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Judge Declines to Remove Marijuana from Dangerous Drug List

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller issued the ruling in response to a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss charges in a case that authorities say involves a marijuana growing operation.

The case was unusual in that Mueller decided to consider marijuana's designation as a Schedule 1 drug. Schedule 1 drugs include heroin and LSD and are defined as drugs with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

Marijuana's classification as a Schedule 1 drug has brought states that have legalized medical marijuana into conflict with federal authorities, leading to raids on growers and dispensaries that appear to be operating legally under state law.

Legal experts said it marked the first time in decades that a federal district court judge seriously considered marijuana's classification. Judges have generally accepted the classification and the federal ban on its use, growth and distribution.

Mueller's decision was expected, but her move to hold a hearing last year to consider the issue marked a significant step that reflects growing skepticism about federal marijuana law, said Sam Kamin, a marijuana regulation expert at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

"While this one came out the other way, what you see is a lot of momentum in changing federal marijuana law," he said.

Mueller said during a 15-minute court hearing that she was initially prepared to grant the defense motion but then decided from the facts of this particular case that "this is not the court and this is not the time." She said she decided it was up to Congress to change the law if it wishes.

She said a written ruling would be issued by the end of the week.

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Have you been "that guy" before?

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, April, 15th 2015 by THCFinder


Apple And Google Just Approved The Global Rollout For High There, Tinder For Marijuana Fans

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

It’s been called “Tinder for marijuana users,” but Todd Mitchem hopes his app will be much more. Now, the founder of what may be the first social network for cannabis fans has passed a critical early hurdle–as Apple’s and Google’s own rules about the industry evolve.

When High There launched just two months ago promising to connect people for whom marijuana consumption is a key lifestyle trait, it had a key restriction in the App Store and in Android’s Google Play: the app could only be downloaded by users in states in which the cannabis industry had been made legal. Anywhere else or internationally, and High There’s geo-fencing would lock a user out.

High There still gained some early traction in New York, California and Colorado, where the company is based, attracting about 41,000 downloads in its first six weeks, with 6,000 people active on the app on any given day. But with 100,000-plus tourists expected to descend upon Denver on 4/20, a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts, the app was set to miss out on a major opportunity as potential users from other states like Texas, where the drug is still banned, might visit and download but then be unable to stay in touch in their home state.

So the fledgling app went all-in on government relations and in working with the app stores, telling anyone who would listen the app was not encouraging the actual sale of any marijuana. “I kept saying, we are a social network first,” Mitchem says. “If you are someone interested in the movement and want to meet nice, chill people, that’s what it’s about.”

High There deletes accounts that post photos of actual marijuana as their profile photos, and removes the photos themselves when they’re within the account’s picture section. It encourages any user who encounters another encouraging illegal activity to report that user to be suspended. So Mitchem made his pitch to Apple and Google: As a responsible social network, could the app at least have limited chat features enabled in prohibited states and countries?

The tech giants’ responses surprised Mitchem. “I thought we might hear back that they weren’t ready, or that local governments might not be okay with it and ready. Instead, they said we were all clear to go do it globally.”

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Help Legalize Medical Marijuana In Texas

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, April, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

texas marijuana legislatureThere are serious marijuana reform efforts occurring right now. That’s not to say that there hasn’t always been a push for reform in Texas, but with momentum at an all time high, the chances of achieving reform are as strong as they have ever been. For the first time ever, there is comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in Texas and a hearing could happen as early as this month. Stand with seriously ill Texans and urge your legislators to approve safe and legal access to medical marijuana. The Drug Policy Alliance has created a great tool that helps you send a message to your Texas Senator and Representative. Below is the message – you can personalize your letter and send it at this link here:

Support HB 3785/SB 1839

Every year, thousands of Texans are diagnosed with cancer, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, and other debilitating illnesses. The suffering that these patients experience is devastating for them and their families.

HB 3785/SB 1839 would allow patients the freedom to access the medicine that can best alleviate their suffering. The proposed bills would create a system in which individuals with qualifying medical conditions receive licenses allowing them to possess limited amounts of medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. It would also establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries to qualified applicants.

The law currently does not reflect marijuana’s legitimate medical use and denies access to patients, such as veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and patients suffering from cancer. By continuing to deny access to patients, we limit the rights of families to seek the best possible treatment for conditions that do not respond to other drugs or therapies.

Three out of four Texans (77%) think seriously ill people should have the right to use marijuana for medical purposes, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released in February 2014, and across the country, twenty-three states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territory of Guam have passed laws that allow people with qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Please support this legislation so that thousands of severely ill Texans, including veterans, could access the medicine they need to lead a life free of suffering.

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