Will Alaska’s Libertarian Legacy Resonate in 2014 Marijuana Vote?

In 1975 the Alaska Supreme Court ruled the state’s constitutional right to privacy protected citizens ability to grow and possess limited amounts of marijuana.  Cannabis laws in the state have been tightened since then, but as Alaskans decide on Measure 2 this November, will the deep Libertarian bent for privacy behind the 1975 court decision inspire voters to regulate marijuana like alcohol in 2014? For more on Alaska’s history with...

Students Protest Zero Tolerance Eviction Policy, Again

Last week, Rowan University students in Glassboro, New Jersey held the fourth annual Box City Protest, an assembly in which activists slept outside in cardboard boxes to protest the university’s policy of evicting drug offenders from student housing after a first offense, the drug policy plight of most college students in the US … for some insight, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Lisa Tischio, President of the Rowan University chapter of Students for...

Texas Rearing Back to Legalize

Texans cannot reform marijuana laws through an initiative process, so activists are focused on change through a state legislature that meets for a furious 140 day session every two years.  The next session begins soon after the New Year, and there is an unprecedented focus on electing cannabis friendly candidates this November to support a trio of marijuana bills in the works … for details, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke...

“My fight is not against marijuana …”

Last week in Seattle, Reverend Reggie Witherspoon, Senior Pastor at Mt. Calvary Christian Center used a bullhorn to lead protesters in chants to shut down their new neighbor, Uncle Ike’s, Seattle’s second state-licensed marijuana retailer … for more , CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Reverend Witherspoon and files this report … http://www.cannabisradionews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/reggie-whitherspoon-final-dwnld.mp3   Music credits as reported through the Public Radio Exchange, in order of appearance: Title: Jake’s cha cha Artist:...

Kentucky Hemp Harvest 2014: a tour with Josh Hendrix

In May of this year hemp farmers planted several pilot crops of industrial hemp at Kentucky state universities and elsewhere, which marks the first time the plant has been legally sewed in the state since the 1970s.  The seeds were the object of a skirmish between the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the state of Kentucky, a battle the state ultimately won in their attempt to import seeds from...

Bring-Your-Own Cannabis Scene Grows in Canada

Pete Melanhead is a cannabis activist who has worked for years to make marijuana a more prominent and accepted part of Canadian culture, and recently in Hamilton, Ontario, he and partners opened  Melanheadz Hamilton Vape, a vapour lounge.  These businesses operate in most larger Canadian cities, and that cannabis is freely and conscientiously consumed in public is a symbol of growing social tolerance in a prioritized law enforcement context. ...

Change in licensing regulations may transform Colorado cannabis industry … or not …

In Colorado, as of October 1st  some significant barriers to operate a marijuana business have been lowered … to learn more about this rule change and its potential impacts, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Taylor West, Deputy Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association about a scheduled regulatory change that may, or may not, transform the legal marijuana industry in Colorado …  ...

Strapped Coachella Valley cities embrace marijuana tax dollars, buck trend

California is a patchwork of regions that allow or ban the cultivation and sale of cannabis under the state’s medical marijuana laws, and recently the Desert Hot Springs City Council bucked a state-wide trend when they voted unanimously to repeal a ban on cannabis businesses.  Nearby Palm Springs recently approved its fourth dispensary, and Cathedral City is considering permits for three, and  thereby the Coachella Valley has emerged as the...

A War on Marijuana in Fresno …

In California, home of the nation’s oldest medical marijuana law, the City of Fresno and Fresno County have vigorously enforced bans on the sale and cultivation of marijuana in recent months, a region where as many as 30,000 people hold medical cannabis recommendations.  For more on reports of officers dropping from helicopters to confiscate crops and issue thousand dollar a plant fines, CRN’s Brian Bahouth spoke with Brenda Linder, a...

Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival turns 44

Over October 4 and 5 in Madison, Wisconsin, cannabis advocates celebrated the 44th annual Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival, yet despite playing host to one of the oldest marijuana rallies in the nation and a noted Progressive history, Wisconsin does not have a medical marijuana law and also has some of the toughest cannabis possession penalties of any state … to find out more about this year’s harvest gathering...