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Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder


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U.S. marijuana use, approval of legalization soaring

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

A record number of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, according to a new poll released Wednesday by international pollster Gallup.

And government surveys published Wednesday offered further indications that marijuana is moving into the mainstream nationally, nearly three years after Colorado voters legalized recreational pot.

Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over the past decade, rising to more than 22 million mostly recreational users, the surveys show.

The results come from a comparison of health surveys from 2001-02 and 2012-13 sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Almost 80,000 adults aged 18 and older participated in face-to-face interviews about various health-related behaviors, according to results published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

Read More:http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/10/21/pot-gallup-poll-marijuana-legalization/42606/


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Legal Marijuana Retailers And Growers Prohibited From Keeping Guns For Protection

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

handgun and weedNoah Stokes, founder and CEO of CannaGuard Security, recently appeared on the Ganjapreneur.com podcast to discuss security difficulties facing the cannabis industry.

CannaGuard Security is a Portland, OR-based cannabis industry security company that serves marijuana businesses nationwide. From storefronts to grow ops, CannaGuard helps companies meet and understand the standards put in place by state regulators, and offers contingencies and preventative measures as safeguards against theft and robberies.

Noah joined Ganjapreneur podcast host Shango Los to discuss some of the most common requests his company receives, major flaws in the logic used by regulators when defining mandated security protocols, and how cannabis retailers and producers can best prepare for worst case scenarios.

Stokes explains how one of the biggest regulatory flaws facing the cannabis industry is that — according to the Cole Memo, issued in 2013 by the Department of Justice — there are no firearms permitted on the premises of legal marijuana businesses. “Their intent… was to keep the cartels from having a table full of gold AK-47s,” Noah said. “I get that, but having a retired police officer have a concealed-carry to protect himself in an all-cash marijuana business — that probably makes a little bit of sense.”

The full podcast episode is available via iTunes or Ganjapreneur.com, where there are transcripts available of this and previous episodes.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/legal-marijuana-retailers-growers-prohibited-guns/


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Denver, New York City Police Chiefs Join Call to End Mass Imprisonment

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

Some of the nation's most prominent law enforcement officials were in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, calling for the U.S. to reduce its incarceration rate. 

Police chiefs from some of the nation's largest cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Denver, joined over 130 other police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs to launch Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, a group "committed to identifying and implementing solutions to simultaneously reduce crime and incarceration" with the "goal of building a smarter, stronger and fairer criminal justice system." 

“After all the years I’ve been doing this work, I ask myself, ‘What is a crime, and what does the community want?’” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a chairman of the group, to the New York Times. “When we’re arresting people for low-level offenses — narcotics — I’m not sure we’re achieving what we’ve set out to do. The system of criminal justice is not supporting what the community wants. It’s very obvious what needs to be done, and we feel the obligation as police chiefs to do this.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/denver-new-york-city-police-chiefs-join-call-end-mass-imprisonment


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