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Fewer Marijuana Packages Found In US Mail After Recreational Marijuana Sales Legalized

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

usps mail marijuana fed exI have yet to see a significant prediction made by marijuana opponents prior to marijuana legalization occurring that has come true. There is no mayhem on the roadways. There is no epidemic of marijuana getting in the hands of children. Last time I checked the sky is still in tact, the American economy hasn’t lit on fire due to a generation of stoner zombies being a part of the workforce, and there has been no ‘ten dollars in social costs for every one tax dollar generated by the marijuana industry.’ One prediction that I heard a lot from marijuana opponents before recreational marijuana was legalized is that the legal marijuana grown in legal states would flood non-legal states, especially via the mail. Turns out the math says otherwise.

In 2014, the same year that legal recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado and Washington, marijuana packages found in the mail actually dipped. Per US News:

The amount of marijuana detected in the national mail system surprisingly declined in 2014 as the world’s first licensed recreational marijuana stores opened in two Western states, appearing to dash at least some predictions of chaos as other jurisdictions move to legalize the drug.

Data provided to U.S. News by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service show the number of marijuana parcels seized by inspectors fell more than 12 percent in fiscal 2014, with a coinciding decrease in the collective weight of contraband cannabis.

The fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2013, three months before pot stores opened in Colorado, and ended on Sept. 30, 2014, three months after stores opened in Washington state. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/fewer-marijuana-packages-us-mail-after-marijuana-sales-legalized/


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Catapult Wants To Be The Starbucks Of Marijuana-Infused Coffee

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

James Hull recently went back to his roots as a 3rd generation horticulturist after a career in high-tech engineering.  The result? Catapult, a Marijuana-infused coffee which according to Hull makes you feel blissful and energetic at the same time.
 
It seems only natural that Hull runs his company, Fairwinds Mfg., just a few hours south of America’s coffee capital, Seattle.
 
(Catapult coffee from Fairwinds Mfg should not be confused with Fairwinds coffee from The Rogers Family Company which makes traditional coffee in California)
 
Hull got his new business going quickly and funded it himself. The pace was intense, he said. From February of 2014 to February of 2015, Hull and his wife moved into a camper on the facility’s property so he could work day and night with a small group of employees including other horticulturists, chemists and a microbiologist. He dipped into some of his savings and assets to fund the creation of the facility.
 
Now growing and processing marijuana, Hull has released his inner-geek to employ all the latest technology.  The air in Fairwinds’ grow facility is filtered six times per hour through a bank of Hepa filters, computers control fertilizer injection for the plants as well as environmental aspects of the grow rooms like humidity, temperature, air flow, light and CO2 supplementation to maximize the plants’ yield.  It’s a far cry from his family’s flower shop where he spent his teenage summers. The mechanized operation means he needs just 10 employees to help him run the company.
 

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TMZ: 10 NBA players want marijuana taken off list of banned substances

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Marijuana use is becoming a progressively more complicated issue in America following the passing of state legislation to make its sell and use legal. Some states remain firmly against such measures. 

The league has maintained its position that marijuana falls under the category of banned substances, with a positive tests resulting in increasing punishments, including suspension.

TMZ says it spoke with 10 NBA players, who said they want the league to remove marijuana from the banned substances list, if a player has a prescription. (Many states allow the sale and use of medical marijuana for various conditions.)

We asked 10 active NBA players (all of whom wanted to remain anonymous) ... and they all made it very clear -- it's time to legalize it!!! One player told us, "How can you tell a guy with a prescription not to use it?? They should be allowed to have their medicine."
Another said ... "The NBA shouldn't advertise for it, but I don't see an issue if a player uses [with a prescription]."
Read More:http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25200344/tmz-players-seeking-removal-of-marijuana-from-banned-substances-list

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Denver's first openly weed-friendly hotel opens for business

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Rest easy, globe-trotting cannabis connoisseurs: Denver now has an openly marijuana-friendly hotel.

Nativ, which opened for business on Thursday in the LoDo District, has no lava lamps or Bob Marley posters, or whatever people generally associate with stoner culture. Colorado has been trying to ditch that image long before Amendment 64 passed, which allowed recreational marijuana to be purchased and consumed in private residences starting Jan. 1, 2014.

The hotel features a variety of suites and room packages, each with a distinct style and amenities. Each floor also has its own identity in an attempt to eliminate the mind-numbing monotony typically associated with hotels.

"It's definitely not a stoner hotel," Nativ COO Mike Alexander told The Denver Channel. "I think that in general, marijuana has a stigma attached to it and I think we're breaking that."

Aside from the luxurious rooms with flatscreen TVs, private patios with fire pits, mini bars — you get it, it's fancy — the hotel also features a bar and restaurant called Portions, fronted by chef Aaron May, which features a self-pour beer wall with 20 different craft brews. This is Colorado, after all.

Read More:http://mashable.com/2015/05/29/denver-marijuana-pot-hotel/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedly


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Police Are Using Prepaid Card Readers to Seize Drug Money

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

What once was a practice used primarily by the United States government to crack down on international drug traffickers is now being used by local law enforcement agencies in hopes of seizing more money connected to black market drug trade.

A recent report from the Arizona Journal indicates that the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office has been approved to begin using ERAD-Prepaid debit card readers during traffic stops that result in the discovery of illegal drugs. The overall goal, according to Sheriff KC Clark, is to bust people running dope along Interstate 40, while allowing his department to become more profitable from these types of arrests. 

While it can be difficult for cartel soldiers and mid-level domestic dope dealers to smuggle large amounts of cash undetected across America, many have caught on to the scheme of putting dirty money on pre-paid credit cards. This makes it easier for drug dealers to skate by the hounds of law enforcement, providing them with a financial invisibility cloak, of sorts, which has the potential to protect them from relinquishing substantial quantities of cash in the event of a roadside shakedown. It is also a lot less suspicious than carrying around stacks of paper currency.

Several years ago, however, a proposed amendment to the Bank Secrecy Act, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen), sought to cripple this modern method of money laundering by suggesting that the Department of Homeland Security require travelers, specifically in the case of international passages, to declare the amounts on their prepaid credit cards. The supposed objectiveof this amendment was to create a modernized extension of policies pertaining to the declaration of checks, money orders, and travelers checks. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/police-are-using-prepaid-card-readers-seize-drug-money


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Sea Cliff company secures marijuana production facility

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

A Sea Cliff company competing to win a New York State medical marijuana license and open a dispensary on Long Island Friday announced it has secured a manufacturing facility upstate.
 
PalliaTech Inc. said it has agreed to lease a 65,000- square-foot facility, part of a former Pfizer Inc. research and manufacturing center near New York's border with Canada, to grow and refine cannabis plants into medicinal form.
 
Financial terms of PalliaTech's lease were not disclosed. The deal, which gives the company the option to lease an additional 85,000 square feet at the site north of Plattsburgh in Clinton County, is contingent on PalliaTech's winning a medical marijuana license from the state Health Department.
 
Richard Taney, PalliaTech's president and chief executive, said the "turnkey pharmaceutical R&D facility that can be brought online very quickly" would help New Yorkers who suffer from illnesses that can be treated with medical cannabis.
 
In a separate development, Empire State Compassionate Care, another contender for one of the five licenses New York State plans to issue, has hired Michael Balboni, a former state senator from Nassau County and Homeland Security adviser under two governors, to help direct the company's safety, security and compliance operations.
 

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