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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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Police in Legal States Using Social Media to Bust People for Marijuana

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

Even in states where marijuana has been made legal, law enforcement agencies are still engaging in underhanded practices, some of which are blatant models of entrapment, to arrest people for marijuana.

A recent investigational report by CBS4 has discovered that Denver police have been using social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, to pose as black market growers in an attempt to bust those who purchase weed from anywhere other the city’s licensed pot shops. 

While it seems unnecessary for cops to conduct marijuana sting operations in a state where prohibition has not had a pulse for the past two years, legalization has not stopped the hounds of Denver’s drug task force from concocting inventive ways to continue bringing the hammer down on what is left of the marijuana underworld. The report finds that Denver police have been setting up phony social media accounts, complete with back stories as to not arouse suspicion, to post photos of marijuana grows, tagged with captions like, “Place your order today, gets shipped out before 8 a.m.”

In fact, a Facebook post with a picture of a cultivation site under the headline “Getting close to peak!! Taking orders now!!” is what brought the heat down on 26-year-old Sean Edelson.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/police-legal-states-using-social-media-bust-people-marijuana


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How Accurate Are The Drug Test Kits That Law Enforcement Use To Prove A Substance Is Marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 5th 2016 by THCFinder
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I posted an article yesterday about the case of Robert and Addie Harte. The Hartes had their home SWAT raided after police determined that they were illegal growing marijuana in their home. That determination by law enforcement was based on just two things. The first is that Robert Harte was seen buying grow equipment from an indoor garden store (for growing tomatoes). The other was that when cops went through the family’s trash can, they found what they thought to be wet marijuana plant material.

The plant material was tested with a field drug test kit, which returned a positive result for marijuana. Those two factors alone were enough to result in a SWAT raid on the family’s home, and guns being pointed at Robert and his wife’s children. A much more accurate lab test on the plant material returned the following result, per KansasCity.Com:

They conducted a field test on the material, and it tested positive for marijuana, according to the lawsuit.

A lab test done 10 days after the raid and again four months later found that the leafy material was not marijuana.

“It does not look anything like marijuana leaves or stems,” the lab report said.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-accurate-are-drug-test-kits-law-enforcement-substance-marijuana/


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Cannabis Industry Working to Become More Energy Efficient

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

Although there is a great deal of concern surrounding the massive energy consumption of pot farms across the United States, the totality of the cannabis industry is working on methods to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the business of growing weed. 

A report published in Aljazeera America suggests that the while the legalization of marijuana has led to the creation of one of “the most energy-intensive industries in the U.S.” there has been a recent push to develop strategies for minimizing energy use that could prove beneficial as more states and perhaps the entire nation soon joins the ranks of legal weed. 

The majority of the problem is the cannabis plant cannot currently be produced efficiently enough outdoors to generate a steady stream of high quality marijuana products. It is for this reason that most grow operations have resorted to using strictly indoor operations that feed off 1000-watt, high intensity lighting, which produce a great deal of heat that is then counterbalanced with air conditioning and ventilation systems.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/cannabis-industry-working-become-more-energy-efficient


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Is Shopping At An Indoor Garden Store Enough To Establish Probable Cause For A Marijuana Raid?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 4th 2016 by THCFinder
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My dad’s apartment was raided by a SWAT team in 1989. It was a very traumatic experience (I was there). The cops kicked in the door, came in brandishing guns, and screaming so frantically I didn’t know what anyone was saying or what was going on. I know quite a few people that have had their homes raided by police, and it’s an experience that will no doubt haunt them the rest of their lives. It doesn’t take much for cops to raid your house when marijuana is potentially involved. An example of that is the case of Robert and Addie Harte.

Robert and Addie Harte are a middle class married couple that used to work for the CIA as analysts. One day Robert and his son went to an indoor garden store to purchase equipment to grow tomatoes as part of a class assignment. Little did they know that there was a state trooper sitting in the parking lot, compiling license plates that frequented the store in order to start investigations into whether or not the customers of the store were growing marijuana.

After further investigating the Harte family, members of Kansas law enforcement went through the Harte family’s garbage and found ‘saturated plant material.’ Via an unreliable field substance test, the material tested positive for marijuana. A later, more accurate lab test result was released which found that the substance was actually tea, but that test result wasn’t received back before a SWAT raid was conducted on the Harte family residence. Guns were put in kids’ faces, and the family was put through a traumatic experience, yet nothing was found. No marijuana plants, not even any marijuana paraphernalia.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/shopping-indoor-garden-store-establish-probable-cause-marijuana-raid/


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