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Native American Church Schism Sues for Right to Cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

A seemingly schismatic Oregon branch of the Native American Church claims the US government illegally seized its sacramental cannabis—and is fighting in court to get it back. Oklevueha Native American Church leaders James "Flaming Eagle" Mooney and Joy Graves brought the case Jan. 15 in a US district court in Portland. Graves says she mailed five ounces of cannabis to a church member in Ohio on Dec. 10, but it never arrived. The Postal Service tracking website reported that the package had been seized by law enforcement.

A postal inspector in Portland told her cannabis is illegal under federal law and was unimpressed by her claim that she sent the herb to a church member with esophageal cancer for use in healing rituals, according to Courthouse News Service. Oregon legalized medical marijuana in 2007 and approved recreational cannabis through a ballot measure last year. Both remain illegal in Ohio, although small quantities are decriminalized there. Sending cannabis through the mails is a federal crime.

Mooney and Graves say Native Americans have used cannabis ritually for centuries. They want Graves' five ounces back, and an injunction prohibiting the government from seizing their herbal sacrament, claiming ceremonial use as a right under the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/native-american-church-schism-sues-right-cannabis


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California Medical Association Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

california medical association mariuanaToday, the California Medical Association (CMA) – representing more than 41,000 physician members statewide — announced its formal endorsement of the ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

Consistent with the organization’s historic White Paper of 2011 (https://www.cmanet.org/news/detail?article=cma-urges-legalization-and-regulation-of) urging legalization and regulation of cannabis to allow for greater clinical research, oversight, accountability and quality control, CMA has endorsed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act so:

  • First, the impacts of marijuana in California can be monitored, researched, tightly regulated and, where necessary, mitigated to protect the public health &
  • Second, improper diversion by non-symptomatic patients into California’s medical marijuana system can be reduced.

In addition, CMA does not as a matter of policy encourage the use of marijuana and discourages smoking.  But, ultimately, its members believe that the most effective way to protect the public health is to tightly control, track and regulate marijuana and to comprehensively research and educate the public on its health impacts, not through ineffective prohibition.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-medical-association-endorses-marijuana-legalization-initiative/


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Here's a Map of Every State and Their Marijuana Laws

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

This year could be big one for marijuana legalization, with states like Arizona, Maine and Vermont likely to jump on the bandwagon, which is already led by Alaska, Colorado and Washington. As of June, marijuana was legalized in some way in 23 states and Washington D.C, proving that a revolution is already underway.

But federally, marijuana is still considered a Schedule I drug — along with heroin and LSD — meaning that it has a high potential for abuse. That's left both the industry and consumers in a confusing gray area, since in states like Washington, people over the age of of 21 can walk into a commercial dispensary to buy an ounce of marijuana.

Read More:http://news.yahoo.com/heres-map-every-state-marijuana-224000007.html


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Oregon's first marijuana drive-thru coming to Gold Beach

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 31st 2016 by THCFinder

OK, that's one order of cannabis. Would you like fries with that?

Oregon's adventure into the world of legal retail marijuana is apparently about to get a quintessentially American convenience – a pot store with a drive-thru.

The Curry Coastal Pilot reported Saturday that Green Life Oregon in the coastal town of Gold Beach will soon open a dispensary with a drive-up window across the street from the hospital.

"I've seen the business plan, I've met the investors, and I believe this venture is going to be quite an asset to the area," Curry County Economic Development Director Julie Schmelzer told the newspaper. "Their plans for expansion and other amenities can help Gold Beach and the southwestern coast become a destination for those interested in the new green tourism we are fortunate to be a part of."

Read More:http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/01/oregons_first_marijuana_drive-.html


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Can California’s Cannabis ‘Nuns’ Save Medical Marijuana Despite Harassment and Local Bans?

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

Sister Kate and her apprentice Sister Darcy are not really nuns, but they do have a real mission—to grow and produce medical marijuana for those in need. They sell their products at moderate prices on Etsy, under the brand name Sisters of the Valley.

Kate, a 56-year-old Milwaukee native, spent a decade working in a business-related job in Amsterdam. After divorce and hard times hit, she decided to venture into an industry she knew about: pot.

But why the nun’s habit?

Kate told the Daily Beast that her nun persona came about when she decided to wear a habit to an Occupy protest, and people gravitated to her for advice and comfort and to ask for prayers. So she decided to keep it.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/can-california%E2%80%99s-cannabis-%E2%80%98nuns%E2%80%99-save-medical-marijuana-despite-harassment-and-local-bans


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DC Council Committee On The Judiciary Permanently Bans Marijuana Consumption In Private Clubs

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 28th 2016 by THCFinder

washington dc decriminalization marijuana possessionToday the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary voted to dilute the will of District voters who approved Ballot Initiative 71 by passing unnecessary legislation largely outlawing adult marijuana use in the District. The passage of the controversial measure occurred under unusual circumstances. Almost no notice of the markup of the controversial bill was provided. Notice was not provided to the public until only a few minutes before markup, and even Committee members received less than 24 hours’ notice of bill consideration, in violation of the Committee’sown rules. In a very rare move, remarked upon by other councilmembers, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson joined the committee for the markup and provided the swing vote to advance the bill.

The bill approved by the Committee would make permanent the current blanket ban on marijuana use in private clubs, which is set to expire on April 15th. The bill bars entities from providing adults with private spaces other than a residence to consume marijuana, and requires the Mayor’s office to revoke a business’ license after only one instance of a patron consuming marijuana on the premises.

As written the legislation is needlessly broad and expands the criminalization of marijuana consumption by adults, contrary to the will of District voters who resoundingly rejected marijuana criminalization.

 

Kaitlyn Boecker of the national affairs office for Drug Policy Alliance had this to say,

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/dc-council-committee-judiciary-permanently-bans-marijuana-private-clubs/


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