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High Times challenges Ole Miss to marijuana potency competition

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
high-times-challengeHigh Times, a publication for marijuana enthusiasts, reported this week that the University of Mississippi claims to have tested a strain of cannabis that registered 37 percent THC, or tetrahydracannabinol, the intoxicating chemical in marijuana.
 
That's a higher THC level than any they've tested.
 
The magazine got the information from CNN’s premiere of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary “Weed.” In it, Gupta “cuts through the smoke and travels around the world to uncover the highs and lows of cannabis.”
 
High Times said their lab tops out at 25.49 percent THC.
 
“No strain we’ve had tested ever came close to 30 percent THC,” High Times writer Danny Danko said. “So, we’d like to challenge the University of Mississippi to reveal the method and results of their testing (or at least tell us the name of the strain with 37 percent THC so that we can, um… further study it).”
 
The magazine also invited the university to enter their Seattle Cannabis Cup Sept. 7-8 to compete with other high potency strains.
 

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Washington Plans Marijuana DUI Patrols for Hempfest

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
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The world’s largest pot rally hits the Seattle waterfront this weekend, and the event marks the start of Washington State’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (whose draft press release was redistributed by counties across the state).
 
The campaign runs from August 16 through September 2, and will especially focus on catching stoned drivers, according to the Commission. Washington state voters legalized cannabis last November, and also set a THC blood limit for drivers—anyone who tests at 5 nanograms THC per milliliter of blood is guilty of a DUI.
 
The provision was widely criticized by medical marijuana activists opposed to Initiative 502, who claimed it would prohibit pot patients from driving, and would lead to a spike in marijuana DUIs. Last April, a state toxicologist reported no such spike to the state legislature.
 
That same month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain a warrant to draw blood from DUI suspects, and to help substantiate such warrants, the state has trained hundreds of police as “drug recognition experts.” With over 100,000 attendees expected at Seattle Hempfest this weekend, some of those smokers are sure to encounter a marijuana DUI patrol.
 

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Children Taken From Medical Marijuana-Prescribed Parents in California

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
children-taken-for-marijuanaA family from southern California is suing the City of Coronado after their children were taken away for nearly a year because the father admitted to legally smoking medical marijuana.
 
According to legal filings obtained this week by the Courthouse News Service, Michael Lewis and Lauren Taylor have filed a lawsuit against Coronado, CA, San Diego County and nine local police officers for what they say is a violation of civil rights that started with a routine visit from law enforcement in August 2011.
 
Attorneys for the family say Lewis was recommended medical marijuana by his physician in order to counter the debilitating migraines he started suffering from after being exposed to chemicals during the Gulf War, but investigators who stopped by their Coronado home two summers ago disregarded the prescription.
 
The lawsuit alleges that police officers were called to investigate the Lewis residence after being told that the family was running an illegal day care center on the same site where marijuana was being regularly smoked. Following a visit during August 2011, police wrote that they found pot, but identified no other hazards — or a day care facility, for that matter. Three days later, however, agents with the United States Department of Health and Human Services returned to the residence and seized the couple’s two children, ages four and two.
 
According to the lawsuit, the children were removed from their parents’ care and then deposited at a San Diego County emergency shelter for allegedly abused and neglected minors.
 

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Heidi Fleiss Growing Marijuana to Sell

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
heidi-fleiss-growing-cannabisAuthorities say former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss has been charged in Nevada with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell.
 
The Nye County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that officers found nearly 400 marijuana plants growing in and around her home in Pahrump.
 
Fleiss was not arrested. No telephone listing could be found for her.
 
KVVU-TV Fox 5 (http://bit.ly/1cLPc0u) said deputies arrived at Fleiss' address last week looking for a woman wanted for arrest. Instead, they allegedly found marijuana plants in the backyard.
 
Fleiss was spotted walking home from a nearby house. Authorities say she told officers she had been growing marijuana without a license and said she intended to sell to a cooperative in Las Vegas.
 
Police said 158 marijuana plants were found in her backyard and 234 more in the nearby house.
 

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Judge Rules NYPD Stop And Frisk Practices Unconstitutional, Racially Discriminatory

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
stop-frisk-ny-unconstitutionalRights Group, Activists Urge City to Forego Appeal, Make Real Change
 
In a landmark decision, a federal court found the New York City Police Department’s highly controversial stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional. In her thorough, 198-page ruling, Judge Shira Sheindlin found the NYPD’s practices to violate New Yorkers’ Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and also found that the practices were racially discriminatory in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. To remedy the widespread constitutional violations, the judge ordered a court-appointed monitor to oversee a series of reforms to NYPD policing practices and also ordered a Joint Remedial Process which will solicit input from a variety of stakeholders, including New York communities most directly affected by policing. The court’s ruling follows a 10-week trial that concluded on May 20. The class action lawsuit, Floyd v. City of New York, was brought by the Center of Constitutional Rights (CCR), and the law firms of Beldock, Levine, and Hoffman and Covington & Burling, LLP.
 
Said CCR Senior Staff Attorney Darius Charney, “This historic victory is the result not only of our 14 years of litigation, but of decades’ worth of efforts by activists, grassroots and legal organizations, and affected communities. The NYPD is finally being held to account for its longstanding illegal and discriminatory policing practices. The City must now stop denying the problem and partner with the community to create a police department that protects the safety and respects the rights of all New Yorkers.”
 
In 2011, the NYPD reported a record 685,724 stops — a 600 percent increase since Raymond Kelly took over as NYPD Commissioner in 2002. Eighty-four percent of those stopped were Black or Latino, and 88 percent of the people stopped were neither arrested nor received summonses. Despite the stated purpose of the policy, weapons and contraband were recovered less than 2 percent of the time.
 
In concluding that the City is liable for a widespread pattern and practice of stops and frisks in violation of the Fourth Amendment rights of all New Yorkers, the Court explained:
 
“[The City has] received both actual and constructive notice since at least 1999 of widespread Fourth Amendment violations occurring as a result of the NYPD’s stop and frisk practices. Despite this notice, they deliberately maintained and even escalated policies and practices that predictably resulted in even more widespread Fourth Amendment violations. . . . The NYPD has repeatedly turned a blind eye to clear evidence of unconstitutional stops and frisks.”
 
The court found the NYPD guilty of violating both the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits racially discriminatory policing, and the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
 

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Gallup: Self Reported Marijuana Use Falling Dramatically Among Young Adults

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-use-downPrinceton, NJ: Self-reported use of marijuana by young adults has fallen dramatically in recent decades despite the liberalization of state marijuana laws, according to survey data published this week by Gallup.
 
According to the survey, 36 percent of Americans between the age of 18 and 29 have tried cannabis. That percentage is a marked decline from previous decades. In 1977, 56 percent of those between the ages of 18 to 29 reported consuming cannabis. A similar percentage reported using the plant in 1985, during the height of the Nancy Reagan ‘Just Say No’ era. In 1999, 46 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 reported using pot.
 
Since 1996, 20 states have enacted laws allowing for the physician-authorized use of medical marijuana. Two states have legalized the plant’s broader use by adults. Several other states, including California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, have decriminalized marijuana possession offenses in recent years.
 
While self-reported marijuana use by young adults has declined, consumption by older Americans has increased. Among those Americans age 65 and older, self-reported use of cannabis rose from three percent in 1999 to 17 percent today. Among those aged 50 to 64, self-reported cannabis use doubled from 22 percent in 1999 to 44 percent today.
 
Overall, Gallup reports that 38 percent of Americans 18 and older have now used marijuana, up from 34 percent in 1999.
 

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