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The Conflict Between Federal and State Marijuana Laws Claims a Victim

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

This week, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on the topic of medical marijuana and employment practices.

In Coats v. Dish Network, an employee sued for wrongful termination after he tested positive for marijuana. The plaintiff is a quadriplegic who used medical marijuana outside of working hours. Brandon Coats was a registered medical marijuana user, accessing the product in a manner consistent with state constitutional guarantees and state statute.

This week, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against Mr. Coats, and, frankly, the court was probably correct in its ruling. This perspective is not a popular one in the marijuana advocacy community, but it is a reality.

Read More:http://www.newsweek.com/conflict-between-federal-and-state-marijuana-laws-claims-victim-345099


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New Challenges As Marijuana Legalization Advances; Nice Problems To Have

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, June, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

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Two recent developments illustrate the progress we have made towards ending marijuana prohibition, and the new challenges we face as we push forward into this Brave New World of legalized weed.

In a handful of states, instead of worrying about whether those who grow marijuana will be arrested and jailed, we have the luxury of worrying about such things as whether the marijuana was sprayed with unhealthy pesticides during the cultivation process, and how to minimize the impact the odor from marijuana cultivation sites may have on the neighbors.

Let’s start with the pesticide issue.

One of the principal public health advantages that legalization brings is the ability to require that marijuana be tested by a certified lab before it is sold, assuring the consumer that it is free from potentially harmful insecticides and pesticides. At NORML, as a consumer lobby, this is something we have always supported, but so long as marijuana remained illegal, those protections were impossible to implement. In fact, in states where marijuana prohibition remains intact, any laboratory that tested the product would be risking criminal prosecution for possession and conspiring to sell marijuana. And any elected official, when confronted with this suggestion, would have laughed us out of their office. There is simply no mechanism for assuring the safety or purity of illegal substances, so legalization is a necessary precursor.

But now that marijuana is fully legal in four states; fully decriminalized in Washington, DC; and legalized for some version of medical use in 37 states, this common-sense step to assure the product is safe is feasible.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-challenges-as-marijuana-legalization-advances-nice-problems-to-have/


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, June, 20th 2015 by THCFinder


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1st Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary gets OK to sell amid concerns about testing standards

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

A Salem medical marijuana dispensary is the first to receive permission to sell marijuana - after obtaining a temporary waiver from the state's strict testing guidelines.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has said it will reconsider its medical marijuana testing standards. Advocates and experts knowledgeable about the testing process say Massachusetts' current standards are stricter than those in other states and difficult to meet.

"We carefully considered the initial testing results and we will review the standards going forward," said Dr. Monica Bharel, commissioner of the Department of Public Health. 

The reconsideration of testing standards is yet another hurdle for the state's troubled medical marijuana process. Although voters voted for medical marijuana in 2012, the licensing progress has been marred by delays and missteps.

Read More:http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/first_medical_marijuana_dispen.html


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