How Anti-Mafia RICO Laws Could Cause Serious Problems for Legal Weed
Earlier this summer, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado decided that “noxious odors” from a pot farm could be lowering property values and creating a nuisance and that the farm’s neighbor could sue them.
The decision came after a civil suit was filed by the pot farm’s neighbors, under a federal racketeering law, known as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, which is normally used in organized crime cases, embezzlement, racketeering, etc.—not for your local pot warehouse vs. the next-door neighbor dispute.
Having said that, this case could set a nasty precedent by creating a situation in which private citizens can go around state law and utilize federal law, like RICO, under the protection that weed is still federally illegal.
Rolling Stone found everything about this case to be important—from the aforementioned implications to the mysterious organization behind it.
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Green bud nuggets begin to show purple hues as they mature on Granddaddy Purple cannabis plants. This all-Indica marijuana strain is known worldwide for its many phenotypes that include Grape Ape, Grandaddy Grape Ape and Purple Erkel to name just a few. The strain hails from the Northern Californian hills as it has for more than 20 years. It grows very well indoors, either in water, air or soil. It has a predisposition to be short in bushy, as Indicas will. A euphoric effect about the same as the Purple Urkle is produced, a devastating Indica. This is a great night time strain because its such a heavy indica buzz, with a very pleasant upper head body and warmth buzz which fades into droopy red eyes, munchies and complete pain relief and sedation.
U.S. Border Patrol in Maine warns legalization won’t halt marijuana seizures
BANGOR — The top U.S. Border Patrol agent in Maine cautioned residents Monday that officers will still confiscate marijuana when they encounter it and that even family connections to the cannabis industry can disqualify someone from federal employment.
Chief Daniel Hiebert, who heads the Houlton sector of the Border Patrol, said Maine voters’ legalization of recreational marijuana last November and the state’s well-established medical marijuana program do not change his agents’ obligation to follow federal law.
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The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in America
In states that have legalized marijuana, either for medical or recreational use, dispensaries are forever changing the practice of buying buds. Visiting these pot shops can be an eye-opening experience for those who have only known the limited options, questionable quality and legal dangers of black-market buys. But with so many dispensaries cropping up across the country, it can be hard to know which ones truly excel.
If you’re seeking a better cannabis-buying experience, look no further than HIGH TIMES’ picks for the best marijuana dispensaries in America. We’ve selected over 70 medical and recreational pot shops around the country that stand out for their elite and extensive inventories, awesome environments and superb staffs.
The Bay Area is the birthplace of the modern marijuana dispensary, thanks to the pot pioneers who boldly opened the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club in 1992—four years before the passage of Proposition 215, the state’s landmark medical marijuana law. That compassionate spirit is still at the heart of the region’s dispensaries, which offer everything from boutique buds to the legendary outdoor cannabis of the Emerald Triangle. The Bay also boasts some of the country’s best makers of concentrates, edibles and topicals. Here are our picks for the best shops in NorCal.
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