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Marijuana organizations provide free medical marijuana and seeds when government won’t for Ptsd veterans.

Admin; This will eventually get straightened out.  The train is headed in a different direction than 20 years ago…

1000 Veterans Line up for Free Marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sep 28, 2014, 2:22 PM ET

GROW 4 VETS

Extracting Innovations COO Seth Cox shows Navy veteran Hikima Nukes how to make active butter for edibles at the Grow 4 Vets cannabis giveaway at the DoubleTree Hotel Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Veterans who RSVPed for the… View Full CaptionThe Associated Press

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A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

The “Grow 4 Vets” giveaway in Colorado Springs aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications.

The Gazette reports ( http://bit.ly/1xsCAFJ ) that veterans were given a bag of items that included cannabis oil, an edible chocolate bar and seeds to grow plants.

Marijuana activists have tried unsuccessfully to have post-traumatic stress disorder added to the Colorado list of medical conditions that qualify for joining the medical marijuana registry. Now that pot is legal for all adults over 21, organizers are free to give away marijuana.

Not all who received the bags were veterans. A $20 dollar donation from nonveterans was encouraged.

A similar event was held last weekend in Denver.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/1000-veterans-line-free-marijuana-25818787

Denver Moms Come out of the clam-baked closet And Aren’t being shy about it.

Admin: Being a mother who smokes pot isn’t as stigmatized in Colorado, because of Marijuana’s use becoming more socially accepted. As long as mothers keep making the right choices, about how, and when to toke up, marijuana using parents will see the light of day where they don’t get scoffed at for smoking marijuana, and being a parent.

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By Juju Chang, Jackie Jesko and Lauren Effron

When Jane West and her friends get together, the laughter rolls, trays of food and stories are passed around. But instead of splitting bottles of wine, these women like to unwind with artisanal marijuana.

West and her friends, some mothers with young children, are regular pot smokers who are unapologetic about getting high. Some, like West, have made it their mission to make smoking pot as socially acceptable as having a glass of wine.

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Veterans receive free medical marijuana instead of addictive pharmaceuticals in Denver

Admin; Denver’s Progressive canna cure approach to helping vets with PTSD, TBI, and other hard to cope diseases.

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Denver-area veterans given free marijuana at unusual event

DENVER – An event targeted at veterans handed out free marijuana to hundreds of people on Saturday, including edibles and medicinal versions of the plant, all in an effort organizers say was designed to help vets in need.

The Denver Cannibis Giveaway, gave out pot to the veterans and to the general public, who can now legally possess it in Colorado, as a different approach to treating veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder, reports CBS Denver.

“That’s our mission, is to offer veterans a safe alternative to the dangerous prescription drugs that they’re prescribed to deal with PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, and all sorts of other ailments,” said Roger Martin, Operation Grow4Vets Executive Director.

But others objected to the distribution of marijuana publicly to veterans in this fashion.

“These people are getting marijuana with varying degrees of potency and THC. That could cause things like paranoia,” said Bob Doyle of the Colorado Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Coalition. “Obviously things that we wouldn’t want somebody with PTSD to be experiencing.”

Still, the vets who attended the event say marijuana is useful to them as medical treatment because they make more sense than harsher alternatives.”I’m allergic to morphine opiates, I can’t take them,” said Mark Pitt, a Vietnam veteran. “So I don’t have much choice other than do that.”

The Marijuana Show auditions now in Denver.

Admin; In case you missed it this web based show will be offered to the public on Youtube and Vimeo this fall.

People are auditioning for a new marijuana reality show. It’s called ‘The Marijuana Show’

By Elahe Izadi September 15 at 7:29 PM


Wild marijuana (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin)

Nearly every industry has a reality show dedicated to it.  Shipping stuff? Yes. Dog whispering? Check. Bounty hunters named Dog? Of course. Now, prospective legal marijuana tycoons can get in on the action.

As Fox 31 Denver reported, 200 people showed up Saturday in Denver to audition for a new, Web-based marijuana reality show named “The Marijuana Show.” (No pot puns here, folks.)

Here’s how it works: People pitch their marijuana business ideas to investors, who will back projects by investing $25,000 to $1 million or more, co-creator Wendy Robbins told the Fox affiliate.

In their online pitch, show co-creators Karen Paull and Robbins describe their project as “The Shark Tank” meets “The Apprentice,” but emphasize it’ll be more like a dolphin tank rather than shark tank. They also have a higher vision in mind: to combat negative connotations around marijuana use. “It’s really an important and potent herb and medicine and it needs to be legal,” Robbins told Fox 31. “That’s why we are doing this.”

“We’re the puff the magic dragon of reality pitch shows. Basically, we don’t wanna be rude,” Robbins told 303 Magazine. “It’s really about educating, and us getting educated too, the world about the whole industry.”

On Saturday, people pitched ideas to a panel, which will then choose six winners to head to a boot camp in New Mexico. From there, the contestants will prepare for October, when they will pitch investors back in Denver, the Fox affiliate reported. Audition pitches ranged from movie projects to a woman who wants to use cannabis in her flower shop designs, and the show will air online in November, CNN reported.

Colorado voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2012, and since then, the legal marijuana industry across the country has been booming; as The New York Times pointed out, the legal industry is expected to grow to $2.6 billion this year, per marijuana research firm ArcView Group.

Elahe Izadi is a general assignment national reporter for The Washington Post. She can be reached at elahe.izadi@washpost.com and on Twitter @ElaheIzadi.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/09/15/people-are-auditioning-for-a-new-marijuana-reality-show-its-called-the-marijuana-show/

Free Marijuana for the homeless & low-income. Berkeley, Calif.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/us/03berkeley.html?src=twr&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1

“Beginning next August, medical marijuana dispensaries in this city will be required to donate at least 2 percent of their cannabis to low-income residents. The City Council approved the requirement this summer — unanimously no less — with the hope of making the drug, which can sell for up to $400 an ounce at dispensaries, affordable for all residents.”

“The compassion system has now been formalized in Berkeley, where city officials aim to provide low-income patients with a more reliable supply of medical cannabis. Only Berkeley residents are eligible for the free marijuana, and they must show proof of income (less than $32,000 a year for individuals).”

“He added that there was “probably a lot of use of medical marijuana by people who don’t really need it.”

“If the city’s mandate is another step toward legalization for recreational use, Mr. Bates said, then so much the better.”

“I think what we’re seeing now is an evolution towards full legalization,” he said. “It’s coming. It may not be in the next few years, but it’s coming.”

 

Great turnout for Marijuana Farmers Market in California Heritage Market.

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Around a thousand wait in line for inaugural marijuana farmers’ market

Adrian Florido

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About a thousand people Friday wait in line outside the new California Heritage Market, a cannabis farmers’ market in Boyle Heights. BENJAMIN BRAYFIELD/KPCC

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Call it a celebration of the red, white and green. What’s been billed as L.A.’s  first ever farmers’ market for medical marijuana opened its doors Friday in a warehouse in Boyle Heights.

By mid-afternoon, about a thousand people were standing in a line that stretched around the block. After an hour in the hot sun, John Arnt wasn’t even half way to the door.

“We’ve heard from a couple people going by it’s another hour and a half,” Arnt said.

When asked if he was willing to wait that long, Arnt laughed and said, “I’m willing to wait all day.”

Inside the warehouse in the 1500 block of Esperanza Street, about 25 vendors had set up booths, selling marijuana, but also pipes, pot brownies and even marijuana-infused sunscreen.

The market was for medical marijuana prescription holders only, and organizers verified the ID cards of visitors before issuing wristbands for entry.

Charles Gould said he had come out to buy marijuana for pain he’s had since a failed back surgery.

“This stuff is a lot better than Oxycontin and all the Cymbalta and all the Darvocet and Vicodin the doctors try to prescribe to me all the time, which I don’t take because I do it the natural way preferably,” he said.

The three-day event was organized by the West Coast Collective, an East L.A. marijuana dispensary. It promoted the market as an opportunity for consumers to buy directly from growers, meaning lower prices. That’s what attracted 20-year-old Edwin Delgado, who arrived with $2,000 in his pocket.

“Gotta take advantage,” Delgado said. “I smoke a lot. I’ve been smoking since I was 11.”

Organizers haven’t yet said whether the farmer’s market will be a regular event or just a one-time thing. Judging by the turnout, several vendors said, the organizers would be crazy not to continue.

The event is scheduled to continue Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/07/04/45162/a-thousand-wait-in-line-for-inaugural-marijuana-fa/?slide=8

Alaska Recreational marijuana proposal certified to allow citizens rights vote.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/27/us-usa-marijuana-alaska-idUSBREA1Q0A420140227

Recreational marijuana proposal certified for Alaska ballot

BY STEVE QUINN

Thu Feb 27, 2014 1:26am EST

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Jars of the marijuana strain called ''Beast Mode OG'', named after NFL player Marshawn ''Beast Mode'' Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, are pictured in Nate Johnson's Queen Anne Cannabis Club in Seattle, Washington January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

Jars of the marijuana strain called ”Beast Mode OG”, named after NFL player Marshawn ”Beast Mode” Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, are pictured in Nate Johnson’s Queen Anne Cannabis Club in Seattle, Washington January 28, 2014.

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(Reuters) – Alaska voters will decide this summer whether America’s Last Frontier will become the third U.S. state to legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana for adults under a proposal that officially qualified on Wednesday for a statewide ballot.

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell formally certified that a petition campaign for the measure had gathered more than 36,000 valid signatures from registered voters, nearly 6,000 more than legally required to qualify.

The marijuana initiative, and a separate measure to raise the state’s minimum wage by $2 an hour to $9.75 by January 2016, will be placed on the state’s primary election ballot on August 17.

Passage of the marijuana initiative would permit adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana for private personal use and to grow as many as six cannabis plants for their own consumption.

It also charts a course for state-regulated commercial sales of pot in a framework similar to systems established by Colorado and Washington state after voters in those states became the first to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012.

Colorado and Washington’s marijuana sales are likewise patterned after the system adopted by many states for alcohol sales.

Under the Alaska measure, the state would collect a tax of $50 per ounce of marijuana at the wholesale level.

The push to legalize recreational pot use in Alaska, which is among 20 states that already allow medical marijuana, is part of a broader state-by-state effort to end prohibition of the drug, which remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law.

Activists in Oregon also are gathering signatures to put a legalization measure on the 2014 ballot in that state.

“A bipartisan tidal wave of public support for regulating marijuana like alcohol in Alaska has pushed this issue onto the ballot, and we will be running an aggressive campaign designed to build momentum on that,” said campaign spokesman Taylor Bickford.

He said efforts at prohibition have failed, and the signatures collected by the pro-marijuana campaign reflect a call for a more “sensible approach.”

“There is more public dialogue about marijuana taking place than ever before,” said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Denver-based Marijuana Policy Project. “It won’t be long before we see similar steps being taken in other states.”

Donations appreciated for cannabis oil treatment.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/denver-medical-marijuana-dispensary-providing-cannabis-oil-for-toddler-with-brain-tumor02212014

Denver medical marijuana dispensary providing cannabis oil for toddler with brain tumor

Fund set up to help 2-year-old Jonah Allen, others

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DENVER – The Green Solution, a Denver medical marijuana dispensary, says it has launched a fundraising campaign in hopes of supporting a surge of pediatric cancer patients seeking alternative therapy in Colorado.

Called The Jonah Fund, the campaign is named for 2-year-old Jonah Allen, of Longmont, Colo., who was diagnosed in 2013 with a glioma — an inoperable tumor on the left side of his brain. The Green Solution said it is subsidizing a portion of the cost of cannabis oil therapy for Jonah.

The cannabis oil is made up of THC and CBD. CBD is scientifically known as Cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive concentrate extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant. The oil is administered orally. THC is the more commonly known compound in cannabis that is known for producing a “high” and when coupled with CBD it is considered to have greater cancer fighting properties.

Jonah’s campaign comes on the heels of the December 2013 annual report released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Medical Marijuana Registry, which recorded an 81 percent increase in the number of children under age 18 seeking hemp therapy in the state over the past year.

According to CDPHE archive reports, the number of cancer patients using medical marijuana in the state has more than tripled in just four years, increasing from 908 patients in 2009 to 3,079 patients in 2013.

However, surging demand, along with the cost of therapy, has limited the availability of treatment for many families.

Although medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2000, helping patients avoid legal qualms, the cost of therapy for patients can be prohibitive.

“We have thousands of dollars still in debt to hospitals, we can’t afford the oil without help,” said Patrick Allen, Jonah’s father.

The Allen family, who had relocated to Massachusetts in 2013, returned to Colorado to seek cannabis oil treatment upon learning their son had a brain tumor.

Prices for a one-month supply of cannabis oil can run between $1,000 and $2,000 according to Realm of Caring, a Colorado non-profit organization specializing in treatment of pediatric ailments with cannabis oil.

In addition to receiving cannabis oil, Jonah is also seeing traditional oncologist. Although his family has health insurance, the cost of CT scans and office visits has been mounting since Jonah’s birth.

Already diagnosed before birth with Pediatric Hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid around the brain that can cause fatal swelling, Jonah endured three surgeries before the tumor was discovered.

Compelled by Jonah’s story, the four Speidell brothers, who own The Green Solution, said they decided to host a fundraiser to ease the cost of his care.

The Speidells said they hope that Jonah’s story will continue the groundswell of support for CBD/THC research and assistance to families seeking treatment with medical marijuana.

“We are happy to help in any way we can,” said one of the Speidell brothers.

According to organizers, proceeds raised up to $30,000 will immediately benefit Jonah, with any additional funding directed toward The Jonah Fund’s mission to financially assist other families using CBD/THC therapy.

Supporters can donate securely online to The Jonah Fund at YouCaring.com/TheJonahFund or by visiting any of four The Green Solution locations.

The online campaign ends in just a few days on February 28. More information about Jonah and his family can be found at PrayForJonah.com.

Hemp is getting federal approval in the new farm bill! Follow the link to the news video…http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/02/05/as-states-weigh-legalizing-marijuana-the-feds-legalize-hemp/

As states weigh legalizing marijuana, the feds legalize hemp
BY JEFF SIMON
February 5 at 9:44 am
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It might be a long time before the federal government legalizes recreational marijuana. But once President Obama signs the new five-year farm bill that won passage in the Senate on Tuesday, its less controversial cousin, hemp, will have the all-clear.
A short clause buried deep in the 959-page bill authorizes colleges and universities to grow industrial hemp for research purposes, so long as their state permits the growth and cultivation of the plant.
Right now, that’s nine states: California, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, Kentucky, West Virginia, Vermont, and Maine. Another 11 states have bills pending before their legislatures this year.
Ed O’Keefe contributed to this report.