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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, September, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


Why American Indian Tribes Are Getting Into the Marijuana Business

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


Tribes are weighing the risks and opportunities of legalizing pot.

This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen.

There will be live music, food, outdoor games—and, floating over the revelry, a haze of marijuana smoke, from a first-of-its-kind pot lounge that is set to open by the end of the year, said Reider, the tribal president of the Flandreau Santee Sioux in Flandreau, S.D.

That pot lounge—modeled on an Amsterdam coffee shop, where customers would be able to buy and smoke up to 2 grams of marijuana a day—would be illegal anywhere else in South Dakota, which, like most U.S. states, bans the sale, possession and public smoking of pot.

But Reider says his plans are above board, based on a federal memo late last year that cleared the way for American Indian tribes to legalize marijuana on tribal land—even if pot is still illegal in the surrounding state. The Flandreau Santee Sioux is one of the first Native American groups to take advantage of the decision. Reider hopes to draw pot smokers from all over the state to visit the reservation, 40 miles (65 km) north of Sioux Falls, providing a new source of much-needed revenue for his people.


Albuquerque City Council Members To File Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, September, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

new mexico marijuanaToday, Albuquerque city council members, Rey Garduño and Isaac Benton, filed a new bill to remove criminal sanctions pertaining to possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia from the city’s municipal codes. A companion resolution, also submitted today, would make marijuana possession violations the lowest priority for the Albuquerque Police Department.  The bill will be introduced on Wednesday, September 9 with consideration by the full council on September 21.

“Incarcerating people through this failed war on drugs for possessing a small amount of marijuana is creating criminals where none exist,” said Garduño, president of the Albuquerque city council.

Last fall, Garduño sponsored a similar measure that passed the council 5-4 on a party line vote. However, it was vetoed by Mayor Berry. Since then, Albuquerque residents voiced their support at the ballot box for decriminalizing marijuana. In November, voters in Santa Fe County and Bernalillo County voiced overwhelming support for marijuana decriminalization –  Bernalillo County voted 60 percent and Santa Fe County voted 73 percent in favor of statewide decriminalization.  More than 50 percent of Albuquerque voters in all nine city council districts voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

“Now there is clear evidence that Albuquerque voters support decriminalizing marijuana,” said Jessica Gelay, policy coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance. “The people have spoken. Mayor Berry should listen to his constituents and not veto this measure this time around.”

The proposed ordinance makes one ounce or less of marijuana and possession of any drug paraphernalia a civil infraction with a fine of $25. A civil infraction is not considered a criminal conviction. The ordinance also takes away the potential for jail time. Currently a person spends more than two weeks in jail for a first offense and 90 days for a subsequent offense.

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False Report in the Denver Post Creates Hardship for Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

On Monday, the Denver Post published a shotgun-style report implicating a couple of Denver marijuana dispensaries in the unlawful sale of a number of pot products treated with unapproved pesticides. The story suggested that during an inspection, city health officials discovered “hundreds of lozenges” and an “undisclosed amount of raw cannabis,” being sold at Mountain High Suckers and MMJ America containing the pesticide spinosad -- a chemical that has been outlawed across the state. 

However, while the Post’s report indicates that health officials were forced to quarantine hundreds of cannabis products at these locations in the interest of Denver’s new stance against the chemical, it turns out the companies were simply using old labels that they had been given permission to use by a city health inspector. Yet, due to "politics" and some purported insider prejudices towards the state’s cannabis trade, the story, which was a blatant untruth that garnered an almost immediate retraction, was allegedly hand delivered to the Post by someone under direct orders of City Attorney Dan Douglas. 

“The city attorney has it out for us,” said Jake Salazar, owner of MMJ America, in an interview with HIGH TIMES, adding that Douglas is one of the medium-level officials that are staunchly opposed to the cannabis industry.

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