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Washington state approves rules for legal marijuana sales

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-wax-rules-for-selling-marijuanaIf you're looking for a new line of work, consider a rewarding career in pot in Washington state, where regulators officially opened the door Wednesday to selling marijuana legally.
 
The state Liquor Control Board adopted rules that will let 334 retail marijuana stores open across the state after almost 11 months of research and discussion since voters approved the legalization of possession of up to an ounce of pot for recreational use.
 
Applications to run the stores will be accepted starting Nov. 18.
 
The months of negotiation were needed to figure out how to balance creating a "tightly regulated and controlled" recreational marijuana market while at the same time protecting it from out-of-state imports and illegal trafficking on the so-called gray market, the board said in a statement.
 
Washington is the second state to issue rules for legal marijuana markets. Colorado approved similar rules last month.
 
Left undetailed is just how the legal market will work. The ballot initiative that Washington voters passed in November legalized private possession — but it didn't legalize public display or use.
 
And while the U.S. Justice Department has said it won't sue either state, it has made its opposition to legal sales abundantly clear. As with medical marijuana dispensaries, federal policy is to look the other way.
 
That has raised doubts — still open — that the federal government won't change banking regulations that ban banks from handling proceeds  from marijuana sales.
 

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Hysterical Media Dub Dabs "The Crack of Marijuana"

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
media-calling-dabs-the-crack-of-cannabisNo article I have written generated as much controversy as one I originally entitled “The Danger of Dabs” (reprinted in HIGH TIMES May 2012 issue as “The Dawn of the Dab”).  My thesis was “The danger of dabs isn’t so much physical as it is a public relations nightmare.”  A theme that has developed from just a few news reports reveals how the media are framing butane hash oil as the latest dangerous drug endangering our teenagers.
 
ABC15 in Phoenix ran a story on a Monday entitled “‘Dabbing’ the new drug of choice for teens?“.  Following a brief explanation of what “butane hash oil” is without ever mentioning it is essentially marijuana, the bulk of the story features Shane Watson, a rehab counselor and recovering addict explaining how awful his life became because of BHO.  The story even warns parents what to look for if their child is “making ‘dab’” without mentioning the marijuana needed to make it.  The entire construction of the article is to separate hash oil from marijuana conceptually, to paint “dab” as some different drug entirely.
 
By Tuesday, ABC2 in Baltimore, ABC7 in Denver, and ABC5 in Cleveland are re-airing the story.  On Wednesday, ABC23 in Bakersfield and ABC10 in San Diego repeat the story.  The “dab” aired all over the country as any ABC affiliate needing a sensational filler story out of Arizona played the footage.
 
By Thursday, the ABC15 story made leap into the internet media as a screen grab for a story “‘Dabbing:’ Dangerous New Drug Seized in Maryland” appearing in the Towson Patch.  This story features the subtitle, “‘This is the crack of marijuana,’ one official quoted a user as saying of the concentrated butane hash oil.”  The official, Sgt. Mike Conner of the Maryland State Police, goes on to say, “It’s so potent.  It is dangerous.  People claim you can’t overdose on marijuana. In fact, you can. It’s so strong, they are passing out.”
 
“The crack of marijuana” quote then gained traction when it was re-printed in the Baltimore News Journal on Saturday.  Then, in a story called “The Best, Worst Marijuana in the World is Spreading Like Weeds” in the Fredricksburg Patch, “the crack of marijuana” quote is followed by a lead that read “A powerful, concentrated form of marijuana is quickly gaining popularity along the East Coast—but unlike typical marijuana, it may carry the risk of overdose.”
 
For reference, the story then cites California NORML’s Dale Gieringer writing in O’Shaughnessy’s (the journal of medical cannabis) that “increased use of BHO has led to an increase in hospitalizations for cannabis overdose.”  And I can attest to the fact that I’ve never seen people pass out and get wheeled away on stretchers for smoking flowers like I have at events with dabs.  There is also my own personal experience with a too-big dab that left me retching my guts all over a Los Angeles sidewalk.
 

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Denvers anti-marijuana-smell proposal nearly snuffed out

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
denvers-anti-smell-proposalThe proposed city ordinance in Denver that would re-criminalize possession of marijuana in some public places and impose a year in jail and $999 fine for marijuana smell got what seemed to be a pretty cool reception today.
 
A council committee there took up the ordinance, beat it up and promised to revisit it, likely significantly redrafted, sometime down the road.
 
What’s it matter to Seattle/Washington and The Pot Blog?
 
The proposed rules came about as backlash to open use of marijuana in the city and lingering concerns about the social issues legal pot brings up: How kids will perceive marijuana use, whether its use will degrade the business climate downtown and if people will have to live with the smell of pot the next time they throw a birthday party for their kid in a park …
 
Consequently, it seems prudent to expect efforts to curtail marijuana use here as the legal system comes on board, the legal marijuana market gets underway and people see and smell it more.
 

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Scientists Found a Compound That Keeps Marijuana From Getting You High

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
thc-that-doesnt-get-you-highTetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the dopamine-boosting compound in marijuana that, technically speaking, "induces euphoria" — science jargon for "gets you high." It also happens to work on the brain region involved in psychological addiction. Now, a team of researchers has identified a substance that blocks THC's dopamine effect. Why is that important? Let's have a grown-up discussion about weed.
 
We've already written about the mechanics behind how marijuana makes you feel. But you may be surprised to find out that in the United States, over a million people sought treatment for marijuana dependence in 2009 (Figure 7.8), nearly as many as did for cocaine and heroin combined. While the Marijuana Policy Project points out that 57% of those receiving treatment in the U.S. did so in lieu of serving a prison sentence, people still seek anti-dependence treatment in countries like the Netherlands where marijuana use has been decriminalized.
 
Like most drugs with addictive potential, THC works by increasing dopamine levels in the "reward centers" of the brain (the ventral tegmental area and the nucleus accumbens). A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug abuse found that the drug Ro 61-8048 blocks THC's ability to stimulate dopamine production in the brain's reward centers. Without dopamine, there's no neurological reward to the drug, and no drive to continue using it.
 
The researchers taught squirrel monkeys to self-administer THC by pushing a lever. Once the monkeys exhibited signs of addiction (in this case, frequent lever pushing), Ro 61-8048 reduced the reward effect of continual THC doses, leading the monkeys to stop seeking additional doses. The same behavior was seen in rats that were taught to dose themselves with WIN 55,212-2, a synthetic THC substitute.
 
Read more: http://gizmodo.com

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TSA may allow in-flight marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
tsa-may-let-cannabis-on-planesAs more states pass medical marijuana laws, or legalize it outright, the TSA is heading for a don't-ask/don't-tell police on weed at airports. The official policy is to refer drug possession to local law, but where the law doesn't care, that's rather pointless.
 
“I hear reports from people flying from one medical use site to another or flying from one part of California to another and they generally report that if they carry their authorization, they simply show the letter and are sent on their way and are allowed to keep their medicine,” says Keith Stroup, an attorney and founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “The same policy should apply Colorado to Washington or Washington to Colorado.”
 
“I’m delighted to hear that because I think it shows that TSA primarily is acting as it was intended when it was established, to protect all of us when we travel on the airlines and to thwart terrorists. It is not supposed to be an anti-drug agency,” says Stroup. “What nobody feels 100 percent comfortable with is it’s a grey zone you’re going through. It’s technically still illegal even though they aren’t enforcing it very strongly.”
 

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Switzerland Decriminalizes Marijuana, Won't Prosecute For Small Amounts Of Weed

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
switzerland-decrims-marijuanaAs of Oct. 1, possession of marijuana is decriminalized in Switzerland.
 
Anyone over the age of 18 caught with 10 grams or less of the drug will no longer have to make a court appearance and will not have offenses entered into their permanent record; instead, violators will have to pay a fine of 100 Swiss Francs (approximately $110), then be on their way.
 
Lawmakers in the country relaxed weed regulations in an effort to unify what had been a patchwork of often confusing policies that varied from one local area to another. Per The Independent, the measure is also expected to save money by cutting back on the 30,000 marijuana-related cases courts have had to handle each year. It will also free up police resources to pursue larger drug trafficking incidents.
 
But "decriminalized" is not the same as "legal," as a Swiss Broadcasting Corporation report makes clear. Growing marijuana plants, imbibing the drug in any form and dealing it are still forbidden.
 
Penalties are now stricter for anyone caught selling to a person under the age of 18. The new law also provides greater resources to help children with marijuana habits. A 2013 UNICEF report found Swiss children are the world's second-most likely to smoke marijuana, with just over 24 percent of 11, 13 and 15-year-olds having smoked pot in the last year.

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