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Marijuana advocates cheer Obama administration stand

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
obama-lets-mmj-aloneMarijuana advocates in California and elsewhere cheered the Obama administration's announcement Thursday that it would not interfere with new laws in Colorado and Washington state permitting recreational use of cannabis.
 
But the advocates cautioned there is still a ways to go before legalization. 
 
Dale Gieringer, a leading marijuana advocate in California, said he is encouraged by the new U.S. Justice Department memo, but he notes he has been encouraged by past memos only to see federal enforcement increase.
 
“There are some weasel words in this,” he said. "They’re not going to make a priority to do something, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do it.”
 
The memo written by Deputy Atty. Gen. James M. Cole is a sharp turn from the last memo he wrote in 2011, in which he emphasized that commercial marijuana operations were not protected by their states’ laws.
 
The document released Thursday said prosecutors “should not consider the size or commercial nature of a marijuana operation alone” as a factor for enforcement.
 
“I hope the attorney general follows through with the spirit of their memo, but we’ll have to see,” Gieringer said. 
 
But at least in writing, the Justice Department has now decided against seeking to block new state laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
 
They also said they will not bring federal prosecutions against dispensaries or businesses that sell small amounts of marijuana to adults.
 

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U.S. Air Force bans Chobani's marijuana yogurt

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
airforce-bans-yorgurtIf you are a member of the United States Air Force, and you happen to feel like enjoying some delicious Blueberry Power Flip gree yogurt from Chobani, you, my friend are shit out of luck. Because that yogurt is made out of weed, man.
 
Ok so Chobani doesn’t have a line of marijuana edibles, per se. But the do have a series of flavors that contain hemp seeds or hemp seed oil. There are several differences between hemp and marijuana though they come from the same plant (which you’re more than welcome to learn about at /r/trees), but clearly the biggest difference is that eating hemp seeds or oil won’t get you high.
 
It will get you fired from the U.S. Air Force, however, because they’ll cause you to fail the military’s mandatory drug tests the same as if you’d smoked a big ol’ doobie. And the Air Force isn’t having it.
But don’t worry, the Air Force is banning all Chobani yogurt. HuffPo reports:
 

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Marijuana is the top illegal drug used worldwide

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-most-used-drug-worldwide-mjMarijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most people, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug abuse.
 
In addition to cannabis and opioid painkillers, scientists analyzed abuse of cocaine and amphetamines in 2010, largely based on previous studies. Ecstasy and hallucinogens weren't included, because there weren't enough data. The researchers found that for all the drugs studied, men in their 20s had the highest rates of abuse. The worst-hit countries were Australia, Britain, Russia and the U.S. The study was published online Thursday in the journal, Lancet.
 
But there were few concrete numbers to rely on and researchers used modeling techniques to come up with their estimates.
 
"Even if it is not very solid data, we can say definitely that there are drug problems in most parts of the world," said Theo Vos, of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, the study's senior author. Vos said people tended to abuse drugs produced close to home: cocaine in North America, amphetamines and opioids in Asia and Australia. The lowest rates of drug abuse were in Asia and Africa. Of the estimated 78,000 deaths in 2010 because of illegal drug use, more than half were because of painkiller addictions.
 
Vos said countries with harsh laws against drugs had worse death rates for addicts when compared to countries who relied on other policies to wean people off drugs, such as needle exchange programs and methadone clinics.
 

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Argentinian dealers arrested for using pigeons to distribute marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
drug-dealing-pigeonsBird-brained drug dealers in Argentina have been busted using carrier pigeons to get their customers high.
 
A trio of dope sellers in the Lomas de Zamora district of Buenos Aires allegedly tied up to 13 grams of pot around their winged messengers' necks to make around 20 deliveries a day.
 
Cops rumbled the small-time ring's ruse after stumbling across a lost white dove carrying a small package packed with illegal substances.
 
"It was released and we were able to follow it," a police spokesman told ABC. "Then it was a question of waiting and following again."
 
The three men, who trained the birds to fly the marijuana from their makeshift farm to the distributors' depot, were arrested.
 
Cops said that the distance between the two buildings was short, so the birds could transport "substantial amounts" every day.
 
"We talked to pigeon trainers and they told us that these pigeons were capable of making up to 20 trips per day," police chief Nesto Larrauri said.
 
"With pigeons they could ship their drugs without taking any risks," he added.
 

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Denver City Council discusses marijuana sales tax

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-sales-taxDENVER - On the Denver City Council's agenda on Monday was a special retail marijuana sales tax discussion.
 
The potential tax will be subject to the approval of the voters at a special municipal election to be held in conjunction with the state odd-year election on Nov. 5.
 
The sales tax would be at an initial rate of 5 percent and allows the City Council to move the rate anywhere between 3.5 percent and 15 percent without further voter approval.
 
This sales tax would be on top of the already approved state tax on marijuana.
 
The bill must pass no later than Monday in order to meet the deadlines for the November ballot.
 

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Congress to Hold Hearing on Country's Clashing Marijuana Laws

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
congress-to-meet-about-mj-lawsSenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Monday he will address the blurred lines between federal and state marijuana laws in an upcoming hearing.
 
The hearing, which is scheduled for Sept. 10, comes as 20 states allow marijuana for medical purposes and Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in 2012.
 
The state laws are in direct conflict with the federal Controlled Substance Act, which classifies Marijuana as Schedule 1 drug — a dangerous and illegal substance.
 
Since states began legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, federal authorities have been torn as to whether or not to go after businesses that are legal in a state's eyes, but illegal in the view of the federal government.
 
"It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of marijuana in states that have made such consumption legal," Leahy said in a released statement. "I believe that these state laws should be respected. At a minimum, there should be guidance about enforcement from the federal government."
 
Leahy has long been concerned that the federal government has been too aggressive in its prosecution of marijuana dispensaries that are under their state's laws, legal. Since Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of the drug, he has continued to ask the administration to clarify its approach to enforcement.
 
Federal agencies from the Department of Justice to the IRS have gone after medical and recreational marijuana businesses. In California, for example, medical marijuana businesses have been barred from deducting standard operating expenditures from their taxes. And in Montana, a federal crackdown on dispensaries, spooked state lawmakers so much that they voted to overturn the law. Ultimately, however, Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer vetoed the repeal.
 

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