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Mexico Set To Debate Marijuana Legalization On January 25th

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

mexico flag marijuanaMexico is set to hold a series of debates about marijuana legalization. The first debate is scheduled for January 25, with the last one wrapping up on February 17. I first heard about the announcement via Tom Angell, who wrote about the debate schedule recently on Marijuana.Com:

A leading Mexican lawmaker just announced that the country’s Congress will hold a series of debates on legalizing marijuana in the new year.

“This will be an unprecedented year for Congress in terms of exchange of information, assessments and debate in which legislators and specialists participate,” Jesus Zambrano Grijalva, president of the Congress’s Permanent Committee, said in a press release on Sunday. “We can discuss, ask questions, doubts, listen to opinions, suggestions on what should be a comprehensive policy for drugs in our country. This is an issue that we have to discuss, so it must be a true exercise of enrichment.”

The announcement of the debate sessions, which are set to begin on January 25, comes less than two months afterMexico’s Supreme Court ruled that individuals have a right to grow and distribute marijuana for personal use. While that case only currently applies to the four individuals who brought it, the right to cultivate and consume cannabis would become binding nationwide if the court ruled similarly a handful of additional times.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/mexico-set-to-debate-marijuana-legalization-on-january-25th/


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Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

 started growing marijuana as a teenager and for four decades earned a modest living from his tiny plot tucked at the base of these rugged mountains of western Mexico.

He proudly shows off his illegal plants, waist-high and fragrant, strategically hidden from view by rows of corn and nearly ready to be harvested.

"I've always liked this business, producing marijuana," the 50-year-old farmer said wistfully. He had decided that this season's crop would be his last.

The reason: free-market economics.

The loosening of marijuana laws across much of the United States has increased competition from growers north of the border, apparently enough to drive down prices paid to Mexican farmers. Small-scale growers here in the state of Sinaloa, one of the country's biggest production areas, said that over the last four years the amount they receive per kilogram has fallen from $100 to $30.

Read More:http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-marijuana-20151230-story.html


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Syrian Hashish Harvest Workers Stranded in Lebanon

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

We noted a year ago that ISIS was burning the cannabis fields in its areas of control in Syria (even as reports mount that the entire "Islamic State" army is hyped up on speed). In Lebanon's hashish heartland of the Bekaa Valley, meanwhile, cannabis growers have been arming to defend their turf, crops and livelihood in case ISIS invades.

Now, both Reuters and National Public Radio have run reports over the past week on the plight of season migrant laborers who come from Syria to the Bekaa to help harvest cannabis and produce hashish—activities just winding down now. But those who have come this year from the Syrian province of Raqqa cannot return home. Raqqa is now controlled by ISIS, its eponymous provinicial capital the de facto capital of the "Islamic State." And if word got out that these migrant laborers had worked in the hashish industry, they'd be marked for death.

Writes Reuters: "Wearing scarves over their faces to protect them from the crop, the women and their relatives work in fields of the sticky green, spiky-leafed plants. It is a job that migrant workers from neighboring Syria have done for many years, spending a few months a year in the region before returning home. Since the rise of Islamic State, it is now a task that could put them, and their family back in Syria, at risk of harm including death..." A teenaged laborer named only as Aisha said, "If Islamic State back home knew we work with hashish, they would cut us" with knives.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/syrian-hashish-harvest-workers-stranded-lebanon


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Judge Calls Last Year’s Federal Marijuana Banking Guidance Memo A ‘Nothingburger’

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

banking marijuana industry bankMarijuana businesses are largely boxed out of the banking industry. Most banks will not work with marijuana businesses because marijuana is illegal federally. Last year the United States Treasury Department issued ‘guidance’ on the issue in an attempt to help banks navigate through the rules. That ‘guidance’ proved to just create more confusion and chaos. The marijuana industry is massive, and growing constantly, yet it’s an all-cash industry right now (except for the lucky few that have bank accounts, which could get shutdown at any time).

There needs to be a place that businesses can safely deposit their money and experience the benefits of a regulated banking system that all other state-legal industries experience. Today a credit union (Fourth Corner Credit Union) argued before a federal judge about how the credit union was chartered by the State of Colorado, but that the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has blocked the credit union’s access to the nation’s banking system, effectively preventing the credit union from working with the marijuana industry. The judge had mixed reactions, in that while the judge sympathizes with the credit union and marijuana industry, the judge isn’t inclined to force the federal banking system to allow access to the credit union. Per the Associated Press:

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson repeatedly said he sympathizes with the struggling pot businesses. Jackson twice called existing federal guidance on marijuana money a “nothingburger,” meaning that memos from the Treasury and Department of Justice don’t solve the federal-state conflicts caused by legalizing pot.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/judge-calls-last-years-federal-marijuana-banking-guidance-memo-a-nothingburger/


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Marijuana Decriminalization In Texas’ Most Populous County Begins Friday

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisHarris County is Texas’ most populous county, and is the third most populous county in all of America. There are an estimated 4.337 (2013) million people in Harris County, Texas. To put that into perspective, there are less than 4 million people in the entire state of Oregon. Starting Friday, marijuana will be decriminalized for all first time offenders that are caught with up to two ounces of marijuana, per the directive of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

The public policy mandate is an expansion of the ‘First Chance Intervention Program’ which was introduced by DA Anderson in 2014. Up until this point, the program has been up to the officer’s discretion, which has resulted in a 22% referral rate to the program. Starting Friday, 100% of cases that fit the program’s criteria will be referred to it. Per Houston Public Media:

 

“If it’s offered at the pre-arrest stage, it frees up space in jail,” Anderson said. “It minimizes the administrative burdens that officers face when they file charges; it reduces the cost for prosecution and court proceedings; and of course it gives the offender an opportunity to have a completely clean record.”

Data provided by the district attorney’s office show more than 90 percent of those who took advantage of the program did not re-offend – a much better recidivism rate than for those who were charged.

“And after I saw these, I said, hey, let’s look at what the recidivism rate would be for a second offender or a third offender,” Anderson said. “So we’re going to look at that.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-decriminalization-in-texas-most-populous-county-begins-friday/


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Idaho Moms For Marijuana’s New Year’s Smokeout

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

On January 1st, 2016, at 4pm, we will gather on the Idaho State Capitol steps and peacefully assemble to celebrate the New Year by using our constitutionally protected voices to demand reform of Idaho’s outdated marijuana laws.

This will be an act of civil disobedience, and we will light up at 4:20pm in protest of Idaho’s current policies, asking the question once again…”WHO ARE WE HURTING?”

Please bring a protest sign demanding reform of Marijuana Laws in Idaho! And BYOB (Bring Your Own Bud)

As always, this is an opportunity to sign New Approach Idaho’s Medical Marijuana Petition. www.LegalizeIdaho.com

Participation in acts of civil disobedience are not required to attend.

As with all events, all families are welcome. However, for safety concerns (regarding police & Child Protective Services, not the marijuana), we suggest that you leave your minor children at home.

**Dress Warmly & Don’t Forget Your Gloves!

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1636712119949631/1659840417636801/

www.momsformarijuana.org
www.facebook.com/idmoms4mj

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/idaho-moms-for-marijuanas-new-years-smokeout/


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