Washington State's Marijuana Logo Nixed As Too Weed-Friendly

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
A proposed logo for marijuana products in Washington state appears to have been too obvious, in hindsight.
Last week, regulators in the state scrapped the logo, which would have appeared on packaging for all recreational cannabis products, in response to pressure from critics who said the design (pictured below) glamorized marijuana culture.
Washington legalized pot last year, empowering the state's Liquor Control Board to write rules that will govern retail cannabis sales. As part of the process, an in-house designer came up with the logo that, by law, must mark all products that include cannabis as an ingredient.
"The intention behind it, of course, was to readily identify marijuana products," Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesperson for the liquor board, told The Huffington Post. "When you're dealing with extracts or brownies, you need to make sure you identify them as containing cannabis."


Petitioners Hope to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use in Alaska

Category: News | Posted on Sun, July, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
alaska-mjANCHORAGE, Alaska — Supporters of an initiative that would create a legal market for marijuana in the state are at the beginning of a long campaign to get more than 30,000 signatures and allow Alaskan voters to decide next year on marijuana legalization.
Petitioners began collecting signatures across Alaska about a week ago for a law regulating the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use.
Officials say it will take 30,169 signatures from at least 30 out of the 40 districts around the state to put the initiative on the ballot in August 2014.
Petitioners say they reach an average of 300 signatures a day and hope to meet the minimum required by December.
The official deadline is set for January 15th, the first day of the 2013 legislative session.
While petitioners believe they will be able to get the number of signatures needed, the debate surrounding the controversy continues.  


Five-year prison sentence confirmed for possession of cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
jail-for-marijuanaA five-year prison term was confirmed for 57-year-old Maria Farrugia, after the court threw out her appeal.
On 27 April 2012, Farrugia, who is almost completely blind, was found in possession of cannabis resin while visiting the Corradino Correctional Facility.
She was arraigned in court and pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs in prison and relapsing. The court sentenced the woman to three years imprisonment and converted a previous two-year suspended sentence into an effective term.
Farrugia filed an appeal from the five-year jail term claiming she had been excessively punished. The Court of Appeal heard how the 57-year-old is almost completely blind and is facing a multitude of social problems.
Justice Michael Mallia threw out the woman's appeal, stating the crime was committed during the term of a suspended sentence.
The judge explained the court had no alternative but to hand down a jail term as the woman was a relapser and could not be granted another suspended sentence or probational term.


Starbucks of Marijuana Coming to San Francisco

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
starbucks-of-weedThe arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward making lots of money. That's Jamen Shively's thesis, anyway. 
The former Microsoft manager, 45, is embarking on a publicity tour for the marijuana enterprise he's happy to label the "Starbucks" of pot. "Yes, we can" is for Shively "yes, we are big marijuana" -- and he's getting ready for what he believes is The Next Big Thing: legal pot -- everywhere. 
With his trusty sidekick, former Mexican president Vicente Fox -- a partner of Shively's in Diego Pellicer, Inc., the nation's first "premium marijuana" retail brand -- in tow, Shively is in San Francisco on Monday. Following a "summit" on marijuana legalization, Fox and Shively will appear at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel to talk about how to make all this a reality.
Is he a visionary -- or, in the words of one expert, a greedhead? Probably both. 


The DEA seized 17 million pounds of marijuana; enough to give everyone in the world two joints

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Between January 2005 and October 2011, there were more than 128,000 drug seizures by the US Customs and DEA, reports show. What they didn’t tell us is that out of those 128,000 seizures they somehow accumulated:
17,000,000lbs of marijuana
That is a staggering amount of weed. No word on whether it was one 16.999 million pound bust and one mason jar of schwag or whether it was 17 million individual pounds, but either way you slice it, that is an insane amount of weed. It is enough weed, if you packed it tightly, to cover the infield of a major league baseball stadium 101ft high. It is enough weed to give everyone in the world two joints. Really. The Philadelphia Enquirer has done the math. Click on over there for more examples.
You could make one single joint 583 feet high …


MMA ref gets 37 months for marijuana-growing operation

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
caught-growing-cannabisVeteran MMA referee Josh Rosenthal on Tuesday was sentenced to 37 months in prison, three years' probation and a $100 fee for his role in a large-scale pot operation in Oakland, Calif.
The sentence matches the prison time recommended in a January plea deal Rosenthal copped with federal prosecutors, though it shaves two years off probation.
Without a deal, Rosenthal faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years' probation.
A representative for U.S. District Court judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who issued the sentence, confirmed Rosenthal's punishment with Rosenthal's attorney could not be reached for comment.
Rosenthal was arrested in April 2012 after federal agents raided an Oakland warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate that contained 1,356 marijuana plants worth an estimated $6 million. He initially pleaded not guilty to drug charges.
Despite his trouble with the law, Rosenthal officiated a pair of MMA events in Utah and California over the past two months. He earlier declined comment on his case.



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