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UFCW Praises Passage Of Marijuana Regulation Bill By California Senate Committees

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

united commercial food workers ucfw marijuanaUnited Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council Executive Director Jim Araby has made the following statement on the approval of AB 266 (Bonta/Cooley/Jones-Sawyer) by the Senate Health and Senate Governance and Finance Committees today. The UFCW is the only union in California representing cannabis industry workers, with 1,200 members statewide.

“Licensing and training go hand in hand with public safety. That’s why medical cannabis workers have come together to advocate for standards in their industry, just like other health care professionals. AB 266 improves workforce training and professional standards and, importantly, protections for workers when they speak up for patient safety.

“Although consumers increasingly believe that medical cannabis is harmless, few have expertise in varieties, dosages and other critical information needed to consume cannabis products safely. Cannabis workers are leading the charge for workforce training and licensing provisions contained in AB 266.”

Recent studies have uncovered improperly labeled edible cannabis and high levels of pesticides in some medical cannabis products in California. The regulations contained in AB 266 will provide significant help in correcting these unacceptable threats to consumer safety. A licensed, professionalized workforce is a consumer’s first line of defense every day. Regulators cannot always be there.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ufcw-praises-passage-of-marijuana-regulation-bill-by-california-senate-committees/


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Juicing Raw Marijuana Yielding Positive Results

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

One young woman, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis three years ago, was fed up with the side effects and ineffectiveness of the liver-destroying anti-rheumatic drugs her doctors were giving her so she decided to take matters into her own… blender.

Katie Marsh’s daily relief is a smoothie with fruit, yogurt and thawed, juiced cannabis.

After trying other natural anti-inflammatory remedies like turmeric and ginger, her pain continued to worsen and she became more and more debilitated.

“It got so bad that I had trouble getting out of bed, getting off and on the toilet and even dressing myself,” according to a Fox News article.

Upon a friend’s advice, Ms. Marsh decided to try juicing marijuana. She soon sought out Dr. William Courtney, co-founder of the International Cannabis Foundation a leading expert in raw dietary cannabis.

“When it’s consumed as a leafy green vegetable, you get the whole profile of the plant,” said Dr. Courtney.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/juicing-raw-marijuana-yielding-positive-results


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Detroit police make arrests at marijuana dispensary

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Detroit police arrested two people and confiscated two firearms and drugs during a raid on a marijuana dispensary Tuesday afternoon.

Police seized 4,100 grams of marijuana (about 9 pounds), and removed 12 edible marijuana foods from the shelves at Detroit Medz, said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis of Detroit police Media Relations.

"Our Major Violators Unit executed a search warrant at the location at 4:30 p.m.," Lewis said.

According to state law, only Michiganders who possess state registry cards can legally use medical marijuana, but at the shop "they were just selling to anybody who walked in," she said.

Detroit does not have an ordinance regulating dispensaries. Detroit police favor having dispensaries be regulated, "so that it's safe not just for the customers but also for the community," Lewis added.

Read More:http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2015/07/14/dispensary-raided-detroit-marijuana/30168191/


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Show-Me Cannabis Sues NITRO Drug Task Force

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

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On July 14, 2015, Show-Me Cannabis announced the latest in a series of lawsuits aimed at requiring Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces to obey state laws regarding open public records and open public meetings. The case targets the NITRO Task Force, headquartered in Grundy County and also operating in half a dozen or more counties in Northwestern Missouri, for its ongoing, unlawful refusal to properly allow Show-Me Cannabis access to open public records.

We’ve encountered a lot of law-breaking among Missouri’s drug task forces, but NITRO’s behavior in this case is in a category of its own. NITRO is unique in its claims to be neither a state nor a federal entity and in its refusal to comply with either state or federal laws that require transparency to the public. They have refused to provide a single document in response to multiple open records requests, and even denied their own existence in a recorded phone call when we were trying to submit a request.

Unfortunately, NITRO is not alone in its disregard for Missouri’s Sunshine Law. Show-Me Cannabis has been forced to file lawsuits against four other drug task forces across the state, bringing the total number of drug squads currently facing lawsuits to 5 of 24. The need for so much litigation to obtain basic public records has raised concerns among leaders in the criminal justice system, some of whom are suggesting that the taxpayer money used to fund drug task forces would be better used to provide mental health services or additional funding for police body cameras.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/show-me-cannabis-sues-nitro-drug-task-force/


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Marijuana Opponents Using Racketeering Law to Fight Industry

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) -- A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits.

A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it - from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the defendants agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot at fire-sale prices.

With another lawsuit pending in southern Colorado, the cases represent a new approach to fighting marijuana. If the federal government won't stop its expansion, pot opponents say, federal racketeering lawsuits could. Marijuana may be legal under state law, but federal drug law still considers any marijuana business organized crime.

"It is still illegal to cultivate, sell or possess marijuana under federal law," said Brian Barnes, lawyer for Safe Streets Alliance, a Washington-based anti-crime group that brought the lawsuits on behalf of neighbors of the two Colorado pot businesses.

Lawyers on both sides say the Colorado racketeering approach is novel.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-opponents-using-racketeering-law-fight-industry


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Marijuana may be helping to overcome painkiller abuse in America

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

It’s yet another feather in the cap of those who champion legalizing pot in the US.

 

 

In a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (paywall), researchers observed that in US states with medical marijuana dispensaries, the number of admissions to rehabilitation facilities for pain medication and opioid overdoses has decreased by 15% and 16% respectively.

 

 

Other studies have looked at the relationship between legal marijuana use and opioid overdose, but this is the first study to track addiction to opioids as well.

 

 

Researchers examined the number of patients admitted to treatment centers in the US for painkiller addiction from 1992 to 2013; opioid-related deaths from 1999 to 2013; and the amount of prescription opioids legally sold to each US state from 2000 to 2011. They found that in states that maintain medical marijuana dispensaries, opioid painkillers are being prescribed at a similar rate to those state without marijuana dispensaries.

Read More:http://qz.com/452209/marijuana-may-be-helping-to-overcome-painkiller-abuse-in-america/


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