Cannabis Coming to Uruguay Pharmacies—At Last

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

Uruguay's government announced last week the granting of licenses to two companies to grow cannabis for commercial distribution. 

Juan Andrés Roballo, head of the National Drug Board, said the two companies chosen out of 22 applicants were Symbiosys and Iccorp, both start-ups financed by Uruguayan and foreign capital.

They will each be allowed to produce two metric tons of cannabis yearly—with the plantations to be guarded by government troops. Uruguayans will be able to purchase 10 grams (about a third of an ounce) weekly. Roballo told reporters that cannabis will go on sale in the country's  pharmacies "in no less than eight months from now."

The move has been a long time coming.

In May 2014, Uruguay's cabinet set a six-month deadline for pharmacy sales. But as November came, regulators backed off setting a firm date because of the country's elections, which returned the leftist Frente Amplio (Broad Front) to power. Conservative challengers who campaigned against the legalization policy were soundly rejected by Uruguay's voters.

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NORML Chapters Lead Reform Efforts On The Local Level

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

norml scholarships drug policy reform conference

State and Local

Excitement filled the air at this year’s Boston Freedom Rally as Massachusetts voters consider two initiatives aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana in 2016. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and Bay State Repeal are both working to collect the signatures needed to qualify for next November’s ballot.

Bay State Repeal, a measure backed by MassCann NORML was a big hit at the Freedom Rally

California NORML’s partnership with ReformCA will guarantee responsible marijuana consumers an opportunity to have their voices heard as stakeholders continue to weigh in on the various initiatives currently being proposed.

California NORML partners in ReformCA 2016 initiative effort

With legalization on this November’s ballot, Ohioans will have a chance to not just end the arrest of thousands of marijuana consumers, they’ll be able to bring relief to people seeking the medicinal benefits of marijuana to treat their ailments.

Eleanor Ahrens, president and founding member of Southeast Ohio NORML awaits relief

Since July, Florida NORML has seen a lot of success with marijuana decriminalization efforts. From Miami-Dade County, to municipalities such as Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach, local governments have embraced this current trend. Several other cities are looking to take action in the months ahead.

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South Dakota tribe to open nation’s first marijuana resort

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

FLANDREAU, S.D. — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel, and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.

But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation’s first marijuana resort on its reservation.

The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.

Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own marijuana and sell it in a smoking lounge that includes a nightclub, arcade games, bar and food service, and eventually, slot machines and an outdoor music venue.

‘‘We want it to be an adult playground,’’ tribal President Anthony Reider said. ‘‘There’s nowhere else in America that has something like this.’’

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Marijuana growers sentenced to federal prison

Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The three remaining defendants in the case of the so-called Kettle Falls Five were sentenced to federal prison on Friday for growing marijuana in a state where both the medical and recreational use of marijuana are legal under Washington laws.

The defendants are known as the Kettle Falls Five because of their original number. They were convicted earlier this year of growing marijuana on their rural property near Kettle Falls, in violation of federal law.

Rolland Gregg was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of probation. His wife Michelle Gregg, 36, was sentenced to one year in prison and three years of probation. Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 56, who is Rolland Gregg's mother, was also sentenced to one year in prison and three years of probation.

All three remain free pending the outcome of appeals.

"I sincerely apologize for violating federal law," Rolland Gregg told U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice prior to sentencing. "I am not the victim here. I am now a felon."

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Lawsuit Filed Against Authorities for Illegal Closure of Dispensaries and Harassment of Patients in Michigan

Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

A lawyer in Warren, Michigan’s third largest city, filed a lawsuit on Monday against the city on behalf of 23 state-approved medical marijuana users who say they are being harassed and ticketed by the Warren police, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The lawsuit also claims that zoning officials in Warren—as well as the police commissioner and mayor—have all cooperated in a policy to shut down the Michigan Safe Transfer Center through a police raid and confiscation of the owners’ property without a search warrant.

Last month, the police illegally stopped each car leaving the Transfer Center and questioned drivers in what constituted an illegal roadblock and illegal searches. Then the police proceeded to raid the center. 

Michael Greiner, the attorney filing the lawsuit and part owner of the center, said that the Transfer Center legally permits caregivers to provide medical cannabis to people who are officially registered with the state of Michigan.

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You Sell Drugs, You Go To Prison – DEA Agents Do It, And They Go On Paid Leave

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

dea emails marijuanaThe United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the worst government agency of all time according to many. There have been calls by American citizens for a long time to de-fund the DEA. A lot of stories have been published lately describing some of the misconduct that goes on within the agency, the most famous of which was the stories about DEA participating in sex parties with prostitutes paid for by cartel leaders in South America.

Misconduct happens way more than the DEA would ever like to admit. But even when it does occur, very rarely does anything happen to the DEA agent(s). They go on paid administrative leave (the federal bureaucrat version of a paid vacation), and usually come back to work after they have enjoyed their time off. It sounds like even the ones that do get fired get their jobs back more often than not. Per USA Today:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed its employees to stay on the job despite internal investigations that found they had distributed drugs, lied to the authorities or committed other serious misconduct, newly disclosed records show.

Lawmakers expressed dismay this year that the drug agency had not fired agents who investigators found attended “sex parties” with prostitutes paid with drug cartel money while they were on assignment in Colombia. The Justice Department alsoopened an inquiry into whether the DEA is able to adequately detect and punish wrongdoing by its agents. 

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