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State senators in Colorado to study marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER — Eight state senators are flying into Colorado this week for a primer on life in a state that has already legalized marijuana, in case Massachusetts voters follow suit this November and lawmakers have to decide quickly how to respond.

They’re poised to see a cultivation facility, tour a marijuana dispensary, and pepper top state, municipal, and law-enforcement officials with questions about the implementation of the voter-approved law. The four-day trip is being arranged and paid for by the New York-based Milbank Memorial Fund, which describes itself as a nonpartisan health policy foundation.

Read More:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/01/10/mass-senators-colorado-study-marijuana/luFCdZnQoUyw45GwOBvgdO/story.html


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This Invention Could Address a Serious Marijuana Concern

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

As we barrel headlong into 2016, one issue that promises to take center stage, especially with elections just 10 months away, is marijuana.

Marijuana expands, but roadblocks remain
Over the previous two decades marijuana has been practically unstoppable. With the exception of a few notable defeats -- the defeat two months ago of Issue 3 in Ohio, which attempted to approve medical and recreational marijuana at the same time, and Florida's medical marijuana defeat in 2014 -- marijuana's expansion continues.

In two decades, 23 states have approved the use of marijuana for select medical ailments, and since 2012 four states (along with Washington, D.C.) now allow for the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use. Medical marijuana opens new treatment avenues for select patients dealing with chronic or terminal illnesses, while for states the retail sale of marijuana provides another source of revenue that can help fill relatively small budget gaps.

Read More:http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2016/01/09/this-invention-could-address-a-serious-marijuana-c.aspx


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Manhattan's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens And Is Already Working With Mt. Sinai Hospital

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

Nicholas Vita and Michael Abbott aren’t just opening New York City’s first medical marijuana dispensary, they are trying to steer the industry to a more data-focused way of matching patients with the strains of medical marijuana to help their specific conditions.

Located near Union Square in New York City, Columbia Care is collaborating with its famous neighbor, Mount Sinai Hospital, analyzing de-identified patient registry data that Columbia Care has collected from more than 100,000 interactions with patients in the states where it operates.   While the first step is a retrospective analysis of this data, in time they hope to work together on clinical studies.

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/julieweed/2016/01/09/manhattans-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens-week-and-is-working-with-mt-sinai-hospital/


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DNC Chair Accepts Huge Donations from Alcohol PACs, Claims Pot Is a Gateway Drug

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, U.S. Representative for Florida and head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said she opposed legalization of marijuana and called it a gateway drug.

“I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana," she said. "I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs. We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic.”

Considering that there is a known correlation (one acknowledged by the U.S. government) between heroin addiction and the over-prescription of opiate painkillers, such as Oxycontin, it seems odd that Schultz is resorting to false equivalencies by equating opiates and pot.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dnc-chair-accepts-huge-donations-alcohol-pacs-claims-pot-gateway-drug


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When Marijuana Forensic Science Becomes A Puppet For Police

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 8th 2016 by THCFinder
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Formal complaints have been filed in federal court against the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory by criminal defense attorneys who want an independent investigation into the lab’s practices and policies. A series of emails, revealed by FOIA request, illuminate the lab’s “abhorrent and illegal” compromise of scientific method to alter test results from marijuana products in a way that favors prosecutors- changes that were initiated by state drug task forces and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

“Our formal letter of complaint is intended to launch a serious and objective review of practices of the Crime Lab by the National Institute of Justice,” said Neil Rockind of Southfield, Michigan’s Rockind Law in a press release jointly issued with Michael Komorn of Southfield’s Komorn Law.

The letter was filed with the Director of the National Institute of Justice, Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C. It specifically cites “negligence and incompetence resulting in Crime Lab findings, integrity and reliability that are in serious doubt,” the press release revealed.

Attorney Michael Nichols of the Nichols Law Firm from East Lansing, Michigan, also filed a letter of complaintwith the same agency on the same day, December 22.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/when-marijuana-forensic-science-becomes-a-puppet-for-police/


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Billionaire Sean Parker Donated $500,000 To Legalize Marijuana In California

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

Technology billionaire Sean Parker is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to pot legalization. The former Facebook FB +0.00% president donated $500,000 to back a proposed initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults in California, according to state campaign finance records filed Thursday.

“I’ve been following this issue with great interest for some time,” Parker told Forbes in November, when he first announced his intent to support the campaign. “It’s very encouraging to see a vibrant community of activists, many of whom have dedicated their lives to this issue, coming together around a sensible reform based measure that protects children, gives law enforcement additional resources, and establishes a strong regulatory framework for responsible adult use of marijuana–one that will yield economic benefits for all Californians.”

Under the measure, it would be legal for adults 21 years or older to possess, use and buy up to one ounce of marijuana. The law would also impose a 15% sales tax and additional state cultivation taxes. Legislative analysts predict it would bring in more than $1 billion in state and local tax revenues.

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiasavchuk/2016/01/08/billionaire-sean-parker-donated-500000-to-legalize-marijuana-in-california/


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