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Elizabeth Warren Demands CDC To Study Marijuana as a Solution to Painkiller Problem

Category: News | Posted on Sat, February, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

The prescription painkiller epidemic has become the latest focus of American lawmakers, but the additional spotlight on this issue in which misguided federal policy has caused to spiral out of control could eventually become the catalyst needed to pull the cannabis plant out of the trenches of total prohibition.

One of the first of many calls to action to be throttled upon federal health officials from Capitol Hill comes from Senator Elizabeth Warren. The federal lawmaker fired off a letter earlier this week to the lead brass at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demanding the agency begin researching marijuana to determine whether it could be used to combat the opioid problem currently sweeping the United States.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/elizabeth-warren-demands-cdc-study-marijuana-solution-painkiller-problem


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Following national trend, CMPD eases punishment for marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

Across the nation, cities and states are becoming more lenient toward marijuana.

Besides Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington legalizing marijuana, numerous other cities have decriminalized it: Miami, New York and Philadelphia.

Charlotte is following, though quietly. CMPD hasn’t made any public pronouncement that its officers are planning to make fewer marijuana arrests, but there has been a shift.

In 2012, nearly 40 percent of all charges for possessing less than a half-ounce of marijuana ended in arrest.

For the first 11 months of 2015 that fell to 22 percent. The arrest rate fell for all races and ethnic groups.

Read More:http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article60169651.html

 


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Federal Bill Would Prevent College Kids With Drug Convictions From Losing Financial Aid

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

Ever since it was determined years ago that youthful mistakes should disqualify a person from having a fair shot at a solid future, getting Uncle Sam to cough up financial aid for college has been somewhere between extremely difficult to virtually impossible for those students marred by a drug conviction. However, a group of bipartisan lawmakers emerged this week with a piece of legislation intended to repeal the law that has crippled so many students from furthering their education because a drug offense disqualified them from financial aid.

The Stopping Unfair Collateral Consequences from Ending Student Success Act, or SUCCESS Act, introduced by Senators Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, would crush the current standard of rejecting federal financial aid for drug offenders by eliminating the interrogating portion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that forces students to confess all of the drug-related transgressions for which they have been convicted.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-bill-would-prevent-college-kids-drug-convictions-losing-financial-aid


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Lawmakers Want General Assembly To Take Up Pot Bill

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

HARTFORD – With other New England states considering legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, a New Haven lawmaker wants a discussion about the issue at the Capitol this session.

"I'm going to be pushing very hard," Rep. Juan Candelaria, a Democrat, said Thursday, the day he introduced legislation that would legalize the sale and use of marijuana for adults over 21. "I'm going to be engaging my leadership in conversation to at least allow a public hearing."

Candelaria knows legalization may be a long shot – he introduced a similar bill last year that was never raised in committee – but he thinks it's important lawmakers hear from the public. A Quinnipiac Poll last March showed 63 percent of voters supported allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Read More:http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-connecticut-marijuana-bill-0212-20160211-story.html


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One Year After DC Legalized Pot, There's Still Nowhere To Buy It

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

Sales of home grow equipment are booming, bartenders have been known to receive joints as tips, and the city council is considering licensing cannabis clubs, but congressional conservatives continue to ban pot sales in Washington, D.C.

“It is kind of the Alice in Wonderland of cannabis legalization," Alex Jeffrey, executive director of DC NORML, told Reuters, "It's like there's all these rules and regulations that no one follows.” 

After last year’s legalization vote, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city leaders limited pot to home cultivation and consumption after Congress, which has oversight over D.C., blocked pot salesthrough a spending bill rider.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/one-year-after-dc-legalized-pot-theres-still-nowhere-buy-it


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Colorado Sold Just Shy Of One Billion Dollars Worth Of Cannabis In 2015

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 9th 2016 by THCFinder
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At the beginning of 2015 a lot of people were estimating that Colorado would sell over one billion dollars worth of cannabis. Recreational marijuana became legal to sell in Colorado at the beginning of 2014, with a regulated medical marijuana system already in existence. The roll out of recreational marijuana sales took a bit to ramp up, and 2014 was seen as a ‘warm up’ of sorts. 2015 was predicted to be the year that the one billion dollar mark would be crossed in Colorado, and Colorado came very, very close. Per The Cannabist:

Licensed and regulated marijuana stores in Colorado sold $996,184,788 worth of recreational and medical cannabis in 2015, according to new data from the state Department of Revenue.

“I think it’s ethical to round that up to a billion,” cannabis industry attorney Christian Sederberg said Tuesday upon first hearing the 2015 totals.

Colorado also collected more than $135 million in marijuana taxes and fees in 2015 — more than $35 million of which isearmarked for school construction projects.

My home state of Oregon just started collecting taxes on recreational marijuana sales, and even with limited recreational sales, revenue is being generated. I don’t think that Oregon’s industry will be quite as big as Colorado’s, at least not for awhile, but seeing legal cannabis sales generate tax dollars for public schools is a very cool thing. Will Colorado cross the one billion mark in 2016? Only time will tell. I know I hope to travel there some time in 2016 and add some dollars to the pile.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-sold-just-shy-of-one-billion-dollars-worth-of-cannabis-in-2015/


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