How Colorado plans to regulate the pot market
Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Colorado made history Tuesday when Governor John Hickenlooper signed six bills into law that will govern the cultivation, sale, and taxation of recreational marijuana, creating the first legal framework in the U.S. for recreational marijuana use.
Last November, Coloradans voted to approve a constitutional amendment on recreational marijuana. The measure, Amendment 64, will allow Colorado adults–21 and older–to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use from specialty marijuana dispensaries (which could open as soon as January) and to grow up to six marijuana plants–with only three flowering at a given time–in their homes.
Video surveillance of pot growing will become established by an agency that will oversee seed-to-sale tracking next year.
The measure also limits possession up to an ounce for personal use. And selling marijuana without a license, purchasing marijuana from a party who is not licensed as well as public use of marijuana will remain illegal.
For the first few months, Colorado’s marijuana industry be restricted to individuals and shops licensed to sell or produce medical marijuana. Licenses will be granted only to residents of two years, and investors will also need to meet the residency requirements.
The new regulations also establish a legal limit to how much marijuana an individual can have in his or her system while driving–comparable to blood-alcohol levels. Drivers would violate the law if their bloodstream contains more than 5 nanograms per milliliter of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
Read more: http://tv.msnbc.com
$1 Million Worth Of Marijuana Seized at Otay Mesa Cargo Border
Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
OTAY MESA, Calif. (WUSA9) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Otay Mesa seized a truck carrying more than $1 million worth of marijuana Friday, May 17.
At about 6:15 p.m., a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen pulled into the the Otay Mesa cargo border crossing driving a tractor-trailer with a shipment of clay pots. The vehicle and shipment were inspected by an officer with a narcotic dog. The dog alerted others to the marijuana.
Officers report 750 packages of marijuana were found hidden inside of the pots. The packages weighed about 2,243 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $1 million. The driver was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center, authorities say.
Earlier that same day, at about 4:45 p.m., a 34-year-old male Mexican citizen arrived at Otay with a tractor-trailed that was supposed to be empty. Upon inspection a narcotic detecting dog alerted officers to the tires on the trailer.
After searching the tires, CBP officers found 16 packages of marijuana hidden in the tires. The marijuana weighed about 185 pounds with an estimated street value of $83,000. The truck and drugs were seized and the driver was sent to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation (ICE HSI) agents.
Read more: http://www.wusa9.com
Seattle council panel approves marijuana growing zones
Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
A Seattle City Council committee has approved zoning for large indoor marijuana farms in some industrial areas of the city.
The Seattle Times reports the zoning approved Wednesday would allow growing operations the size of a football field to encourage economies of scale.
The city rules also would permit growing as many as 45 pot plants in homes so residents could grow their own, although that would conflict with state rules.
Council member Nick Licata said the city is in a "bit of the Twilight Zone" because of uncertain regulations. The state is still putting a recreational marijuana system in place; medical marijuana is largely unregulated and the federal government considers all marijuana illegal.
The full council is expected to take up the zoning issue June 3.
Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/
Seattle wants to ban Hash and Concentrates
Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
Washington’s proposed marijuana rules weren't even 24-hours old when critics began finding things not to like. The 46-pages of draft regulations released Thursday cover everything from where marijuana can be grown to the criminal backgrounds of license applicants. But it’s the section on marijuana concentrates that’s getting some negative buzz.
Let’s start with the criminal background part of this. Under the proposed rules, anyone who wants a piece of the legal marijuana business would have to submit to a background check - even the financial backers of a marijuana start-up. A felony conviction in the last 10 years would likely disqualify someone. But a couple of misdemeanor pot convictions would not count against an applicant. Brian Smith, spokesman for the Liquor Control Board, says that rule was written with black market operators in mind.
"They want to get into the recreational marijuana market. They want to be legit. The board wants them to get out the black market and to come into the recreational market and be legitimate and so that’s the thinking that the board had," Smith said.
License applicants would be scored based on their criminal background. Where marijuana can be grown has been a topic of much discussion. The board proposes to limit grows to secure indoor buildings or greenhouses; no emerald waves of marijuana plants out in the open. But it’s another limitation in the proposed rules having to do with a very specific marijuana product that getting a lot of attention. It’s a ban on hash and other forms of concentrated THC extracted from marijuana plants – unless it’s infused into a product.
“I believe that the products that we’re producing have received a bad rap because of the nickname BHO, Butane-extracted hash oil," said Jim Andersen with a company called XTracted.
Andersen says Butane is often used to extract the THC, but if done right, it leaves no chemical trace. He plans to fight the ban on raw marijuana extracts.
Smith said the Liquor Control Board was inclined to allow concentrates, but got some legal advice to the contrary.
"The law says the usable marijuana is the buds or the flowers of a marijuana plant, and an extract doesn’t meet that criteria of being the bud," he said.
Read more: http://www.kplu.org
Blurry Line on Pot-DUI Cases
Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
As some states relax laws on pot possession, lawmakers are struggling to create rules for how police officers should identify motorists who are driving under the influence of marijuana.
The problem: Identifying pot impairment isn't as clear-cut as testing for alcohol. There is no broad agreement over what blood level of THC—marijuana's psychoactive ingredient—impairs driving. Breathalyzers can't detect marijuana levels, and only a small percentage of police officers are trained to authoritatively identify pot-DUI cases.
When voters in Washington state legalized recreational pot use last fall, they decreed that drivers with five nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood—a level that some studies suggest is associated with increased accident risk—are under the influence. In Colorado, which also last year legalized pot possession, lawmakers passed a bill earlier this month that sets the same limit, but gives drivers a chance to prove that they weren't impaired. In Montana, where medical marijuana is legal, the governor signed similar legislation last month.
But the correlation between THC levels and impairment isn't scientifically straightforward, said R. Andrew Sewell, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He said the compound leaves the blood quickly and that regular pot smokers who have built up a tolerance and maintain higher levels may not be impaired at the new legal limits. Setting these limits "is going to cause a lot of impaired drivers to be missed and it's going to cause a lot of innocent people to get arrested," he said.
Read more: http://online.wsj.com
Bongs and grow books banned in Canada!
Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
All bongs, pipes and vaporizers have been banned in Canada by the Conservative government. Selling these items is punishable with jail terms and some of the highest fines in the Criminal Code.
Books that describe how to grow marijuana are also banned, as is any other written or video material used to “promote, encourage or advocate, the production, preparation or consumption of illicit drugs.”
The law, section 462.2 of the Criminal Code, is so broad that even promoting any “literature or instruments for illicit drug use” can get you 6 months in prison and a $100,000 fine for the first offence, and a year behind bars plus a $300,000 fine for the second offence.
No-one bans Bong Man!
Bookstores like Chapters and Amazon fall under the law, since they sell many pro-marijuana books and videos. But police raids have only focused on cannabis culture oriented shops.
Surprised about this harsh law? Don’t be, it’s 25 years old – enacted back in 1988 by the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney.
Read more: http://blogs.vancouversun.com
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