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Credit Union Lawsuit Against The Federal Reserve Over Marijuana Banking Is Dismissed

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

banking marijuana industry bankFourth Corner Credit Union sued the Federal Reserve in an attempt to gain access to the federal banking system. That case was dismissed today. I think it’s worth pointing out that the judge overseeing the case recently referred to federal marijuana banking guidance as a ‘Nothingburger’ and expressed support for marijuana banking. However, he said at the time that the lawsuit wasn’t about his opinion, and that a lawsuit wouldn’t bring about banking reform. He said that only Congress can do that in a legal, binding way. Below is a reaction to today’s dismissal from the National Cannabis Industry Association:

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Fourth Corner Credit Union against the Federal Reserve in hopes of providing banking services to the legal cannabis industry. In his ruling, Judge R. Brooke Jackson said Congress must provide the answer, stating, “I regard the [cannabis banking] situation as untenable and hope that it will soon be addressed and resolved by Congress.”

Fourth Corner is a credit union chartered by the State of Colorado and designed to serve legitimate cannabis businesses, but the Federal Reserve had denied its request for a master account, which would have allowed them to provide checking services to its members.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/credit-union-lawsuit-federal-reserve-marijuana-banking-dismissed/


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Cannabis Industry Working to Become More Energy Efficient

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Although there is a great deal of concern surrounding the massive energy consumption of pot farms across the United States, the totality of the cannabis industry is working on methods to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the business of growing weed. 

A report published in Aljazeera America suggests that the while the legalization of marijuana has led to the creation of one of “the most energy-intensive industries in the U.S.” there has been a recent push to develop strategies for minimizing energy use that could prove beneficial as more states and perhaps the entire nation soon joins the ranks of legal weed. 

The majority of the problem is the cannabis plant cannot currently be produced efficiently enough outdoors to generate a steady stream of high quality marijuana products. It is for this reason that most grow operations have resorted to using strictly indoor operations that feed off 1000-watt, high intensity lighting, which produce a great deal of heat that is then counterbalanced with air conditioning and ventilation systems.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/cannabis-industry-working-become-more-energy-efficient


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How Accurate Are The Drug Test Kits That Law Enforcement Use To Prove A Substance Is Marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 4th 2016 by THCFinder
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I posted an article yesterday about the case of Robert and Addie Harte. The Hartes had their home SWAT raided after police determined that they were illegal growing marijuana in their home. That determination by law enforcement was based on just two things. The first is that Robert Harte was seen buying grow equipment from an indoor garden store (for growing tomatoes). The other was that when cops went through the family’s trash can, they found what they thought to be wet marijuana plant material.

The plant material was tested with a field drug test kit, which returned a positive result for marijuana. Those two factors alone were enough to result in a SWAT raid on the family’s home, and guns being pointed at Robert and his wife’s children. A much more accurate lab test on the plant material returned the following result, per KansasCity.Com:

They conducted a field test on the material, and it tested positive for marijuana, according to the lawsuit.

A lab test done 10 days after the raid and again four months later found that the leafy material was not marijuana.

“It does not look anything like marijuana leaves or stems,” the lab report said.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-accurate-are-drug-test-kits-law-enforcement-substance-marijuana/


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Former NFL players call for medical marijuana to be taken off banned list

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

To understand football, Nate Jackson says, you need to remember one inherent truth about the game: a human body was not made to absorb that kind of punishment.

“There’s no safe way to get hit by a truck,” Jackson puts it.

Jackson, author of the football memoir Slow Getting Up, spent six seasons playing tight end for the Denver Broncos. Recounting a lifetime of football-related injuries is nearly impossible, because, as he put it: “You’re always kind of battling with something.”

To hurry players back from injury, a cocktail of pain pills and anti-inflammatory injections are typically dispensed. Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Percocet, Toradol, Celebrex, Vioxx (before it was recalled for increasing the long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes) and so on. The widespread use of highly potent prescription pain drugs, some argue, has allowed the NFL to become the multibillion-dollar industry that it is today, but at a price.

Read More:http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan/03/former-nfl-players-call-for-medical-marijuana-to-be-taken-off-banned-list


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Is Shopping At An Indoor Garden Store Enough To Establish Probable Cause For A Marijuana Raid?

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder
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My dad’s apartment was raided by a SWAT team in 1989. It was a very traumatic experience (I was there). The cops kicked in the door, came in brandishing guns, and screaming so frantically I didn’t know what anyone was saying or what was going on. I know quite a few people that have had their homes raided by police, and it’s an experience that will no doubt haunt them the rest of their lives. It doesn’t take much for cops to raid your house when marijuana is potentially involved. An example of that is the case of Robert and Addie Harte.

Robert and Addie Harte are a middle class married couple that used to work for the CIA as analysts. One day Robert and his son went to an indoor garden store to purchase equipment to grow tomatoes as part of a class assignment. Little did they know that there was a state trooper sitting in the parking lot, compiling license plates that frequented the store in order to start investigations into whether or not the customers of the store were growing marijuana.

After further investigating the Harte family, members of Kansas law enforcement went through the Harte family’s garbage and found ‘saturated plant material.’ Via an unreliable field substance test, the material tested positive for marijuana. A later, more accurate lab test result was released which found that the substance was actually tea, but that test result wasn’t received back before a SWAT raid was conducted on the Harte family residence. Guns were put in kids’ faces, and the family was put through a traumatic experience, yet nothing was found. No marijuana plants, not even any marijuana paraphernalia.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/shopping-indoor-garden-store-establish-probable-cause-marijuana-raid/


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Travel Guru Rick Steves Has The Best Advice For Fighting ‘Big Marijuana’

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

grow your own weed‘Big Marijuana’ is like the boogeyman in the marijuana world right now. Marijuana opponents warn of the imminent demise of American society due to the threat of big marijuana. Those claims are nothing more than scare mongering. Many people in the marijuana movement and industry fear a corporate takeover of marijuana, and those fears are well founded in my opinion. Travel guru Rick Steves has some stellar advice to combat the corporate takeover of marijuana – grow your own.

Rick Steves offered up that advice in an interview he did with KUOW a few weeks back. The comments came as Rick Steves was discussing the need for Washington State to add a home cultivation provision to its marijuana legalization law. As it stands right now, Washington is the only state to legalize marijuana but yet not allow home cultivation. Per KUOW:

Rick Steves doesn’t think Big Marijuana should control your pot. That’s one reason people in Washington state should be able to grow their own weed, Steves told KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel.

“I don’t want marijuana to go the route of tobacco and have Joe Camel and Big Tobacco and Big Marijuana” dominate the industry, Steves said. “If there’s money to be made, it’s going to attract big corporate interests and they’re going to have the clout. I like the idea of having home grow because it gives people an option to having to buy something from a giant organization. They can just have a few plants on the window sill, and it’s not a big deal.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/travel-guru-rick-steves-has-the-best-advice-for-fighting-big-marijuana/


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