South Dakota hemp bill advances despite Public Safety warning that hemp sends “mixed messages” to kids

Published: Feb 16, 2017, 2:48 pm • Updated: Feb 16, 2017, 2:48 pm By James Nord, The Associated Press PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota residents who pass background checks and get a license from the state agriculture department would be allowed to cultivate industrial hemp under a measure a House…

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Leading the way: Denver starts work on allowing public marijuana use, a first in U.S.

Published: Jan 18, 2017, 8:21 am • Updated: Jan 18, 2017, 8:29 am By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press DENVER — Denver is starting work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios…

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Ringing in 2017 in Las Vegas? Police send warnings about public pot use

Published: Dec 30, 2016, 8:44 am • Updated: Dec 30, 2016, 8:44 am By Michelle Rindels, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Police will fan out in force both in uniform and undercover to keep crowds safe during Las Vegas’ extravagant New Year’s Eve celebration, authorities said Thursday. Law enforcement…

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Just say whoa: We’re a more educated public about marijuana than we were in the 1980s

Published: Nov 23, 2016, 7:24 am • Updated: Nov 23, 2016, 7:25 am By The Cannabist Staff Knowledge about marijuana has come a long way from the days of “Just Say No” and D.A.R.E. “To me, my biggest awareness of drug education growing up was the cast-iron skillet and the…

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Public Policy Institute Of California Finds 60% Support For Marijuana Legalization

The campaign behind California’s ‘Adult Use of Marijuana Act’ has turned in more than 600,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. 365,880 of those signatures need to be valid for that to happen. The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) recently released poll results which found very strong support…

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Blumenauer, Conyers, Other Members Call On Obama To Highlight Importance Of Public Health-Centered Approach To International Drug Policy

Yesterday, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and John Conyers (MI-13) led 12 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to highlight the importance of a less punitive and more public health-centered approach to international drug policy at the upcoming United…

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Maine Department of Agriculture To Hold Public Hearing On Draft Hemp Regulations

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF) is holding a hearing on the draft hemp regulations and seeking public input. If you can, we urge you to attend the hearing and present testimony. If you can’t make it, you can still submit your comments on the draft rules…

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Pittsburgh City Council To Hold Public Hearing On Marijuana Decriminalization Tomorrow

Late last year the City of Philadelphia decriminalized marijuana possession. Prior to that marijuana possession was a crime, which was punishable by an arrest, a criminal charge, and a fine. The total estimated cost for each arrest was $ 1,266 according to the RAND Corporation. Now getting caught with a…

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University Of Michigan-Dearborn Hosts Update On Marijuana And Public Health Policy

(image via The Compassion Chronicles) The University of Michigan- Dearborn will host an academic and professional lecture on public health policy and medical/legal marijuana in Michigan at the Fairlane Campus South on December 3, 2015. The lecture is titled, “Why Public Health is Best Policy Route for MM and for Legalization…

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