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Chile lawmakers approve marijuana decriminalisation bill

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

A bill which will allow Chileans to grow small amounts of marijuana for medical, recreational or spiritual use has been approved by the country's lower house of Congress.
 
The measure will allow each Chilean home to grow up to six plants. 
 
Up to now, planting, selling and transporting marijuana has been punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
 
The new bill will go before a health commission and then the Senate for approval.
 
Members of the lower house approved the bill by a wide margin, with 68 in favour and 39 against.
 
However, some lawmakers criticised the result, saying it would encourage drug use.
 

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Supporters Are Hopeful For A House Vote This Session

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

pennsylvania marijuana legislatureMedical cannabis patients and activists express hope that legislation may yet move through the PA House despite numerous roadblocks.

Recently the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 3 40 – 7 which would have created a medical cannabis licensing and dispensing program, a regulatory Board, and which would have permitted qualifying patients access to medicinal cannabis products such as oils and extracts. While not a perfect bill from a patient perspective it at the very least provided a framework modeled after successful programs in other states.

But, despite public support at 87% according to a recent Franklin & Marshall poll, SB 3 has stalled in the PA House. Specifically, the legislation was assigned to the Health Committee chaired by Matt Baker who has made no secret of his open hostility to cannabis reform. Chairman Baker has said repeatedly he will not permit the bill to come up for a vote in his Committee (most likely because he knows it will pass.)

Chairman Baker’s intransience on the issue led another House Representative, Rep. Miccarelli attempted a rarely used procedural maneuver called a “Discharge Motion” that could have resulted in an up and down vote on the House floor. But Rep. Miccarelli himself was outmaneuvered and his Motion was never actually addressed.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-hopeful-for-a-house-vote-this-session/


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Chicago Police Didn’t Mess with Deadheads Over the Weekend, Money May Have Played a Part

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

In the past, when tens of thousands of stoners flocked to a major American city to catch a performance by a band unapologetically associated with the use of mind-altering substances, there has typically been a militant response on the part of law enforcement. It was not uncommon, during these types of events, to witness a rabid surge of wild-eyed coppers patrolling the streets and conducting roadside shakedowns on any vehicle branded with a Peace sign—not to mention, those standing guard along the front line of the stage, itching for some action.

Fortunately, times are changing, at least to some degree, and many police agencies have been forced to pull back the reins on hardcore enforcement tactics as they pertain to rock concerts and marijuana.

Over the weekend, a record-breaking crowd of more than 70,000 Deadheads gathered at Soldier Field in Chicago to catch the final performances of the Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” tour. However, unlike in years past, very few of those in attendance were busted for pot-related offenses. This despite the fact that the Chicago Sun Times reported “a pungent fog of marijuana smoke wafted throughout the arena…over three straight nights of concerts.”

According to the Chicago Police Department, officers only made one arrest and issued two citations throughout the course of the entire weekend for illegal possession of marijuana. Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the police agency, said officers had more important issues than marijuana to contend with, like the increasing murder rate that continues to plague the city. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/chicago-police-didn%E2%80%99t-mess-deadheads-over-weekend-money-may-have-played-part


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Presidential candidates are suddenly talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) — Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.

White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and landed its first major candidate, Rand Paul, at a trade show last month.

Several Republicans, like Democrats, are saying they won't interfere with states that are legalizing a drug still forbidden under federal law. And at conservative policy gatherings, Republicans are discussing whether drug sentences should be eased.

A quarter century after Bill Clinton confessed he tried marijuana but insisted "I didn't inhale," the taboo against marijuana is shrinking at the highest level of politics, just as it appears to be with the public.


Read More: http://www.businessinsider.com/marijuana-politics-in-presidential-campaign-2015-7#ixzz3fBK51CK9


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Federal Judge Fighting to Free Drug War Prisoners She Locked Up

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

During a recent speech given before the Aspen Ideas Festival, former federal judge Nancy Gertner, who brought the hammer down for nearly two decades under the Clinton Administration, criticized the punishments she imposed throughout the years for drug-related offenses. 

Out of the hundreds of sentences delivered, “80 percent I believe were unfair and disproportionate,” she told the crowd. “I left the bench in 2011 to join the Harvard faculty to write about those stories––to write about how it came to pass that I was obliged to sentence people to terms that, frankly, made no sense under any philosophy.”

Gertner then went on to explain that the drug war should be laid to rest in the same manner as was done at the end of World War II—using the philosophies of the Marshall Plan—when the United States made the decision to develop forward strategies to assist the victims ravaged by the war rather than beat the dead horse once ridden by its enemy.

“We need a big idea,” she said, if we want to salvage the population that has been lost and downtrodden by the War on Drugs.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-judge-fighting-free-drug-war-prisoners-she-locked


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Former ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ vying for state medical marijuana deal

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

A former “Wolf of Wall Street” has his eyes on another pot of gold.

Dean Petkanas’ new company is among the 43 entities vying for one of five lucrative medical-marijuana licenses in New York state — an eclectic group that includes a hospital group whose boss previously worked for an ex-governor, and two nursing-home operators who run a facility at the center of a recent scandal.

“Now it’s a waiting game,” said Petkanas, who worked for three years at Stratton Oakmont, the pump-and-dump brokerage featured in the 2013 Martin Scorsese-directed film.

He now heads Long Island-based medical-marijuana company Kanna­Life Sciences, which is eying 700 acres in Buffalo for a “green” grow site.

“If we do [get the license], great. If we don’t, we’re still there for the state of New York,” added Petkanas.

Read More:http://nypost.com/2015/07/06/former-wolf-of-wall-street-vying-for-state-medical-marijuana-deal/


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