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Marijuana's march toward mainstream confounds feds

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
feds-confusedWASHINGTON—It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of "Reefer Madness" to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of "Just Say No."
 
The next 25 years took the nation from Bill Clinton, who famously "didn't inhale," to Barack Obama, who most emphatically did.
 
Now, in just a few short years, public opinion has moved so dramatically toward general acceptance that even those who champion legalization are surprised at how quickly attitudes are changing and states are moving to approve the drug—for medical use and just for fun.
 
It is a moment in America that is rife with contradictions:
—People are looking more kindly on marijuana even as science reveals more about the drug's potential dangers, particularly for young people.
—States are giving the green light to the drug in direct defiance of a federal prohibition on its use.
—Exploration of the potential medical benefit is limited by high federal hurdles to research.
Washington policymakers seem reluctant to deal with any of it.
Richard Bonnie, a University of Virginia law professor who worked for a national commission that recommended decriminalizing marijuana in 1972, sees the public taking a big leap from prohibition to a more laissez-faire approach without full deliberation.
 
"It's a remarkable story historically," he says. "But as a matter of public policy, it's a little worrisome."
 

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Cowboys DT Josh Brent jailed after testing positive for marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
nfl-player-arrestedDallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is in Dallas County jail after testing positive for marijuana last week, violating the terms of his $100,000 bond, Selwyn Crawford of the Dallas Morning News reports.
 
Brent has been out on bail while awaiting trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge following a Dec. 8, 2012 incident that claimed the life of Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad and Brent's former teammate at the University of Illinois. Brent's blood-alcohol level was 0.18, over twice the legal limit, when his Mercedes S600 struck a curb, overturned and caught fire.
 
A urinalysis test in May revealed that Brent had "tested positive for marijuana and marijuana metabolite". On May 24, Dallas County prosecutors sought to revoke Brent's bond, accusing him of either drinking alcohol or being around alcohol, both of which would be violations of his bail. The SCRAM bracelet on Brent's ankle had also failed to log data on 22 occasions.
 
During a bond revocation hearing on June 6, State District Judge Robert D. Burns III declined the prosecutor's request, but did order further alcohol monitoring of Brent while scheduling an additional hearing for July 19.
 

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CU-Boulder Spent $108K To Shut Down 4/20 Marijuana Party In 2013

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
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The University of Colorado spent $107,794 this year on its efforts to end the 4/20 smoke-out by shutting down the campus to outside visitors, officials announced today.
 
CU's spending was roughly $17,000 less than it was in 2012, the inaugural year that CU closed its campus to the public and shut down Norlin Quad entirely.
 
In previous years, CU's unsanctioned 4/20 smoke-out had drawn more than 12,000 revelers to the quad, causing what CU officials say was a disruption to the school's academic mission.
 
"While this is not money we are eager to spend, we have to ask ourselves what the costs are to us for having our work disrupted or having a student or bystander injured because we allowed the gathering on the campus," Chancellor Phil DiStefano said in a statement.
 
Costs for this year's 4/20 campus closure were as follows:
 
--$70,850 for CU police/security/dispatcher/parking overtime and labor costs for officers from outside agencies;
 
--$9,881 for Argus security staff assisting with police/parking operations;
 
--$4,431 for fire department/ambulance coverage;
 
--$12,025 on miscellaneous expenses, including equipment, supplies, operations facility rental, printing, and food and water for personnel;
 
--$5,016 for parking equipment/rentals, such as cones, barricades and variable message signs noting the campus closure; and
 
--$5,591 for overtime labor costs in facilities management (groundskeeping, locksmiths and other facilities employees).
 
There was no public smoke-out on the Boulder campus this year. Last year, there was a small smoke-out of about 300 people on a field near the Duane Physics building.
 

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Google Quietly Giving Aid To Marijuana Activists

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
google-helping-marijuana-actCancer patients who Google the words "chemotherapy nausea" today get a host of advertisements for treatment, including pills, skin patches and folk remedies used to prevent vomiting. Next month, however, the same search will turn up an ad for something a bit more controversial: medical marijuana.
 
The change comes courtesy of the charitable unit of Google, which last week gifted a Michigan medical marijuana advocacy group $120,000 worth of its services. As part of the grant, the group, Michigan Compassion, will be able to promote medical marijuana use through Google's popular AdWords platform -- the plain-text advertisements that pop up to the right side of any given search result.
 
Michigan Compassion does not sell marijuana but connects patients and growers, and it says the ads will appear alongside searches likely to be made by chemotherapy patients.
 
“The goal is to link the negative effects of chemotherapy and the positive effects of cannabis,” Amish Parikh, vice-president of Michigan Compassion, told The Huffington Post.
 
The ads' value is small in the scheme of Google's AdWords program, which brings in over $40 billion per year in revenue, but they represent a change for the Mountain View, Calif. firm, which has a strict policy against hosting ads for marijuana-related searches.
 
Google's new generosity toward marijuana advocates fits neatly in Silicon Valley, however, where tech companies and their employees have been quietly contributing to cannabis activism, an area attorney involved in the marijuana legalization movement told The Huffington Post.
 

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Obama Hates Medical Marijuana And He Doesn't Care What The States Think

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
obama-hates-mmjLawmakers across the country are fed up with the Obama administration's disrespect for local marijuana laws.
 
On Monday, the United States Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution asking the federal government to allow states to implement their own marijuana policies and to stop draining limited resources by targeting marijuana in states where it is legal for medical and recreational uses. A bipartisan group in Congress has also introduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from interfering with state marijuana laws.
 
President Obama has already spent more taxpayer money fighting medical marijuana than George W. Bush did during his two terms, according to a report released by the pro-medical marijuana group Americans For Safe Access. Most Americans think he should stop.
 
 
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Mobile medical marijuana dispensaries look to be next big issue

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-delivery-servicesTwo green crosses frame an announcement that Lima Collective Inc. in Running Springs is closed, and -- technically -- medical marijuana is no longer sold inside, said Mitchell Blanda, who ran the collective with two partners until the county told them they had to shut down.
But Blanda, two partners and occasional volunteers say openly that their operation continues "clandestinely."
 
Behind the counter, a chest contains samples of edibles, drops and marijuana accessories, the same types of items shown on the collective's website.
 
"You can order it by the phone, online, whatever, and we deliver it," said Blanda, 62. "Our patients still need it. We're not in it for money -- we barely break even -- but we think it's important for us to keep doing."
 
In an early May ruling, the state Supreme Court said local governments could ban dispensaries. But the city of Riverside, on June 11, went further with its City Council approving an emergency ordinance to prohibit mobile marijuana dispensaries as "necessary for preserving public peace, health, and safety," according to an agenda report.
 
Riverside Deputy City Attorney Neil Okazaki in video of the Riverside meeting said before its passage that "what we have found with other cities is that when storefront dispensaries close, what the operators do is move to a mobile operation where mobile marijuana dispensaries operate and deliver ... much like a pizza delivery service."
 
Back in Running Springs, Blanda said it's no secret to anyone in the small San Bernardino Mountains community that he delivers to about 9,000 people. That's about what it was before the Supreme Court's decision, although some people still come in to ask if the collective is open, he said.
 
Looking more frustrated than furtive, Blanda said he thought his operations were legal, based on the tentative opinion of attorney James DeAguilera, who represents the collective.
 
"Everything is a 'maybe,'" he said. "No one seems to know for sure what's allowed and what's not."
 

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