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Florida Cop Punches Teen Over Suspicion of Marijuana, No Weed Is Found

Category: News | Posted on Sun, July, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

In some parts of Florida, police now have the authority to use their discretion when it comes to dealing with marijuana-related offenses—while in other jurisdictions, the average citizen can still be subjected to a law enforcement beat-down simply based on odoriferous accusations.

This is brutal reality that three Kissimmee teenagers experienced last week while waiting for a ride in downtown Orlando.

Reports indicate the teens had traveled into Orlando on Sunday evening to catch a mewithoutYou concert at The Social. After the show, Marlo Manzi, Jazmin Ahmed and Ryan Diaz—all 19 years old—sought refuge from the rain inside a residential parking garage to wait for their Uber driver to arrive. However, it wasn’t long before a city bicycle cop showed up to shakedown the teens because a resident reported that she could “smell marijuana” wafting into the building. 

The officer, who has since been identified as Michael Napolitano, attempted to establish some semblance of probable cause by claiming that he, too, detected the odor of marijuana. Based on this declaration, Napolitano then told the teens that they were being detained for a search.

This is when the group of concert-goers began to suspect that their civil rights were at risk of being violated, leading Manzi to pull out his cell phone to record the incident, which struck a nerve with the officer.  

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/florida-cop-punches-teen-over-suspicion-marijuana-no-weed-found


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Marijuana moms shatter the grass ceiling

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

Suburban moms selling marijuana is no longer just the plotline of the Showtime series “Weeds”. It’s a growing reality.

Women are increasingly entering the marijuana market as business owners and customers, as the legal obstacles are gradually cleared and retail spaces grow in number.

Women Grow, a Denver-based industry network for women in the cannabis market, estimates that about 20% of marijuana business owners in the U.S. are female. (Women-owned companies comprise about 30% of all U.S. businesses, but as the majority are nonprofit, they account for just 4% of overall business revenue, according to a 2014 report by the National Association of Women Business Owners.)

In Colorado, the proportion of women in the medical marijuana patient population has grown to 35% in 2015 from 28.5% in 2009, a trend Cassandra Farrington, chief executive of Marijuana Business Daily, says extends nationwide.

Read More:http://www.marketwatch.com/story/suburban-moms-selling-weed-is-no-longer-just-a-tv-plotline-2015-07-09


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Strong Majority Of Likely Denver Voters Support Limited Social Marijuana Use

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana jointA strong majority of likely 2015 voters in Denver support a proposed city initiative that would allow the limited social use of marijuana in commercial establishments that choose to allow it, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday.

Fifty-six percent said they support the measure, which would allow the use — but not sale — of cannabis in areas restricted to individuals 21 years of age and older. Just 40% said they are opposed.

“Denver voters have repeatedly voted in favor of treating marijuana similarly to alcohol,” said initiative proponent Mason Tvert, who co-directed the 2012 Amendment 64 campaign in Colorado. “For the same reasons many adults enjoy having a drink in a social setting, many adults would enjoy using cannabis.

“Adults visiting Denver who can legally purchase cannabis need somewhere to go to consume it,” Tvert said. “The goal here is to reduce the likelihood of marijuana being used on the street and in other public areas.”

Under the proposed measure, businesses that have a license to sell alcohol for onsite consumption would be able to decide whether to allow cannabis consumption on the premises. Businesses that choose to allow only cannabis consumption (without licensed alcohol consumption) would be subject to regulation by the city, including restrictions on location and hours of operation. All commercial establishments that allow adults to use marijuana would be required to comply with the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/strong-majority-of-likely-denver-voters-support-limited-social-marijuana-use/


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U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Marijuana Banking Bill

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

congress medical marijuanaSenators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act today in a much-needed move to allow legitimate marijuana businesses to conduct legal financial operations. While the move sounds like a minor regulatory matter, the lack of clear financial guidelines represents the single greatest obstacle to state-legal marijuana businesses operating safely and profitably. Currently, dispensaries and other businesses in states that have legalized medical marijuana or that allow adult use must operate cash-only businesses because banking services fall under federal, rather than state law.

“Right now, it’s the Wild West for marijuana businesses,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of LEAP. “Criminals know where the dispensaries are. They know the businesses are making thousands of dollars a day and that all of those transactions are in cash. It’s led to some horrific incidents, all courtesy of the federal government. They’re setting these businesses up to fail and, worse, they’re endangering people’s lives.”

Most dispensaries have had to hire expensive private security firms to set up elaborate safety systems and to accompany employees as the cash leaves the premises. Because of these precautions, many dispensaries, even those conducting large volume of sales, retain little profit. States are the other major losers in this scenario as the lack of accountability encourages the underreporting of taxes.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/u-s-senators-introduce-bipartisan-marijuana-banking-bill/


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Federal Government Raids Native American Marijuana Operation

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

In spite of a 2014 memorandum by the Justice Department giving Native American tribes permission to cultivate and sell cannabis on reservation lands, the federal government has apparently decided to go back on its word. On Wednesday, a band of drug agents were sent in to take down two tribal grow operations in Northern California, a raid that reportedly led to the seizure of around 12,000 plants and over 100 pounds of raw cannabis. 

press release issued by the Department of Justice indicates that the Drug Enforcement Administration teamed up with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to bring the heat down on the Pit River XL Reservation and the Alturas Reservation in Modoc County over concerns that they had partnered with a tobacco company to produce marijuana on a large scale.

The search warrant states that probable cause for the raid was established based on word from a number of confidential informants that Canadian businessman Jerry Montour, the CEO of a leading cigarette manufacture, was funding the small tribe’s entire operation. A preliminary investigationuncovered at least 40 grow houses on the reservation, which was supposedly enough to give agents reason to suspect illegal activity. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-government-raids-native-american-marijuana-operation


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Pot-Smoking Indianapolis Church Sues Over Marijuana Laws

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.

The First Church of Cannabis, formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law, filed its lawsuit in Marion Circuit Court in Indianapolis, naming multiple defendants including Gov. Mike Pence and state and local law enforcement officers.

The lawsuit claims church members believe marijuana is a sacrament that "brings us closer to ourselves and others. It is our fountain of health, our love, curing us from illness and depression. We embrace it with our whole heart and spirit, individually and as a group."

The lawsuit says Indiana laws that make possession of marijuana or visiting a place where it is used a punishable offense place a burden on the church's exercise of religion, violating the state and U.S. constitutions.

"We are taking legal action today to ensure love has no barriers in our land," church founder Bill Levin, 59, said at a news conference in front of the Statehouse. "Today we invite the state of Indiana and all its leaders to joyfully meet us in a court of law for clarifications on our core religious values. We look forward to engaging them on the high plane of dignity and discipline, with love and compassion in our hearts, to find a swift and sensible answer for our questions of religious equality."

Read More:http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pot-smoking-indianapolis-church-sues-marijuana-laws-32311459


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