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This Study Highlights Marijuana's Best Chance of Approval

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana appears set for a critical year. We've already witnessed nearly two-dozen states approve marijuana for medicinal use since 1996 (the year in which California became the first state to legalize the use of cannabis for certain ailments), and residents in four states have voted to legalize recreational marijuana since 2012. Now, come November, we could see around a dozen more state-level marijuana initiatives and referendums on ballots.

Grassroots campaigns in California and Florida are working tirelessly to get marijuana initiatives on the ballot and in front of voters. In Ohio, organizers are trying to regroup after a disappointing defeat this past November, which seems mostly to have been a negative reaction to the oligopolistic grow farms that would have been created by the language of the proposal rather than opposition to marijuana itself. In Vermont, lawmakers are considering passing a recreational marijuana law in the state's legislature rather than even putting it in front of voters. Long story short, marijuana could see a very rapid expansion following the November elections.

Read More:http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/03/06/this-study-highlights-marijuanas-best-chance-of-ap.aspx?source=eptfxblnk0000004


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Oregon Cannabusiness is Donating Proceeds to Bernie Sanders Campaign

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

Anyone who is hoping for cannabis legalization and is keeping up with the presidential race so far knows that Bernie Sanders is our best shot at having marijuana rescheduled and laws reformed. So with that knowledge it shouldn’t be too surprising that there is quite a bit of support for Sanders in the states which have legalized or are currently trying to.

“The time is long overdue for us to take marijuana off the federal government’s list of outlawed drugs,” he said. “In my view, states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern sales of alcohol and tobacco.” – Bernie Sanders

Read More:http://www.marijuanatimes.org/oregon-cannabusiness-is-donating-proceeds-to-bernie-sanders-campaign/


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Federal Agents Seizing Far Less Marijuana At The Southern Border

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 6th 2016 by THCFinder
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(image via NY Daily News)

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Is less marijuana entering the US from Mexico today than in years past? According to newly released data provided by the US Border Patrol, the answer may be ‘yes.’

Federal statistics reveal that law enforcement seized an estimated 1.5 million pounds of marijuana at the US/Mexico border in 2015. That total is the lowest amount reported in a decade and continues a steady year-by-year decline in seizure volume that began in 2009, when nearly 4 million tons of cannabis were confiscated.

Overall, 99.8 percent of all marijuana seized by federal border patrol agents was seized at the southern border.

It has been previously reported that increases in US marijuana production, particularly the rise of state-authorized commercial growing in jurisdictions like Colorado, has significantly undercut US demand for Mexican-grown cannabis, which is typically presumed to be of lesser quality.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/federal-agents-seizing-far-less-marijuana-at-the-southern-border/


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Tech's Lax Analysis Raises Questions on His 7,800 Drug Cases

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey attorney general's office has notified prosecutors that a lab technician failed to properly analyze evidence in a drug case, calling into question more than 7,800 criminal cases he's worked on over the last decade.

Division of Criminal Justice director Elie Honig wrote in a memo last week that Kamal Shah was observed spending insufficient time analyzing a substance to determine if it was marijuana. Honig says Shah recorded an anticipated result without properly conducting the analysis.

Shah worked in the drug unit of the state police's North Regional Laboratory.

A spokesman for the attorney general's office says Shah hasn't been charged. He wouldn't say whether Shah is under criminal investigation.

Shah was suspended without pay in January. He couldn't be reached for comment.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/techs-lax-analysis-raises-questions-his-7800-drug-cases


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Supreme Court may decide on Colorado marijuana legalization case

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

The U.S. Supreme Court may be nearing a decision on whether to hear a case brought against Colorado by two neighboring states over marijuana legalization.

Supreme Court justices were scheduled to meet privately Friday to discuss the case, which was filed in 2014 by the attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The justices won't have decided at the meeting whether to upend legalization in Colorado, as the lawsuit requests. Instead, the justices must decide first whether even to take up the case.

Their decision could be announced as early as Monday. But Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver who specializes in marijuana law and who has followed the lawsuit closely, said there are no guarantees the justices even got around to talking about the case Friday. The court twice before had scheduled to discuss the case at conferences, only for the discussion to be pushed back.

Read More:http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29596699/supreme-court-may-decide-colorado-marijuana-legalization-case


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US Legalization Forcing Mexican Drug Cartels Out of the Marijuana Business

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

Although there are only a handful of states operating fully legal cannabis markets in the United States, they appear to be chipping away at the financial foundation of the Mexican drug cartels. Indeed, while Uncle Sam has maintained a disastrous four-decade-long plan intended to sabotage the smuggling efforts rising up from the southern nation, a new report from the U.S. Border Patrol reveals that statewide legalization efforts here in the Land of the Free have put a serious dent in Mexican pot exports. 

A recent analysis by the Washington Post indicates that Border Patrol agents seized less marijuana along the Mexican border in 2015 than they have in nearly a decade. The latest data shows that while agents hit a pinnacle in 2009, getting their hands on around 4 million pounds of weed, they only confiscated in upwards of 1.5 million pounds last year. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-legalization-forcing-mexican-drug-cartels-out-marijuana-business


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