Native American Tribe In South Dakota To Open Marijuana Resort

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 30th 2015 by THCFinder
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One of the sectors of the cannabis industry that excites me most is the entertainment sector. There are new things popping up all the time that have me thinking to myself, ‘that sounds fun, I’d actually pay to do that.’ Whether it’s a bud and breakfast, or a tour, or a marijuana recreation center (like one in Keizer, Oregon – BINGO night with joints? Yes please!), I am absolutely all about doing fun stuff that I have always loved doing, but enhanced with cannabis.

I always tell people you can’t just simply sell cannabis these days. Long gone are the days of getting a shop and/or a garden, and simply ‘existing’ and expecting to succeed. People have to be creative, and create things that draw people in and then sell them the cannabis. A tribe in South Dakota seems to have that idea, as they are planning on starting what it sounds like is America’s first ever marijuana resort. Per CNBC:

Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot 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 American that has something like this.”

The project, according to the tribe, could generate up to $2 million a month in profit, and work is already underway on the growing facility. The first joints are expected to go on sale Dec. 31 at a New Year’s Eve party.

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FBI Report: Someone Is Arrested Every 51 Seconds for Marijuana Possession

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

The success of cannabis legalization across the United States over the past several years has somewhat convinced the American public that the War on Weed is a dying animal. However, thelatest national crimes statistics published earlier this week by the FBI reveal that law enforcement agencies are continuing to bust people for minor marijuana offenses at a rate significantly higher than arrests for other “epidemic” drugs. 

According to the report, the boys in blue made over 700,000 marijuana-related arrests in 2014, which represents an increase for the first time since 2009. Although this inflation of handcuffs does not show a major uprising in the way cops in prohibition districts are still handling weed, it does suggest that these forces have at least ramped up their marijuana enforcement to a degree—despite public opinion showing nationwide support for pot legalization.

What is most alarming, however, is that the majority of these arrests were not attributed to hardcore drug trafficking operations, but for simple possession.

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Indiana Schools Use “Marijuana Goggles” to Misinform Kids About Stoned Driving

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

An Indiana school system believes that using scare tactics and other modern day renditions of reefer madness is an effective method for preventing youngsters from experimenting with marijuana.

A recent report from WISH-TV reveals that educators in Hancock County have teamed up with the Neighbors Against Substance Abuse (NASA) and the local Youth Council to fit teens with “Marijuana Goggles” in order to demonstrate what it is like to drive stoned.

Supposedly, by employing this new technique, kids will learn what it is like to be high and make bad decisions on the road without ever having to actually partake in the substance.

“Anytime you can do an activity — something that’s interactive with them, or something that provides education, that’s great. These actually simulate the loss of some of your cognitive functions,” said Tim Rutherford with NASA.

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FBI Reports Annual Marijuana Arrests In U.S. Increased Last Year For The First Time Since 2009

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana prohibition waste tax moneyThe annual number of arrests for marijuana offenses in the U.S. increased last year for the first time since 2009, according to the Uniform Crime Report released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An estimated 700,993 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana-related offenses in 2014 — up from 693,058 in 2013 — of which 88.42% were for possession. On average, one person was arrested for a marijuana-related offense in the U.S. approximately every 45 seconds (every 51 seconds for possession).

The full report is available at

Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“These numbers refute the myth that nobody actually gets arrested for using marijuana.

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Drug Policy Alliance To Host The Biennial 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

drug policy alliance dea debate aspen ideas festivalWhich states will be next to legalize marijuana? What needs to happen to end mass incarceration? What can be done to pressure the Obama administration and the next President around drug policy and criminal justice reform? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do black people go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? What role can faith leaders play in organizing and mobilizing their congregations to end the drug war?

More than 1,200 people will gather to ponder these questions and many more at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Arlington, VA November 18-21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel.

In the past decade, voters and legislators have enacted hundreds of drug policy reforms that reduce the role of criminalization in drug policy. Building on the momentum from these victories, more than 1,200 drug policy experts, health care and drug treatment professionals, elected officials, law enforcement, students, and formerly incarcerated people from around the country and across the world will gather to promote alternatives to the failed war on drugs.

Below is a small sampling of the 50+ panels at the conference. Check in the near future for a full list of panels, including descriptions and speakers:

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Attorneys In Hawaii Cannot Be Hired To Help Start Medical Marijuana Businesses

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

hawaii medical marijuanaAnyone who has ever started a medical marijuana business knows that there’s a lot to it. It’s much more than simply paying for a business license, renting a place, and opening for business. There are more things involved with starting a medical marijuana business than most other businesses. What are the local regulations, if any? What are the state regulations? What changes to those regulations are likely to occur in the future? What things need to happen to be in compliance with those regulations (potentially for the time being!). Did I mention the usual legal issues that go into a business, such as intellectual property rights, operating agreements, etc.?

For obvious reasons, serious medical marijuana entrepreneurs need to seek legal advice from an attorney. Unfortunately for those entrepreneurs in Hawaii, they will not be able to get legal advice for starting a business. The Disciplinary Board of the Hawai’i Supreme Court was asked the following two questions:

  1. whether a lawyer may provide legal advice about act 241 (which legalized medical marijuana dispensaries)
  2. whether a lawyer may provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business “when such acts are expressly authorized under [Act 241], but remain a crime under federal law, albeit with a low enforcement priority.

As far as I know, every state that has ruled on this has ruled that attorneys can indeed work with marijuana businesses. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Hawaii. The Supreme Court ruled that attorneys can talk about the act itself, but that’s where the counsel ends. Attorneys cannot help businesses setup their operations. So unfortunately, entrepreneurs will have to go it on their own. I expect a flood of mediocre (and that’s putting it nicely) consultants coming to Hawaii to help businesses out. This is not good for patients, and it’s not good for Hawaii.




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