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Russia Will Block Wikipedia If It Doesn’t Take Action On Marijuana Page

Category: News | Posted on Sun, August, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder
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When it comes to censorship, Russia sounds like a rough place. Last week they were threatening to block Reddit if it didn’t proactively block /r/trees to Russian IP addresses, a very popular Reddit subgroup. At first Reddit sounded like it would play hardball, but then eventually gave into Russia’s demands. This week news articles have surfaced about Russia threatening to block Wikipedia if it didn’t proactively block a cannabis related entry to Russian IP addresses. Per The Independent:

The Russian government has threatened to ban Wikipedia over a page explainingcharas, a hashish type of cannabis.

Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin’s internet watchdog, has reportedly written to Wikipedia’s administrators saying it will be ban the website in its entirety unless the entry – which basically provides a recipe – is removed.

According to Meduza, which calls itself ‘the real Russia Today’, Roskomnadzor has issued a statement: “In the event that Wikipedia refuses to comply with the court’s ruling, [we] will block the webpage on Russia territory using the registry of illegal information.”

According to the article, Russia has even banned memes. As an American that exercises my First Amendment rights everyday, I’m appalled at what the Russian government is doing. Especially since a lot of their focus seems to be shutting down cannabis pages. Cannabis is harmless. Government censorship is not.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/russia-will-block-wikipedia-if-it-doesnt-take-action-on-marijuana-page/


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Marijuana Commerce Blossoms, But Challenges Abound

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

As marijuana prohibition falls in one state after another, cannabis sales are shifting from street corners to storefronts as opportunists line up to cash in on what optimists say is the biggest investment opportunity since the dot-com boom of the turn of the century.

Investors of all varieties are starting to look at marijuana as less of a stoner's fad and more of a serious business venture. The industry totaled $2.66 billion in U.S. sales in 2014, up 74 percent from $1.53 billion the year before, according to the ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment network.

Business insiders said they expect the market to expand to many times its present size as more states legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

Already the cannabis trade has not only brought in millions for dispensary owners and cultivators, it's also created a thriving ancillary market, driven job growth and boosted property values, marijuana advocates claim.

Read More:http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/legal-pot/dotcom-2-0-marijuana-commerce-blossoms-challenges-abound-n414036


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, August, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder


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Unlicensed Marijuana Stores Grow Like Weeds in LA

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

LOS ANGELES -- Graffiti-tagged buildings, barricaded doors and iron-barred windows mark nearly every block of Avalon Boulevard as it cuts through the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Wilmington, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

The streets are lined with small mom-and-pop shops - clothing stores, a piñata shop, garages and small, family-owned restaurants - and a clutch of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, some located within feet of each other.

Other nearby dispensaries are shuttered with signs announcing 'closed,' 'for lease' and 'for rent' - the result of the city's most recent attempts to close the door on L.A.'s robust illegal medical marijuana industry. But when one dispensary closes, it usually opens somewhere else, police say.

Passed by California voters nearly two decades ago, but absent statewide regulation, the legalization of medical marijuana has spawned a vast network of illegal dispensaries and wide disparities over how businesses are monitored across the state- if they are at all.

Read More:http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/unlicensed-marijuana-stores-grow-weeds-la-n412541


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