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Marijuana Decriminalization In Texas’ Most Populous County Begins Friday

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisHarris County is Texas’ most populous county, and is the third most populous county in all of America. There are an estimated 4.337 (2013) million people in Harris County, Texas. To put that into perspective, there are less than 4 million people in the entire state of Oregon. Starting Friday, marijuana will be decriminalized for all first time offenders that are caught with up to two ounces of marijuana, per the directive of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

The public policy mandate is an expansion of the ‘First Chance Intervention Program’ which was introduced by DA Anderson in 2014. Up until this point, the program has been up to the officer’s discretion, which has resulted in a 22% referral rate to the program. Starting Friday, 100% of cases that fit the program’s criteria will be referred to it. Per Houston Public Media:

 

“If it’s offered at the pre-arrest stage, it frees up space in jail,” Anderson said. “It minimizes the administrative burdens that officers face when they file charges; it reduces the cost for prosecution and court proceedings; and of course it gives the offender an opportunity to have a completely clean record.”

Data provided by the district attorney’s office show more than 90 percent of those who took advantage of the program did not re-offend – a much better recidivism rate than for those who were charged.

“And after I saw these, I said, hey, let’s look at what the recidivism rate would be for a second offender or a third offender,” Anderson said. “So we’re going to look at that.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-decriminalization-in-texas-most-populous-county-begins-friday/


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder


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Small Amounts of Cannabis Can Improve Some People’s Driving Ability, Says Scientists

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Earlier this week, academics from the Cannabis Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society held an open Ask Me Anything session in Reddit’s Science community to take all your questions about the most talked about plant around: marijuana.

In the AMA, the researchers say they are constantly having to defend their research projects. Even though they’re not breaking any laws, they mention that their peers constantly make “wild assumptions” about their work with marijuana.

That’s not surprising considering they work in a controversial field. What is surprising, however, are some of the studies they brought up in the discussion.

Read More:https://upvoted.com/2015/12/26/small-amounts-of-cannabis-can-improve-some-peoples-driving-ability-says-scientists/


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Chris Rock - Drugs

Category: Videos | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder


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Congress Just Ended The Ban On Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

The federal ban on medical marijuana is finally a thing of the past. Slipped inside a major budgetary spending bill that was purported to prevent the government from shutting down, is an interesting earmarked section that finally lifts the federal ban on medical marijuana.

The relevant excerpt of bill H.R. 83 text reads as follows:
 

 
“Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. Sec. 539. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 7606 (“Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

Cassandra Fairbanks, of the Bipartisan Report, notes that “The measure allows states to implement their own policies regarding medical marijuana, meaning the Department of Justice is now barred from interfering with state medical cannabis laws.”

Read More:https://www.420magazine.com/forums/medical-marijuana-news/265254-congress-just-ended-ban-medical-marijuana.html


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