A proposal that decriminalizes the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis will officially take effect tomorrow, October 20th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Under the new law, which was signed into law by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on October 1st after being approved 14 to 2 by the City Council, those caught possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis will be given a $25 ticket, unless they’re caught smoking in public, in which case the ticket will be raised to $100. Under current Philadelphia law, those caught possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis are typically charged with a misdemeanor,...Read more http://thejointblog.com/philadelphia-cannabis-decriminalization-law-takes-effect-tomorrow-october-20th/

A new WMUR Granite State Poll has found that 59% of adults in New Hampshire favor the legalization of recreational cannabis, with only 35% opposed to the move. These numbers mark a 4% increase in support since the last time the question was asked in April, and an 11% increase from early last year. According to the poll, an additional 19% support decriminalizing cannabis, and only 27% support keeping laws the way they are. If cannabis were legalized, 72% support allowing it to be sold at state-licensed retail outlets. The poll of 543 people, which can be found by clicking here ...Read more http://thejointblog.com/poll-59-new-hampshire-adults-favor-legalizing-cannabis/

Facebook recently sent a firmly written letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA ) demanding that they stop creating fake accounts meant to trick and capture potential drug users and distributors. The letter comes shortly after it was revealed that the DEA used a real woman’s identity – even using photos of her family obtained from her cell phone make the account seem legit – in order to catch individuals attempting to sell illegal substances. The woman was eventually wrongfully arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute; she’s now suing the agency. The letter, which...Read more http://thejointblog.com/facebook-tells-dea-stop-creating-fake-accounts/

U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has dismissed a lawsuit challenging next month’s vote on the legalization of medical cannabis, officially giving the go-ahead for the vote to take place. According to Tydingco-Gatewood, the individual who brought forth the case – attorney Howard Trapp – has no legal standing. Trapp sued the Guam Election Commission last month, challenging the government’s ability to put the legalization of medical cannabis to a vote due to “legislative submission.” In the order released yesterday, Tydingco-Gatewood says Trapp failed to demonstrate that his complaint is “distinguishable from the general interest of every...Read more http://thejointblog.com/vote-medical-cannabis-given-go-ahead-guam-federal-judge-dismisses-challenge/

By Paul Armentano, NORML Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute designating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al. , No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM. Members of Congress initially categorized cannabis as a Schedule I substance, the most restrictive classification available, in 1970. Under this categorization, the plant is defined as possessing “a high potential for abuse, … no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, … [and lacking] accepted...Read more http://thejointblog.com/federal-judge-hold-hearing-whether-cannabis-removed-schedule-1-drug/

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has backed down from a proposal to ban most forms of edible cannabis such as brownies and cookies, with lozenges and tinctures being the exception. The proposal, which was made public on Monday before quickly being withdrawn, sparked outrage among the cannabis industry and among cannabis advocates; it also drew legal concerns from the state-issued regulatory workgroup which met Monday to review the suggestion. “Prohibit the production of retail edible marijuana products other than a simple lozenge/hard candy or tinctures that are plainly labeled using universal symbol(s) and that users can add...Read more http://thejointblog.com/colorado-department-health-backs-suggestion-ban-cannabis-edibles/

By Drug Police Alliance NEW YORK: A new report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project and the Drug Policy Alliance shows that, despite campaign promises, marijuana possession arrests under Mayor de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under Mayor Bloomberg. As under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, these arrests are marked by shockingly high racial disparities. The report, Race, Class & Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s Two New Yorks: the NYPD’s Marijuana Arrest Crusade Continues in 2014 draws on data from the New York State Division of Criminal...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-york-mayor-de-blasio-continues-discriminatory-marijuana-arrest-crusade/

Last month, the Ontario-based company Hempearth signed a contract with the Florida-based plane manufacturing company Velocity Inc. to build the world’s first airplane made of hemp. According to Derek Kesek, owner of Hempearth , the plane will be constructed from at least 75% hemp – including the wings, seats, pillows and outer shell. The plane will be the color of natural hemp fiber, and is intended to run on hemp biofuel. With a wingspan of 12 meters, the 4-person plane will cost approximately $500,000 to build, according to Velocity Inc. . The airplane manufacturing company tested the strength and durability...Read more http://thejointblog.com/worlds-first-airplane-made-hemp-launched-next-year/

A reconstruction of what Princess Ukok may have looked like. Newly-released research on the Ukok Princess, a young woman frozen in ice over 2,500 years ago and discovered in 1993, has revealed that the Siberian maiden likely used cannabis to treat her breast cancer. Researchers discovered the well-preserved mummy in the icy steppes of the Ukok Plateau in Russia, buried in an elaborate chamber filled with a varied assortment of belongings. Included in her funerary display were carved animal figurines, a table set with a feast, several horses, a cosmetic bag (complete with a face brush and vivianite eyeliner pencil),...Read more http://thejointblog.com/research-reveals-frozen-princess-likely-used-cannabis-treat-cancer-2500-years-ago/

Jennie Stormes talks with her son Jackson during Saturday’s rally. They’re moving to Colorado due to their superior medical cannabis law. Advocates of both medical and recreational cannabis legalization joined forces Saturday for a peaceful rally outside of the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, in protest of Governor Chris Christie’s position on cannabis law reform. An estimated 250 people participated in the protest, which took place across the street from the Statehouse. At one point during the rally, some 75 people lit up joints and cannabis bowls, in what organizers call a “very bold act of civil disobedience.” No one...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-jersey-hundred-rally-dozens-light-outside-statehouse/

New polling conducted and released by the University of Delaware has found that a strong majority –  56% – of those in Delaware are in support of legalizing recreational cannabis. According to the poll, only 39% oppose the move, with the remaining 5% being undecided. “I would say the numbers suggest solid support for fully legalizing marijuana in Delaware,” says Paul Brewer, a communications professor at the University of Delaware who supervised the poll. “The results also reflect what’s going on in public opinion at the national level, where the trends show a growing majority favoring legalization.” According to the...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-poll-finds-56-delaware-support-legalizing-cannabis/

Washington State Liquor Control Board Spokesman Brian Smith announced Friday that the group is proposing that the state more than quadruple its legal limit for cannabis cultivation. The Board is calling for the amount of cannabis allowed to be grown throughout the state from 2 million square feet to 8.5 million. The proposed change is in response to legal cannabis shops in the state not being able to meet demand because of the limited amount of producers. Some producers, looking to take advantage of the situation, have been charging exorbitant prices, sometimes $25 or $30 a gram. The hope is...Read more http://thejointblog.com/washington-state-quadruple-cannabis-cultivation-limit/

A study published recently in the journal Addictive Behaviors , and published online by the National Institute of Health , has found that cannabis use doesn’t increase suicidal ideations (suicidal thoughts) in high school students. For the study, 972 high school students were given questionnaires assessing cannabis use, suicidal ideations, depressive symptoms, social anxiety symptoms and borderline and psychopathic personality traits . After examining the data, researchers found that; “ Cannabis use was not a significant independent predictor of suicidal ideations after adjustment for confounding personality traits in the total sample and in the subsample of cannabis users.” Researchers also...Read more http://thejointblog.com/cannabis-use-doesnt-increase-suicidal-ideations-high-school-students/

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West Hartford, Conn., October 14, 2014 – In advance of the American Epilepsy Society’s (AES) Annual Meeting in December , the organization has offered highlights of groundbreaking research being studied at a number of institutions regarding the effectiveness of cannibidiol (CBD) and its derivatives as a viable treatment for people with epilepsy. The first of three studies (Abstract#2016808) will be presented in full at the Annual Meeting is from Colorado, where much of the nation’s attention has been captured by issues surrounding cannabis.  The physicians and researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado have...Read more http://thejointblog.com/three-studies-shed-new-light-effectiveness-cannabis-epilepsy/

A new report released by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice ( CJCJ ) has found that cannabis decriminalization in California has resulted in a reduction in crime, drug overdoses, driving under the influence, suicides and school dropout among teenagers. According to the report, there was a 22% reduction in school dropouts among teenagers two years after the state decriminalized cannabis possession in 2010. There was also a 20% reduction in drug overdose deaths, despite their being a 4% overall increase of these deaths in the U.S. during the same period, and an over 10% reduction in suicides. Criminal...Read more http://thejointblog.com/report-decriminalization-has-reduced-teen-crime-school-dropouts-suicides-drug-overdoses/

A new study just released out of the U.K., and recently published in the Journal of Neurology , has examined the efficacy of the THC/CBD oromucosal spray Sativex on peripheral neuropathic pain (PNP). The peripheral nervous system connects nerves from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body; the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy, or the damaging of these nerves, can be very difficult to treat. Over the course of 38 weeks, researchers examined 380 patients from all over the world (U.S., U.K., Canada, Czech Republic, Romania and Belgium) suffering from peripheral neuropathic pain associated with diabetes...Read more http://thejointblog.com/new-study-finds-cannabis-oral-spray-dramatically-improves-peripheral-neuropathic-pain/

A new OPB/Fox 12 poll released this week has found that a majority of Oregon voters support Measure 91 , an initiative to legalize cannabis which will be voted on in less than 20 days. According to the poll, 52% said they would vote in favor of Measure 91 if the election were held today, with just 41% saying they’d vote against the proposal. The actual election is held on November 4th. If approved into law, Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis for those 21 and older, as well as the private cultivation...Read more http://thejointblog.com/poll-majority-oregon-voters-support-measure-91-legalize-cannabis/

Arizona State Representative Ethan Orr, a Republican, has announced that he will file a proposal to legalize cannabis early next year. Although no specific details were given on what exactly the bill will do, Orr says it will be modeled after cannabis legalization initiatives which were approved in Colorado and Washington State in 2012. Last month, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) of Arizona officially launched its campaign to legalize cannabis in the state, with the group planning to put an initiative on the 2016 presidential election ballot. Orr’s goal is to have his proposal approved into law before MPP’s initiative is...Read more http://thejointblog.com/arizona-lawmaker-announces-forthcoming-proposal-legalize-cannabis/

The Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has officially endorsed Measure 91 , an initiative to legalize cannabis which is being voted on November 4th. “The NASW Oregon Chapter’s Social Workers Political Action Committee has met with both sides of the Measure 91 ballot measure campaign to weigh the issues carefully”, NASW’s Oregon Chapter said in a Thursday press release. “[W]e conclude that [Measure 91's] approach to marijuana use as a public health issue is more consistent with the social work profession’s mandate, than Oregon’s current treatment of non-medical marijuana use.” They continue; “Although the committee has concerns, the benefits of...Read more http://thejointblog.com/national-association-social-workers-oregon-chapter-endorses-initiative-legalize-cannabis/

A new poll released this week by the University of North Florida has found that a large majority of Florida voters favor Amendment 2 , an initiative to make medical cannabis a constitutional right in the state, which is being voted on next month. The survey of 471 likely voters asked the following question; “Amendment 2 on the statewide ballot in November is called “Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions.” This amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. If the election were held today, would you vote...Read more http://thejointblog.com/poll-67-likely-florida-voters-support-initiative-legalize-medical-cannabis/

Over $65 million in legal cannabis was sold in Colorado in the month of August, $33 million from recreational cannabis, and $32 million from medical cannabis. The numbers are up from the $58 million sold in July. In total, Colorado has garnered over $45 million in taxes from recreational and medical cannabis sales so far this year. These numbers were reported Thursday by the Colorado Department of Revenue. In Colorado, the possession, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of up to an ounce of cannabis is legal for those 21 and older, thanks to the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012. Recreational...Read more http://thejointblog.com/65-million-legal-cannabis-sold-colorado-august/

The Washington D.C. City Council has unanimously approved Bill 20-467 , a proposal to allow those with cannabis possession charges that have since been decriminalized or legalized to have the offenses sealed from their record. The proposal would apply to anyone who received a charge for possessing up to an ounce of cannabis prior to July, when a decriminalization bill approved by the Council, and signed by the mayor, took effect.

The Independence, Oregon City Council has unanimously approved a 10% tax on recreational cannabis sales, in anticipation of voters approving legalization this November. Independence joins Forest Grove, Lake Oswego, Cornelius and Oregon City as cities that have approved taxes on recreational cannabis sales weeks prior to the state’s votes this November 4th on Measure 91 , which would legalize the possession, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older. Adults would be authorized to possess up to eight ounces, and cultivate up to four plants. According to a study released in July by ECONorthwest , the price...Read more http://thejointblog.com/independence-becomes-fifth-oregon-city-approve-tax-recreational-cannabis-prior-to-vote-legalization/