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Texas Preparing to Hire Pot Growers Despite a Non-Existent Cannabis Industry

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Although the state’s attempt at launching a medicinal marijuana market is destined to provide limited opportunities for those gunning to get in on the green rush, Texas is reportedly on the verge of hiring pot growers to produce low-THC strains of cannabis oil for hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from epilepsy. However, while the news of this venture sings a sweet tune at face value, the language of the law passed earlier this year will make it difficult, if not impossible, for patients and businesses, alike, to relish in any benefits. 

In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law allowing patients suffering from epilepsy to have access to cannabis oil, going a step further than states like Georgia by permitting a cultivation and distribution operation that would allow those suffering from seizures to gain access to effective medicine without traveling out of state. Unfortunately, the law was pushed through with a major flaw to its wording, which forces patients to obtain a “prescription” for cannabis oil as opposed to receiving a “recommendation”—an oversight that will force every doctor in Texas to shy away from medical marijuana. 

According to the Controlled Substances Act, “doctors may not 'prescribe' marijuana for medical use under federal law, though they can 'recommend' its use under the First Amendment."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/texas-preparing-hire-pot-growers-despite-non-existent-cannabis-industry


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Colorado Cannabis Chamber Warns Against Overregulation Of Edible Products

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

mint chocolate chip cookies marijuanaToday, the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce urged against a culture of dangerous potential overregulation of legal cannabis edibles in Colorado.

At the HB13-1361 and HB14-1366 Work Group Meeting on August 11, the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) of the Department of Revenue (DOR) discussed with various stakeholders the creation of new rules surrounding all edible cannabis products.

The Chamber also stands behind the consensus at the meeting regarding standard measurement procedures and the need for public education to always be the number one priority.

However, many proposed new regulations on edible products could create a strong negative impact not only on legal, licensed, compliant marijuana business throughout Colorado, but also on public safety for adults and children alike.

“The more we encourage overregulation, the more we risk pushing marijuana activity back onto the black market and into home kitchens without oversight or any regulation whatsoever,” said Tyler Henson, President of the Cannabis Chamber.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-cannabis-chamber-warns-against-overregulation-of-edible-products/


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Marijuana Users Should Be Outraged Over This New Dangerous Trend

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Let’s be clear about this. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug that does not contain marijuana but rather contains any of a variety of plants sprayed with laboratory-produced chemicals.”

Known by various names, including synthetic cannabinoids, Spice, K2, Black Mamba and Crazy Clown, these drugs are responsible for an increasing number of harmful and dangerous reactions.  

“The most commonly reported adverse health effects associated with synthetic cannabinoid use were agitation, tachycardia [elevated heart rate], drowsiness or lethargy, vomiting, and confusion,” the CDC reports.

These drugs have become popular because consumers have been duped into thinking they are a legal form of marijuana. Often sold over the counter as herbal products, many forms of these chemical-laced products have been banned. Nonetheless, they remain available in the illicit market and in some legal forms due to different chemical compositions.

Marijuana users should be outraged over this slanderous and fraudulent reference to the cannabis plant. These drugs do not contain cannabinoids, natural or synthetic, and are in no way related to marijuana and/or the cannabis plant.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/read/marijuana-users-should-be-outraged-over-new-dangerous-trend


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Hundreds of Local Cops Are Requesting Armored Trucks To Fight War on Weed

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

For over 20 years, the Pentagon has been giving away surplus military gear to local police departments through the Department of Defense's 1033 program. The program largely evaded public scrutiny until last year's events in Ferguson literally drove big armored trucks into the national spotlight, sparking heated debate about police militarization. 

Although law enforcement agencies have defended their use of combat equipment—citing hostage situations, terrorist attacks and mass shootings—a recent investigation by Mother Jones found that most cops aren't putting those answers on their request forms.

The magazine obtained 465 requests for armored vehicles (specifically, the iconic mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP) filed with the Pentagon between 2012 and 2014, and very few forms specified any type of "worst-case scenario" as their reasoning.

No, the most common reason cops asked for armored trucks was to combat drugs.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/hundreds-local-cops-are-requesting-armored-trucks-fight-war-weed


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Colorado May Ban 'Candy' Name on Marijuana Treats

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

Edible marijuana products in Colorado may soon come labeled with a red stop sign, according to a draft of new rules released Wednesday by state marijuana regulators.

The state may also ban the word "candy" from edible pot products, even if they're sweets such as suckers or gummy chews.

The new pot symbol — an octagon stop-sign shape with the letters "THC" to indicate marijuana's psychoactive ingredient — would have to be on individual edible items, not just labels. Liquid marijuana products would be limited to single-serve packaging — defined as 10 milligrams of THC.

"It's time we have a tool to really let people know there is pot in something," said Diane Carlson of Smart Colorado, a parents' group that has pushed for giving edible pot a distinct look.

Regulators rejected an earlier proposal to mark edible pot with a weed-leaf symbol after parents complained the symbol would simply attract children, not dissuade them from eating the products.

Read More:http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/colorado-ban-candy-marijuana-treats-33022733


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Justice Department Intentionally Bamboozled Congress on Marijuana Amendment

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

The Department of Justice told Congress last year that the proposed attachment of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to a federal spending bill would “limit or possibly eliminate the department’s ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases.” To drive this home, the department issued a list of “informal talking points,” which were “intended to discourage passage” of the measure, according to a document obtained by Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority.

Yet, nearly two months after the provision was passed in the House of Representatives and signed into law by President Obama, a memo released by Patty Merkamp Stemler, chief of the DOJ’s appellate division, admits the talking points do not “reflect our current thinking,” and that the amendment does not offer "any limitations on our ability to investigate and prosecute crimes involving recreational marijuana." 

Although a number of House members voiced concerns last year over the reach of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, claiming that it would cripple the DEA’s ability to enforce federal law, the DOJ memo, which is dated February 27, 2015, suggests that the provision does nothing of the kind. In fact, while lawmakers who supported the measure were under the impression that they were taking the heat off dispensaries and patients in medical marijuana states, it turns out that the full scope of the provision does not offer any protection for the medical marijuana community.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/report-justice-department-intentionally-bamboozled-congress-marijuana-amendment


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