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Michigan Marijuana Activists Shine At National Events

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan marijuana activistsThe national marijuana movement has some established personalities and Conference regulars, but more and more of those personalities are Michigan residents.

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) conference in Washington, D.C. saw a broad contingent of Michigan speakers and attendees- and will again; a recent conference in Las Vegas had at least one Michigander on the microphone; and it’s been a busy year for one of our community’s brightest couples.

DPA’s conference is a major annual event. This year a large number of activists from Michigan made their presence felt, both as medical marijuana patients and legalization advocates. MILegalize had Board members Matt Abel, Josey Scoggin, Chuck Ream, Michael Tuffelmire and Nick Zettell on the ground and representing the grass-roots effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan. Brenda Scoggin and Dakota Serna were in attendance, too.

It’s been an amazing year for Dakota and Josey. Josey (Sons and Daughters United) has been shouldering a huge burden on her young shoulders as the petition coordinator for the MILegalize campaign while making public appearances and collecting signatures herself. Dakota has emerged nationally as a voice for veterans and the therapeutic use of medicinal cannabis. The duo have spoken at conferences in Washington State, California and D.C. in 2015, and their schedule will probably be even more hectic in 2016.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-marijuana-activists-shine-at-national-events/


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Stoners' New Anthem

Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder


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San Jose leaders eye changes to medical marijuana rules

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

SAN JOSE -- With just weeks to go before a December deadline for compliance, medical marijuana providers are still balking at some of San Jose's rules and city officials are offering to ease them.

 
 

Nineteen pot providers have been seeking to meet San Jose's regulatory requirements by December 18. The rules, adopted in June 2014, restrict pot stores to select industrial and commercial areas away from schools and parks and impose a host of security, tax payment and other requirements. Dispensaries that fail to meet the requirements by the deadline face closure.

But one rule in particular requiring pot stores to demonstrate that their marijuana is cultivated locally and not from collectives around the state remains a sticking point. City officials planned to ask the City Council to ease the rules Tuesday, allowing another five months for shops to sell through products obtained from "third-party" vendors and letting San Jose pot clubs buy and sell to one another.

Read More:http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29180432/san-jose-leaders-eye-changes-medical-marijuana-rules


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Marijuana Arrests In New York City Are Down 40% Compared To Last Year

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

new york policy department nypd marijuanaIn 2014, New York City gave officers the discretion to issue those caught with less than 25 grams of marijuana a summons to appear, rather than arrest them. Officers can still arrest people if they are in possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana in New York City ”if the marijuana is burning, if the type of possession indicates intent to sell, if the individual has an outstanding warrant, or if the individual is in a location with special consideration, like a school.” When you compare the year-to-date marijuana arrest statistics to those from the same time last year, marijuana arrests are down significantly in New York City. Per the New York Post:

Police cuffed 18,120 stoners through Oct. 20 — a 40 percent plummet from the 29,906 pot busts in the same period last year, state Division of Criminal Justice records show.

At the same time, tickets for pot violations have surged. Cops handed out 13,081 low-level pot summonses through the end of September — and are on pace for more than 16,000 tickets. The NYPD issued 13,378 pot tickets for all of last year, and 13,316 tickets in 2013, records show.

There is some good news and bad news with these statistics. The obvious good news is that overall arrests are down. However, there are still some racial disparities in enforcement that is currently occurring. The last statistics that I saw showed that over 88% of marijuana arrests in New York City this year involved Black or Hispanic subjects. That’s actually an increase from 2014, when that number was 86.65%. Only full legalization will get rid of those disparities, which is why people in New York should keep fighting for it. There’s still a lot of work to be done!

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-arrests-in-new-york-city-are-down-40-compared-to-last-year/


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