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City Of Vancouver Files Injunctions To Close Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

vancouver bc medical marijuanaLast month the City of Toronto raided dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries. Yesterday the City of Vancouver filed injunctions to try to shut down several medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city. Below is a news release that was put out by the City of Vancouver:

Since April 29, 31 medical-marijuana related use (MMRU) retail stores operating in non-zone compliant locations have complied with City instructions to close. Fifty-five stores continue to operate, contrary to closure instructions, and continue to face enforcement actions.

Enforcement update

On May 31, injunctions were filed to compel closure of 17 of the 55 MMRU retail businesses that have remained open after the April 29 closure deadline. These locations were prioritized based on proximity to approved MMRU development permits, community feedback, and response to enforcement actions to date. Some of these locations are the source of regular noise and nuisance complaints or have been uncooperative with our inspection staff.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/city-of-vancouver-files-injunctions-to-close-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/


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Oregon: It’s Getting Much Harder For Marijuana Entertainment Events And Venues

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 30th 2016 by THCFinder
oregon liquor control commission olcc marijuana

(via oregonlive.com)

One of my favorite niches or sectors of the marijuana industry in Oregon is the marijuana entertainment sector. The first one that I had ever heard of was the World Famous Cannabis Cafe (WFCC). It has since been shutdown due to new indoor air rules, but at one point in time it was the hotspot destination in Oregon. Other venues built on a similar model started popping up all over Oregon. Some are still operating, while others have been shutdown like the WFCC.

Another type of entertainment event started proliferating Oregon over the last couple of years. One-time events have become a mainstay of the Oregon marijuana industry. Sometimes they are comedy shows, sometimes they are painting events, and other times they are something different still. But the main principle of renting out a venue space, charging people an admission at the door, and having ‘cannabis catering’ as I call it is something that a lot of people are doing in Oregon right now.

I have attended a handful of events that fit that description, and they are always fun. The entertainment portion is what I mainly come for, but I’d be lying if I said the cannabis sampling wasn’t part of what convinced me to leave my house to come to the event. To me it seems obvious, and quite logical, that if I’m attending a cannabis themed event that I plan on consuming cannabis while I’m at said event. Unfortunately it sounds like the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is going to be cracking down on events like the ones described, which combined with the new Oregon Clean Air Act, could result in a dramatic decrease in marijuana entertainment events and venues.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-its-getting-much-harder-for-marijuana-entertainment-events-and-venues/


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Public Policy Institute Of California Finds 60% Support For Marijuana Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 30th 2016 by THCFinder

california marijuanaThe campaign behind California’s ‘Adult Use of Marijuana Act’ has turned in more than 600,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. 365,880 of those signatures need to be valid for that to happen. The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) recently released poll results which found very strong support for marijuana legalization in California. Per PPIC:

Marijuana legalization. A majority (60%) of likely voters say that, in general, marijuana use should be legal, and 37 percent say it should not be legal. It is estimated that the initiative to legalize marijuana—if passed—would generate about $1 billion in tax revenue annually, most of which would be directed toward substance abuse prevention and treatment. Among likely voters, 43 percent say that spending the revenue this way is very important.

“California seems poised to show its blue state credentials in the fall,” Baldassare said. “Voters today are signaling their early support for Democratic statewide candidates, tax initiatives, and marijuana legalization.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/public-policy-institute-of-california-finds-60-support-for-marijuana-legalization/


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No, legal weed is not ‘dumbing down’ the nation’s teens

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

The marijuana policy landscape changed rapidly between 2002 and 2013. During that time, 13 states passed medical-marijuana laws, 10 states relaxed penalties for marijuana use, and Colorado and Washington became the first states to fully legalize recreational pot use.

Opponents of marijuana liberalization warned that these changes would bring devastating consequences, particularly for kids: "But what about the children?" was the common refrain. The president of National Families in Action, an anti-drug group, warned that commercial marijuana would "literally dumb down the precious minds of generations of children." Psychiatrist Christian Thurstone, an outspoken opponent of Colorado's marijuana legalization,argued in 2010 that "the state's relaxed laws have made the drug widely available — and irresistible — to too many adolescents."

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/05/29/no-legal-weed-is-not-dumbing-down-the-nations-teens/


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FDA Approves Candy-Flavored Amphetamines for Kids

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

While some lawmakers in legal marijuana states are pushing to outlaw cannabis edibles that resemble sugary treats in an effort to protect the well being of the children, the federal government has just approved a candy-flavored amphetamine-based medication that will be marketed to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later this year. [link: http://www.drugs.com/pro/adzenys-xr-odt.html]

A recent report from the folks at STAT News indicates that a new version of speed hit the pharmaceutical market last week called Adzenys, a chewable, fruit-flavored drug designed with the same active ingredient as other popular ADHD medications, such as Adderall. The drug, which is essentially extended release gummy meth, was approved earlier this year by the Food and Drug Administration for patients as young as 6-years-old. [link: https://www.statnews.com/2016/05/23/adhd-drug-concerns/]

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/fda-approves-candy-flavored-amphetamines-kids


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North Coast marijuana growers fear a takeover by 'Big Alcohol'

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 27th 2016 by THCFinder

For the Humboldt farmers, Sonoma County's subterranean tasting rooms and Tuscan affectations offered a glimpse into a rarefied realm of legal intoxicants.

The marijuana growers had driven south from redwood country to the oak and grass hills to take part in an event called “The Women of Wine & Cannabis,” a chance to visit boutique wineries and learn about appellations and branding in the $200-billion retail alcohol market.

Read More:http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pot-distributors-10102020-snap-story.html


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