Eric Holder Urged to leave states with recreational Marijuana alone
Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
Seven congressional Democrats from Washington have asked Attorney General Eric Holder for assurance the Justice Department won't punish those who sell and smoke marijuana under the state's new recreational pot law.
Last November, the voters in the Evergreen State approved legislation that legalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. But it is still illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
In a letter released Tuesday, Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and Reps. Adam Smith, Jim McDermott, Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, and Derek Kilmer, asked Holder to assure marijuana users and sellers that they won't be prosecuted, The Seattle Times reports.
"We hope that you will exercise your significant discretionary authority by choosing not to . . . prosecute our residents and state employees acting in compliance with these laws," the letter states.
Marijuana could be sold in stores in Washington as early as next year and will be supervised under the auspices of the state's Liquor Control Board.
The drug will be taxed with revenues going towards healthcare and programs for the prevention of substance abuse.
Florida: Having A Marijuana Pipe Is A Felony, But Illegally Pushing Millions Of Oxycontin Is A Fine
Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Florida has a massive problem with its “Oxycontin Express”. The state is home to more “pill mills” where addicts get their “hillbilly heroin” than any other. Walgreen’s, the national pharmacy chain, has been under DEA investigation for distribution of millions of Oxycontin sales where thousands of sales should be expected. Yet the drug Florida’s legislature can’t stop trying to control isn’t Oxycontin, it’s cannabis.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the “bong ban” bill this weekend. Under this statute, someone caught owning or selling a pot pipe twice in the state is a felon, which in Florida means losing the right to vote virtually for life. Drug convicts must wait seven years after fulfillment of all prison, probation, and parole to apply to a clemency board to consider restoring voting rights in Florida. This has meant 10% of all voting-age Floridians – and a shocking 23% of black Floridians – cannot vote. (Note to bitter Democrats: Those votes would have given us President Gore in 2000.)
The law is fairly toothless at the retail level. You can still sell a corn cob pipe for any purpose, you can still sell hookahs, and you can sell any pipe so long as it is “for tobacco use only” (wink wink, nudge nudge) and 75% of your sales are tobacco-related. But at the consumer level, if you’re caught with a used marijuana pipe, it’s going to be hard to argue it was for tobacco use. You’ll get a first degree misdemeanor and face one year in prison the first time you’re caught and a third degree felony and face five years in prison if you’re caught again.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Researchers say Marijuana Smoking Not Linked To Cancer or Lung Damage
Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
Donald Tashkin's is a tale cannabis pushers like to repeat. The physician and professor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine set out to prove -- via a study funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse -- that marijuana is bad for you. Instead, a long-term study found no solid link between marijuana use and lung cancer, in sharp contrast to tobacco terrible effects on health.
Similar findings were repeated all over the world. In a collection and review of studies on marijuana's effect on the lungs, published in the June issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Tashkin concludes that compared to tobacco smoking, heavy marijuana use has "relatively small and far lower" risks.
This despite an average joint marijuana having four times the tar of a typical American Spirit. How can this be?
It's worth remembering that this is not a new development -- Tashkin's long-term study was published in 2006. And well before that -- as in the 19th Century, when cannabis tinctures and other marijuana medicines were sold in pharmacies -- doctors were prescribing marijuana as a treatment for asthma patients.
There's more similarities between tobacco and marijuana that most cannabis advocates would like to admit. There are similar levels of ammonia and other carcinogens, and marijuana smokers inhale about four times the tar, Tashkin notes.
Yet several long-term studies found no positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer. And others -- judging lung function and health by lung capacity, function, and things like levels of sputum and phlegm -- found no positive link between marijuana use, even heavy, long-term use, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Marijuana use does have deleterious effects, but they are short-term. Other than bronchitis that goes away after the pipe is put away, it appears there's not much else long term harm done to the lungs by marijuana.
Read more: http://blogs.sfweekly.com
Scientists Want More Access to Cannabis For Research
Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
One stance that millenials are characterized by is our strong support for the legalization of (at least) medical marijuana: A recent Pew poll found that 65% of millenials support legalization of marijuana. But it isn’t just young adults who want the government to increase access to marijuana; medical researchers are adding their voices to the “improved access” cause.
Scientists have made advancements in studying the potential medical uses of the chemical components of marijuana, but due to the drug’s criminality, such research is difficult. As a result, researchers have called for improved access. Most recently, David Nutt, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, explains that the supposed dangers of (marijuana and other drugs) have been exaggerated, and that "The laws have never been updated despite scientific advances and growing evidence that many of these drugs are relatively safe.”
Marijuana, or more specifically, cannabis, is classified by the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 as a Schedule I drug; this category consists of drugs which meet one or more of the following criteria: The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse; the drug or has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Read more: http://www.policymic.com
Colorado Localities Make Own Rules Before Final Decision on Marijuana Sales
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
AURORA, Colo. — As Colorado moves closer to issuing temporary regulations on the sale of marijuana, now legal in small quantities here, some cities and towns are not waiting for the new rules to take effect.
More than a dozen municipalities across the state have decided to enact moratoriums on retail marijuana sales, restricting them for now or at least until after the rules are finalized later this year.
Others, unsettled at the prospect of dispensaries within their borders, have banned marijuana sales entirely — which they are permitted to do under Amendment 64, the 2012 constitutional amendment passed by voters that legalized recreational use of the drug.
“As we talked to our police department and our building code enforcement people, it didn’t seem to be a very logical answer for us,” said Mayor Tom Norton of Greeley, a conservative farm town north of Denver that banned marijuana sales outright this month. “It seemed like it had the potential for creating more mischief than what we wanted to put up with.”
Discussions about how marijuana is to be regulated, and how the state will handle a legal drug market, played a central role during Colorado’s 2013 legislative session. Meanwhile, communities from Littleton to Vail have taken it upon themselves to ponder the issue publicly.
In the past six months, a task force of lawmakers, representatives of the state’s growing marijuana industry and others have wrestled with developing the rules.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com
Dutch cannabis cafes in dock for selling drugs to tourists
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday sought up to one-month suspended jail terms for owners and staff of cannabis cafes in southern city Maastricht for selling pot to foreigners in defiance of a controversial law.
"The public prosecution has asked for (sentences of) community service of 150 hours, fines of up to 5,000 euros ($6,600) and one month suspended prison sentences against sellers at three coffee shops in Maastricht," the Public Prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The seven owners and staff went on trial Wednesday for selling cannabis to customers, mainly from Germany and Belgium, who constitute two-thirds of coffee shops' clientele, thereby breaking the law which allows for sales to locals only.
Coffee shops in Maastricht, a Roman city of 120,000 conveniently wedged between the borders of Belgium and Germany, now hope the case will set a clear legal precedent.
Read more: http://www.globalpost.com
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