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Do You Really Believe That The Feds Will Respect State Marijuana Legalization Laws?

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
state-mmj-laws-respected-by-feds-or-notYesterday the marijuana world erupted with joy as the federal government gave it’s ‘official’ position on the marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington. Headlines on marijuana websites and from marijuana activist organizations included ‘Federal government backing off war on marijuana!’ While I think it’s great that the federal government didn’t come out and say something like ‘ we are going to bring more hate than we ever have before,’ I think that celebrations within the marijuana reform community are premature.
 
After all, the Obama administration has stated before that it will back off marijuana enforcement (medical marijuana). In 2009, the Obama administration issued a memo stating that it would respect state medical marijuana laws. Literally the same time that they issued the memo, the feds were opening investigations against medical marijuana providers across the state. After making an empty promise to respect state medical marijuana laws, the Obama administration went on to raid more medical marijuana providers than the Bush administration. So forgive me if I don’t jump for joy, but I don’t believe anything that was said yesterday.
 
If the Obama administration was truly planning on respecting state marijuana legalization laws, it would issue an Executive Order stating as much. Instead, they sent out a glorified e-mail which more or less stated that while they respect marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, they reserve the right to do whatever they want. Don’t be surprised when raids happen on legal marijuana outlets, and don’t be surprised when the feds refuse to reform tax laws and continue to pressure security companies, banks, and credit card companies to halt all business activities with marijuana businesses.
 
I hate bursting people’s bubbles, but as I always say, ‘actions speak louder than rhetoric.’ Remember what happened after the last rounds of marijuana memos from the Obama administration, and proceed with caution. The DEA is still lurking, the IRS is still enforcing 280e laws, and at this point, nothing has really changed except a memo has been sent out.
 

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Puffing away on a Super Large Joint

Category: Tokers | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

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Weed Edibles: The Most Creative Marijuana Food Products

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
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With many states on their way to legalizing marijuana, the conversation surrounding this herb has been even louder than usual lately. With legalization (both for recreational and medicinal purposes) has come a new wave of creativity in terms of one of weed's most popular forms: edibles.
 
While it may not surprise you that brownies remain one of the most popular marijuana-infused baked goods, it seems that the possibilities are endless when it comes to weed edibles -- we found dispensaries selling everything from throat lozenges to fudge. Considering the way the Internet blew up over Nugtella, we expect even more creations to come.
 

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Girl Scout Cookies nugs

Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

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Holy Dank Batman

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

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Marijuana advocates cheer Obama administration stand

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
obama-lets-mmj-aloneMarijuana advocates in California and elsewhere cheered the Obama administration's announcement Thursday that it would not interfere with new laws in Colorado and Washington state permitting recreational use of cannabis.
 
But the advocates cautioned there is still a ways to go before legalization. 
 
Dale Gieringer, a leading marijuana advocate in California, said he is encouraged by the new U.S. Justice Department memo, but he notes he has been encouraged by past memos only to see federal enforcement increase.
 
“There are some weasel words in this,” he said. "They’re not going to make a priority to do something, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do it.”
 
The memo written by Deputy Atty. Gen. James M. Cole is a sharp turn from the last memo he wrote in 2011, in which he emphasized that commercial marijuana operations were not protected by their states’ laws.
 
The document released Thursday said prosecutors “should not consider the size or commercial nature of a marijuana operation alone” as a factor for enforcement.
 
“I hope the attorney general follows through with the spirit of their memo, but we’ll have to see,” Gieringer said. 
 
But at least in writing, the Justice Department has now decided against seeking to block new state laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
 
They also said they will not bring federal prosecutions against dispensaries or businesses that sell small amounts of marijuana to adults.
 

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