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Indiana's First Church of Cannabis Didn't Really Test Any Boundaries

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

Despite the threats made last week by Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry to raid the inaugural praise and worship service at the First Church of Cannabis, no arrests were made at Wednesday's event, and the overall vibe of the scene was, as one officer told HIGH TIMES, "very quiet."

In the morning hours leading up to the celebration, an army of more than 50 police officers could be seen stationed on every street corner for several city blocks surrounding the church — a presence in which the modest crowd took as a sign that trouble was brewing... And for good reason.

During a recent press conference, city officials said that they would arrest all of those in attendance of the church service for crimes ranging from maintaining a common nuisance to possession of marijuana. In fact, the threat of a legal repercussions forced cannabis church founder Bill Levin, in the eleventh hour, to nix the concept of the congregation smoking out as part of their sacramental debut. Instead, the church said they would challenge the city's threats in civil court.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/indianas-first-church-cannabis-didnt-really-test-any-boundaries


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Should There Be Marijuana Lounges In States That Legalized Marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 2nd 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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Marijuana-growing spikes Denver electric demand, challenges clean-power plan

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

GOLDEN — Surging electricity consumption by Colorado's booming marijuana industry is sabotaging Denver's push to use less energy — just as the White House perfects a Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution.

Citywide electricity use has been rising at the rate of 1.2 percent a year, and 45 percent of that increase comes from marijuana-growing facilities, Denver officials said Wednesday.

Denver has a goal of capping energy use at 2012 levels. Electricity is a big part of that.

The latest Xcel Energy data show cannabis grow facilities statewide, the bulk of which are in Denver, used as much as 200 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2014, utility officials said. City officials said 354 grow facilities in Denver used about 121 million kwh in 2013, up from 86 million kwh at 351 facilities in 2012.

"Of course we want to grow economically. But as we do that, we'd like to save energy," city sustainability strategist Sonrisa Lucero said.

She and other Denver officials joined 30 business energy services and efficiency leaders seeking U.S. Department of Energy guidance Wednesday at a forum in Golden. Energy Undersecretary Franklin Orr said feds will promote best practices and provide technical help through an Office of Technology Transitions.

Read More:http://www.denverpost.com/environment/ci_28417456/pot-boom-spikes-denver-electric-demand-challenges-clean


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Police Claim Biggest Pot Raid in Years Wasn't Really About Pot

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 1st 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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State Marijuana Laws Complicate Federal Job Recruitment

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 30th 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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NYU Researchers Examine Whether Reasons For Smoking Marijuana Are Associated With Use Of Other Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 30th 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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