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Marijuana industry could be uprooted by pesticide lawsuit

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

The marijuana industry may be booming in Colorado, but pot entrepreneurs face a very big problem: pesticides.

Two marijuana users, including a cancer patient, filed a lawsuit last week against a pot business that they claimed used an unhealthy pesticide to grow its weed. The pesticide in question is Eagle 20 EW, a fungicide often used on grapes and hops.

The chemicals, used to stave off mites, mildew and other pests, could also be harmful to humans when used on a product that is later burned for inhalation. Eagle 20, in particular, contains a chemical called myclobutanil that produces toxic hydrogen cyanide gas when burned.

The lawsuit alleges that LiveWell, a pot company in Denver, should be penalized for using a pesticide that was not listed by the state as safe for use on marijuana.

The state of Colorado lists pesticides that are approved for use on food and tobacco crops, but it doesn't specifically outlaw Eagle 20 and other pesticides.

Read More:http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/14/marijuana-industry-could-be-uprooted-by-pesticide-lawsuit.html


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Mexico: Massive Grow Busted in Bloody Border Zone

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Earlier this month, Mexican federal police agents announced the discovery of some 860,000 cannabis plants—weighing an estimated 1,000 metric tons—at Ejido La Sangre, an agricultural community in the Tubutama municipality, about 10 miles south of the Arizona border.

The plants were burned in the 14-hectare irrigated field, police said, and no arrests were reported.

According to EFE, fertilizer, pesticides and farm equipment were confiscated. Authorities of the Ejido are said to be under investigation.

In June 2010, Tubutama was the scene of a gangland shoot-out that left 29 dead after a Sinaloa Cartel convoy was reportedly ambushed by gunmen.

In a wave of violence following this, many of Tubutama’s outlying communities were reported to have become “ghost towns” as the populace fled. Mexico's notorious Blog del Narco posted grisly images of the Tubutama massacre last year. 

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/mexico-massive-grow-busted-bloody-border-zone


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Ohio Voters Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In Three Weeks

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

ohio marijuana medical marijuana legalizationThree weeks from today Ohio voters will caste their ballots and decide if ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana legalization initiative will become law or not. Ohio Issue 3 would legalize the possession of marijuana, personal cultivation of marijuana, and for some, the ability to cultivate marijuana for profit. The initiative has caused a lot of controversy because of that last provision. Many people oppose a provision of the initiative that grants just ten cultivation-for-profit locations.

Many people see this as there only being ten entities that can grow marijuana in Ohio for profit if the initiative passes, which isn’t entirely true. Yes, the licensees could decide to not allow anyone else to grow at their locations, keeping all of the profits for themselves. However, they also can lease out cultivation space to other people who can then grow for profit. So is it an oligarchy? It could be, but not necessarily.

The ResponsibleOhio initiative has been hard for some activists and organizations to swallow, with some people endorsing the initiative, some staying neutral, and some adamantly opposing it in public every chance they get. Hardworking activist Russ Belville is about the only longtime activist that I’ve seen lend his full support to the initiative, with others that endorsed it taking more of a ‘plug your nose and vote yes’ approach. Russ has fought very hard to educate people about what ResponsibleOhio’s initiative does and doesn’t do. He has put up with a virtually never ending supply of personal attacks, yet has remained quite polite about it, and hasn’t let those attacks steer him from educating the masses. Regardless of how you feel about ResponsibleOhio, we should still all agree that Russ’ work is commendable.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ohio-voters-will-vote-on-marijuana-legalization-in-three-weeks/


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Riders of the Stoned: Senate Considers Illusionary Repeal of Prohibition

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

A series of federal spending bills were introduced last week by the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Thad Cochran, which include riders aimed at preventing the government from paying U.S. drug enforcers to unleash their wrath against states that have legalized the leaf. However, while the submission of these bills suggests that some folks on Capitol Hill are looking out for the cannabis industry, the reality is that the provisions contained in these documents are likely worthless.

One of the proposed budget restrictions filed by Senator Cochran is essentially regurgitated from a 2014 budget plan that was supposed to prevent the federal government from interfering with states that have legalized medical marijuana. A section of Senate Bill 2131 indicates that it would stop the U.S. Department of Justice from spending tax dollars to bring the heat down on states that have established medical marijuana programs, while another keeps them from sending in the Drug Enforcement Administration to tear down industrial hemp programs.

Both sections of the proposal are attempts to put into action a concrete policy to ensure the Obama Administration keeps true to its word, as outlined in the 2014 Cole memorandum suggesting the DOJ will stay out of the way of states deciding to legalize weed. But the rider must be renewed this year before even a semblance of protection can be maintained.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/riders-stoned-senate-considers-illusionary-repeal-prohibition


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Colorado’s monthly marijuana sales top $100 million

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

Marijuana sales blazed past the $100 million mark for the first time in August, the Denver Post reported over the weekend.

According to sales data from Colorado’s Department of Revenue released Friday, sales of recreational pot topped $59.2 million for the month, while medical marijuana dispensaries pulled in $41.4 million, for a combined $100.6 million — the highest monthly total since legal recreational cannabis sales began there in January 2014.

 

“It means that $100 million is going to licensed, taxpaying businesses, creating jobs and helping to build new schools,” Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, told Yahoo News, “instead of going to cartels and drug dealers — as is the case in the 46 states that don’t regulate marijuana.”

Read More:http://news.yahoo.com/photos/legalization-of-marijuana-slideshow/legalization-of-marijuana-photo-1388597880423.html


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The Oregon Legislature And Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Need To Help Low Income Patients

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

oregon house bill hb 3460 medical marijuana dispensaries ommpThe first week of recreational marijuana sales in Oregon resulted in over $11 million dollars worth of marijuana being sold according to several media outlets. I’m not sure where that number is being pulled from, but regardless of how close to the exact dollar amount the figure is, I think that we can all agree that Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries sold A LOT of recreational flower since sales started on October 1st. I read an article on the Oregon Cannabis Connection website that did a great job of highlighting calls from activists for using this new found source of revenue to help low income Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients. Below is an excerpt from that article, via the Oregon Cannabis Connection:

A few years ago the Oregon Health Authority fees for the medical program increased by double, they stopped offering reduced fees to qualifying low income patients, and even added additional fees like a “change of grower” fee. Now that the state will likely have a massive surplus of tax revenue from the recreational market, the opportunity to remove the onerous fee structure they placed on patients is apparent, but patient advocates aren’t holding their breaths.

Anthony Tayor of Compassionate Oregon, one of the states leading patient advocacy groups, explained to OCC, “Prior to the start of early adult sales we advocated for dispensaries to set aside some of the revenue recreational sales generate to subsidize patient costs.”

“It would be wonderful if the legislature could come up with a scenario that would do just that,” Taylor added. “Unfortunately they are awfully fond of the extra revenue being generated by patients to advance such a plan.” 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-legislature-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-help-low-income-patients/


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