Connecticut Sets Rules For Medical Marijuana Farms

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
ct-mmj-farm-rulesFAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Medical marijuana farms and dispensaries could be up and running in Connecticut by early next year, according to the state Department of Consumer Protection.
The department will start the process of issuing permits for growing and distributing medical marijuana “in early September,” Commissioner William Rubenstein said last week.
“It is our hope to be able to make our selections for both producer and dispensary facility licenses by around the first of the year,” Rubenstein said.
The Connecticut General Assembly approved the law to allow medical marijuana in May 2012, and Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the act into law that same month. The Legislative Regulations Review Committee finalized the specifics of the state’s laws on Aug. 27, allowing the department to move forward with its permits.
The law allows doctors to prescribe marijuana to treat 11 conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Residents can petition the state Board of Physicians to add more conditions to the list starting this fall.
Prescriptions are available only to Connecticut residents over 18 years old. The law also allows patients to have a “designated caregiver” who will be able to help buy and administer medical marijuana. Under state law caregiver must be approved by the state and be a family member or legal guardian.


Washington: Bar Owner Defends Allowing Customers to Smoke Marijuana On His Premises

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-users-smoke-inside-barFrank Schnarrs, owner of Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill in Olympia, Washington, is defending what he considers to be legal activity that is taking place on the second floor of his establishment, which is adults over the age of 21 consuming marijuana.
Frank claims that the individuals partaking in the recreational doings are doing so legally due to the fact that the aforementioned second floor has been designated as a private club for dues paying members only.
Members of said club pay an annual fee of $10 to gain access to the selected smoking spot which isn't accessible to the public, but the state's Liquor Control Board claims that since Frankie's is a licensed business it is indeed considered a public establishment and he is operating outside of the law.
The private pot club currently generates approximately 60 percent of Frankie's income which he says has actually saved him from having to close his doors.
The Liquor Control Board declares they are well aware of the actions that are taking place at Frankie's, but haven't stated what steps they will take to rectify the situation.


Marijuana grower killed by own booby trap

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
piano-wire-booby-trapA New York man died after being nearly decapitated by a booby trap he set to protect marijuana plants on his property.
Daniel R. Ricketts, 50, who owns property and a residence on Saw Mill Road in Albany County, was identified as the victim on Sunday, the Times Union reports.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Ricketts was driving an ATV on his property on Saturday afternoon when he was nearly decapitated after running into a nearly invisible wire that was part of fortifications he made near four large marijuana plants.
The wire appeared to be the type used in pianos, but Apple said it’s unclear what purpose it served as a security measure. Other components of the booby traps included barbed wire and a leg trap similar to those used to trap coyotes.
Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, Apple said. An investigation is ongoing.


Former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres Arrested For Marijuana Possession

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
arrested-for-mmjFormer WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres was arrested for marijuana possession in Indiana last week. The 32-year-old posted a $1,500 cash bond, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. His booking was posted as part of the department’s arrests between August 24-25, according to MMA Junkie.
Torres made his WEC debut on September 5, 2007 at WEC 30. He defeated Jeff Bedard by triangle choke submission at 2:30 in the first round, improving his professional MMA record to 33-1. His sole loss at that point was to Ryan Ackerman at IHC 6: Inferno in November 2003.
Torres got his revenge two years later at IHC 9: Purgatory, defeating Ackerman by arm bar submission at 4:45 in the first round. Miguel Torres won the bantamweight championship in his second WEC fight, defeating Chase Beebe by guillotine choke submission at WEC 32 on February 13, 2008. He successfully defend his title three times before losing it to Brian Bowles by at WEC 42 on August 9, 2009. Bowles beat Torres by KO at 3:57 in the first round. After WEC merged with the UFC in October 2010, Torres made his promotional debut at UFC 126 on February 5, 2011.
He defeated Antonio Banuelos by unanimous decision. He lost his next fight to Demetrious Johnson by unanimous decision on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130, bringing his record to 39-4. Torres was released from the UFC on December 8, 2011, after quoting the Comedy Central series Workaholics on his Twitter account.
The quote read, “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises.”


Drug War Film Screening In Missouri Makes News

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
mi-marijuana-filmOn Monday, we hosted a screening of the Reason Foundation’s new documentary America’s Longest War in Joplin. After the film, local cannabis law reform activist (and former Show-Me Cannabis Regulation board member) Kelly Maddy facilitated a Q&A session between the audience, film co-producer and Reason Foundation President David Nott, Trish and Daryl Betrand of Springfield, and myself.
The event drew over 60 attendees, including several members of the Alliance of Southwest Missouri, which considers cannabis to be “a concern and threat to the safety and well being of families” in the area. Before the meeting, the Alliance sent out a press release describing what they see as the harms of cannabis, and during the Q&A those members in attendance asked a number of pointed questions of the panelists.
Although I’m sure my perspective on the issue still differs from theirs, I am very pleased that they took the time to consider our point of view and attend the event. I firmly believe that the truth is on our side, so I welcome any opportunity to discuss it with those individuals who disagree or are undecided.
The Joplin Globe also took notice of the event by publishing three full articles on the subject. First, they published my editorial on the failure of the drug war in the Sunday edition. On Monday, they gave some advance coverage of the film and our efforts in Missouri. Finally, the day after the event, they ran a front page story right above an article on recently announced Senate hearings on the federal response to cannabis legalization at the state level.


Death sentence given to grandmother in Bali for drug smuggling

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
bali-woman-sentenced-to-deathMany activists are pleading for Indonesia to forego the execution of a grandmother for drug smuggling, even as other nations impose punishments for the manufacture, distribution and use of drugs considered illicit and others legal.
In the present case of the British grandmother, Lindsay Sandiford, 57, sentenced to death for smuggling cocaine valued at $2.5 million into Bali, a resort island that is part of Indonesia, appeals had been made against the harsh sentence, but were rejected by a three-judge panel.
Sandiford had alleged she was forced to smuggle the drugs after a threat by a gang that her children would be hurt if she refused. News outlets covering the trial, pleadings and sentencing, report the prosecutors as initially seeking a sentence for Sandiford of 15 years in prison as opposed to the death by firing squad that was issued by a lower court, then upheld by Bali’s High Court ruling.
In the United States, where there has been on ongoing war on drugs since the Reagan administration’s dictum of “Just say no,” marijuana has become controversial in terms of its legality and the treatment of its distribution as a crime in some areas of the country and legal in other areas. Some of the distributors of medical marijuana, for example, have been raided and taken to court, as two were on Thursday, August 29, in Washington County, Oregon. A brief interaction with one of them at the courthouse brought the news from Sarah Bennett, who manages a medical marijuana distribution facility, that the Federal government has stepped aside from targeting distribution of marijuana in those states where medical marijuana has been legalized. She said, “It is a good thing that this has happened, as it allows people who need the medication to be helped. Please read the information, as it details how this may help resolve some of the conflicts.” A previous article had outlined the fact that harsh measures had been taken against growers and distributors in those states where the drug had been legalized.



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