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Colorado DUIs Involving Marijuana Go Down Slightly In 2015

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

marijuana dui duii oklahoma per seLegal recreational marijuana sales started in January 2014. That same month Colorado State Patrol started keeping track of driving under the influence arrests involving marijuana to try to spot any trends. Compared to 2014, 2015 saw a slight decrease, which I’m sure isn’t welcomed news to marijuana opponents who predicted mayhem on the roadways once legal recreational marijuana sales began. Per the Durango Herald:

Beginning in January 2014, Colorado State Patrol began tracking marijuana-related citations in an effort to identify trends. The data showed a 1.3 percent decrease from 2014 to 2015 for DUI and DUID citations involving marijuana.

Out of 4,546 citations issued for DUI/DUID in 2015, there were 347 in which marijuana was the sole indicator, and 665 instances where marijuana was one of the indicators.

But a mere two years of data collection doesn’t point to a conclusion.

“From those numbers, we know very little. They were released to provide insight,” CSP Trooper Josh Lewis said. “We don’t know if we’re going to start seeing an increase or a decrease. When we get two, three, four more years of data, we’ll find those first two years could be very different. We don’t know what way it will be trending.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/colorado-duis-involving-marijuana-go-down-slightly-in-2015/


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Legal Marijuana Sales Could Quadruple by 2020, New Study Shows

Category: News | Posted on Sun, February, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

Ready or not, legal marijuana could be coming to a state or city near you in the not-too-distant future.

Since 1996, we've witnessed an incredibly quick rate of expansion for marijuana at the state level. Beginning with California legalizing medical marijuana, 22 additional states, along with Washington, D.C., now allow for medical cannabis to be prescribed by physicians for specific ailments that vary by state.

This expansion has happened despite the federal government hardly budging on its stance toward marijuana. The Obama administration has lifted some of the hoops that researchers would need to jump through prior to commencing a clinical study into the benefits or risks of the drug, but as a whole, the marijuana plant is still just as illegal today as it was in 1996 at the federal level.

Read More:http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/02/14/legal-marijuana-sales-could-quadruple-by-2020-new.aspx


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Elizabeth Warren Demands CDC To Study Marijuana as a Solution to Painkiller Problem

Category: News | Posted on Sat, February, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

The prescription painkiller epidemic has become the latest focus of American lawmakers, but the additional spotlight on this issue in which misguided federal policy has caused to spiral out of control could eventually become the catalyst needed to pull the cannabis plant out of the trenches of total prohibition.

One of the first of many calls to action to be throttled upon federal health officials from Capitol Hill comes from Senator Elizabeth Warren. The federal lawmaker fired off a letter earlier this week to the lead brass at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demanding the agency begin researching marijuana to determine whether it could be used to combat the opioid problem currently sweeping the United States.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/elizabeth-warren-demands-cdc-study-marijuana-solution-painkiller-problem


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Former surgeon general calls for marijuana acceptance

Category: News | Posted on Sat, February, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

Joycelyn Elders was never shy about speaking her mind as she consistently stirred public controversy while serving as surgeon general during her spirited – and short-lived – tenure with President Bill Clinton.

Now 82, Elders demurred just a bit when she was introduced Friday night at a reception at the International Cannabis Business Conference, a teeming marijuana politics and industry conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco.

“Everybody in this room knows more about cannabis than I do,” Elders began. “Twenty years ago, no one would even say the word ‘marijuana.’ 

Read More:http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/marijuana/article60273726.html


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/marijuana/article60273726.html#storylink=cpy

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Federal Bill Would Prevent College Kids With Drug Convictions From Losing Financial Aid

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

Ever since it was determined years ago that youthful mistakes should disqualify a person from having a fair shot at a solid future, getting Uncle Sam to cough up financial aid for college has been somewhere between extremely difficult to virtually impossible for those students marred by a drug conviction. However, a group of bipartisan lawmakers emerged this week with a piece of legislation intended to repeal the law that has crippled so many students from furthering their education because a drug offense disqualified them from financial aid.

The Stopping Unfair Collateral Consequences from Ending Student Success Act, or SUCCESS Act, introduced by Senators Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, would crush the current standard of rejecting federal financial aid for drug offenders by eliminating the interrogating portion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that forces students to confess all of the drug-related transgressions for which they have been convicted.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-bill-would-prevent-college-kids-drug-convictions-losing-financial-aid


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Following national trend, CMPD eases punishment for marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

Across the nation, cities and states are becoming more lenient toward marijuana.

Besides Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington legalizing marijuana, numerous other cities have decriminalized it: Miami, New York and Philadelphia.

Charlotte is following, though quietly. CMPD hasn’t made any public pronouncement that its officers are planning to make fewer marijuana arrests, but there has been a shift.

In 2012, nearly 40 percent of all charges for possessing less than a half-ounce of marijuana ended in arrest.

For the first 11 months of 2015 that fell to 22 percent. The arrest rate fell for all races and ethnic groups.

Read More:http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article60169651.html

 


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article60169651.html#storylink=cpy

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