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Why American Indian Tribes Are Getting Into the Marijuana Business

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Tribes are weighing the risks and opportunities of legalizing pot.

This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen.

There will be live music, food, outdoor games—and, floating over the revelry, a haze of marijuana smoke, from a first-of-its-kind pot lounge that is set to open by the end of the year, said Reider, the tribal president of the Flandreau Santee Sioux in Flandreau, S.D.

That pot lounge—modeled on an Amsterdam coffee shop, where customers would be able to buy and smoke up to 2 grams of marijuana a day—would be illegal anywhere else in South Dakota, which, like most U.S. states, bans the sale, possession and public smoking of pot.

But Reider says his plans are above board, based on a federal memo late last year that cleared the way for American Indian tribes to legalize marijuana on tribal land—even if pot is still illegal in the surrounding state. The Flandreau Santee Sioux is one of the first Native American groups to take advantage of the decision. Reider hopes to draw pot smokers from all over the state to visit the reservation, 40 miles (65 km) north of Sioux Falls, providing a new source of much-needed revenue for his people.


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False Report in the Denver Post Creates Hardship for Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

On Monday, the Denver Post published a shotgun-style report implicating a couple of Denver marijuana dispensaries in the unlawful sale of a number of pot products treated with unapproved pesticides. The story suggested that during an inspection, city health officials discovered “hundreds of lozenges” and an “undisclosed amount of raw cannabis,” being sold at Mountain High Suckers and MMJ America containing the pesticide spinosad -- a chemical that has been outlawed across the state. 

However, while the Post’s report indicates that health officials were forced to quarantine hundreds of cannabis products at these locations in the interest of Denver’s new stance against the chemical, it turns out the companies were simply using old labels that they had been given permission to use by a city health inspector. Yet, due to "politics" and some purported insider prejudices towards the state’s cannabis trade, the story, which was a blatant untruth that garnered an almost immediate retraction, was allegedly hand delivered to the Post by someone under direct orders of City Attorney Dan Douglas. 

“The city attorney has it out for us,” said Jake Salazar, owner of MMJ America, in an interview with HIGH TIMES, adding that Douglas is one of the medium-level officials that are staunchly opposed to the cannabis industry.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/false-report-denver-post-creates-hardship-colorado-marijuana-dispensaries


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Alaska: Third Round Of Proposed Marijuana Rules Under Consideration

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

alaska marijuana legalizationIf you live in Alaska, check out the message I received below and get active:

Dear Johnny:

The third round of proposed rules drafted by the Marijuana Control Board (MCB) has been issued, and those who wish to provide feedback may do so before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 10. The current set of rules addresses regulations related to cultivators, product manufacturing, and testing.

If you wish to be heard, please take a moment to provide your feedback to the MCB. And take a look at the campaign’s comments, available here.

As with previous rounds, most of the proposed rules are reasonable, but several areas should be improved. For example:

— The draft rules would prohibit the sale of marijuana-infused cooking oil directly to consumers — which could be burdensome to medical marijuana patients who wish to create their own edibles.

— The rules seek to impose an artificial limit on the percentage of THC available in any product, despite the fact that the federal government has approved a medicine that contains 100% synthetic THC.

— They would prohibit cultivators from allowing odors to be detected by the public, even for large operations in rural areas.

For a closer look at our comments, take a look at our letter to the board. And if you wish, you can either submit your own comments or click here to send an email to the board immediately.

Then, please forward this email to other Alaskans who support fair rules for regulating the state’s emerging marijuana marketplace.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/alaska-third-round-of-proposed-marijuana-rules-under-consideration/


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US Sen. Elizabeth Warren Is 'Open' To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

U.S. senator and democratic darling Elizabeth Warren has changed her stance on marijuana legalization. 

According to Boston.com, she told Joshua Miller of The Boston Globe on Wednesday that she is now open to ballot questions seeking to legalize pot.

“You were opposed to legalization in 2012. As a Massachusetts voter, what’s your position today?” Miller asked Warren.

“I’m open to it,” she replied. “I think we’ve learned more. A couple of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Frankly, I think we ought to be learning what we can from those states.”

Warren also said that she is a proponent of marijuana research and has been "pushing the federal government" to step up its game. 

This week, the Massachusetts attorney general ruled in favor of a proposed ballot question calling for the legalization of recreational pot. Sponsors of the initiative need to gather nearly 65,000 signatures by November 28 to secure a spot on the 2016 ballot. 

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-sen-elizabeth-warren-open-legalizing-recreational-marijuana


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Vermont’s Perfect Storm to a Retail Cannabis Market

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

While cannabis advocates push to raise vast campaign funding to pass initiatives to legalize the leaf in their neck of the woods, Vermont is poised to become the first state in the nation to take this leap by way of its legislature.

Earlier this week, House Speaker Shap Smith—who has admitted in the past to not being completely sold on the concept of legal weed—said that he fully intends to stand behind legislation in 2016 aimed at establishing a retail cannabis trade across the state.

Although Smith has stood along the sidelines of the cannabis movement over the past year, he now taken sides with the will of the people to pass a common sense bill on the issue in the next legislative session.  

“It’s clear to me in my discussions with Vermonters that in general, the people in this state probably favor legalization,” Smith told Vermont Public Radio. “I will support a bill to legalize marijuana if we make sure that we have very strong protections for people who are driving under the influence, to make sure that we can prosecute them, and as long as we make sure that we have laws that keep marijuana out of the hands of kids.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/vermont%E2%80%99s-perfect-storm-retail-cannabis-market


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DEA Agents Don’t Lie, Says San Diego Judge In Medical Marijuana Case

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

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San Diego CA – In one of the most depressing statements from a judge I’ve heard, Judge Jay Bloom of the San Diego Superior Court vilified cannabis patient witnesses from the bench while at the same time insisting DEA agents are bound to tell the truth on the witness stand or risk arrest and conviction.

The criminal case of Ernest James Knight and co-defendant Sandra began Wednesday with the preliminary examination. It was a two day affair and very expensive.  The prosecution called two DEA special agents to make her case. There were no local cops called. The first of the special agents, DEA Special Agent, John Gieson testified to 17 years of training in Virginia but when eventually questioned about California cannabis law, had no knowledge.  That is because the federal government does not recognize the truth of our cannabis laws.

Geison took us through the knock and forced entry on the first of two properties raided by the nine special agents who participated. The occupant of the first house, Sandra, was home alone in Oceanside February of this year and, according to Geison, marijuana was being grown illegally inside and in a shed in Sandra’s backyard. Geison counted 286 cannabis plants in various stages of growth. Sandra was arrested and interrogated and Geison claims she confessed to her crimes.  But, Sandra only told the special agent she was growing for a very ill woman and several other patients. All were medical cannabis patients. Sandra was not, but in her hospice and caregiver duties she provided medicine. From the stand, Gleison claimed statements which Sandra says she never made. It is a common thread in all testimony from all DEA special agents in these cases.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/dea-agents-dont-lie-says-san-diego-judge-in-medical-marijuana-case/


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