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Vermilion cop suspended over marijuana legalization pin

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

VERMILION, Ohio — A Vermilion police officer was suspended Monday after he wore a pin on his uniform that expressed support for the legalization of marijuana.

Michael Reinheimer said he wore a pin that read "I support legalize 2016" Saturday morning as he took part in an auction of old police and city equipment.

"Legalize Ohio 2016" is an organization that advocates for the legalization of marijuana in Ohio. The group's website features a petition to get a marijuana amendment on next year's November ballot.

Read More:http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/11/vermilion_cop_suspended_over_l.html


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Lawyer: South Dakota Tribe Destroying Marijuana Crop

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An American Indian tribe slated to open the nation's first marijuana resort is destroying its crop and temporarily suspending the project in South Dakota while leaders seek clarification from the federal government, according to the tribe's attorney.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, which planned to open a lounge selling marijuana on New Year's Eve, was the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize the drug following the U.S. Department of Justice's decision last year to allow tribes to do so on tribal land.

Seth Pearman, the tribe's lawyer, said in a statement Saturday to the Argus Leader newspaper that the tribe was destroying its existing crop and temporarily suspending its marijuana cultivation and disturbing facilities. He said tribal leaders were confident that the venture would succeed after seeking clarification on regulations from the Justice Department.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/lawyer-south-dakota-tribe-destroying-marijuana-crop


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Seneca Indian Nation Approves Medical Marijuana Initiative

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

Members of the Seneca Nation of Indians in western New York state voted up a referendum Nov. 3 giving tribal leaders approval to move towards setting up a medical marijuana business on their territories. The measure passed by a vote of 448-364, giving the Seneca Nation Council the power to draft laws and regulations allowing the manufacture, use and distribution of cannabis for medical purposes. "A decision on our Nation's path of action on medical cannabis is far from made," cautioned Seneca President Maurice A. John Sr. in comments to the Buffalo News. "But now, having heard from the Seneca people, our discussions and due diligence can begin in earnest."

There is clearly enthusiasm for the idea in Seneca country. "I think this is an opportunity for the Senecas to pursue staying on the front end of something that's an emerging industry," said John Kane, a Mohawk and local radio host who lives on the Seneca's Cattaraugus territory. He told Buffalo's WGRZ: "There's also the opportunity for revenue, people are often looking at Native territories and say well all you guys do is gas stations and cigarettes." But he also said he understands why some are suspect of the proposal. "If there's anything that I've seen in terms of concerns, it's really has been with around how much this would cause confrontation with the federal government and... with the state government."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/seneca-indian-nation-approves-medical-marijuana-initiative


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Illinois growers get green light to ship marijuana to stores

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana growers in Illinois have been notified by state officials that they can start shipping their products to dispensaries Friday for sale to patients early next week.

Growers, who have been waiting for the official green light, received an Illinois Department of Agriculture letter late Thursday explaining how marijuana can be transported. Illinois medical cannabis program director Joseph Wright confirmed the authorization Friday to The Associated Press.

Marijuana can be transported only between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., according to the official instructions. Vehicles carrying it must be staffed by at least two cultivation center employees.

"We're thrilled," said Bradley Vallerius, spokesman for Revolution Cannabis-Delavan, a cultivation center in central Illinois, which plans to ship products to dispensaries this weekend.

Read More:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-illinois-medical-marijuana-20151106-story.html


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College paid for by marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

 

New York (CNN)Starting in 2017, high school graduates in one Colorado county will be able to turn to a college scholarship funded by marijuana tax.

On Tuesday, 60% of voters in Pueblo County approved a measure that will phase in an increase in taxes — 5% by 2020 — on marijuana growers  to fund college scholarships and other community projects.   

The county is expected to raise $3.5 million with this tax increase, and at least half the revenue will go toward funding scholarships for high school graduates in Pueblo to attend local colleges. Depending on revenue, the program might be expanded in future years.  

"The whole point of the scholarship program was to make higher education a reality for families who can't afford to send their kids to school because of debt," said Paris Carmichael, a spokesperson for Pueblo County.  

According to Carmichael, this type of scholarship, funded by a marijuana tax, appears to be the first of its kind. 

 

Read More:http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/06/us/colorado-marijuana-college-scholarship/


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Colorado Edibles Recalled Due to Pesticides

Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

Two large Colorado edibles companies have voluntarily issued product recalls over concerns about banned pesticides.

Edipure recalled 20,000 packages of 16 different products, including Peanut Brittle, Raspberry Jellies, Sour Gummi Bears, Rainbow Belts and a variety of licorice that had been delivered to 40 retail stores, while Gaia’s Garden recalled 8,000 packages of 21 different products, including lozenges and drops already on shelves at 176 retail locations.

Consumers are advised to throw out the edibles or return them to stores and contact the producers.

Both edibles companies had purchased the cannabis used for food production earlier this year fromTruCannabis, who issued their own recall earlier this October due to concerns over pesticide use. With no scientific studies to determine whether pesticides usually used on food crops are safe to be combusted and inhaled, the Colorado Department of Agriculture proposed a rule saying they do not recommend "the use of any pesticide not specifically tested, labeled and assigned a set tolerance for use on marijuana because the health effects on consumers are unknown."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/colorado-edibles-recalled-due-pesticides


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