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DC Council Committee On The Judiciary Permanently Bans Marijuana Consumption In Private Clubs

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

washington dc decriminalization marijuana possessionToday the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary voted to dilute the will of District voters who approved Ballot Initiative 71 by passing unnecessary legislation largely outlawing adult marijuana use in the District. The passage of the controversial measure occurred under unusual circumstances. Almost no notice of the markup of the controversial bill was provided. Notice was not provided to the public until only a few minutes before markup, and even Committee members received less than 24 hours’ notice of bill consideration, in violation of the Committee’sown rules. In a very rare move, remarked upon by other councilmembers, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson joined the committee for the markup and provided the swing vote to advance the bill.

The bill approved by the Committee would make permanent the current blanket ban on marijuana use in private clubs, which is set to expire on April 15th. The bill bars entities from providing adults with private spaces other than a residence to consume marijuana, and requires the Mayor’s office to revoke a business’ license after only one instance of a patron consuming marijuana on the premises.

As written the legislation is needlessly broad and expands the criminalization of marijuana consumption by adults, contrary to the will of District voters who resoundingly rejected marijuana criminalization.

 

Kaitlyn Boecker of the national affairs office for Drug Policy Alliance had this to say,

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/dc-council-committee-judiciary-permanently-bans-marijuana-private-clubs/


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Drug Traffickers Seek Safe Haven Amid Legal Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

Seeking a safe haven in Colorado's legal marijuana marketplace, illegal drug traffickers are growing weed among the state's sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then covertly shipping it elsewhere and pocketing millions of dollars from the sale, according to law enforcement officials and court records consulted by The Associated Press.

In one case, the owner of a skydiving business crammed hundreds of pounds of Colorado pot into his planes and flew the weed to Minnesota, where associates allegedly sold it for millions of dollars in cash. In another, a Denver man was charged with sending more than 100 pot-filled FedEx packages to Buffalo, New York, where drug dealers divvied up the shipment. Twenty other drug traffickers, many from Cuba, were accused of relocating to Colorado to grow marijuana that they sent to Florida, where it can fetch more than double the price in a legal Colorado shop.

These cases and others confirm a longstanding fear of marijuana opponents that the state's much-watched experiment in legal pot would invite more illegal trafficking to other states where the drug is still strictly forbidden.

Read More:http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/drug-traffickers-seek-safe-haven-amid-legal-marijuana-36564435


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Federal Judge Dismisses Colorado RICO Case

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 27th 2016 by THCFinder

There is now a stronger arsenal available to those states working to bring down the scourge of marijuana prohibition in their neck of the woods. Earlier last week, a federal judge dismissed the charges against Pueblo County and a legion of Colorado officials in a lawsuit suggesting that marijuana legalization violated a number of statutes overseen by the thugs in the District of Columbia.

Although the case does not appear to have national implications, the outcome should provide some level of solace for other regions of the United States wishing to reform their pot laws without the risk of being litigiously accosted by a ministry of naysayers.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-judge-dismisses-colorado-rico-case


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Cannabis Starting to Replace Coca Leaf in Colombia's Cultivation Zones

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

On Colombia's eastern plains, the Llanos Orientes, campesinos are starting to abandon cultivation of coca leaf for cannabis, military commanders in the region say. “"In this zone, marijuana has been replacing coca because there is more of a market for retail and micro-trafficking," Gen. Oswaldo Peña Bermeo, commander of the army's local Seventh Brigade, told Bogotá's El Tiempo newspaper Jan. 13. He spoke just after his unit had eradicated 5,400 plants on a half-hectare plot at the vereda (hamlet) of Cafetales, in Lejanías municipality, Meta department. Gen. Peña Bermeo named the varieties as Colombia's traditional "Punto Rojo" (Red Point), a stand-by sativa, and "Creepy"—a bit of a catch-all in South America for any hybridized indica strain.

Gen. Peña Bermeo implied a guerilla hand in the new cannabis economy, noting the presence of the FARC's 26th Front in the area. But the stuff seems to be cultivated mostly for Colombia's internal market. The account cites the Observatorio de Drogas de Colombia to the effect that cannabis is the substance of choice for 87% of the country's "illicit drug consumers." The traditional cannabis cultivation zone is in the central highland departments like Cauca and Tolima, but it has recently started to spread into Meta and other departments of the Llanos Orientes. One reason given for the switch is a rise in the costs of chemicals for processing coca base into cocaine, due to an international crackdown.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/cannabis-starting-replace-coca-leaf-colombias-cultivation-zones


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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin Endorses Marijuana Legalization Bill

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 26th 2016 by THCFinder
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Gov. Peter Shumlin and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Richard Sears (D-Bennington) today detailed legislation to cautiously and deliberately legalize marijuana in Vermont. The move comes after the Governor announced in his State of the State Address that he and Senator Sears would work to draft common-sense legislation to better regulate and eliminate the black market for a substance that over 80,000 Vermonters – almost one in eight – already report using on a monthly basis.

“The War on Drugs has failed when it comes to marijuana prohibition,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Under the status quo, marijuana use is widespread, Vermonters have little difficulty procuring it for personal use, and the shadows of prohibition make it nearly impossible to address key issues like prevention, keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors, and dealing with those driving under the influence who are already on Vermont’s roads. The system has failed. The question for us is how do we deal with that failure. Vermont can take a smarter approach that regulates marijuana in a thoughtful way, and this bill provides a framework for us to do that.”

In his State of the State Address, the Governor outlined five principles he will insist on in any legislation to legalize marijuana.

  • A legal market must keep marijuana and other drugs out of the hands of underage kids. With 83 percent of Vermont youth saying that marijuana is easy or somewhat easy to obtain, the current system doesn’t do this. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vermont-governor-peter-shumlin-endorses-marijuana-legalization-bill/


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Denver NORML Vows to Legalize Social Pot Use

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

The question of whether to allow on-site pot consumption throughout the city of Denver has been the subject of controversial debate for the past year. So far, activists and local officials have not yet been able to find a common ground to put in front of voters. It is this indefinite stalling at the negotiation table that has promoted a newly organized chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) to jump into the mix in an attempt to put the issue of social pot consumption—and possibly even cannabis cafes—on the ballot in 2016.

In the summer of last year, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the organization credited with the success of Colorado's Amendment 64, announced that they were putting together an initiative aimed at allowing pot to be smoked in designated areas of establishments where alcohol is served. It was called the “Limited Social Marijuana Consumption Initiative,” and its intended purpose was to give bars and restaurants the freedom to designate a portion of their physical dwelling to those who wanted to partake in recreational marijuana. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/denver-norml-vows-legalize-social-pot-use


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