Marijuana industry prepares for 2014, but is Colorado ready?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
In four months, adults in Colorado will be able to walk into a store, plunk down cash and leave with a drug that used to land people in prison.
No one, though, is sure what the future holds.
Will the new industry damage the state's reputation, grow the drug culture, spread marijuana into neighboring states, intoxicate young people and spur more crime? Or will it bring an unrecognizable change, produce needed tax revenue, drive a stake in marijuana's black market and extinguish unnecessary prosecutions?
"It's like being sucked into a black hole. What is going to be on the other side? No one knows," said Ry Prichard, part-owner of a hash oil company, TC Labs.
During the first week of January, when the first stores are expected to open in Denver, the world's media will probably descend on Colorado to document the occasion.
Lines that form in the state for everything from new doughnut shops to ski sales are expected to wrap around businesses as customers queue up for the first buds.
"You are going to have the international media here for New Year's Eve, and they are not coming for the fireworks," said Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown. "Then there is going to be a photo that moves across the wire that is going to portray Denver one way or another. That is going to define Denver. It will be an image changer. There is no doubt."
Rolling Stone magazine recently called Denver "America's undisputed stoner capital" with two Jerry Garcia-themed bars, the same number of medical marijuana dispensaries as liquor stores and, of course, the Mile High nickname.
A grower told the magazine that the Platte River Valley running through the city has the highest concentration of marijuana on the planet.
Read more: http://www.denverpost.com
Washington Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Still Targets According To Feds
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
The marijuana legalization movement danced a victory dance last night at the announcement by the US Department of Justice of eight new priorities to guide US Attorneys in the prosecution of state-regulated marijuana markets. Specifically, DoJ announced it would not be suing to enjoin the ballot initiatives passed by Washington and Colorado, that state regulated markets abiding by the eight priorities would be “less likely” to attract federal prosecution, and that well-run state programs “may affirmatively address those priorities.”
In Colorado, with its “seed-to-sale”, highly-regulated program of both medical and recreational marijuana, marijuana dispensaries are breathing a sigh of relief. But in the state of Washington, the responses from the US Attorneys, Jenny Durkhan and Micheal Ormsby, whose districts includes Seattle and Spokane, respectively, should send a shiver down the spines of medical marijuana distributors.
We will continue to enforce the Controlled Substances Act. … We will continue our work against organized criminal organizations and their underground economy… The continued operation and proliferation of unregulated, for-profit entities outside of the state’s regulatory and licensing scheme is not tenable and violates both state and federal law. While our resources are limited, we will continue to enforce federal law in this arena…
Washington State has no regulatory and licensing scheme for medical marijuana. Washington even lacks the state registry card system found in almost all other medical marijuana states. The collection of dispensaries, co-ops, and farmers’ markets that have proliferated in the Puget Sound area and the Palouse operate on a wink and a nudge since 2011 when then-Gov. Christine Gregoire line-item-vetoed the portions of Senate Bill 5073 that established a regulated dispensary system. Gregoire’s fear at the time was that the involvement of state officials in regulating dispensaries would subject them to potential federal prosecution. Ironically, that lack of state regulation now puts these businesses in greater danger than had Gregoire signed the regulations.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Category: Nugs | Posted on Sun, September, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
DOJ outlines Marijuana enforcement priorities
Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
If Alaska legalizes marijuana, the Department of Justice now has a few rules the state will need to follow and enforce. In a Thursday memo, Deputy Attorney General James Cole outlined eight enforcement priorities that aim to keep pot from being grown on federal property, sold on the black market or used by kids.
The announcement — which came as a result of Colorado and Washington passing ballot initiatives legalizing pot — is not surprising to Tim Hinterberger. Hinterberger is a professor of developmental biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is sponsoring, along with Bill Parker and Mary Reff, an initiative that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales.
“It simply reinforces what we’ve been saying for some time,” Hinterberger said. “The mood in the country has been shifting.”
The mood in Alaska, however, has been quite relaxed for nearly 40 years. The Ravin v. State ruling of 1975 determined that Alaskans who used and possessed marijuana in the privacy of their own home were protected by the state constitution. Still, Alaska’s courts have recognized that possession is illegal under federal law.
A study in 2009 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that Alaska had some of the highest usage rates in the nation. The report said that about 33 percent of people aged 18-25 had used pot in the previous year; that dropped to about 10 percent for those 26-years-old and older. About 15 percent of kids aged 12-17 had also used pot in the last year, the report said. The percentages drop significantly when looking at how many people had used pot in the last month.
There’s no knowing if legalization would increase pot use among kids, Hinterberger said, but that legalization would practically eliminate the black market.
“Certainly it will change the whole landscape if you can go down to the local smoke store, show your ID and take some (marijuana) home,” Hinterberger said. “Drug dealers don’t ask anyone, even kids, for identification.”
Read more: http://juneauempire.com
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