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Medical Marijuana Activist in Kansas Could Face Charges

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A medical marijuana advocate has lost custody of her 11-year-old son at least temporarily and could face possible charges following comments the boy made during a drug education program at school.
 
The case of Shona Banda, 37, was forwarded Monday to the Finney County district attorney's office for a decision about charges, Garden City Police Capt. Randy Ralston said. Possible charges include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment, the department said in a news release.
 
No arrests have been made.
 
The divorced Garden City mother said she did not get custody of her son back following a hearing Monday in Finney County District Court, after Kansas authorities had placed the boy into protective custody.
 
"That's OK - I am not giving up," Banda said. "I will, I will get him and I am not going to stop until I do."
 
Banda, a motivational speaker and author on the medical marijuana issue, has been at the center of a social media storm after she went public with her story. Several supporters rallied Monday at a park near the courthouse.
 
"It is a hot topic all across the United States," Ralston said of the social media attention. "It doesn't surprise me."
 
Banda is the author of a book "Live Free or Die: Reclaim your Life . . . Reclaim your Country!" that recounts her use of a concentrated cannabis oil to treat Crohn's Disease.  
 
 

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Groundbreaking Report Finds Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuses In California

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

asset forfeiture marijuana arrestToday, the Drug Policy Alliance launches a multi-year, comprehensive look at asset forfeiture abuses in California that reveals the troubling extent to which law enforcement agencies have violated state and federal law.

Civil asset forfeiture law allows the government to seize and keep cash, cars, real estate, and any other property – even from citizens never charged with or convicted of a crime.  Because these assets often go straight into the coffers of the enforcement agency, these laws have led to a perversion of police priorities, such as increasing personnel on the forfeiture unit while reducing the number of officers on patrol and in investigation units. While civil asset forfeiture was originally conceived as an effective way to target and drain resources away from powerful criminal organizations, Above the Law discloses how these strategies and programs have now become a relied-upon source of funding for law enforcement agencies all across the state.

What emerges in the new report is a picture of a handful of relatively small cities clustered in Los Angeles County that lead the state in per capita seizures (Baldwin Park, Beverly Hills, Gardena, Irwindale, La Verne, Pomona, South Gate, Vernon and West Covina). The report’s analysis of fiscal records finds that many of these cities were providing false or inconsistent reports to the Justice Department, while some other cities appeared to be engaged in budgeting future forfeiture revenue, despite this being explicitly illegal under federal law.

“Civil asset seizure was never intended to be a primary funding source for law enforcement,” said Meghan Ralston, harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Law enforcement professionals who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public need appropriate levels of funding, but seizing the cash and property of potentially innocent citizens who are never charged with a crime is no way to fund public safety. This report is a wake-up call to all Californians.”

The revelations exposed in Above the Law add to major national momentum for reform.  Earlier this month, New Mexico’s Republican Governor, Susana Martinez,signed a new law that ends the practice of civil asset forfeiture in the state, which now has the strongest protections against wrongful asset seizures in the country. In January, Attorney General Eric Holder announced changes that could make it harder for state and local law enforcement to use federal law to seize property without evidence of a crime. And bipartisan legislation known as the FAIR Act has been introduced in both houses of Congress that would dramatically reform federal civil asset forfeiture laws.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/groundbreaking-report-finds-civil-asset-forfeiture-abuses-in-california/


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Vancouver’s 4/20 Marijuana Smoke Fest Sees 64 Taken to Hospital

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

Vancouver’s 4/20 marijuana-smoking rally led to hospitalization for 64 revelers Monday, turning a celebratory occasion into a headache for ER workers.
 
“Sixty-four people in the emergency department is a large number, in an already busy emergency department,” Providence Health Care spokesperson Dave Lefebvre told CBC.
 
Patients were complaining of nausea, vomiting, palpitations and “a decreased level of consciousness,” Lefebvre said.
 
Authorities speculate that many revelers were consuming marijuana in edible form and thus unaware of the strengths of the dosages ingested.
 
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson criticized the event as “very disruptive,” adding that “I know there will be lessons learned from what happened yesterday. There were certainly more challenges this year than ever before.”
 
Vancouver police reported a higher turnout this year, with as many as 25,000 people crowding into Vancouver Art Gallery’s plaza and making it difficult for police and officials to manage the event.
 

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5 companies with the biggest buzz in the marijuana industry

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

These are some of the companies with reason to celebrate on 4/20, the annual holiday for marijuana-lovers. 

Today is April 20, aka 4/20, the semi-official annual holiday for the marijuana industry and pot-enthusiasts around the world.

 
People flock to public celebrations across the country that, in some cases, attract crowds of thousands. Pot-related businesses also show off their products.
 
Over the weekend in Colorado, hordes of people got a head-start in what is a regulated market for both medical and recreational marijuana. In Denver, roughly 125,000 fans of Colorado’s progressive marijuana laws gathered on public property for an annual 4/20 rally — the number has a murky history, but it’s a nod to the time of day when stoners often light up — while thousands more in that city attended High Times‘ annual Cannabis Cup.
 
(For more on the Cannabis Cup and the 4/20 holiday, read this excerpt from author Bruce Barcott’s new book, Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.)
 
At both events, vendors pitching products — from cannabis strains and marijuana edibles to vaporizers — as they look to cash in on the so-called “green rush” in a regulated pot industry that could generate more than $10 billion in annual legal sales by 2018, according to The ArcView Group, a cannabis-focused investment firm. Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, while four states and Washington, D.C. have legal recreational pot.

Read More:http://fortune.com/2015/04/20/marijuana-industry-five-companies/


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Jon Stewart Calls Out 'Total Narc' Chris Christie For Hypocrisy On Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

Jon Stewart celebrated 4/20, the unofficial marijuana holiday, on Monday night's "Daily Show" with his special "Uncle Jonny's Super Kush Totally Chillaxed Sticky-Icky Informative Marijuana News Report."

The segment got off to a promising start with an over-the-top promo from CNN for a weed special that Stewart said sounded "cool as fuck," but in reality turned out to be a serious report about medical marijuana and tax revenue from legal weed sales.

"Well you fucked me, CNN," Stewart said. "I'm ready for Weedstock, the whole thing, and you're giving me this. This is an actual news report."

However, nothing harshed his mellow quite like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), the "one guy who's got to be a total narc."

Christie claims that if elected president, he would crack down on states that have legalized marijuana. He said the drug is addictive, banned under federal law and that states "should not be able to sell it or profit from it."

But as Stewart points out, Christie legalized Internet gambling in New Jersey -- something that's addictive and frowned upon by federal law.

"Well there is a difference, though, to be fair," Stewart said. "If you smoke too much pot, no one comes to break your fucking knees."

Source:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/21/jon-stewart-chris-christie-marijuana_n_7106134.html


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United Coalition Files Initiative To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol In Arizona

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

arizona marijuanaA unified coalition of organizations, activists, and marijuana businesses filed a statewide ballot initiative  with the Arizona Secretary of State on Friday that, if approved by voters in November 2016,  would end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

“It was a long and deliberative drafting process involving a diverse group of stakeholders,” said Carlos Alfaro, Arizona political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There were some bumps in the road, but in the end everyone came together to produce the best possible law for Arizona. We are united in this effort to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

In summary, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act would:

  • allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess and privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (it will remain illegal to consume marijuana in public);
  • create a system in which licensed businesses can produce and sell marijuana to adults and establish a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana;
  • provide local governments with the authority to regulate and prohibit marijuana businesses; and
  • establish a 15% tax on adult marijuana sales in addition to standard sales taxes.

Marijuana tax revenue will be used to fund the implementation and enforcement of regulations, and any additional revenue will be allocated to the Department of Education for construction, maintenance, operating costs, and full-day kindergarten programs and to the Department of Health Services for public health efforts.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/coalition-files-initiative-regulate-marijuana-alcohol-arizona/


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