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Chris Christie to legal marijuana smokers: Enjoy it while you can because he'll enforce federal ban

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

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is attracting attention to his struggling presidential campaign by making it clear he doesn't want to recognize state laws legalizing recreational marijuana.

In town hall meetings in New Hampshire and an appearance on Fox News this week, Christie said that if elected, he intends to overturn state marijuana legalization laws, which have been passed in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska.

"If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until Jan. 17 of 2017," Christie told an audience in Newport, N.H., on Tuesday, "because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana as president of the United States."

Christie has long been critical of marijuana legalization, saying it can cause brain damage and lead to the use of such drugs as heroin and cocaine.  Christie has lagged in polls in the GOP presidential race in recent months but is receiving a new burst of publicity this week as he speaks out against marijuana.

Read More:http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/07/chris_christie_to_legal_mariju.html


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

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 28th 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 Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Facebook)

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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Research Shows Cannabis May Help Overactive Bladder

Category: News | Posted on Sun, July, 26th 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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Recreational Marijuana Taxes Could Generate $5M-$19M For Alaska

Category: News | Posted on Sun, July, 26th 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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New York Attorney Offering Litigious Revenge for Losers of State’s Medical Marijuana Lottery

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

In anticipation of the seething aftermath that is likely to follow the New York State Department of Health’s selection of only five companies to cultivate and supply the entire state with medical marijuana, one Long Island lawyer says he is prepared to step into the ring on behalf of those businesses that get rejected. 

When the state announces the winners of the medical marijuana licenses later this month, attorney David Marquez believes there will be “38 pissed off companies” ready to duke it out with an establishment that cost them millions of dollars and then left them with nothing to show for it. Earlier this week, Marquez told the Village Voice to spread the word to the losing members of the NY cannabis community: “If you believe you’ve been discriminated against in the licensing process, come see us.” 

Indeed, a vicious backlash of angry applicants is possibly only days away from erupting across the state, a swelling of corporate tempers that will undoubtedly result in litigious revenge. All of the companies interested in producing and selling medical marijuana in the state have been forced to open their checkbooks to the tune of obscenity in terms of the amount of cash they have been required to put up, simply for an opportunity to play the game.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-attorney-offering-litigious-revenge-losers-state%E2%80%99s-medical-marijuana-lottery


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