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Testimony For Oregon Marijuana Legalization Public Hearing

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

oregon marijuanaRight now as I type there is a public hearing taking place at Oregon’s capital in Salem for the Oregon Measure 91 Joint Implementation Committee. Below is a transcript of a testimony that Portland NORML’s Executive Director Russ Belville will present at the hearing:

Chair Rep. Lininger, Chair Sen. Burdick, and members of the Joint Implementation Committee, good evening.  My name is Russ Belville and I am the Executive Director of the Portland Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  As such, I join hundreds of thousands of adult marijuana consumers in opposing Senate Bill 936.

Marijuana legalization passed in Oregon with the greatest margin of support of any jurisdiction that has legalized so far.  In Portland, Measure 91 garnered 71 percent of the voters’ support.  But Measure 91 would never have gotten that much support without the explicit promise, found in three distinct sections of the initiative, that it would not alter the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in any way.

We understand why the legislature is considering regulations on the production of medical marijuana.  The Department of Justice’s so-called Cole Memorandum calls on the states that choose to legalize marijuana to regulate it in such a way as to prevent out-of-state diversion.  As marijuana consumers, we also understand why the legislature wants to ensure that medical marijuana serves only those sick and disabled people it is intended for, and not as a backdoor for commercial growers and consumers to avoid Measure 91’s regulation and taxation.

But this Senate Bill 936 is like using a hatchet to perform delicate surgery.  According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are 5,584 patients who are served by grow sites that cover more than two patients and 2,025 of those patients are served by grow sites that cover more than four patients.  Under Senate Bill 936, a grow site in a residential zone could serve only two patients and one outside of a residential zone could serve only four patients.

Senate Bill 936 guarantees that thousands of patients will be forced to purchase marijuana at dispensaries.  Moratoriums and bans in many localities guarantees hundreds of those patients will be forced back onto the black market to purchase their medicine.  And with over 56 percent of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders on SNAP, OHP, and SSI, these are the most vulnerable marijuana consumers least able to make those adjustments.

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Indiana's Anti-Gay Law Brings to Life the First Church of Cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

While Indiana Governor Mike Pence was busy signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), marijuana advocates were devising a clever scheme to throw his policies back in his face. Within hours of making it legal in the Hoosier State for businesses to refuse service to homosexuals, the necessary paperwork to establish the First Church of Cannabis was filed with the Secretary of the State.

“This whole anti-gay bill they were producing here was just a horrid little thing that everybody was watching real closely, and it became evident that this state thinks more about religion than it does about government or equal rights or anything else,” said Bill Levin, founder of the First Church of Cannabis, during a recent interview with HIGH TIMES. “I filed the papers with the Secretary of State on Thursday, as soon as Mikey signed off on that damn bill, and it came back the next morning that it was accepted.”

This means the state of Indiana, which has blatantly refused to even hear legislation to legalize marijuana, has officially recognized the First Church of Cannabis as a legitimate ministry and acknowledges the religion, which Levin calls “Cannabiterian,” as an accepted faith. The church now has just as much freedom to operate as any other denomination in the state.

Levin, who also organizes the Indy Canna March at the Statehouse each year on 4/20, announced the formation of the church on his Facebook page last Friday, which he says has generated such an outpouring of support from people all over the country that the reality of building a brick and mortar facility is well within reach.

“The damn thing has snowballed so big that we’re already raising money for our church,” he said. “We’ll probably break $2,000 before the end of the day.”

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Category: Concentrates | Posted on Mon, March, 30th 2015 by THCFinder


Police say pizzeria was front for marijuana operation

Category: Odd | Posted on Mon, March, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Police say a St. Paul pizzeria and ice cream parlor turned out to be a front for a marijuana trafficking business.


The investigation began last summer after a concerned citizen reported that Papa Dimitri's Classic Pizza and Ice Cream was rarely open and didn't seem to do much actual business. According to the criminal complaint, the employees there complained about a lack of heat, even though it had a pizza oven, and typically ate at nearby burger restaurant instead of at the pizzeria.


On Friday, Ramsey County authorities charged the owner, 32-year-old Ryan Dimitri Brooks Sr., his 61-year-old mother, his 82-year-old grandmother and his 24-year-old girlfriend with drug and firearms offenses.


Ryan Brooks declined to speak with police when he was arrested. It's not clear if he has an attorney.




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