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Legal Marijuana Retailers And Growers Prohibited From Keeping Guns For Protection

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

handgun and weedNoah Stokes, founder and CEO of CannaGuard Security, recently appeared on the Ganjapreneur.com podcast to discuss security difficulties facing the cannabis industry.

CannaGuard Security is a Portland, OR-based cannabis industry security company that serves marijuana businesses nationwide. From storefronts to grow ops, CannaGuard helps companies meet and understand the standards put in place by state regulators, and offers contingencies and preventative measures as safeguards against theft and robberies.

Noah joined Ganjapreneur podcast host Shango Los to discuss some of the most common requests his company receives, major flaws in the logic used by regulators when defining mandated security protocols, and how cannabis retailers and producers can best prepare for worst case scenarios.

Stokes explains how one of the biggest regulatory flaws facing the cannabis industry is that — according to the Cole Memo, issued in 2013 by the Department of Justice — there are no firearms permitted on the premises of legal marijuana businesses. “Their intent… was to keep the cartels from having a table full of gold AK-47s,” Noah said. “I get that, but having a retired police officer have a concealed-carry to protect himself in an all-cash marijuana business — that probably makes a little bit of sense.”

The full podcast episode is available via iTunes or Ganjapreneur.com, where there are transcripts available of this and previous episodes.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/legal-marijuana-retailers-growers-prohibited-guns/


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Denver, New York City Police Chiefs Join Call to End Mass Imprisonment

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

Some of the nation's most prominent law enforcement officials were in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, calling for the U.S. to reduce its incarceration rate. 

Police chiefs from some of the nation's largest cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Denver, joined over 130 other police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs to launch Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, a group "committed to identifying and implementing solutions to simultaneously reduce crime and incarceration" with the "goal of building a smarter, stronger and fairer criminal justice system." 

“After all the years I’ve been doing this work, I ask myself, ‘What is a crime, and what does the community want?’” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a chairman of the group, to the New York Times. “When we’re arresting people for low-level offenses — narcotics — I’m not sure we’re achieving what we’ve set out to do. The system of criminal justice is not supporting what the community wants. It’s very obvious what needs to be done, and we feel the obligation as police chiefs to do this.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/denver-new-york-city-police-chiefs-join-call-end-mass-imprisonment


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A Good Idea.

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder


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Think Tank Report Damns Federal Government for Preventing Pot Research

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

While it is no secret that the federal government has spent decades guarding the Controlled Substances Act in an effort to prevent science from exploring the true medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, a new report from the Brookings Institution has uncovered the great lengths which Uncle Sam has gone to ensure that the therapeutic properties of marijuana are never revealed.

In the report, authors John Hudak and Grace Wallack aggressively call out the federal government for “stifling medical marijuana research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety.” They argue that the “statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area.”

Although medical marijuana is now legal in some form in over half the United States, the report found that these programs are largely crippled and unable to operate at their full potential due to conflicting states and federal laws. And, regardless of “elderly, veterans, children,” and demographic variations who adamantly proclaim that cannabis is an effective treatment for their respective medical conditions, the U.S. government has all but refused to open its doors to conduct extensive research in the interest of the greater good.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/think-tank-report-damns-federal-government-preventing-pot-research


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