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Congress Just Ended The Ban On Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

The federal ban on medical marijuana is finally a thing of the past. Slipped inside a major budgetary spending bill that was purported to prevent the government from shutting down, is an interesting earmarked section that finally lifts the federal ban on medical marijuana.

The relevant excerpt of bill H.R. 83 text reads as follows:
 

 
“Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. Sec. 539. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 7606 (“Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

Cassandra Fairbanks, of the Bipartisan Report, notes that “The measure allows states to implement their own policies regarding medical marijuana, meaning the Department of Justice is now barred from interfering with state medical cannabis laws.”

Read More:https://www.420magazine.com/forums/medical-marijuana-news/265254-congress-just-ended-ban-medical-marijuana.html


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Small Amounts of Cannabis Can Improve Some People’s Driving Ability, Says Scientists

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Earlier this week, academics from the Cannabis Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society held an open Ask Me Anything session in Reddit’s Science community to take all your questions about the most talked about plant around: marijuana.

In the AMA, the researchers say they are constantly having to defend their research projects. Even though they’re not breaking any laws, they mention that their peers constantly make “wild assumptions” about their work with marijuana.

That’s not surprising considering they work in a controversial field. What is surprising, however, are some of the studies they brought up in the discussion.

Read More:https://upvoted.com/2015/12/26/small-amounts-of-cannabis-can-improve-some-peoples-driving-ability-says-scientists/


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Man Argues DC Pot Laws Make Brownie Business Legal

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man accused of running a business known as "Kush Gods" that openly sold marijuana brownies and other pot-laced edibles on the streets of Washington has been released from custody - and he's anything but apologetic.

District of Columbia police announced Tuesday that Nicholas Cunningham, 30, and an employee, Evonne Lidoff, 18, were facing misdemeanor charges of marijuana distribution. They were released after their initial court appearances and ordered to stay away from the nightlife districts where police say they were operating.

Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use is legal in the District of Columbia. It's also legal to grow pot at home, and to give it away. But selling the drug is illegal. That's why Kush Gods asked for "donations" rather than listing prices for its products.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/man-argues-dc-pot-laws-make-brownie-business-legal


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DOJ Suspends Asset Forfeiture Equitable Sharing Payment Program

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 25th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via StopTheDrugWar.Org)

Asset forfeiture is not a topic that enough people know about, even though it is one of the main tools in the war on drugs. Law enforcement can basically take stuff now, and ask questions later. Or in some cases, not even really ask any questions at all. For a very long time now, law enforcement can say that cash, cars, and other assets were used in illegal activity, and take those things, even if charges are never filed against the person they took them from. I’ve heard of it happening too many times to count. One of my friends was driving from Illinois to Oregon and had $18,000 taken from him, even though he wasn’t doing anything illegal and was never charged with anything.

Asset forfeiture is a very large funding source for many law enforcement agencies, some of which abuse the funding. There are going to be some changes for the foreseeable future however. Per the Institute for Justice:

On Monday, following the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program announced that it would defer all equitable sharing payments for forfeitures, both civil and criminal, to state, local, and tribal partners for the foreseeable future. Following the DOJ’s announcement, the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a statement, saying that the decision was “detrimental to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/doj-suspends-asset-forfeiture-equitable-sharing-payment-program/


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Volunteers give away free marijuana joints to the homeless on Christmas Eve in Denver

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (KMGH) - A local nonprofit hit the streets of downtown Denver on Christmas Eve and gave away a thousand free, pre-rolled marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one.

"Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year's," said one woman who accepted a joint.

Nick Dicenzo, the founder of Cannabis Can and the one responsible for handing out the free weed, said they're trying to raise awareness about homelessness and encourage people to donate to their cause.

The cause? To raise money to buy several RV's and provide restrooms and showers for those in need. Dicenzo said their goal is to use weed for good and to bring people together to make a difference.

Read More:http://www.wxyz.com/news/volunteers-give-away-free-pot-to-the-homeless-this-christmas-eve-and-its-all-for-a-good-cause


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The Smoke Clears On California Marijuana Legalization As AUMA Takes Center Stage

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

vote for california marijuana initiativesBy Phillip Smith

After several years of jostling since the defeat of Proposition 19 in 2010, the smoke has cleared in California and it now appears that a single, well-funded marijuana legalization initiative will go before the voters next November. That vehicle is the California Control, Tax, and Regulate Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), backed by Silicon Valley tech billionaire Sean Parker, WeedMaps head Justin Hartfield, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), and a growing cast of state and national players.

The AUMU has sucked all the air out of the room for other proposed initiatives, most notably the measure from the California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (ReformCA), which had been widely assumed to the effort around which the state’s various cannabis factions could coalesce.

Instead, more than half of the ReformCA board members have now endorsed the AUMA, including Oaksterdam University founder and Prop 19 organizer Richard Lee, California Cannabis Industry Association director Nate Bradley, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) head Neill Franklin, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) deputy director Stacia Cosner, and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap head David Bronner.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/the-smoke-clears-on-california-marijuana-legalization-as-auma-takes-center-stage/


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