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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Protests Removal Of Judge Over Text About Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

hash bash michigan marijuanaThe Ann Arbor News recently published text messages between Washtenaw County Judge Christopher Easthope and attorney Nadir Nassif indicating that the two of them smoked pot together had inappropriate conversations about ongoing cases. A Detroit News columnist called for Easthope to be removed from the bench, sparking a sharp rebuke from Michigan’s top judge, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Robert Young, Jr.

Easthope originally tendered his resignation, effective December 31, 2015, due to unspecified family reasons. The Ann Arbor News released the text messages between judge and lawyer, prompting Easthope to change his tune, admitting that the comments he made in the texts were “deeply offensive” and that he was “betraying the trust you put in me to uphold the dignity of this office.”

Among the text revelations: Nassif and Easthope smoked marijuana together at least once, although when was not published; they drank together regularly; they engaged in what 2 legal consultants referred to as “disallowed ex parte communications,” per an MLive report; he heard cases involving his friends; Easthope helped Nassif boost his $200,000 contract with the city of Ann Arbor and approval of an additional $203,000 to cover his “overage.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-supreme-court-justice-protests-removal-of-judge-over-text-about-marijuana/


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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approve First-Ever Oregon Contract For Marijuana Workers

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
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Workers at Stoney Brothers, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Oregon and have joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous, and sets a new standard for cannabis workers in Oregon.

“With our new contract, I am excited to have paid holidays and vacation time,” said Kyle Maestra, a site manager at Stoney Brothers. ”That is unusual in the cannabis industry.”

The three-year contract includes salaries starting at $15/hour with some making as high as $34/hour, regular raises, affordable health insurance through a multi-employer fund, pension contributions, paid vacations and sick leave, as well as seniority and grievance protections.

“All workers deserve the benefits of a union contract,” said Dan Clay, President of Local 555, “and workers in the cannabis industry are no different. Starting with the workers at Stoney Brothers, we can build a home-grown Oregon cannabis industry that respects workers and provides good, family-supporting jobs.”

Workers at Stoney Brothers have expressed excitement about their industry-leading compensation package.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-medical-marijuana-dispensary-contract-marijuana-workers/


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Recreational Marijuana Taxes Could Generate $5M-$19M For Alaska

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder
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(via dailyfinance.com)

A big reason why support for marijuana legalization is surging is because of the tax revenue potential that legalization would create. Every state in America needs more funding, and marijuana legalization basically creates a new tax revenue source out of thin air. Marijuana sales are going on in every state in America regardless of the legal status of marijuana in those states, so by bringing those transactions out of the shadows and into the daylight, marijuana can help states with funding.

Alaska voters approved marijuana legalization in 2014, and the Alaska Department of Revenue recently released the results of a study that estimates how much money Alaska will make from marijuana taxes. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

A report by the Alaska Department of Revenue estimates that the state will collect anywhere between $5 million and $19 million in taxes from recreational cannabis sales to locals, indicating the huge amount of uncertainty over the potential size of the market.

The state did not provide a revenue projection, though the report estimates annual consumption among residents will range from 102,000 ounces to 384,000 ounces, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

Based on the state’s figures and average cannabis prices in other rec markets, sales could come in between $15 million and more than $75 million.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/recreational-marijuana-taxes-could-generate-5m-19m-for-alaska/


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Research Shows Cannabis May Help Overactive Bladder

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

The latest research on cannabis shows how cannabigerol, or CBG, may help relieve symptoms of overactive bladder and similar disorders.

Scientists tested bladder contractility in specimens of mouse bladders as well as human bladders, and found CBG reduced contractions. Lowering bladder contractility improves symptoms of those suffering from urinary incontinence. In previous research on cannabis used to treat overactive bladder, a clinical trial on patients with multiple sclerosis and Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity showed that administration of a high-THC cannabis extract improved urinary incontinence by 25 %.

A 25 % improvement is enough to make anyone’s life noticeably better, but that also came along with the potent psychoactive effect of the high-THC extract. While many cannabis users enjoy the feeling of being high all the time, people who never touched the stuff in their lives may not feel the same way. For this reason doctors have gone to great lengths to investigate other non-psychoactive cannabinoids that are still just as safe and non-toxic as good 'ol THC.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/research-shows-cannabis-may-help-overactive-bladder


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Oregon TV anchor says she was fired for marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

PORTLAND, Ore. – A former Eugene, Oregon TV news anchor said she was recently fired from her job for testing positive for marijuana.

Cyd Maurer, 25, said she was driving a work vehicle in May when she got into a fender bender on her way to a live shot.

"I was immediately forced to take a drug test, to pee in a cup, and that was that," she wrote on her website. She also told her story in a YouTube video posted July 23.

Maurer, who graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, said her bosses at KEZI knew she was responsible and told her they wanted her to keep her job, but the decision to fire her after the positive drug test came from a corporate attorney.

Maurer said she smoked marijuana a few days before the minor traffic crash.

"I wasn't fired because I couldn't do my job. I wasn't fired because of my work ethic, my attitude, or my abilities," Maurer said. "I was fired for enjoying a plant, on my own time, in the privacy of my own home. A plant that the majority of voters in Oregon believe should be legal."

Read More:http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/07/24/oregon-tv-anchor-fired-marijuana/30629385/


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National Cannabis Industry Association Reacts To Favorable Senate Marijuana Banking Vote

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

national cannabis industry association ncia arizonaA U.S. Senate committee voted today in support of opening up banking services to state-legal marijuana businesses. By a vote of 16-14, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, forbidding the use of federal funds to penalize financial institutions that serve marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. The amendment was offered by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

A similar amendment was passed by the full House of Representatives in 2014, but was ultimately stripped out during the final omnibus budget negotiations conducted by the Senate. The House has not yet debated the Financial Services Appropriations bill in 2015, but a repeat of the cannabis banking amendment is anticipated if and when that debate takes place.

“It’s encouraging to see members of the Senate stepping up and joining the House to address the banking crisis facing our industry,” said National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith. “Access to basic banking services is one of the most critical challenges facing legal cannabis businesses and the state agencies tasked with regulating them.”

“Bipartisan coalitions in both chambers are supporting these reforms. It’s time to make them the law of the land.”

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/national-cannabis-industry-association-reacts-to-favorable-senate-marijuana-banking-vote/


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