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Alcohol Prohibition Ended 80 Years Ago, Marijuana Prohibition Is Up Next

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
end-prohibition-itdoesnt-workThursday, December 5 marks the eightieth anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which ended the prohibition of alcohol in 1933. The amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, passed in 1920, after more than a decade of increased crime, dangerously unregulated products, and a failure to reduce consumption convinced the American public prohibition was an ineffective and destructive way to attack the problems associated with substance use. Alas, it was a lesson quickly forgotten. Decades later America repeated the mistake with the prohibition of drugs, heir to all of the same problems as alcohol prohibition and then some.
 
As former prosecutor and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition board member James Gierach says, “Al Capone and other gangsters thrived when government outlawed what people wanted.  When booze went legit with the 21st Amendment, mobsters had to wait only 40 years before government did it again with drugs.  Same problem, same solution: legalize, license, regulate and tax.”
 
Two comparisons with the current war on drugs are particularly worthy of note.
 
First, the prohibition of alcohol was actually closer to what reformists today call “decriminalization” – the removal of criminal penalties for use and possession while sales, distribution and manufacture remain prosecutable offenses.
 
“The 1920s nicely illustrate why legalization and regulation, not decriminalization alone, are the solutions to the problems engendered by the war on drugs,” said LEAP executive director Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), a police officer for 34 years. “As long as illegal markets guarantee high profits, no amount of law enforcement will be able to loosen the stranglehold organized crime has over the drug trade.”
 
Second, the end of the prohibition of alcohol came not through the federal government, but through the states, the path that seems most likely for the end of the prohibition of marijuana and, eventually, of all drugs. Already, Colorado and Washington have legalized and regulated marijuana, and the momentum is building in states across the country to follow suit in order to reduce violence, increase oversight and realign the priorities of law enforcement officials who have too long been focused on an unwinnable, destructive war on drugs.
 
“When we finally came to our senses and repealed the prohibition of alcohol 80 years ago, homicides went down appreciably nationwide. We will realize the same phenomenon when we finally repeal drug prohibition.” – Judge James P. Gray (Ret.)
 

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Marijuana On (And Off) The Job

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-on-and-off-the-jobFinding a job in his economy is extremely tough. Even people with college degrees and tons of experience are having trouble finding work. People still need to pay the bills though and are searching for jobs anywhere that they can. For stoners, finding some cash may be more difficult than some, considering the high risk of getting a job that drug tests... Or possibly even fired because you smoke at home.
 
Drugs tests are one of the biggest enemies of the stoner. They're difficult to pass and extremely hindering. Plus, why should what you do at home have a say in what job you have? People that don't smoke could be even more dangerous than those that do! No one can really ever truly know another person and while I may be watching too much Dexter, it's possible for anyone to be something they're not. But just because a person likes to smoke a bowl before bed, they don't deserve employment? Avoiding a drug test is a number one goal for most stoners looking for work, which is the reason that a lot of stoners populate the service industry, bartenders, waiters, waitresses, etc.
 
On the other hand, there are places that will fire employees if they are suspected or found out to be using drugs outside of the workplace. This scenario is even more ridiculous than trying to pass a drug test. Seeing as how the employee has already been working and has proved themselves (providing that they are already a good employee), it is completely unfair that someone will lose their source of income because of weed. There have been numerous college and high school students that have been barred from proms, school fairs, and graduations because of silly marijuana charges, in addition to losing their jobs. Not only is that on their record but they have to say on new applications that they were fired because of it. Double whammy.
 
Someone who smokes shouldn't lose everything because of what they do at home. There are alcoholics and pill heads that have jobs yet they are never at risk as long as they can pull it together for a few hours of work. People who use marijuana sometimes use it to better their function. If firing people that use marijuana is allowed, then people who drink and take prescription pills should be tested for too. If that's the case, no one will be able to work. Doesn't seem right does it?

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Seattle Plans Their One Year Anniversary

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
seattle-anniversaryWashington is one of the two states where recreational use of marijuana is allowed. Seattle itself is quickly approaching the one year anniversary of when marijuana became legal within the city. Stoners are preparing to celebrate and activist Ben Livingston is at the head of the party planning committee. Livingston is a writer and activist as well as the Seattle based Center For Legal Cannabis.
 
Livingston believes that Seattle can be a huge 420 friendly travel destination, much like Amsterdam or Jamaica. Since Seattle is already a big spot for travel, it's suspected that there is some amount of travelers that would want to legally smoke cannabis on their trip. And with competition high with Portland and Denver, Seattle stands to make themselves the head of the legal cannabis attractions in the United States.
 
December 6th will mark the day that cannabis has been legal for those 21 and over for a year. Those of age can carry up to an ounce of weed on their person. Rules similar to tobacco apply. You can't be getting stoned while waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant and your landlord can even put "not pot friendly" in your lease before you sign it. Even so, Seattle seems like one happy place for stoners to be able to hang out and have fun.
 
It will take time to make Seattle rival the epic wonder of places like Amsterdam. People want cool places to go and smoke, not just toke up on a bench in the park. The formation of lounges and smoking bars will take a bit but is a very real possibility. In the meantime, if you're in the Seattle area on the 6th, you should be attending the events that will be going on that day! :)

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Courts, US public at odds over worker firings for 'legal' marijuana use

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
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A worker in Colorado who undergoes a random drug test is found to test positive for marijuana use, but in less than a month pot-smoking will legal in there. Can a company with a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use still fire that worker, or should it instead adjust its policy on employee drug use? 
 
That's just one of many questions that employers in both Colorado and the state of Washington are wrestling with as they adjust to new marijuana laws, which as of Jan. 1 will permit individuals to buy and possess up to an ounce of pot.
 
The issues to consider are legion: How much discretion do firms have over how to handle workers who smoke pot in their nonwork hours? Can some kinds of workers (officers of the law, public transit drivers, school teachers) be held to a stricter standard than others? And perhaps most germane, when does federal law, which still outlaws marijuana possession and use, trump state law? 
 

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Smokin' on the slopes? Colorado ski resorts issue weed warning as legalization nears

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
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Washington –  The stakes are high for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar ski industry.  
 
As the state prepares to legalize recreational marijuana on Jan. 1, Rocky Mountain resorts are preparing for a rush of pot smokers looking to light up on the slopes. One might think that skiing and pot-smoking would be an unwise combination -- and that's probably correct. But a handful of marijuana-themed ski trips already are being marketed, and the state's ski industry is trying to get in front of what could be a dangerous fad. 
 
Mountain managers are concerned not only about safety but their tourism image. The fear is that some of the more conservative, family-run resorts will see a backlash from people who don’t want to be in a cannabis cloud. 
 
Jennifer Rudolph of Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade association that represents 21 resorts in the state, says the ski industry generates about $3 billion in tourism revenue annually and Colorado had more than 11 million skier visits last year, outpacing every other state in the nation.
 
It’s those kinds of numbers that tourism operators hope to cash in on.
 
Colorado Highlife Tours is offering a party package starting at $75 per person which includes “affordable Marijuana friendly ski buses” for groups to Breckenridge, Winter Park, Eldora, Loveland, Echo Mountain, Keystone, Copper Mountain Resort and Vail.
 
The tour operators will pick up passengers, drive customers to ski resorts/towns and provide refreshments on the bus.
 
“We can stop off at one of the many retail marijuana stores for you to buy some of Colorado’s finest marijuana products and smoking accessories,” the site boasts. “We then will take you to your hotel for front door drop off & for you to have a fabulous time on the slopes. Some of the local resort towns have marijuana to buy also!”
 

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Five Cannabis Books Worth Reading

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
the-cannabis-grow-bibleNot everything is read over the internet. There are still books out there that definitely deserve to be read, especially those relating to cannabis. If you're growing, cooking, or just want to know some new facts, it won't hurt to pick up a paperback rather than heading right for Google. Here's five books that you should have already read or should read, relating to our favorite plant.
 
1. The Cannabis Grow Bible
New growers and seasoned harvesters alike will be in love with the information in these pages. The Cannabis Grow Bible will help you with any grow questions that you have, including hydroponic growing. Complete with illustrations, this book will get your grow on track!
 
2. If A Peacock Finds A Potleaf
This children's book made quite a splash when released but is one of the most popular cannabis reads ever. Designed to teach children about the benefits and wonders of medical marijuana, this book is an easy tool for toker parents to use when explaining cannabis to their kids.
 
3. The Little Black Book Of Marijuana
I own this book and let me tell you, it's awesome! Tiny and compact so you can take it with you, this little spout of information contains recipes, law information, and cool little bits of 420 humor.
 
4. Weed-O-Pedia
This book contains marijuana culture references from a-z. It's funny and educational, teaching the reader how cannabis has changed and evolved. Complete with photos, this gem definitely belong on your coffee table/bookshelf/where ever it is that you keep your reads!
 
5. The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana
Written by the amazing Jack Herer, The Emperor Wears No Clothes is a documentation of the history of cannabis. The book documents the war on the plant, from the medical perspective as well as the industrial aspect.

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