S.D. Mayor proposes rules for Marijuana Dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, March, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO — Mayor Bob Filner is proposing an ordinance to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in commercial and industrial areas for a $5,000 annual permit fee and a 2 percent city tax on sales.
In addition, the proposal calls for dispensaries to be at least 600 feet away from K-12 schools, public parks, child care facilities, playgrounds and other dispensaries. There isn’t a distance requirement from churches, libraries and youth-serving facilities — restrictions that were included in a failed 2011 ordinance.
Filner also included a ban on pot vending machines, which received local attention earlier this month when Medbox Inc. announced it was taking deposits in San Diego on its automated dispensing machines in anticipation of a new ordinance. The mayor said he didn’t want them to be a distraction to getting an ordinance in place.
Filner, who has been working with medical marijuana advocates on the ordinance since January, said he’s hoping the proposal finds middle ground between the competing interests of neighborhood safety and safe access to the drug.
“That’s the emotional thing, otherwise this wouldn’t be a problem,” Filner said. “How do you guarantee access to those who need it on humanitarian grounds but protect against problems that we know arise, whether it’s access to children or intrusion on neighborhood quality of life?”
Read more: http://www.utsandiego.com
Not That High
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
Today’s marijuana is too strong for some patients, and that’s potential bad for new business.
My brother is a weed scientist. Every weekday morning, he drives to work in the Freemont neighborhood of Seattle, throws on a lab coat with “Northwest Botanical Analysis” stitched over the pocket, and starts putting tiny samples of ganja through a gas chromatography machine, among other gadgets. He tells breeders and the “dispensaries” that that currently distribute pot under the local medical marijuana system the potency of their various colorfully named strains as well as the relative amounts of the many subtly different compounds, called cannabinoids and terpenes, that make each one a different experience to smoke. He checks for mites, pesticides, and mold (a common problem with bud grown in Seattle’s damp basements). These days, he’s talking to the state Liquor Control Board as it works on the rules and regulations for retail sales of dope starting later this year.
When I tell people about my brother’s job—that is, when I tell people who are roughly in my demographic of thirtysomething and fortysomething parents—I nearly always get the same response: “Really? Can he score me some weak weed?”
Clearly, there’s a market segment out there that isn’t being catered to by the dope industry. And these relatively affluent customers want something more like a glass of wine at the end of the day than the effect summarized by one recent review of the guava dawg strain in Northwest Leaf magazine: “lung expansion, flavor worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, and the ability to instantly make my face feel like it’s been shrink-wrapped.”
Marijuana is much stronger than it used to be. Lots of the strains for sale at medical marijuana dispensaries are approaching 25 percent THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in the plant known for getting you wicked high. Sitting around a winter solstice bonfire in the Seattle area this December, I heard a woman in her 60s tell a story about her husband taking a tiny toke on a joint that was going around a dinner party, only to pass out in his chair. Another friend and her husband, in their 30s, decided to share a marijuana caramel after their daughter went to bed. They got way too stoned and entered a shared freak-out about how they would deal if she came out to ask for a glass of water.
Read more: http://www.slate.com
White Urkle buds
Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, March, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours Over Last Decade On Marijuana Arrests
Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
New York Police Department officers have spent 1 million hours making 440,000 marijuana arrests between 2002 and 2012, according to a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance. DPA put together the data in response to a request from New York City and New York State, as they consider measures to decriminalize marijuana. Each of these arrests can cost $1,000 to $2,000, according to a 2011 DPA estimate, costing New York City $75 million in just a single year (2010). The report explains:
In our ongoing research about marijuana possession arrests in New York, we have found that a basic misdemeanor arrest for marijuana possession in New York City varied from a minimum of two or three hours for one officer, to four or five hours or even longer for multiple officers. [...]
We multiplied 2.5 hours by the number of lowest‐level marijuana possession arrests (charged under NYS Penal Law 221.10) for each year since 2002 when Mayor Bloomberg took office. […] That is the equivalent of having 31 police officers working eight hours a day, 365 days a year, for 11 years, making only marijuana possession arrests. [...]
Two officers for five hours equals four million hours of police time. This does not include the time spent by police supervisors or by corrections, court, and prosecutor staff, nor the time officers spent searching for people to arrest.
Read more: http://thinkprogress.org
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