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Amendment 64 Passes: Colorado Legalizes Marijuana For Recreational Use

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, November, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
The Rocky Mountain High just got a whole lot higher. On Tuesday night, Amendment 64 -- the measure which sought the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults -- was passed by Colorado voters, making Colorado the first state to end marijuana prohibition in the United States.
 
With about 36 percent of precincts reporting at the time of publishing, 9News and Fox31 report that Amendment 64 has passed.
 
The passage of the state measure is without historical precedent and the consequences will likely be closely-watched around the world. In an interview with The Huffington Post, the authors/researchers behind the book "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know" pointed out that the measure in Colorado is truly groundbreaking, comparing it to the legalization that Amsterdam enjoys.
 

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Cannafun links from around the web

Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, November, 6th 2012 by THCFinder

Check out some great Cannabis friendly sites that are THCFinder approved:

 

17 Of Some Of The Coolest Characters From Stoner Movies http://www.hailmaryjane.com/17-of-some-of-the-coolest-characters-from-stoner-movies/

 

 

HighRoulette.com's Favorite Weed Related Twitter Accounts http://highroulette.com/stoner-blog/favorite-weed-related-twitter-accounts/
 
 
 
 
All things r/tress ; ) http://www.reddit.com/r/trees
 
 
More to come!

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Inhale 3 times daily

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, November, 6th 2012 by THCFinder

 


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Marijuana arrests happen every 42 seconds, analysis of FBI data shows

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
A total 12,408,899 people were arrested last year — with one marijuana-related arrest every 42 seconds, according to analysis of FBI statistics released last week.
 
The No. 1 arrest charge in the U.S. was drug abuse violations. More than 81 percent of the 1,531,251  arrests stemmed from possession, while the remainder were for sales and manufacturing.
 
Marijuana possession made up 660,000 arrests, or or 43.3 percent of all arrests under the drug abuse violations category.
 
Counting all drugs, not just marijuana, police made one drug arrest every 21 seconds, according to analysis from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. LEAP is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group  comprised mostly of law enforcement, judges and prosecutors.
 
“Even excluding the costs involved for later trying and then imprisoning these people, taxpayers are spending between $1.5 – to $3 billion just on the police and court time involved in making these arrests,” said LEAP executive director Neill Franklin, a retired Baltimore narcotics officer.
 

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White Skunk

Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, November, 6th 2012 by THCFinder

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Why Mexico Is Rooting for U.S. Pot Legalization

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, November, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
Mexico and the U.S. are tightly entwined economically -- and this is as true of the illegal economy as the legal one. If popular ballot measures to legalize marijuana in Colorado, Washington and Oregon pass on November 6, a respected Mexican think tank says that it will hit the cartels where it hurts: In the pocketbook, to the tune of several billion dollars. While tough police and military operations on both sides of the border have largely failed to slow the cartels, legalization would be "the biggest structural shock suffered by drug trafficking in Mexico since the massive arrival of cocaine in the late eighties," the researchers wrote.
 
The report from the Mexican Center for Competitiveness (IMCO) (in Spanish) is based on an earlier study by the RAND Corporation, which determined that a 2010 ballot proposal could cut the income of Mexican drug dealers by 20%. The updated research suggests that cartels earn $6 billion each year from marijuana sales in the United States. If Washington, the state most likely to pass its ballot measure, does so, IMCO reports it will cut the cartels' income by $1.37 billion, or about 23% of their revenue (though some cartels will be hit harder than others). Legalization in Oregon and Colorado would result in similar declines.
 
This would happen, the report assumes, because the infrastructure created by these ballot initiatives would result in cheaper and higher-quality domestic production of marijuana, which would also have less far to travel to reach its customers. That would drive Mexican pot purveyors, who face the costly challenge of crossing the border with their goods, at least partly out of the market.
 

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