Denver bans outdoor advertising for medical pot shops

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
(Reuters) - Denver has prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries from advertising their wares on billboards, bus-stop benches, handbills and other outdoor signs, just 2 1/2 months before Colorado votes on legalizing the drug for recreational use.
The ordinance, passed unanimously by City Council late on Monday, bans all outdoor advertising by the city's 400 medical pot shops, but allows ads in print publications and online sites, although they must contain a disclaimer noting that cannabis products are for medical use only.
Colorado's November ballot measure would legalize up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana for recreational use, despite a federal ban on the drug. Oregon and Washington state are voting on similar measures.
Federal law enforcement under the Obama administration has cracked down on dispensaries in several Western states that allow medical pot operations.
Deborah Ortega, an at-large councilwoman who sponsored the law, said she had explored crafting an ordinance banning outdoor advertising within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and daycare centers, but decided on the outright ban.
"The intent was to protect kids," Ortega told Reuters on Tuesday.
Colorado is one of 16 states along with the District of Columbia that allows the use of medical marijuana.
Michael Elliott, executive director of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, said his organization helped craft the ordinance, and that it would help legitimize medical marijuana businesses.
"We believe this (law) strikes the right balance between the city's concerns and the medical marijuana community," he said.


Marijuana Reform Facebook Ads Restored After Social Network Ends 'Just Say Now' Ban

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 14th 2012 by THCFinder
Facebook turned over a new leaf Monday, unblocking advertisements promoting a marijuana legalization campaign involving a set of November ballot initiatives across the country.
The social media giant conceded to Internet freedom advocates over the past week that it had erred in yanking a pro-legalization group's ads from its network because of pot leaf images. Parties involved in the controversy confirmed the Facebook decision to The Huffington Post on Monday.
Just Say Now organizer Brian Sonenstein told The Huffington Post that the leafy ads were no longer listed as disapproved on Facebook.
When the online campaign's ads were submitted for review earlier this year, Facebook outright rejected them, as it did the group's ads two years ago. In 2010, Facebook took down Just Say Now's ads after about a week on the social network.
More than 15,000 supporters signed an online petition calling for Facebook to bring back the latest batch of Just Say Now ads, catching the eye of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California.


Proposed Denver medical-marijuana ad ban set for public hearing

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
A proposal to ban billboard, bus-bench and sidewalk sign-twirler advertising by Denver medical-marijuana dispensaries has pitted the state's two most prominent cannabis trade groups against each other.
On one side is the Cannabis Business Alliance, which denounces the proposal by saying it creates too many uncertainties for the industry.
On the other is the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, which supports the proposed ban by arguing that it is a show of neighborliness for an industry that is not always embraced.
The debate comes to a Denver City Council meeting Monday evening, when there will be a public hearing on the proposed ban.
The proposal would eliminate outdoor medical-marijuana ads in the city, except for signs on the businesses themselves.
Dispensaries would still be able to advertise in newspapers and magazines and would also be able to display their logos on items for charity events they sponsor.


Medical Marijuana a Joke?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 8th 2012 by THCFinder

It’s likely you have never heard of Barrett Duke. Most people haven’t. But his ideas are incredibly dangerous for medical marijuana patients. He recently wrote an op-ed for the Baptist Press, full of more non-sourced and non-linked assertions than I have ever seen in an opinion article.


“Most people who use marijuana to relieve severe pain combine it with stronger pain relievers because marijuana is not effective enough by itself,” he writes. “Furthermore, marijuana's pain-relieving ingredient has been available by prescription for years. A person can purchase Marinol -- right now -- with a doctor's prescription.


“The use of marijuana as a means to improve one's mental health also is not justifiable. People dealing with depression need the regular care of a trained professional. If they require drugs, there are plenty of proven mood-altering ones available that do not introduce as many potential and likely problems as marijuana.


“Smoking marijuana medicinally threatens to make bad situations worse for many users. Marijuana introduces multiple toxic chemicals into the systems of people whose bodies are already weakened from their ailments.


“Not only might these toxic chemicals interfere with the healing process, but users also risk developing additional problems. Medical marijuana puts the user at higher risk for cancer, psychosis, strokes, respiratory damage and heart attack.”


None of these assertions are linked because there is nothing to link to. They come from the head of Barrett Duke. Marijuana is non-toxic and has never been linked to any of the things he says it causes. Furthermore, many who use Marinol have asserted its ineffectiveness while one has to wonder where all these people piling pills on top of marijuana are that Mr. Duke talks about.


People like Barrett Duke masquerade as wanting to help people when in fact he will destroy anyone he can with his incredible ignorance. If you know nothing of a subject, it is better to keep your mouth shut than to make things up.




87-Year-Old Man Arrested for "Forest of Marijuana" in Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

An 87-year-old man was arrested last week for growing more than 400 marijuana plants in the backyard of his Denver, Colorado home. He has documentation for medical marijuana growing in the state, but police say he was over the legal limit for plants.


"I was a care taker for 24 people for the last year or two," Edward Bogunovich told local TV station KUSA. "We did nothing wrong. I wouldn't be stupid not to be legal after doing this for four years."


Police say Bogunovich was legally allowed to have 231 plants, but that he had over 400. He now faces charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana-more than 100 pounds, cultivation of marijuana-more than 30 plants and possession of marijuana-more than 12 ounces.


In the past Bogunovich has been arrested for dangerous drug possession on four different instances, KUSA reported. He's also been charged with damage to property and possession of marijuana.


In the video the man looks quite confused about what is going on, but if you are going to grow legally, you have to be aware of your state’s laws and limits. Authorities are often looking for any reason to bust you.



US Olympic Judo Team Member expelled from Olympics after testing positive for Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympic Games after testing positive for marijuana. The Olympian claims he accidentally ate food that was baked with the substance prior to the start of the Summer Games.
We'll never know for sure whether Delpopolo is telling the truth or not, but regardless this puts the attention back to the war on drugs yet again. I'm in no way advocating that any Olympic athlete "dope up" or use substances that give him or her an unfair advantage, which of course is questionable anyway when it comes to marijuana; however, it's an opportunity to take a look at the drug war through the eyes of objective reality.
The war on drugs has been a colossal failure since its inception during the Nixon administration. The delusional thinking on this is obvious and embarrassing, yet the United States government continues spending billions every year trying to stop American's from getting high. Apparently we're so stupid we need to be saved from ourselves.
I find it astonishing that for 236 years Americans were smart enough to change the world through innovation, technology and independent thinking, yet our own government doesn't believe we are smart enough to manage our own lives. Didn't we learn this lesson during prohibition? The 18th Amendment outlawing alcohol was as big a failure as the drug war, the only difference is we repealed prohibition after 12 years.
Where is the critical thinking in believing the drug war would be any different? After all, isn't alcohol a liquid drug? Marijuana creates a softer effect than alcohol, yet our jails are full of people who like to use and sell it. The drug war philosophy is a zero-sum equation, which is, who owns our bodies? If you say the United States government owns our bodies, that would give them the right to ban substances that harm us. But I don't think anyone would say the government owns our bodies. So if we own our bodies, shouldn't we have the right to drink, smoke or ingest anything we choose?
Make no mistake: the drug war hasn't stopped Americans from doing drugs. You can buy any drug you want in any city in America without knowing anyone by simply approaching a few people. The drug war has made the drug trade so profitable that damn near everyone is in the business. Finding a drug dealer is easier than buying beer at 7/11, and they don't even ask for ID.



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