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Kid Speaks Out Against D.A.R.E. At School, Is Detained, Removed From Home

Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

dare schools marijuanaI was forced to participate in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in the late 80’s/early 90’s when I was in school. I didn’t know why I didn’t like it at the time, but realize now that it just seemed like a propaganda dog and pony show to me. The D.A.R.E. officer would come in and tell stories about fighting people that were high on angel dust, would tell us to stay away from marijuana because it will inevitably lead to us using needles almost overnight, and then would take us out to the parking lot to show off the ‘D.A.R.E. mobile.’

I vividly remember one of my friends speaking out during one of the program meetings, and he was sent to the Principal’s office. He didn’t get in too much trouble, but it was obvious that any question asking, and certainly any criticisms, would not be tolerated. Something like that happened recently in Kansas, where an eleven year old boy spoke out during a D.A.R.E. meeting, stating that what they were saying about marijuana was not accurate. The boy’s mother had successfully used medical marijuana to treat her Crohn’s Disease. Below is what happened next, via the Human Solution:

As Shona’s son listened to the misinformation given by authorities to his class during the drug education presentation, he courageously spoke up and informed them that the information they were relating was incorrect in regards to cannabis.  He was pulled from class and sent to the office for questioning by authorities without his mother present.

When he failed to return home from school, Banda contacted the school only to be told that her son had be detained by authorities.  She went to the station, where she was informed that she was not being detained, but that they were obtaining a search warrant on her home and that she would not be permitted to enter the residence until the search was executed.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/kid-speaks-out-against-d-a-r-e-at-school-is-detained-removed-from-home/


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Judge Declines to Remove Marijuana from Dangerous Drug List

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge in California declined Wednesday to remove marijuana from the list of most dangerous drugs.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller issued the ruling in response to a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss charges in a case that authorities say involves a marijuana growing operation.

The case was unusual in that Mueller decided to consider marijuana's designation as a Schedule 1 drug. Schedule 1 drugs include heroin and LSD and are defined as drugs with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

Marijuana's classification as a Schedule 1 drug has brought states that have legalized medical marijuana into conflict with federal authorities, leading to raids on growers and dispensaries that appear to be operating legally under state law.

Legal experts said it marked the first time in decades that a federal district court judge seriously considered marijuana's classification. Judges have generally accepted the classification and the federal ban on its use, growth and distribution.

Mueller's decision was expected, but her move to hold a hearing last year to consider the issue marked a significant step that reflects growing skepticism about federal marijuana law, said Sam Kamin, a marijuana regulation expert at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

"While this one came out the other way, what you see is a lot of momentum in changing federal marijuana law," he said.

Mueller said during a 15-minute court hearing that she was initially prepared to grant the defense motion but then decided from the facts of this particular case that "this is not the court and this is not the time." She said she decided it was up to Congress to change the law if it wishes.

She said a written ruling would be issued by the end of the week.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/judge-declines-remove-marijuana-dangerous-drug-list


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House Oversight Committee Condemns DEA Chief Michele Leonhart

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 16th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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Yesterday DEA Chief Michele Leonhart testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in regards to DEA agents participating in sex parties in Columbia with prostitutes that were paid for by cartel members. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued the following statement today, condemning DEA Chief Michele Leonhart:

Today, after listening to testimony during yesterday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on “DOJ IG: Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Allegations,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) joined with fellow committee Members in expressing no confidence in DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

“After over a decade of serving in top leadership positions at DEA, Administrator Leonhart has been woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive “good old boy” culture that exists throughout the agency. From her testimony, it is clear that she lacks the authority and will to make the tough decisions required to hold those accountable who compromise national security and bring disgrace to their position . Ms. Leonhart has lost the confidence of this Committee to initiate the necessary reforms to restore the reputation of a vital agency.”

Members joining the statement include: 

Rep. Amash (R-MI)
Rep. Boyle (D-PA)
Rep. Carter (R-GA)
Rep. Connolly (D-VA)
Rep. DeSaulnier (D-CA)
Rep. Duncan (R-TN)
Rep. Farenthold (R-TX)
Rep. Hice (R-GA)
Rep. Kelly (D-IL)
Rep. Lawrence (D-MI)
Rep. Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
Rep. Lynch (D-MA)
Rep. Maloney (D-NY)
Rep. Meadows (R-NC)
Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC)
Rep. Norton (D-D.C.)
Rep. Palmer (R-AL)
Rep. Plaskett (D-VI)
Rep. Walberg (D-MI)
Rep. Welch (D-VT)

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/house-oversight-committee-condemns-dea-chief-michele-leonhart/


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Pot Delivery Startup Raises Big Money in San Francisco

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

People love convenience, and pot delivery services are filling those demand. Now those delivery businesses are getting some very green backing—in the form of multimillion-dollar investments.

Eaze, an on-demand pot delivery service, recently raised a cool $10 million thanks to a group of investors led by DCM Ventures, Fresh VC, 500 Startups and Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde Capital.

Eaze, based in San Francisco, was one of the first pot companies to get support from institutional investors, who, up until now, have been reluctant to invest in the industry. Those days are coming to an end as all things marijuana are squeezing their way quietly into the mainstream. For example,DCM Ventures, based in Asia and California, is a $2.5 billion venture capital firm that invests in seed, early and mid-stage start-ups, usually in the tech industry. However, DCM was the first company to give seed money, pardon the pun, to Eaze when it started up last summer, with a $1.5 million investment.

“At the time we invested in the seed, we had a thesis the medical marijuana market would continue to grow…Things accelerated much faster than we had anticipated,” Kyle Lui, a principal at DCM, told Quartz. (*1)

Referred to as the “Uber for weed,” Eaze’s founder and CEO Keith McCarty, says the company works with “only the best” dispensaries and has narrowed products down to flowers, edibles, and concentrates, most commonly purchased by users. (*2)

McCarty added that since its launch, Eaze it has made more than 30,000 deliveries.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-delivery-startup-raises-big-money-san-francisco


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Apple And Google Just Approved The Global Rollout For High There, Tinder For Marijuana Fans

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

It’s been called “Tinder for marijuana users,” but Todd Mitchem hopes his app will be much more. Now, the founder of what may be the first social network for cannabis fans has passed a critical early hurdle–as Apple’s and Google’s own rules about the industry evolve.

When High There launched just two months ago promising to connect people for whom marijuana consumption is a key lifestyle trait, it had a key restriction in the App Store and in Android’s Google Play: the app could only be downloaded by users in states in which the cannabis industry had been made legal. Anywhere else or internationally, and High There’s geo-fencing would lock a user out.

High There still gained some early traction in New York, California and Colorado, where the company is based, attracting about 41,000 downloads in its first six weeks, with 6,000 people active on the app on any given day. But with 100,000-plus tourists expected to descend upon Denver on 4/20, a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts, the app was set to miss out on a major opportunity as potential users from other states like Texas, where the drug is still banned, might visit and download but then be unable to stay in touch in their home state.

So the fledgling app went all-in on government relations and in working with the app stores, telling anyone who would listen the app was not encouraging the actual sale of any marijuana. “I kept saying, we are a social network first,” Mitchem says. “If you are someone interested in the movement and want to meet nice, chill people, that’s what it’s about.”

High There deletes accounts that post photos of actual marijuana as their profile photos, and removes the photos themselves when they’re within the account’s picture section. It encourages any user who encounters another encouraging illegal activity to report that user to be suspended. So Mitchem made his pitch to Apple and Google: As a responsible social network, could the app at least have limited chat features enabled in prohibited states and countries?

The tech giants’ responses surprised Mitchem. “I thought we might hear back that they weren’t ready, or that local governments might not be okay with it and ready. Instead, they said we were all clear to go do it globally.”

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2015/04/14/apple-and-google-approve-high-there-to-go-global/


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MBank To Close All Marijuana Business Accounts

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana cash industry bankingAnyone who has been involved in the marijuana industry knows that banking is extremely tough. For almost all marijuana businesses, having a bank account is not even an option. MBank has been trying very hard to become the ‘go to’ bank for marijuana businesses. A little while back MBank announced plans to expand into Colorado. After pressure from the feds, they decided to back off that expansion. Late last week, MBank announced that it would be closing all accounts for marijuana businesses, which is a huge blow to the industry. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

MBank, the small Oregon-based financial institution that has serviced the cannabis industry since last year, told Marijuana Business Daily that it will close all of its accounts with marijuana companies in the next two months.

Jef Baker, the CEO and president of MBank, said the cost and time spent on compliance is too much for the Gresham, Oregon-based community bank to handle. The company – which quickly became one of the largest banks serving the marijuana industry – has about 70 to 75 accounts with cannabis businesses, Baker said. Most of them are in Oregon, though a few are in Washington State.

“We just do not have the resources to manage the compliance necessary” to service the cannabis industry, he said. “This is not what we want to do, this is what we have to do. We got into this business to serve an underserved group and I wish we could still do that.”

The case of MBank highlights just how unworkable federal guidelines are when it comes to marijuana banking. For a long time the feds didn’t allow any type of marijuana banking. In recent years the feds have issued guidelines that were supposed to clear up some of the grey areas, but as the MBank situation illustrates, those guidelines just created more problems than they solved. We need true banking reform, otherwise the industry will never reach its full potential, and security and logistic concerns will remain.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/mbank-to-close-all-marijuana-business-accounts/


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