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Tourist Marijuana Ban In The Netherlands May Be A Pipe Dream

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
A major phase of the Netherlands' ban on tourists patronizing coffee shops goes into effect in the country's southern provinces on May 1. Shops in Amsterdam are scheduled stop selling marijuana to foreigners on January 1, 2013. But enacting this ban may be harder than finding a 22-year-old who hasn't seen EuroTrip: the benign, psychotropic plant that grows naturally in the ground makes the country a lot of money.
 
According to the director of the Drugtext Foundation in the Netherlands, 50% of the country's tourists visit the coffee shops, and 10% of tourism is exclusively for marijuana. The Telegraph reports that the coffee shops generate around $2.5 billion annually, which in turn produces $503 million in tax revenue. Alcohol has been banned in the coffee shops since 1996, but sure, why not turn them back over to a substance that is extraordinarily more dangerous (and legal) than marijuana.
 
"I’m not going to discriminate on the basis of nationality. I’ve only ever discriminated on the basis of behavior," Michael Veling, the owner of 420 Cafe in Amsterdam told the Times. "I’ll go back to selling alcohol, and go back to selling bags of weed under the counter." That may not be enough to stay in business: after Maastricht adopted the new policy in October, the town's coffee shops lost $41 million in revenue—the equivalent of 345 jobs. Not to mention how much the illegal street trade will flourish if the coffee shops disappear.
 
But it may not even come to that: the Cannabis Retailers Association, comprised of the country's 680 coffee shops, has filed a lawsuit that's expected to be reviewed in the coming weeks, and Amsterdam's mayor even opposes the change. His spokesperson again cited the devil's brew as being the real issue. “The problems we have with substance abuse are almost always related to alcohol. That concerns Dutch people as much as foreigners.”
 
Yet the Netherlands' hard-liners aren't backing down. Early last month Dutch Parliament moved to ban the sales of hashish, most of which is illegally imported from countries like Afghanistan and Morocco. "We have created an incredible criminal industry that we need to get rid of,” Ard van der Steur, a spokesman for the hilariously named People's Party for Freedom and Democracy said. If only there were an intelligent way to handle drug policy in place...
 

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CU-Boulder announces new 4/20 crackdown, plans to ticket pot smokers

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder
The University of Colorado announced a new plan to snuff out the Boulder campus's 4/20 smoke-out today, warning that police will ticket pot smokers as this month's event -- a more aggressive enforcement policy than in years past, when officers mostly monitored the crowd for safety reasons.
 
CU officials -- who, for the first time ever, have the support of student leaders who also want to end the unsanctioned April 20 event -- warned students today that those busted smoking pot in public could face a $100 fine and additional sanctions with CU's Office of Student Conduct. Those with medical marijuana registry cards risk having them revoked upon conviction.
 
"It needs to end,” Chancellor Phil DiStefano said of 4/20 today in a news release.
 
Meanwhile, in an effort to keep students away from the Norlin Quad, student leaders have announced that they'll host a free, student-only hip-hop concert featuring Wyclef Jean on the afternoon of 4/20 in the Coors Event Center.
 
Jean, who ran for president of his native Haiti in 2010, has opined about pot in the past, saying he supports full legalization in the United States. In 2006, after performing at a night club in Las Vegas, he started a "(Bleep) Bush" chant after declaring:"President Bush needs to smoke marijuana." In his 2009 song "Something about Mary," he sings "She's homegrown and you can hold her in her back yard. If she allows you to, you can roll her up."
 

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Federal agents raid Oaksterdam University

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
Federal agents on Monday raided a San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana training school at the heart of California's pot legalization movement.
 
The doors to Oaksterdam University in downtown Oakland were cordoned off by yellow tape and blocked by U.S. marshals. Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration carted trash bags of unknown materials out of the school to a waiting van.
 
Arlette Lee, an IRS spokeswoman, told reporters that agents were serving a federal search warrant but said she could not otherwise comment on the purpose of the raid.
"What we are doing here today is under seal," Lee said.
 
About a dozen protesters upset over the raid gathered out front of the multistory building adorned with a large mural that makes the school one of the neighborhood's most visible landmarks. Some of them smoked marijuana openly.
The demonstrators held signs demanding an end to federal crackdowns on medical marijuana.
 
Ryan Hooper, 26, of Oakland, wearing an Oaksterdam hat and sweatshirt, said he had finished taking courses at the school in February.
 
"This is not in the best interest of the city," Hooper said. "If they close the dispensaries, all of this stuff is going to go back underground."
 
Oaksterdam University was founded by Richard Lee, the main backer of the California ballot measure defeated in 2010 that would have legalized marijuana in the state for recreational use. The neighborhood has also been home to several medical marijuana dispensaries, including one founded by Lee.
 
Lee did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
 
The city of Oakland has long allowed four medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate under city ordinances and recently awarded permits that would allow four more to open.
 
At the same time, federal prosecutors across California have been working for months to shut down dispensaries by threatening to seize landlords' property if they did not evict marijuana retailers.
 

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1,000 pounds of marijuana worth $3.7 million seized

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
Authorities are calling it the biggest marijuana seizure in county history.
 
More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana packed in white plastic bags was seized at two different locations Wednesday.
 
Officials say the street value of the marijuana tops out around $3.7 million.
 
Berley O’Brian Greene, 37, 1575 Birch Dr., Orangeburg, has been charged with trafficking marijuana. Orangeburg County authorities say they are speaking with federal authorities, who may adopt the case.
 
Greene was in court Thursday with his attorney seeking a bond while authorities had what they say is half a ton of marijuana stacked up outside the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Law Enforcement Complex.
 
Orangeburg County Magistrate Willie Robinson set bond at half of a million dollars and granted a state motion for electronic monitoring.
 
“After hearing from the state and the defense, the court finds an appropriate bond would be $500,000,” Robinson said.
 
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Investigator Riley Godwin had petitioned the court for a denial of bond, a seizure of Greene’s passport, electronic monitoring, or at the very least a high surety bond.
 
“If you were to set a cash or surety bond, we would ask for a million-dollar bond,” Riley said.
 
Riley told the court Wednesday’s arrest during a traffic stop wasn’t the first time Greene has faced a drug-related charge.
 
In 2008, Greene pleaded guilty to a manufacturing, distribution or possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
 
Defense attorney Marion Moses told the court his client, a lifelong resident of the county, would not dispute electronic monitoring.
 
“He’s been in Orangeburg his whole life,” Moses said. “I don’t feel he is a flight risk. We ask that you set a reasonable bond.”
 
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said both Greene and the marijuana were seized Wednesday after an ongoing investigation with Lexington County authorities pointed to Orangeburg.
 
Officers with both agencies raided a home and a business before seizing Greene near the intersection of Five Chop Road and U.S. Highway 21, Ravenell said.
 
“It’s an ongoing investigation, so the information we have today will be limited,” the sheriff said.
 

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Marijuana lab sues City Hall over license

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
CITY HALL — The owner of a Santa Monica marijuana testing facility filed a lawsuit Tuesday to force City Hall to issue him a business license, which officials have thus far refused to do because the facility is not an approved use in the city.
 
Richard McDonald applied for a business license on Dec. 16 for Golden State Collective, a scientific laboratory that tests medical marijuana for levels of its active ingredient known as THC as well as contaminants like mold, bacteria and pesticides.
 
Growers and dispensaries use his services to make sure their product is free of unsafe chemicals, and also to tailor strains of marijuana to specific patients, depending on their needs.
 
Though the collective is not a dispensary and does not sell marijuana to patients, City Hall dragged its feet in issuing the license, and McDonald chose to open his facility without one in March, at which point he was informed that his business could be fined.
 
McDonald and his attorney, Roger Diamond, filed suit on March 19.
 
Diamond argued that the lab's activities were fully within the limits of California law, which legalized marijuana for medical use in 1996, and in fact were fully different from a medical marijuana dispensary because the tests conducted on the pot destroyed the product completely.
 

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Cannabis Science Reports Its First Documentary Release Date of April 5, 2012 "CHRONIC FUTURE - KILLING CANCER"

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cannabis Science, Inc. a pioneering U.S. biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis (marijuana) products, is thrilled to announce that Muse Productions out of SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - announced today the Premier date of CHRONIC FUTURE - KILLING CANCER. The first of many Documentaries’ centering on the successful cancer treatments Cannabis Science has been reporting.
 
CHRONIC FUTURE - KILLING CANCER will premier on April 5th, 2012, at the Harkins Theater on Shea and Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Media are invited to the 5:00pm airing (limited seating) with a Q & A to follow. A VIP airing will start at 7:00pm. CRONIC FUTURE will remain in rotation through the month of April at this Harkins Theater.
 
CHRONIC FUTURE is a documentary created by Henry Miller and Cory Pritchard. It tells the story of Arizona’s Governor, Janet Brewer’s attempt to close down medical marijuana dispensaries and Allan Sobol, along with advocate attorney Tom Dean, fight to keep them. After the win in court, the story continues as it introduces patient after patient with debilitating ailment where medical marijuana healing ingredients have successfully treated the disease.
 
Perhaps the biggest revolution to this story is the apparent success and healing power that cannabis has when used to treat cancer patients. Cannabis Science (nasd otcbb:CBIS) is a pioneering US biotech company that is developing pharmaceutical cannabis products. Cannabis Science has worked with 4 patients who administered Cannabis Science approved extracts to self-treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas (skin cancer).
 
The film covers everything from seed to success in the political and medical arena. As the unfortunate dark side the film also illuminates and exposes the story of how the government has avoided and covered up the successful medicinal use of marijuana, and decades of hypocrisy and misdirected messaging.
 
Photo-documentation on the Cannabis Science website ( www.cannabisscience.com ), shows that concentrated marijuana extract, topically applied to skin cancer, dramatically reduces the tumor burden and in some cases appears to have eliminated the cancer as confirmed by biopsy.
 
Dr. Melamede comments, "Chronic Future is a very important film. It highlights the extent to which prohibitionists are willing to impede the voice of American Citizens as expressed at the ballot box. How is it possible that our representatives in the various levels of government are allowed to get away actions that are undemocratic, and in fact treasonous. The documentary should outrage every American.”
 

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