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Legalizing Marijuana In California Could Increase State Pot Prices

Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, August, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

California already collects millions of dollars in sales tax revenue from the medical marijuana industry, but one California legislator thinks it might be time for another tax, and that means higher pot prices.


State Senator George Runner, a Republican and vice-chair of the state’s Board of Equalization, thinks marijuana users should have to pay for the damages caused by the pot industry.

“As a matter of taxpayer equity, the medical marijuana industry and its end users, rather than ordinary California taxpayers, should pay the costs of combatting marijuana-related crimes and other externalities.”

A recent visit to Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle” convinced Runner the state needed to find a way to pay for all the problems caused by the marijuana industry.

The “Emerald Triangle” consists of three counties: Mendocino, Humboldt, and Trinity; and accounts for 60 percent of the country’s marijuana.

The problem is all that marijuana growth brings additional problems like added crime and environmental damage, and Runner doesn’t think ordinary Californian’s should have to foot the bill.

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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, August, 16th 2015 by THCFinder


Marijuana games in S.F. aim to change stoner stereotypes

Category: News | Posted on Sun, August, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

SAN FRANCISCO — Students, accountants, businessmen, housewives and many others in green T-shirts and all wearing the number 420 raced Saturday to change the stereotypical images of marijuana smokers as lazy and lethargic stoners who binge on junk food.

More than 300 people came from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in the 420 Games, an effort to stop the stigmatization of cannabis use through athletic events.

"People who use marijuana have been classified as dumb, lazy, stupid people and with this race we're showing them we're not what they say we are," said Jim McAlpine, a snowboard company executive who founded the events last year. "We want to show them we are motivated, athletic members of society."

The origins of the number 420 as a code for marijuana are murky, but fans have long marked April 20 as a day to enjoy pot and call for increased legal access to the drug.

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Michigan House Unveils Brand-New Medical Marijuana Provisioning Centers Act

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan marijuanaA yer and a half ago the Michigan House of Representatives passed the Provisioning Centers Act and the associated Smoking Alternatives Bills by near-unanimous consent. They were not voted on before the 2013-14 session expired and were reintroduced this year. On Tuesday a new version of those bills will be presented to the House Judiciary Committee that look almost nothing like the proposals that had the support of the medical marijuana community.

Although there exists no public copies of the newest drafts of HB 4209 and HB 4210, some things are known. These bills will not allow caregivers to sell their overages to a dispensary. Any cannabis sold to any dispensary, called Provisioning Centers, will have to be intentionally created for commercial distribution in licensed commercial grow operations of from 500 – 1,500 plants, the rumors say, with the exception of a caregiver selling to their five patients and ONLY their five patients.

Some of these issues were discussed on the Planet Green Trees Radio Show, on an episode featuring Robin Schneider of the National Patients Rights Association. The NPRA has been moderating the decline of the bills as best they can, but newcomers in the game of lobbying legislators have diverted the intent from being a patient-friendly bill to one that unzips the pants of big business.

“This could be the end of the caregiver system as we know it,” Jim Powers noted on that episode of the Planet Green Trees Radio Show. Powers has haunted the House and Senate chambers for two years, pushing the lawmakers to enact legislation to protect the non-smoked forms of cannabis used by his son Ryan and other pediatric cannabis patients across the state. That bill – HB 4210- is tied to the fate of the Provisioning Centers Act.

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