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Gary Johnson predicts Obama will reclassify marijuana on way out of office

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 31st 2016 by THCFinder

Former New Mexico Gov. and 2016 Libertarian White House hopeful Gary Johnson says he thinks President Obama is going to remove marijuana from the government’s “Schedule I” list of narcotics considered particularly harmful and addictive on his way out of office.

“It’s going to be just like alcohol,” Mr. Johnson told The Washington Times Tuesday. “I’m going to predict that Obama, when he leaves office, is going to deschedule marijuana as a Class I narcotic. I wish he would have done that to this point, but I think he’s going to do that going out the door. That’s a positive.”

Marijuana is currently on the Schedule I list alongside drugs like LSD and heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency defines Class I drugs as having a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use.

Read More:http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/29/gary-johnson-predicts-obama-will-reclassify-mariju/


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Hawaii Lawmakers Ask How Much Marijuana is OK While Driving

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 30th 2016 by THCFinder

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii lawmakers are asking how much marijuana a driver can safely consume before getting behind the wheel of a car.

It's an issue they want to tackle now that Hawaii is setting up medical marijuana dispensaries. So Rep. Cindy Evans and 15 other lawmakers introduced a resolution asking the state Department of Health to study whether a person can safely drive while under the influence.

Marijuana is the illicit drug most frequently found in the blood of drivers who have been involved in accidents, including fatal ones, but the role marijuana plays in those accidents is often unclear because it can remain in the bloodstream for days and it's often combined with alcohol, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says marijuana use impairs cognitive functions, lane tracking and other driving-related skills.

"I think that it's really important that we do this now," Evans said. "Hopefully this is the beginning of the discussion."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/hawaii-lawmakers-ask-how-much-marijuana-ok-while-driving

 


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Oregon Marijuana Market Hits $265 Million In 2015

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 30th 2016 by THCFinder
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(image via Oregon Herald)

ArcView Market Research, the leading publisher of cannabis market research and information in partnership with New Frontier, the cannabis Big Data and analytics authority, has released the 4th edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets, which shows that the legal cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industries in America with a compound annual growth rate of 31%. The official 2015 ArcView market estimate is $5.7 billion, up from $4.6 billion in 2014. Oregon adult use sales began in October of 2015, and combined with medical sales, the legal market brought in $264.8 million. By the end of 2016, the total legal market is projected to be $481.7 million.

“The state’s decision to allow limited adult use sales through existing dispensaries in advance of recreational sales, which are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016 have helped boost revenues for the 85% of dispensaries that opted into the program and provided an early indication of the demand expected when the full adult use market activates.” said Troy Dayton, CEO of The ArcView Group.

“Oregon is on the frontier of the cannabis legalization movement. It was the first to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis, one of the first to legalize medical marijuana, and it was third to allow adult use sales. It will be quite interesting to see how they do in 2016, their first full year of recreational sales,” said Giadha DeCarcer, Founder and CEO of New Frontier.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-marijuana-market-hits-265-million-in-2015/


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Vets get free marijuana in Colorado Springs to fight pain & PTSD

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 30th 2016 by THCFinder

A cannabis club in Colorado Springs is handing out free marijuana to military veterans, hoping to give them relief from issues like post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain they suffer from after returning home from deployment in war zones.

Over the weekend, the Veteran Farmers Alliance group handed out more than half a pound of pot and marijuana edibles – worth about $1,400 – to veterans in Colorado Springs. The group’s founder, Steve Defino, said other groups should also be doing the same thing and that marijuana was essential for him to deal with his PTSD, which he has fought for a decade.

“I’ve been able to actually go through my memories, recall my memories without getting upset anymore, and I’m starting to live my life again like a normal person,” Defino said in an interview with KXRM, which reported on the pot giveaway.

Read More:https://www.rt.com/usa/337645-colorado-springs-veterans-free-marijuana/


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From Porn to Pot: Hustler’s Larry Flynt Invests in Legal Cannabis Industry

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt, the legendary and ultra-controversial First Amendment defender, has reached into the business end of his multi-million dollar piggy bank of porn to invest in a publicly traded cannabis firm called Pineapple Express.

Reports indicate that Mr. Flynt recently purchased $100,000 of stock in the Los Angeles-based company, which specializes in “consulting, technology, investments, turn-key property rentals and branding concepts to businesses in the legal cannabis industry.” An article published in Forbesreveals that Flynt’s daughter Theresa, the mastermind behind the creation of the highly successful Hustler Hollywood retail chain, has been the VP of Business Development for Pineapple Express since December 2015.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/porn-pot-hustler%E2%80%99s-larry-flynt-invests-legal-cannabis-industry

 


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My Turn: Why a former DEA agent supports legalizing marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

I was a warrior in the war on drugs.

I spent 20 years fighting the flow of drugs into America, including 18 years as a DEA special agent. As a special agent, I helped spearhead the Drug Enforcement Administration’s marijuana efforts in Florida and New Mexico before retiring.

I spent a lifetime’s work in law enforcement, mostly centered on stanching the flow drugs into America, and  have come to one conclusion: I don’t believe marijuana should be illegal.

Yes, despite a career spent trying to take marijuana off our streets – targeting low-level drug dealers, mom-and-pop grow operations, mega-growers and foreign drug traffickers – I realize our tax dollars and law enforcement resources could have been better spent.

Read More:http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2016/03/28/legalize-weed-arizona/82133720/


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