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Republican Debate Barely Hits Marijuana Question

Category: Politics | Posted on Thu, October, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

While it was predicted that the presidential candidates would be forced to speak out in regard to marijuana reform during Wednesday night’s Republican debate, it was somewhat disheartening, yet not altogether surprising, to watch the issue downplayed in true GOP fashion.

Despite this clash of the pachyderm being scheduled in Colorado, where marijuana has been legal for nearly two years, none of the candidates other than Ohio Governor John Kasich were asked about their position on the legalization of marijuana or the continuing challenges faced by the cannabis industry due to conflicting federal and state law.

When Moderator Carl Quintanilla hit on the topic of legalization, asking Kasich to offer some insight on whether he believes marijuana could be an economic powerhouse to the entire United States as it has been for the state of Colorado, the Ohio governor simply replied that he was not in favor of legalization because he is afraid it sends mixed signals to kids about drugs.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/republican-debate-barely-hits-marijuana-question


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, October, 28th 2015 by THCFinder


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Sanders proposes nixing marijuana from federal list of dangerous drugs

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, October, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders announced his support Wednesday for removing marijuana from a list of the most dangerous drugs outlawed by the federal government — a move that would free states to legalize it without impediments from Washington.

The self-described “democratic socialist” senator from Vermont shared his proposal during a nearly two-hour town hall meeting with college students that he said was broadcast on the Internet to about 300 campuses across the country from George Mason University in Fairfax County, Va.

“Too many Americans have seen their lives destroyed because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use,” Sanders told a live audience of more than 1,700 students, which erupted with applause. “That’s wrong. That has got to change.”

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sanders-will-propose-nixing-marijuana-from-federal-list-of-dangerous-drugs/2015/10/28/be8c3adc-7da2-11e5-b575-d8dcfedb4ea1_story.html


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New York Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Face Local Opposition

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
new york medical marijuana

(via wikipedia.com)

New York’s Governor signed a medical marijuana legalization bill into law in 2014. The law created one of the most strict medical marijuana laws in the country, and allocated business licenses to only a handful of entities. Those applying for licenses, and especially the winners, seemed to all brag at the time that this was the opportunity of a lifetime. Some of them seemed to have forgotten one very important detail – getting local governments on board.

The ‘not in my backyard’ position is one that some New York municipalities are taking. This will either lead to some dispensaries not opening in those areas at all, or at the very least, will likely lead to delays. New York’s medical marijuana program already had enough problems, and this ‘new’ hurdle won’t help. I say ‘new’ because this is dispensary 101 at this point, and the concept of checking with local governments should have been one of the first steps.

Below is more information about the issue, via excerpts from an article in Capital New York:

Five of the 20 dispensary locations, which the state sanctioned, have not been finalized yet by the local governing body, meaning that patients in large areas of the state could be left without access to the drug.

The apparent lack of readiness alarmed patient advocates, who were already concerned that the state’s program was too limited to provide statewide access.

POLITICO New York called every municipality or community board where a dispensary is scheduled to open. In some cases, local officials and representatives were adamantly opposed. In others, they outlined zoning and permitting concerns. And in still others they were surprised to learn a dispensary would soon come to their neighborhood, even though the state announced locations in August. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-york-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-face-local-opposition/


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