Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Legalization Nation Columnist David Downs Preps ‘Medical Marijuana Guide Book’ Release, Appearances, Online Lecture

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 10:52 AM

Not a week goes by that patients don’t contact us with questions like, “My doctor recommended medical marijuana for my partner’s cancer, but that’s all he would say. What do I do? Where do we go?”

I also get questions like, "What is a vaporizer?", or "What's high-CBD pot?"

Americans’ thirst for the facts about accessing and using medical cannabis legally and safely has never been greater.

Well, your dedicated Legalization Nation columnist, David Downs, has collected answers to your most frequently asked questions and packaged them in book form for patients nationwide this spring.

Legalization Nation columnist David Downs - COURTESY OF UC BERKELEY EXTENSION
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  • Legalization Nation columnist David Downs

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Epic Snafu Tanks Maine Legalization Ballot Initiative Effort

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 11:20 AM

One state that was a shoo-in for legalization in 2016 is now anything but. Maine marijuana law reformers are smarting today after a stunning reversal on their way to the ballot.

No, You Can't: Maine officials disqualify 17,000 signatures because of a single notary's handwriting. - REGULATE MARIJUANA IN MAINE
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  • No, You Can't: Maine officials disqualify 17,000 signatures because of a single notary's handwriting.
The State of Maine on Wednesday rejected Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Maine 2016’s bid to place marijuana legalization on the November ballot — citing a single discrepancy in one signature-gatherer’s handwriting.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Maine needed 61,123 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. But state officials determined this week that RMLA turned in just 51,543 valid signatures. The Maine Secretary of State’s Office disqualified a full 17,000 signatures due to a handwriting technicality.

According to Maine campaign manager David Boyer, the crucial 17,000 signatures were disqualified because one signature gatherer’s handwriting didn’t exactly match up with his/ or her signature on file with the state from five years ago.

Essentially, 17,000 Maine citizens were disenfranchised and the measure disqualified because a paid notary signed his or her name two different ways — one way on a five year-old document on file with the state and a different way when he or she turned in those collected signatures. Talk about a screw-up.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What A Trump Presidency Would Mean for Marijuana Law Reform: Worry

by David Downs
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Last night’s string of electoral primary victories for Republican candidate Donald Trump could go down as a pivotal point in US history. Like the 2000 Republican primaries that gave us George W. Bush, and his subsequent invasion of Iraq, the consequences of Trump’s Super Tuesday wins may affect the trajectory of the country for at least a generation. It’s an ominous sign that America may have taken one step too far down the road toward an Idiocracy where entertainment and shock value are paramount.

So what might a Trump Presidency mean for the medical cannabis movement and the associated adult use effort? In true Trump fashion, the man is all over the place, and could at best become a lukewarm ally for state’s rights, or at worst, the leader of a new pot pogrom akin to that of Ronald Reagan.

Trump has said he supports medical marijuana, but legalization has caused 'a lot of problems'. - (COURTESY OF TRUMP FOR AMERICA)
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  • Trump has said he supports medical marijuana, but legalization has caused 'a lot of problems'.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Medical and Adult Marijuana Legalization Efforts Light Up America

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:42 AM

The momentum is building to reform America’s harsh laws on medical and adult use of cannabis this election and legislative cycle. A full twenty states report filings of ballot initiatives on marijuana in the 2016 election. The Vermont state Senate last week fully voted to legalize it. A recreational marijuana bill has been introduced in Michigan, which has medical cannabis but no fully legal dispensaries.

But we’re seeing the most dramatic changes in conservative, red states. The Utah state Senate passed a medical marijuana bill this February.

Sunset Sherbet medical cannabis strain. - DAVID DOWNS
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  • Sunset Sherbet medical cannabis strain.

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