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Marijuana amendment would cancel Florida 'bong ban,' advocate says

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
bong-ban-in-fl-could-be-liftedTALLAHASSEE — Marijuana legalization advocates might have another reason to rejoice if Florida voters approve a proposed constitutional amendment allowing pot for medical use.
 
The initiative's passage also will pre-empt Florida's “bong ban,” which forbids the sale of pipes used to smoke the plant, said the head of the drive behind the amendment.
 
Ben Pollara, campaign manager of United for Care, pointed out that the amendment's definition of marijuana's “medical use” includes “related supplies.”
 
Anything now outlawed as drug paraphernalia, including “metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic pipes,” may be legally sold if used to smoke marijuana to treat a medical condition, Pollara told the Tribune/Scripps Capital Bureau.
 
That could even include a “2-liter-type soda bottle,” which state legislators have banned if used with a controlled substance.
 
Jon Mills, the former University of Florida Levin College of Law dean who drafted the amendment's language, didn't take issue with Pollara's interpretation.
 
“Pragmatically, though, I expect the Legislature will go back and further define what is and what is not (illegal) paraphernalia,” said Mills, who also served as speaker of the Florida House in 1987-88.
 
“But certainly, if you were arrested for having drug paraphernalia and were using marijuana medically, you'd make the argument your device was included” in the amendment's definition, he added.
 
Also in agreement is Sandy D'Alemberte, former Florida State University president and law school dean and past American Bar Association president.
 
“If devices that best administer medical marijuana are on the list” of drug paraphernalia, “then on the face of it, it sounds like you'd have a pretty good argument you weren't breaking the law,” he said.
 
“Ultimately, of course, a court would have to decide,” added D'Alemberte, who also chaired the Florida Constitution Revision Commission in 1977-78.
 
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Steelers Running Backs Bell, Blount Likely To Be Charged With Marijuana Possession

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
steelers-player-to-be-charged-with-marijuanaPITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will likely face charges of marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon in Ross Township.
According to Ross Township Police, it all started around 1:30 p.m. along busy McKnight Road when a motorcycle officer who was stopped at a red light smelled marijuana coming from a black Camaro
 
Officer Sean Stafiej pulled the car over in the parking lot of Pool City.
Police say Bell was driving, Blount was in the front passenger seat and an unidentified female was in the back seat of the vehicle.
 
Investigators say Officer Stafiej also found a Ziploc-style bag containing about 20 grams of marijuana on the console.
 
Ross Township Police say the three “admitted to collectively possessing the bag of marijuana.”
 
Police say Bell, Blount and the woman were cooperative with the officer.
 
Bell was taken to UPMC Passavant Hospital to have blood drawn under suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.
 
All three have been released from police custody. They are likely to face possession charges.
 
Bell could also face charges of DUI of marijuana.
 
“No one has been charged yet. The case is still being investigated,” said Ross Township Police Detective Brian Kohlhepp. “However, we do anticipate charges of possession against all three individuals. And in addition to that, we took Mr. Bell to UPMC Passavant for blood draw for suspicion of DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana.”
 
Police say they will be notified of charges by mail.
 
The traffic stop was just one hour before the Steelers’ charter plane was scheduled to take off for Philadelphia.
 

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Canada Court Rules In Favor Of Marijuana Edibles And Topicals

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
marijuana-edibles-and-topicals-canadaMarijuana infused products are not new, but they are certainly growing in popularity. Marijuana edibles like brownies and cookies are a great way to medicate. They don’t require inhaling anything, and the effects can be felt for a lot longer compared to inhaling vapor or smoke. Marijuana topicals are very effective at treating arthritis and tendinitis. I have bad tendinitis, and the only thing that works for me is marijuana topicals. Pharmaceuticals, over the counter or prescription, have done nothing for me.
 
Health Canada allows medical marijuana to be consumed by patients in Canada, however, the rules only allow consumption and sales of dried marijuana. That is, until a B.C. Court of Appeals judge ruled prohibition of marijuana infused products to be unconstitutional. Per CBC:
 
In her written reasons, Justice Risa Levine said this specification “is arbitrary and cannot be justified in a free and democratic society.”
 
Levine went on to state that when patients choose to use edible forms of marijuana, it “was a matter of necessity, or put another way, the restriction to dried marijuana interfered with their physical or psychological integrity.”
 
I have no idea why marijuana infused products were banned in the first place in Canada. Marijuana is medicine, whether it be in smoke, vapor, edible, or topical form. If a person is qualified as a medical marijuana patient, then they should be allowed to consume medical marijuana in whatever form they choose. A ‘one size fits all’ approach is harmful to patients. I’m glad the B.C. Court did the right thing.
 

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Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Suggests Marijuana Edibles Will Lead To Rape

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 15th 2014 by THCFinder

The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has been contentious. Both sides have raised millions of dollars. The ‘No on 2′ campaign, which opposes medical marijuana, has used some shady campaign tactics to try to scare voters into voting ‘no’ on Election Day. For instance, anti-medical marijuana supporters in Florida have suggested that marijuana leads to gay sex and AIDS. That’s despicable, even for politics.

The ‘No on 2′ campaign has rolled out a new tactic which is something right out of the Reefer Madness movie. The ‘No on 2′ campaign released an image suggesting that if medical marijuana is legalized, then marijuana cookies will become the new date rape drug of choice by predators. Below is the image:

date rape medical marijuana cookie florida

(via Facebook)

I wish I was making this stuff up, but unfortunately, I’m not. Never mind that patients are suffering in Florida. Never mind that medical marijuana can help many of these people, and reduce their dependency on harmful pharmaceuticals. Instead of focusing on the facts and the science, the ‘No on 2′ campaign is relying on outright scare tactics in an attempt to trick voters into thinking that medical marijuana will lead to date rape. To say I’m disgusted is a huge understatement.

The new tactic, and every tactic for that matter, used by the ‘No on 2′ campaign is a disgrace, and highlights just how desperate they are. Almost half of the United States has already legalized medical marijuana, yet I have never heard of a ‘cookie date rape epidemic’ happening anywhere. This campaign strategy is wrong, offensive, and should not be tolerated. Vote yes on 2!

Source: http://www.theweedblog.com


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Cops In Trouble For Destroyed Plants

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
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Cops can be real jerks when it comes to marijuana. They really enjoy nothing more then messing with completely innocent potheads who are just trying to get by. Even those that are totally and 100% compliant with state laws aren't safe from the police. Many patients risk their freedom to grow their own medicine, a right which they have voted on and passed. There should be no raids on grow operations anymore but they're still happening. Thankfully, patients are beginning to fight back and the law, for once, is on their side.
 
Cops bust down doors with battering rams, tear plants out of their pots, and break equipment during a raid. The damages that they can cause to a grow and to the premises themselves can stretch in to the millions of dollars, money that the patients want to get back. Patients who get in trouble and are then acquitted or have the charges against them dropped are fighting back with this illegal treatment and seeking the satisfaction they deserve; compensation for hard work and income spent that was destroyed by a bunch of cocky "enforcers".
 
Thanks to the new laws, cops are held accountable for the damages that they cause during raids. Now, police are a little more careful when they come storming in... Rather, walking in now. In place of the once violent "take down" tactics, some police forces are even just taking photos and taking leaf clippings as evidence of alleged "crimes" in order to avoid steep lawsuits. Legal experts everywhere say that as cannabis continues to gain support and the laws change in favor of patients and users, officials are going to have no choice but to use caution when dealing with cannabis related offenses. "Law enforcement is going to have to think more carefully about what their procedures are and how those procedures might need to change in light of change in the law," says Sam Kamin, a law professor at the University of Denver, to the Associated Press.
 
Colorado law says that police have to return all seized medical marijuana back to those who are found not guilty. This gives patients a little bit of comfort, knowing that even if the cops decide to throw weight around, they will get their compensation. At least, that is in Colorado. California is a different story, where even the court orders don't guarantee that a patient will get their hard work back after the terrible journey through the court system. There was an issue in Pasadena earlier this year where the cops refused to return $8,000 worth of medical marijuana to a man named Charles Pollard, even though the Los Angeles Superior Court ordered them to.

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Hemp Could Be Used To Make Better Batteries

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
hemp-could-help-make-better-batteriesThe hemp plant never ceases to amaze me. It’s so versatile. Hemp can be used to make medicine, clothes, paper, and many other things. One thing that hemp can apparently also be used for, which is very cool and I didn’t know about, is to make better super-batteries. Per NBC:
 
Industrial hemp, the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana, can play a role in manufacturing super-powerful supercapacitors for energy storage at a cost that’s far cheaper than graphene, researchers report. The hemp-based technology took center stage Tuesday at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in San Francisco. A team led by David Mitlin, an engineering professor at Clarkson University, heated up hemp fibers to create carbon nanosheets that can be used as electrodes for supercapacitors. Compared with graphene, the hemp-derived carbon is “a little bit better, but it’s 1,000 times cheaper,” Mitlin told NBC News.
 
How cool is that!? Not only does hemp make better batteries, it’s far cheaper. While the article didn’t specifically state it, I’d imagine that the hemp used for the process is much safer and easier to dispose of than what is currently being used. Is there anything that hemp can’t do?
 
It sounds like the engineer behind the research has started a company trying to bring this technology to the marketplace. He is looking for partners, and I’d imagine he won’t have a hard time finding any. What he will have a hard time with, by his own admission, is getting around hemp laws which make it hard, if not impossible, to get the raw product he needs to make the super batteries. Reform hemp laws, allow this guy to make super batteries, and the world will be a much better place as a result. This is a no-brainer.
 

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