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Feds ask Supreme Court to stay out of lawsuit over Colorado marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER — The federal government has asked theU.S. Supreme Court to avoid wading into a lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska over Colorado’s legalized marijuana system.

Oklahoma and Nebraska say Colorado’s legal marijuana system has created a flood of modern-day bootleggers who are buying pot in Colorado and then illegally crossing state lines. Oklahoma and Nebraska have sued Colorado, asking the Supreme Court to block the state’s legal marijuana system. Colorado asked the court to throw out the lawsuit, and the Supreme Court this fall asked the federal government to weigh in.

"Entertaining the type of dispute at issue here — essentially that one state’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another state — would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this court’s original jurisdiction,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. wrote in his response filed Wednesday.

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/16/feds-ask-supreme-court-stay-out-lawsuit-over-colorado-marijuana/77457652/


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Palm Beach County Votes to Decriminalize Pot Possession

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Another Florida county has joined Miami-Dade, Hallandale Beach, Key West and Broward in decriminalizing marijuana. 

According to WPTV, the Palm Beach County Commissioners passed a motion 4 to 1 on Tuesday, making possession of 20 grams of pot or less a civil infraction. 

The ordinance gives police the option to issue a $100 citation rather than arresting the offender. If a person is unable to pay the citation, they will be able to work it off through community service. 

The measure was expected to pass after a preliminary approval by commissioners in October, but the final vote was pushed to December in order to work out the ordinance's language.

County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, who originally proposed the measure, explained that decriminalizing the herb would ease jail overcrowding and keep pot possession charges from ruining the lives of otherwise decent and law-abiding citizens. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/palm-beach-county-votes-decriminalize-pot-possession


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Meet the Weed Genius Designing the World's First Cannabis Ranch

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Weed is big business and legal weed will become bigger still. That's why American Cannabis Partners CEO Christian Hageseth thinks the time is right to open up the Colorado Cannabis Ranch, the world's first-ever "weedery."

Like a winery, the 50-acre Denver ranch will feature tours, gourmet food, concerts, and, when Centennial State law allows it, tastings. While profit is the major motive here, capitalism isn't Hageseth's sole ideological: He wants to take marijuana out of the alleys and put it in nature, where it belongs. He spoke to Inverse about designing the weedery "cathedral," the parallels between a sativa and sauvignon blanc, and why it's important that Eddie Vedder and U2 play on opening night.

Read More:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/inverse/meet-the-weed-genius-desi_b_8812330.html


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University Of Vermont Offering A Course On Medical Marijuana Science

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder
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I attended college from the age of 24-28. I was a ‘non-traditional student’ as the faculty always reminded me, which always seemed like a passive aggressive form of age discrimination. It was bad enough that I couldn’t relate to most of my classmates because they had barely moved out of their parents house and didn’t have the life experience that I had accumulated up to that point. But college was still a very fun time.

In every class I was in, I would always try to steer the class conversations towards marijuana in anyway that I could. I graduated in 2009, which of course was a different time from a marijuana world perspective. Zoom forward to today, and there are now multiple states that have legalized recreational marijuana, with hopefully many more on the way. There are more medical marijuana states compared to back then too.

These changes in marijuana policy have had a sort of butterfly effect on American college campuses. More and more universities are offering courses on marijuana. The latest that I’ve heard about is the University of Vermont, which is offering a course on medical marijuana science. Per the Associated Press:

As more states allow for the use of medical marijuana, the University of Vermont is offering a course in the science of the drug — and the professors say they are challenged by a lack of research on what has long been a taboo topic.

Other institutions have offered classes in marijuana law and policy, but the university’s medical school is likely the country’s first to offer a full course on medical cannabis, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Other medical schools have touched on the topic. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/university-of-vermont-offering-a-course-on-medical-marijuana-science/


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Courts are forcing marijuana users to get drug treatment they probably don’t need

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Opponents of marijuana legalization often cite the "skyrocketing" number of people seeking treatment for marijuana addiction in their arguments. Project SAM, the nation's leading anti-legalization group, notes with some alarm that "data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that in 1993, marijuana comprised approximately 8 percent of ALL treatment admissions, but by 2009 that number had increased to 18 percent."

But new data out this month from the Department of Health and Human Services provides some important context behind those numbers. In 2013, more than half of marijuana users in treatment were sent there by the courts or the criminal justice system. That's more than the share of court-ordered referrals for any other drug, including far more deadly ones like alcohol and heroin.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/14/courts-are-forcing-marijuana-users-to-get-drug-treatment-they-probably-dont-need/


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'Grandma's magic remedy:' Mexico's medical marijuana secret

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Mexico City (AFP) - When her legs ache, this Mexican grandmother rubs them with marijuana-infused alcohol. She is well aware the homemade remedy defies the country's cannabis ban, but her family has used the concoction to treat ailments since she was a child, handing it down the generations.

 

"I really have a lot of faith in it," said the slender 53-year-old, a housewife and amateur dancer who spoke to AFP about her cannabis use on condition of strict anonymity.

"When I'm very tired, I spread it on my legs, feet and body. It's really good. I can go without salt but not without marijuana with alcohol. My grandmother used it," she said, holding a plastic bottle filled with the leaves and liquid.

In turn, she used the family remedy to care for her three children, and three grandchildren. For the kids, a piece of cotton soaked in the liquid is placed in the bellybutton to fight fevers. When they're congested, the alcohol is rubbed on the chest and back.

Read More:http://news.yahoo.com/grandmas-magic-remedy-mexicos-medical-marijuana-secret-071008150.html


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