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Medford city councilor opens marijuana dispensary

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – A member of the Medford City Council, known for its tough stance on legalized marijuana, has opened his own pot dispensary.

The Mail-Tribune says Clay Bearnson is believed to be the first city councilor in Oregon to own a cannabis dispensary though that could not immediately confirmed by the Oregon Health Authority.

Bearnson and his partners opened Oregon Farmacy within Medford city limits two weeks ago. He also grows pot, some of which is dispensed at his new store.

Read More:http://koin.com/2016/05/14/medford-city-councilor-opens-marijuana-dispensary/


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How Much Is Too Much Marijuana to Drive? Lawmakers Wonder

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

It’s relatively easy to determine when someone is too drunk to drive. If a driver’s blood-alcohol level is 0.08 percent or higher, that person is considered legally impaired. But a study says that measuring the effects of marijuana on drivers is far trickier, and that blood tests are an unreliable indication of impairment by cannabis.

As more states consider legalizing the substance, that presents a challenge to legislators seeking to create laws on driving while impaired by marijuana.

The study, commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that laws in six states that legally assess impairment by measuring how much THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) is in a person’s blood are not supported by science.

Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/14/us/marijuana-driving-laws.html?_r=0


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Cannabis at the Capitol: Marijuana industry leaders lobby Congress

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

Three Democratic lawmakers will herald the start of a two-day lobbying effort by marijuana entrepreneurs on Capitol Hill.

Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Ed Perlmutter of Colorado plus Denny Heck of Washingtonjoined the National Cannabis Industry Association for a press conference Thursday just outside the U.S. House to talk up policy and “advocate for fair treatment of the legal cannabis industry,” according to the organization. They will spend the next two days explaining their situation to as many elected officials as possible.

Read More:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/may/12/marijuana-industry-leaders-lobby-congress/


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Arkansas Cops Seize $20K Cash From Man With No Criminal Record

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

Asset forfeiture laws have long been criticized as a way for law enforcement agencies to line their pockets in the absence of due process. Just look at the case of Annette and Dale Shattuck, whose assets were seized even though charges against them were dropped. Years after their initial arrest, the Shattucks are still trying to get their property back.

Now, another troubling asset forfeiture tale has emerged out of Arkansas, reports reason.com. State police sergeant Dennis Overton pulled over Guillermo Espinoza in July of 2013, for an unspecified "traffic stop." Overton requested a drug dog, which did not alert on Espinoza's car. (If the dog did, it would've given police probable cause for a search). 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/arkansas-cops-seize-20k-cash-man-no-criminal-record


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In Post-Legalization CO, Racist Marijuana Arrests Persist

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana legalization in Colorado brought the arrest rate down overall, but racial disparity in weed arrests has continued, a new report from the Colorado Department of Public Safety found. A 46 percent decrease in marijuana arrests from 2012 to 2014 included a 51 percent decrease for whites, 33 percent decreases for Hispanics, and 25 percent decrease for African-Americans. The uneven distribution in the dip across demographics means that, in 2014, black people were arrested at three times the rate of white people. 

For youth in Colorado, however, legalization has not allowed for a drop in arrests, but an increase especially concentrated among black kids. In the state, the annual number of youth marijuana arrests increased 5% from 2012 to 2014. A stark rise in the number of weed arrests among black (58% increase) and Hispanic (29 percent increase) youths drove the increase in the juvenile demographic. White kids, on the other hand, enjoyed an 8% decrease in marijuana arrests over the same period.  

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/post-legalization-co-racist-marijuana-arrests-persist


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Tests for Driving While Impaired by Marijuana Have No Scientific Basis AAA Study Says

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

Six states that allow marijuana use have legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation's largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws.

The study commissioned by AAA's safety foundation said it's not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes people high, that can reliably determine impairment. Yet the laws in five of the six states automatically presume a driver guilty if that person tests higher than the limit, and not guilty if it's lower.

As a result, drivers who are unsafe may be going free while others may be wrongly convicted, the foundation said.

Read More:http://abc7chicago.com/news/aaa-study-tests-for-driving-while-impaired-by-marijuana-have-no-scientific-basis/1331549/


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