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New Jersey Assembly Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Legislation

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 26th 2013 by THCFinder

industrial-hemp-moves-forwardThe New Jersey Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 4-1 in favor of Assembly Bill 2415. This legislation would legalize the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp. 

Members of NORML New Jersey were present to testify in favor of this legislation.
 
“We commend the Committee for taking a common sense approach to allow the growth of industrial hemp in New Jersey,” stated NORML New Jersey Executive Director Evan Nison, “Our cannabis laws are nonsensical, and few issues embody this more obviously and plainly than the prohibition of industrial hemp. We hope the absurdity of these laws will encourage members of the legislature and the public to reevaluate marijuana laws across the board.”
 
“The passage of this bill will help pressure the Federal Government to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp, much like nearly all other industrialize counties do, to help our environment and provide another crop for farmers.” Nison continued, “Many members of Congress are already supportive of such reforms, and states showing an eagerness to allow this crop will encourage Congress to get it done. ”
 
The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to a 2005 Congressional Resource Service (CRS) report. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only minute (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food and clothing. Assembly Bill 2415 would allow New Jersey to authorize a licensed, statewide hemp industry. A2415 now awaits action on the floor of the New Jersey Assembly.
 

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Colorado Issues First License For Recreational Marijuana Shop

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
co-first-license-mjCentral City, the original site of the 1859 Colorado gold rush, is now the first city in Colorado to have a store licensed to sell marijuana to adults! The store, called Annie’s, is a medical marijuana dispensary that will begin selling marijuana to adults on January 1st, pursuant to Amendment 64. Annie’s is the first store to receive a license, but it won’t be alone for long. The state is considering hundreds of other applications and is expected to issue many more licenses in the coming weeks and months.
 
The state is scheduled to allow retail marijuana sales to begin on January 1, 2014.
 
“Colorado is moving forward and leaving marijuana prohibition behind. For the first time in history, those who sell marijuana are receiving licenses from the state instead of rap sheets,” said MPP’s Mason Tvert. “Marijuana will be sold to adults by legitimate, taxpaying businesses instead of drug cartels in the underground market. [...] Colorado is proving to the rest of the world that marijuana can be regulated like alcohol. It will not be long before voters and lawmakers in other states decide to adopt similar policies. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and it is finally starting to be treated that way.”
 

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Iowa Family 'Stuck In Colorado'

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
iowa-family-stuckA former Iowa family left the state for Colorado hoping to find a derivative of medical marijuana that could help their daughter.
 
Now they say those treatments will keep them from coming back to visit family and friends.
 
Last month we introduced you to the Selmeski’s and the fight their little girl is facing.
 
Maggie is 17 months old but started having seizures when she was just six weeks old.
 
Maggie suffers from infantile spasms and has more than 500 seizures a day.
 
After seeing little results with seizure medication, the family decided to move to Colorado and try medical marijuana.
 
“Overall Maggie`s very lethargic and somewhat disengaged but since we started the cannabis oil we have seen her waking up and become a little more engaged with things,” says Maggie’s Mom Rachel Selmeski by phone.
 
Maggie is one of 93 children in Colorado receiving a low dose of an oil based marijuana called Charlotte’s Web.
 
It’s low in THC and high in CBD, which means it doesn’t produce a ‘high’ but still has the portion of the plant valued for medicinal use.
 
“We actually started out low then we`ll gradually work our way up to try and find the best therapeutic dose for her,” says Selmeski.
 
Selmeski says they would like to be able to visit their friends and family in Iowa but won’t be able to leave Colorado.
 

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Maine Legislative Council To Vote Today On Introduction Of Marijuana Legalization Measure

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
council-mj-voteOn Thursday, November 21st, the Maine Legislative Council will be voting on whether or not to allow the introduction of LR 2329, a measure sponsored by Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland) which would legalize the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana by individuals over the age of 21 in addition to establishing retail outlets to sell marijuana and marijuana products.
 
It is extremely important that we cross this first hurdle at the Legislative Council tomorrow. We have a very real chance of passing this legislation if it is introduced. This is why we are asking all Maine residents to please take a minute of your time to contact the members of the council and urge them to support the introduction of this legislation.
 
Maine: Click here to contact the Legislative Council in support of LR 2329
Final language will be released soon, but you can see an overview of the legislation below. NORML believes this legislation presents a smart approach on marijuana for the state of Maine. It would allow anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, cultivate up to 6 plants, and purchase marijuana from established retail outlets. It also has key provisions in place that ensure individuals with several years residency in Maine and experience as a current medical marijuana dispensaries or caregiver are given priority on business licenses, explicitly leaves the current medical marijuana law in place for patients, and directs tax revenue to help low income patients be able to afford their medicine.
 

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10 tons of marijuana seized at Arizona border

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-seized-at-borderNOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- Federal officials are reporting a record seizure of marijuana at an Arizona crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to provide details on the seizure of more than 10 tons of marijuana at the Mariposa port of entry on the outskirts of Nogales.
 
That busy crossing point is used by commercial traffic, including trucks hauling Mexican produce into the United States.
 
According to the CPB, the seizure surpasses the previous record seizure in Arizona of 14,121 pounds, or slightly over 7 tons, of marijuana on Jan. 15.
 
The agency says the seized marijuana is valued at more than $10.1 million.
 

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New Poll: Majority Support For Marijuana Reform In Indiana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
indiana-weedThere is a new 2013 Hoosiers Survey out, and as with last year, they asked voters if they support marijuana reform. And once again, a majority of participants in the poll supported legalizing marijuana. Per the 2013 Hoosiers Survey:
 
Last year the Hoosier Survey found that 53% of Hoosiers supported decriminalizing marijuana by making it legal to hold small quantities. This year we asked about making marijuana a regulated substance like alcohol and tobacco. Hoosiers support this change, 52% to 45%–very similar to last year’s results. Democrats were very supportive of this (64%), but even Republicans showed support at 49%. When asked if Indiana should tax marijuana like cigarettes, support rose to 78% among all Hoosiers, with virtually no variation by party.
 
When asked if we should tax marijuana like cigarettes, support rose to 78% with virtually no differences by party affiliation.
 
Rather than name states that have polls showing support for marijuana reform, isn’t it easier now to name states that don’t? Are there even any states left? Well, maybe Idaho. There has been a lot of talk lately about regulating marijuana like alcohol. Will we hear more people arguing to regulate marijuana like tobacco? Do you feel that’s a better strategy?
 
I don’t like that strategy because it could result in cigarette companies entering the marijuana industry, and I don’t want that at all. Also, I have always thought about the marijuana industry looking like the micro brew industry, rather than corporate run industries like tobacco or large alcohol companies. If you are in Indiana, get active. Point to this poll over, and over, and over to anyone that is on the fence about marijuana reform.

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