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DNC Chair Accepts Huge Donations from Alcohol PACs, Claims Pot Is a Gateway Drug

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, U.S. Representative for Florida and head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said she opposed legalization of marijuana and called it a gateway drug.

“I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana," she said. "I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.”

Considering that there is a known correlation (one acknowledged by the U.S. government) between heroin addiction and the over-prescription of opiate painkillers, such as Oxycontin, it seems odd that Schultz is resorting to false equivalencies by equating opiates and pot.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dnc-chair-accepts-huge-donations-alcohol-pacs-claims-pot-gateway-drug


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Vermont Governor Expresses Support For Marijuana Legalization In State Of The State Address

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

vermont marijuana decriminalizationToday Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin delivered his State of the State address. A significant portion of it involved marijuana legalization. Governor Shumlin came out with strong statements in support of marijuana legalization. 2016 is going to be a big year for marijuana legalization, and Vermont is considered by many to be one of the most likely states to legalize marijuana via legislative action, which has yet to happen in America. Below is what Peter Shumlin said today, via activist Matt Simon’s Facebook page:

“The outdated War on Drugs has also failed, and there is no greater example than our nation’s marijuana laws. That’s why Vermont took steps to change our criminal penalties and to institute a well-regulated medical marijuana system that now serves 2,400 Vermonters. This careful approach shows thatwe know how to regulate marijuana thoughtfully and cautiously, avoiding the pitfalls that have caused other states to stumble where Vermont succeeded.

But the black market of drug dealers selling marijuana for recreational use is alive and well, serving over 80,000 Vermonters who reported using marijuana last year. These illegal dealers couldn’t care less how young their customers are or what’s in the product they sell, or what illegal drugs you buy from their stash, much less whether they pay taxes on their earnings. That’s why I will work with you to craft the right bill that thoughtfully and carefully eliminates the era of prohibition that is currently failing us so miserably.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-governor-support-marijuana-legalization-state-of-state-address/


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School committee to vote on medical marijuana policy

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- A Maine school committee is scheduled to consider a policy that would allow students to have medical marijuana administered in school under certain conditions.

The committee approved a draft medical policy last month. It's scheduled to give it a final vote on Wednesday.

Auburn Assistant Superintendent Michelle McClellan says any medical marijuana would have to be approved by a physician, and administered in school by a parent or guardian. Nurses wouldn't be able to administer the drug.

Marijuana doses would have to be in non-smoking form.

Read More:http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2016/01/06/school-committee-vote-medical-marijuana-policy/78344736/


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AUMA (California Marijuana Legalization Initiative) Receives Official Title, Summary, Approval For Circulation

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

california marijuanaProponents of the leading statewide ballot measure to control, regulate and tax adult use of marijuana while protecting children announced today that they have received an official title and summary for their proposed November measure, have been cleared for circulation and intend to “hit the ground running” to qualify their measure and give Californians the long-awaited opportunity to have their voices be heard on this critical issue.

Read the official title and summary at:http://oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/Title%20and%20Summary%20%2815-0103%29.pdf?

They also announced the formation of an official political committee in support of the measure: “Californians to Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana while Protecting Children.”  The growing coalition in support of this measure includes business, physicians, farmers, environmental leaders and social-justice advocacy organizations.

The new Committee announced $1.25 million in initial contributions, including from Co-Chairs and respected advocacy organizations such as Drug Policy Action, Marijuana Policy Project of California, New Approach PAC and Californians for Sensible Reform.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/auma-california-marijuana-legalization-initiative-title-summary-circulation/


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Alaska Groups Give Free Cannabis to Severely Ill and Veterans

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

Eighteen years after Alaskans technically gained the right to use medical marijuana, there are still no state-licensed dispensaries and there are only six qualifying illnesses for MMJ use, according toNORML

In response, several nonprofits have started to deliver free pot to veterans and patients in need.

Some are calling this a pot version of Meals on Wheels, the cannabis army, or the reefer buyer’s club, according to the Daily Beast.  

One of them is called the Alaska Green Angels, co-founded by Darby Andrews, and two others. 

Green Angels, a Facebook group that delivers pot to “angels in need,” is an interactive group that connects those in need with those that have and want to share.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/alaska-groups-give-free-cannabis-severely-ill-and-veterans


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Credit Union Lawsuit Against The Federal Reserve Over Marijuana Banking Is Dismissed

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

banking marijuana industry bankFourth Corner Credit Union sued the Federal Reserve in an attempt to gain access to the federal banking system. That case was dismissed today. I think it’s worth pointing out that the judge overseeing the case recently referred to federal marijuana banking guidance as a ‘Nothingburger’ and expressed support for marijuana banking. However, he said at the time that the lawsuit wasn’t about his opinion, and that a lawsuit wouldn’t bring about banking reform. He said that only Congress can do that in a legal, binding way. Below is a reaction to today’s dismissal from the National Cannabis Industry Association:

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Fourth Corner Credit Union against the Federal Reserve in hopes of providing banking services to the legal cannabis industry. In his ruling, Judge R. Brooke Jackson said Congress must provide the answer, stating, “I regard the [cannabis banking] situation as untenable and hope that it will soon be addressed and resolved by Congress.”

Fourth Corner is a credit union chartered by the State of Colorado and designed to serve legitimate cannabis businesses, but the Federal Reserve had denied its request for a master account, which would have allowed them to provide checking services to its members.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/credit-union-lawsuit-federal-reserve-marijuana-banking-dismissed/


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