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Moroccos war on hashish: Tonnes of cannabis resin go up in smoke

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
RABAT - Moroccan customs authorities on Thursday incinerated 9.5 tonnes of cannabis resin in a suburb of Casablanca, official media reported, days after record hashish hauls in neighbouring Spain.
 
The drugs, which were seized in two separate operations last year by customs authorities at Casablanca port, were burned in the presence of government officials, police and members of the royal gendarmerie, the MAP news agency reported.
 
The first bust was made in June during the inspection of a truck bound for Belgium and found more than 5.7 tonnes of cannabis resin, or "chira" as it is known locally, divided into 10 kilo packages and hidden in hundreds of boxes.
 
The second operation a month later intercepted 3.78 tons of chira hidden in a truck carrying tiles from Fez to the Belgian port city of Antwerp.
 
Late last month, Spanish police found 32 tonnes of the drug in a truck carrying melons from Morocco.
 
Then on Monday, the same police force announced that they had seized 52 tonnes of hashish in an industrial warehouse in the southern Spanish city of Cordoba, setting a European record.
 

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Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passes Final Senate Vote

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and older will result in up to a $300 as of July 1, 2013
 
MONTPELIER, VT – A bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana passed a third, and final, reading in the Vermont Senate on Wednesday.  The bill, which as previously passed in the House, will be sent to the House of Representatives to sign off on amendments made by the Senate before sending it to Gov. Peter Shumlin for his signature.
 
The bill, House Bill 200, introduced by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tripartisan group of 38 co-sponsors, will remove criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine, similar to a traffic ticket. Those under age 21 would be required to undergo substance abuse screening.
 
Under current state law, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail for a first offense and up to two years in jail for a subsequent offense.
 
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn both testified in favor of the bill in April, and Gov. Peter Shumlin has also expressed support for decriminalizing marijuana possession in the state.
 
On Tuesday, Senators voted 24 to 6 in favor of sending the bill to a third, and final, reading.  Then on Wednesday, the Senate voted to approve the bill, as amended.
 
We are pleased to see the Senate has joined their colleagues in the House and given their initial approval to this important legislation,” said Matt Simon, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There is exceptionally strong support for this proposal among the voters and the legislature has really stepped up and delivered.
 

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Colorado Legislature Sets 5 Nanogram Marijuana Limit for Motorists

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER, CO — Lawmakers took a step toward implementing Colorado’s recreational marijuana law on Tuesday when they set blood-level limits for driving, but a measure to tax retail pot was in limbo a day before the legislative session was set to end.
 
Along with Washington state, Colorado voters in November approved the use of small amounts of marijuana by adults. The Colorado vote directed state lawmakers to set up a regulatory framework for the sale and taxation of cannabis.
 
The driving-while-stoned bill sets a 5-nanogram-per-milliliter threshold for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. The proposal now heads to Governor John Hickenlooper, who has indicated his support for the measure.
 
“I think this is an important part” of regulating pot, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told reporters on Monday.
 
Washington had the 5-nanogram limit set in its ballot language that voters approved in November.
 
Colorado legislature had failed in its previous attempts to impose a marijuana limit for driving under the state’s medical pot law, which has been in effect since 2001.
 

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Colombia Hopes Marijuana Will Help Addicts Kick Hard Drug Habit

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
The Colombian government is testing a new tactic to wean addicts of synthetic drugs, a moe that has some people praising the effort while other claiming it’s a dopey idea.
 
In the upcoming weeks, officials in the country's capital, Bogotá, will begin a program giving marijuana to addicts of bazuco -- a cheap form of cocaine made out of drug residue mixed with kerosene and sulfuric acid that gives users a crack-like high and a heroin-like addiction.
 Researchers working on the project hope to help addicts kick their habit by easing them off the harder substance by using marijuana, which they suspect will be less addictive.
 
“I had tried other drugs before that, but the addiction caused by bazuco is truly uncontrollable,” Javier Cortés García, a former addict, told the website InfosurHoy. “The five months I lived on the streets, I couldn’t even remember who I was – all I wanted was bazuco to somehow satisfy the craving – a craving that never ends until the next fix. It’s really like living a nightmare, but you’re wide awake.”
 
 

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Marijuana Breathalyzer Test Could Be Near

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
One of the problems with medical marijuana, at least from cops' perspective, is that pot is hard to detect in the field, and many drivers could be getting away with DUI because they're high but not drunk. Nearly one-third of fatal California crashes involve drugged drivers.
 
The problem inspired one California legislator to propose a law that would trigger a DUI case for anyone whose blood test shows even a trace of cannabis in their system. That could be problematic if you're a medical patient who toked yesterday but was stopped by police today.
 
Even worse: A pot breathalyzer might be on the horizon:
 
Researchers in Sweden recently discovered that marijuana and even cocaine and meth could be detected by a roadside breathalyzer test. (Sort of -- see more below).
 
Not just any breathalyzer, either:
 
The academics from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm used a "commercially available breath sampler" called SensAbues and successfully ID'd 12 substances on the breath of some of the 40 volunteers they examined, according to a summary.
 

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Colorado senators oppose stoned driving limits

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER—A stoned-driving debate that has divided Colorado lawmakers for years is poised to go down to the final hours in this year's Legislature.
 
With just two days left to settle the question, senators voted Monday to continue the driving-high debate by rejecting an amendment to say drivers are too stoned if their blood contains 5 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, THC.
 
The vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday afternoon was at least the fifth time the Senate, or a Senate committee, has rejected the pot driving limit. It is already illegal to drive while impaired in Colorado, and opponents to the blood threshold say that officer observation should be the basis for stoned-driving cases. Many senators question whether a blood limit for marijuana, which is processed by the body differently than alcohol, is a fair measure of driving impairment.
 
"I just do not have enough information to make me feel comfortable on making a decision like that one," said Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge.
 

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