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Should There Be Marijuana Lounges In States That Legalized Marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 1st 2015 by THCFinder
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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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Police Claim Biggest Pot Raid in Years Wasn't Really About Pot

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

When helicopters, SWAT teams, and local police descended on California’s Emerald Triangle last week and yanked out nearly 100,000 pot plants, the notable absence of the DEA had some folks scratching their heads. 

According to the Times-Standard, the so-called “raid of the decade” was prompted by “evidence of massive water theft and other environmental violations.” 

The police, who said it was as much a water raid as a pot raid, claimed growers were illegally using some 500,000 gallons of water a day from the nearby Eel river, now stagnant and moss-ridden.

Mother Jones magazine pointed out that, as attitudes towards pot evolve, a shift in enforcement focus toward environmental issues is to be expected in northern California where many growers draw water from sensitive mountain streams and headwaters. 

However, Hezekiah Allen, director of the Emerald Growers Association, scoffs at the notion the raid was environmentally motivated. “This isn't about the environment; this is about business as usual,” noting that reservoirs at grow sites could be eco-friendly winter water storage sites to be used during the summer growing season. He also questioned the value of criminal raids just when the California Water Board is drafting a system of water-use permits and civil fines for pot farmers.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/police-claim-biggest-pot-raid-years-wasnt-really-about-pot


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Indiana Police Threaten to Makes Arrests at First Church of Cannabis Service

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

UPDATE: On Monday, the First Church of Cannabis announced on social media that rather than risk legal turbulence, the inaugural service on Wednesday would be held without the use of marijuana.

“Due to the threat of police action against our religion I feel it is important to CELEBRATE LIFE'S GREAT ADVENTURE in our first service WITHOUT THE USE OF CANNABIS. The Police dept has wagged a display of shameless misconceptions and voluntary ignorance. We will do our first service without the use of any cannabis. CANNABIS WILL BE PROHIBITED ON THE FIRST SERVICE,” the church posted on Facebook.

“We will not be dragged into criminal court for their advantage," Bill Levin, the church's founder, said. "We will meet them in a civil court where the laws are clear about religious persecution. We do not start fights. We Finish Them!”

The controversy surrounding Indiana’s newfound “religious freedom” law and its implications, which led to the uprising of the First Church of Cannabis, may come to a disgusting head later this week in Indianapolis. In a recent press conference, city Police Chief Rick Hite and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry pledged to bring hard times down on those in attendance of the inaugural ceremony on Wednesday, threatening to arrest and charge the entire congregation with various drug-related offenses. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/indiana-police-threaten-makes-arrests-first-church-cannabis-service


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NYU Researchers Examine Whether Reasons For Smoking Marijuana Are Associated With Use Of Other Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder
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I received the following press release from New York University and figured I’d post it for discussion:

Marijuana is the most prevalent drug in the U.S. Approximately 70% of the 2.8 million individuals who initiated use of illicit drugs in 2013 reported that marijuana was their first drug. Despite extensive research examining potential links between marijuana use and other drug use, the literature is currently lacking data regarding which illicit marijuana users are most likely to engage in use of other illicit drugs.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse by researchers affiliated with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), examines how reasons for illicit marijuana use relates to the use of other drugs individually, rather than grouping them into a single “illicit drug” group.

“Aside from marijuana, a wide range of illicit drugs are prevalent, each having different use patterns, and different effects and dangers associated with use,” said Joseph J. Palamar, PhD, MPH, a CDUHR affiliated researcher and an assistant professor of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). “Our research helped to identify subtypes of illicit marijuana users who use other drugs, as this may be able to inform prevention efforts.”

The cross-sectional study, “Reasons for Recent Marijuana Use in Relation to Use of Other Illicit Drugs among High School Seniors in the United States,” draws data from Monitoring the Future (MTF), a nationwide ongoing annual study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students. The MTF survey is administered in approximately 130 public and private schools throughout 48 states in the US. Roughly 15,000 high school seniors are assessed annually.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/nyu-researchers-smoking-marijuana-associated-other-drugs/


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State Marijuana Laws Complicate Federal Job Recruitment

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON — For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and F.B.I. agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.
 
It may now be legal in Colorado, in Washington State and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use — and rules that make it a firing offense for government workers — have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering message that marijuana use will not be tolerated.
 
So members of a new generation are getting an early lesson in what their predecessors have done for as long as there have been espionage, diplomacy and bureaucracy. They are lying and stalling when necessary to avoid, in the case of the newcomers, failing a drug test.
 
As any regular marijuana smoker will tell you, it usually takes about two weeks for evidence of marijuana use to disappear from urine, a urine sample being the method by which drug use ordinarily is tested.
 

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Pot Is Making a Comeback in Colombia

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

Things are changing in Colombia, where drug traffickers, guerrillas and military groups once terrorized everyone from peasants to politicians. At the center of the violence, most would argue, were drugs—mostly cocaine but also pot.

Now, medical marijuana entrepreneurs are coming out from the shadows. According to Colombia’s constitution, weed cultivation and consumption is legal for medicinal purposes, although the Health and Social Protection Ministry has not yet created regulations for prescribing treatments, Camilo García, executive director of the Colombian Cannabis Research Center, told OZY.

Patients in need of medical pot have been pushing the Colombian government to reform laws and lift all restrictions. A bill introduced last year was endorsed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, as well as a majority of Colombians.

Although some Colombians see legalization of medical marijuana as opening the door to recreational use, others worry that keeping it under-regulated could have more serious outcomes.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-making-comeback-colombia


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