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Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points — Beyond The Debate Stage

This was one of those weeks when one event overshadowed pretty much everything else that was going on in the political world. The event, of course, was the second round of Republican presidential debates, which lasted for a grueling five-plus hours. I’ve already written two columns on the debates, one composed of my snap reactions just after the conclusion and the second one pointing out how far the discussion of…

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Linda Harding-Bond: How Training Can Help Hospitality CEO's Holiday Headaches

In their comprehensive CEO business study KMPG cited that among 400 CEO’s their highest concerns were: Potential of losing customers to competitors Whether their products and services will be relevant three years from now New entrants disrupting business model Drilling down to the hospitality/spa industry, these concerns are well-founded. Competition is fierce. Boutique spas delivering bespoke treatments from cannabis therapies to “uber” style mobile spas are opening every week. Mega…

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Matthew Chapman: Republican Candidates Embrace Science!

“Good luck with that!” This is the most common response we get when we talk about ScienceDebate.org, the non-profit founded to try and persuade the presidential candidates to attend a debate solely on science issues, including technology, the environment, and medicine. Given the enormous opportunities and consequences of science both in America and the rest of the world, it seems like it should already have happened. So why the cynicism?…

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Josh Pearson: Marijuana: The Gateway to the White House

During last night’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush, one of the leading Republican candidates and former Governor of Florida, admitted yet again to smoking marijuana when he was young. “Forty years ago I smoked marijuana, and I admit it.“ This is commonplace now if you’re running for President. Clinton admitted it, Jeb’s brother George W. admitted it, and so did Obama. Apparently, one of the side effects of marijuana use may…

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Adam Sulkowski: California's Pot Biz "Wild West" May End, Massachusetts Could "Head It Off At The Pass"

Legal marijuana commerce – to some extent a reality in 24 states and the District of Columbia – may be the fastest growing industry in the United States. Regardless of what we think about pot use, these facts beg the question: if voters continue to push for legalization, what is the best way to end prohibition of a popular business activity? Should government tax-and-regulate cannabis as we do alcohol and…

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Alex Thiersch: Does Cannabis Need a Corporate Makeover?

This is a time of real change in the legal cannabis industry. Just in the last year we’ve made many business inroads and technological innovations that have stoked already red-hot growth. As fantastic and meteoric as the industry’s ascension has been, though, we’ve only just started to develop its real potential. This potential includes the image rehabilitation that’s occurring across the country, as well as attracting new demographics. As I…

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Patrick Davis: Former Cops Now Try Their Hand at Peddling Pot

A group of former ‘Just Say No’ law enforcement officers is now getting into the public pot business. The State of New Mexico, where medical marijuana can only be sold by state-approved non-profits, received some surprise applications to a recent request for new medical marijuana providers. At least three new non-profits established and operated by former high-profile conservative law enforcement leaders have applied. According to reports by The Santa Fe…

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Reboot Illinois: Rauner Rejected These 11 Conditions for Treatment by Medical Marijuana in Illinois

As more Illinoisans apply for and receive permission from the state to use marijuana as a medical necessity, Gov. Bruce Rauner put a stop to further expansion of the program for 11 conditions Sept. 10. Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 39, which would have included post-traumatic stress disorder among the 39 other approved conditions, and the Illinois Department of Public Health said that 10 medical conditions recommended by the Medical Cannabis…

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Russ Belville: Why I Fight for Ohio Marijuana Legalization

I’m somewhat of an outlier in the marijuana reform movement these days. Ohio has marijuana legalization on the ballot for 2015, and I’m one of the few high-profile (pardon the pun) legalization advocates pushing hard for its passage. Most of my colleagues are in a hold-their-nose-and-backhandedly-support-it public stance, and some are assiduously attacking the measure and angling for its defeat. That’s because they don’t understand the nature of this war.…

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Theodore Caputi: Catherine Hiller Is Not Your Average Marijuana Legalizer — She's More Dangerous

The title of a New York Times profile on well-known author Catherine Hiller, “Smoking Marijuana for 50 Years, and Turning Out Just Fine,” says it all: Hiller uses her life successes to validate a sustained heavy-use lifestyle. I couldn’t help but wonder if an article with the title, “Smoking Tobacco for 50 Years, and Turning Out Just Fine,” would pass through the Times’ editorial review. After all, the majority of…

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Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.: Corruption in Latin America and Marijuana Legalization: The Case of Ex-President Molina

Co-authored by Jeff Zinsmeister, Member of the Council on Foreign Relations The rapid fall of the (now ex-) Guatemalan president Otto Fernandez Pérez Molina has already reverberated through the Americas. Its ultimate impact will surely be multifaceted, not just as an example of a possibly rising intolerance for corruption in parts of Latin America, but also of the beneficial synergy possible when an international organization like the United Nations works…

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Rob Kampia: On Marijuana Policy, Congress Needs to Pick Up Where It Left Off

Now that Congress has returned from its August recess, it’s time for members to debate and vote on the annual budget that will fund the federal government from October of this year through September of next year. And various marijuana amendments will be a part of these discussions. Much has been made of the way same-sex marriage moved rapidly from unthinkable to inevitable to achieving the ultimate victory. But there’s…

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Alex Thiersch: Only Comprehensive Regulation Protects Cannabis Businesses

Nearly half of all states in the U.S. have some form of cannabis legalization on the books, but that has not been enough to protect businesses from prosecution by both local and federal authorities. Broad and undefined state laws have allowed the industry to grow very quickly in many parts of the country, but have left businesses with little-to-no direction as to standards for legal compliance. This has left them…

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Amos Irwin: The People the Pot Laws Forgot

In 2012, Lucy, a certified nurse’s assistant (CNA) and single mother of two young children, was riding home on the train when a mentally disturbed woman began shouting at her. Police officers in the next car noticed the commotion. They searched Lucy and found a few joints’ worth of marijuana in her purse. Lucy was arrested and spent four days in jail. She lost her job and was sentenced to…

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Marlon Regis: 'Rudimental in Jamaica' for We The Generation !

In 2013, they hit us with Home, which became a #1 debut album in the UK for this global-platinum selling electronic act Rudimental. Since then, we’ve seen them raising the desert temperature at Coachella and back-to-back statewide sold out shows. Even their previous hit, “Give You Up” made it bigger landing on the FIFA 15 soundtrack, not to mention “Not Giving In” being used in several ESPN Sports promos and…

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Brandon Deroche: The Movers, Shakers and Bakers in the Cannabis Revolution

Entrenched stoner culture often treats newcomers with a raised eyebrow. Maybe the old guard fears mainstream change and convention, and indeed progressive brands continue to modernize the culture with fresh ideas and innovations. The traditionalists represent the foundation, but what about the other 86 percent of cannabis consumers who have a more casual relationship with the plant? These individuals might not have the same High Times savvy, yet they certainly…

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Tony Newman: 'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

The United States’ longest, unwinnable war is the “war on drugs.” Despite decades of arrests and locking up millions of Americans, politicians and PSA’s urging us to “Just Say No,” illegal drugs are still as available as ever. But why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuana possession, but sell tobacco and alcohol on most corners? Why do we…

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Dr. Michael Laitman: Is Your Baby Restless? Give Her Cannabicetamol!

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, was not invented in the 1960s. It’s been around for at least 10,000 years. It was just as widespread then as it is today, and for most of that time, it was legal. Cannabis has been outlawed for many years, yet now there seems to be a worldwide campaign to make it legal again. But if it is harmless and can be legalized, why was…

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Reboot Illinois: Illinois Medical Cannabis: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Applying

Major changes have been made in Illinois regarding medicinal marijuana. Former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in early August of 2013. Following this, it took a signature from new Governor Bruce Rauner on the rules for growers and dispensers and 17 months for patients to qualify for the use of medical cannabis. As of early August 2015, more than 23,700 people had…

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Alice O'Leary Randall: Medical Marijuana Arrests: When Will It End?

Some people try to forget the day they were arrested for marijuana possession but, with the hindsight of four decades, I can say it was one of the best things that ever happened to us. It was August 24, 1975 and my husband, Robert C. Randall, and I were living a rather ordinary life, just eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in a neighborhood that could kindly…

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