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Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Doesn’t Save Money

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

drug test testing welfareVirtually every day that I am on Facebook, I see memes calling for drug testing for welfare recipients. It’s something that conservatives have called for often. The principle behind their theory is that states would save money if they could prevent failed drug testers from receiving welfare. It’s an issue that gets people very fired up, especially conservatives who often see welfare recipients as free-loaders. But if the point is to save money, then it should be very easy to determine if drug testing welfare recipients pencils out by simply looking at the math.

Think Progress recently released an analysis of states that drug test welfare recipients, how much the states spent, and how many people failed the drug test. Below are excerpts that show the results:

Arizona

While the legislature has kept the rule each year since its 2010 implementation, very few people have actually even been referred for drug testing after completing a written drug use statement. Since 2014, more than 140,000 Arizona TANF recipients have been screened by the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Just 42 have been referred for a drug test over that time — of the 19 who completed the test, only three have ever tested positive.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/drug-testing-welfare-recipients-doesnt-save-money/


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The NFL Should Be Investing In Marijuana Research If It Wants To Survive

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

The National Football League has survived more public relations crises in the past year than most multi-billion dollar organizations endure in a decade. Yet the greatest existential threat to the NFL - if not to the existence of football itself - still remains Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or “CTE.”

 

As former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau’s documented struggle with CTE demonstrated, the presentation of symptoms that occurs in most stricken with the disease are not always readily apparent. Concussions and sub-concussive impacts on the brain cause the rapid brain decay that is a precursor to CTE. Eventually, the lobes of the brain blacken and loose density—causing depression, early on-set dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and eventual death.

 

Terrifyingly, the vast prevalence of the disease may not have been known until fairly recently. Just this year, Boston University found the existence of CTE in the brains of 96% of 91 tested subjects, all of whom played football at some organized level. When the disease was first discovered in 2002 in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster by Dr. Bennet Omalu, the NFL initially tried to limit the fallout from the discovery. According to Omalu, “NFL doctors told me that if 10% of mothers in this country would begin to perceive football as a dangerous sport, that is the end of football.” 

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbelzer/2015/10/18/the-nfl-should-be-investing-in-marijuana-if-it-wants-to-survive/


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Customs Officials Discover Pot Being Mailed to US Air Base in Japan

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Smugglers have been using Yokota Air Base, the headquarters of U.S. troops in western Tokyo, to mail pot into Japan.

“Japanese customs officials at Yokota Air Base discovered marijuana being sent to an APO box in September,” officials said Tuesday in a statement, as reported by Stars and Stripes.

The pot, valued at 8.5 million yen or $72,000, originated in Canada, according to the Tokyo Broadcast System.

The package was sent as unofficial mail to a U.S. service member who was unaware of its contents, according to police quoted by Japanese broadcaster NHK World.

The American service member gave the package to a Japanese national who then gave it to another foreign national at a local bus station in Tokyo, according to the NHK report. Both were arrested.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/customs-officials-discover-pot-being-mailed-us-air-base-japan


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Marijuana Legalization 2015: Croatia Legalizes Weed For Medical Use

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Marijuana became legally available in Croatia for medical purposes Thursday. The decision to legalize followed a high-profile case in which a multiple sclerosis patient was jailed last year for growing the plant to ease his pain.

Huanito Luksetic, 37, was detained for growing cannabis plants in his garden in a village near Rijeka. Police seized around 44 pounds of marijuana from the multiple sclerosis patient, who said he used the plants to make cannabis oil.

Doctors and other patients spoke out in support of legalization after Luksetic made news, and a monthslong campaign was launched to legalize medical marijuana. "For us, patients, cannabis is one of the most important plants for our lives and health," Luksetic told Agence France-Presse. "Everyone should have the right to choice and self-cure."

Read More:http://www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-legalization-2015-croatia-legalizes-weed-medical-use-2143078


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Portland Commissioner Hopes To Establish A 'Green Light District'

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to see more pot stores in downtown Portland.

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, current city regulations ban marijuana retailers from being within 1,000 feet of each other—but Saltzman wants to ease this restriction. This week, he plans to introduce a proposal to the Portland City Council that would amend the recently adopted pot regulations and lift the 1,000-foot rule entirely in Portland's central city, which includes downtown and the Lloyd District. 

"We have a nightlife district," Saltzman said, "why not have a green light district?"

“There’s quite a bit of green tourism that is going to be making Portland a destination for people,” he continued, “and we should be able to cater to that.”

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission—the agency that has regulatory oversight of Oregon's recreational pot sales—Saltzman's proposal does not violate state law because each city and county is allowed to develop it's own rules for retailers. 

The commissioner's amendment is set to be considered Wednesday and would require two more votes from the City Council. 

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/portland-commissioner-hopes-establish-green-light-district


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Marijuana industry could be uprooted by pesticide lawsuit

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

The marijuana industry may be booming in Colorado, but pot entrepreneurs face a very big problem: pesticides.

Two marijuana users, including a cancer patient, filed a lawsuit last week against a pot business that they claimed used an unhealthy pesticide to grow its weed. The pesticide in question is Eagle 20 EW, a fungicide often used on grapes and hops.

The chemicals, used to stave off mites, mildew and other pests, could also be harmful to humans when used on a product that is later burned for inhalation. Eagle 20, in particular, contains a chemical called myclobutanil that produces toxic hydrogen cyanide gas when burned.

The lawsuit alleges that LiveWell, a pot company in Denver, should be penalized for using a pesticide that was not listed by the state as safe for use on marijuana.

The state of Colorado lists pesticides that are approved for use on food and tobacco crops, but it doesn't specifically outlaw Eagle 20 and other pesticides.

Read More:http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/14/marijuana-industry-could-be-uprooted-by-pesticide-lawsuit.html


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