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Detroit police make arrests at marijuana dispensary

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Detroit police arrested two people and confiscated two firearms and drugs during a raid on a marijuana dispensary Tuesday afternoon.

Police seized 4,100 grams of marijuana (about 9 pounds), and removed 12 edible marijuana foods from the shelves at Detroit Medz, said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of Detroit police Media Relations.

"Our Major Violators Unit executed a search warrant at the location at 4:30 p.m.," Lewis said.

According to state law, only Michiganders who possess state registry cards can legally use medical marijuana, but at the shop "they were just selling to anybody who walked in," she said.

Detroit does not have an ordinance regulating dispensaries. Detroit police favor having dispensaries be regulated, "so that it's safe not just for the customers but also for the community," Lewis added.

Read More:http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2015/07/14/dispensary-raided-detroit-marijuana/30168191/


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DEA Monitoring Internet Activity in Colombia, Is the U.S. Next?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

Dope-sniffing agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are reportedly spying on all of the Internet activity in Colombia, according to a leaked email transmission regarding the federal agency’s surveillance tactics inside the South American country.

Last Monday, an email sent by Eduardo Pardo, who works as a Field Application Engineer for Hacking Team, began spreading on Twitter indicating that the DEA has purchased software that essentially gives them the power to Big Brother home computers and smartphones – not just in Colombia, but potentially in the United States. 

Hacking Team is a Milan-based tech company that provides law enforcement and intelligence agencies all over the world with highly advanced spy ware. The company, while having made proclamations to not sell to nations boycotted by the U.S and NATO, is suspected of doing business with questionable regimes from Sudan to Egypt.

An article published earlier this week in Forbes reveals that since the company has expanded its offices to Maryland, the DEA and FBI has been working more frequently with the company “as they seek to break common encryption across mobiles and desktops.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-monitoring-internet-activity-colombia-us-next


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Obama Commutes Sentences For 14 People Serving Life In Prison For Drug Offenses

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

barack obama marijuanaToday, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people incarcerated in federal prison. This follows the commutation of eight people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses in December of 2014, and 22 in March 2015. Fourteen of the people who received commutations today were serving life in prison for nonviolent drug offenses.

In taking this step, the President has now issued nearly 90 commutations, the vast majority of them to non-violent offenders sentenced for drug law violations under draconian sentencing laws. President Obama has been under significant public pressure from advocacy groups and family members of people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses who are serving long, mandatory minimum sentences.

“We can’t end mass incarceration until we end the drug war. The President’s actions today are welcome, but we need much more action,” said Michael Collins, policy manager at DPA’s office of national affairs. “The public overwhelmingly supports ending the drug war and letting states decide their own drug policies. It’s long past time to rectify the US’s embarrassing record on mass incarceration.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/obama-commutes-sentences-for-14-people-serving-life-in-prison-for-drug-offenses/


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Marijuana may be helping to overcome painkiller abuse in America

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

It’s yet another feather in the cap of those who champion legalizing pot in the US.

 

 

In a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (paywall), researchers observed that in US states with medical marijuana dispensaries, the number of admissions to rehabilitation facilities for pain medication and opioid overdoses has decreased by 15% and 16% respectively.

 

 

Other studies have looked at the relationship between legal marijuana use and opioid overdose, but this is the first study to track addiction to opioids as well.

 

 

Researchers examined the number of patients admitted to treatment centers in the US for painkiller addiction from 1992 to 2013; opioid-related deaths from 1999 to 2013; and the amount of prescription opioids legally sold to each US state from 2000 to 2011. They found that in states that maintain medical marijuana dispensaries, opioid painkillers are being prescribed at a similar rate to those state without marijuana dispensaries.

Read More:http://qz.com/452209/marijuana-may-be-helping-to-overcome-painkiller-abuse-in-america/


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Illinois approves 1st medical marijuana workers to grow legal pot

Category: News | Posted on Sun, July, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Sunlight streaming through a glass roof in a rural warehouse will likely soon be feeding one of Illinois' first legal crops of marijuana seedlings.
 
The company that owns the warehouse, PharmaCann LLC, is preparing for a final inspection from state regulators Tuesday. Once that is secured, along with IDs for workers who have passed background checks, Illinois' fledgling medical marijuana industry will finally be able to get down to business — growing pot — nearly two years since a change in state law made it legal and after a series of hiccups in the rollout that followed.
 
Since the state began issuing the worker IDs earlier this month, at least six cultivation centers have been approved to receive them, Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Kristi Jones said via email. The cultivation houses must pass a department inspection before receiving written authorization to commence operations but should begin growing "very shortly," Jones wrote.
 
In March, the state issued preliminary licenses for 18 cultivation centers, whose owners have since been busy overseeing construction, buying and securing equipment and hiring employees. On Friday, the state announced that it had authorized the first two to begin growing and expected to greenlight more in coming days.
 

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Florida Cop Punches Teen Over Suspicion of Marijuana, No Weed Is Found

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

In some parts of Florida, police now have the authority to use their discretion when it comes to dealing with marijuana-related offenses—while in other jurisdictions, the average citizen can still be subjected to a law enforcement beat-down simply based on odoriferous accusations.

This is brutal reality that three Kissimmee teenagers experienced last week while waiting for a ride in downtown Orlando.

Reports indicate the teens had traveled into Orlando on Sunday evening to catch a mewithoutYou concert at The Social. After the show, Marlo Manzi, Jazmin Ahmed and Ryan Diaz—all 19 years old—sought refuge from the rain inside a residential parking garage to wait for their Uber driver to arrive. However, it wasn’t long before a city bicycle cop showed up to shakedown the teens because a resident reported that she could “smell marijuana” wafting into the building. 

The officer, who has since been identified as Michael Napolitano, attempted to establish some semblance of probable cause by claiming that he, too, detected the odor of marijuana. Based on this declaration, Napolitano then told the teens that they were being detained for a search.

This is when the group of concert-goers began to suspect that their civil rights were at risk of being violated, leading Manzi to pull out his cell phone to record the incident, which struck a nerve with the officer.  

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/florida-cop-punches-teen-over-suspicion-marijuana-no-weed-found


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