Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
NJ medical marijuana rules take effect Dec. 19, no changes from proposed rules
Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey officials say the state's medical marijuana regulations will take effect Dec. 19, clearing the way for legal growing and dispensing operations to begin sometime in 2012.
The state Health and Senior Services Department posted a notice on its website Wednesday night stating that the regulations will be finalized.
The state says it won't change any of the rules from the version made public earlier this year. Medical marijuana advocates panned many of the details, including one that restricts the potency of pot in a way no other state that allows medical marijuana has done so far.
Six nonprofit groups have licenses to grow and sell cannabis to patients with certain conditions. But none has its final permit yet.
Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, November, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
Valentines Day to Bring Broken Hearts to MMJ Patients in Colarado Town
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, November, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
FORT COLLINS, CO — One community’s love affair with medical marijuana is headed for divorce on February 14, 2012. That is the day all dispensaries must close under a measure passed by voters on November 1. The measure, which passed by 1,471 votes, bans commercial medical marijuana businesses in the city, including dispensaries and grow operations.
City officials are still sorting out the process that should be followed for stores to cease operations, said Ginny Sawyer, neighborhood administrator. Fort Collins has 20 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.
City officials say they will work with the state department of revenue and its Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division to ensure state regulations are met during the closure of local dispensaries.
Due to the dispensary closings, medical marijuana patients in Fort Collins must now grow their own medicine, hire a caregiver to grow marijuana on their behalf, or travel to a dispensary in another community.
State regulations allow patients or their designated caregivers to grow up to six medical marijuana plants. A registered caregiver may grow for up to five patients.
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Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, November, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam RAIDED
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Shortly before 4:20 p.m. today, Dutch police raided the High Times Cannabis Cup Expo in Amsterdam. Dozens of uniformed officers quickly occupied the building and separated the hundreds of attendees from exhibitors, who were instructed to remain at their tables.
Officers were polite and efficient, all armed but no guns were drawn. I asked one why this was happening and he told me that undercover police had investigated the Expo yesterday and seen violations of the Opium Act. He cited things such as some people giving away free samples of bud and hash, offering bong hits to promote their business, and so on.
Dutch rules only allow the sale of marijuana and hash from licensed coffee shops. They are prohibited from selling customers more than 5g each per day, and cannot have more than 100g on the premises at any time. Individual possession is supposed to be kept under the 5g limit as well.
It took about two hours for police to clear the hall. Everyone was searched before being allowed to leave, and all marijuana and hash was confiscated.
There was probably over 100 police officers there, and about two dozen tax agents wearing reflective green jackets. The tax agents questioned exhibitors about their products, sales and receipts. I saw some exhibitors being questioned as their cannabis was put into plastic evidence bags by uniformed officers.
The status of cannabis law in Holland is often debated, but change happens slowly. The licensing and control of coffee shops is done largely at the municipal level. Some cities do not have any, others have only a few, while Amsterdam has over 300, which seems like a lot but is down from over 800 a few years ago.
Holland's current federal government is less friendly to the coffee shop scene, and has been pressuring cities to restrict marijuana sales to Dutch citizens. They want coffee shops to become private clubs, with a record kept of all sales made to every member. Some border towns have already gone this route, largely in response to concerns about German tourists returning home with pockets full of Dutch weed and hash.
Dana Larsen is the Director of the Vancouver Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary Society, founder of "End Prohibition, New Democrats Against the Drug War" and a former candidate for the leadership of the BC NDP.
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