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Nebraska And Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
nebraska-and-oklahoma-sue-coToday, Nebraska and Oklahoma sued the state of Colorado over its marijuana legalization law, saying the law has created an increased law enforcement burden in neighboring states. The suit, filed by Nebraska Attorney General John Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, claims federal marijuana prohibition preempts Colorado’s law. Colorado voters decisively adopted Amendment 64 in 2012.
 
Statement from Tamar Todd, Director, Marijuana Law and Policy, Drug Policy Alliance:
 
“This is a misguided effort to undo cautious and effective state-level regulation of marijuana and to undermine the will of the voters and legislators who enacted it.  Today’s action isn’t just a challenge to Colorado but to the ability and authority of all states to regulate and control marijuana within their borders as they see fit. It implicates the four states that have adopted ballot initiatives by decisive margins to tax and regulate marijuana for adults as well as the 34 states that have adopted laws to regulate medical marijuana.
 
“The Federal government itself has not challenged the regulatory law in Colorado nor did they choose to interfere with its implementation. To the contrary, the government has deprioritized enforcement of state-level marijuana reforms and acknowledged the interests that both states and the Federal government have in openly regulating marijuana. And just this past week, a historic vote in Congress barred the use of federal resources from interfering with state medical marijuana programs. Today’s action is nothing more than an effort to cling to the failed policies of the war on drugs and interfere with a new common sense, less harmful approach to marijuana.”
 

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Alhambra Resident Arrested When Marijuana Grow Op Found In Home

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
cannabis-grow-opWhile medical cannabis is legal in California, growing a huge amount of cannabis can still be considered illegal, especially if you’re growing over 860 plants in your home. That’s what happened to 33 year old Longsheng Ou this past Tuesday after police discovered that he was using his home as a marijuana grow. 
 
 
Ou was arrested on Monday night after the Pomona police were sent to his home on Tanglewood Drive after reports of a strong odor. Officers found that Ou was “utilizing the entire residence to cultivate marijuana,” Sgt. Marcus Perez said. As said above, there were 860 plants that were found in the residence, with an estimated 280 pounds of marijuana. Ou was put in the Pomona Jail with a $50,000 bail for marijuana cultivation. 
 
 
This just shows that even people who are living in somewhat legal states need to be careful. While it is legal in California to grow with a medical marijuana license, having this many plants will definitely get you in trouble if you’re not going through the appropriate channels to grow it. Cultivating cannabis has extreme consequences if the grower isn’t following the laws. The federal government can still come in and take everything from you. 
 
 
For people like Ou that have been sent to jail because of their desire to grow a plant, we can only hope that the laws change and these non-violent criminals are released as well as their records expunged of such a miscarriage of justice. The law doesn’t need to put people away for just growing a plant. There are many other problems happening that need attention, such as mistreatment by police, prescription drug addiction, and the ongoing battle with alcohol and drunk drivers.

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Oregon Begins To Implement Legal Cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
oregon-to-implement-legal-cannabisThis past November, Oregon joined Colorado and Washington in the recreational cannabis legalization movement, along with Alaska. The state now needs to come up with a plan on how to regulate and tax the plant so that legal sales go smoothly. The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board approved funding Wednesday, totaling around $600,000, for the Liquor Control Commission to begin making the rules regarding legal cannabis.
 
 
With this funding, the commission would hire four workers. These four would include a program manager, two policy analysts, and a public affairs staffer. Even though there will just be these four to start out with, the state estimates that the regulation of recreational marijuana would end up including up to thirty workers. 
 
 
Taxes from the legal marijuana sales are estimated to eventually to cover the costs for the regulatory system. The money that was approved for spending on Wednesday will come from the sales of liquor in the state and once the market for marijuana gets going, must be paid back with interest. Which means a ton of extra money for the state, along with the money made from commercial sales, reported to start sometime in 2016. But as of July 1st, personal possession and home grown pot are legal in the state of Oregon.
 
 
Building these systems to regulate cannabis are important, even though the laws can sometimes be frustrating. Oregon will hopefully rake in the same amount of revenue as Colorado and Washington, sending the funds to school, public workers, roads, and other issues that happen within state lines. Considering how high the taxes on marijuana are, the states stand to make considerable gains by legalizing cannabis. 

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Tacoma Washington May Shut Down DIspenaries

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
tacoma-wa-shutting-down-dispensariesPlans released by city leaders last week were to send out letter to cease operations at marijuana dispensaries as soon as this January, as they are not licensed under Initiative 502. For both business owners and patients, this serves as devastating news. All of the medical marijuana dispensaries in the city could be gone in early 2015. 
 
 
But while the medical marijuana clinics would close, the recreational shops in the area would remain open. For people who want to get healed rather than high, this idea isn’t great for them. Recreational shops don’t offer the same type of medicinal products that medical shops do, not to mention that the taxes are higher on recreational cannabis. 
 
 
Places like Ancient Holistic Remedies in Tacoma are extremely worried about what will happen if their shop gets shut down. “This is out apothecary,” said Kimberly Braga, the owner. “It’s our traditional Eastern apothecary and we do have cannabis.” The shop has been open since 2012, in honor of Kim’s father who died of cancer. When he was diagnosed, his treatment of choice was marijuana and Kim and her husband opened the shop in his memory. They serve a great deal of patients in the Tacoma area, like Susan Fairchild, a hairdresser that suffers from severe arthritis. 
 
 
If the Tacoma City Council reveals a plan to shut down the unregulated pot shops, however, Ancient Apothecaries and as many as 50 other shops will have to close their doors. Tacoma City Council Member Anders Isben stated, “Ultimately, with these collective gardens, we respect the work that they’ve done and the work that went in to the process but there’s just such legal ambiguity and another concern is that there’s such a proliferation or concentration of these stores in certain neighborhoods.”
 
 
Fairchild compares getting her medicine at a recreational shop to buying isopropyl alcohol at a liquor store. It’s just not something that you do. “They aren’t taking the time to see who’s doing things right and they’re going to rope us all in to the same boat and set us out to sail, which is tragic,” Braga said.

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Feds: Tribes Can Grow And Sell Marijuana On Tribal Lands

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
growing-on-tribal-landsI will never forget the first time I heard the story of the Oglala Sioux Nation’s efforts to grow hemp. The Oglala Sioux tribe is a recognized sovereign nation by the United States government, yet the feds prevented the Oglala Sioux people from growing hemp. I remember tearing up when I heard Alex White Plume speak about how the feds came and essentially stole the tribes hemp harvest at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. It was a harvest that the tribe was relying upon as a cash crop, and without it they suffered many economic hardships.
 
Zoom forward to today, where a historic position was taken by the United States government. Per the Los Angeles Times:
 
Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice.
 
The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General’s Subcommittee on Native American Issues.
 
This of course is not true legalization, as it’s just guidance from the federal government via a memo, which can change at any moment without notice. This isn’t the first time this administration released a memo in regards to loosening marijuana enforcement, and that didn’t prove to be as sincere as people first thought. However, today’s news is still significant nonetheless. How many tribes will take advantage of the new policy is unclear, but it could potentially lead to legal marijuana being grown and sold within state borders that many thought (myself included) would never allow legal marijuana. Yes, technically a state like South Dakota is not a nation, it’s a state, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is separate, but it would still involve legal marijuana within the borders of South Dakota should the Oglala Sioux people proceed to growing marijuana.
 
From reports I’ve read, Indian tribes were responsible for lobbying for the new policy. There was a lot of confusion when the news broke, with many activists scrambling to see who was working on it. I’m glad that Native Americans took the lead on this issue, and that it got results. I have to assume that just because marijuana is grown and sold on a reservation, it doesn’t mean that the marijuana will be allowed off the tribal land. So if/when sales begin, be aware of this fact. I am now dreaming of the day when I can go to the Grande Ronde casino near where I live, buy some legal marijuana, and enjoy a concert or two.
 

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Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation Bans In California Are A Bad Idea

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
outdoor-marijuana-cultivation-bansOutdoor marijuana cultivation, or ‘sun grown’, is cheaper than indoor cultivation, and if done properly, is much more environmentally friendly compared to indoor cultivation. There are parts of California that are perfect for outdoor cultivation, which is why so many people have done it over the years. However, outdoor cultivation has been under attack from local governments in California. There are more and more proposed bans on outdoor cultivation popping up these days. Per Marijuana Business Daily:
 
More than 300 people, mostly medical cannabis patients and growers, attended a meeting in Yuba County, California, as supervisors considered a ban on outdoor marijuana cultivation.
 
About 45 people spoke during the event in which supervisors considered three ordinances from other counties – Sacramento, Shasta and Fresno – that all ban outdoor grows in the wake of court rulings allowing them to impose severe restrictions on cannabis cultivation, according to the Appeal-Democrat.
 
Patients told county supervisors a ban on outdoor grows was a bad idea during a three-hour workshop, while others were in favor of the moratorium, saying they’ve seen their neighborhoods turned into a “war zone,” the newspaper said.
 
There are many growers in California that cannot afford to grow marijuana indoors due to high equipment costs. There are also other growers that simply don’t have an adequate facility to cultivate marijuana indoors. Banning outdoor cultivation will essentially shut them down, leaving them without medicine, and leaving other patients that rely on them without medicine. That is unacceptable.
 

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