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Colorado Health Officials Want To Ban Almost All Recreational Marijuana Edibles

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
colorado-wants-to-ban-marijuana-ediblesHealth officials in Colorado are calling for what is nearly a full ban on retail marijuana edibles in the state, just 10 months after the first recreational sales of marijuana began.
 
The Associated Press' Kristen Wyatt first reported Monday on the Colorado Department of Health and Environment's request for a ban on the majority of marijuana-infused food products in the state.
 
The call for a ban from the state Health Department comes as multiple lawmakers, state marijuana industry representatives and state officials have made recommendations to be included in a Colorado House bill that seeks additional restrictions on the sale of edible marijuana products, all of which will be discussed in a working group Monday.
 
"Prohibit the production of retail edible marijuana products other than a simple lozenge/hard candy or tinctures that are plainly labeled using universal symbol(s) and that users can add to their products at home," Colorado Health Department officials wrote in their recommendation, obtained by The Huffington Post. "Hard candy/lozenges would be manufactured in single 10 mg doses/lozenges and tinctures would be produced and labeled with dosing instructions, such as two drops equals 10 mg."
 
When reached for comment by The Huffington Post, Health Deputy Director of Communications Jan Stapleman said the agency will not be making a statement about the department's recommendations for the bill until after Monday's working group meeting ends.
 
The House bill's language requires that a working group be assembled before the bill's passage to discuss concerns, recommendations and requests regarding marijuana edibles in the state. The working group will not draft rules or conduct rule-making. Instead, it will produce a report with the recommendations and provide that to the state legislature so lawmakers can best understand the issues and range of available recommendations.
 
The Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division, which oversees the state's marijuana industry including sales of edibles, will make the final rules based on the recommendations from the working group and state lawmakers after the 2015 legislative session.
 
"It is important to note that we will be collecting both supportive and dissenting opinions for each recommendation during the working group process and these opinions will be included in the Division's report to the general assembly," Natriece Bryant, communications specialist at Colorado's Department of Revenue, told HuffPost. "The Division views its primary role as a facilitator to the working group process and as drafter of the final report, it is our role, at this juncture, to ensure that all of the underlying issues and potential recommendations are identified, considered and included in the report.
 

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New Marijuana Possession Laws Go Into Effect In Philadelphia

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – New laws go into effect on Monday relaxing the punishment for some types of marijuana possession in Philadelphia.
 
Police will now issue a $25 fine to anyone caught with less than an ounce of pot. Someone caught smoking marijuana in public will receive a $100 fine and up to nine hours of community service.
 
Officials say the new policy does not legalize marijuana use or possession, but it allows law enforcement to focus on more serious offenses.
 

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Denver considers banning home production of butane hash oil

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
hash-oil-production-banned-in-denverA Denver City Council committee Tuesday delayed proposed restrictions on home hash oil production so that they could be amended to accommodate residents who use an alcohol-based process.
 
Several people argued for the change to the Safety and Well-Being Committee, including the father of a little girl who depends on cannabis oil to treat her severe epilepsy. The committee will resume the discussion on the proposed ordinance and could vote Oct. 16 on whether to send it to the full council.
 
The proposal would ban the amateur use of butane or other gases in extractions of oil from marijuana. That’s resulted in dozens of home explosions statewide this year. Licensed businesses still could use that process, but people who make hash oil at home would have to use safer water- and food-based methods.
 
Brian Wilson, whose family moved from New Jersey to Denver earlier this year so his 3-year-old daughter Vivian could use medical marijuana treatments, said neither of those methods would produce the kind of oil suitable for her. He uses an ethanol-based extraction process.
 
“I didn’t move out here to put her more at risk,” Wilson said.
 
Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade told the committee that the proposal likely could be amended to allow alcohol-based methods, with limits on use of heat and amount of alcohol to keep it safe.
 

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Steelers' Bell hoping to get first-offender's deal in marijuana case

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
steelers-player-charged-for-marijuanaPittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell waived his right to a preliminary hearing on marijuana possession and driving under the influence charges and hopes to enter a first-offender's program that could result in the charges being dismissed and his record expunged, his attorney said Wednesday.
 
Defense attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. said Bell is also being tested for drugs weekly under NFL rules and will likely face a two-game NFL suspension once the criminal case wraps up, probably early next year.
Bell didn't comment before or after the hearing, but Del Greco described the player as "a 22-year-old who recognizes his mistake."
 
"By all indications from what I can tell, hopefully Le'Veon will never be standing next to a criminal defense attorney again," Del Greco said.
 
Bell and fellow Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount, were arrested Aug. 20 after a motorcycle officer in Ross Township, outside Pittsburgh, smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle the men were in with a female friend.
Police contend the players acknowledged buying and smoking some of the pot, though Bell told police he wasn't high when pulled over at 1:30 p.m.
 
Blount's preliminary hearing has been moved to Dec. 10 because of a scheduling conflict by his defense attorney, Casey White. White told The Associated Press that he's also spoken to Allegheny County prosecutors about whether Blount might also enter the first-offender's program, but said that and other aspects of the case remained up in the air.
 
Under the program, defendants don't plead guilty but are placed on probation, usually for a year. They can ask the court to dismiss the charges and clear their arrest record if they complete the probation without incident.
 

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Sophisticated Hash Oil Lab, $300K In Marijuana Found

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
hash-oil-lab-foundSANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — A Santa Cruz County task force arrested a 30-year-old man last Thursday and confiscated more than $300,000 worth of marijuana after finding a sophisticated hash oil lab in Santa Cruz, a task force official said.
 
Last Thursday, the Santa Cruz Police Department received an anonymous tip about a drug lab in a residence in the 100 block of Fairland Way, a block north of state Highway 1 and a few blocks west of Dominican Hospital, authorities said.
 
The Police Department called the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team’s Narcotic Task Force, made up of law officers from multiple jurisdictions, to investigate the tip, team Cmdr. Mario Sulay reported.
 
At 6 p.m. that day, members of the task force contacted the resident of the house on Fairland, 30-year-old Justin Pullman, and while speaking to him, corroborated the information from the tip, Sulay said.
 
Agents from the task force obtained a warrant to search Pullman’s home and discovered inside a clandestine butane honey oil, or BHO, lab, where flammable gases are used to extract a concentrated oil from marijuana vegetation, Sulay reported.
 
The lab included sophisticated extraction equipment capable of producing large amounts of BHO, including 41 5-gallon tanks of butane gas, 96 pounds of marijuana leaves and stems, 86 pounds of marijuana buds and 5 pounds of BHO, task force agents said.
 
The task force estimated that with the marijuana vegetation and buds recovered from the suspect’s home, the lab could have yielded 30 pounds of the honey oil with a street value of more than $300,000.
 

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Aurora's First Marijuana Shop Opens

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
first-mj-shop-in-co-aurora-opens-upAURORA, Colo. (CBS4/AP) - Aurora’s first recreational marijuana store opened on Monday in a converted bank building that boasts built-in security.
 
Euflora, which has a downtown Denver location already, delayed opening by two weeks, as the company completed necessary renovations Aurora asked for, including parking lot and green space improvements.
 
“The fact that we were two weeks delayed was a little disappointing, but the fact that we’re going to be the first to open is extremely exciting to us,” owner Jamie Perino said. “There’s just a lot of details that they’re looking at.”
 
The first of two expected Euflora stores in Aurora debuted at 10 a.m. on Monday in the 6200 block of South Gun Club Road. The company plans to open another Aurora location on South Buckley Road and East Quincy Avenue.
Perino said the company will staff 30 employees once its third store opens.
 
Aurora has granted licenses to 21 recreational marijuana dispensaries. The city has not yet added a local sales tax onto statewide sales and excise taxes of 27.9 percent. But Aurora voters will consider extra 2 percent local sales taxes on ballots next month.
Statewide, Colorado has more than 250 licensed recreational pot shoyyps.
 
Aurora didn’t allow medical marijuana sales but has decided to allow recreational marijuana. Denver requires stores to close at 7 p.m., but Aurora allows stores to stay open until 10 p.m.
 

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