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Organizational Participation Sought For The UNGASS 2016 Global Civil Society Survey

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, May, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

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The Harm Reduction Coalition invites organizations to fill out theUNGASS 2016 (UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs) Global Civil Society Survey, designed to provide an initial assessment on community work in the field of drugs, as well as to measure the awareness and level of knowledge and interest in participating actively in the UNGASS 2016 initiative at the regional and global levels. The results will provide an overview of the work of community-based organizations active in the drug field, areas of expertise, key priorities and concerns to be addressed, as well as best practices.

It’s important to get a good set of responses from organizations in the US, especially harm reduction and reform groups, as we too infrequently are involved in UN matters. Harm Reduction Coalition has been heavily involved in the formation of the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) and the New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC).

Click here to complete the survey. It should take no longer than 30 minutes. Please submit only one response per organization, and please note that the survey is only for organizations. Completion of the survey will provide the CSTF with invaluable information to that is essential for UNGASS preparation and beyond, so please forward widely.

Survey responses are due by July 31st. Input is confidential and any identifying information is solely for the CSTF’s record keeping. (HRC notes that if you get stuck on question 6, check NYNGOC.)

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/organizational-participation-sought-for-the-ungass-2016-global-civil-society-survey/


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Despite Federal Law, Colorado Pot Shops Are Accepting Credit Cards

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

While the cannabis industry has been touted as a “cash-only” enterprise since medical marijuana was first legalized in California nearly 20 years ago, recent reports indicate that the recreational sector has become fed up with handling massive stacks of cash and have since established a clever method for accepting credit cards payments.

Colorado pot shops have struggled for the larger part of the past year to adhere to federal statutes in an attempt to avoid provoking the DEA from sending in a team to shut them down. Part of this challenge has been conducting legal pot sales, which generate about $14 million per month, without the use of financial institutions.

Even though former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder devised a set of rules in 2014 that would supposedly allow banks to work with marijuana businesses without the risk of prosecution, there have not been many willing to take a chance on these threatening endeavors because no changes to federal policy have been set in stone. Marijuana remains listed a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, which has prevented retail pot shops and banks from getting into bed together. It seems that no one is interested in being sent to prison for money laundering.

However, a recent investigational report by FOX31 in Denver found that almost half of the state-licensed dispensaries (47 percent) operating in Colorado admit they are willing to accept MasterCard or Visa payments. This discovery does not suggest that financial institutions are now welcoming the cannabis industry with open arms, but rather, it seems that pot shops have devised a clever and seemingly legal scheme to throw the hounds of the drug war off their scent.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/despite-federal-law-colorado-pot-shops-are-accepting-credit-cards


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Walking with Dabosaurs

Category: Concentrates | Posted on Sun, May, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder


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Iowans rally for statewide marijuana legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, May, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

The daily pills 39-year-old Angel Francis-Kline has to take makes it hard for her to handle everyday life.

In a day, she can take between 12 to 16 pills to deal with her fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia and early on-set menopause. The combination of her pills, like Cymbalta and Hydrocodone make her uncontrollably shake and have seizures, causing dangerous situations, especially when she's driving.

"It's living everyday in pain," Francis-Kline. said. "What they're making me take is poison."

One evening, after taking a hit of hash oil concentrate, commonly known as a "dab," Francis-Kline said she safely drove back home, felt no pain for over six hours and was able to fall asleep around midnight rather than the usual 3 a.m.

That's why she, along with dozens of other marijuana advocates, rallied across downtown, and stopped at the Iowa Capitol to share stories on why the legalization of marijuana needs to come to Iowa.

"I think it's ridiculous you can't treat yourself in a natural way," Francis-Kline said.

Read More:http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/des-moines/2015/05/02/downtown-des-moines-iowa-rally-marijuana-capitol/26784031/


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