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State would allow up to six marijuana stores in Bellingham

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
more-mj-shops-being-allowed-in-bellinghamFifteen stores in Whatcom County would be allowed to sell marijuana for recreational use beginning next year, under new rules approved Wednesday, Sept. 4 by the Washington Liquor Control Board.
 
The Liquor Control Board also requires a warning label for each baggie sold: "Warning: This product has intoxicating effects and can be habit forming."
 
Retail stores would be allocated by 2010 population data. According to the revised rules, seven stores would be allowed in Whatcom County, six in Bellingham and one each in Lynden and Ferndale. Seattle would get the most with 21 stores; King County would get 61 stores. Skagit County will be allowed 10 stores.
 
The revised rules also define where the stores can be located and - in an apparent bid to limit pot franchises or large-scale enterprises - won't allow anyone to have more than three licenses in each of the producer, processor and retail categories.
 

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Mexico City Mulls Legal Marijuana Clubs

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
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The Mexico City council is considering the legalization of cannabis plants and the creation of private marijuana smoking "clubs" as it mulls controversial legislation to liberalize consumption, lawmakers said.
 
The capital hosted a three-day forum on drug policy amid a growing debate in Latin America over the course of the region's deadly struggle against narcotrafficking, with President Enrique Pena Nieto taking a stance against legalization.
 
Esthela Damian, a councilwoman of the city's ruling Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), told AFP the proposals on the table include allowing the cultivation of three cannabis plants per person, as well as a system of cooperatives or "non-profit private clubs."
 
The forum of experts and representatives from around the world, including the United Nations and Organization of American States (OAS), gave way to various opinions that could feed legislation the city council may debate in October.
 
The US states of Washington and Colorado voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana last year, a move that shocked the Mexican government as it faces cartel violence that has left more than 70,000 people dead in the past seven years.
 
Former president Vicente Fox, who was in office from 2000 to 2006, has come out in favor of legalizing marijuana as a solution to the violence.
 

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Pro-marijuana ad posted outside NFL opener

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
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Thursday's NFL season opener just got hit with an end-around PR play from a harsh critic that's ultra-savvy at garnering media attention.
 
The Marijuana Policy Project announced Wednesday that it has posted a giant billboard advertisement — within eye-shot of Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium — that warns the National Football League: "Stop Driving Players to Drink."
 
The 48 X 14 foot billboard, which shows a football leaning against a foaming beer glass, advises: "A safer choice is now legal here." Colorado, after all, is one of two states (along with Washington state) that have recently legalized marijuana use by adults 21 and over.
 
"NFL players are being told that they can go out and get completely drunk, but face no punishment from the league," says Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy project. "But if a player gets caught using marijuana, they could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars, forced to sit out games and deemed a troublemaker."
 

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Wisconsin Bill to Increase Penalties for Marijuana Possession Introduced

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
wis-mmj-lawsMADISON, WI — Legislation is pending in the Senate and Assembly that seeks to allow municipalities to penalize marijuana possession offenders in instances where the District Attorney has refused to prosecute.
 
Under state law, local governments prosecute first-time marijuana possession offenses involving 25 grams or fewer. Repeat offenses, or any offense involving a quantity of marijuana over 25 grams, is prosecuted in state court at the discretion of the District Attorney.
 
Senate Bill 150 and its companion bill (AB 164) would allow local jurisdictions to enact ordinances allowing for municipal courts to prosecute repeat cannabis possession offenders and/or those charged with possession more than 25 grams of cannabis in cases where the District Attorney has explicitly declined to do so.
 
At a time when many states and local jurisdictions are moving away from spending limited resources to target minor marijuana offenders, it makes little sense to enact legislation allowing for the continued prosecution of such persons in instances where the District Attorney has decided to forgo such actions
 

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Aggressive Old Haag California U.S. Attorney Says She'll Keep Prosecuting On Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
haag-pushes-to-prosecute-dispensariesIn the past few years, as some medical marijuana business people have been made into criminals in states with their own laws, no state has been more center stage than California.
 
The state saw the first marijuana law, so the medical marijuana industry has had longer to develop. And crackdowns have been vigorous, particularly at the hands of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, who covers the Northern District of California.
 
It is Haag who is pursuing seizure of two major Bay Area dispensaries that even the cities that host them have considered crucial to public health and defended in court. It is Haag who played a key role in the raid of a dispensary that was the model for a county program to police pot. And it is Haag who recently threatened some seemingly state-compliant dispensaries with as much as 40 years in jail.
 
In its latest guidance, the Department of Justice made explicit that the size and commercial nature of a dispensary was no longer reason enough to prosecute. And Haag has been equally explicit that size and commercial nature played a role in her crackdowns, saying, “The larger the operation, the greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state’s medical marijuana laws, and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need.”
 
Nonetheless, Haag said Friday that she does not expect a “significant change” in her approach, adding, “for the most part it appears that the cases that have been brought in this district are already in compliance with the guidelines.” There are a number of grounds on which Haag might be able to justify this comment. The guidelines leave significant leeway to determine what constitutes a “strong and effective regulatory system,” when there is “exacerbation” of drugged driving or “other public health consequences,” and when a dispensary is considered to be marketing to minors. But Haag’s explicit professed targeting of dispensaries because they are large and commercial would make such justifications particularly suspect.
 

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"Jenny Kush", medical marijuana activist, killed in tragic DUI in Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
jenny-kush-killed-by-drunk-driverYesterday, August 31, 2013, brought the entire medical marijuana movement to a stop with the tragic news that one of their own, a well known woman known as “Jenny Kush” was killed in a DUI accident in Colorado.
 
The comments have come pouring in via various social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
 
Some of the most moving comments included:
 
“Today we lost a passionate MMJ/MJ activist, Jenny Kush. R.I.P., Jenny”.
 
"Stunned disbelief! Just heard the news that we have lost a dear member of our community Jenny Kush. She and Rev Jeremy Charles were in a head-on collision with a drunk driver who was going the wrong way in the HOV lane. Jenny did not survive her injuries. Please keep Jenny and Rev Jeremy in your thoughts and prayers. We are all saddened by this tragedy." ~ Activist Rx MaryJane
 
According to the Memorial site on Facebook, “The beautiful and courageous, Jenny Kush, was killed by a drunk driver. Her life was spent promoting awareness and spreading the truth about Marijuana, a safer alternative to the "legal" drug that has stolen her life”.
 
“The woman who was driving made a decision to consume a dangerous drug and then get behind the wheel of an dangerous machine. Jenny lost her life because of that dangerous decision”.
 
“Jenny was a founding member of our group, Moms for Marijuana International, back when we were on MySpace several years ago. She helped start the first Colorado chapter before she moved on to pursue activism through other local opportunities. She was a dedicated Cannabis Warrior, and her light will be missed in this life”.
 
“Jenny leaves behind a grieving family who are stricken with sudden the loss of her in their life. To help aid her husband and children through this difficult time, we are raising funds to send to them directly”.
 

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