Canada vending machines pop out marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
The vending machines at a Vancouver storefront look ordinary -- but instead of spitting out gum or snacks, for a few coins they deliver medical marijuana.
For Can$4, the brightly lit "gumball" machine drops a plastic ball filled with the so-called "Cotton Candy" variety of the drug. The "Purple Kush" option costs Can$6.
But the really good stuff, said proprietor Chuck Varabioff, is "Pink Kush," available from another machine the size of a fridge that delivers a wide range of marijuana in plastic bags heat-sealed for hygiene.
His British Columbia Pain Society is one of about 400 pot stores -- which call themselves medical marijuana dispensaries -- in the western Canadian city.
They're all part of a booming medical marijuana industry that operates in a legal gray zone since a federal court ruling recently overturned Ottawa's latest attempt to regulate its distribution.
Under the new regulatory regime, as of April 1, some 30,000 home-based growing operations and distributors across Canada are to be replaced by fewer but larger commercial operations.
Many of the smaller growers and distributors, particularly in westernmost British Columbia province, however, refused to step aside.
The drug is illegal outside of the new regime, Vancouver police said in March, but it's not one of the force's top priorities, which are instead focused on violent and predatory drug traffickers, gangs and hard drugs including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
"Medical marijuana dispensaries operating today in Vancouver do not meet these criteria," the police warning said.
Official city policy -- and to a lesser degree British Columbia government policy -- tackles all illegal drugs as a health instead of a criminal issue.
The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was effectively legalized in Canada in 1999, and its use has been expanded through a series of court challenges.
Calls are now growing to also decriminalize recreational marijuana use -- which Canada has prohibited since 1923.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
Apple pull iPhone cannabis drug dealing game after it rockets to top of App Store
Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
Weed Firm topped the charts in 'all categories' on iPad and iPhone before it was quietly removed by the tech giant on Tuesday
A drug dealing iPhone game where users grow and sell cannabis has been pulled by Apple after rocketing to number one on the App Store.
In Weed Firm, players control character Ted Growing, who inherits a commercial marijuana operation and looks to expand his empire.
But users were furious when the game disappeared from the App Store on Tuesday and its creators Manitoba Games insist it was 'entirely Apple's decision'.
The game has dozens of different strains of cannabis and sees players overcome various challenges such as dangerous gangsters and crooked cops.
Manitoba posted a statement on their website attributed to the main character Ted, who appears to take a swipe at everything from the Teletubbies to Angry Birds.
It said: "As you might have noticed the game is no longer available on the Apple App Store. This was entirely Apple's decision, not ours.
"We guess the problem was that the game was just too good and got to number one in All Categories, since there are certainly a great number of weed based apps still available, as well as games promoting other so-called 'illegal activities' such as shooting people, crashing cars and throwing birds at buildings."
The game was also available on Google Android but was removed after the company had 'a problem' with their publisher according to Manitoba.
Ted added: "One thing we can promise you is that we will be back! The Apple version might need to be censored a bit to comply with Apple's strictest requirement since they are going to be looking very attentively at what we submit from now on.
"Google never had a problem with the application itself. The problem was with our publisher and we are expecting to return to the Play Store once we find a suitable publisher."
Manitoba now says they will try and censor the game more to hopefully meet the approval of Apple bosses.
Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/
Texas Man Faces Possible Life in Prison For Pot Brownies
Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
A 19-year-old Texas man could be facing the possibility of life in prison for allegedly baking and selling pot brownies.
According to police in Round Rock, a city north of Austin, officers found 1.5 pounds of brownies, along with a pound of marijuana, digital scales, $1,675 in cash and several bags of marijuana at Jacob Lavoro's apartment last month.
Now, Lavoro faces a first-degree felony and if convicted, the former high school football player with a clean record faces a possible punishment ranging from five years to life behind bars.
His father Joe Lavoro called the potential punishment “outrageous.”
“Five years to life? I’m sorry, I’m a law-abiding citizen, I’m a conservative, but I’ll be damned,” Joe Lavoro said. “This is wrong. This is damn wrong.”
Prosecutors say the charge is so severe because of Lavoro’s brownie recipe. Authorities say he mixed in hash oil, which features a far higher concentration of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. Under Texas law, the hash oil can be treated similarly to far more serious narcotics such as ecstasy.
Because the drops of oil were cooked into the brownies, police weighed the entire brownie batch – sugar, flour and butter – and charged him with possessing 1.5 pounds of drugs.
Jack Holmes, Lavoro’s defense attorney, believes the charge should be downgraded.
“They’ve weighed baked goods in this case,” Holmes said. “It ought to be a misdemeanor.”
Lavoro has pleaded not guilty. His father remains upset that prosecutors aren’t backing down.
“If he did something wrong, he should be punished, but to the extent that makes sense,” he said. “This is illogical.”
Lavoro is due back in court next month.
Colorado Food Inspectors Are Cracking Down On Cannabis Edibles
Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
Cannabis edibles are harder to regulate than flower in some ways. Flower, if grown correctly, is easy to test for contaminants and potency. Cannabis edibles have more factors to consider. Since edibles also contain some cannabis flower, the issues that revolve around flower are present. But there are additional factors that are involved when creating cannabis edibles.
One factor, which is true of cooking/baking anything (cannabis or otherwise), is whether or not the edibles were prepared in a sanitary workspace. Creating the right dose is another thing that is tricky. One thing that a lot of people don’t take into consideration is calculating for food allergies. How does one properly store the edibles? And then there is of course the factor of making the edible appeasing to consumers taste buds.
As cannabis edibles continue to grow in availability and popularity, issues surrounding these types of businesses are also on the rise. Colorado food inspectors have been cracking down on cannabis edible companies and distributors that aren’t following the correct procedures. Per the Denver Post:
“Food safety inspections of businesses that manufacture and sell marijuana edibles in Denver have found products that should be refrigerated sitting out on shelves and preparation methods insufficient to kill bacteria that can cause serious food-borne illness.
The unannounced visits by the Denver Department of Environmental Health have led to three product recalls and the destruction of tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of products.”
If you are a cannabis edible company, or are thinking of starting a cannabis edible company, then you are aware that there is a greater need for rules and regulations in this sector of the cannabis industry. Customers want to know that the products they are buying are safe. The general public wants to know that cannabis edible companies are following proper food handling practices. Right now all eyes are on Colorado, and everything has to be done right in order for the industry to spread and flourish inside and outside of Colorado.
Uruguay leaders won't tax pot to keep prices as low as 85 cents per gram!
Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
Leaders of Uruguay, where the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana is legal, won't impose taxes on the drug, Reuters reports.
Their goal: keep prices low enough to undercut the black market for cannabis. Uruguayans will be able to buy up to 10 grams of cannabis at pharmacies for between 85 cents to $1 per gram, the news outlet reports.
Writes Malena Castaldi:
"The principal objective is not tax collection. Everything has to be geared toward undercutting the black market," said Felix Abadi, a contractor who is developing Uruguay's marijuana tax structure. "So we have to make sure the price is low."
Uruguay will auction up to six licenses to produce cannabis legally in the next weeks. The government is also considering growing marijuana on a plot of land controlled by the military to avoid illegal trafficking of the crop.
While cigarettes and alcoholic drinks are taxed heavily in Uruguay, the official marijuana trade will operate virtually tax-free, Abadi said. Uruguay does not require a decree or law to exempt a product from taxes.
Wisconsin Girl Dies Waiting For Implementation Of Marijuana Extract Legislation
Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Tragically, Lydia Schaeffer (aged 7) passed away on Mother’s Day from a rare genetic disorder called Kleefstra syndrome, which causes terrible seizures and other complications. Her plight inspired lawmakers in Wisconsin to legalize a marijuana extract to treat her condition, despite their opposition to a broader medical marijuana reform.
Sally Schaeffer, Lydia’s mother, lobbied the state legislature to legalize the cannabidiol (CBD) extract from the marijuana stain known as Charlotte’s Web for use on children with seizure disorders. Even though lawmakers moved to pass the limited CBD-only bill in record time, determining the implications of the law stalled it from going into effect. Additionally, CBD-only bills leave behind 98% of the patients who can benefit from medical marijuana, so Wisconsin still has a long way to go before patients have legal access to this much-needed medicine.
In Lydia’s honor, Sally plans to continue spreading the word on CBD oil. She said she was contacted by Sen. Robert Wirch’s office this week and told they would try to have the bill she championed called Lydia’s Law. Wirch’s sympathy toward the Schaeffer family is welcomed, but his and other politicians’ compassion for the vast majority of other patients in need is currently lacking.
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