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California Teamsters Oppose Marijuana Initiative

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

While it may sound a bit strange for the nation’s leading labor union to take a stand against any industry that promises to create thousands of new jobs and generate millions of dollars in new revenue, the California Teamsters recently said that the union does not support a ballot initiative aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana because it would cut its members out of the loop.

The Teamsters union, an organization looking out for the interests of truckers and warehouse workers, has donated a significant amount of money to an anti-drug campaign that is trying to prevent marijuana from being legalized in California this November. A recent report from the Intercept shows the Teamsters recently dropped $25,000 into a fund supporting the Coalition for Responsible Drug Policies—the same lobbying effort being financed by law enforcement and prison groups all across the state. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/california-teamsters-oppose-marijuana-initiative

 

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Prominent Physicians’ Organization Throws Support Behind Effort To End Marijuana Prohibition In Rhode Island

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

regulate rhode islandDoctors for Cannabis Regulation, an organization led by some of the most prominent physicians in the country, has formally endorsed the effort to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use in Rhode Island.

The addition of DFCR to the Regulate Rhode Island coalition comes at a pivotal time, just as state lawmakers are considering legislation to end marijuana prohibition.

Members of DFCR’s leadership team include former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders; integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil; Dr. H. Westley Clark, former director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Dr. Chris Beyrer, founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights; Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Dr. David Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Community Health at Brown University; Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital; and Dr. David Nathan, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/prominent-physicians-organization-throws-support-behind-effort-to-end-marijuana-prohibition-in-rhode-island/


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NYPD Police Chief Thinks Legal Pot Causes Violence

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 23rd 2016 by THCFinder

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was apparently absent the day his high school history teacher explained to the class how the days of alcohol prohibition influenced more than a decade of lawlessness throughout the Land of the Free.

During a recent appearance on AM 970’s “Cat’s Round Table,” Bratton told host John Catsimatidis that marijuana is the reason there has been a surge in violent crime across the five boroughs. “Here in New York,” Bratton explained, “most of the violence we see is involving marijuana, and I have to scratch my head as we are seeing many states wanting to legalize marijuana, and more liberalization of policies.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/nypd-police-chief-thinks-legal-pot-causes-violence


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Denver police issue 18 marijuana-related tickets at Saturday's 420 Rally

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

Denver Police issued 18 citations for marijuana consumption Saturday at the rescheduled 420 Rally in Civic Center park, said Doug Schepman, a police spokesperson.

That's significantly less than the 60 citations handed out on April 20, when thousands gathered in Civic Center to celebrate the holiday devoted to smoking marijuana.

While recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Colorado with the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012, consuming in public remains illegal.

Read More:http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29925299/denver-police-issue-18-marijuana-related-tickets-at


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Marijuana Trafficking Falls Following Statewide Legalization According To Federal Government

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

oregon marijuanaBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Federal marijuana trafficking prosecutions have declined significantly since the passage of statewide laws regulating the plant’s production and retail sale to adults, according to data provided by the United States Sentencing Commission.

According to the new report, the number of marijuana trafficking offenders prosecuted at the federal level fell dramatically after 2012 — declining from over 6,000 annually to fewer than 4,000 in 2015.

“The number of marijuana traffickers rose slightly over time until a sharp decline in fiscal year 2013 and the number continues to decrease,” the report concludes.

The period of decline overlaps with the passage and enactment of adult marijuana sales in various US states, including Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

Federal data also reports a similar decline in cocaine trafficking since 2012. By contrast, federal prosecutions for heroin and methamphetamine trafficking have slowly risen over the better part of the past ten years.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-trafficking-falls-following-statewide-legalization-according-to-federal-government/


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Oakland Establishes Drug War Reparations and Passes Marijuana Equity Program

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

On Tuesday, Oakland’s City Council unanimously passed a revolutionary new program in which Oakland residents who have been jailed for pot within the last 10 years will go to the front of the line to apply for legal weed permits.

This first-in-the-nation concept seeks to redefine the terms of reparations in post-drug war America.  

The Equity Permit Program is the brainchild of Councilmember Desley Brooks, who has stated publicly that she wants a form of economic reparations for people and neighborhoods that have been affected by the war on marijuana.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/oakland-establishes-drug-war-reparations-and-passes-marijuana-equity-program

 


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