Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties in Illinois

By Ivan Moren   Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday making marijuana possession in small amounts punishable by fines but not jail time. The Republican’s signature means the new law takes immediate effect, making Illinois the third largest state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Full Article:  http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Governor-Signs-Bill-Reducing-Marijuana-Penalties-in-Illinois-388697442.html

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Arkansas Extends Deadline for Medical Marijuana Signature Drive

By The Associated Press   The group behind one of two efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Arkansas won additional time to circulate petitions Thursday after falling short of the required signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot. Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office told Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana it had verified […]

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Americans spending as much on legal cannabis as on alcohol

by Steven Green   A new report has found that Americans are now spending as much on legal cannabis as they are on alcohol. And according to Time Money, it’s men who are predominantly reaching for the rolling papers, with $647 annually on marijuana products, while female consumers drop about $634 each year on weed. That […]

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3D printers can now print with hemp, beer, and coffee

By Ryan Whitwam   Most 3D printers use plastic, which usually isn’t the most environmentally friendly material available. Most forms of plastic are made from hydrocarbons like oil, and they don’t break down when you’re done with them. A North Dakota startup called 3DomFuel is looking to make 3D printing filament from other materials like […]

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Archaeological Study Finds Possible New Origin for Cannabis

by Benjamin M. Adams   A new study, released by Vegetation History and Archaeobotany on June 27, 2016, indicates that archaeologists have found traces of  cannabis fibers, pollen and achenes (dried seeds or fruit) in Paleolithic Europe and East Asia. The new data indicates the presence of domestic cannabis 5,000 years ago and shatters what […]

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The Government is Stealing from Cannabis Businesses!

by Jeff Siegel   In Los Angeles County, a “cannabis tax” that was designed to provide homeless services, may soon be scrapped. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Board of Supervisors pulled the tax due to fears that this could keep voters from passing the legalization measure in November. I’m not sure why that […]

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Derrick Morgan has researched medical cannabis, says it’s NFL’s turn

Paul Kuharsky ESPN Staff Writer   Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derrick Morgan has done extensive research on the potential medical benefits of cannabis and said it’s incumbent upon the NFL to study it. “I just take the NFL for their word: If they say that long-term health and player safety are top priorities of the […]

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Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary to open this week

By Kate Flexter   Kathy Jordan is more than 30 years into a tough battle with the neurodegenerative disease, ALS. “Life was going good, and all of the sudden she just started having problems in her hands,” said Kathy’s husband and primary caretaker Bob. Those problems with her hands quickly turned to loss of speech […]

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Driver acquitted of marijuana DUI despite high blood test

BY ROB LOW   A Denver woman has been acquitted of driving stoned, even though she tested nearly four times above the state’s legal limit for marijuana. Melanie Brinegar’s blood came back at 19 nanograms, the state’s legal limit is 5 nanograms. “5 nanograms is not logical, it`s not fair to medical patients,” said Brinegar. […]

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Hemp Dog may be local food 1st at State Fair

Jere Downs, @JereDowns (Photo: Alton Strupp/The Courier-Journal)   Local hemp might help local beef bounce back into the Kentucky State Fair after decades of commodity burgers and rib eye sandwiches dished up on the fairway. Henry County cattle farmer David Neville’s “Kentucky Hemp Dog” represents his crusade for a truly local beef product that might be served in Kentucky […]

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