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Tampa sets date to vote on marijuana penalties

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Tampa could soon become the next city in Florida to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

In a push to decriminalize the posession of small amounts of marijuana in Tampa, on Thursday city council members decided on a date to vote on the issue.

The legal department has drafted an ordinance that would give civil citations to people who are caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana. Fines would start at $75 and must be paid within 30 days to prevent court proceedings. The person would also have to go to drug counseling. If a person has more than four citations, that will also trigger court proceedings.

Read More:http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/florida/2016/02/18/tampa-consider-decriminalizing-marijuana/80548326/


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South Carolina Primary Voters Support Ending Mass Incarceration, Decriminalizing Drug Possession, Treating Drugs As A Health Issue

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

A large majority of South Carolina presidential primary voters across party lines support ending mass incarceration, and a substantial majority support decriminalizing drug possession outright, according to a new poll released by the Drug Policy Alliance.

70 percent of voters in the upcoming first Southern state primary consider substantially reducing the number of Americans in prison an important issue, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. In fact, more than a third of primary voters (37 percent) would be more inclined to support a presidential candidate who promised to prioritize downsizing prison populations.

Moreover, 59 percent of primary voters support decriminalizing drug possession, asserting that someone caught with a small amount of any illegal drug for personal use should be offered treatment but not be arrested, let alone face jail time. A commanding 65 percent of South Carolina primary voters believe drug abuse should be treated primarily as a health problem, including strong majorities of Republicans and Independents across all age groups.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/south-carolina-voters-mass-incarceration-decriminalizing-drug-possession-drugs-health-issue/


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Red Tape in Legal Pot States Pushing Industry and Market into a Corner

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Bans, restrictions and government red tape in states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana are, in many cases, undermining the industry, resulting in the continuation of an active and profitable black market. This was not meant to be.

By burying the incipient pot industry under piles of regulations, high taxes and harassment of growers and dispensaries, governments seem to be attempting to appease the pot opponents by essentially sitting on the fence while creating obstacles.

The result is that these unreasonable restrictions on the burgeoning legal marijuana market are enabling illegal dealers to continue doing what they do best—operate on the black market.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/red-tape-legal-pot-states-pushing-industry-and-market-corner


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Oregon House Approves Marijuana Banking Reform Bill

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

banking marijuana industry bankPassing the House of Representatives with a vote of 56-3, House Bill 4094, which seeks to remove the criminal liability from state law to allow banks and credit unions to bank with, and lend to, lawful marijuana businesses, is now headed to the Senate for adoption.

“This is an important first step in reducing risk and providing security for banks, credit unions, and the public” said Tobias Read, the sponsor of the bill in the House. “Without a clear timeline from the federal government, the state needs a solution, even if it’s temporary.”

Currently, a tangle of federal laws are preventing legal marijuana businesses from accessing banking services, which shoulders them with a significant cash burden. Besides holding harmless those financial institutions that do business with the legal cannabis industry, the bill also instructs the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), an agency already responsible for communicating with the new industry in Oregon, to look into the state’s options for the future.

“The need for baking reforms is nothing new to the cannabis industry,” said New Economy Consulting’s Sam Chapman. “However, now that a state agency has been tasked with the collection of cannabis tax revenue, the regulators, the state, and the industry are all in the same boat. This fact should send a clear message to Congress to accelerate their work on reforming banking laws at the federal level.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-house-approves-marijuana-banking-reform-bill/


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Illegal Pot Grower Avoids Prison Because His Plants Were Too Puny

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

Pointing out the defendants “incompetence” for growing marijuana, a British judge has decided not to send a young U.K. man to prison because the pot crop he was caught with was too much of an embarrassment to even consider punishing him to the fullest extent of the law.

It seems that 20-year-old Joshua Hughes had the brilliant idea of utilizing an inexpensive home cultivation kit to produce enough weed to feed his habit of smoking in upwards of 20 joints a day. Of course, his plan, at its most basic level, was a fiscally sound move for any hardcore cannabis enthusiasts whose lust for the leaf has begun to manifest dessert sands in the ol’ bank account.

However, what the young man failed to consider is that while his scheme had the potential to save him a substantial amount of money in the long run, there was a learning curve that could leave him dangerously exposed if he didn’t properly cover his tracks – and he most certainly didn’t.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/illegal-pot-grower-avoids-prison-because-his-plants-were-too-puny


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Colorado DUIs Involving Marijuana Go Down Slightly In 2015

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

marijuana dui duii oklahoma per seLegal recreational marijuana sales started in January 2014. That same month Colorado State Patrol started keeping track of driving under the influence arrests involving marijuana to try to spot any trends. Compared to 2014, 2015 saw a slight decrease, which I’m sure isn’t welcomed news to marijuana opponents who predicted mayhem on the roadways once legal recreational marijuana sales began. Per the Durango Herald:

Beginning in January 2014, Colorado State Patrol began tracking marijuana-related citations in an effort to identify trends. The data showed a 1.3 percent decrease from 2014 to 2015 for DUI and DUID citations involving marijuana.

Out of 4,546 citations issued for DUI/DUID in 2015, there were 347 in which marijuana was the sole indicator, and 665 instances where marijuana was one of the indicators.

But a mere two years of data collection doesn’t point to a conclusion.

“From those numbers, we know very little. They were released to provide insight,” CSP Trooper Josh Lewis said. “We don’t know if we’re going to start seeing an increase or a decrease. When we get two, three, four more years of data, we’ll find those first two years could be very different. We don’t know what way it will be trending.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-duis-involving-marijuana-go-down-slightly-in-2015/


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