HARRISBURG, PA — Sen. Daylin Leach has asked the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association not to prosecute offenses related to the medical use of marijuana. “Given the likelihood that using lifesaving medical cannabis will not be a legal issue in Pennsylvania for much longer, I ask that you consider using…

Pennsylvania House Adjourns Without Considering Medical Marijuana Bill

Pennsylvania House Adjourns Without Considering Medical Marijuana Bill

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania House adjourned for the year without considering a proposal to protect seriously ill patients who find relief from medical marijuana. Last month, the Senate overwhelmingly approved SB 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, in a 43-7 bipartisan vote. Despite overwhelming popular support, the…

Too Many Patients Left Out of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill

Too Many Patients Left Out of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Bill

In a landmark vote last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a limited medical marijuana bill that would provide some limited cannabis products to certain qualifying patients in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians suffering from epilepsy, seizure disorder, PTSD, MS and cancer patients will have limited access to medicinal cannabis products. Senators Mike…

Wisconsin Marijuana Activists Erect Billboard Calling Out Senators’ Obstruction of Medical Marijuana

Wisconsin Marijuana Activists Erect Billboard Calling Out Senators’ Obstruction of Medical Marijuana

MADISON, WI — The League of Marijuana Voters launched a billboard Monday that highlights two Wisconsin state senators’ obstruction of medical marijuana legalization. The first ever billboard advocating for medical marijuana legislation in Wisconsin is part of a new campaign targeting Senators Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Mary Lazich (R-New…

Bill to Add PTSD to New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Filed in Assembly

Bill to Add PTSD to New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program Filed in Assembly

TRENTON, NJ — A bill to add post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New Jersey was filed Monday. The bill, Assembly Bill 3726, is sponsored by Vincent Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) and Linda Stender (D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union). Post-traumatic stress disorder is…

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Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Stop Militarizing U.S. Law Enforcement

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Stop Militarizing U.S. Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced legislation to reform the Pentagon’s Military Transfer Program, which transfers military equipment to law enforcement. The program has come under increased scrutiny from lawmakers after images from Ferguson, Missouri, showed law enforcement dressed like combat soldiers,…

Federal Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced by Pennsylvania Republican

Federal Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced by Pennsylvania Republican

WASHINGTON, DC — A Republican Congressman from Pennsylvania will introduce a bill to Congress that would make cannabidiol legal under federal law.  Also known as CBD oil, the marijuana-based oil has been shown to reduce seizures in children with debilitating epilepsy. US Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) announced the bill at a press conference…

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

Sen. Rand Paul Proposes Amendment to Protect Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would keep the federal government from prosecuting medical marijuana patients and physicians as well as interfering with states that implement medical marijuana laws. The amendment was added to a jobs bill currently being heard on the Senate…

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

US House Votes to Limit Restrictions on State-Approved Marijuana Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC — A majority of members of the US House of Representatives voted last week in favor of an amendment that restricts the Treasury Department‘s ability to take action against financial institutions that possess relations with businesses engaged in state-sanctioned activities specific to cannabis commerce. The amendment, offered…

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

Medical Marijuana Patients Hail Landmark Victory with Another Unprecedented Vote in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC — Medical marijuana patients hailed another landmark victory Wednesday when Congress voted 231-192 to restrict Department of Treasury funds from “being used to prohibit or penalize a financial institution from providing services to a marijuana-related business that engages in activities permissible under state or local laws.” The amendment…

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