Hundreds of Local Cops Are Requesting Armored Trucks To Fight War on Weed

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

For over 20 years, the Pentagon has been giving away surplus military gear to local police departments through the Department of Defense's 1033 program. The program largely evaded public scrutiny until last year's events in Ferguson literally drove big armored trucks into the national spotlight, sparking heated debate about police militarization. 

Although law enforcement agencies have defended their use of combat equipment—citing hostage situations, terrorist attacks and mass shootings—a recent investigation by Mother Jones found that most cops aren't putting those answers on their request forms.

The magazine obtained 465 requests for armored vehicles (specifically, the iconic mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP) filed with the Pentagon between 2012 and 2014, and very few forms specified any type of "worst-case scenario" as their reasoning.

No, the most common reason cops asked for armored trucks was to combat drugs.

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Colorado May Ban 'Candy' Name on Marijuana Treats

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Edible marijuana products in Colorado may soon come labeled with a red stop sign, according to a draft of new rules released Wednesday by state marijuana regulators.

The state may also ban the word "candy" from edible pot products, even if they're sweets such as suckers or gummy chews.

The new pot symbol — an octagon stop-sign shape with the letters "THC" to indicate marijuana's psychoactive ingredient — would have to be on individual edible items, not just labels. Liquid marijuana products would be limited to single-serve packaging — defined as 10 milligrams of THC.

"It's time we have a tool to really let people know there is pot in something," said Diane Carlson of Smart Colorado, a parents' group that has pushed for giving edible pot a distinct look.

Regulators rejected an earlier proposal to mark edible pot with a weed-leaf symbol after parents complained the symbol would simply attract children, not dissuade them from eating the products.

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Justice Department Intentionally Bamboozled Congress on Marijuana Amendment

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

The Department of Justice told Congress last year that the proposed attachment of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment to a federal spending bill would “limit or possibly eliminate the department’s ability to enforce federal law in recreational marijuana cases.” To drive this home, the department issued a list of “informal talking points,” which were “intended to discourage passage” of the measure, according to a document obtained by Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority.

Yet, nearly two months after the provision was passed in the House of Representatives and signed into law by President Obama, a memo released by Patty Merkamp Stemler, chief of the DOJ’s appellate division, admits the talking points do not “reflect our current thinking,” and that the amendment does not offer "any limitations on our ability to investigate and prosecute crimes involving recreational marijuana." 

Although a number of House members voiced concerns last year over the reach of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, claiming that it would cripple the DEA’s ability to enforce federal law, the DOJ memo, which is dated February 27, 2015, suggests that the provision does nothing of the kind. In fact, while lawmakers who supported the measure were under the impression that they were taking the heat off dispensaries and patients in medical marijuana states, it turns out that the full scope of the provision does not offer any protection for the medical marijuana community.

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Drug Squad Probe Leads 560 Convictions To Be Overturned

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia judge has reversed 158 more narcotics convictions amid a long-running probe of seven narcotics officers, even though the officers were mostly acquitted of corruption charges.

Public defender Bradley Bridge says that about 560 convictions have now been reversed.

Bridge tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that fewer than half of the squad's convictions have been reviewed.

Federal prosecutors accused the veteran officers of stealing large sums of drugs and cash from suspects and lying in court afterward.

Officer Jeffrey Walker is serving a three-year prison term after pleading guilty and testifying against his former squad members at trial this year.

However, a jury acquitted the other six. They have gotten their jobs back.

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Missouri Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana Is Granted Parole

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

free jeff mizanskeyJeff Mizanskey has been serving a life sentence in prison for marijuana-only offenses for over two decades now. I am very happy to report that it was announced today that Jeff Mizanskey has been granted parole, and will finally be released from prison to return to his family. The granting of parole comes after a very long public awareness campaign ran by Jeff Mizanskey’s family and the Show-Me Cannabis campaign. Below is more about today’s announcement, via ABC News:

The only man in Missouri serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana related offenses is now getting released from prison.

Jeff Mizanskey’s son tells ABC 17 News his father will soon get freed from the maximum security prison in Jefferson City. Mizanskey has already served more than 20 years in the prison for repeat marijuana offenses.

In May, Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence. The Governor’s decision allowed for a parole hearing. Mizanskey’s parole hearing was held on August 6th.

After the August 6th parole hearing, it was estimated that the decision to deny or grant parole would take as long as 6-8 weeks. The fact that it only took four days to render a decision is a testament to just how unfair Jeff Mizanskey’s sentence was in my opinion. No one should have to serve even one day in a prison cell for marijuana, let alone over two decades. I am happy for Jeff, his family, and friends, and can’t wait to read about what he plans on doing once he is free. I want to extend an enormous kudos to the Show-Me Cannabis campaign for doing such an amazing job working with the Mizanskey family to wage the public awareness campaign! Jeff will finally be free!



Reformers To JAMA: Don’t Generalize All Cannabinoid Data To Medical Cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

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We read with interest the recent review of medical use of cannabinoids (1). As the authors attempt to emphasize, they focus on a heterogeneous collection of experiments that employed a range of treatments, including synthetic THC, CBD, and THC-mimicking drugs.

Lay readers might inappropriately generalize these results specifically to whole plant medical cannabis  But few (only two) of these experiments were conducted using medical cannabis; most of the studies reviewed focused on outcome measures that do not address the plant’s potential advantages over a single, compound agent in pill form.

For example, the authors conclude that evidence of individual, synthetic cannabinoids to help nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy was low in quality. Within hours of the publication of the paper, mainstream media coverage applied these conclusions to medical cannabis per se, not just medical cannabinoids (2). In fact, as the authors emphasize, only 6 of the 28 studies assessing nausea and vomiting used THC, and none of these actually employed vaporized or inhaled botanical cannabis. The dependent measures were also not sensitive to the key advantage of medical cannabis for nausea: speed of onset. (Inhaled medicines can work within seconds. Sprayed extracts require at least a half hour while cannabinoids in pill form can take multiple hours.)  The authors were generally careful about these caveats, but the disparate and inaccurate media coverage suggests that flagship journals in all fields now have to be even more diligent when cautioning readers about the inappropriate generalization of results. Despite increasing popularity, medical cannabis remains controversial and, apparently, newsworthy. As reviews of the effects of cannabinoids proliferate, authors, editors, journal staff, and journalists might welcome a reminder that cautions about interpretation need to be spelled out in more effusive, detailed, and thorough ways.

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