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Marijuana gap divides Colorado towns that sell pot, those that don't

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

LOG LANE VILLAGE — An interesting David-and-Goliath dynamic is taking shape across Colorado's burgeoning commercial cannabis sector, with tiny communities friendly to the sale of recreational marijuana living in the shadow of large — and totally pot-shop-free — neighbors.

Manitou Springs, just a few miles from Colorado Springs, is the only place within a reasonable distance of the state's second-largest citywhere you can buy recreational weed. On the Eastern Plains, Log Lane Village plays the same role vis-…-vis Fort Morgan, a city 10 times its size.

Garden City, which weighs in at less than 1 square mile, has four recreational pot businesses. On the other side of 25th Street lurks Greeley, with more than 96,000 residents. It has none.

Read More:http://www.denverpost.com/marijuana/ci_29334878/marijuana-gap-divides-colorado-towns-that-sell-pot


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DEA Eases Restrictions on CBD Research to Benefit Big Pharma

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

There was speculation last week that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration might be on the verge of downgrading the Schedule I classification of the cannabis plant. Unfortunately, the end result proved the implications behind the rumors were somewhat overstated, as the agency simply moved to ease the restrictions surrounding one of the herb’s most infamous non-intoxicating compounds in an effort to abridge the research process for Big Pharma.

Last Wednesday, Tom Angell with the Marijuana Majority revealed that he had obtained a letter from Congressman Earl Blumenauer that suggested the Food and Drug Administration and DEA were finally working together to reclassify marijuana under federal law. Although the details were vague,the document, which was sent to Blumenauer by the Justice Department, clearly states that the “DEA is currently reviewing two petitions to reschedule marijuana in accordance with the [Controlled Substances Act].” 

The news of this development generated a great deal of excitement in marijuana advocates across the nation. The consensus was that regardless of how small the reform, if the federal government did finally decide to change the Schedule I status of the cannabis plant, it would be a big step in the right direction. An article published in SF Weekly suggested, “The drug is in a good position in Schedule I” because “there’s nowhere to go but down.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-eases-restrictions-cbd-research-benefit-big-pharma


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MILegalize Prospectus For 2016

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

michigan marijuana legalization milegalizeThe grassroots effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan is looking good for the 2016 portion of the campaign, according to campaign leadership.

“We are charging into the new year with focus and determination,” said MILeglaize Chair, Lansing attorney Jeffrey Hank. “Petitioning and campaigning continue statewide while our organization handles the administration of the campaign in Lansing.”

Hank reflected on the past year with praise for the workers and volunteers who compose the MILegalize group. “Our 2015 plan was successful. We augmented the ‘volunteer army’ of petitioners with professionals to create a solid core group of activists and an indisputable volume of verified signatures.”

Those signatures collected by individual volunteers were returned to the campaign in mass quantities during the first few weeks of December. “So many signatures were turned in by volunteers before December 21 that our certification service was unable to log and verify all of them over the holidays,” said MILegalize Campaign Manager Chris Silva. “They are still being processed, and petitioners that missed the December 21 deadline can still mail their petitions in to our P.O. Box or return their paperwork to petitioning hubs.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/milegalize-prospectus-for-2016/


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Power Five Conference Schools Ease Penalties for Pot Use Among Athletes

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other recreational substances, according to an investigation undertaken by the Associated Press

Last year, the NCAA cut in half the penalty for athletes who failed pot screenings at its championship events. 

NCAA chief medical officer, Dr. Brian Hainline, called college sports’ drug policies wildly inconsistent. 

“There should be one policy and it should be transparent,” Hainline told the Wall Street Journal.

One change Hainline would favor—ending NCAA testing for pot and other recreational drugs while encouraging schools to adopt their own comprehensive deterrence programs. 

“Our competitive safeguards committee said we should decrease the ban because (athletes) really aren’t doing it (recreational drug use) because of cheating,” Hainline told the AP. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/power-five-conference-schools-ease-penalties-pot-use-among-athletes


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Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax Begins Next Week In Oregon

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 30th 2015 by THCFinder
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(via dailyfinance.com)

Limited recreational marijuana sales began in Oregon on October 1. Since that time, customers have not had to pay any tax on recreational marijuana. That changes next week when a recreational marijuana sales tax goes into effect in Oregon. Per Oregon Live:

Recreational marijuana consumers in Oregon should prepare for sticker shock starting Monday when a 25 percent sales tax kicks in.

The Oregon Legislature this year signed off on allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational pot to anyone 21 and older. Those sales, which began Oct. 1, have been tax free. But that holiday comes to an end Jan. 4, when the state will impose a sales tax that extends until the end of 2016.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the agency regulating the recreational marijuana industry, isn’t expected to open stores until late 2016. Once the liquor commission’s program is up and running, the 25 percent tax will be replaced with a permanent 17 percent sales tax.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/recreational-marijuana-sales-tax-begins-next-week-in-oregon/


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Company to Offer First Medical Marijuana Certified as Kosher

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Vireo Health says its non-smokable medical cannabis products have been certified as conforming to the Jewish dietary law by the Orthodox Union.

Vireo says it's the first time a medical cannabis product has been deemed kosher.

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The Orthodox Union says it awarded certification after inspecting Vireo's facilities to ensure the marijuana was grown and processed according to kosher standards. Those include, for example, insect-free plants.

Vireo says the certification will help the company serve patients among New York's Jewish population, the nation's largest. Its program is slated to start next month and will serve patients in New York state with certain qualifying conditions.

Source:http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/company-offer-first-medical-marijuana-certified-kosher-n488161


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