California 2014 Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition Repeal Ballot Initiative Update | The Weed Blog

California 2014 Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition Repeal Ballot Initiative Update | The Weed Blog

Almost one year has passed since publicly began the effort to place a Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition Repeal Initiative on the 2014 California ballot. The seeds of the plan were primarily initiated by the failure of Prop 19 and the failure by California advocates to coordinate their efforts to make the ballot in 2012. In fact, when it was known that there was going to be 2, then 3, then…6 different efforts in 2012, it became apparent that they were all doomed to fail. And they did. Split advocacy and the resulting split funding efforts were not a winning solution in California. What was needed was an attempt to consolidate.

Over this time, made the most significant effort possible within the California movement to coordinate and unify all supporters. The website forum was utilized continuously to offer information, solicit input and make sure above all that everyone in California had an opportunity to participate in the Initiative development process. We reached out to those who were supportive and especially those who weren’t. We offered a public forum for everyone to participate and voice their opinions. We held meetings and conferences and reached out directly to all sides in the hopes of working together toward a mutual goal.

The process began with a single page base document that was posted to the forum. This was the first step on what has become in many ways an historical journey. According to input from several political advisers and legal experts, what was evolving was a thoroughly researched and legally vetted document created in a manner had never been done before. utilized the email forum and release of the companion wiki-based site to create the first true open-source generated California State Ballot Initiative. Grassroots development in the truest sense of the term. There has never been a document of this detail and complexity created for a State ballot utilizing the open-source technique to this extent. By essentially allowing THE PEOPLE to create, edit and directly participate in the writing process, history has once again been made in California.

In an age where high tech social and mass media tools now offer real-time information flow, this was the most practical and unifying (and now in hindsight, obvious) technique to achieve success. That success is now a reality in the form of a working final draft soon ready for submission to the State.

One of the biggest challenges has been the continuing effort to coordinate the existing Cannabis and Hemp supporters. It is not uncommon for the Movement reaction to unification to be cautious and move slowly until there is a crisis, then madly rush to create documents, argue issues, struggle mightily to get a consensus agreement on whatever the issue is, and then do nothing unless forced to at the last minute. The end result is often weak preparation, limited communication and coordination, and many times an example of amateurs attempting to play with the pros. Through no fault of some very skilled and dedicated advocates and legal experts sincerely attempting to do their best, winning and success have been a crapshoot at best.

Through patience, persistence, staying true to a consistent stance and always keeping our eyes on the prize, SaveCannabis,org has been able to overcome the majority of the internal challenges. There is still much to do, but the results of almost a full year of drafting and vetting now offer something concrete for everyone to support and we trust it will become easier every day.

Everyone connected to wishes to reach out once again to all Californians. As we maintain our objective and open-source support of Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition Repeal, we once again invite your input and suggestions for the Cannabis and Hemp Freedom Act of 2014.

By necessity, there is a very short time left for the editing process in order to meet the 2014 ballot deadline. The document will be locked for final editing by our legal team very soon. It will then be presented to the Secretary of the State of California for processing. If anyone is still reluctant to take part in this historic drive to freedom for California Cannabis and Hemp supporters, please put aside whatever reasons may be driving you to resist and consider the many positive changes you can support with this effort. Please take the time right now to communicate your thoughts and concerns directly to us or through the forum.

All of us are being given a wonderful yet time-restrictive opportunity. We can provide support for the thousands of patients, prisoners, families and jobless who would be greatly aided by this effort and the hope and compassion it brings. We feel an obligation to do everything we can for all of them. Prohibition Repeal is a winnable option for California. Arguments against a 2014 Initiative campaign are no longer valid. Reputable polling across the U.S. reveals increasing favor by well over the majority in support of medical cannabis use, and finally many polls show over 50% in favor of legal adult use. California is in agreement and positioned for success. Now is the time to take action.

Please visit to review and submit comments to the current version of the Initiative.

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Marijuana Loving Beer Breweries Embrace Weed Themed Branding Defying Federal Government « House Of Dabs

Marijuana Loving Beer Breweries Embrace Weed Themed Branding Defying Federal Government « House Of Dabs

Two varieties of beer produced by Mt. Shasta tip subtle nods towards cannabis. The brewery’s owner says the word is referencing the brewery’s location. Photo via Flickr/Rudi Riet

Adam Wolf, a San Francisco, Calif., civil rights lawyer now in private practice, was one of the ACLU attorneys who fought on behalf of Dillman. Wolf said he wishes more breweries would act like Mt. Shasta did. “The history of our civil liberties is the history of people standing up to the government,” Wolf said.

However, Trevor Burrus, a research fellow at the libertarian CATO Institute and an expert in constitutional commercial speech law, said it was unlikely beer brewers would succeed by suing the government.

Government agents are given “discretion and deference” by the courts to pursue policies they claim to be part of their mission. The broad discretion is worrying, Burrus said, as it opens the door to a ban on any expression the government finds unsavory.

“What if someone produced an ‘NSA Is Spying On You’ beer and then, suddenly, coincidentally, they went under review by the TTB?” he said.

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2012 Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users

2012 Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users

1. President Barack Obama

“When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”

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Hemp Cultivation Now Legal In Vermont, Farmers Not Required To Wait For Federal Law Change | The Weed Blog

Hemp Cultivation Now Legal In Vermont, Farmers Not Required To Wait For Federal Law Change | The Weed Blog

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Senate Bill 157 has officially become law, explicitly legalizing hemp in the State of Vermont. Under this new law, farmers who wish to grow hemp must simply file some paperwork with the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and maintain a 0.3% or lower THC content in the hemp they cultivate. The secretary may require a registration fee, but the maximum they can issue is $25 a year. Unlike most other state hemp laws, this proposal allows farmers to begin cultivation prior to a federal law change.

With this law taking effect, Vermont joins Washington and Colorado which allow hemp cultivation before the feds end their prohibition. Obviously those who decide to cultivate hemp will be violating federal law and putting themselves at risk of prosecution, but they would no longer risk state-level charges.

This opens up a market for these states which, according to congressional research, consists of over 25,000 various products; the same research found that America imports nearly half a billions worth of hemp products from other countries, while maintaining the illegality of its cultivation.

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Colorado Springs councilmember will ban cannabis, despite voter approval for legalization measure | Marijuana and Cannabis News | Toke of the Town

Colorado Springs councilmember will ban cannabis, despite voter approval for legalization measure | Marijuana and Cannabis News | Toke of the Town

Colorado Springs, Colorado is one of the state’s largest medical marijuana markets. And El Paso County, where it’s located, voted in favor of Amendment 64 which legalized personal use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis, albeit by just ten votes.Nevertheless, the Springs city council is likely to issue a de facto ban on recreational pot sales later today, with the deciding vote against allowing them likely to be cast by council member Don Knight. Denver

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NH 19th state allowing medical marijuana use – SFGate

NH 19th state allowing medical marijuana use – SFGate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Fulfilling a campaign promise, Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a law Tuesday making New Hampshire the 19th state to allow seriously ill residents to use marijuana to treat their illnesses.

“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the state of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” Hassan said in a statement.

The law allows patients with cancer and other conditions to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana obtained from nonprofit dispensaries. To qualify for medical marijuana, New Hampshire residents would have to have been a patient of the prescribing doctor for at least 90 days, have tried other remedies and have exhibited certain symptoms.

The law took effect with Hassan’s signature but getting the program operating could take up to two years. The bill calls for a commission to be appointed as soon as possible to implement the new system. Patients must be issued special identification cards to obtain the drug from dispensaries and possess it.

“This legislation is long overdue and comes as a relief to the many seriously ill patients throughout New Hampshire who will benefit from safe access to medical marijuana,” said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Those suffering from debilitating conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis deserve legal, safe, and reliable access to medical marijuana.”

Under the new law, up to four dispensaries can be licensed and have a maximum of 80 marijuana plants, 160 seedlings and 80 ounces of marijuana or 6 ounces per qualifying patient. They also would have a limit of three mature cannabis plants, 12 seedlings and 6 ounces for each patient who designates the dispensary as a treatment center.

The compromise bill passed last month eliminated an option for patients to also grow marijuana at home.

Home-grow option supporters had argued some patients need legal access to the drug more quickly and waiting for dispensaries to start operating put them through needless suffering, but Hassan said she wouldn’t sign the bill if it included those provisions.

“By providing strong regulatory oversight and clear dispensing guidelines, this bill addresses many of the concerns that were expressed throughout the legislative process. (The bill) legalizes the use of medical marijuana in a way that makes sense for the state of New Hampshire and gives health providers another option to help New Hampshire’s seriously ill patients,” the governor said.

Maryland also passed a law this year that allows academic medical research centers to establish programs to dispense marijuana to sick patients. The law takes effect in the fall. A medical marijuana bill also is awaiting action by the Illinois governor. The District of Columbia also allows the drug’s use for medical purposes.

NH 19th state allowing medical marijuana use – SFGate.

Americans For Cannabis – Take Action Now

Americans For Cannabis – Take Action Now

End Cannabis Prohibition ONCE and FOR ALL!

Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Petition

We the people demand that cannabis (hemp, marijuana, THC and other cannabis extracts) be exempted from the DEA’s Controlled Substances Act (like alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and other “drugs”) and ALL local, state and federal criminal penalties for the cultivation, processing, transportation, distribution, sales, trade, sharing, possession, consumption and use of cannabis for industrial, medicinal, nutritional, spiritual and recreational purposes be repealed and nullified.

We further demand the release of all non-violent captive prisoners arrested for cannabis,hemp, marijuana related charges and all court records are to be permanently removed and destroyed.

We hereby reclaim and demand our natural,lawful, and unalienable rights to cannabis, hemp and marijuana, and further reclaim and demand our natural,lawful and unalienable right of self ownership of our mind, body, soul and property.

Repeal and Nullify Now!

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Legal pot prompts a question: What about hash?

Legal pot prompts a question: What about hash?

SEATTLE (AP) — Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world.

When he served in the Air Force in Southeast Asia, he said he smuggled it home in his boots. When he was in grad school in California, he made it with a centrifuge in a lab after hours.

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