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Federal Judge Dismisses Colorado RICO Case

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

There is now a stronger arsenal available to those states working to bring down the scourge of marijuana prohibition in their neck of the woods. Earlier last week, a federal judge dismissed the charges against Pueblo County and a legion of Colorado officials in a lawsuit suggesting that marijuana legalization violated a number of statutes overseen by the thugs in the District of Columbia.

Although the case does not appear to have national implications, the outcome should provide some level of solace for other regions of the United States wishing to reform their pot laws without the risk of being litigiously accosted by a ministry of naysayers.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-judge-dismisses-colorado-rico-case


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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin Endorses Marijuana Legalization Bill

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 27th 2016 by THCFinder
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Gov. Peter Shumlin and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Richard Sears (D-Bennington) today detailed legislation to cautiously and deliberately legalize marijuana in Vermont. The move comes after the Governor announced in his State of the State Address that he and Senator Sears would work to draft common-sense legislation to better regulate and eliminate the black market for a substance that over 80,000 Vermonters – almost one in eight – already report using on a monthly basis.

“The War on Drugs has failed when it comes to marijuana prohibition,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Under the status quo, marijuana use is widespread, Vermonters have little difficulty procuring it for personal use, and the shadows of prohibition make it nearly impossible to address key issues like prevention, keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors, and dealing with those driving under the influence who are already on Vermont’s roads. The system has failed. The question for us is how do we deal with that failure. Vermont can take a smarter approach that regulates marijuana in a thoughtful way, and this bill provides a framework for us to do that.”

In his State of the State Address, the Governor outlined five principles he will insist on in any legislation to legalize marijuana.

  • A legal market must keep marijuana and other drugs out of the hands of underage kids. With 83 percent of Vermont youth saying that marijuana is easy or somewhat easy to obtain, the current system doesn’t do this. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-governor-peter-shumlin-endorses-marijuana-legalization-bill/


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Cannabis Starting to Replace Coca Leaf in Colombia's Cultivation Zones

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 27th 2016 by THCFinder

On Colombia's eastern plains, the Llanos Orientes, campesinos are starting to abandon cultivation of coca leaf for cannabis, military commanders in the region say. “"In this zone, marijuana has been replacing coca because there is more of a market for retail and micro-trafficking," Gen. Oswaldo Peña Bermeo, commander of the army's local Seventh Brigade, told Bogotá's El Tiempo newspaper Jan. 13. He spoke just after his unit had eradicated 5,400 plants on a half-hectare plot at the vereda (hamlet) of Cafetales, in Lejanías municipality, Meta department. Gen. Peña Bermeo named the varieties as Colombia's traditional "Punto Rojo" (Red Point), a stand-by sativa, and "Creepy"—a bit of a catch-all in South America for any hybridized indica strain.

Gen. Peña Bermeo implied a guerilla hand in the new cannabis economy, noting the presence of the FARC's 26th Front in the area. But the stuff seems to be cultivated mostly for Colombia's internal market. The account cites the Observatorio de Drogas de Colombia to the effect that cannabis is the substance of choice for 87% of the country's "illicit drug consumers." The traditional cannabis cultivation zone is in the central highland departments like Cauca and Tolima, but it has recently started to spread into Meta and other departments of the Llanos Orientes. One reason given for the switch is a rise in the costs of chemicals for processing coca base into cocaine, due to an international crackdown.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/cannabis-starting-replace-coca-leaf-colombias-cultivation-zones


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Denver NORML Vows to Legalize Social Pot Use

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

The question of whether to allow on-site pot consumption throughout the city of Denver has been the subject of controversial debate for the past year. So far, activists and local officials have not yet been able to find a common ground to put in front of voters. It is this indefinite stalling at the negotiation table that has promoted a newly organized chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to jump into the mix in an attempt to put the issue of social pot consumption—and possibly even cannabis cafes—on the ballot in 2016.

In the summer of last year, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the organization credited with the success of Colorado's Amendment 64, announced that they were putting together an initiative aimed at allowing pot to be smoked in designated areas of establishments where alcohol is served. It was called the “Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative,” and its intended purpose was to give bars and restaurants the freedom to designate a portion of their physical dwelling to those who wanted to partake in recreational marijuana. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/denver-norml-vows-legalize-social-pot-use


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This Latest Marijuana Study Could Blaze a Trail for Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

The year may have only just begun, but 2016 is shaping up to arguably be the most important in marijuana's history.

Don't get me wrong, we've witnessed a number of marijuana milestones over the last two decades. In 1996, California became the first state to approve the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Since then 22 additional states, along with Washington, D.C., have also legalized its use for select ailments. In 2012, residents in Washington state and Colorado voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use in persons aged 21 and up. And, just last year, the federal government relaxed research standards and removed many of the hoops researchers needed to jump through to conduct studies into the benefits and/or risks of marijuana.

Read More:http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/01/23/this-latest-marijuana-study-could-blaze-a-trail-fo.aspx


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Maryland Legislature Rejects Veto, Paraphernalia Decriminalized

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Despite an attempt by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to continue bringing the criminal hammer down on those caught in possession of marijuana paraphernalia, those caught with pipes, bongs and other smoking devises no longer have to worry about being sent to jail.

On Thursday, the Maryland legislature, dominated by Democratic forces, took precedence over a number of the governor’s vetoes, including a bill that would have allowed the possession of drug paraphernalia to remain a criminal offense. Both the House and Senate locked in a fiendish override to Hogan’s rejection of last year’s proposal intended to strengthen the scope of the state’s decriminalization laws. 

Although Maryland moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana in 2014, the bill did not come attached with a provision that allowed paraphernalia to be treated in the same manner. Senator Bobby Zirkin attempted to fix this oversight last year with the introduction of Senate Bill 517—a proposal intended to bring some balance to the decriminalization law by removing the criminal penalties for the possession of all things associated with the consumption of cannabis.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maryland-legislature-rejects-veto-paraphernalia-decriminalized


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