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Initiative Campaign To Legalize Cannabis Launched In Wyoming

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
wyoming-medical-marijuanaThe newly-formed Wyoming chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has launched an initiative drive aimed at legalizing cannabis in one of the most conservative states in the nation.
 
“We don’t like being told what to do by the federal government,” states Christine Christian, Executive Director of Wyoming NORML, “And Wyoming doesn’t like regulations and having our money go somewhere else.”
 
The group is hoping to put their initiative to a vote of the people in 2016, the next presidential election; they’ll be required to collect roughly 37,000 valid signatures to do so.
 
Under current Wyoming law, the possession of even a few grams of cannabis can result in a misdemeanor that carries with it up to a year in prison, something that Christian believes creates more harm than good; “There are way too many people in jail over possessing minor amounts of marijuana… All we are doing is sending them to jail and making them better criminals.”
 

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Drunk Drivers Are 30 Times More Likely To Get In An Accident Than Cannabis Consumers

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
drunk-vs-stonedA new study published online by the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention has concluded what cannabis advocates have known for years; cannabis is the least dangerous “drug” to consume before driving; alcohol is the worst. In fact, the study found that those with a blood alcohol level of 0.12% were over 30 times more likely to get into a serious accident than someone who’s consumed any amount of cannabis.
 
Researchers conclude that; “The least risky drugs were cannabis and benzodiazepines and Z-drugs.”
 
For the study, researchers collected case samples from “severely injured drivers of passenger cars or vans in selected hospitals in various regions of the countries [Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania and the Netherlands]. Control samples (N = 15,832) were sampled in a uniform sampling scheme stratified according to country, time, road type and season. Relative risks were approximated by odds ratios and calculated by logistic regression. The estimates were adjusted for age, gender and country.”
 
This research helps to validate a number of past studies which have found that cannabis doesn’t decrease driver safety, and may in fact increase driving performance for certain people.
 
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Forensic Medicine, and the Technical University of Denmark’s Department of Transport.
 

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Man gets life in prison for trafficking marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
prison-for-mmjA Gordon man received life in prison after he pleaded guilty to trafficking $300,000 worth of marijuana in Houston County.
 
District Attorney Doug Valeska said 41-year-old Steven Craig Hooven pleaded guilty to a felony trafficking marijuana charge in front of Circuit Court Judge Brad Mendheim.
 
Valeska said Hooven received an enhanced sentence, of life in prison, because of three prior felony convictions out of Tennessee.
 
Houston County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Hooven on Aug. 16, 2012, on the marijuana trafficking charge.
 
The charge stemmed from a patrol deputy making a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Hooven for speeding on State Line Road near Cottonwood and US 231 South.
 
The traffic stop led investigators with the Houston County Sheriff’s narcotics unit to get a search warrant for Hooven’s home where they discovered a large indoor marijuana growing operation.
 

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Marijuana raids in Humboldt County: 16,100 plants, enough poison to kill 750 bears

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
humboltd-raidsMore than 16,000 marijuana plants and enough poison to kill more than 750 black bears were found this week during eradication efforts in Humboldt County, officials announced Thursday.
 
”What they're finding is pretty astounding,” Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said. “Growers are using vastly more than what would be needed. It's enough to kill armies of rodents.”
 
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office deputies, U.S. Forest Service agents, Hoopa Valley Tribal Police officers and the Cannabis Eradication and Reclamation Team investigated and eradicated multiple grow sites this week near Willow Creek, Hoopa Valley and Orleans, alongside three civilian researchers with backgrounds in wildlife, toxicology and ecology.
 
Officers removed 17 pounds of anticoagulant rodenticide bait from three sites, according to a sheriff's office press release. Researchers reported the amount of poison found could kill the equivalent of 2,753 wood rats, 14 Pacific fishers or five spotted owls.
 
At one site, deputies and researchers located carbofuran, a pesticide banned in the U.S. Using conservative numbers, the 32 ounces recovered could kill more than 750 black bears, according to the release.
 
Officers also found nearly 2,000 pounds of dry fertilizer and 58 pounds of liquid fertilizer.
 
Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Knight said investigations into all three sites are underway, and the office currently does not have any suspects.
 
”There were signs they were there recently,” Knight said.
 
Knight said the officers witnessed environmental damage at all the sites, citing clear cutting, creek damming and multiple truckloads of plastic pipe removed from the ground.
 
Deputies found 7,521 growing plants, 4 to 6 feet tall, on U.S. Forest Service land below the Brushy Mountain Lookout on Friday Ridge in Willow Creek on Monday morning.
 

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Marijuana Entrepreneur Plans $100 Million 'Marlboro of Weed' Brand

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
marlboro-of-weedIt looks like the kind of late-night commercial meant for people taking bong rips between "Family Guy" reruns. To a Seattle weed entrepreneur, however, the two-minute ad above is the first step toward building a $100 million marijuana empire.
 
Brian Laoruangroch, 29, is president of Prohibition Brands, a company that wants to mass-produce marijuana cigarettes and cigars and sell them as a standardized product. The company is little more than an idea at the moment, but Laoruangroch is telling potential investors he envisions his brand as “the marijuana version of a Marlboro cigarette.”
 
In the commercial, Laoruangroch takes on the guise of a stereotypical cowboy to woo financiers. Aided by two skimpily clad female models and a puppet horse, he discusses the “green rush” of investment in marijuana.
 
“I thought that the two most important things for an ad were to make something comical, number one, and number two, it’s no secret that sex sells,” Laoruangroch told The Huffington Post. “So we found two really comical girls and a really sexy cowboy.”
 
Laoruangroch said he owns intellectual property that covers the design specifications for a filtered marijuana cigarette. He said he hopes to turn that, along with a polished website and a personal pitch, into at least $5 million worth of investment before the end of the year.
 

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Paralyzed MMJ patient's last Supreme Court pitch over DISH firing

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
dish-worker-fired-for-mmjLast year, Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired by DISH for failing a drug test, filed a complaint over the issue in Arapahoe District Court. When he lost there, attorney Michael Evans brought the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, where jurists also rejected Coats's argument. But Evans hasn't raised the white flag quite yet. He's submitted what he describes as the final document in an effort to get the Colorado Supreme Court to take on the matter. See it and get details about the potentially groundbreaking case.
As we've reported, Coats, who's in his thirties, is paralyzed over 80 percent of his body. At age sixteen, he was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a tree.
 
Since then, Coats has used a wheelchair to get around, but he's fully capable of working -- and in 2007, he was hired by DISH as a customer service representative. Over the years that followed, his original lawsuit contends that prescription medicine Coats took to treat involuntary muscle spasms began to fail. When searching for a way to deal with these symptoms, his physicians recommended that he supplement his regimen with medical marijuana. He received his state-issued license for MMJ in August 2009 and found that cannabis helped alleviate his spasms. However, the complaint stresses that he never used marijuana at work, during work hours or anywhere on the company's premises.
 

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