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Politician Announces Legislation To Provide Pathway For Expungement Of Certain Marijuana Offenses

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

asset forfeiture marijuana arrestToday, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) announced plans to introduce legislation reinforcing steps taken by Oregon to legalize and provide a clean start for certain marijuana offenses. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015, to be introduced on Tuesday, creates a pathway for the following two groups of federal marijuana offenders to expunge – or clear the criminal record of – their marijuana offense: those who were federally charged for activity that was state legal at the time; and those whose offense was the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.

“The penalties of failed prohibition policies should stop ruining people’s lives. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 follows Oregon’s lead to provide a pathway for expunging certain federal marijuana crimes,” said Representative Blumenauer. “People who were caught up in the federal criminal justice system for a marijuana offense that was legal under state law at the time should not carry around a drug record. I support legalizing marijuana at the federal level to put a stop to any state-federal conflicts once and for all, but it is also important that we create pathways for expungement for those who should never have been charged in the first place.”

Since 1996, twenty-three states, the District of Columbia and Guam have passed medical marijuana laws. Additionally, four states – including Oregon – have legalized the adult use of marijuana. Those who moved forward with manufacturing and distributing marijuana in accordance with those laws have too often been caught up in the federal criminal justice system. While the current policy of the Obama Administration is to not prosecute individuals complying with state law and federal enforcement priorities, this was not always the case and may not always be the case going forward. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 creates a path for expungement for any individual with a federal criminal record associated with a marijuana offense that was legal under their state at the time.

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Scientists Discover CBD May Help Bone Fractures

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research recently showed the clinical potential of CBD for treating bone-related diseases.

Rats with fractured femurs healed faster when given CBD, and with a mixture of CBD and THC. CBD + THC healed bones well, but THC was not necessary to gain the effect. The research focuses on gaining the medical potential of cannabinoid without getting the patient high by using CBD only.

Scientists also uncovered other links between the cannabinoid system and the skeleton, meaning that research will continue into the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids for bones. CBD has been studied  for the treatment of Graft-versus-Host disease in bone-marrow transplants, further implicating the connection between the skeleton and the cannabinoid system.

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Tokemon. Gotta Smoke 'Em All!

Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, July, 19th 2015 by THCFinder


Who’s Right on Marijuana? Justice Or the IRS?

Category: News | Posted on Sun, July, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

In downtown Washington, D.C., the Department of Justice asserts that marijuana enterprises are free to exist, while immediately across 10th Street, the IRS tells those businesses they are illegal drug-trafficking operations ineligible for the benefits other corporate entities enjoy.

Which is it? Right now, it is both. This dual status presents commercial challenges for marijuana businesses, carrying serious consequences for individuals, patients, investors, law enforcement, courts, accountants and others.

Last week, one challenge—the issue of tax deductions for marijuana enterprises—had its day in court. In Olive v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue [CIR]the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reviewed whether a medical marijuana enterprise in California—Vapor Room Herbal Center in San Francisco—could deduct business expenses under U.S. tax law (the Internal Revenue Code).

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