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Colorado Localities Make Own Rules Before Final Decision on Marijuana Sales

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
AURORA, Colo. — As Colorado moves closer to issuing temporary regulations on the sale of marijuana, now legal in small quantities here, some cities and towns are not waiting for the new rules to take effect.
 
More than a dozen municipalities across the state have decided to enact moratoriums on retail marijuana sales, restricting them for now or at least until after the rules are finalized later this year.
 
Others, unsettled at the prospect of dispensaries within their borders, have banned marijuana sales entirely — which they are permitted to do under Amendment 64, the 2012 constitutional amendment passed by voters that legalized recreational use of the drug.
 
“As we talked to our police department and our building code enforcement people, it didn’t seem to be a very logical answer for us,” said Mayor Tom Norton of Greeley, a conservative farm town north of Denver that banned marijuana sales outright this month. “It seemed like it had the potential for creating more mischief than what we wanted to put up with.”
 
Discussions about how marijuana is to be regulated, and how the state will handle a legal drug market, played a central role during Colorado’s 2013 legislative session. Meanwhile, communities from Littleton to Vail have taken it upon themselves to ponder the issue publicly.
 
In the past six months, a task force of lawmakers, representatives of the state’s growing marijuana industry and others have wrestled with developing the rules.
 

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Dutch cannabis cafes in dock for selling drugs to tourists

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday sought up to one-month suspended jail terms for owners and staff of cannabis cafes in southern city Maastricht for selling pot to foreigners in defiance of a controversial law.
 
"The public prosecution has asked for (sentences of) community service of 150 hours, fines of up to 5,000 euros ($6,600) and one month suspended prison sentences against sellers at three coffee shops in Maastricht," the Public Prosecutor's office said in a statement.
 
The seven owners and staff went on trial Wednesday for selling cannabis to customers, mainly from Germany and Belgium, who constitute two-thirds of coffee shops' clientele, thereby breaking the law which allows for sales to locals only.
 
Coffee shops in Maastricht, a Roman city of 120,000 conveniently wedged between the borders of Belgium and Germany, now hope the case will set a clear legal precedent.
 

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Attorney: Marijuana May Not Impair Driving Ability At All

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Does marijuana really affect your ability to drive safely? An Orange County, California attorney who literally wrote the book on defending drunk driving cases says there’s evidence to show it doesn’t — and testing for the presence of marijuana doesn’t measure impairment, anyway.
 
Drunk driving laws today typically define “driving under the influence” as covering both alcohol and drugs, with marijuana included as “drugs.” In most states, the very presence of marijuana in a driver’s blood is either illegal in itself, or is considered proof of impairment.
 
“The prevailing view for years has been that cannabis, like alcohol, impairs the coordination, reflexes, perception and judgment necessary for the safe operation of a vehicle,” said Orange County, California DUI attorney Lawrence Taylor, a former Fulbright Professor of Law (Japan) and author of the standard legal textbook in the field, Drunk Driving Defense, 6th edition (cited as an authority by the California Supreme Court).
 

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Could Cannabis vending machines be the future of recreational drug use

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Endexx Corp.’s Todd Davis wants to make it really easy for you to buy weed. He’s imagining a pot vending machine, where all you’ll have to do is push a few buttons and a can of marijuana will come tumbling down.
 
Pot vending machines already exist at medical marijuana dispensaries, HuffPo reports:
 
Davis’s company recently bought two smaller firms that provide vending machines to medical marijuana outlets. One, Dispense Labs, produces a card-reading gadget used by the staff at pot clubs to dole out measured portions of cannabis, streamlining the buying process. (The machine is pictured below.) The other acquisition, CannCan, engineered a modified soda machine that dispenses plastic cans full of marijuana.
 
But Davis wants to install these things in states where recreational pot could be legalized. It’s not a totally crazy idea: Beer vending machines exist, for instance (in Japan). And there used to be cigarette vending machines all over the place. Oh, and you can get high-fructose corn syrup from a vending machine in every school, office, hotel, and rest stop, and that’s arguably just as bad for you.
 
Read more: http://grist.org

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Coast Guard Shows Off $3 Million In Seized Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Coast Guard, working with a Royal Netherlands Navy vessel in May, seized approximately $3 million in marijuana during a drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Friday, those drugs arrived in South Florida.
 
The drug stop was part of an operation called Operation Martillo which the U.S. is using to “counter the use of the Central American littoral as transshipment routes for illicit drugs, weapons, and cash.”
 
“We got on scene, the vessel started fleeing and jettisoned all the contraband you see right behind me,” said Lt. Mario Gil of the U.S. Coast Guard. “If 3,500 pounds of marijuana get to the streets of South Florida or anywhere in the U.S. that’s an extreme, that’s a lot of marijuana. Not something you see every day down here.”
 

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Vermont Becomes The 17th State To Decriminalization

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Vermont is now the 17th state to decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the bill into action after the Senate voted a 24-6 on May 7 and the House voted 98-44 on April 12. Over 60% of Vermont voters agree with the decriminalization of marijuana.
 
Gov. Simon talked about how this will stop the bleeding until they figure a more sensible policy. He went on to state facts most of us know. But having a Governor say these things helps our fight that much more.
 
Removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession slows the bleeding, but it will not stop until marijuana prohibition is replaced with a more sensible policy. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and it is time for the state to start exploring policies that treat it that way.
 

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