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Bid to legalize marijuana in Vermont goes up in smoke
The Hill
A measure that would have made Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes through the state legislature died in a special session Wednesday after a quiet lobbying campaign by legalization opponents. The bill, which had
Vermont punts on marijuana legalization bill after garnering support of Senate, governorWashington Times
Vermont lawmakers try again for marijuana legalizationCNNMoney
Editorial: Marijuana legalization is coming to VermontAddison County Independent

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WeedRSS Jun 22 · Tags: weedmeme, weedrss
A long time bastion of marijuana prohibition, the Deep South is slowly waking up and allowing medical marijuana a respectable place in their accepted pharmacopeia. On Wednesday, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) announced they would begin accepting medical marijuana applications for patients seeking state-issued cards by the end of June. Passed last November by [...]

Source: https://www.marijuana.com/news/2017/06/arkansas-dept-of-health-to-begin-accepting-patient-applications/

PRESS RELEASE
DENVER — VS Strategies announced Wednesday that nationally recognized marijuana policy reform advocate Mason Tvert will be joining the firm next month as vice president of public relations and communications.

Tvert will come to VS Strategies from the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization, where he has served as director of communications since December 2012. He will officially leave MPP in July.

During his time with MPP, Tvert co-directed the successful legalization initiative campaign in Colorado and worked on the successful legalization initiative campaigns in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. He also provided communications support for several successful marijuana policy reform efforts in state legislatures. He frequently appears in the media discussing marijuana and marijuana policy, and The Denver Post named him Colorado’s “Top Thinker” in politics and government in 2013.

VS Strategies is a Denver-based government relations, issue advocacy, and strategic communications firm dedicated to advancing the cannabis industry in a dynamic and responsible manner. It serves cannabis businesses, industry associations, ballot initiative campaigns, nonprofits, and others seeking to shape public opinion and implement the most effective cannabis laws.

VS Strategies is affiliated with Vicente Sederberg, LLC, one of the world’s leading cannabis industry law firms. VS Strategies’ director, Steve Fox, and principals, Brian Vicente and Christian Sederberg, played leading roles in the drafting of Colorado’s historic Amendment 64, the management of that campaign, and the implementation process following its passage.

Prior to working together on the Amendment 64 campaign, Tvert and Fox co-founded Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), a nonprofit organization that laid the groundwork for the successful legalization effort in Colorado. They are also co-authors, along with Paul Armentano, of “Marijuana Is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink?”  

“I am thrilled to be formally reuniting with Mason to continue our work to reshape the image of cannabis and advance marijuana policy reform,” Fox said. “To say that he is a cannabis communications expert is frankly understating his value. Whether he is educating the public about the relative harms of marijuana and alcohol, coordinating events to advance legislation, or managing communications during ballot initiative campaigns, he is relentlessly aggressive yet unfailingly professional. We are excited to be able to offer his talents to interested individuals, organizations, businesses, and associations.

“As a former MPP staffer myself, I have an immense amount of appreciation for the work Mason and the MPP team have done for the marijuana policy reform movement,” Fox said. “We both look forward to working with MPP on future campaigns, as VS Strategies has done in the past, when the opportunities arise.”
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Washington Post
Americans don’t like the media, but they’re cool with reporters getting high
Washington Post
In April of 2016 the Denver Post was seeking a reporter for the marijuana beat — someone who could report on the business of pot, dig up the latest in cannabis cuisine, and do the occasional “gear review” of products the DEA would undoubtedly consider


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WeedRSS Jun 22 · Tags: weedmeme, weedrss

By Wilson Ring, The Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont House has blocked consideration of a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Lawmakers in the House refused to take up the bill Wednesday during a special veto session. It won approval in the Senate on a voice vote earlier [...]

The post UPDATE: Vermont House Blocks Consideration of Marijuana Legalization Bill appeared first on TNM NEWS.


Salon
Watch Aubrey Plaza smoke weed with the chillest nuns ever
Salon
Plaza and the nuns also talk about how Jesus Christ probably smoked weed himself, assuming he had access to the delightful bud. The topic is particularly appropriate considering that Plaza and Brie Larson star in an upcoming raunchy comedy in which
An Actress Gets High With the “Weed Nuns” Because Why Not?Patheos (blog)
WATCH: Hollywood actress smokes weed with ‘Weed Nuns’Channel 24

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WeedRSS Jun 22 · Tags: weedmeme, weedrss

After several years of ceding marijuana policy-making to a voting public eager to adopt a more permissive approach to the once completely illegal drug, House lawmakers on Wednesday took the reins of the sticky issue, passing a bill to overhaul how the state will regulate the retail market of the intoxicant.

The legislation approved 126-28 Wednesday night would tax the product at 28 percent, devote $50 million in pot revenues to addiction prevention and treatment, and direct regulators to help those “disproportionately affected” by prohibition to participate in the new industry.

The Senate plans to take up its version of the legislation Thursday and lawmakers are aiming to meet a self-imposed, end-of-June deadline to deliver a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker with hopes that the yet-to-be-formed Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) can start issuing retail licenses in about a year. The House scheduled an informal session on Friday, which could give lawmakers a chance to start reconciling the two versions of the bills in the next few days.

Activists behind the successful 2016 legalization campaign have been highly critical of the House bill, which they say would set an excessive tax rate that will encourage continued sales on the black market and unfairly put decisions about retail pot stores in the hands of elected officials instead of the voting public. The Yes on 4 Coalition prefers the Senate proposal, which has a lighter touch toward rewriting the ballot law. [Read more at Metro]

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CW Analytical Expands Offerings With Orange Photonics Partnership OAKLAND, Calif., June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CW Analytical Laboratories Inc., a leading laboratory in California’s Cannabis industry, and Orange Photonics Inc, […]

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VICE News
Weed fraud
VICE News
Many of the states that have legalized marijuana now require tests for potency and purity to ensure that consumers know exactly what they’re buying when they visit a dispensary. But the labs that conduct these tests are governed by rules that vary


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WeedRSS Jun 22 · Tags: weedmeme, weedrss
A mother’s love extends beyond finding a cure for her daughter to healing the world “There’s not a Mother’s Day that goes by that I don’t find myself in tears. I could have lost my child. This could have ended up being a more malignant tumor, she could have died before she was two, her [...]

Source: https://www.marijuana.com/news/2017/06/saving-sophie/

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