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Starbucks of Marijuana Coming to San Francisco

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
starbucks-of-weedThe arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward making lots of money. That's Jamen Shively's thesis, anyway. 
 
The former Microsoft manager, 45, is embarking on a publicity tour for the marijuana enterprise he's happy to label the "Starbucks" of pot. "Yes, we can" is for Shively "yes, we are big marijuana" -- and he's getting ready for what he believes is The Next Big Thing: legal pot -- everywhere. 
 
With his trusty sidekick, former Mexican president Vicente Fox -- a partner of Shively's in Diego Pellicer, Inc., the nation's first "premium marijuana" retail brand -- in tow, Shively is in San Francisco on Monday. Following a "summit" on marijuana legalization, Fox and Shively will appear at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel to talk about how to make all this a reality.
 
Is he a visionary -- or, in the words of one expert, a greedhead? Probably both. 
 

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The DEA seized 17 million pounds of marijuana; enough to give everyone in the world two joints

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
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Between January 2005 and October 2011, there were more than 128,000 drug seizures by the US Customs and DEA, reports show. What they didn’t tell us is that out of those 128,000 seizures they somehow accumulated:
 
17,000,000lbs of marijuana
 
That is a staggering amount of weed. No word on whether it was one 16.999 million pound bust and one mason jar of schwag or whether it was 17 million individual pounds, but either way you slice it, that is an insane amount of weed. It is enough weed, if you packed it tightly, to cover the infield of a major league baseball stadium 101ft high. It is enough weed to give everyone in the world two joints. Really. The Philadelphia Enquirer has done the math. Click on over there for more examples.
 
You could make one single joint 583 feet high …
 
super-sized-joint
 

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MMA ref gets 37 months for marijuana-growing operation

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
caught-growing-cannabisVeteran MMA referee Josh Rosenthal on Tuesday was sentenced to 37 months in prison, three years' probation and a $100 fee for his role in a large-scale pot operation in Oakland, Calif.
 
The sentence matches the prison time recommended in a January plea deal Rosenthal copped with federal prosecutors, though it shaves two years off probation.
 
Without a deal, Rosenthal faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years' probation.
 
A representative for U.S. District Court judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who issued the sentence, confirmed Rosenthal's punishment with MMAjunkie.com. Rosenthal's attorney could not be reached for comment.
 
Rosenthal was arrested in April 2012 after federal agents raided an Oakland warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate that contained 1,356 marijuana plants worth an estimated $6 million. He initially pleaded not guilty to drug charges.
 
Despite his trouble with the law, Rosenthal officiated a pair of MMA events in Utah and California over the past two months. He earlier declined comment on his case.
 

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Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
vermont-mmjStarting Monday, Vermonters will not be arrested for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.
 
The decriminalization law, signed by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) last month, will remove criminal penalties on small amounts of cannabis and replace them with civil fines.
 
According to the new measure, first-time offenders will not get more than a $200 fine for possession. The fine will increase for repeat offenders -- $300 for a second offense and $500 for every offense thereafter -- but, under the law, marijuana possession will no longer result in the creation of a criminal record.
 
Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana remains a criminal offense, and state law still forbids the cultivation of cannabis plants.
 
“This is a much-needed step forward toward a more sensible marijuana policy,” said Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Nobody should be subjected to life-altering criminal penalties simply for possessing a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.”
 
Vermont legalized medical marijuana in 2004, and now joins 14 other states that have adopted decriminalization laws for non-medical cannabis. In 2012, voters in two additional states, Washington and Colorado, approved ballot measures to tax and legalize marijuana for recreational use among those 21 years old and above.
 

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Retail marijuana labels in Colorado will have to include potency, expiration dates, safety warning

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
lab-tested-mjDENVER - Colorado has announced detailed rules for how recreational pot should be grown and sold starting next year.
 
The state department that will regulate marijuana released more than 60 pages of rules Monday for how marijuana sales will be licensed and regulated. The Colorado Legislature set broad parameters earlier this year, but the nitty-gritty rules were left to the Department of Revenue.
 
The voter-approved marijuana legalization measure adopted last year required the department to release rules by July 1. Retail sales don't start until January, and the newly released rules don't apply to medical pot shops.
 
The rules require labels to include potency, expiration dates, and a disclaimer that pot isn't legal outside Colorado and hasn't been safety-tested.
 

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Rules For Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales Announced In Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
co-marijuana-rulesThe Colorado Department of Revenue released a 60-plus page report Monday detailing the rules of how recreational marijuana should be licensed, regulated and sold in Colorado.
 
The recreational marijuana industry in Colorado will be regulated by the state revenue department.
 
The state department report sets very specific rules for recreational marijuana in Colorado from licensing to how a retail marijuana store should operate to how retail grow operations should function to marijuana testing to marketing and to labeling of marijuana products.
 
Safe product testing and proper labeling were two of the key areas the Department of Revenue needed to provide rules on by today's deadline and the report provides ample detail.
 
Labels must conform to the specific language requirements of the state including information on potency, amount of THC in the marijuana product, a clear set of instructions on how to properly use the product, a complete list of nonorganic pesticides, fungicides and herbicides used during cultivation and much more depending on the type of product which can range from marijuana buds for smoking, a marijuana-laced food or a THC-concentrate like a marijuana "wax."
 

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