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13 Michigan Marijuana Organizations Band Together For Joint Statement

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan capital marijuanaIn times of need, communities stand together to defend the weak. Michigan’s medical marijuana and marijuana law reform communities did just that prior to a session of the House Judiciary Committee on May 7 by submitting a joint statement advocating for passage of two “critical and urgent” House bills, HB 4209 and HB 4210.

Testimony on the two bills has been heard on two consecutive Thursdays in the House committee, and will continue on May 14th. The letter was addressed to Representative Klint Kesto and Judiciary Committee members.

The letter expressed “the organizations’ strong support for patient safety while improving the efficacy of the medical marijuana industry in the state.” The endorsing organizations seek to “provide safe access to medical marijuana… provide for the testing of medical marijuana… clarify to at patients may possess and use smoking alternative forms of medical marijuana.”

Several representatives of these organizations have given testimony before the committee on these blls, including Robin Schneider of the NPRA, David Brogren of CPU and Jim Powers of Pediatric Cannabis Therapy.

The organizations signing on in support of the letter’s contents are:

National Patients Rights Association

Michigan NORML

Americans for Safe Access- Michigan chapter

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/13-michigan-marijuana-organizations-band-together-for-joint-statement/


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Arizona Officials Are Using Drug Money to Oppose Marijuana Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

In an attempt to prevent the legalization of marijuana in Arizona, a multi-agency drug war task force has donated tens of thousands of dollars collected from the civil asset forfeiture program to ensure a statewide cannabis industry never sees the light of day.

A recent investigative report from the Phoenix New Times indicates that Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), a law enforcement organization charged with bringing the heat down on drug offenders, recently wrote a check for $50,000 to MATFORCE, a group dedicated to combating substance abuse. This joining of prohibitionary forces, so to speak, apparently took place shortly after the Marijuana Policy Project announced it was coming to Arizona with guns blazing to legalize weed for recreational purposes in 2016. 

And It appears that additional public funding will likely be used to fight the prospect of a fully legal cannabis trade in the state. Earlier last week, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a decision in regards to a question posed by Yavapai County Attorney Shelia Polk, which essentially asked whether public finances could be used to protest marijuana.

In his opinion, Brnovich asserted that this practice was acceptable as long as there remains a balance that does not cross the statewide ban against using public resources for campaign purposes. In short, public dollars can be spent to combat ballot measures, including those aimed at legalizing marijuana, as long as it is done in a manner that “educates” rather than persuade.  

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/arizona-officials-are-using-drug-money-oppose-marijuana-legalization


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, May, 14th 2015 by THCFinder


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China: Synthetic Drug Use Is Rising at an Alarming Rate

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported Tuesday that Chinese authorities are warning of a rapid rise in abuse of synthetic drugs.

The number of "registered abusers" of synthetic drugs—a whopping 1.46 million who get high on methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy—for the first time overtook that of registered heroin addicts last year, according to the National Narcotics Control Commission. In total, there were said to be 2.95 million registered abusers of all drugs, but the NNCC estimated the real figure—including those not registered—was over 14 million.

NNCC deputy chief Liu Yuejin said that not only has cross-border trafficking been rising due to the increasing demand for drugs in the People's Republic, but also that internal production is on the rise, with drug laboratories shifting from coastal areas to inland provinces.

To an extent, these claims are backed up by the U.N.

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime found that use of synthetic drugs overtook opiate use worldwide last year, with China accounting for a significant share of reported global ketamine seizures in recent years. According to the UNODC, 44 ketamine labs were uncovered in China in 2007, and 81 were found in 2012. Of the 326 drug labs busted by Chinese authorities in 2012, the UNODC said 228 were making methamphetamine. In January 2014, a massive police operation netted 2.9 metric tons of methamphetamine at a clandestine lab in Lufeng, Guangdong.

This year, another 2.4 tons have already been seized in the same city.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/china-synthetic-drug-use-rising-alarming-rate


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