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Uruguay Authorities Discover 'Gray Market' for Pot

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Authorities in Uruguay say the country's legal pot-growing clubs may be selling marijuana and cannabis products without approval, creating a kind of "gray market."

The pot-growing clubs are allowed to have 45 members who can collectively cultivate up to 99 plants for personal use, but they cannot sell the marijuana.

Uruguay became the first nation to approve marijuana legalization and regulation in 2013.

The law also allows Uruguayan adults to buy up to 40 grams of marijuana from pharmacies once a month. But there have been delays in implementing the pioneering plan.

National Drug Board chief Milton Roman said Thursday that the so-called "gray market" is not good for the marijuana legalization program and legal pot-growing clubs are being warned that violations of the law won't be tolerated.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/uruguay-authorities-discover-gray-market-pot


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Variety is the spice of life.

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder


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Consuming Marijuana During Pregnancy Does Not Make A Mother Unfit

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

Since 1985 cigarette packages sold in the United States have carried four rotating warnings from the surgeon general, including this one: “Smoking by Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, and Low Birth Weight.” Since 1989 the labels of alcoholic beverages have included this government-mandated warning: “According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects.” This week the American Medical Association (AMA) proposed a similar label for cannabis products:  “Marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding poses potential harms.”

 

The proposed warning represents a concession to political reality by the AMA, which opposesmarijuana legalization but seems to recognize that pot prohibition is inexorably crumbling. The AMA’s wording is notably milder than the warnings for tobacco and alcohol—appropriately so, since the evidence that cannabis consumption during pregnancy can harm the fetus is less clear than the evidence that smoking and heavy drinking can. In any case, providing information about marijuana’s hazards is surely preferable to the punitive moralism of the war on drugs.

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobsullum/2015/11/19/consuming-marijuana-during-pregnancy-does-not-make-a-mother-unfit/


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Washington State Receives Nearly 1,000 New Marijuana Retail Applications

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

washington state marijuana regulationsWashington’s marijuana industry has seen a lot of changes lately. For a very long time Washington has had medical marijuana dispensaries that have served patients. These dispensaries operated in a legal grey area, which is not uncommon in states that have medical marijuana programs, but don’t/didn’t have a state dispensary licensing system. My home state, Oregon, was like that for a very long time. It led to a lot of issues and the harassment of dispensary owners.

Washington recently passed legislation that seeks to bring the medical marijuana and recreational marijuana industries under one umbrella. This is resulting in a lot of dispensaries either being forced to move or shutdown. All of them have to apply for licenses if they want to keep serving patients legally. I’m not a fan of merging the two programs. Colorado has a similar ‘one umbrella’ system, while Oregon does not. The new licensing requirements in Washington has resulted in a surge of applications. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has so far received nearly 1,000 applications from businesses seeking a new cannabis retail license.

The official tally is 962 applications, according to the Olympian. And that’s only for storefronts that want to sell either medical or recreational cannabis (or both), and it doesn’t include companies that want to get into growing or manufacturing infused products.

Simultaneously, at least 118 recreational cannabis stores that already have licenses applied for MMJ legal status to serve patients as well as rec customers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-state-receives-nearly-1000-new-marijuana-retail-applications/


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