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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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Starbucks of Marijuana Coming to San Francisco

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
starbucks-of-weedThe arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward making lots of money. That's Jamen Shively's thesis, anyway. 
 
The former Microsoft manager, 45, is embarking on a publicity tour for the marijuana enterprise he's happy to label the "Starbucks" of pot. "Yes, we can" is for Shively "yes, we are big marijuana" -- and he's getting ready for what he believes is The Next Big Thing: legal pot -- everywhere. 
 
With his trusty sidekick, former Mexican president Vicente Fox -- a partner of Shively's in Diego Pellicer, Inc., the nation's first "premium marijuana" retail brand -- in tow, Shively is in San Francisco on Monday. Following a "summit" on marijuana legalization, Fox and Shively will appear at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel to talk about how to make all this a reality.
 
Is he a visionary -- or, in the words of one expert, a greedhead? Probably both. 
 

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The DEA seized 17 million pounds of marijuana; enough to give everyone in the world two joints

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
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Between January 2005 and October 2011, there were more than 128,000 drug seizures by the US Customs and DEA, reports show. What they didn’t tell us is that out of those 128,000 seizures they somehow accumulated:
 
17,000,000lbs of marijuana
 
That is a staggering amount of weed. No word on whether it was one 16.999 million pound bust and one mason jar of schwag or whether it was 17 million individual pounds, but either way you slice it, that is an insane amount of weed. It is enough weed, if you packed it tightly, to cover the infield of a major league baseball stadium 101ft high. It is enough weed to give everyone in the world two joints. Really. The Philadelphia Enquirer has done the math. Click on over there for more examples.
 
You could make one single joint 583 feet high …
 
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MMA ref gets 37 months for marijuana-growing operation

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
caught-growing-cannabisVeteran MMA referee Josh Rosenthal on Tuesday was sentenced to 37 months in prison, three years' probation and a $100 fee for his role in a large-scale pot operation in Oakland, Calif.
 
The sentence matches the prison time recommended in a January plea deal Rosenthal copped with federal prosecutors, though it shaves two years off probation.
 
Without a deal, Rosenthal faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years' probation.
 
A representative for U.S. District Court judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, who issued the sentence, confirmed Rosenthal's punishment with MMAjunkie.com. Rosenthal's attorney could not be reached for comment.
 
Rosenthal was arrested in April 2012 after federal agents raided an Oakland warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate that contained 1,356 marijuana plants worth an estimated $6 million. He initially pleaded not guilty to drug charges.
 
Despite his trouble with the law, Rosenthal officiated a pair of MMA events in Utah and California over the past two months. He earlier declined comment on his case.
 

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Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
vermont-mmjStarting Monday, Vermonters will not be arrested for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.
 
The decriminalization law, signed by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) last month, will remove criminal penalties on small amounts of cannabis and replace them with civil fines.
 
According to the new measure, first-time offenders will not get more than a $200 fine for possession. The fine will increase for repeat offenders -- $300 for a second offense and $500 for every offense thereafter -- but, under the law, marijuana possession will no longer result in the creation of a criminal record.
 
Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana remains a criminal offense, and state law still forbids the cultivation of cannabis plants.
 
“This is a much-needed step forward toward a more sensible marijuana policy,” said Matt Simon, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Nobody should be subjected to life-altering criminal penalties simply for possessing a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.”
 
Vermont legalized medical marijuana in 2004, and now joins 14 other states that have adopted decriminalization laws for non-medical cannabis. In 2012, voters in two additional states, Washington and Colorado, approved ballot measures to tax and legalize marijuana for recreational use among those 21 years old and above.
 

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