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Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder


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State House passes recreational marijuana reform bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The House on Friday passed a measure that makes several changes to the state's new recreational marijuana market, including eliminating the three-tier tax structure and replacing it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.

House Bill 2136 passed the House on a 59-38 vote and now heads to the Senate for consideration. An amendment that passed Friday removed language from the original bill that would have only allowed local bans on licensed marijuana businesses if approved by the jurisdiction's voters. 

To encourage more cities and counties to allow marijuana businesses, the bill directs the state to share pot revenue with jurisdictions that do so. It would also allow them to adopt more flexible zoning for where pot grows and stores can be located.

The original bill had set the excise tax rate at 30 percent, and Rep. Reuven Carlyle, a Democrat from Seattle who sponsored the measure, said that he personally believes the 37 percent rate negotiated with the Senate "is a mistake."

"But we find ourselves at a time of political addiction to the shaky perception of a new revenue pillar that is questionable at best," he said, noting budget assumptions of how much the new market might bring to the state. "I acknowledge that it is irresistible to some. I think we will come to regret that."

Read More:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/State-House-passes-recreational-marijuana-reform-bill-310202351.html


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New UN Report Exposes Failure Of War On Drugs But Ignores True Causes And Solution

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

united nations drug reformThe United Nations 2015 World Drug Report, released Friday, details the failure of and harms caused by the war on drugs, but doesn’t grapple with the fact that problems such as alarmingly high overdose rates, control of the trade by organized crime networks and illegal sales funding terrorism are caused by the very prohibition policies the international body still supports.

Also on Friday, activists in more than 150 cities around the world called attention to the failure of the war on drugs, including with a march from the U.S. State Department to the White House to demand that the Obama administration do more to bring about an end to international prohibition policies and the human rights violations they cause.

The day of action, called “Support, Don’t Punish,” coincides with the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking — which some governments use to focus on prevention and awareness, but which others have used to highlight large drug busts and seizures, or even to carry out executions. U.S.-based activists are particularly concerned that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to ensure that international aid isn’t used to support the death penalty for nonviolent drug offenses.

“The World Drug Report has dutifully laid out what some of the key harms of the current system are. But the report fails to note that the system itself is a cause of those harms, not a solution for them,” said David Borden, executive director of StoptheDrugWar.org, which co-organized the D.C. march. “Prohibiting drugs sends both use and the trade in drugs into a criminal underground, generating untold profits for drug lords and causing terrible harms to many users. We were at the State Department today because we think the U.S. should get behind efforts to reform the UN drug conventions. It doesn’t make sense to maintain a treaty structure that is based on prohibition while the U.S. and other countries are taking steps toward legalization.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-un-report-exposes-failure-of-war-on-drugs-but-ignores-true-causes-and-solution/


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Uncle Sam Offers $3 Million to First Person Who Can Cure Marijuana Addiction

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Based on the ideology that millions of Americans are grossly addicted to marijuana, the federal government has approved $3 million to facilitate the fast-track creation of a pharmaceutical drug to treat this supposed scourge on public health.

According to a report in The Washington Times, “an estimated 4.2 million Americans are hooked on cannabis,” which has spawned a nervous desire by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to spend millions of tax dollars on the development of a medication which can turn zombie stoners back into productive members of civil society. 

“Cannabis use is an increasing public health concern in the United States that requires immediate attention," the drug agency stated in a proposal published earlier this month. "Given the high prevalence of marijuana use and its associated disorders and the large number of people who seek treatment, there is a critical need to discover and develop safe and effective treatments for CUDs,” otherwise referred to as Cannabis Use Disorders.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/uncle-sam-offers-3-million-first-person-who-can-cure-marijuana-addiction


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