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The Oregonian | July 02, 2015
 Think twice before you inhale: Marijuana is only legal in about half of Oregon


Bryan Denson
Oregonians who plan to smoke, cultivate or carry cannabis under the state`s new recreational marijuana law should make sure they do it in the roughly 47 percent of Oregon where it`s strictly legal. Fifty-three percent of the state is managed by such government entities as the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service, where federal laws list marijuana in the same category as heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Possession of small amounts of marijuana anywhere in America remains a federal misdemeanor that carries fines and the possibility of jail....
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NORML | June 29, 2015
 Marijuana Lounges? Yes, But Lets Have Our Own Places
Keith Stroup
Without doubt, it is important that we begin to move forward with the legalization of lounges and social clubs that permit marijuana smokers to gather and enjoy their favorite strains. Marijuana smoking is a social activity, and most smokers would like the option of dropping by a local marijuana-friendly venue, to relax with friends and like-minded colleagues. Currently, none of the four states that have fully legalized marijuana allow for this option. Smoking in a public venue is prohibited, and the authorities have taken a needlessly restrictive view of what is a public ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 1, 2015
 Oregon Rec Rules Materializing, Early Sales Possible
Rules governing Oregons recreational marijuana market are taking shape, with state lawmakers sending two bills establishing regulations on the industry to the governor. At the same time, the state Senate has passed a proposal that would allow adult-use sales to start on Oct. 1, moving the bill to the House. One of the measures awaiting Gov. Kate Browns signature would require recreational shops to collect a 17 percent tax from consumers on cannabis sales a much lower rate than in nearby Washington State. The other bill on the governors desk would create a framework for ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 2, 2015
Five Alaskans were appointed to a board that will craft laws governing the states recreational marijuana industry.
 Alaska Governor Names 5 to Marijuana Control Board
Gov. Bill Walker named a police chief, a former director of Alaskas Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, a city council member and two representatives from the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation to the states new Marijuana Control Board, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. The group of five, selected from a pool of 132 applicants, represent the public safety sector, the public health sector, rural Alaska and the marijuana industry. The governor had the option of appointing a member to represent the public, but instead chose two industry representatives. M....
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The Weed Blog | July 4, 2015
 Happy Fourth Of July 2015 From The Weed Blog


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Johnny Green
Happy Fourth of July 2015 from The Weed Blog team This is the first Independence Day for The Weed Blog team since marijuana became legal where we live Oregon. It is truly a fantastic feeling of independence, a feeling that every adult marijuana consumer should experience in their lifetime. The Weed Blog will keep fighting for the end of marijuana prohibition worldwide, and encourage you to do the same. Make sure to be safe wherever you are, and we hope that you are surrounded by people that you care about and care about you. Enjoy yourselves, be good to each other, and neve....
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| July 3, 2015
 What Its Like To Experience The Freedom Of Marijuana Legalization


Johnny Green
I have been consuming marijuana for over 2 decades now. I started at an early age Im 34 now, and from the very beginning of my marijuana consumption I knew that if I was going to be a marijuana consumer, I would be doing so at great risk. If I was caught with marijuana, even just one joint, I could lose a lot. I could lose out on financial aid if/when I decided to go to college, I could be fined, and even jailed. I would have my job prospects drastically limited due to having to carry around the marijuana scarlet letter and I may even experience housing discrimination if a ....
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The New York Times | 7-4-15
 Rand Paul Mixes With the Marijuana Crowd to Raise Funds
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican presidential candidate, greeted supporters after speaking at a hotel in Las Vegas on Monday.Credit
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican presidential candidate, greeted supporters after speaking at a hotel in Las Vegas on Monday.Credit
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Alan Rappeport
Rand Paul has been wooing young Republican voters with his clever campaign swag and his vows to make privacy a priority. And today, he will court the marijuana crowd. Mr. Paul is scheduled to hold a fund-raising reception at the Cannabis Business Summit meeting in Denver. Co-sponsored by the National Cannabis Industry Association, the senator will address issues including medical marijuana policy and banking regulations for marijuana-based businesses in states where it is legal. Mr. Paul is already popular in the industry for co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill to make it ea....
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The New York Times | JULY 1, 2015 | Indianapolis
 A Church of Cannabis Tests Limits of Religious Law in Indiana
Bill Levin spoke at the first service of his First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis.
Bill Levin spoke at the first service of his First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis.
(image:Aaron P. Bernstein for The New York Times)
Monica Davey
On the altar, behind a row of flickering candles, the silhouette outline of a marijuana leaf shined in lights. Colored balloons occasionally bounced through the air as the minister of music led a band in a pew-shaking rendition of Mary Jane, the funk tribute to the drug. And Bill Levin, who was introduced as the Grand Poobah of this new church, finished the gathering with a simple message: Light up, folks As legislation that proponents call a religious freedom law took effect in Indiana on Wednesday, Mr. Levins First Church of Cannabis held its first service in a quiet nei....
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The Washington Post | July 3
 Denver campaign would allow marijuana use in bars
FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, young partygoers listen to music and smoke marijuana during the annual 4/20 marijuana festival, in Denvers downtown Civic Center Park. Saying that weed tourists have nowhere to legally use the pot theyre buying, marijuana activists in Denver have launched a ballot initative that would ask voters whether businesses open only to people 21 and older should be permitted to allow pot use.
FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, young partygoers listen to music and smoke marijuana during the annual 4/20 marijuana festival, in Denvers downtown Civic Center Park. Saying that weed tourists have nowhere to legally use the pot theyre buying, marijuana activists in Denver have launched a ballot initative that would ask voters whether businesses open only to people 21 and older should be permitted to allow pot use.
(image:Brennan Linsley, File/Associated Press)
Kristen Wyatt
A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call limited social marijuana consumption at bars. The activists need about 5,000 signatures to get the question on November ballots. It would allow bars or clubs to allow marijuana use as long as patrons bring their own weed and comply with clean-air laws. That means the pot they consume would have to be edible, or ....
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The Seattle Times | July 2, 2015
When recreational marijuana possession became legal Wednesday in Oregon, Vancouver pot shops reaped the benefits, as Oregonians flocked across the border to get their fix.
 Pot now legal in Oregon; Vancouver shops reap benefit
Justin Runquist
When recreational marijuana possession became legal Wednesday in Oregon, Vancouver pot shops reaped the benefits, as Oregonians flocked across the border to get their fix. Vancouvers six pot shops saw far more foot traffic than usual Wednesday, a trend that has continued all week leading up to the landmark shift in Oregons law. And with recreational sales set to be sidelined in Oregon for at least three months or perhaps even more than another year, store owners in Vancouver are bracing for their biggest sales figures yet. Since Washingtons first stores opened nearly a y....
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NORML | July 2, 2015
 Florida: Largest County Depenalizes Marijuana Possession Offenses
Paul Armentano
Police in Floridas largest county will soon have the option to cite, rather than arrest, minor marijuana offenders. Commissioners for Miami-Dade county voted 10 to 3 this week in favor of a countywide ordinance to treat marijuana possession offenses involving 20 grams or less as a civil infraction, punishable by a $100 fine no arrest, no criminal prosecution, no incarceration, and no criminal record. The new ordinance takes effect late next week. Under state law, minor marijuana possession offenses are classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 3, 2015
 Week in Review: Dispensaries Open in 3 States Congressmans Take on Marijuana Progress
John Schroyer
Dispensaries finally open their doors in several states including two that passed medical marijuana laws years ago and a key member of Congress sounds off on federal cannabis reform. Heres a closer look at two notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Opening Day In the past 10 days, three states have seen their first MMJ dispensaries open for business: Delaware, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The launch of new markets is certainly good news for the industry, but there are major hurdles for each of these programs to overcome. In Delaware, the m....
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The Weed Blog | 8:15 AM on July 2, 2015
 Oregon Governor Signs New Law To Implement Marijuana Legalization


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Johnny Green
Today Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 3400, an omnibus bill to implement Measure 91, the marijuana legalization initiative adopted by voters last November. The bill was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives this week. Measure 91 legalized possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older and regulated commercial production, manufacturing, and retail sales of marijuana. Legalization for personal use took effect July 1, 2015. As of that date adults 21 and older can legally possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana at home and up to 1 ounce of ....
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The Weed Blog | 6:44 AM on July 2, 2015
 Burnside Burn Celebration Of Marijuana Legalization In Oregon A Huge Success


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Johnny Green
The end of adult marijuana prohibition came at the stroke of midnight, July 1, and a crowd that spanned the entire length of the Burnside Bridge gathered to celebrate the beginning of marijuana legalization in Oregon. A huge puff of marijuana smoke rose to the sky beneath the shining neon Portland Oregon sign that welcomes travelers into Old Town Portland. The end of prohibition has been a long time coming, remarked Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville, and we wouldnt be celebrating this day in Oregon without the hard work of long time Oregon activists like Paul....
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