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Obama Tells Supreme Court to Ignore Lawsuit Against Colorado Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

The Obama Administration came to the defense of legal marijuana states on Wednesday by advising the U.S. Supreme Court not to waste any time entertaining a lawsuit conjured up by Oklahoma and Nebraska over their seething disdain for Colorado’s recreational cannabis trade.

A brief filed by the Justice Department’s leading legal eagle, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., is a finely penned tune of persuasion intended to get the nation’s highest court to reject the lawsuit disputing Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana. The document suggests the U.S. Supreme Court is not the proper venue for this grievance.

“The motion for leave to file a bill of complaint should be denied because this is not an appropriate case for the exercise of this Court’s original jurisdiction,” Verrilli wrote. “Entertaining the type of dispute at issue here — essentially that one State’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another State — would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this Court’s original jurisdiction.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/obama-tells-supreme-court-ignore-lawsuit-against-colorado-marijuana


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California’s Legalization Movement Gets Generous Donation

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

Sean Parker, creator of Napster and early investor in Facebook, is giving the California Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) an early Christmas present.

The generous tech billionaire and philanthropist recently announced he will match all donations to MPP, dollar-for-dollar, up to any amount, reported SFGate.

“We’re very excited about the generosity he’s shown,” Mason Tvert, MPP Communications Director, said. “This is someone who wants to see marijuana prohibition end and helped bring a lot of folks together, and now he’s putting his money where his mouth is.”

This is the latest in a series of Parker’s philanthropic acts, which include donations to cancer, diabetes and auto-immune research.

Parker, viewed as the driving force behind California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), is part of a new generation of wealthy activists supporting such issues as ending mass incarceration and supporting drug reform, said Amanda Reiman, Marijuana Law and Policy Manager at Drug Policy Alliance.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/california%E2%80%99s-legalization-movement-gets-generous-donation


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DEA Allows Cannabis Imports to Facilitate the Big Pharma of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has all but refused to acknowledge lawful cannabis producers as part of legitimate commerce here in the United States, but that has not stopped the agency from working with corporate drug pushers in the importation of cannabis products to be used to facilitate the Big Pharma takeover of the medical marijuana industry.

A federal notice released earlier this month indicates that big government has given a New Jersey drug development company called Catalent Pharma Solutions permission to begin importing various forms of cannabis into the United States to be administered to patients in clinical trials. The “finished pharmaceutical products containing cannabis extracts” will be shipped to the company’s research facility in Kansas City, Missouri, which develops and tests medications in “oral dose forms.” 

Catalent’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Cornell Stamoran, recently told In-Pharm Technologist, a news source covering the happenings of the international pharmaceutical trade, there is “a growing need for special handling capabilities in pharmaceutical development due to evolving characteristics of pharmaceutical and biotechnology pipeline molecules” and “as these molecules transition to commercially approved products, similar complexities arise in production and distribution of commercial supplies.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-allows-cannabis-imports-facilitate-big-pharma-marijuana


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US Govt 2016 Budget Protects Medical Marijuana, But Snubs Veterans and Retail Pot Sales in Washington D.C.

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Although there was a great deal of anticipation that the details of the latest federal spending bill would include a deeper level of protection in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, the congressional machine behind the dysfunctional of the United States government has revealed that nothing will change in the next fiscal year with regards to how Uncle Sam spends money to shake the foundation of the cannabis industry. 

In a last ditch effort to prevent a federal shutdown, hammer fisted negotiators for the House and Senate came to terms late Tuesday night on a $1.1 trillion spending bill intended to keep some grease in the wheels of federal operations for another year. And while the brass tacks of the proposal does include a couple of amendments designed to shield the medical marijuana community from the dogs of the drug war, several other, newly proposed riders aimed at taking the stakes up a notch were, essentially, ripped to shreds and burned on the steps of the Capitol.

But first, the good news…

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-govt-2016-budget-protects-medical-marijuana-snubs-veterans-and-retail-pot-sales-washington


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Feds ask Supreme Court to stay out of lawsuit over Colorado marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER — The federal government has asked theU.S. Supreme Court to avoid wading into a lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska over Colorado’s legalized marijuana system.

Oklahoma and Nebraska say Colorado’s legal marijuana system has created a flood of modern-day bootleggers who are buying pot in Colorado and then illegally crossing state lines. Oklahoma and Nebraska have sued Colorado, asking the Supreme Court to block the state’s legal marijuana system. Colorado asked the court to throw out the lawsuit, and the Supreme Court this fall asked the federal government to weigh in.

"Entertaining the type of dispute at issue here — essentially that one state’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another state — would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this court’s original jurisdiction,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. wrote in his response filed Wednesday.

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/16/feds-ask-supreme-court-stay-out-lawsuit-over-colorado-marijuana/77457652/


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Egypt: Author Faces Prison for Writing About Hashish

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Egyptian activist attorney Nasser Amin is challenging a law that calls for writers to be imprisoned for words that violate the country's "morals." The challenge comes in the trial of novelist Ahmed Naji, who could face two years in prison and a fine of nearly $1,300 for his work The Use of Life—because of its explicit sex scene and numerous references to hashish use. Amin argues that the law violates the Egyptian constitution, which only permits such punishment for published materials that are defamatory or encourage violence or discrimination.

Prosecutors insist the book is actually autobiographical and should be treated as journalism. They've even threatened to charge Naji for past hashish use—although this is even more legally dubious, as he's never been arrested for possession.

Amin linked the prosecution of Naji to the crackdown on Islamists since the July 2013 military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. He said authorities target secular artists and writers following repression of Islamists to show they are as virtuous. "Outside this hall… is a repressive authority which claims it is protecting the homeland and virtue," he told the court, according to AP. In an apparent reference to the military-backed government and the Islamist opposition, he added: "Each of them tries to overstate over the other who is the more protective of virtue and morals."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/egypt-author-faces-prison-writing-about-hashish


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