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Florida Cop Punches Teen Over Suspicion of Marijuana, No Weed Is Found

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

In some parts of Florida, police now have the authority to use their discretion when it comes to dealing with marijuana-related offenses—while in other jurisdictions, the average citizen can still be subjected to a law enforcement beat-down simply based on odoriferous accusations.

This is brutal reality that three Kissimmee teenagers experienced last week while waiting for a ride in downtown Orlando.

Reports indicate the teens had traveled into Orlando on Sunday evening to catch a mewithoutYou concert at The Social. After the show, Marlo Manzi, Jazmin Ahmed and Ryan Diaz—all 19 years old—sought refuge from the rain inside a residential parking garage to wait for their Uber driver to arrive. However, it wasn’t long before a city bicycle cop showed up to shakedown the teens because a resident reported that she could “smell marijuana” wafting into the building. 

The officer, who has since been identified as Michael Napolitano, attempted to establish some semblance of probable cause by claiming that he, too, detected the odor of marijuana. Based on this declaration, Napolitano then told the teens that they were being detained for a search.

This is when the group of concert-goers began to suspect that their civil rights were at risk of being violated, leading Manzi to pull out his cell phone to record the incident, which struck a nerve with the officer.  

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/florida-cop-punches-teen-over-suspicion-marijuana-no-weed-found


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Tell The Senate To Support Hemp

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

industrial hemp farming bill obamaI received the following message from Vote Hemp:

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, S.134, only has nine (9) cosponsors. The most recent cosponsors are Senator Bennett (D-CO), Senator Tester (D-MT) and Senator Baldwin (D-WI). We are grateful for their support but we need many more.

This important legislation would greatly benefit opportunities in terms of jobs and economic development in legal hemp states by removing industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

Together we can pass this legislation, but we need your support today. Add your name to show the Senate the overwhelming grassroots support behind the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.

Sign the Petition Today!

As always, thank you for your continued support of this effort to restore industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. Please share this with friends, family and any network that is willing to help with our cause.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/tell-the-senate-to-support-hemp/


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As tribe prepares to legalize marijuana, questions remain

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Five months from now, according to the plan, Indians and non-Indians alike will be smoking marijuana on tribal lands in Flandreau.

The U.S. Justice Department told Indian tribes last December that they can grow and sell marijuana as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for Washington, Colorado and other states that have legalized the drug.

For the tribe and Colorado-based Monarch America, hired to design, construct and develop a grow facility on the Flandreau reservation, that has opened the door to a potentially rich new business enterprise — just as the advent of casino gambling did decades ago.

They intend to open by the first week of December, says Monarch America CEO Eric Hagen, who adds, with a smile, "Everyone will have a merry Christmas."

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/07/11/sd-tribes-pot-plans-develop-questions-remain/30036255/


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Strong Majority Of Likely Denver Voters Support Limited Social Marijuana Use

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana jointA strong majority of likely 2015 voters in Denver support a proposed city initiative that would allow the limited social use of marijuana in commercial establishments that choose to allow it, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday.

Fifty-six percent said they support the measure, which would allow the use — but not sale — of cannabis in areas restricted to individuals 21 years of age and older. Just 40% said they are opposed.

“Denver voters have repeatedly voted in favor of treating marijuana similarly to alcohol,” said initiative proponent Mason Tvert, who co-directed the 2012 Amendment 64 campaign in Colorado. “For the same reasons many adults enjoy having a drink in a social setting, many adults would enjoy using cannabis.

“Adults visiting Denver who can legally purchase cannabis need somewhere to go to consume it,” Tvert said. “The goal here is to reduce the likelihood of marijuana being used on the street and in other public areas.”

Under the proposed measure, businesses that have a license to sell alcohol for onsite consumption would be able to decide whether to allow cannabis consumption on the premises. Businesses that choose to allow only cannabis consumption (without licensed alcohol consumption) would be subject to regulation by the city, including restrictions on location and hours of operation. All commercial establishments that allow adults to use marijuana would be required to comply with the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/strong-majority-of-likely-denver-voters-support-limited-social-marijuana-use/


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Marijuana moms shatter the grass ceiling

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

Suburban moms selling marijuana is no longer just the plotline of the Showtime series “Weeds”. It’s a growing reality.

Women are increasingly entering the marijuana market as business owners and customers, as the legal obstacles are gradually cleared and retail spaces grow in number.

Women Grow, a Denver-based industry network for women in the cannabis market, estimates that about 20% of marijuana business owners in the U.S. are female. (Women-owned companies comprise about 30% of all U.S. businesses, but as the majority are nonprofit, they account for just 4% of overall business revenue, according to a 2014 report by the National Association of Women Business Owners.)

In Colorado, the proportion of women in the medical marijuana patient population has grown to 35% in 2015 from 28.5% in 2009, a trend Cassandra Farrington, chief executive of Marijuana Business Daily, says extends nationwide.

Read More:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/suburban-moms-selling-weed-is-no-longer-just-a-tv-plotline-2015-07-09


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Federal Government Raids Native American Marijuana Operation

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

In spite of a 2014 memorandum by the Justice Department giving Native American tribes permission to cultivate and sell cannabis on reservation lands, the federal government has apparently decided to go back on its word. On Wednesday, a band of drug agents were sent in to take down two tribal grow operations in Northern California, a raid that reportedly led to the seizure of around 12,000 plants and over 100 pounds of raw cannabis. 

press release issued by the Department of Justice indicates that the Drug Enforcement Administration teamed up with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to bring the heat down on the Pit River XL Reservation and the Alturas Reservation in Modoc County over concerns that they had partnered with a tobacco company to produce marijuana on a large scale.

The search warrant states that probable cause for the raid was established based on word from a number of confidential informants that Canadian businessman Jerry Montour, the CEO of a leading cigarette manufacture, was funding the small tribe’s entire operation. A preliminary investigationuncovered at least 40 grow houses on the reservation, which was supposedly enough to give agents reason to suspect illegal activity. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-government-raids-native-american-marijuana-operation


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