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Senate Hearing on Marijuana Scheduled for Today

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings Tuesday in the nation’s capital that could lead to the legalization of marijuana or at least clarify the mixed messages the federal government has sent to states that have legalized marijuana in some capacity. Requested by its committee chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the timing was tr

Senate and Department of Justice Discuss Marijuana

By Michael Komorn (Updated from: Senate Hearing on Marijuana Scheduled for Today) Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy grilled James Cole, Deputy Attorney at the Department of Justice about such topics as whether the federal government

Credit or Debit? Denver Passes Historic Weed Law

The city of Denver passed legislation this week that marks a major breakthrough in Colorado’s fledgling marijuana industry. The bill allows marijuana dispensaries to have normal relationships with their banks instead of having to rely on a cash only system. Now that marijuana businesses may accept checks and credit cards, it is believed that th

Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana in Michigan November 2013

In April of 2013, Representative Jeff Irwin introduced House Bill 4623 that would decriminalize the use and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for all adult residents of Michigan. The bill was introduced in the wake of other decriminalization initiatives which passed in the cities of Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Flint, and Ypsilanti.

Prominent Figures in Mexico Call for Marijuana Reform

coalition of prominent Mexican leaders, including former ministers, businessmen, artists and a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, called for the government to decriminalize marijuana in an attempt to lower levels of gang violence and corruption. Roughly 80,000 people have been killed since 2007 in turf wars between drug cartels as well as armed conf

Michigan Edges Closer to Drug Testing, Community Service for Unemployed

Two bills targeting the most under privileged citizens of Michigan passed the legislature on Wednesday, and now only need approval in the House to take effect. The bills, one of which sponsored by Republican Senator Joe Hune, require those in need of public assistance to submit to drug testing and to perform unpaid work in their communities.

Mother Takes 3 Year-Old-Son Off of Chemotherapy and Opts for Marijuana

Sierra watched in horror as her 3-year-old boy grew violently ill in response to radiation and chemotherapy. Diagnosed with Leukemia, Landon Riddle’s doctors recommended the most aggressive treatment available. Sierra felt helpless as her son began vomiting dozens of times a day and endured constant pain, causing him to go 25 days straight withou

26 Studies That Show Cannabis Cures Cancer

List of 26 studies showing that cannabis cures cancer, categorized by the type of cancer being treated. Note that the consistent theme between them is that marijuana shrinks tumors and selectively targets cancer cells. Cures Brain Cancer

Colorado Accepts First Applicants for Marijuana Stores

Colorado made history yesterday when it accepted the first applications for recreational marijuana stores. The applications were submitted by appointment only to avoid the overwhelming rush of people wanting to open store fronts, grow facilities, and infused-products operations. Overall, 99 applications have been received, with 23 accepted as of

States with Pending Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuanav

Four states have pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana. As more and more states debate whether to permit the medical use of cannabis, it will be interesting to see whether the caregiver or dispensary model, or some mixture of both, will prevail. Pressure will mount on the Federal Government to change the scheduling of cannabis as a majo

Reflecting On People v. King

People v. King may be regarded as the most significant ruling for the Michigan Medical Cannabis Community. To fully understand the impact of this decision one must first consider what was taking place in Courts throughout the State of Michigan regarding the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) at the time the decision was reached. Judges and pr

Texans Support Legalizing Marijuana

Recent Public Policy Polling shows that a significant majority of Texans would support ending the prohibition on marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use. In the poll, 58 percent of respondents replied “support” when asked, “Do you support or oppose changing the law in Texas to allow seriously and terminally ill patients to use me

Supreme Court Will Decide if Michigan Cities can Ban Medical Marijuana

The city of Wyoming argues that it can reject the voter-approved MMMA because it violates federal law. This week, attorneys will argue before the State Supreme Court whether the city, and thereby any Michigan city, can reject the act. The whole ordeal began in 2010 when attorney John Ter Beek filed a lawsuit in the Kent County Circuit Court aga

MM Community Response to AG Holder’s Speech: Cautious Optimism, or Increased Tension?

related: Attorney General Holder Aims to Ease Drug Sentencing Guidelines. In the wake of Attorney General Eric Holder’s address to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, medical marijua

Nevada Senator Wants Pardons for Medical Marijuana Patients

Nevadans convicted of felony possession and sale of marijuana could be pardoned if Senator Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas gets his way. In 2015, he will introduce a bill that requires the state to pardon convictions against medical marijuana cardholders in his state. The United States has the largest prison population of any country in the world, an

Carry-on Cannabis?

Could medical marijuana users finally get a break from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)? It’s not yet clear-cut, but it seems that this federal agency may have relaxed their response to travelers with prescription cannabis. TSA’s official website st

Washington MM Patients May Suffer from Legalization

Patients and advocates of the medical marijuana program in Washington are up in arms upon learning the proposed provisions to the current medical marijuana system. The three state agencies and the governor’s office that make up the state’s med marijuana administrative agency have created the I-502 Initiative, which is tasked with cleaning up t

Corporatizing Cannabis Production in Michigan

Michigan republicans are fighting to get marijuana reclassified as a schedule 2 drug and distributed by pharmacies. A special committee has already passed a bill for a Senate vote. It outlines a new system for distributing medical cannabis to run parallel to the current one. This new process could not be implemented unless the federal government re

Medical Marijuana At Your Local Pharmacy

Republican Senator Roger Kahn of Saginaw Township is leading the charge to make marijuana available at pharmacies across Michigan. The bill, which was approved last week by a Senate Committee, aims to classify marijuana as a schedule 2 drug. The change would move marijuana’s status from the ranks of heroin and LSD to that of other potentially har

Schuette Ignores Decrim in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing

The picture is becoming more and more clear when it comes to how americans feel about marijuana. A recent Gallup poll showed 58% of Americans favor the outright legalization of Marijuana. Americans are tired of spending tax dollars on fighting a losing war, especially when revenue could be generated with legalization. In the poll, 65% of Demo

Jury Nullification

In Montana, an ad put up at various bus stops has angered Federal Prosecutors and Judges. The sign reads, “Good jurors nullify bad laws.” It is easy to forget that juror’s hold the power to refuse to convict, even if a defendant is in violation of a law. The founding fathers had this in mind when framing the Constitution as Americans were

Senate Passes Bill Allowing Pharmacies to Dispense Medical Marijuana

Michigan patients using medical marijuana could obtain the drug from a pharmacy after a proposal was passed today by the Senate. Federal approval, along with a rescheduling of cannabis would be needed to implement the proposal, however. The Republican-led Senate approved the measure today, saying that the Pharmaceutical Cannabis would run along

Gretchen Whitmer Stands with Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Community

The Planet Green Trees Radio team was delighted to have Michigan Senator and Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer on the show this past Thursday. We discussed the recent passa

That Hemp Necklace You Like is Going to Come Back In Style

That Hemp Necklace You Like is Going to Come Back In Style The Drug Enforcement Administration has kicked its lobbying against legalizing industrial hemp into high gear, hoping to block an amendment in the House that would decriminalize the crop for research purposes. The amendment to the farm bill, proposed by Rep. Jared Pol

DEA Raids Legal Pot Shops in Colorado

Dozens of legal growers and dispensaries in Denver were devastated after Federal Agents raided them, taking piles of plants and cartons of cannabis infused drinks just weeks ahead of the date that businesses were set to open their doors in Colorado to the public. The raids sent a message to recreational marijuana businesses that the Feds will be k