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Missouri Drug Task Force Uses Misleading Statements To Double-Down On Its Rejection Of Transparency, Accountability

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

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On May 20, 2015, Show-Me Cannabis announced the latest in a series of lawsuits aimed at ensuring that Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces must obey state laws that require transparency and accountability to the people. The case targets the MUSTANG Task Force, headquartered in Cole County and also operating in Boone, Callaway, and Cooper Counties, for its ongoing, unlawful refusal to properly respond to requests for open public records.

The records the Show-Me Cannabis requested included quarterly reports the task force is required to make to the Missouri Department of Safety; MUSTANG produced those documents but unlawfully redacted parts of them without identifying any statute authorizing the redactions. Show-Me Cannabis also requested minutes of public meetings of the Task Force’s Oversight Board as well as copies of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by participating members of the Task Force – all of which is, by definition, information open to the public.

Missouri’s open records law requires a custodian of records to provide an appropriate response within three days of receiving a request. Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane, however, simply ignored the requests, even after Show-Me Cannabis sent him a letter pointing out the statutory provisions that required Crane to respond.  Ultimately, Show-Me Cannabis had no choice but to sue Crane and the MUSTANG Task Force to force them to obey state law.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/missouri-drug-task-force-rejection-of-transparency-accountability/


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Edible Marijuana Labels Often Have Potency Wrong, Study Says

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

An analysis of 75 edible marijuana products sold to patients in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles found that labels on just 17 percent accurately described their levels of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient, researchers reported Tuesday.
 
Sixty percent of the products had less THC than their packages advertised, and 23 percent of them had more THC than claimed.
 
“We need a more accurate picture of what’s being offered to patients,” said Dr. Donald Abrams, the chief of hematology and oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. He was not involved in the new study, which was published in JAMA.
 
“What we have now in this country is an unregulated medical marijuana industry, due to conflicts between state and federal laws,” Dr. Abrams said.
 
After ingesting marijuana, patients experience the maximal high one to three hours later. (It is felt within minutes after smoking.) Inaccurate labels complicate the consumption of marijuana for medical purposes.
 

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Study: Breaking Up Nugs Can Make You Fail a Drug Test

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

A recently published study from the University of Freiburg in Germany has found that rolling a joint is enough to fail a drug test. Even indirect contact with cannabis can give you a false positive, with big implications for legal cases that revolve around a drug test as evidence.

Researchers chose 10 lucky participants to roll one joint on five consecutive days, and urine tested them to make sure they didn’t smoke before or during the study. By the fifth day, and the fifth joint, most of the participants had detectable levels of THC and THCA in their hair. Even four weeks after their first exposure hair tests still showed both THCA and decarboxylated THC.

Those who have had to submit to drug tests know all too well about THC’s habit of lingering in the body for long periods of time. This study proves you don’t even need to get high to show up positive; the act of breaking up bud exposes your skin to enough THC to show up on a drug test.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/study-breaking-nugs-can-make-you-fail-drug-test


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Survey Says Pot Prices Are Crashing in Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

Colorado's recreational marijuana market is now over a year old, and while it continues to grow, a new survey has found that pot prices are dropping faster than most expected.

According to global brokerage company Convergex, increased competition and the expansion of grow facilities are contributing factors in the price decline, but it's also "a natural result for any maturing industry as dispensaries try to find the market's equilibrium price." 

"Since last June, the average price of an 1/8th ounce of recreational cannabis has dropped from $50-$70 to $30-$45 currently; an ounce now sells for between $250 and $300 on average compared to $300-$400 last year," Convergex reported.

But Bloomberg Business noted that even with these declining prices, this year's sales of recreational marijuana are still exceeding those of last year and the number of people visiting dispensaries has increased. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/survey-says-pot-prices-are-crashing-colorado


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DEA Statistics Reveal Domestic Cultivation Trends

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Supression Program (DCESP) works with state law enforcement to find and eradicate cultivated marijuana in the United States and is one of the few sources for data on domestically grown cannabis.

One of the most revealing aspects of the DCESP data is what it tell us about marijuana cultivation trends in the United States and the extent (rather than success or failure) of the government’s efforts to prevent domestically grown cannabis from getting to market.

In other words, a description of how much cannabis is seized and where it is seized also reveals where the most cannabis is grown and other interesting trends related to domestic cultivation.

This article is based on a review of the DCESP’s eradication statistics for 2010 through 2014 and is primarily based on the average data of various states for this five year period.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-statistics-reveal-domestic-cultivation-trends


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Participate In The National Marijuana Consumer/Patients Survey

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

washington state marijuana surveySomeone is taking the time to ask pot users what they really want.

Dabs or doobies? Creams or concentrates? Black market or dispensary, indica or sativa, recreational or medical- no question is out of bounds in the 2015 version of the Annual Marijuana Consumer Survey.

The Marijuana Business Daily’s survey features multiple-choice questions and takes about five minutes to do, perfect for people with short attention spans. “Our consumer survey is the oldest and most trusted market research study for the cannabis industry,” according to the organization’s published statement.

Consumer surveys are designed to get the honest opinions of the average person buying a product in the marketplace. The MBD Survey targets ALL cannabis consumers- from those who use CBD-only to  those that use topicals or enjoy juicing, smoking, vaporizing, medibles, concentrates- everyone.

The survey is anonymous; no name, birthdate or other personal identification is required. Respondents can input their state of residence, age range and gender if they wish.

The Survey introduction reads:

Welcome to Marijuana Business Daily’s 4th Annual Marijuana Consumer Survey! Here’s your chance to tell dispensaries, recreational retailers, edibles and infused product makers what you really want. More strains? Lab-tested cannabis? Loyalty discounts? R

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/participate-in-the-national-marijuana-consumerpatients-survey/


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