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New UN Report Exposes Failure Of War On Drugs But Ignores True Causes And Solution

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

united nations drug reformThe United Nations 2015 World Drug Report, released Friday, details the failure of and harms caused by the war on drugs, but doesn’t grapple with the fact that problems such as alarmingly high overdose rates, control of the trade by organized crime networks and illegal sales funding terrorism are caused by the very prohibition policies the international body still supports.

Also on Friday, activists in more than 150 cities around the world called attention to the failure of the war on drugs, including with a march from the U.S. State Department to the White House to demand that the Obama administration do more to bring about an end to international prohibition policies and the human rights violations they cause.

The day of action, called “Support, Don’t Punish,” coincides with the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking — which some governments use to focus on prevention and awareness, but which others have used to highlight large drug busts and seizures, or even to carry out executions. U.S.-based activists are particularly concerned that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to ensure that international aid isn’t used to support the death penalty for nonviolent drug offenses.

“The World Drug Report has dutifully laid out what some of the key harms of the current system are. But the report fails to note that the system itself is a cause of those harms, not a solution for them,” said David Borden, executive director of StoptheDrugWar.org, which co-organized the D.C. march. “Prohibiting drugs sends both use and the trade in drugs into a criminal underground, generating untold profits for drug lords and causing terrible harms to many users. We were at the State Department today because we think the U.S. should get behind efforts to reform the UN drug conventions. It doesn’t make sense to maintain a treaty structure that is based on prohibition while the U.S. and other countries are taking steps toward legalization.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-un-report-exposes-failure-of-war-on-drugs-but-ignores-true-causes-and-solution/


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State House passes recreational marijuana reform bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The House on Friday passed a measure that makes several changes to the state's new recreational marijuana market, including eliminating the three-tier tax structure and replacing it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.

House Bill 2136 passed the House on a 59-38 vote and now heads to the Senate for consideration. An amendment that passed Friday removed language from the original bill that would have only allowed local bans on licensed marijuana businesses if approved by the jurisdiction's voters. 

To encourage more cities and counties to allow marijuana businesses, the bill directs the state to share pot revenue with jurisdictions that do so. It would also allow them to adopt more flexible zoning for where pot grows and stores can be located.

The original bill had set the excise tax rate at 30 percent, and Rep. Reuven Carlyle, a Democrat from Seattle who sponsored the measure, said that he personally believes the 37 percent rate negotiated with the Senate "is a mistake."

"But we find ourselves at a time of political addiction to the shaky perception of a new revenue pillar that is questionable at best," he said, noting budget assumptions of how much the new market might bring to the state. "I acknowledge that it is irresistible to some. I think we will come to regret that."

Read More:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/State-House-passes-recreational-marijuana-reform-bill-310202351.html


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Portland Police issue a very Portland guide ahead of marijuana legalization

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon is just days away from legalizing recreational marijuana, and the Portland Police Bureau is explaining just how much weed you can carry in the most Portland way possible -- by comparing it to a Voodoo doughnut. 

You can legally carry an ounce of marijuana in public, or about the size of a voodoo doll doughnut. You can have 8 ounces with you at home, and anything over that is illegal (that's a lot of doughnuts).

On a more serious note, you can be arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants or get a citation for using in a public place. Along those lines, if you do see someone using marijuana in a public place, police urge you NOT to call 911, unless there is an immediate public safety risk.

Read More:http://www.katu.com/news/local/Portland-Police-issue-a-very-Portland-guide-ahead-of-marijuana-legalization-309866051.html


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New York State to Require Strict Dosing Rules for Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

When New York State releases the five much-coveted licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana next month, a series of strict requirements on dosing will be part of the package, unlike the majority of states with legal medical cannabis.

“We’ve had legal cannabis for over 17 years in California, and we have zero usable clinical data, because it’s got to be pegged to a dose,” Andrei Bogulubov, executive vice president of Long Island-based PalliaTech, told the New York Business Journal at last week’s Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in New York City.

PalliaTech seems to be prepared for New York’s strict rules with its patented PT 1000 medical device—a smokeless, single-dose delivery system, capable of metered dosing of plant and cannabinoid oils. The PT 1000, which cost $2 million to develop, is also designed to ensure the dose never combusts, a key factor for patients, Bogulubov explained.

“Doctors do not give you a bag of heart medicine in powdered form and say, ‘See how this works.’ They have to treat to the dose response curve,” Bogulubov said.

Bogulubov believes that dosage requirements could lead to a new era of marijuana big data that could change the way we think about cannabis.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-state-require-strict-dosing-rules-medical-marijuana


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Vancouver Becomes First Canadian City To Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

vancouver bc medical marijuanaMedical marijuana dispensaries are technically illegal in Canada according to the federal government there, but that hasn’t stopped medical marijuana dispensaries from popping up all over Vancouver. I saw something similar happen throughout Oregon prior to the Oregon Legislature passing a bill to license and regulate them. Medical marijuana dispensaries are not going away in Canada, which is something that the Vancouver Council realized when it approved a measure today that would license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver. Per theMontreal Gazette:

Vancouver council Wednesday passed rules regulating marijuana pot shops, instituting high licence fees and rules around where the shops can be located.

Struggling to balance the fact that marijuana is illegal in Canada while Vancouver has witnessed an explosion of at least 100 “medical marijuana” shops, a divided council approved rules to license the shops, under strict conditions.

In passing the rules, however, they amended the regulations to give compassion clubs a major break in licence fees, dropping it to $1,000 a year from $30,000 for all others.

Underpinning the city council’s decision to regulate pot shops is the argument that the city is not trying to legalize marijuana, but rather regulate businesses operating in Vancouver. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vancouver-becomes-first-canadian-city-to-approve-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/


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At Salem medical marijuana dispensary, a sense of relief

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

SALEM — It was 40 minutes past 10 a.m., and already roughly two dozen patients waited in line. They had come for the start of business Wednesday at Alternative Therapies Group, the first dispensary to sell marijuana for medical use in Massachusetts. Patient number one was a gray-haired man with a walker.

Access to the dispensary is by appointment only. A police officer stood by the entrance to the old brick factory building, and a private security guard checked off patients’ names from a clipboard as they waited under crystal blue skies.

Voters in November 2012 overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in a statewide ballot initiative. But the awarding of dispensary licenses quickly became mired in controversy under the administration of Governor Deval Patrick, with questions about conflicts of interest and political favoritism. The system, stalled for months as patients grew increasingly frustrated, was recently revamped and streamlined by Governor Charlie Baker’s administration.

Now, nearly three years after the vote, medical marijuana is legally available to the 18,000 people who, according to state records, have the required physician certifications.

Read More:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/06/24/patients-line-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens/ocV8KMa9oVpYNvAhZwhqWJ/story.html


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