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Jamaica Bans Smoking Tobacco, Marijuana Is Another Matter

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
tobacco-banned-jamBanning smoking in public places is not all that uncommon as popular destinations worldwide look to promote a healthy environment for visitors to enjoy. But to some in the Bob Marley-induced culture of Jamaica, tobacco smoke is not the issue.
 
The new law of the land goes into effect on July 15, when visitors will no longer "have to involuntarily inhale tobacco smoke, with its over 40 carcinogens," said Jamaica's minister of health Fenton Ferguson in a Jamaica Observer article. Jamaicans get that, responding with support for the move to ban cigarette smoking.
 
On another smoke-related front, Jamaica's Ganja Law Reform Coalition (GLRC) argues that marijuana is a plant with various uses, including environmental and recreational. They propose for marijuana to be taxed and regulated, something not on the agenda of minister Ferguson.
Choosing instead to address other health concerns including excessive alcohol consumption and identifying the contents of fast food, Ferguson insists that "tobacco is the one that a little bit of smoke, a little puff every now and again is dangerous for you."
 

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D.C. Council Bill Seeks To Decriminalize Marijuana In Nation's Capital

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
dc-decrim-mjWASHINGTON -- Marijuana advocates in the District have a friend on the D.C. Council.
 
D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) unveiled a bill Wednesday morning that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to WUSA9.
 
Under the bill, anyone caught with less than one ounce of marijuana would face a civil penalty of a $100 fine. Under current law, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense; first-time offenders face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
 
At a press conference, Wells said that the purpose of decriminalization is to save youths caught with marijuana from losing employment opportunities in the future.
 
"Once you have a marijuana charge on your record, you cannot participate in certainly the construction boom that is happening all over the city, and it works to stigmatize people ... and it disadvantages them from jobs," Wells said, according to The Washington Post.
 
A report by the American Civil Liberties Union in June found that D.C. leads the nation in marijuana possession arrests per capita, with a rate more than three times higher than the national average. The ACLU also found that nationally African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, even though the two groups use marijuana at a nearly equal rate.
 

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2 Men Suffer Burns in Explosion While Making Marijuana Oil

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
hash-oil-blowupTwo men were hospitalized Friday in Tustin after they sustained severe burns inside what appeared to be a drug lab, authorities said.
 
The men were attempting to extract marijuana oil using butane inside a garage, according to police.
 
The blast happened in the 1700 block of Mitchell Avenue, according to Lt. Paul Garaven of the Tustin Police Department.
 
Marijuana oil, sometimes referred to as “wax” or “hash oil,” is a concentrated substance which gives users a more potent high effect when smoked due to its high levels of THC.
 
The two men suffered substantial but non-lethal injuries and were taken to a hospital, Garaven said.
 
“Officers discovered what appeared to be a marijuana extraction lab in the garage,” he said. “Officers found in excess of one pound of marijuana, several cans of butane gas and miscellaneous paraphernalia associated with an extraction lab.”
 
Damage was limited to the detached garage and no other injuries have been reported.
 
“Investigators are currently processing the scene and charges will be filed in the near future,” Garaven said.
 

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Washington State's Marijuana Logo Nixed As Too Weed-Friendly

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
wa-logo
A proposed logo for marijuana products in Washington state appears to have been too obvious, in hindsight.
 
Last week, regulators in the state scrapped the logo, which would have appeared on packaging for all recreational cannabis products, in response to pressure from critics who said the design (pictured below) glamorized marijuana culture.
 
Washington legalized pot last year, empowering the state's Liquor Control Board to write rules that will govern retail cannabis sales. As part of the process, an in-house designer came up with the logo that, by law, must mark all products that include cannabis as an ingredient.
 
"The intention behind it, of course, was to readily identify marijuana products," Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesperson for the liquor board, told The Huffington Post. "When you're dealing with extracts or brownies, you need to make sure you identify them as containing cannabis."
 

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Petitioners Hope to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use in Alaska

Category: News | Posted on Sun, July, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
alaska-mjANCHORAGE, Alaska — Supporters of an initiative that would create a legal market for marijuana in the state are at the beginning of a long campaign to get more than 30,000 signatures and allow Alaskan voters to decide next year on marijuana legalization.
 
Petitioners began collecting signatures across Alaska about a week ago for a law regulating the sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use.
 
Officials say it will take 30,169 signatures from at least 30 out of the 40 districts around the state to put the initiative on the ballot in August 2014.
 
Petitioners say they reach an average of 300 signatures a day and hope to meet the minimum required by December.
 
The official deadline is set for January 15th, the first day of the 2013 legislative session.
 
While petitioners believe they will be able to get the number of signatures needed, the debate surrounding the controversy continues.  
 

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Five-year prison sentence confirmed for possession of cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
jail-for-marijuanaA five-year prison term was confirmed for 57-year-old Maria Farrugia, after the court threw out her appeal.
 
On 27 April 2012, Farrugia, who is almost completely blind, was found in possession of cannabis resin while visiting the Corradino Correctional Facility.
 
She was arraigned in court and pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs in prison and relapsing. The court sentenced the woman to three years imprisonment and converted a previous two-year suspended sentence into an effective term.
 
Farrugia filed an appeal from the five-year jail term claiming she had been excessively punished. The Court of Appeal heard how the 57-year-old is almost completely blind and is facing a multitude of social problems.
 
Justice Michael Mallia threw out the woman's appeal, stating the crime was committed during the term of a suspended sentence.
 
The judge explained the court had no alternative but to hand down a jail term as the woman was a relapser and could not be granted another suspended sentence or probational term.
 

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