South Carolina bill to nullify federal hemp ban moves forward

A South Carolina bill that would nullify the federal prohibition on the cultivation of industrial hemp passed through committee and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote. S0839 would authorize the production, sale, possession, and research of industrial hemp in South Carolina, effectively nullifying a federal ban on the same. The Committee on Agriculture […]

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The Epilepsy Foundation supports Alabama bill that would legalize medical marijuana oil

By Vanessa Araiza Carly’s Law is named for Carly Chandler, a toddler from Shelby County. Source: WBRC video   BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A national foundation announced support for laws that would make CBD, an oil derived from marijuana, legal for people suffering from seizures. The Epilepsy Foundation announced its support for bills and laws like […]

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White Paper – Hemp: An Energy Crop to Transform Kentucky and West Virginia

Biomass co-firing is an attractive near term strategy for existing power plants to achieve reduction of carbon dioxide and other pollutants in compliance with new regulations on emissions. Link to pdf: http://www.patriotbioenergy.com/data/uploads/whitepaper/whitepaper_an-energy-crop-to-transform-kentucky-and-west-virginia.pdf

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Reno, Nevada Mayor Bob Cashell to push for medical marijuana dispensaries

by Anjeanette Damon Reno Mayor Bob Cashell   Reno Mayor Bob Cashell has executed an about face on the issue of medical marijuana, saying today he will push for the licensing and proper zoning of dispensaries in the city of Reno. Cashell was a vocal critic of the law setting up a dispensary system for Nevada’s […]

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U.S. Says Banks Can Do Business with Marijuana Firms

By Dow Jones Business News   Federal regulators will allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses that are legal under state laws as customers as long as financial institutions make regular reports to the Treasury Department and watch for suspicious activity. The new guidance issued Friday is meant to address contradictory state and […]

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DEA’s Own Hiring Policy Admits Pot Isn’t As Bad As Other Drugs

Ryan J. Reilly ryan.reilly@huffingtonpost.com   Under the DEA’s hiring rules, an applicant for any agency position who admits to or is found to have used narcotics or dangerous drugs is not considered for employment. Any past use of heroin, LSD, cocaine, or even Adderall without a prescription immediately disqualifies an applicant for a job at the […]

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Arizona Lawmaker: Remove felony charge for simple marijuana possession

By Moriah Costa – Cronkite News Service Rep. Mark A. Cardenas, D-Phoenix, wants to remove felony charges for possession of marijuana without the intent to sell. “I don’t believe they should go away to prison and face hefty fines and possibly have their civil rights taken away,” he said. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Moriah Costa) […]

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Thursday: Mexico to Introduce Series of Sweeping Drug Policy Reform Bills

  Today, two bills were introduced in Mexico City that would reform drug policies in North America’s largest city and on a national level. The first bill seeks to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for personal use, removes incarceration as the first response for the possession of other illicit substances, and creates a limited mechanism […]

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In an Epic 6-Minute Exchange, Oregon Congressman Eviscerates U.S. Drug Policy

By Sanders Deionne What is more dangerous and addictive: methamphetamines and cocaine or marijuana? Ask any rational person and they will say methamphetamines and cocaine. Ask Michael Botticelli, National Drug Control Policy deputy director, however, and expect an evasive answer. This is what happened at the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee meeting last Tuesday. “I […]

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All Aboard! Entrepreneurs get ready to roll on the ‘cannibusiness’ Green Train

By Elizabeth Zwerling   “Students will be able to earn a business degree with a minor in dispensary management. It’s being developed as we speak by professors that are actual real professors creating real curriculum. They need the information from us — the stoner guys. So it will be the stoners teaching the professors who teach […]

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