• Michigan man has high hopes for hemp - Toledo Blade

    Michigan man has high hopes for hemp - Toledo Blade

    Kevin Spitler is Toledo’s homegrown hemp entrepreneur. Mr. Spitler, 41, of Allegan, Mich., runs the Toledo Hemp Center. The small, white-walled Sylvania Avenue storefront sells everything from soaps and sprays to vapor pens and chewing gum, but all the products are rich in cannabidiol, or CBD — a chemi...

  • New Marijuana Rules Being Debated Oct. 1

    New Marijuana Rules Being Debated Oct. 1

    by Rick Thompson/September 29, 2014 A proposed set of rules altering the nature of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) will be considered by a Joint Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Lansing. The rules met stiff resistance from medical marijuana community members during a hearing on the pr...

  • Michigan's Marijuana Bills: An Update from Rep. Callton

    Michigan's Marijuana Bills: An Update from Rep. Callton

    Representative Michael Callton, a Republican representing a district including the city of Nashville, is the sponsor of HB 4271, the Provisioning Centers Act. That bill, and its companion HB 5104, were passed by the Michigan House in December of 2013 and were approved in the Senate Government Operations Commi...

  • Central Michigan Life :: Matthew Abel speaks on medical and responsible use of cannabis

    Central Michigan Life :: Matthew Abel speaks on medical and responsible use of cannabis

    For Cheboygan sophomore Ian Elliot, marijuana isn’t a recreational activity--it’s his medicine. “Some of us need to use marijuana, myself included,” he said. “I am a seizure patient. To me, it does alleviate some of the symptoms that would cause me difficulties while going to CMU.” As the pr...

  • 2014 Marijuana Ballot Proposals from Across The USA

    2014 Marijuana Ballot Proposals from Across The USA

    The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) via the Huffington Post has provided a handy guide to this year's marijuana ballot proposals from around the country. Take a look! The original story can be found on: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-gutwillig/2014-marijuana-ballot-questions_b_5844152.html &nbs...

  • Marijuana legalization effort begins in California - Northern Michigan's News Leader

    Marijuana legalization effort begins in California - Northern Michigan's News Leader

    By LISA LEFF Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A national marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016, a move with potential to add a dose of extra excitement to the presidential election year. The Mari...

  • Ban on pot collectives challenged - Traverse City Record-Eagle: Local News

    Ban on pot collectives challenged - Traverse City Record-Eagle: Local News

    TRAVERSE CITY — Garfield Township's ban on medical marijuana collectives will face a court challenge that could set precedent for other area municipalities in a three-county region. The Phenos Cannabis Provisioning Center opened at 3000 Keystone Road in early September, and its operators did so without a...

  • Synthetic drug sickens kids across Michigan | Fox17

    Synthetic drug sickens kids across Michigan | Fox17

    WEST MICHIGAN – Parents are being warned as health officials across the state are on high alert over a new synthetic street drug. It comes after more than two dozen young people from southeast Michigan have been hospitalized after taking a substance known as Cloud 9. In the most serious cases two peop...

  • Armed suspects allegedly rob woman of marijuana, flee on bicycles | MLive.com

    Armed suspects allegedly rob woman of marijuana, flee on bicycles | MLive.com

    MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI -- A small amount of marijuana was allegedly taken during an armed robbery early Sunday, Aug. 24, during which the homeowner was allegedly struck in the face before the thieves rode off on bicycles. The incident was reported at 3:15 a.m. on Sunday by the victim who resides on Milton A...

  • Attorney General Eric Holder, Prominent Liberal Voice in Obama Administration, Is Resigning - NYTimes.com

    Attorney General Eric Holder, Prominent Liberal Voice in Obama Administration, Is Resigning - NYTimes.com

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is resigning but will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed, the Justice Department said Thursday. Mr. Holder, the 82nd attorney general and the first African-American to serve in that position, had previously said he planned to lea...

  • The Activist's Conundrum

    The Activist's Conundrum

    "I want it all, and I want it now."- lyrics by Queen In any social revolution, which is what marijuana law reform movement is, there is an end goal that activists fight for. Freedom, equality, justice, safety, respect. Even if the details of that ideal achievement vary from one person to another there is a...

  • California may get a shot at legal marijuana for recreational use

    California may get a shot at legal marijuana for recreational use

    SAN FRANCISCO — The nation’s largest marijuana policy advocacy group said it will begin raising funds for a ballot measure in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana use in California. The Marijuana Policy Project will file paperwork Wednesday with the California secretary of state’s office for a new...

  • Did the 'local option' just get destroyed?

    Did the 'local option' just get destroyed?

    ""Not everyone will like it. But I think it makes it overall a better bill and will make medical marijuana better, as far as availability to patients, that it be more professional, safer."- Rep. Michael Callton, R-Nashville, on the major overhaul on Michigan's dispensary bill, HB 4271 [caption id="attachme...

  • Schauer:

    Schauer: "I fully support" Michigan marijuana bills

    Schauer Statement on HB 4271 and 5104   "I fully support these bills and encourage both the Michigan Senate and the Governor to take action..." - candidate for Michigan Governor, Mark Schauer   [caption id="attachment_9614" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Mark Schauer and TCC edito...

  • "Fuck It": TV Reporter Quits On-Air To Fight For Marijuana Legalization

    KTVA Anchorage reporter Charlo Greene profanely quit her job at the station in the middle of last night's newscast. Greene made the announcement immediately following a story on a medical marijuana business, and the revelation that she is the business's owner. Greene ended her segment with this: "Now ev...

  • Scio Makes Noise About Caregivers

    Scio Makes Noise About Caregivers

    Is being a caregiver for more than yourself a 'home occupation'? Many communities have tried to make it so- Scio Township is the latest to give it a go   [caption id="attachment_4587" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cannabis and Color, by Rick Thompson/Midwest Multi Media Management[/caption] by ...

  • Mix-up prompts change in medical marijuana law - Chicago Tribune

    Mix-up prompts change in medical marijuana law - Chicago Tribune

    A mix-up in the medical marijuana law created some confusion over the number of pot farms that will be allowed to open in Illinois, state officials said. Two medical marijuana cultivation centers will now be allowed in a district that includes the city of Chicago and northern suburbs, though the overall nu...

  • Rick Thompson's The Cannabis News Sept 18

    Rick Thompson's The Cannabis News Sept 18

    The Cannabis News is a weekly broadcast featured on the Planet Green Trees Radio Show. Newsman Rick Thompson (The Compassion Chronicles, The Weed Blog, American Cultivator, The Burn, Culture Magazine) reports on the breaking news stories from around the United States every week.   You can catch the...

  • Secure Italian military lab to grow medical marijuana

    Secure Italian military lab to grow medical marijuana

    By Steve Scherer ROME, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Italy said on Thursday it would grow medical marijuana at a secure military lab outside Florence and distribute it through pharmacies to slash costs and make it more easily available to the sick. The use of medical marijuana or cannabis derivatives to treat pat...

  • Study: Marijuana Smokers May Use Drug To Cope With Negative Emotions « CBS Seattle

    Study: Marijuana Smokers May Use Drug To Cope With Negative Emotions « CBS Seattle

    SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Getting high to stop feeling low; a new study concludes some adolescents and young adults are smoking marijuana to ease the pain of negative emotions or events in their lives. “Young people who use marijuana frequently experience an increase in negative affect in the 24 hours ...

  • IL Gubernatorial Candidate: Auction Off MMJ Licenses : Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

    IL Gubernatorial Candidate: Auction Off MMJ Licenses : Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

    If Republican Bruce Rauner had his way, Illinois’s 60 medical marijuana dispensary permits and 21 cultivation center licenses would be sold by the state via auction. The GOP gubernatorial candidate made the suggestion on Tuesday, while criticizing the state’s MMJ application process as too secretive. ...

  • Ex-Gov. Milliken endorses Totten over Schuette for AG

    Ex-Gov. Milliken endorses Totten over Schuette for AG

    Former Gov. William Milliken’s endorsement of Democrat Mark Totten for attorney general over fellow Republican and incumbent Bill Schuette marks his second endorsement of a Democrat this year.   Lansing — Former Gov. William Milliken is endorsing Democrat Mark Totten for attorney general over f...

  • WA Rec Shop Lottery Winners At Risk of Losing Licenses : Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

    WA Rec Shop Lottery Winners At Risk of Losing Licenses : Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs

    Washington State is warning dozens of applicants for recreational marijuana business licenses that their chance at a permit may be canceled unless they make an appointment within 60 days with a licensing inspector, as well as provide information for criminal and financial background checks. The state’s ...

  • Returning the MRAP

    Returning the MRAP

      by Rick Thompson/September 18, 2014 SAGINAW- When the military gives you a HUGE vehicle, you can say "No, thanks," and return to sender. Sheriff William Federspiel of Saginaw County, Michigan, did just that- returning an oversized vehicle back to the soldiers that sent it to him. The MRAP v...

  • Growing Medical Marijuana in Iowa - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories

    Growing Medical Marijuana in Iowa - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories

    Updated: Wednesday, September 17 2014, 06:03 AM CDT DES MOINES, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Growing medical marijuana in the Hawkeye state could become legal. In Iowa, the use of cannabis oil to treat chronic epilepsy is now allowed but patients still have to go out of state to get it. Now, the Waterloo Cedar ...

  • Three arrested in U.P.S.E.T. marijuana bust - Upper Peninsula ABC 10

    Three arrested in U.P.S.E.T. marijuana bust - Upper Peninsula ABC 10

    BRUCE CROSSING — Three people are behind bars in Ontonagon County after a drug bust in Bruce Crossing Wednesday. The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (U.P.S.E.T.) executed a search warrant at an address on M-28.  When authorities entered the residence, they found 130 marijuana plants, over $6,...

  • Marijuana Industry Battling Stoner Stereotypes - ABC News

    Marijuana Industry Battling Stoner Stereotypes - ABC News

    Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot. To get their message across, they are skewering some of the old Drug War-era ads that focused on th...

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  • Marijuana for the Melancholy: Pot Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression | High Times

    Marijuana for the Melancholy: Pot Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression | High Times

    BY MIKE ADAMS · TUE JUL 15, 2014   Drop the Prozac and the Xanax -- marijuana could be all that is needed to treat individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. Longtime lovers of the leaf have known for many years that smoking weed is one of the best ways of making a miserable existence more...

  • Michigan House to vote on forfeiture legislation

    Michigan House to vote on forfeiture legislation

    LANSING – Michigan lawmakers plan to proceed with a bill making it easier for the government to seize property linked to suspected illegal activity. The legislation up for a vote Tuesday in the state House allows for the forfeiture of homes, cash and other assets in home invasion and rape cases. It’s d...

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Michigan man has high hopes for hemp - Toledo Blade

Michigan man has high hopes for hemp - Toledo Blade

Kevin Spitler is Toledo’s homegrown hemp entrepreneur.

Mr. Spitler, 41, of Allegan, Mich., runs the Toledo Hemp Center. The small, white-walled Sylvania Avenue storefront sells everything from soaps and sprays to vapor pens and chewing gum, but all the products are rich in cannabidiol, or CBD — a chemical…

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New Marijuana Rules Being Debated Oct. 1

New Marijuana Rules Being Debated Oct. 1

by Rick Thompson/September 29, 2014

A proposed set of rules altering the nature of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) will be considered by a Joint Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in Lansing.

The rules met stiff resistance from medical marijuana community members during a hearing on the proposed…

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