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Starbuds loses license for Denver marijuana grow in first decision of its kind

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Neighborhood push-back against a northeast Denver marijuana grow operation culminated Thursday in the city’s first-ever denial of a routine cultivation license renewal.

Starbuds, a marijuana chain that grows plants on the second floor of its recreational shop at 4690 Brighton Blvd., plans to appeal the decision by Stacie Loucks, the executive director of the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses. In her decision, Loucks agrees with a hearing officer’s earlier findings that the grow operation’s odors and other effects conflict with a new aspirational neighborhood plan for working-class Elyria-Swansea.

Read More:https://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/23/starbuds-loses-license-for-marijuana-grow-denver/


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Government Employee Gets Job Back After Being Fired for MMJ Use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

A senior programmer and systems analyst in Lane County, Oregon is getting his job back after being fired for his medical marijuana use.

An arbitrator ruled in favor of 60-year-old Michael Hirsch, who used medical cannabis to manage the negative effects of cancer treatment, reports the Register Guard. He'll be reinstated at his job next week and has received $21,550 in back pay.

This type of ruling is rare—employees who are fired over medical cannabis use usually have no recourse due to federal prohibition. In June 2015, a medical marijuana patient in Colorado lost his case against the Dish Network after he was fired for his off-duty medical cannabis use. The Colorado Supreme Court decided that federal law applied in this case, even though the patient was following the state's medical marijuana laws.  

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/government-employee-gets-job-back-after-being-fired-mmj-use


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Mexico Will Not Legalize Medical Marijuana Anytime Soon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

Although Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto seemed hell-bent on legalizing medical marijuana earlier this year, a recent report from Vice News suggests that all of the noise surrounding the possibility of major drug reforms in a nation, which is plagued by some of the most vicious cartel activity in the world, may have simply been herky-jerky politics that could end up preventing legalization from happening anytime in the near future. 

Last Friday, the Mexico Senate, specifically President Peña’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), decided to sandbag the medical marijuana issue by rescheduling talks over the proposal until, at least, the end of summer. There is speculation that this sudden postponement could be an indication that lawmakers are no longer interested in pushing to provide citizens with a program that allows some legal use of the cannabis plant and that the whole grand scheme discussed in great lengths throughout the first part 2016 may simply get lost in the cracks of a shifty system.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/mexico-will-not-legalize-medical-marijuana-anytime-soon


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Medical Cannabis Advocates And CARERS Act Sponsors Hold Senate Briefing Urging Immediate Protection For Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

blueberry kush marijuana strainToday, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) presented a briefing on the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act (S. 683/H.R. 1538) with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The briefing featured policy experts and medical cannabis (marijuana) stakeholders who would be protected by the bill. Lead CARERS Act sponsor Senator Cory Booker spoke on behalf of the bill as well. The group urged Congress to take swift action to protect existing medical cannabis programs and the patients that rely upon them by passing the CARERS Act, a bill that is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Even though some form of medical marijuana is already legal in 42 states, federal law still makes it a crime to use this form of medicine, even in states where it is legal,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This is clearly a case of antiquated ideology getting in the way of scientific progress. I will continue to urge all of my colleagues in the Senate to support the CARERS Act, so we can help our families have access to the medicine they need without fear of arrest.”

“The recent discussion about lifting the federal barriers to medical cannabis research is an encouraging signal, but we must remember that there are millions of patients in the U.S. who need medical cannabis today,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of ASA. “Patients should not suffer while waiting for the fruit of this research, which may take years or even decades to accomplish.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/medical-cannabis-advocates-and-carers-act-sponsors-hold-senate-briefing-urging-immediate-protection-for-patients/


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Marijuana’s biggest adversary on Capitol Hill is sponsoring a bill to research … marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) is Congress's most vocal opponent of legal marijuana, having single-handedly spearheaded a provision blocking legal pot shops in the District of Columbia in 2014. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), on the other hand, was recently named Congress's "top legal pot advocate" by Rolling Stone.

The two lawmakers couldn't be farther apart on marijuana policy, but they're teaming up this week to introduce a significant overhaul of federal marijuana policy that would make it much easier for scientists to conduct research into the medical uses of marijuana.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/20/marijuanas-biggest-adversary-on-capitol-hill-is-sponsoring-a-bill-to-research-marijuana/


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Care By Design Prepares To Resume Operations

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

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Early Wednesday morning the Care By Design (CBD Guild) production facilities in Santa Rosa, California and Sonoma County were searched and temporarily closed by the Santa Rosa Police Department and the DEA (Federal Drug Enforcement Administration). Law enforcement seized equipment, computers, product, payroll, payroll taxes and financial paperwork, and detained Dennis Franklin Hunter, a founding patient-member of CBD Guild.

Initially, the court set Dennis’ bail at $5 million dollars. However, he was released within 48 hoursand no charges have been filed at this time. Employees were granted re-entry to the facilities this morning, where an all-employee meeting was held.

Nick Caston, spokesman for CBD Guild stated today: “The company will work closely with government officials and law enforcement to swiftly resolve the investigation and address any and all concerns regarding our operations. We maintain our strong commitment to operating with full transparency. Our main focus is resuming operations and providing our thousands of patients with the medicine that they depend on. For some of our patients this is truly a matter of life or death.”

Dennis Hunter commented that he has been overwhelmed by the support CBD Guild has received. “We have heard from thousands of patients expressing their heartfelt hope that CBD Guild can continue making safe and effective cannabis medicines available as soon as possible"

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/care-by-design-prepares-to-resume-operations/


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