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Plan Colombia to Become 'Peace Colombia'?

Category: News | Posted on Sat, February, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

Amid signs of hope that the South American country's 50-year armed conflict is winding down, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos met with Barack Obama at the White House this week to mark 15 years since the initiation of the Plan Colombia aid package.

The two congratulated each other on the success of the program, which has delivered some $10 billion to Colombia in mostly military aid since 2001. They also discussed a proposed new aid program that Santos is calling the "second phase" of Plan Colombia and which Obama proposed to be called "Peace Colombia."

Obama said he supports a package of $450 million annually to support the peace process in Colombia—an increase over last year's $300 million. This would go towards implementing the reforms to be instated following a peace deal with the FARC guerillas—with a continued focus on drug enforcement. Obama said the U.S. "will keep working to protect our people as well as the Colombian people from the ravages of illegal drugs and the violence of drug traffickers."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/plan-colombia-become-peace-colombia


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Legal Marijuana Sales Hit $5.4 Billion in 2015, Report Says

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

It’s not just heat lamps in closets and nickel bags anymore: Marijuana is getting some respect as legal sales take off.

This week two marijuana analysis and investment firms released a summary of a report that appeared to confirm that the industry hasbecome gold rush. National legal sales of cannabis grew to $5.4 billion in 2015, up from $4.6 billion in 2014, according to the firms, the ArcView Group, based in San Francisco, and New Frontier, based in Washington.

Demand is expected to remain strong this year, with a forecast of $6.7 billion in legal sales, the report said.


The promises and headwinds of the industry are potentially far-reaching and attracting notice on Wall Street. As more states legalize marijuana sales, analysts are weighing the stock market benefits of new businesses ascannabis goes corporate. Funds are considering the ethics of investing in marijuana. Parents are even debating whether to allow their children to buy the stocks.

Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/business/legal-marijuana-sales-2015-report.html?_r=0


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Detroit Puts 211 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries On Notice

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

detroit marijuanaAs early as this morning, medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit will be opening envelopes containing letters from the City of Detroit regarding the city’s new registration process- and a reminder that most of them will not be in operation for very much longer.

The letter was referenced in a Powerpoint presentation created by three different divisions of government and delivered to City Council during a meeting Tuesday morning. The presentation, titled “Medical Marihuana Caregiver Center Application Process Status Report For Detroit City Council,” identifies 211 dispensary locations in the city and includes a map.

The status report also says, “Notice letters sent to all facilities on February 2, 2016, published in the Detroit Legal News and posted on the MMCC website.”

As of this writing, the letter is not easily located on any of the websites the city has created for medical marijuana caregiver centers. The Compassion Chronicles has not been able to obtain a copy.

The new medical marijuana rules will begin on March 1; any dispensary in the city has until March 31 to apply for a business license. Most of the applicants will have to apply for a zoning variance, as the city was extremely stingy on the number of locations properly zoned for the inappropriately-named caregiver centers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/detroit-puts-211-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-on-notice/


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Facebook Shuts Down Medical Marijuana Pages in New Jersey

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Three of New Jersey's five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shutdown by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to find discounts.

Compassionate Sciences in Bellmawr, Garden State in Woodbridge, and Breakwater Treatment and Wellness in Cranbury had their pages shut down this week.

Facebook's advertising policy bans promotion of selling drugs - as well as tobacco and guns - and the medical marijuana pages weren't spared even though they have been legally allowed to operate in New Jersey since 2011.

The shutdowns reflect similar measures taken by the social media giant in other parts of the country. At one point last year, Facebook took down the page for the Harborside Health Center, a dispensary in Oakland, California, although the page is now up and running.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/facebook-shuts-down-medical-marijuana-pages-new-jersey


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Washington DC Council Reverses Opposition To Regulated Spaces To Consume Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

washington dc marijuanaToday the Council of the District of Columbia voted to halt consideration of legislation that would permanently ban adult consumption of marijuana outside the home, and instead moved forward with the creation of a taskforce to explore the establishment of regulated places where adults can legally consume marijuana in the District.

“The will of District voters was upheld today by the Council, which voted unanimously to move forward on establishing regulated places where adults can consume marijuana,” said Kaitlyn Boecker with the Drug Policy Alliance. “One year ago this Council voted unanimously to ban such spaces, stripping residents of their rights under Initiative 71, but today Councilmembers righted that wrong and voted for reform,” said Boecker.

Initiative 71, which was overwhelmingly approved by District voters in 2014, legalized the possession of up to two ounces marijuana for adults over the age of 21, and allowed individuals to grow up to six plants in their home. The implementation of Ballot Initiative 71 in the District has resulted in an unprecedented drop in arrests forpossession of marijuana. D.C. laws prevented the ballot initiative from addressing the taxation and sale of marijuana, which requires action by the D.C. Council. However more than a year ago, Congress blocked D.C. lawmakers from using locally raised public funds to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. Shortly after Initiative 71 took effect last year, Mayor Bowser and the Council passed emergency legislationbanning all marijuana consumption outside a residence (even in private membership clubs). Advocates decried the legislation as poorly drafted, unnecessary and overly broad – going so far as to shut down any business where a single patron is caught.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-dc-council-reverses-opposition-to-regulated-spaces-to-consume-marijuana/


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Here's a Map of Every State and Their Marijuana Laws

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

This year could be big one for marijuana legalization, with states like Arizona, Maine and Vermont likely to jump on the bandwagon, which is already led by Alaska, Colorado and Washington. As of June, marijuana was legalized in some way in 23 states and Washington D.C, proving that a revolution is already underway.

But federally, marijuana is still considered a Schedule I drug — along with heroin and LSD — meaning that it has a high potential for abuse. That's left both the industry and consumers in a confusing gray area, since in states like Washington, people over the age of of 21 can walk into a commercial dispensary to buy an ounce of marijuana.

Read More:http://news.yahoo.com/heres-map-every-state-marijuana-224000007.html


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