Billboards Urge Utah to Vote for Medical Marijuana by Quoting Mormon Scripture

Utahns will have the chance to vote on medical marijuana this November. In the months leading up to the vote, the battle is heating up. In particular, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), commonly known as the Mormon church, has become the biggest opponent of Proposition 2.

This week, an anonymous, pro-medical marijuana billboard showed up. In voicing support for Prop 2, the ad appears to target the Mormon church specifically.

Utah’s Proposition 2

In November, Utah residents will vote on Proposition 2. If it passes, the initiative would make medical marijuana legal in the state.

Despite relatively high popular support—a July survey found 66 percent of Utah voters support Prop 2—the Salt Lake City-based Mormon church has spoken out against the initiative.

But now, it looks like somebody is pushing back against the church, which holds significant political sway in the state. Earlier this week, a billboard showed up along Interstate 15 encouraging support for Prop 2.

But the ad took a very specific approach. It quoted Mormon scripture as the basis for supporting Prop 2.

The billboard quoted from a book called the Doctrine and Covenants. In particular, it drew from a section of the

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Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Legalizes Cannabis

Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) signed groundbreaking legislation on Friday, legalizing the recreational use of cannabis for the small United States territory. The Northern Mariana Islands is a small group of islands in the Pacific Ocean with a population of just over 55,000.

Torres held a signing ceremony for his approval of H.B. 20-178, the Taulamwaar Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018. The legislation was approved by the territorial Senate last week by a vote of 6-0-2 and cleared the House 108-1-1 in August.

“Today, our people made history. We took a stand to legalize marijuana in the CNMI for recreational, medical, and commercial use,” Torres said in a statement.

Possession, Sales, and Home Cultivation All Legalized

The law legalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of cannabis extracts for adults 21 and older. Possession of up to 16 ounces of cannabis-infused products in solid form and up to 72 ounces in liquid form was also legalized. Adults can also register to grow up to six mature and 12 immature plants for personal use. Medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow twice as many plants.

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U.S. territory to legalize, regulate marijuana!

The remote U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands is so far ahead of the mainland U.S., it’s already late evening there. And the Northern Mariana Islands are also far ahead of the mainland U.S. when it comes to reforming marijuana laws.

The Northern Marianas just made history when it became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. where a governing body enacted legislation to both end marijuana prohibition and establish a system of regulation to replace it! Earlier today, Gov. DLG Torres signed the Taulamwaar Sensible CNMI Cannabis Act of 2018, after it was approved overwhelmingly by the commonwealth’s House and Senate.

All eight state laws that legalized, taxed, and regulated marijuana passed by voter initiative. And earlier this year, the Vermont Legislature enacted a bill that legalized adult-use possession and cultivation of marijuana. However, unlike the Northern Marianas’, Vermont’s law doesn’t include sales. (MPP spearheaded six of those nine campaigns.)

We’re proud of our allies at Sensible CNMI and lawmakers in the Northern Marianas for crafting a comprehensive, thoughtful bill that includes home cultivation, micro-producers, and on-site consumption. And we were honored to play a supporting role.

Check out our summary of the bill here.

Meanwhile, the New Jersey

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First Medical Marijuana Kitchen to Open in Arizona

The first medical marijuana kitchen open to the public in the United States will soon be serving meals in Tempe, Arizona. The new commercial kitchen will be operated by The Mint Dispensary and will offer cannabis-infused foods and beverages to medical marijuana patients beginning in early October.

The menu for the kitchen was created by Executive Chef Carylann Principal, a cancer survivor and classically trained chef. Principal said in a press release last week that the kitchen will provide foods that are not only medicated but healthy, as well.

“Our kitchen is one of a kind,” said Principal. “It’s a place where art meets science. In addition to understanding the variety of flavors that different cannabis strains can add to any dish, we’re also carefully calculating customized cannabis doses. We’re not only delivering delicious and fresh foods, but we’re also meeting the often-complex nutritional needs of patients who are living with a wide range of illnesses.”

Wide-Ranging Menu of Medicated Fare

The Mint Dispensary’s new kitchen will offer patients with a state medical marijuana card a menu with a variety of medicated fare including artisan burgers, pasta, pizza, and other options that can be ordered for takeout. The kitchen will also have

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Cooking With Cannabis Growing in Popularity as Users Seek More Than Just a Sugar High

The first time Holly Hukill tried to make cannabis-infused desserts it was, in her own words, “a complete disaster.”

“I burned the butter,” said Hukill, product development director at Serra, a Portland, Oregon-based weed dispensary. “And the cookies were just awful.”

Making your own edibles, Hukill explained, requires a lot of trial and error. Early on in her cannabis-cooking career, there were times she got too stoned to drive.

“Sampling so many iterations of the same recipe, that is definitely a hazard of the job” she said with a laugh.

Now that she’s an expert, Hukill and Serra want to help others enjoy the benefits of recreational marijuana use. Over the weekend, Hukill helped teach “Sugar High,” a cannabis cooking class at Feast, a four-day food annual festival in Portland known for attracting James Beard Award winners. The class for 45 people quickly sold out.

– Read the entire article at USA Today.

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Cannabis Lounges Aren’t on the Table in Alberta — Yet. Here’s How They’re Shaping Up Elsewhere

Letting cannabis users light up without smoke blowing into other people’s faces is a dilemma governments from coast to coast are facing.

With Alberta butting out the idea of smoke lounges for now, proprietors in jurisdictions such as Ontario, British Columbia, and the U.S. state of Colorado have taken bold steps to demonstrate how such facilities can work.

And some, like Tiara Sillet, are already paying their bills off of the idea.

Sillet and her wife, Annelene, opened Natural Budz — a cannabis lounge, head shop, and cannabis education centre — in Pickering, Ont., last October. It’s outfitted with a high-powered ventilation system, which Sillet said keeps most of the smoke out of the air. Their enterprise gives local cannabis smokers a place to light up or vape that isn’t a street corner (or in someone’s face), which she says is critical.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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FDA Chief More Concerned About Teen Pot Use Than Teen Nicotine Use

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb recently went on air to voice his concerns about teens and marijuana. In particular, he said he is more concerned about youth consumption of marijuana than he is nicotine. Interestingly, recent data shows that there are roughly twice as many teens who vape nicotine than those who vape marijuana.

Gottlieb’s Comments

Earlier today, Gottlieb discussed marijuana use among teens while being interviewed by CNBC. Many of his comments focused on what he claims is an alarming uptick of marijuana consumption among young people.

“I’m worried about the inhalation of a product and the risks associated with that,” he said. “I’m worried about the perception that somehow there’s no risks associated with youth use of the product.”

A short time later, he began comparing teen consumption of cannabis to teen use of nicotine. Initially, he seemed to frame them both as equally risky: “I think we all need to be deeply concerned about that in the same way we’re deeply concerned about youth access to e-cigarettes and nicotine.”

But then he made a sudden shift. He ended up arguing that cannabis consumption among teens is more worrisome than nicotine: “We should be even more

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Floyd Prozanski Wants to Divert Oregon’s Primo Weed to Other Legal States

State Senator Floyd Prozanski is one of the Oregon’s legislative leaders and chair of the State Senate’s judiciary committee. He’s been heavily involved in crafting the state’s social-use legislation as well as its retail medical-marijuana program. He’ll be appearing at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Portland on Sept. 28. We conducted this interview with on Sept. 14.

How is Oregon dealing with its reported marijuana surpluses and what some describe as excessive cultivation licensing?

In 2017, my Senate Bill 1042, which passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee that I chair, was going to give the governor what I call a tool in her toolbox to be able to enter into compacts with adjacent, adjoining states that had marijuana programs, either or both medical and recreational, and allow for the flow of cannabis products across state lines. I believe Oregon that the quality and the strains we produce in the medical arena would be in high demand for patients and individuals in the adjacent states. Unfortunately, the Senate leadership moved it to another committee for more consideration and it was not able to get out of that committee.

You’re talking about making Oregon-grown cannabis available in adjoining legal

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Voter guide for New Hampshire’s general election published

Find out where N.H. candidates stand on marijuana policy, then help good candidates win on Nov. 6!

Less than seven weeks remain until the November 6 general election. The winners will have the power to determine New Hampshire’s marijuana policies for the next two years, so it is critically important for supporters of cannabis legalization to become informed and active participants in this year’s election.

Click here to learn where candidates on your ballot stand on marijuana policy!

As our voter guide explains, there are many strong contrasts between candidates’ positions on marijuana policy. In the race for governor, Gov. Chris Sununu (R) has not yet been convinced to support legalization, but Molly Kelly (D) and Jilletta Jarvis (L) have both taken clear positions in support.

The outcome of state Senate races will also be critical for our success, and those contests are often determined by a very small number of votes. If you are able to volunteer to help a good Senate candidate win in your area, please consider doing so. This could end up making a big difference in November!

Click here for a condensed, printable one-page version of our voter guide.

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Study Finds Magic Mushrooms Could Aid in Smoking Cessation

Today is International Psilocybin Mushroom Day, a day of education and action celebrated around the world for the fourth consecutive year. 9/20 hasn’t quite obtained the cultural cache of 4/20, the international day of celebrating cannabis. But it’s not for lack of trying on the part of psilocybin advocates like Nicholas Reville and his all-volunteer 920 Coalition. Under the slogan “Mushrooms are Medicine,” Reville and 920 have brought together over two dozen organizations to host psychedelic-centric events in major cities from Europe to the U.S. and Latin America. Unlike many cannabis events, however, 920 Coalition events are all about research and drug policy. And their pro-shroom claims are bolstered by studies like the one conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers into the use of psilocybin to treat smoking addiction. So in honor of 920, here’s a brief on one of the most landmark recent studies on magic mushrooms.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Update Study on Magic Mushrooms and Smoking Cessation

Dr. Matthew Johnson is a behavioral pharmacologist with Johns Hopkins’ Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in Baltimore, Maryland. For twenty years, Johnson has researched the relationships between drugs, the brain, and human behavior. The last decade of his work has focused almost exclusively

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