Russia Will Block Wikipedia If It Doesn’t Take Action On Marijuana Page

Category: News | Posted on Sun, August, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder
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When it comes to censorship, Russia sounds like a rough place. Last week they were threatening to block Reddit if it didn’t proactively block /r/trees to Russian IP addresses, a very popular Reddit subgroup. At first Reddit sounded like it would play hardball, but then eventually gave into Russia’s demands. This week news articles have surfaced about Russia threatening to block Wikipedia if it didn’t proactively block a cannabis related entry to Russian IP addresses. Per The Independent:

The Russian government has threatened to ban Wikipedia over a page explainingcharas, a hashish type of cannabis.

Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin’s internet watchdog, has reportedly written to Wikipedia’s administrators saying it will be ban the website in its entirety unless the entry – which basically provides a recipe – is removed.

According to Meduza, which calls itself ‘the real Russia Today’, Roskomnadzor has issued a statement: “In the event that Wikipedia refuses to comply with the court’s ruling, [we] will block the webpage on Russia territory using the registry of illegal information.”

According to the article, Russia has even banned memes. As an American that exercises my First Amendment rights everyday, I’m appalled at what the Russian government is doing. Especially since a lot of their focus seems to be shutting down cannabis pages. Cannabis is harmless. Government censorship is not.



Unlicensed Marijuana Stores Grow Like Weeds in LA

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

LOS ANGELES -- Graffiti-tagged buildings, barricaded doors and iron-barred windows mark nearly every block of Avalon Boulevard as it cuts through the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Wilmington, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

The streets are lined with small mom-and-pop shops - clothing stores, a piñata shop, garages and small, family-owned restaurants - and a clutch of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, some located within feet of each other.

Other nearby dispensaries are shuttered with signs announcing 'closed,' 'for lease' and 'for rent' - the result of the city's most recent attempts to close the door on L.A.'s robust illegal medical marijuana industry. But when one dispensary closes, it usually opens somewhere else, police say.

Passed by California voters nearly two decades ago, but absent statewide regulation, the legalization of medical marijuana has spawned a vast network of illegal dispensaries and wide disparities over how businesses are monitored across the state- if they are at all.

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Cannabis World Congress And Business Exposition Is Coming To L.A. Next Month

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

world cannabis congress and expoThe Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) is taking place September 16-18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. CWCBExpo in LA is sponsored by the International Cannabis Association (ICA) and will be the leading event on the West Coast providing the latest information, resources and tools for producers, processors, dispensary owners, healthcare professionals, investors, lawyers as well as cannabis entrepreneurs.

Following a successful June educational and trade show forum in New York that had more than 2,000 attendees, CWCBExpo in LA will offer a comprehensive conference program with the best minds in the medical, legal, financial and product development fields. The educational program will provide unmatched insight on what is needed to succeed in this rapidly changing and growing industry including in-depth workshops on September 16th that cover:

  • Cannabis Careers and a Job Fair
  • Certification in Opening a Cannabis Business
  • Investor BootCamp & CannaPitch
  • Pre-Certification for Doctors & Nurse Practitioners

In addition, conference sessions on September 17-18, will focus on tracks that will provide the full spectrum of business success including sessions for entrepreneurs, growing and sustaining a cannabis business, insight into what’s ahead and what’s next for the industry, and direct access to thought leaders and innovators.

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Appeals Court Rules Pot Smoke Is Not Offensive

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

Residents of Oregon will just have to deal with the odor of marijuana if a neighbor's pot smoke happens to come wafting into their homes. An Oregon Court of Appeals decided on Wednesday that the smell of burning cannabis was no more “unpleasant” then many other common odors and could not be considered an “olfactory assault.”

On the basis that there are a number of truly offensive odors that are considered “physically offensive,” the court ruled that the smell of pot smoke did not exactly fall into this category.

"We are not prepared to declare that the odor of marijuana smoke is equivalent to the odor of garbage,” the ruling stated. “Indeed, some people undoubtedly find the scent pleasing.”

What makes this an important ruling has less to do with people having the right to smoke weed in the privacy of their own home, without overly sensitive neighbors stirring up trouble over the smell, and more to do with civil rights. The verdict surrounds the case of Jared William Lang, who had police show up at his home with a search warrant in 2012 after neighbors complained that they smelled marijuana coming from his apartment.

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Judge Rules Against Pot-Eating Police: Video Allowed Into Evidence

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

A group of Santa Ana police officers are now going to have a tougher time proving to investigators that they are not the corrupt scum the entire nation now believes them to be.

On Wednesday, an Orange County Superior Court judge decided that a surveillance video from the Sky High medical marijuana dispensary, which captured a number of police officers eating pot edibles and poking fun at a disabled patient during a raid, does not violate California’s eavesdropping law and should be allowed into evidence

Earlier last month, HIGH TIMES reported that several Santa Ana cops, who have refused to be identified, filed a lawsuit in an Orange County court in an attempt to prevent the controversial, and highly publicized video from being used against them in an internal investigation.

The suit claimed that because officers were not aware that they were being recorded, believing at the time that they had disabled all the dispensary’s surveillance equipment, that the video was a violation to their privacy rights and, therefore, should be considered inadmissible as evidence.

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UK: Members of Parliament Suggest Pot Use Is a Human Right

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

It is a basic human right for cannabis enthusiasts to consume the herb without any interference from the law, says a new report from the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform. 

In an official publication of Parliament entitled “Guidance on Drug Policy: Interpreting the UN Drug Conventions,” the group argues that the drug war has been a complete failure and that there needs to be some significant changes made, including the legalization of a test cannabis market, in order to develop drug policies rooted in human rights as opposed the current “blanket prohibition” model.

Citing the success of Portugal’s decriminalization efforts, the report goes on to explain that individuals who use marijuana — even hard drugs — should not be criminalized as long as their lifestyle choice does not bring harm to others in the community. This is an argument, the group suggests, that is supported by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

According to the parliamentarians, “For European countries the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular Article 8, could be invoked in support of the argument that possession or purchase or cultivation of drugs for personal use, particularly in small quantities, do not injure other people's rights either directly or indirectly and therefore should not be criminalised.” 

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