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D.C. Introduces Legislation To Tax And Regulate Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
dc-tax-regulate-mjLegislation Would Make Small Amounts of Marijuana Legal to Purchase and Possess
 
Historic Introduction Follows U.S. Department of Justice Decision to Allow Taxation and Regulation to Proceed in Colorado and Washington State
 
Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) will introduce legislation today before the Council of the District of Columbia that would eliminate all criminal and civil penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults over the age of 21 and provide the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration with the authority to license and regulate the production and taxable sale of marijuana in the District.
 
“Marijuana prohibition has disproportionately criminalized black and brown people and wasted scarce law enforcement resources,” said Grant Smith, policy manager with the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs. “Following the introduction of marijuana decriminalization legislation by Councilmember Tommy Wells, Councilmember David Grosso’s proposal to tax and regulate marijuana will enhance efforts to provide District residents with relief from prohibitionist policies that have failed to curb the availability of marijuana to young people. Our nation’s Capital would be wise to follow Colorado and Washington,” said Smith.
 
Introduction of this legislation comes after recent developments elevated marijuana law reform as a major issue in the District. Over the summer, both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs released reports documenting enormous racial disparities in arrests for marijuana possession in D.C. In early July, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) introduced legislation that would eliminate criminal penalties and impose a $100 civil fine for adult possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.
 
In late August, the Department of Justice announced that it would allow the states of Colorado and Washington State to implement ballot initiatives passed by the electorate last year that legalized the production, distribution, and sale of marijuana for adults. Additionally, a Department of Justice memorandum issued to U.S. Attorneys outlined priorities for federal prosecutors enforcing federal marijuana laws and noted that state regulation may further federal interests by reducing organized crime and making marijuana less available to youth. This Department of Justice guidance to federal prosecutors was the subject of an unprecedented hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary earlier this month.
 
A poll conducted in April by Public Policy Polling, commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance and Marijuana Policy Project, found that more than 60% of D.C. voters in the survey would support a ballot measure similar to those approved by voters in Colorado and Washington. A solid majority (54%) said that all drug use should be treated as a public health issue and that people should no longer be arrested and locked up for possession of a small amount of any drug for personal use.
 

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Peyton, Eli Manning Not Happy About Strains of Marijuana Named After Them, Threaten Legal Action

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
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The Manning brothers have a marijuana problem, but not in the way you might think, A number of Denver-area marijuana dispensaries have been selling strains of their product named after Peyton and Eli Manning, but a representative for the elder Manning is threatening legal action against those using Peyton’s name without permission, according to CBS4 in Denver. The Peyton Manning pot label says it’s good for pain, anxiety, nausea and headaches, while the Eli Manning strain claims to help with multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and arthritis. It’s priced around $280 an ounce.
 
Representatives for Manning said the marijuana growers and sellers “don’t have his permission for using his name for commercial purposes. If they continue to do so legal action will be taken.” The Mannings’ marijuana is grown and sold by a company called Good Meds, which offers buyers a 10 percent discount if they wear a Broncos jersey on game day. One of the owners of Good Meds told CBS4 that the strains were named after the quarterback siblings because the seeds are related.
 
Read more: http://nesn.com

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Marijuana policy organization seeks to end AZ prohibition

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
mpp-end-az-prohibitionWASHINGTON — The nation’s largest marijuana policy organization announced Sept. 9 it will support efforts to end marijuana prohibition in 10 more states by 2017, including Arizona. The Marijuana Policy Project’s (MPP) announcement came one day before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing at which it will address the U.S. Justice Department’s recent decision to allow states to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana.
 
MPP plans to work with a broad coalition of local advocates and leaders in Arizona to place an initiative on the 2016 statewide ballot that would tax and regulate marijuana for adults. A public policy polling survey in January showed that 59 percent of Arizonans would vote for an initiative that regulated marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol and allowed it to be sold to adults 21 years of age or older in state-licensed stores.
 
“Arizona has been considering making marijuana legal for some time, and now the voters are ready to enact this sensible policy,” said Mason Tvert, an Arizona native and director of communications for MPP. “No one should be arrested for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol. Soon, adults in Arizona will be able to make the safer choice along with their neighbors in Colorado.”
 

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Federal marijuana decision clears way for Oregon hemp production

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
hemp-production-oregonA historic federal decision not to challenge marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is also a green light for industrial hemp production in Oregon, advocates say.
 
Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who co-sponsored a 2009 law legalizing hemp production that has since been on hold, said the new federal stance on marijuana should allow the state to start crafting rules on hemp.
 
"Sounds like we will be having a conversation with the Department of Agriculture and figuring out what the next steps are," said Prozanski.
 
And federal authorities appear unlikely to question Prozanski's interpretation of the Aug. 29 memo, written by the Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole, laying out the administration's new approach to state marijuana laws.
 
Amanda Marshall, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon and the state's highest ranking federal law enforcement official, told The Oregonian that her office would not interfere with hemp production in Oregon as long as the state creates "robust" regulatory controls and well-funded enforcement.
 
"Hemp is cannabis," Marshall said. "It's marijuana, and under federal law, it's exactly the same thing."
 

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Volunteer falls 50 feet from helicopter during marijuana clean-up

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
hellicopter-accidentA 57-year-old volunteer fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County this week and died, authorities said. 
 
Shane Krogen, a volunteer from Fresno with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest in the mountainous area above Springville when the incident occurred Thursday morning about 10:10 a.m., authorities said.
 
Lt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident occured during part of Operation Pristine, which seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows in California, according to a news release from the agency.
 
Foy said that the area had been eradicated of marijuana three weeks ago and that Thursday's mission was primarily one of reclamation. 
 
One group of about 15 people and a dog spent hours hiking up to the area and "were prepared as if the site was occupied by marijuana growers," Foy said. After they cleared the site, they called in a support team from the helicopter. 
 
"They brought in Shane and his crew" to help, Foy said. Krogen was supervising about five people from the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew and supporting the operation.
 
Because the helicopter could not land, it hovered about 50 feet above the site and people were hoisted down in harnesses, authorities said.
 
Krogen "was one of the last, if not the last person out," Foy said. How he fell remains unclear and under investigation.
 

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Court Strikes Down Mandatory Drug Testing For All College Students

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
mandatory-drug-tests-for-college-studentsJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, in a class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, a federal district court told a Missouri college to end its unconstitutional program of requiring all of its students—irrespective of their course of study—to submit to suspicion-less drug-testing. Jason Williamson, staff attorney at the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and co-counsel on the case, said:
 
“Linn State required every incoming student to be tested for drugs, even though many of them would not be engaged in dangerous activities, and the college had no reason to believe any particular student was using drugs. Any student who refused to submit to the drug test—which is considered a search under the Fourth Amendment—would be denied the opportunity to pursue their education at Linn State.
 
“Students should not be required to sacrifice their constitutional rights in order to further their education, and we’re thrilled that the court has struck down the policy. Our victory should serve as a warning to colleges and universities across the country: mandatory, suspicion-less drug testing of the entire student body has no place in education.”
 
Additional information about this case is available at: https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/minter-et-al-v-claycomb-et-al-complaint
 
Additional information about the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project is available at: https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/aclu-criminal-law-reform-project
 
Additional information about the ACLU of Eastern Missouri is available at: http://www.aclu-em.org/
 

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