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Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder


Texas Town Pushes for Marijuana Legalization to Combat Cartel Traffic

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

The quiet border town of El Paso has reportedly become a trailblazer in the effort to reform marijuana laws in Texas. 

According to the Guardian, El Paso's proximity to Ciudad Juárez—"the Mexican city so ravaged by drug cartel violence that until recently it was the murder capital of the world"—has actually spurred many locals to support marijuana legalization (or at least decriminalization). 

"The believe the decades-long U.S. 'War on Drugs' has militarized the border and put ordinary people under constant surveillance, disrupting lives and fracturing communities without achieving results that justify the emotional, cultural and economic costs," the Guardian reported. 

With Border Patrol seizing 44,000 lbs of marijuana in the El Paso area last year, residents believe that legalizing the herb would harm cartels' income streams and, in turn, take away much of their power. 

“The cartels are bigger and stronger than they’ve ever been and what have we really done that’s thwarted their efforts? Nothing,” Justin Underwood, an El Paso attorney, told the Guardian. “I am of the opinion that human beings are going to do drugs, period. Human beings are going to drink alcohol. I accept these things as facts and as long as you have a demand you will always have a supply, no matter what.”

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U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Marijuana Banking Bill

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

congress medical marijuanaSenators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act today in a much-needed move to allow legitimate marijuana businesses to conduct legal financial operations. While the move sounds like a minor regulatory matter, the lack of clear financial guidelines represents the single greatest obstacle to state-legal marijuana businesses operating safely and profitably. Currently, dispensaries and other businesses in states that have legalized medical marijuana or that allow adult use must operate cash-only businesses because banking services fall under federal, rather than state law.

“Right now, it’s the Wild West for marijuana businesses,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of LEAP. “Criminals know where the dispensaries are. They know the businesses are making thousands of dollars a day and that all of those transactions are in cash. It’s led to some horrific incidents, all courtesy of the federal government. They’re setting these businesses up to fail and, worse, they’re endangering people’s lives.”

Most dispensaries have had to hire expensive private security firms to set up elaborate safety systems and to accompany employees as the cash leaves the premises. Because of these precautions, many dispensaries, even those conducting large volume of sales, retain little profit. States are the other major losers in this scenario as the lack of accountability encourages the underreporting of taxes.

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Federal Government Raids Native American Marijuana Operation

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

In spite of a 2014 memorandum by the Justice Department giving Native American tribes permission to cultivate and sell cannabis on reservation lands, the federal government has apparently decided to go back on its word. On Wednesday, a band of drug agents were sent in to take down two tribal grow operations in Northern California, a raid that reportedly led to the seizure of around 12,000 plants and over 100 pounds of raw cannabis. 

press release issued by the Department of Justice indicates that the Drug Enforcement Administration teamed up with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to bring the heat down on the Pit River XL Reservation and the Alturas Reservation in Modoc County over concerns that they had partnered with a tobacco company to produce marijuana on a large scale.

The search warrant states that probable cause for the raid was established based on word from a number of confidential informants that Canadian businessman Jerry Montour, the CEO of a leading cigarette manufacture, was funding the small tribe’s entire operation. A preliminary investigationuncovered at least 40 grow houses on the reservation, which was supposedly enough to give agents reason to suspect illegal activity. 

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