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Eastern Oregon Taking a Progressive Western Oregon Stance on Cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

Three referendums on marijuana sales are now in the hands of Pendleton voters.

Pendleton City Council entertained well over an hour of zealous testimony from community members before delivering a unanimous vote passing a series of ordinances and resolutions that officially places medical and recreational marijuana sales as well as a local 3 percent tax on the November ballot. These three issues will be presented as separate questions on the ballot, with the condition that all must pass or none will.

Audience members professed their support for the overturning of the local bans on cannabis businesses and explained their wishes for safe access to cannabis and the want to keep local money local instead of watching it travel to Walla Walla Washington. Walla Walla is home to the nearest retail cannabis locations to Pendleton.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/eastern-oregon-taking-a-progressive-western-oregon-stance-on-cannabis/


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New Philippine President Continues Policy of Using Police to Kill Drug Dealers

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

Newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte held a press conference Sunday to announce that, despite international criticism of his “shoot-to-kill” policy on drug dealers, he plans on continuing his enforcement methods.

“Why will I give you a [due] process? I am the president. I don’t give you [due] process,” the President said. “I will retire with the reputation of Idi Amin,” referring to the African ruler whose regime from 1971-1979 was known for large-scale rights abuses that killed thousands of Ugandans.

Part of the effort by Duterte to double-down his strict enforcement of drug laws is to build an electronic billboard outside the police headquarters in Manila that will keep a live tally on the number of drug suspects who have been arrested – or “neutralized” – during his administration.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-philippine-president-continues-policy-of-using-police-to-kill-drug-dealers/


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51- Foot Joint to Make Appearance in Philly For the DNC

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

A 51-foot inflatable  joint, which has previously been seen at marijuana events near the White House and in New York City, is making its way to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention next week.

According to the Philly Voice, DCMJ, an organization pushing for marijuana legalization, will lead the event, with volunteers marching the 51-foot joint from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center on July 25. The joint is set to make it’s return during the Cannabis Pride Parade on July 28.

“The marijuana movement has to bring some levity to the tense times we’re living in,” longtime activist Nikki Allan Poe told the Philly Voice, noting that cannabis issues are at the “forefront of society right now. We wanted to do a protest that’s fun.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/politics/51-foot-joint-to-make-appearance-in-philly-for-the-dnc/


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Nevada Is Estimated To Gain $400 Million In Recreational Marijuana Revenue from Tourism

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—After a successful trip to meet with marijuana industry leaders in Colorado this June, the Nevada Dispensary Association (NDA) feels confident that the lessons learned by officials in Colorado following the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana will be a great benefit to Nevada in the event that Question 2 passes this fall. The common sentiment within the group was that the trip provided eye opening facts to the Nevada delegation, most significantly regarding Nevada’s upcoming undertaking, which has the potential to ultimately yield great benefits to the state’s infrastructure, tourism, education and public health in the future.

While the NDA—along with Nevada elected officials Senator Patricia Farley, Assemblyman Derek Armstrong and Assemblyman Nelson Araujo—brought optimism as well as skepticism to their talks with Colorado officials, the usefulness of the talks with representatives of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Colorado Division of Revenue and others did much to answer the delegation’s pressing concerns. Foremost of the issues addressed were questions concerning how Colorado taxes marijuana and what the state does with that tax revenue; how the state approaches prevention of teen use; how Colorado handles the issue of DUI when it relates to marijuana use; what public health impact has been observed and how Colorado has sought to address those impacts; and, lastly, how Colorado has implemented state’s medical marijuana program after the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/nevada-is-estimated-to-gain-400-million-in-recreational-marijuana-revenue-from-tourism/


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Veteran Maine Policy Advocate Alysia Melnick Joins Yes on 1, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 20th 2016 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, Maine — Veteran Maine policy advocate Alysia Melnick has joined Yes on 1, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, as its political director. Jordan DeCoster has also joined the campaign as field director.

“Now is the time to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Maine,” Melnick said. “Passing Question 1 would generate millions in new state revenue, create hundreds of new, good paying jobs, and make Maine safer by freeing up law enforcement so they can focus on serious crimes.” 

Melnick has years of Maine political experience serving as legal counsel and senior policy advisor for the Office of the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives where she worked to improve Maine’s drug policies, among other issues. Melnick is known across the state amongst patients, caregivers, law enforcement, and lawmakers for her work in 2011 drafting and successfully negotiating passage of Maine’s medical marijuana law while public policy counsel at the ACLU of Maine, which increased access to vital medicine, created economic opportunity, and protected patients, caregivers, and dispensary operators. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/veteran-maine-policy-advocate-alysia-melnick-joins-yes-on-1-the-campaign-to-regulate-marijuana-like-alcohol/


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Santa Ana Cops Fired For Vile Actions During a 2015 Raid

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

The three police officers with the Santa Ana Police Department that made headlines last year after surveillance footage from a raid on a medical marijuana dispensary showed them eating pot edibles and making fun of a disabled woman have been cast out into the unemployment line.

Last Thursday, Corporal Anthony Bertanga, a spokesperson for the department, confirmed that Jorge Arroyo, Nicole Lynn Quijas and Brandon Matthew Sontag were no longer with the force. A report from the OC Registersuggests that it is not known if the officers were terminated or whether their departure was of their own volition, while an article from NBC 4 clearly states that the officers were fired.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/santa-ana-cops-fired-for-vile-actions-during-a-2015-raid/


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