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How Legalizing Marijuana Could Help California Address Drought

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

A flight over Mendocino County puts California's drought into stark perspective. You soar over arid hills, browning trees and bone-dry riverbeds. As the state continues to battle the drought and its effects, its leaders are considering every possible means to cut water usage, but there's an obvious culprit that could merit a closer look: marijuana. Fully legalizing marijuana production for all uses — rather than only permitting people to grow up to six plants for private medical use — would allow the state to regulate the drug more closely, and that would include a serious crackdown on water usage.

The case for legalization has been argued from a number of perspectives, but drought relief could end up being one of the most critical. Officials are already frustrated by water usage for marijuana cultivation, and they're developing a hodge-podge of policy frameworks to address it, but legalization would make their jobs significantly easier. It would also benefit farmers who want to do the right thing by the environment but feel constrained by the law.

Read More:http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-legalizing-marijuana-could-help-california-address-drought-20150915


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DEA Agents Impersonating Medical Board Investigators To Gain Access To Personal Health Records

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 14th 2015 by THCFinder
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I deal with information security quite a bit at my cubicle job. I don’t know everything there is to know about information security, but one thing that I know for sure is that medical records have a heightened level of protection. I think that is common knowledge by now. Personal health records are not public records, and only people that qualify for that information are allowed to access it. That is, unless you are a DEA agent. Per Watch Dog:

Instead, the agents are tricking doctors and nurses into thinking they’re with the Texas Medical Board. When that doesn’t work, they’re sending doctors subpoenas demanding medical records without court approval.

The DEA can’t even count how many times it has resorted to the practice nationwide. A spokesman estimated it was in the thousands.

But, as a legal brief filed last week points out, lawyers for the federal government can’t find a single case in which a court has “authorized the use of such a broad array of patient information with such a sparse record as to why it needs such information.”

Obviously these DEA agents are just fishing for information, otherwise they would have warrants signed by judges that would allow them to legally obtain this information. This is yet another example of the DEA doing what it wants, regardless of what the rules are. The DEA needs to be de-funded and shut down immediately. By their own admission, they don’t even know how many times they have done this, just that it’s likely ‘in the thousands.’ That’s clearly unacceptable.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/dea-agents-impersonating-medical-board-personal-health-records/


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Gas & Grass: Could buying weed at the gas station be the next big thing in Colorado?

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The next big marijuana trend may have just hit the ground running in Colorado Springs. Soon, people there will be able to get gas and buy weed.

7NEWS found a place called Gas & Grass owned by Native Roots on the east side of the city.  

The company said it is the largest medical marijuana dispensary chain in Colorado. Company officials wouldn't go into particulars about the new concept but told the Colorado Springs Independent that it bought two Colorado Springs gas stations to transform them into a gas station/dispensary business.

"This is an opportunity to expand the market," said Cannabis advocate Robert Chase. "We still need the owners to be responsible."

Read More:http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/gas-grass-could-buying-weed-at-the-gas-station-be-the-next-big-thing-in-colorado


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Teen Marijuana Use Is Flat, While Use Of Alcohol And Cigarettes At Record Lows

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

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Current use of marijuana by those between the ages of 12 to 17 has remained largely unchanged over the past decade, while young people’s self-reported consumption of alcohol and cigarettes has fallen to record lows, according to federal data compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the percentage of respondents ages 12 to 17 who reported past-month use of marijuana remained steady from 7.6 percent in 2004 to 7.4 percent in 2014. By contrast, teens’ use of tobacco, cigarettes, and alcohol fell dramatically during this same period. Over the past ten years, adolescents’ use of tobacco fell from 14.4 percent to 7 percent, their use of cigarettes fell from 11.9 percent to 4.9 percent, and their use of alcohol fell from 17.6 percent to 11.5 percent. Binge drinking by young people fell from 11.1 percent in 2004 to 6.1 percent in 2014.

Self-reported marijuana use by older respondents, particularly among those age 26 and older has increased in recent years. By contrast, since 2012, when voters in Colorado and Washington decided to permit the commercial production and sale of cannabis to adults, youth marijuana use in the past 30 days is virtually unchanged (7.2 percent in 2012, 7.4 percent in 2014).

Of all estimated past-month illicit drug consumers, 82 percent are users of marijuana, the survey reported.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/teen-marijuana-use-is-flat-while-use-of-alcohol-and-cigarettes-at-record-lows/


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Road fatalities in Colorado have plummeted since marijuana was legalised

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

Since Colorado voters legalised pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first legal pot store opened in Washington state, the number of drivers in that state testing positive for pot jumped by a third.

The problem with these criticisms is that we can test only for the presence of marijuana metabolites, not for inebriation. Metabolites can linger in the body for days after the drug’s effects wear off — sometimes even for weeks. Because we all metabolize drugs differently (and at different times and under different conditions), all that a positive test tells us is that the driver has smoked pot at some point in the past few days or weeks.

Read More:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-us-state-where-road-fatalities-have-plummeted-since-marijuana-was-legalised-10499069.html


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First legal harvest of marijuana fueling gray market for pot in U.S. capital

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

In upper Northwest Washington, marijuana buds the size of zucchinis hang drying in a room once reserved for yoga. In the Shaw neighborhood, pot grown in a converted closet sits meticulously trimmed, weighed and sealed in jars. Elsewhere, from Georgetown to Capitol Hill to Congress Heights, seven-leafed weeds are flowering in bedrooms, back yards and window boxes.

Welcome to the first crop of legal pot in the nation’s capital — where residents may grow and possess marijuana but are still forbidden to sell it.

In recent weeks, a small army of mostly novice gardeners who took up growing when the District legalized marijuana in February have begun to roll, pack and smoke the joints, bongs and bowls of their labor. By one estimate, they have collectively grown upward of 100 pounds with a street value north of a ­half-million dollars — far more than most of these amateur cultivators are likely to consume on their own.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/first-legal-harvest-of-marijuana-fueling-gray-market-for-pot-in-us-capital/2015/09/12/9961891e-50cb-11e5-9812-92d5948a40f8_story.html?tid=themost_item_6


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