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UFCW Praises Passage Of Marijuana Regulation Bill By California Senate Committees

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

united commercial food workers ucfw marijuanaUnited Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council Executive Director Jim Araby has made the following statement on the approval of AB 266 (Bonta/Cooley/Jones-Sawyer) by the Senate Health and Senate Governance and Finance Committees today. The UFCW is the only union in California representing cannabis industry workers, with 1,200 members statewide.

“Licensing and training go hand in hand with public safety. That’s why medical cannabis workers have come together to advocate for standards in their industry, just like other health care professionals. AB 266 improves workforce training and professional standards and, importantly, protections for workers when they speak up for patient safety.

“Although consumers increasingly believe that medical cannabis is harmless, few have expertise in varieties, dosages and other critical information needed to consume cannabis products safely. Cannabis workers are leading the charge for workforce training and licensing provisions contained in AB 266.”

Recent studies have uncovered improperly labeled edible cannabis and high levels of pesticides in some medical cannabis products in California. The regulations contained in AB 266 will provide significant help in correcting these unacceptable threats to consumer safety. A licensed, professionalized workforce is a consumer’s first line of defense every day. Regulators cannot always be there.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ufcw-praises-passage-of-marijuana-regulation-bill-by-california-senate-committees/


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Marijuana Opponents Using Racketeering Law to Fight Industry

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

DENVER (AP) -- A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits.

A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it - from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the defendants agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot at fire-sale prices.

With another lawsuit pending in southern Colorado, the cases represent a new approach to fighting marijuana. If the federal government won't stop its expansion, pot opponents say, federal racketeering lawsuits could. Marijuana may be legal under state law, but federal drug law still considers any marijuana business organized crime.

"It is still illegal to cultivate, sell or possess marijuana under federal law," said Brian Barnes, lawyer for Safe Streets Alliance, a Washington-based anti-crime group that brought the lawsuits on behalf of neighbors of the two Colorado pot businesses.

Lawyers on both sides say the Colorado racketeering approach is novel.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-opponents-using-racketeering-law-fight-industry


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Show-Me Cannabis Sues NITRO Drug Task Force

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

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On July 14, 2015, Show-Me Cannabis announced the latest in a series of lawsuits aimed at requiring Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces to obey state laws regarding open public records and open public meetings. The case targets the NITRO Task Force, headquartered in Grundy County and also operating in half a dozen or more counties in Northwestern Missouri, for its ongoing, unlawful refusal to properly allow Show-Me Cannabis access to open public records.

We’ve encountered a lot of law-breaking among Missouri’s drug task forces, but NITRO’s behavior in this case is in a category of its own. NITRO is unique in its claims to be neither a state nor a federal entity and in its refusal to comply with either state or federal laws that require transparency to the public. They have refused to provide a single document in response to multiple open records requests, and even denied their own existence in a recorded phone call when we were trying to submit a request.

Unfortunately, NITRO is not alone in its disregard for Missouri’s Sunshine Law. Show-Me Cannabis has been forced to file lawsuits against four other drug task forces across the state, bringing the total number of drug squads currently facing lawsuits to 5 of 24. The need for so much litigation to obtain basic public records has raised concerns among leaders in the criminal justice system, some of whom are suggesting that the taxpayer money used to fund drug task forces would be better used to provide mental health services or additional funding for police body cameras.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/show-me-cannabis-sues-nitro-drug-task-force/


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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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