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Florida Cities Moving Full Speed Ahead With Marijuana Decriminalization

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

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Local governments in Florida are taking marijuana law reform into their own hands by adopting marijuana decriminalization ordinances as an alternative to more severe state sanctions.

We first wrote about this trend in July when Florida’s largest county, Miami-Dade, passed an ordinance allowing local law enforcement to treat marijuana possession offenses involving 20 grams or less as a civil infraction, punishable by a $100 fine.

Many other communities have followed suit. City commissioners in Miami Beach imposed a similar policy in July; authorities in Hallandale Beach acted likewise last week.

Key West City City officials are poised to finalize a similar measure in September while lawmakers in Palm Beach County are considering taking similar action. Decriminalization is also gaining momentum among lawmakers in the city of St. Petersburg.

These changes to local laws are especially significant in Florida, where state lawmakers have failed to even consider amending its archaic and overly punitive marijuana policies. Consequently, Florida possesses the third highest annual marijuana possession arrest total (roughly 60,000 arrests per year) in the nation.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/florida-cities-moving-full-speed-ahead-with-marijuana-decriminalization/


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Europe Looks at Decriminalization, Starting with Ireland

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Fourteen years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs and took a public health approach to illegal drug use. After years of overdose deaths and skyrocketing HIV/AIDS, Portugal now the second lowest number of drug-related deaths in all of Europe. 

Other countries are now looking to replicate Portugal’s success. Chief among them is Ireland, which is considering the view that drug abuse should be dealt with as a public health rather than criminal justice issue.

Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, recently invited representatives from regional drug and alcohol task forces to a roundtable discussion in Dublin on a possible move toward Portugal-style drug policy. The meeting produced wide consensus on decriminalization of all drugs and diverting funding for prosecution to treatment, according to The Irish Times.

“There has to be a continuum of care… an understanding around supports, resources, counseling and all those different things,” Ó Ríordáin said.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/europe-looks-decriminalization-starting-ireland


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Category: Tokers | Posted on Tue, August, 25th 2015 by THCFinder


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Scientists Working to Prevent Monsanto from Monopolizing on Cannabis Strains, But Can They Stop It?

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

Scientists are working to map the complete DNA structure of the cannabis plant in order to prevent major agricultural seed companies, like Monsanto, from securing exclusive patents on specific strains.

Late last week, Mowgli Holmes, Chief Scientific Officer of Phylos Bioscience, the company overseeing the Cannabis Genome Project, explained to those in attendance of TechFestNW in Portland, Oregon that cannabis should be viewed comparatively to another major American cash crop: Corn. 

He said that both of these commodities were domesticated by humans around 10,000 years ago, and that, like corn, cannabis was spread “to every corner of the world,” pushing the scope of its biological reach “to a point in the evolutionary landscape that it never would’ve gotten on its own.”

Much to the appreciation of the audience, Holmes then went on to explain that one of his primary goals with the Cannabis Genome Project, which is focused on learning more about the biology of bud, is to create a genetic blueprint for marijuana that allows it to maintain its “public domain” status, and ultimately, “piss off Monsanto” by preventing them from marketing certain strains exclusively. 

It has been suspected for decades that Monsanto has been developing genetically modified cannabis in a super secret lab somewhere in the United States in an effort to aggressively position themselves in the market once the federal government finally allows farmers to grow weed.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/scientists-working-prevent-monsanto-monopolizing-cannabis-strains-can-they-stop-it


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