Colorado Regulators Ditch 'Absurd' Rule Treating Marijuana Publications Like Porn
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana-themed publications won't be treated like pornography in Colorado, state regulators announced Thursday in the face of lawsuits.
The rule would have forced stores to keep publications with a "primary focus" on pot away from shoppers under the age of 21, and was mandated by a package of legislature-approved marijuana regulations signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 28.
Colorado's State Licensing Authority said the rule was unconstitutional and would be ignored. An "emergency rule" issued by the licensing authority said "such a requirement would violate the United States Constitution" and Colorado law.
The decision was made with input from the state attorney general's office. "We support the laudable goal of keeping retail marijuana out of the hands of those under 21, but that has to be consistent with the Constitution," a spokesperson for the state attorney general told The Denver Post.
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NY Mom Accused of Growing $3M Marijuana Business
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
The New York City mom accused of growing marijuana after the feds raided a Queens warehouse might have tried to grow marijuana in two other New York City boroughs, law enforcement officials said.
Andrea Sanderlin's telephone number was listed on the Con Edison account for properties in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The electric utility said both of the accounts "had unusually high usage when they were active," which federal agents said would be consistent with a facility's "being used to grow marijuana."
Her electric bills at the Queens warehouse also bolstered suspicion that led to last month's raid.
As Sanderlin, 45, was placed under arrest May 20 by a Drug Enforcement Administration strike force at the warehouse in Queens, where she allegedly grew $3 million worth of marijuana, agents noticed her nanny and her younger child leaving the family home in Scarsdale, N.Y., a wealthy New York City suburb.
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States Spend $3.6 Billion on Marijuana Enforcement
Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
The 50 states and the District of Columbia spend a combined $3.6 billion each year enforcing bans on marijuana while arrest disparities continue to increase along racial lines, according to a report purporting to show how prohibiting the drug has failed.
“The War on Marijuana in Black and White,” from the American Civil Liberties Union used statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the U.S. Census, among other sources. It purports to also show how arrest rates have risen steadily for 10 years, despite pot usage and its availability being at an all-time high.
“To the extent that the goal of these hundreds of thousands of arrests has been to curb the availability or consumption of marijuana, they have failed,” the ACLU reported, adding continued enforcement “served as a vehicle for police to target communities of color.”
Between 2001 and 2010, the overall number of marijuana arrests has risen steadily, now accounting for 52 percent of all drug-related arrests in the United States, but the study’s authors conclude that increase has been linked almost solely to an increase in the arrest rate of blacks.
The minority community is nearly four times more likely to be arrested for possession than whites, according to the report. While arrests for whites have remained fairly constant at around 192 arrests per 100,000 Americans, arrests for blacks have risen from 537 to 716.
The disparity exists regardless of household income but is more prevalent in middle-class and wealthier communities, the report found. But the rate of usage remained roughly equal between blacks and whites, said the report.
New York and Washington, D.C., share the top two arrest rates per capita, with 846 and 535 arrests respectively per 100,000 residents.
The ACLU said police made 889,133 pot-related arrests in 2010, or one every 33 seconds. The states foot approximately $3.6 billion of the costs divided between the cost of policing, adjudication and incarceration of those convicted.
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UFC changes how it will test for marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
The UFC has decided to follow the lead of the World Anti-Doping Agency and change the way it tests fighters for marijuana. In international fights where the UFC acts as a commission, the detection levels will be at a higher threshold. The commission in Brazil has also decided to change its threshold, meaning that a fighter will have had to use more marijuana to come up positive.
Marc Ratner, the UFC vice president of regulatory affairs, spoke about the change at a meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. According to MMA Junkie, he also encouraged the NSAC to change its levels. Currently, state commissions decide their own levels for fights. Nevada, however, is one of the leading states in regulating MMA. If it changes its threshold, other states would likely follow.
Recently, the UFC has had to deal with several fighters who tested positive for marijuana. Pat Healy lost $130,000 in bonuses to a positive test after UFC 159. Matt Riddle had two positives and was cut from the UFC after the second one. Alex Caceres also tested positive in March. With attitudes and laws changing in the United States about marijuana, fighters being punished for marijuana use made little sense.
Read more: http://sports.yahoo.com
The Starbucks of Pot
Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Jamen Shively tore a page right out of the Starbucks handbook on Thursday. At a press conference, the former Microsoft manager announced plans to open chain stores offering a uniform, high-end product that satisfies America's craving for a mild buzz. Except not coffee--pot.
"Yes, we are Big Marijuana," Shively, 45, brazenly told reporters, outlining his intent to bring in $100 million in investments to establish "the most recognized brand in an industry that does not exist yet." Colorado and Washington, the two states that legalized marijuana for recreational use last fall, are slated to soon license pot growers, distributors, and retail outlets (and impose steep taxes and strict regulations). Shively says he and his partners plan about a dozen retail outlets in each state, followed by up to 100 in California, where sales of medical marijuana are legal according to state law.
Shively's plan will test how far entrepreneurs can push the new state laws legalizing pot before the Department of Justice charges them with federal crimes. Shively is shrugging off the risk. "People are saying, 'You are putting a target on your back,' but it's really not a big deal," he said.
Attorney General Eric Holder is the person who will prove Shively right or wrong. Holder said in February that the White House would make a decision "soon" about how to respond to the voter-approved pot laws. Since then, Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee, "We are certainly going to enforce federal law," but stopped short of saying he would try to overturn state laws in court. Holder's Department of Justice could also prosecute marijuana sellers in Washington and Colorado, as DOJ has done to some medical-marijuana growers. Mostly, though, the Obama administration has so far targeted growers and sellers who are exceeding the limits of state laws.
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Prosecutors fight sentences of Montana marijuana providers
Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
HELENA — Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentences of a former University of Montana quarterback and three other medical marijuana providers who were convicted in the largest drug-trafficking investigation in state history.
The U.S. attorney's office has filed notices with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it will challenge the sentences handed down to four of the 33 marijuana providers in which prosecutors sought longer prison terms.
U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter acknowledged in an Associated Press interview in May that it's the judges' job to impose sentences, but he has decided to appeal the sentences in certain cases.
"There are instances where we don't necessarily agree with the sentence, and what we can do is have the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals review those sentences to see if they are within the statutory framework or proper, given the circumstances and evidence," Cotter said.
The most recent challenge, filed Wednesday, appeals the sentence given to former UM quarterback Jason Washington, who was convicted this spring of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sentenced Washington to two years in prison followed by four years of supervised release. Prosecutors had proposed a five-year prison sentence after alleging Washington ran a major trafficking ring that supplied marijuana across much of western Montana.
Read more: http://billingsgazette.com
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