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New York lawmakers push to decriminalize marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
Every 42 seconds, someone in America is arrested for marijuana possession.
 
This week, the state assembly took a step to cut that number — in New York, at least.
 
In the race to legalize marijuana, the pace setter is Colorado. Here in New York, the state assembly has taken the first step toward relaxing the experience of getting caught with the drug in public.
 
Lawmakers voted to decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana. The vote is significant because of how it could redefine the NYPD’s controversial practice of stop and frisk.
 
The New York Civil Liberties Union’s analysis of the  NYPD data shows the more than half a million people were stopped last year under the program. Out of those stops, 729 guns were found. but the NYCLU found over 5,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession.
 
Senate republicans are against the bill. One in particular, Senator Golden from Brooklyn says “we should not be sending a signal across the state that marijuana is okay.”
 
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Wash. police dogs not smelling marijuana anymore

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Some police departments in Washington state have stopped training their new dogs to sniff around for marijuana after voters last fall legalized recreational pot use.
 
Other departments are planning or in the midst of retraining veteran dogs to ignore marijuana.
 
The law decriminalized possession of up to an ounce of the drug for individuals over 21 years old. It also barred the distribution and growth of marijuana outside the state-approved system.
 
Police say that having a K-9 unit that doesn’t alert to pot will lessen challenges to obtaining search warrants because the dog won’t be pointing out possible legal amounts of the drug.
 
But some observers say police shouldn’t be making any changes because officers will still need to investigate illegal growing operations, as well as pot use and possession.
 

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200 pounds of marijuana found at north Phoenix home

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating a large scale marijuana bust in north Phoenix.
 
Police were called to a townhouse complex near 20th Street and Beardsley Road just after 3 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a fight.
 
When they arrived, police reportedly found dozens of bails of marijuana inside a garage.  
 
Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said officers found five males bound with zip ties inside the house. One of the men had been struck and injured.
 
Police on scene estimated the marijuana was around 200 pounds worth. Martos referred to it as a "stash house."
 
Martos said between six and 10 Hispanic males forced their way into the townhouse, loaded up three vans, and fled the scene. He said one of the suspects was wearing a police "raid" shirt, posing as an officer. Two of the vans were white, the third was gray, Martos said.
 
Martos said investigators believe the packages taken contained marijuana.
 

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Low doses of marijuana component can protect brain against injury

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Though marijuana is a well-known recreational drug, extensive scientific research has been conducted on the therapeutic properties of marijuana in the last decade. Medical cannabis is often used by sufferers of chronic ailments, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, to combat pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, and other symptoms.
 
Now Prof. Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University's Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine says that the drug has neuroprotective qualities as well. He has found that extremely low doses of THC—the psychoactive component of marijuana—protects the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), seizures, or toxic drugs.
 
Brain damage can have consequences ranging from mild cognitive deficits to severe neurological damage. Previous studies focused on injecting high doses of THC within a very short time frame—approximately 30 minutes—before or after injury. Prof. Sarne's current research, published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research, demonstrates that even extremely low doses of THC—around 1,000 to 10,000 times less than that in a conventional marijuana cigarette—administered over a wide window of 1 to 7 days before or 1 to 3 days after injury can jumpstart biochemical processes which protect brain cells and preserve cognitive function over time. This treatment, especially in light of the long time frame for administration and the low dosage, could be applicable to many cases of brain injury and be safer over time, Prof. Sarne says.
 

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Microsoft Manager Becomes Marijuana Mogul, Plans To Import Drugs From Mexico

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
With the sale of marijuana legal in Washington State, one former Microsoft manager hopes to turn his budding pot business into the Coca Cola of cannabis.
 
Former Microsoft Corporate Strategy Manager Jamen Shively hadn’t even smoked pot 18 months ago, but he now hopes to launch the first retail brand of marijuana to sell in outlets throughout the Evergreen state. Named after Shively’s great-grandfather and former vice governor of the Island of Cebu in the Philippines, Diego Pellicer, Inc. is poised to become the first name brand marijuana sold in the U.S.
 
But first Shively, who says he’s now a casual marijuana smoker, and the company have to get past some touchy legal hurdles.
 
“What we’re all about is making it extremely professional and having the highest quality and efficiencies,” Shively told the Seattle Times.
 
Shively has purchased a number of pot dispensaries in both Washington and Colorado, has plans to sell in both the medical and adult-recreational pot markets and announced plans to partner with Mexican growers to import marijuana for sale in the U.S.
 

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Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons suspended for season opener after marijuana incident

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Georgia starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has been suspended for the season opener against Clemson after he was implicated in an incident involving marijuana possession and use in a Georgia dorm room on May 15.
Coach Mark Richt announced the suspension during SEC spring meetings on Monday.
 
Harvey-Clemons, who played in 14 games last season and won the starting role this spring, was in a dorm room with teammate Ty Flournoy-Smith, a sophomore tight end, when a resident hall assistant walked by and smelled marijuana coming out of the room. He called police, who found both players inside, but little evidence of marijuana after a search of the area.
 
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who obtained the police report, Harvey-Clemons and Flournoy-Smith “exhibited signs of marijuana ingestion” and had bloodshot eyes. Officers found a plastic bag with remnants of what looked like marijuana and a digital scale. Players did admit they had “smoked a blunt.” But other than they’re admission, not hard evidence was found to detain them.
 
However, the incident was reported to the UGA’s Office of Student Conduct and police informed coach Mark Richt, who has yet to make a decision on punishment.
 

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