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Amsterdam's pot "coffee shops" could go up in smoke

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 16th 2010 by THCFinder
A new ruling by Europe's highest court may help pave the way for a ban on foreign tourists buying marijuana at free-wheeling "coffee shops" in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities.
 
The European Court of Justice announced Thursday that the mayor of Maastricht -- a southern town near the German and Belgian borders and not far from France -- was right to close down a coffee shop that had been selling cannabis to non-residents, says Reuters.
 
"A prohibition on admitting non-residents to coffee shops ... constitutes a measure capable of 
 
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substantially limiting drug tourism and, consequently, of reducing the problems it causes," the Luxembourg-based court said in its judgment.
 
Flooded by pot-smoking foreigners arriving at the rate of 10,000 a day, Maastricht passed a law in 2005 to prohibit marijuana-selling selling coffee shops from admitting non-residents.
 
The Dutch supreme court asked for an EU ruling after a coffee shop owner sued when he was forced to close for breaking the "no foreigners" rule.
 
The ruling is seen as an important precedent because a new Dutch government is planning to use the model to restrict the sale of marijuana and hashish by creating a "grass pass" that will be only be given to Dutch adults, reports the London Telegraph.
 
While marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, it has been sold openly for decades in designated cafés and police make no arrests for possession of small amounts.
 
Marc Josemans, owner of the Easy Going coffee shop in Maastricht who initiated the legal fight, told the Associated Press that coffee shops are a successful way of regulating the drug market and preventing marijuana users coming into contact with drugs like heroin.
 
"All these people who visit coffee shops, they want to use and buy cannabis in a safe haven where they are not being contacted with hard drugs or hassled for other things," he said. "That place is called the coffee shop."

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Medical marijuana in the work place; get your questions answered

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 15th 2010 by THCFinder

PHOENIX - The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act is bringing up a lot of questions, among them; how will prescription holders be dealt with in the work place?

Wednesday at 10am, Mountain States Employers Council is holding a webinar to help employers better understand the law. The webinar costs $129 and you can still register by emailinglworden@msec.org .

Attorney Dave Smith with Mountain States says they are suggesting employers review their employee handbooks now.

Employers can restrict the usage of medical marijuana at work. They can discipline those who are under the influence. They can also restrict possession of medical marijuana on the work premises.

The question is how they will determine who is under the influence, because testing positive is not an indicator of being “high.”

Employers cannot decide not to hire a person based on the fact that they are a medical marijuana prescription holder. They also cannot fire a person based on their prescribed medical marijuana use.

Smith suggests employees that believe they will get a medical marijuana prescription educate themselves on the law and make sure they carry their medical marijuana card.

Friday the Arizona Department of Health Services will release the preliminary regulations for the Medical Marijuana Act. The rules are scheduled to be finalized by March 29th. 


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Jolts of Perception - Joe Rogan

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 14th 2010 by THCFinder

"As people, we like to avoid SHIT that bugs us" - Joe Rogan


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Is Miley Cyrus' Salvia Worse Than Marijuana?

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 13th 2010 by THCFinder
A Miley Cyrus salvia video hit the Net last week as reported at sites such as Pop Crunch. It was a sight that put to rest any doubt that Miley Cyrus is no longer Hannah Montana. 
 
Although salvia is currently legal in most states, it's a hallucinogenic herb that is becoming a cause for increasing concern, and it's not a drug intended for minors. Salvia causes "intense, but 
 
 short-lived, effects, including visual distortions, hallucinations, intense dissociation and disconnectedness from reality, physical or visual impairment, disorientation and dizziness." The drug takes hold within 30 seconds when smoked. You want to stay away from a drunk driver, and you'd want to stay away from a driver who has just smoked salvia. 
 
Many parents of celebrities choose to ignore or deny the fact that their child has a problem with substance abuse. Lindsay Lohan's mother, Dina Lohan, comes to mind. But Billy Ray Cyrus has taken an honest approach about his feelings. He recently wrote on his Twitter, after viewing the infamous video, "Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. I'm so sad. There is much beyond my control right now." It's not an easy time for the Cyrus family as Billy Ray and his wife Tish deal with divorce. We can only imagine how difficult the divorce must be for Miley, too.
 
The famous Dr. Drew is worried about the young singer, as well. "Adolescents don't get depressed the way adults do. They don't get sad and cry and withdraw. They often act out and become irritable, they act out with drugs and... get in trouble and she seems to be suffering," Dr. Drew said. "This cat is out of the bag. This is a child who is in trouble and who is suffering and this is her way of trying to manage that. Get professional help."
 
Currently, Cyrus is able to maintain her responsibilities, show up on time, entertain her fans. Was Miley Cyrus in the salvia video just having fun, and that's it? She may be sexier in her attire, but she's not a Lindsay Lohan. Not yet. 

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Iowa coach says receiver Johnson-Koulianos is gone for good

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 9th 2010 by THCFinder

Standout wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos isn’t merely suspended from the Iowa football team after being charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine, running a drug house and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

“He’ll not play again here,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said on a teleconference call on Thursday morning.

Iowa plays Missouri in the Dec. 28 Insight Bowl game in Tempe, Ariz.

For perspective, the loss of Johnson-Koulianos is comparable to Missouri suspending and then kicking senior tailback Derrick Washington off the team. Washington was dismissed before the 2010 season after being charged with sexual assault.

Washington was Missouri’s best running back. Johnson-Koulianos was Iowa’s leading receiver this season with 46 receptions for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Johnson-Koulianos is also Iowa’s career leader in catches and reception yardage, and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection this season.

Ferentz also said he was in favor of Missouri joining the Big Ten Conference, back when much of the expansion talk involved the possibility of MU doing that.

“It made perfect sense from a coach’s standpoint, and geographically,” Ferentz said. “But as you might well imagine I’m way down the food chain when it comes to making decisions like that.

“If anybody asked for my input, I can’t remember it.”



(Source: kansascity.com)


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German police seize marijuana Christmas tree

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 8th 2010 by THCFinder

BERLIN — A two-metre (six-foot) marijuana plant decorated as a Christmas tree was confiscated from the home of "an old hippie", who is now facing a drug possession charge, German police said Wednesday.

In a tongue-in-cheek press release titled "All you need is love or how a hippie celebrates Christmas," police in the western city of Koblenz said they discovered the giant plant in the living room of the suspect.

"The two-metre-tall marijuana plant had been put in a Christmas tree stand and decorated with a string of lights," the police said.

"When asked, the hashish fan told the perplexed officers that he had intended to add more decorations to the 'tree' and place the presents under it, according to tradition."

Police seized the plant and another 150 grams (5.3 ounces) of marijuana found in the apartment.

German authorities on Tuesday said that a 21-year-old man in the southern city of Munich had been detained with a homemade Advent calendar with cannabis behind each little door instead of chocolate.

The suspect was released but now faces charges of possessing drugs.


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