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DNC Chair Accepts Huge Donations from Alcohol PACs, Claims Pot Is a Gateway Drug

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, U.S. Representative for Florida and head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said she opposed legalization of marijuana and called it a gateway drug.

“I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana," she said. "I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.”

Considering that there is a known correlation (one acknowledged by the U.S. government) between heroin addiction and the over-prescription of opiate painkillers, such as Oxycontin, it seems odd that Schultz is resorting to false equivalencies by equating opiates and pot.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dnc-chair-accepts-huge-donations-alcohol-pacs-claims-pot-gateway-drug


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When Marijuana Forensic Science Becomes A Puppet For Police

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 9th 2016 by THCFinder
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Formal complaints have been filed in federal court against the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory by criminal defense attorneys who want an independent investigation into the lab’s practices and policies. A series of emails, revealed by FOIA request, illuminate the lab’s “abhorrent and illegal” compromise of scientific method to alter test results from marijuana products in a way that favors prosecutors- changes that were initiated by state drug task forces and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

“Our formal letter of complaint is intended to launch a serious and objective review of practices of the Crime Lab by the National Institute of Justice,” said Neil Rockind of Southfield, Michigan’s Rockind Law in a press release jointly issued with Michael Komorn of Southfield’s Komorn Law.

The letter was filed with the Director of the National Institute of Justice, Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C. It specifically cites “negligence and incompetence resulting in Crime Lab findings, integrity and reliability that are in serious doubt,” the press release revealed.

Attorney Michael Nichols of the Nichols Law Firm from East Lansing, Michigan, also filed a letter of complaintwith the same agency on the same day, December 22.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/when-marijuana-forensic-science-becomes-a-puppet-for-police/


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Billionaire Sean Parker Donated $500,000 To Legalize Marijuana In California

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

Technology billionaire Sean Parker is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to pot legalization. The former Facebook FB +0.00% president donated $500,000 to back a proposed initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in California, according to state campaign finance records filed Thursday.

“I’ve been following this issue with great interest for some time,” Parker told Forbes in November, when he first announced his intent to support the campaign. “It’s very encouraging to see a vibrant community of activists, many of whom have dedicated their lives to this issue, coming together around a sensible reform based measure that protects children, gives law enforcement additional resources, and establishes a strong regulatory framework for responsible adult use of marijuana–one that will yield economic benefits for all Californians.”

Under the measure, it would be legal for adults 21 years or older to possess, use and buy up to one ounce of marijuana. The law would also impose a 15% sales tax and additional state cultivation taxes. Legislative analysts predict it would bring in more than $1 billion in state and local tax revenues.

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiasavchuk/2016/01/08/billionaire-sean-parker-donated-500000-to-legalize-marijuana-in-california/


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Vermont Governor Expresses Support For Marijuana Legalization In State Of The State Address

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

vermont marijuana decriminalizationToday Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin delivered his State of the State address. A significant portion of it involved marijuana legalization. Governor Shumlin came out with strong statements in support of marijuana legalization. 2016 is going to be a big year for marijuana legalization, and Vermont is considered by many to be one of the most likely states to legalize marijuana via legislative action, which has yet to happen in America. Below is what Peter Shumlin said today, via activist Matt Simon’s Facebook page:

“The outdated War on Drugs has also failed, and there is no greater example than our nation’s marijuana laws. That’s why Vermont took steps to change our criminal penalties and to institute a well-regulated medical marijuana system that now serves 2,400 Vermonters. This careful approach shows thatwe know how to regulate marijuana thoughtfully and cautiously, avoiding the pitfalls that have caused other states to stumble where Vermont succeeded.

But the black market of drug dealers selling marijuana for recreational use is alive and well, serving over 80,000 Vermonters who reported using marijuana last year. These illegal dealers couldn’t care less how young their customers are or what’s in the product they sell, or what illegal drugs you buy from their stash, much less whether they pay taxes on their earnings. That’s why I will work with you to craft the right bill that thoughtfully and carefully eliminates the era of prohibition that is currently failing us so miserably.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-governor-support-marijuana-legalization-state-of-state-address/


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Alaska Groups Give Free Cannabis to Severely Ill and Veterans

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

Eighteen years after Alaskans technically gained the right to use medical marijuana, there are still no state-licensed dispensaries and there are only six qualifying illnesses for MMJ use, according toNORML

In response, several nonprofits have started to deliver free pot to veterans and patients in need.

Some are calling this a pot version of Meals on Wheels, the cannabis army, or the reefer buyer’s club, according to the Daily Beast.  

One of them is called the Alaska Green Angels, co-founded by Darby Andrews, and two others. 

Green Angels, a Facebook group that delivers pot to “angels in need,” is an interactive group that connects those in need with those that have and want to share.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/alaska-groups-give-free-cannabis-severely-ill-and-veterans


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AUMA (California Marijuana Legalization Initiative) Receives Official Title, Summary, Approval For Circulation

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

california marijuanaProponents of the leading statewide ballot measure to control, regulate and tax adult use of marijuana while protecting children announced today that they have received an official title and summary for their proposed November measure, have been cleared for circulation and intend to “hit the ground running” to qualify their measure and give Californians the long-awaited opportunity to have their voices be heard on this critical issue.

Read the official title and summary at:http://oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/Title%20and%20Summary%20%2815-0103%29.pdf?

They also announced the formation of an official political committee in support of the measure: “Californians to Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana while Protecting Children.”  The growing coalition in support of this measure includes business, physicians, farmers, environmental leaders and social-justice advocacy organizations.

The new Committee announced $1.25 million in initial contributions, including from Co-Chairs and respected advocacy organizations such as Drug Policy Action, Marijuana Policy Project of California, New Approach PAC and Californians for Sensible Reform.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/auma-california-marijuana-legalization-initiative-title-summary-circulation/


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