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

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 24th 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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Marijuana Trafficking Falls Following Statewide Legalization According To Federal Government

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 23rd 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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Denver police issue 18 marijuana-related tickets at Saturday's 420 Rally

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 23rd 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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DEA could reclassify marijuana, allowing doctors to conduct more research

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

DENVER — Marijuana users, researchers and investors are eager to hear whether federal officials will remove pot from the same drug classification as heroin, LSD and bath salts.

Federal drug officials say they are considering removing marijuana from what’s known as Schedule 1 classification, with a decision expected this summer.

The current classification makes it illegal to prescribe and declares that marijuana “has no currently accepted medical treatment use," although 24 states permit some form of medical marijuana use.

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/05/21/dea-could-reschedule-marijuana-allowing-doctors-conduct-more-research/84670716/


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New Hampshire: Senate Punts Marijuana Decriminalization Bill To Hostile Conference Committee

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

new hampshire medical marijuanaI received the following disappointing message out of New Hampshire late this week. No one should ever be arrested for cannabis:

Today, the New Hampshire Senate had a golden opportunity to reduce marijuana possession penalties, but they failed to seize it. Rather than passing SB 498, which had been amended by the House to decriminalize possession of one-quarter ounce or less of marijuana for first offenses, the Senate voted to send the bill to a conference committee. This committee will be comprised of three senators and four representatives, who will meet to discuss a possible compromise between the two chambers.

Sadly, the three senators Senate President Chuck Morse named to the committee have all opposed reducing marijuana possession penalties to a violation: Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith), Sen. Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry), and Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D-Laconia). Since a conference committee must unanimously agree on a final bill or else it simply dies, there is little reason for optimism. However, it is still very important for senators to hear from supporters.

Please take a few minutes to find out how your senator voted on the previous decriminalization bill — then call your senator to say thanks or to express your displeasure.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-hampshire-senate-punts-marijuana-decriminalization-bill-to-hostile-conference-committee/


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Oakland Establishes Drug War Reparations and Passes Marijuana Equity Program

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 22nd 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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