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Pot Is Making a Comeback in Colombia

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

Things are changing in Colombia, where drug traffickers, guerrillas and military groups once terrorized everyone from peasants to politicians. At the center of the violence, most would argue, were drugs—mostly cocaine but also pot.

Now, medical marijuana entrepreneurs are coming out from the shadows. According to Colombia’s constitution, weed cultivation and consumption is legal for medicinal purposes, although the Health and Social Protection Ministry has not yet created regulations for prescribing treatments, Camilo García, executive director of the Colombian Cannabis Research Center, told OZY.

Patients in need of medical pot have been pushing the Colombian government to reform laws and lift all restrictions. A bill introduced last year was endorsed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, as well as a majority of Colombians.

Although some Colombians see legalization of medical marijuana as opening the door to recreational use, others worry that keeping it under-regulated could have more serious outcomes.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-making-comeback-colombia


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LAW ENFORCEMENT: Marijuana seizures increasing

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

A new Riverside County ordinance intended to curb for-profit marijuana growing is set to go into effect on Thursday and sheriff’s officials for months have been issuing stern warnings to property owners that it’s illegal to grow marijuana on their land.

But the threat of a crackdown doesn’t appear to have slowed the marijuana growing.

Sheriff’s officials say they are on track to eradicate even more pot-growing operations this year than last.

“There’s no shortage,” said Lt. Paul Bennett, who supervises the sheriff’s marijuana enforcement team. “We’re very busy.”

In the first six months of this year, deputies investigated 70 cases and destroyed more than 56,000 plants.

Read More:http://www.pe.com/articles/marijuana-771775-plants-growing.html


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Uncle Sam Offers $3 Million to First Person Who Can Cure Marijuana Addiction

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Based on the ideology that millions of Americans are grossly addicted to marijuana, the federal government has approved $3 million to facilitate the fast-track creation of a pharmaceutical drug to treat this supposed scourge on public health.

According to a report in The Washington Times, “an estimated 4.2 million Americans are hooked on cannabis,” which has spawned a nervous desire by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to spend millions of tax dollars on the development of a medication which can turn zombie stoners back into productive members of civil society. 

“Cannabis use is an increasing public health concern in the United States that requires immediate attention," the drug agency stated in a proposal published earlier this month. "Given the high prevalence of marijuana use and its associated disorders and the large number of people who seek treatment, there is a critical need to discover and develop safe and effective treatments for CUDs,” otherwise referred to as Cannabis Use Disorders.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/uncle-sam-offers-3-million-first-person-who-can-cure-marijuana-addiction


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Missouri Drug Task Force Uses Misleading Statements To Double-Down On Its Rejection Of Transparency, Accountability

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

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On May 20, 2015, Show-Me Cannabis announced the latest in a series of lawsuits aimed at ensuring that Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces must obey state laws that require transparency and accountability to the people. The case targets the MUSTANG Task Force, headquartered in Cole County and also operating in Boone, Callaway, and Cooper Counties, for its ongoing, unlawful refusal to properly respond to requests for open public records.

The records the Show-Me Cannabis requested included quarterly reports the task force is required to make to the Missouri Department of Safety; MUSTANG produced those documents but unlawfully redacted parts of them without identifying any statute authorizing the redactions. Show-Me Cannabis also requested minutes of public meetings of the Task Force’s Oversight Board as well as copies of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by participating members of the Task Force – all of which is, by definition, information open to the public.

Missouri’s open records law requires a custodian of records to provide an appropriate response within three days of receiving a request. Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane, however, simply ignored the requests, even after Show-Me Cannabis sent him a letter pointing out the statutory provisions that required Crane to respond.  Ultimately, Show-Me Cannabis had no choice but to sue Crane and the MUSTANG Task Force to force them to obey state law.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/missouri-drug-task-force-rejection-of-transparency-accountability/


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Study: Breaking Up Nugs Can Make You Fail a Drug Test

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

A recently published study from the University of Freiburg in Germany has found that rolling a joint is enough to fail a drug test. Even indirect contact with cannabis can give you a false positive, with big implications for legal cases that revolve around a drug test as evidence.

Researchers chose 10 lucky participants to roll one joint on five consecutive days, and urine tested them to make sure they didn’t smoke before or during the study. By the fifth day, and the fifth joint, most of the participants had detectable levels of THC and THCA in their hair. Even four weeks after their first exposure hair tests still showed both THCA and decarboxylated THC.

Those who have had to submit to drug tests know all too well about THC’s habit of lingering in the body for long periods of time. This study proves you don’t even need to get high to show up positive; the act of breaking up bud exposes your skin to enough THC to show up on a drug test.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/study-breaking-nugs-can-make-you-fail-drug-test


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Edible Marijuana Labels Often Have Potency Wrong, Study Says

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

An analysis of 75 edible marijuana products sold to patients in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles found that labels on just 17 percent accurately described their levels of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient, researchers reported Tuesday.
 
Sixty percent of the products had less THC than their packages advertised, and 23 percent of them had more THC than claimed.
 
“We need a more accurate picture of what’s being offered to patients,” said Dr. Donald Abrams, the chief of hematology and oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. He was not involved in the new study, which was published in JAMA.
 
“What we have now in this country is an unregulated medical marijuana industry, due to conflicts between state and federal laws,” Dr. Abrams said.
 
After ingesting marijuana, patients experience the maximal high one to three hours later. (It is felt within minutes after smoking.) Inaccurate labels complicate the consumption of marijuana for medical purposes.
 

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