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Lawrence Pasternack: Don't listen to the lies about medical marijuana in Oklahoma

Lawrence Pasternack: Don't listen to the lies about medical marijuana in Oklahoma

The opponents to State Question 788 are treating Oklahomans as if we are idiots.

Pawnee County Sheriff Mike Waters is telling us that if the proposal passes, “an 18-year-old can go to a veterinarian, say he gets headaches, and then be given a two-year license to carry enough marijuana for 85 joints.” I do not know what he was reading, but Section 1, Paragraph M of SQ 788, says that applications must be approved by “an Oklahoma Board certified physician.” Don’t let Sheriff Waters lie to you.

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Greeley Gallery: How Alternative Facts Fuel America’s Marijuana Laws

Greeley Gallery: How Alternative Facts Fuel America’s Marijuana Laws

Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, made it his mission to rid the U.S. of all drugs, including marijuana. He’s the man behind The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which set America on the fast track to a complete ban on marijuana. The guy’s influence is all over the restrictive marijuana laws that Americans live with today.

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Ganjapreneur: Russian Government Attempts to Silence U.S.-Based Cannabis Educator

Ganjapreneur: Russian Government Attempts to Silence U.S.-Based Cannabis Educator

The Russian government has distanced itself from a growing trend of international cannabis normalization with a fruitless and comedic attempt at controlling the free speech rights of a U.S. citizen. Medical cannabis entrepreneur and educator Jerry Whiting was warned this week by the Russian government to stop distributing information online related to the growing of cannabis.

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DPA: How Did Marijuana Become Illegal in the First Place?

DPA: How Did Marijuana Become Illegal in the First Place?

To understand how we ended up here, it is important to go back to what was happening in the United States in the early 1900’s just after the Mexican Revolution. At this time we saw an influx of immigration from Mexico into states like Texas and Louisiana. Not surprising, these new Americans brought with them their native language, culture and customs. One of these customs was the use of cannabis as a medicine and relaxant.

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Ganjapreneur: Cannabis Breathalyzer Expected to Release Sometime Next Year

Ganjapreneur: Cannabis Breathalyzer Expected to Release Sometime Next Year

You’re undoubtedly familiar with the breathalyzer, an electronic device that measures an individual’s blood alcohol content using a sample of his or her breath. In fact, if you are a licensed driver anywhere in the United States, you have given your implied consent to a breathalyzer test if you are ever pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving.

Soon, you might also have to give implied consent to a breath test for recent marijuana use. A breath-based test that can measure the amount of delta-9 THC present in an individual’s bloodstream could be available sometime next year, according to researchers at Washington State University.

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Hightimes: States’ Rights Bill Could End Prohibition Without Congressional Repeal Process

Hightimes: States’ Rights Bill Could End Prohibition Without Congressional Repeal Process

While some of the nation’s more limp-wristed legislators are working to attach hollow riders to the next federal spending bill in hopes of providing some illusory protection for legal marijuana states, one lawmaker is pushing for a more finite plan to disarm nationwide marijuana enforcement in states that have and will legalize the leaf for either medical or recreational purposes. 

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Ganjapreneur: Colorado Monthly Marijuana Sales Top $100 Million; Businesses Still Struggle With Cash Overflow

Ganjapreneur: Colorado Monthly Marijuana Sales Top $100 Million; Businesses Still Struggle With Cash Overflow

Sales of Colorado cannabis broke the $100 million mark in August for the first time. Recreational sales made up $59.2 million of the total, while medical sales came in at $41.4 million.

“It means that $100 million is going to licensed, taxpaying businesses, creating jobs and helping to build new schools, instead of going to cartels and drug dealers — as is the case in the 46 states that don’t regulate marijuana,” said Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project.

The only problem for business owners remains finding a place to deposit all that cash.

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DPA: 6,000 People to be Released from Federal Prison Following New Drug Sentencing Guidelines

DPA: 6,000 People to be Released from Federal Prison Following New Drug Sentencing Guidelines

Starting in November, 6,000 federal prisoners will be released from federal prison, an unprecedented move that is the result of changes made by the U.S. Sentencing Commission last year that lowered federal sentencing guidelines for people convicted under draconian drug war-era laws.

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