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LA marijuana dispensary workers join labor union

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana dispensary workers in Los Angeles have joined a labor union to fight for their jobs in an industry that the federal government considers illegal.
 
Workers at 14 pot shops have formed the "medical cannabis and hemp division" of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 770. The 35,000-member union also represents grocery clerks, pharmacists and health care workers.
 
"This is the next step in professionalizing and stabilizing this new sector of the health care industry," Local 770 President Rick Icaza said at a news conference Thursday. "This is a positive step towards successfully integrating compassionate care into our system of health care."
 
Los Angeles currently caps the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, but the City Council is considering a full ban in light of a court decision that limits its ability to regulate them.
 
Icaza said the union would use its considerable political weight to pressure officials to find an alternative to a total ban.
 
That help will be welcome, said Yamileth Bolanos, president of the Greater Los Angeles Collectives Alliance, which represents dispensaries.
 
"It's time to bring in some big guns," she told the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/GQqPfS). "Not only are they threatening access for patients, they're also trying to take jobs away from our employees."
 
 

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Judge caught with marijuana in his hotel room plans to resign

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
SEGUIN, Texas - Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins announced Tuesday morning he will resign from his position. 
 
Wiggins was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after an incident at a College Station hotel. Police reports show Wiggins was attending a conference at the Hilton Hotel when a bellman reported smelling what seemed to be burning marijuana on the fifth floor Monday night. Security traced the smell to the room where the 58-year-old Wiggins was staying. Police say Wiggins consented to a search, which turned up a grinder, rolling papers and a plastic bag of what appeared to be marijuana. He was released on $3,000 bond.
 
The retirement announcement was made during a regularly scheduled Commissioner's Court meeting. Wiggins told the court he would provide his official letter of resignation on Monday, March 26th. 
 
For weeks people in Guadalupe County have been asking for Wiggins to step down from office. Jeremiah Arevalo and his group have been protesting in downtown Seguin for the past several weekends.
 
"We decided to name the rally 'Wiggins Out,'" said Arevalo.
 
Arevalo told News 4 WOAI he attended Tuesday's meeting where Wiggins announced he would step down. 
 
"Were happy that David defeated Goliath. The people rose in small numbers and we got the victory," Arevalo went on to say.
 
Some people said Judge Wiggins should not have to resign from office. 
 
"I'm on his side, telling him to resign that's not enough to say I'm going to retire, it should be his decision," added Michael Price.
 

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Feds warn Arizona over medical marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 20th 2012 by THCFinder
Senators, Governors, Celebriies, Billionaires, well respected medical doctors and over half of the United States of America belives that Marijuana should be accetpable to use for Medical Marijuana Patients. So why does the Federal government continue to push against it? I thought our government was supposed to be run BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE. Well if all the F*cking people want something done about this then why aren't we being listened to? What is it going to take to get the federal government to step up and start doing things that make sense? 
 
It's very clear what is going to happen if they shut down every single collective, dispensary, cooperative or any other mmj service. Street dealers business will just end up booming once again and that is something no government has or will ever be able to stop. Cannbis isn't going to ever dissapear, it's full of medicinal benefits and people's lives are changed by it's amazing effects daily. It's time to stop with the non sense and get with the program.
 
PHOENIX - The federal government reiterated to Arizona that it will prosecute state workers for implementing the medical-marijuana program.
 
In a Feb. 16 letter to Gov. Jan Brewer, Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel said her office will continue to "vigorously enforce" federal laws against those who operate and facilitate large marijuana production facilities and marijuana production facilities involved in the selling of marijuana for medical use.
 
Scheel said that state employees who participate in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act "are not immune from liability" under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
 
However, Scheel wrote that seriously ill patients and caregivers who use pot as medically recommended treatment "will likely not be the focus of the (U.S. Attorney's Office's) limited prosecutorial resources."
 
Brewer spokesman Matt Benson told The Arizona Republic the governor will not change course and will allow the state's medical marijuana program to move forward.
 
"This doesn't change anything for us," Benson said, adding that the letter "leaves most of the governor's questions unanswered" partly because it doesn't address whether state employees face imminent prosecution for participating in the program.
 
 

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When are medical marijuana users too high to drive?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
Do you know when you are too HIGH  too drive? Give us your thoughts below!
 
DENVER - Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot.
 
The Denver-area woman says she would never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound.
 
"I don't drink and drive, and I don't smoke and drive," she said. "But my body is completely saturated with THC."
 
Her case underscores a problem that no one's sure how to solve: How do you tell if someone is too stoned to drive?
 
States that allow medical marijuana have grappled with determining impairment levels for years. Voters in Colorado and Washington state will decide this fall whether to legalize the drug for recreational use, bringing a new urgency to the issue.
 
Driving while impaired by any drug is illegal in all states. But the issue highlights challenges law enforcement officers face using old tools to try to fix a new problem. Most convictions for drugged driving now are based on police observations, followed later by a blood test.
 
Authorities envision a legal threshold for pot that would be comparable to the blood-alcohol standard used to determine drunken driving.
 
But unlike alcohol, marijuana stays in the blood long after the high wears off a few hours after use, and there is no quick test to determine someone's level of impairment - not that scientists haven't been working on it.
 
Dr. Marilyn Huestis of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a government research lab, says that soon there will be a saliva test to detect recent marijuana use.
 
Government officials say that does not address the question of impairment.
 
"I'll be dead - and so will lots of other people - from old age before we know the impairment levels" for marijuana and other drugs, said White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske.
 

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Richard Branson asked for weed at the White House

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
When you go to a White House state dinner and you’re lucky enough to get some face time with the president, what do you ask the president?
 
“I asked him if I could have a spliff,” businessman and Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson told a crowd gathered at The Atlantic’s Washington offices Thursday, the day after attending the dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron.
 
“But they didn’t have any,” Branson continued, according to a video of the event as he recalled his effort to procure weed the night before at the White House.
 
What’s he smoking? Well, Branson is a longtime advocate for the legalization of marijuana — and an admitted recreational pot puffer — and spoke at an Atlantic Exchange panel discussion titled “Benchmarching the War on Drugs.” Branson appeared alongside The Atlantic’s Washington Editor-At-Large Steve Clemons and Ethan Nadelmann, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
 
 

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Roc-A-Fella founder Kareem Burke pleads guilty in NY marijuana case

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A former Jay-Z business partner and founder of the Roc-A-Fella record label pleaded guilty Thursday to marijuana distribution charges. 
 
The New York Daily News reports Kareem (Biggs) Burke, 38, was arrested in October 2010 along with more than 50 other people for conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilos of marijuana, said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
 
The suspects were caught during a federal drug sting called "Operation Green Venom," targeting a wholesale marijuana ring in New York and Florida.
 
Authorities seized nearly $2 million and more than 260 pounds of marijuana in the probe. The government said a raid on Burke's residence in New Jersey produced the remains of a marijuana growing operation and $15,000 in cash.
 
Burke entered the plea Thursday in federal court. Burke started Roc-A-Fella with Jay-Z and Damon Dash in the 1990s. The trip split up in 2004.
 
Burke faces five to six years in prison at a May 18 sentencing.
 

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