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What Happens to Medical Marijuana in a Legalized Nation

What Happens to Medical Marijuana in a Legalized Nation? This election, we have five states that are medical marijuana states voting on marijuana legalization. What will happen to their medical marijuana programs if legalization passes? For guidance, we can look to the first four states to legalize (and DC), which are also medical marijuana states. […]

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Idaho Needs a Decrim Initiative

Idaho Needs a Decrim Initiative, Not Medical Marijuana I just returned from my trip to Idaho to speak at the inaugural Boise Hempfest. Idaho is a deep red conservative state, surrounded on all sides by marijuana reform. Oregon and Washington to the west have legal marijuana. Nevada to the southwest has medical marijuana and will […]

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Tolerating Public Drug-Use Buildings

Tolerating Public Drug-Use Buildings I was recently in Vancouver, British Columbia, as the guest of Marc Emery and Dana Larsen, two of Canada’s top cannabis activists. While I was there, I got to go to the Cannabis Culture Store on W. Hastings Street. The store in on the first floor, then up a stairway there […]

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The Return of the Smoke-In

The Return of the Smoke-In Two blocks away from the United Nations in midtown Manhattan, New York. The steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas. The sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington, DC. These are just a few of the places I have smoked marijuana openly and publicly in […]

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Medical Marijuana Abuses, Not Legalization, Are Killing Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana Abuses, Not Legalization, Are Killing Medical Marijuana It started in Washington. They legalized marijuana in 2012 and the next thing you know, medical marijuana was completely obliterated. Then they legalized marijuana in 2014 in Oregon and the next thing you know, medical marijuana was wiped from existence. Now they want to legalize marijuana […]

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How Oregon’s Besting Washington, Colorado, & Alaska Legalization

How Oregon Is Beating Washington, Colorado, & Alaska Legalization October 1 was a great day to be an Oregonian! That was the day all adults were able to visit participating medical marijuana dispensaries and legally purchase a personal amount of marijuana. I was covering the historic event at the grand opening of Cannacea, a dispensary […]

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Welcome the Red State Refugees

Welcome the Red State Refugees! Greetings, readers of this fine newspaper; I am “Radical” Russ Belville, your new featured columnist in the Oregon Cannabis Connection. It’s a privilege and an honor to share this experience of marijuana legalization in Oregon with you. For my inaugural column I considered how I would explain my love of […]