Huge marijuana joint seized at UC Santa Cruz 4/20 celebration
Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —Every year on April 20 at 4:20 p.m., hundreds of University of California at Santa Cruz students and residents gather in a field on UCSC's campus to light up.
Every year on April 20 at 4:20 p.m., hundreds of University of California at Santa Cruz students and residents gather in a field on UCSC's campus to light up.
But one marijuana enthusiast took the opportunity a little too far.
A joint weighing nearly 3 pounds was found by officers. When a large crowd of students noticed 3 pounds of marijuana rolled into a single joint was being carried away, they booed the officers and recorded them with cellphone cameras. A video of the incident was uploaded onto
YouTube Saturday and had been watched 28,000 times by Monday morning.
A 25-year-old man who was suspected of creating and bringing the massive joint, UCSC student Gennady Tsarinsky, was escorted away from the field and arrested.
"(Tsarinsky) was arrested for possession of more than an ounce," UCSC spokesman Jim Burns said. Burns said he could not confirm the exact weight of the joint.
A second pot smoker was arrested for disorderly conduct, but overall students said the marijuana smoke-out was a carefree counterculture fun fest.
"Everyone is super-friendly, super-easygoing, really accepting," UCSC student Trio Harris said. "You can just be yourself and not be judged, and that's why I love 4/20."
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Medical marijuana will create 1,500 jobs in Arizona
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX -- When Arizona voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 2010, Steve Cottrell saw a way to combine his laboratory background and his interest in the plant he'd been studying since his 11-year-old son died of cancer more than a decade before.
Cottrell is now the owner of AZ Med Testing, a medical- marijuana testing laboratory. Dispensaries pay Cottrell and his business partner, Brenda Perkins, to test marijuana samples for mold and pesticides.
"We're making money, but we definitely have our challenges," he said. "But now that dispensaries are open, it's moving forward."
According to a study sponsored by the Regulated Dispensaries of Arizona Association, the jobs at AZ Med Testing are among estimated 1,500 that will be created by Arizona's medical-marijuana industry.
Tim Hogan, an Arizona State University research associate who authored the study, used information from Oregon's established medical marijuana industry to estimate the size of Arizona's market
"It's a pretty simple industry," he said. "There's not too much nuance. The main driving mechanism is how many patients."
Hogan found that the industry had the potential to create not only 1,500 direct jobs for marijuana growers and dispensary employees but up to 5,000 indirect jobs at places like grocery stores.
Arizona has approximately 38,000 medical marijuana cardholders and is allowed 126 dispensaries, a percentage of the state's operating pharmacies. Only a handful are open now.
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Category: Concentrates | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
Time for California to Decriminalize, Tax & Regulate Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
It is time for California to decriminalize, tax and regulate marijuana and decide who sells it, who can buy it legally, and for how much. When California became the first state to approve medical marijuana, we led the nation on progressive drug policies, and now it is time to lead again.
Bolstered by growing public support and building on our initial leadership, Californians must renew our push for common-sense marijuana policy by developing a state level regulatory system and lead the national effort to end draconian laws that favor incarceration over education.
In California, San Francisco has taken the lead in reforming ineffective drug laws and changing the conversation around substance use. Medical marijuana laws, marijuana decriminalization, and the efforts to reduce the state's prison population make us a strong voice for change. But it is not enough. We stand at a time where science and common sense must trump age-old fear and propaganda.
San Francisco pioneered and advanced innovative programs to reduce the harms of substance misuse by using alternative adjudicative action, using drug and community courts as an alternative to the traditional criminal court system and sentencing. It involved connecting people to treatment and mental health services, housing and resources for education and training. San Francisco has invested significant local tax dollars in providing substance treatment to those who need it, but San Francisco is just one city -- and it is not enough.
The U.S. leads the world in the incarceration of its citizens, with less than 5 percent of the world's population but almost 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. In 2011, 757, 969 people in the United States were arrested for a marijuana law violation and of those, 87 percent were arrested for possession only, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.
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