The World's Most Marijuana-Friendly Countries
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
Landmark legislation in Uruguay is set to make the country the first in the world to create a state-run marijuana industry — fixing the price at a point low enough to squeeze the black market and allowing the government to control cultivation and distribution. The bill has the backing of President José Mujica, who has dismissed charges that legalizing marijuana could lead people to try harder drugs.
"It's actually the opposite," he told CNN. "People seek crack and other more dangerous poisons when they have no access to marijuana." Whether the government becomes a major dealer may depend on the price and quality of the weed, which people would be allowed to grow for themselves.
Uruguay is the first country to announce plans to nationalize the pot business, but there are plenty of other places where you can smoke freely. Marijuana is not classified as a drug in North Korea, where smoking it is a popular way for soldiers and manual laborers to wind down after a long day. Possessing small amounts for personal use has been decriminalized in many European and South American countries, and the policies have been shown to have little impact on drug use. After Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users in 2001, shifting resources from law enforcement to drug prevention and rehabilitation programs, a number of metrics (see infographic for details) pointed to the experiment's success.
Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the U.S., and President Obama does not support any changes to the law "at this point." His administration has already spent about $300 million targeting medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana Program OK'd, Paving Way To License Growers and Dispensaries
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
Despite some concerns that it conflicts with federal law, Connecticut's new medical marijuana program cleared the last major hurdle Tuesday when the program's regulations won approval in a key vote, allowing the state to move forward to license growers and sellers of medical marijuana.
The General Assembly's regulation review committee approved the regulations in a voice vote. William Rubenstein, consumer protection commissioner, said his department will file the regulations with the secretary of the state by next Tuesday. Within two weeks, he said, the department will begin accepting applications for producers and dispensaries. The application process will take 60 days, he said, and the department will award licenses around the beginning of the year.
Licenses will be issued to between three and 10 producers. Rubenstein said the "current thinking" is to license three to five medical marijuana dispensaries, although that could change as more patients register to use the drug. As of Tuesday, he said, 881 patients have been certified by their physicians for medical marijuana use.
The conflict between state and federal law was the main issue at the hearing. Federal law does not legally allow either recreational or medicinal use of marijuana; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this year that federal officials will clarify their stance on medical marijuana "relatively soon."
Frosty Death Star OG buds
Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, August, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
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