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Uncle Sam to Release 6,000 Federal Drug Offenders

Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

In an effort to deal with prison overcrowding, as well as liberate some of those people serving unjust sentences for non-violent drug crimes, the Department of Justice announced earlier this week that it plans to spring around 6,000 prisoners from the joint.

At the end of this month, the Federal Bureau of Prisons will turn loose thousands of inmates that have been rotting away behind bars since the '80s and '90s for drug-related crimes. The majority of these parolees will spend some time on supervised released, with nearly a third of them being deported due to their illegal status.

“Today’s announcement is nothing short of thrilling because it carries justice,” Jesselyn McCurdy of the ACLU told The New York Times. “Far too many people have lost years of their lives to Draconian sentencing laws born of the failed drug war. People of color have had to bear the brunt of these misguided and cruel policies. We are overjoyed that some of the people so wronged will get their freedom back.”

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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, October, 9th 2015 by THCFinder


Oakland Continues Legal Action To Defend World’s Largest Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

harborside health center medical marijuanaThe City of Oakland filed a petition on October 5 for rehearing en banc in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The filing follows a federal ruling in August that Oakland couldn’t challenge the federal government’s forfeiture action in July 2012 against Harborside Health Center. The continued court case against Harborside is in violation of last year’s congressional passage of the Farr-Rohrabacher bill, which bans the use of federal funding for enforcement against state-legal medical cannabis operations.

“I am profoundly grateful for the support of the City of Oakland, and our entire community,” said Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Center. “The citizens of California and this country are sick and tired of having their hard-earned tax dollars spent pursuing legitimate, legally compliant medical cannabis companies who are abiding by the laws enacted by the State.”

Legal experts say the en banc will likely serve to extend Judge Maria-Elena James’s February 2013 stay of the forfeiture action until after the disposition of this further appeal. Meanwhile, Harborside Health Center is waiting for a response from the Department of Justice, and says that now is the time for the DOJ to dismiss the forfeiture case.

“The DOJ should not be trying to close down Harborside,” said DeAngelo, “they should study us as a model of safe and responsible cannabis distribution. In any case, no matter what happens, Harborside will never abandon the patients who depend on us for the medicine their doctors have recommended.”

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Oregon Sold $11 Million In Marijuana The First Week Of Legalized Recreational Sales

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

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Oregon Cannabis Connection

After a full week of legal marijuana sales to adults in Oregon, the numbers have completely blown Washington and Colorado out of the water! Even being the first to legalize, Colorado’s first week of $5 million dollars in sales paled in comparison to Oregon’s $11 million. And…Oregon has HALF the population of Colorado!

According to the Oregon Retail Cannabis Association, the state’s dispensaries sold an estimated 11 million dollars in cannabis the first week, equaling a quarter of what the state expected to be sold in an entire year. The state estimated tax revenues of only $9 million dollars for the entire year of 2017, which amounts to about 40 million in total sales statewide. By October 7th, just one week in, Oregon sales show just how badly they underestimated the popularity of cannabis.

“We’re seeing about 500 people a day,” Nectar owner Jeff Johnson told KGW TV in Portland, showing the huge numbers of people waiting to buy recreationally.

“There for awhile, towards the end we were thinking we might have to close the doors because we weren’t getting any kind of steady business,” Rachel Clerk, an employee at Fresh Buds, also told KGW.

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