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#FreePotPrisoners

Category: News | Posted on Sun, July, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

There exists now an untenable situation whereby U.S. citizens are in jail for engaging in actions that are currently legal and regulated in some parts of this country. It can not be denied that these people broke the law as it stood at the time and place of their transgressions, but it is also apparent that our nation is in the process of redefining its relationship with marijuana. America has yet to address the contradictions that exist between its past and present reasoning, and there are thousands separated from their loved ones, confined to penal institutions, awaiting this clarification.

Let Freedom ring for these long-suffering casualties of the War on Marijuana. Sign today!

Click this link to sign a petition to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris for the release of non-violent pot prisoners.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/freepotprisoners


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New Marijuana Tax Structure In Washington Should Help Reduce Prices

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 4th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via The Cannabist)

Everyone I have talked to that has traveled to Washington to purchase legal recreational marijuana has said the same thing – it is extremely expensive. Most of the people I have talked to traveled from Oregon, which has the cheapest prices for high end marijuana in the nation, so it’s not surprising to me that they get sticker shock when they are at the cash register checking out. I think people that travel from less friendly marijuana states are more comfortable with the prices, but I also think that everyone can agree that prices need to be lower if the industry in Washington is ever to reach its full potential, and the black market is to ever go away.

I think that’s especially true now that Oregon has legalized recreational marijuana, and that limited recreational marijuana sales are expected to occur in Oregon starting October 1st. I would predict that once flower sales start in October in Oregon, very few (if any) Oregonians are going to be traveling to Washington anymore to get their recreational marijuana flower. Price is ultimately going to determine where people go, and with Washington’s old tax structure (25% x 3), there’s just no way Washington could compete with Oregon. Washington politicians seem to kind of understand that, which is why they changed the tax structure for recreational marijuana sales in Washington this last week. Per The Joint Blog:

Under current law, recreational cannabis is taxed at three different levels, 25% at each level. Under House Bill 2136,most of which takes effect tomorrow, this system will be replaced with a single 37% tax which would be paid at the point of sale between retailers and their customers.

The new law also allows jurisdictions to reduce the current restrictions limiting cannabis outlets from being located within 1,000 feet of a childcare center, public park, transit center, library or arcade; they would be allowed to reduce this to within 100 feet.

To encourage cities and counties to allow cannabis businesses, the bill directs the state to share tax revenue gained from cannabis sales only with areas that allow cannabis retail outlets. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-marijuana-tax-structure-in-washington-should-help-reduce-prices/


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Miami-Dade County Loosens Pot Laws

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

Miami-Dade became the first county in the state of Florida to soften the Sunshine State’s harsh marijuana laws on Tuesday after county commissioners voted 10-3 to modify the county code. 

Technically, this is not cannabis decriminalization, as Miami-Dade law enforcement still has the option of filing criminal misdemeanor charges against those busted with 20 grams or less for personal possession. However, officers can also treat simple cannabis violations as a civil offense, resulting in a citation and a $100 fine with no criminal record.

“We have better things to do with our police resources," Commissioner Sally Heyman, who sponsored the ordinance, said. "For goodness’ sakes, we don’t have to destroy the lives of so many (who are criminally charged with possession).”

As reported by the Miami Herald, under current state and county laws, possession of any amount of weed can still result in incarceration, and that will not be altered by this change in the Miami-Dade code. Further, smoking pot in public remains a criminal offense. The new ordinance will take effect in 10 days and applies to all cities in Miami-Dade county, the most populated in the state.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/miami-dade-county-loosens-pot-laws


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Popular Presidential Candidate Gets A Six Figure Campaign Donation From The Marijuana Industry

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder
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The marijuana movement has long fought to be taken seriously by high level politicians. For a very long time elected officials scoffed at marijuana supporters, often making Cheech and Chong jokes and other insensitive, stereotypical comments. There have been a lot of third party Presidential candidates that have courted the marijuana movement in the past, but there has never been a major party candidate running for President that has willingly congregated with an all marijuana-supporting audience. That is, not until recently.

Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul made history recently when he held a campaign fundraising event as part of the Cannabis Business Summit, put on by the National Cannabis Industry Association in Denver, Colorado. According to people that attended the event, it went very well. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made a splash in Denver on Tuesday, raising an estimated minimum of $120,000 in a closed-door private fundraising event at the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Cannabis Business Summit.

The total amount raised puts him firmly in the top tier of public officials who have raised campaign funds from the cannabis industry.

There was no immediate word from the Paul campaign on how much was actually raised at the event, and the total could easily top Marijuana Business Daily‘s estimate. Attendees reported about 40 individuals took part in the event, paying a minimum of $2,700 apiece. In addition, the Marijuana Policy Project provided a $15,000 donation. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/presidential-candidate-six-figure-campaign-donation-the-marijuana-industry/


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Indiana's First Church of Cannabis Didn't Really Test Any Boundaries

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

Despite the threats made last week by Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry to raid the inaugural praise and worship service at the First Church of Cannabis, no arrests were made at Wednesday's event, and the overall vibe of the scene was, as one officer told HIGH TIMES, "very quiet."

In the morning hours leading up to the celebration, an army of more than 50 police officers could be seen stationed on every street corner for several city blocks surrounding the church — a presence in which the modest crowd took as a sign that trouble was brewing... And for good reason.

During a recent press conference, city officials said that they would arrest all of those in attendance of the church service for crimes ranging from maintaining a common nuisance to possession of marijuana. In fact, the threat of a legal repercussions forced cannabis church founder Bill Levin, in the eleventh hour, to nix the concept of the congregation smoking out as part of their sacramental debut. Instead, the church said they would challenge the city's threats in civil court.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/indianas-first-church-cannabis-didnt-really-test-any-boundaries


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Should There Be Marijuana Lounges In States That Legalized Marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via nydailynews.com)

Without doubt, it is important that we begin to move forward with the legalization of lounges and social clubs that permit marijuana smokers to gather and enjoy their favorite strains. Marijuana smoking is a social activity, and most smokers would like the option of dropping by a local marijuana-friendly venue, to relax with friends and like-minded colleagues.

Currently, none of the four states that have fully legalized marijuana allow for this option. Smoking in a public venue is prohibited, and the authorities have taken a needlessly restrictive view of what is a public place, refusing, for example, to permit someone to lease a private venue and operate a private, members-only club where marijuana could be enjoyed. There is no public-policy or public-health basis for being so restrictive

As we move forward, it is important that we not permit ourselves to get shoe-horned into some system that suggests we are second-class citizens, simply because we enjoy smoking marijuana, and that would effectively keep us in the closet. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and there is no reason why we should not be permitted to enjoy marijuana in a lounge or social club with friends.

Smokers’ clubs have in fact surfaced in all of the legalization states, where those in the know can meet and share good weed, but they are forced to operate on the fringes, as part of a “gray market,” and several have already been closed by the authorities. I had the opportunity to visit a “smoke-easy” in Denver when I was in town for the 4/20 Cannabis Cup, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but was saddened to learn the club had been raided and closed the following day. Gray market clubs are clearly not the long-term answer to this problem.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/should-there-be-marijuana-lounges-in-states-that-legalized-marijuana/


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