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FBI Reports Annual Marijuana Arrests In U.S. Increased Last Year For The First Time Since 2009

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana prohibition waste tax moneyThe annual number of arrests for marijuana offenses in the U.S. increased last year for the first time since 2009, according to the Uniform Crime Report released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An estimated 700,993 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana-related offenses in 2014 — up from 693,058 in 2013 — of which 88.42% were for possession. On average, one person was arrested for a marijuana-related offense in the U.S. approximately every 45 seconds (every 51 seconds for possession).

The full report is available at https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014.

Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“These numbers refute the myth that nobody actually gets arrested for using marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/fbi-marijuana-arrests-increased-first-time-since-2009/


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Indiana Schools Use “Marijuana Goggles” to Misinform Kids About Stoned Driving

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

An Indiana school system believes that using scare tactics and other modern day renditions of reefer madness is an effective method for preventing youngsters from experimenting with marijuana.

A recent report from WISH-TV reveals that educators in Hancock County have teamed up with the Neighbors Against Substance Abuse (NASA) and the local Youth Council to fit teens with “Marijuana Goggles” in order to demonstrate what it is like to drive stoned.

Supposedly, by employing this new technique, kids will learn what it is like to be high and make bad decisions on the road without ever having to actually partake in the substance.

“Anytime you can do an activity — something that’s interactive with them, or something that provides education, that’s great. These actually simulate the loss of some of your cognitive functions,” said Tim Rutherford with NASA.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/indiana-schools-use-%E2%80%9Cmarijuana-goggles%E2%80%9D-misinform-kids-about-stoned-driving


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Attorneys In Hawaii Cannot Be Hired To Help Start Medical Marijuana Businesses

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

hawaii medical marijuanaAnyone who has ever started a medical marijuana business knows that there’s a lot to it. It’s much more than simply paying for a business license, renting a place, and opening for business. There are more things involved with starting a medical marijuana business than most other businesses. What are the local regulations, if any? What are the state regulations? What changes to those regulations are likely to occur in the future? What things need to happen to be in compliance with those regulations (potentially for the time being!). Did I mention the usual legal issues that go into a business, such as intellectual property rights, operating agreements, etc.?

For obvious reasons, serious medical marijuana entrepreneurs need to seek legal advice from an attorney. Unfortunately for those entrepreneurs in Hawaii, they will not be able to get legal advice for starting a business. The Disciplinary Board of the Hawai’i Supreme Court was asked the following two questions:

  1. whether a lawyer may provide legal advice about act 241 (which legalized medical marijuana dispensaries)
  2. whether a lawyer may provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business “when such acts are expressly authorized under [Act 241], but remain a crime under federal law, albeit with a low enforcement priority.

As far as I know, every state that has ruled on this has ruled that attorneys can indeed work with marijuana businesses. Unfortunately, that is not the case in Hawaii. The Supreme Court ruled that attorneys can talk about the act itself, but that’s where the counsel ends. Attorneys cannot help businesses setup their operations. So unfortunately, entrepreneurs will have to go it on their own. I expect a flood of mediocre (and that’s putting it nicely) consultants coming to Hawaii to help businesses out. This is not good for patients, and it’s not good for Hawaii.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/attorneys-in-hawaii-cannot-be-hired-to-help-start-medical-marijuana-businesses/


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Drug Policy Alliance To Host The Biennial 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

drug policy alliance dea debate aspen ideas festivalWhich states will be next to legalize marijuana? What needs to happen to end mass incarceration? What can be done to pressure the Obama administration and the next President around drug policy and criminal justice reform? What are some solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do black people go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? What role can faith leaders play in organizing and mobilizing their congregations to end the drug war?

More than 1,200 people will gather to ponder these questions and many more at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Arlington, VA November 18-21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel.

In the past decade, voters and legislators have enacted hundreds of drug policy reforms that reduce the role of criminalization in drug policy. Building on the momentum from these victories, more than 1,200 drug policy experts, health care and drug treatment professionals, elected officials, law enforcement, students, and formerly incarcerated people from around the country and across the world will gather to promote alternatives to the failed war on drugs.

Below is a small sampling of the 50+ panels at the conference. Check in the near future for a full list of panels, including descriptions and speakers: http://www.reformconference.org/program/schedule

 Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/drug-policy-alliance-to-host-the-biennial-2015-international-drug-policy-reform-conference/


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World’s Largest Medical Cannabis Dispensary Is Opening New Location In Oregon Oct. 1st

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

portland oregon medical marijuana dispensary collective deliveryHarborside Health Center will open a new cannabis dispensary at 5816 NE Portland Hwy, near Portland International Airport, on October 1st—Oregon’s first official day of adult-use sales. Harborside Health Center is the nation’s largest model cannabis dispensary, with locations in Oakland and San Jose, Calif., and was recently awarded the first and only cannabis dispensary license in San Leandro, California.

Harborside Portland features executive team members from Harborside Health Center, including Executive Director Steve DeAngelo, along with locally hired staff led by General Manager Chris Helton, a former clinician at Oregon Health & Science University, who grew up in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley.

Widely considered the nation’s model medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside is pleased to enter Oregon’s adult-use market on its historic debut, with some of the country’s most sensibly written cannabis regulations. Harborside’s proven track record in community stewardship, innovation and social responsibility aligns with the progressive ideals of Portland and will only strengthen its existing cannabis community. Harborside Portland will be proud to offer top-quality products and extremely well-trained staff in a welcoming environment, with nearly a decade of experience in providing service to patients—and now, Oregon’s adult-use consumers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/worlds-largest-medical-cannabis-dispensary-is-opening-new-location-in-oregon-oct-1st/


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Jury convicts man in Miami medical marijuana growhouse case

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

A jury did not believe a Miami-Dade man who insisted he grew 15 marijuana plants inside his home only to help ease the suffering of his cancer-stricken wife.

The six-member jury on Friday night convicted Ricardo Varona of trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana and operating a marijuana growhouse. Taken into custody to await sentencing, Varona faces a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.

Varona, 43, was the second South Florida man in the past six months to claim “medical neccesity” in operating a marijuana growhouse. Unlike in the Varona case, a Broward jury in March acquitted 50-year-old Jesse Teplicki, who admitted he grew 46 plants to battle years of nausea and fatigue.

The trial came at a time that marijuana laws across the country have been eased, with the herb now legal for medical use in more than 20 states, and for recreational purposes in four states, plus Washington, D.C.

In Florida, the Legislature this year authorized a low-grade strain of marijuana to treat a small number of ailments, including cancer. In October, the state will hash out which growers will be allowed to cultivate the plants; patients will likely be able to get access to marijuana sometime early next year.  

Read More:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article36601848.html


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article36601848.html#storylink=cp

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