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Don’t Miss Mary Jean Dunsdon, AKA Watermelon, at the ICBC This October

When we caught up with Mary Jean Dunsdon, aka Watermelon, life was getting back to normal for her after her annual BudBQ..

Obama Leaves Behind a Marijuana Nightmare

At the twilight of his presidency, Barack Obama leaves unmet the huge need to change federal cannabis law. President Bar..

Cannabis Legalization Cuts Across the Political Spectrum

Cannabis legalization is crossing political barriers in 2016 as Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson announce..
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Cayman Islands Supporting Medical Marijuana

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Premier Alden McLaughlin is in full support of changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act that w..

Feds Drop Private Prison Contracts, Colorado Pot Docs Re-Suspended

WASHINGTON, DC Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced that the feds will cease using private prisons. Yates wrote..

Quick Hits: Any Rooted Plant Counts in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – Michigan’s muddied medical marijuana laws got more restrictive Wednesday, as an appeals cou..
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Quick Hits: Colorado Town’s Water Not THC-Laced After All

HUGO, Colorado – More extensive testing has shown that the well water in Hugo, Colorado, is not contaminated by THC
Which States Accept My Medical Marijuana Card?

Which States Accept My Medical Marijuana Card?

As a newly-minted medical marijuana patient, you’ve just achieved some protection from law enforcement if you choose to travel around

Medical Marijuana’s Profound Healing Power Reduces Medicare Drug Use

The raw beneficial power of medical marijuana is actually lowering Medicare prescription use of opioids and antidepressants! In states where
Science behind how marijuana helps sleep

The Science Behind How Marijuana Helps Sleep

Science is starting to understand what marijuana smokers have known for years: how marijuana helps sleep. Because of this understanding,
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5 Surprising Benefits And Uses Of Marijuana Tea

Most people are aware of the fact that drinking tea is good for them, but may not have considered Marijuana
Medical Cannabis in Germany

The Rise of Medical Marijuana in Germany

The recent weeks have seen some important governmental decisions regarding the German medical marijuana program. A month or so back, a court
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Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson

Cannabis Legalization Cuts Across the Political Spectrum

Cannabis legalization is crossing political barriers in 2016 as Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson announced his support for California Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act , joining the democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, and a whole host of political figures across the political spectrum, including Republican Dana Rohrabacher and Democratic Lt. […]

Russ Belville

Russ Belville

Cayman Islands Supporting Medical Marijuana

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Premier Alden McLaughlin is in full support of changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act that would make the Cayman Islands the first Caribbean nation to have a functioning medical cannabis program. The rules changes published by the island government are still subject to a […]

Marijuana Politics Staff

Marijuana Politics Staff

Six Things to Do in Vancouver at the International Cannabis Business Conference

As we’ve covered, the International Cannabis Business Conference is heading north of the border in October, stopping in Vancouver, British Columbia for a two-day intensive crash course on all things cannabis and Canada. Why not tack on a couple of days and see what makes British Columbia “the best place […]

Don Fitch

Don Fitch

Obama Leaves Behind a Marijuana Nightmare

At the twilight of his presidency, Barack Obama leaves unmet the huge need to change federal cannabis law. President Barack Obama will soon leave office. Although he will re-enter private life as one of America’s better presidents, he has failed to address the calamitous war on drugs, especially the eight-decade […]

Alibi Pierce

Weed-Driven Prostitution? The Colorado Springs Gazette’s Marijuana Scaremongering Continues

The Gazette is at it again. Not one to shy away from borderline libelous innuendo and flagrant cannabis scaremongering, the little paper (in both physical size and journalistic endeavor, but not circulation) from Colorado Springs can’t seem to control its pubescent-like impulse to mislead its readers when it comes to […]

Romain Bonilla

Romain Bonilla

Andrew Sullivan’s Next Book to Discuss Cannabis and Christianity

Political-commentating powerhouse Andrew Sullivan is working on a new book on the future of Christianity in which he plans to discuss the role of cannabis in religious practice. “Cannabis and psilocybin have been really important parts of my own faith life,” he told Marijuana Politics, “People always regard these things […]

Carl Wellstone

Carl Wellstone

Merle Haggard, Outlaw Country Legend and Cannabis Connoisseur, Passes Away at 79

Merle Haggard had a legendary career and life. Known as a pioneer of  the “outlaw country” movement, Haggard was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 1994. A friend of cannabis community icon Willie Nelson, Haggard was once anti-marijuana, but he evolved and became a cannabis connoisseur. Today, the […]

Alex Rogers

Alex Rogers

The Rise of Medical Marijuana in Germany

The recent weeks have seen some important governmental decisions regarding the German medical marijuana program. A month or so back, a court ruling declared that the first medical marijuana patient in Germany has the right to grow his own medicine at home. This ruling is seen as a precedent for all other patients and has prompted action within the […]

Cyd Maurer

Cyd Maurer

Rihanna & Snoop Dogg Want to Sell Us Marijuana? A Millennial’s Look at “Big Weed”

Let me be the first to say: I love Snoop Dogg, I love Rihanna, and I love cannabis. I mean, as the youngest child in my family, I still remember when my older, teenage siblings would ask me what my favorite song was, and at age 4 I would immediately […]

Ngaio Bealum

Ngaio Bealum

Steve DeAngelo and Ngaio talk weed and the future!

Cannabis visionary and awesome business person Steve DeAngelo (Harborside Wellness dipsensaries, ArcView Group, et cetera)  Has a new book out. The Cannabis Manifesto is his latest treatise about marijuana for today, and tomorrow. I got a chance to sit down with him and have a nice chat about weed, the […]

Melody Greene

Oregonian Provides a Q & A on Marijuana Legalization

There is a daily countdown in Oregon as every adult over the age of 21 will be able possess, cultivate and consume cannabis on July 1st. While marijuana has been widely available and a relatively low law enforcement priority (especially in Portland),it still just feels good to know that we no […]

Sarah Duff

Sarah Duff

OMMP AND OLCC CHANGES FOR BETTER OR WORSE: IT’S TIME TO COMPLY

UPDATE: The Oregon Health Authority has announced new rules for cannabis extract processing licenses and early sales reporting. We begged for a delay in the plant number restrictions and tracking so Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) participants can learn what they are expected to do. The new temporary OHA/OMMP rules […]

Allison Dumas

Allison Dumas

Legalization and one of its heroes

This past month has been a frenzy for leaders in cannabis reform in Oregon. In case you missed it, Tom Burns got fired, the medical marijuana community is at war with Oregon legislators who are trying to impose grow limits, inspections, and fees, and no one yet knows where they […]

OMBC Staff

OMBC Staff

After the Best Oregon Marijuana Business Conference Yet, Onto Vancouver

The Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) was the biggest yet, bringing together hundreds of cannabis industry entrepreneurs and advocates this weekend in Eugene to hear about the latest developments in Oregon marijuana law. Not only was the conference the best-attended OMBC, but the consensus from attendees was that it was […]

Jerry Schoon

Platforming for a Plant in Calhoun County, Iowa

Democrats for both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton met Saturday, March 12th for the Calhoun County Convention. The result of the convention was two delegates for each presidential candidate to advance onto the state convention. The Calhoun County Democratic Convention also did a fun activity called platforming. It is where Democrats throw […]

ICBC Staff

ICBC Staff

Don’t Miss Mary Jean Dunsdon, AKA Watermelon, at the ICBC This October

When we caught up with Mary Jean Dunsdon, aka Watermelon, life was getting back to normal for her after her annual BudBQ event that she hosts at her home every summer. You can see Watermelon, and many other talented cannabis entrepreneurs and activists at the International Cannabis Business Conference in […]

Marijuana Politics

Marijuana Politics

From Prison to Pot Industry Mogul

Nine years ago, Alex Rogers, co-owner of Marijuana Politics, was released from a German prison, where he had finished serving a six-month sentence for cannabis related offenses. He was 35 years old and completely broke. He had been living in Europe for seven years and upon his release from prison, […]

William Levy

William Levy

The Top 10 Marijuana Strains of 2016

Different kinds of marijuana have different effects and flavors so naturally people have their own preferences when it comes to choosing strains and types. A regular marijuana user might like to switch things up a bit and try new strains. We reached out to PotValet for their take on 21016’s […]

Smantha Brooks

Do You Want To Make Money Legally In Marijuana Business? Here’s The Way

It is presently legitimate to purchase, possess, and devour pot for recreational purposes in large portions of the states. In this article, we dig deep into the business to disclose who’s getting rich from it and whether there’s an open door for different investors to get in on the action. […]

Jeremy Daw

Jeremy Daw

What A Military Psychologist Forgot to Say About Cannabis

Combat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress are hardly doing anyone harm by choosing a less toxic, safer alternative to alcohol to help soothe the stress of readjusting to civilian life, but never mind: clinical psychologist and Iraq veteran Bret A. Moore wants our vets to continue to just say […]

Sarah Jane Gallegos

Dispensaries Compete to Impress on First Day of Sales

Many Marijuanapolitics.com reporters enjoyed making their first legal cannabis purchase in the state of Oregon yesterday. It seems there are new dispensaries opening daily.  I visited shops in each of Portland’s communities to see how each neighborhood was bringing their own flavor to this historic day. Here are some of […]

Jack Rio

Warm Springs, Cold Shoulder

On December 17th, members young and old of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs reservation voted overwhelmingly to proceed with a new commercial venture in recreational cannabis. Nearly 9 out of 10 tribal members said yes. But, in what might be described fairly as a travesty, while the tribe’s business office […]

Casey Houlihan

Casey Houlihan

Oregon Releases Draft Rules For Oct. 1st Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

The Oregon Health Authority has released the first draft of the rules to implement Senate Bill 460’s limited retail sales of cannabis for adult-use beginning on October 1st. According to the initial draft of the rules, all existing medical marijuana dispensaries will have the option to sell limited marijuana retail […]

Andi Bixel

Andi Bixel

Inside Scoop: Top 6 Marijuana Branding Tips from Andi Bixel of Drip Ice Cream

  At Saturday’s Oregon Marijuana Business Conference in Ashland, Bixel will present on branding, marketing and packaging. Widely known as an industry leader in creative branding, she sits on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s packaging and labeling subcommittee.   Use the OLCC pre-approval process on labeling and packaging. The OLCC […]

Hazel Floyd

Medical Marijuana Farmer’s Markets and Meetings: Reasons to Mark Your Canna Calendar and Head to Arizona

Farmers markets have always been a popular way to obtain locally-grown products and try new products, so you can see how a growth in medical marijuana farmers markets in Arizona has been achieved. The availability means that there are some good reasons to mark your canna calendar and set the […]

Aaron Herzberg

The California Primaries, Candidates and their Marijuana Positions

With the California Primaries just four days away, many participants and enthusiasts in the cannabis space are looking to the five remaining presidential candidates (or three, depending on your perspective) to see what are their Marijuana positions and who would be their greatest ally. It’s a difficult question to answer, […]

Jeremy Kwit

Jeremy Kwit

Medical Marijuana Production Limits: OPEC in Oregon

The joint legislative committee overseeing implementation of voter-approved marijuana legalization seems to have have found a new policy framework in the least democratic of places: OPEC. Apparently the 12 member states that comprise the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi […]

Leland Berger

Leland Berger

AUMA is the Hillary of United States Cannabis Legalization Initiatives

I had such high hopes for California when we were drafting Measure 91 in Oregon. I hoped that criminal penalties would give way to fines, and that California could improve on what we created in many significant ways. I understand that each state is different and that California is the […]

Ben Landman

Marijuana Legalization: States Weigh the Positives and Negatives

Below is a guest blog submitted by a reader who wanted to join the conversation. If you would like to contribute to Marijuana Politics and join the discussion, click here.  In recent years, marijuana has become legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C. It’s obvious that the majority […]

Tessa Kaplan

Tessa Kaplan

Marijuana and Technology Today

Most people don’t think of Marijuana and technology in the same breath.  We’re all very aware of the absolute explosion of technology and the recent boom in its popularity now that smart phones and other devices have become ubiquitous.  Marijuana likewise, has seen exponential advancements in how it is produced, […]

Redeyes Online

Redeyes Online

5 Surprising Benefits And Uses Of Marijuana Tea

Most people are aware of the fact that drinking tea is good for them, but may not have considered Marijuana tea. Tea is packed with antioxidants, is low in calories, helps with hydration, and can relax the body before sleep. While most cultures use traditional tea leaves when brewing, more […]

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