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State Marijuana Laws Complicate Federal Job Recruitment

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON — For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and F.B.I. agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.
 
It may now be legal in Colorado, in Washington State and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use — and rules that make it a firing offense for government workers — have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering message that marijuana use will not be tolerated.
 
So members of a new generation are getting an early lesson in what their predecessors have done for as long as there have been espionage, diplomacy and bureaucracy. They are lying and stalling when necessary to avoid, in the case of the newcomers, failing a drug test.
 
As any regular marijuana smoker will tell you, it usually takes about two weeks for evidence of marijuana use to disappear from urine, a urine sample being the method by which drug use ordinarily is tested.
 

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Pot Is Making a Comeback in Colombia

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

Things are changing in Colombia, where drug traffickers, guerrillas and military groups once terrorized everyone from peasants to politicians. At the center of the violence, most would argue, were drugs—mostly cocaine but also pot.

Now, medical marijuana entrepreneurs are coming out from the shadows. According to Colombia’s constitution, weed cultivation and consumption is legal for medicinal purposes, although the Health and Social Protection Ministry has not yet created regulations for prescribing treatments, Camilo García, executive director of the Colombian Cannabis Research Center, told OZY.

Patients in need of medical pot have been pushing the Colombian government to reform laws and lift all restrictions. A bill introduced last year was endorsed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, as well as a majority of Colombians.

Although some Colombians see legalization of medical marijuana as opening the door to recreational use, others worry that keeping it under-regulated could have more serious outcomes.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-making-comeback-colombia


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Announcing The Fourth Annual Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness Money Bomb

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

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Every year since 2012, Show-Me Cannabis has held the Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness Money Bomb over Independence Day. We will continue that proud tradition for the fourth year in a row now, and I hope that you will take part in it by making a contribution between Thursday, July 2, and Sunday, July 5.

Of course, the primary purpose of the event is to raise money to reform Missouri’s cannabis laws, but the timing is no accident. It reminds people that this issue is one of liberty and precisely the sort of cause that patriotic Americans have sought to advance throughout our history. Our opponents attempt to trivialize this cause as tangential or irrelevant, but, in truth, it goes straight to the heart of the American experiment.

If our country is to live up to the promise of the Declaration of Independence, peaceful people must be free to live their lives as they see fit without fear of the gendarmerie kicking in their door and carrying them away in chains for possessing plant material.

And this is a crucial time that will determine how reform will advance in 2016. We are working with coalition allies to — hopefully — coalesce around an initiative petition that will pass in sixteen months. The breadth and depth of support we generate from that coalition is what will determine success or failure on Election Day 2016.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/announcing-the-fourth-annual-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness-money-bomb/


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LAW ENFORCEMENT: Marijuana seizures increasing

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

A new Riverside County ordinance intended to curb for-profit marijuana growing is set to go into effect on Thursday and sheriff’s officials for months have been issuing stern warnings to property owners that it’s illegal to grow marijuana on their land.

But the threat of a crackdown doesn’t appear to have slowed the marijuana growing.

Sheriff’s officials say they are on track to eradicate even more pot-growing operations this year than last.

“There’s no shortage,” said Lt. Paul Bennett, who supervises the sheriff’s marijuana enforcement team. “We’re very busy.”

In the first six months of this year, deputies investigated 70 cases and destroyed more than 56,000 plants.

Read More:http://www.pe.com/articles/marijuana-771775-plants-growing.html


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Uncle Sam Offers $3 Million to First Person Who Can Cure Marijuana Addiction

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Based on the ideology that millions of Americans are grossly addicted to marijuana, the federal government has approved $3 million to facilitate the fast-track creation of a pharmaceutical drug to treat this supposed scourge on public health.

According to a report in The Washington Times, “an estimated 4.2 million Americans are hooked on cannabis,” which has spawned a nervous desire by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to spend millions of tax dollars on the development of a medication which can turn zombie stoners back into productive members of civil society. 

“Cannabis use is an increasing public health concern in the United States that requires immediate attention," the drug agency stated in a proposal published earlier this month. "Given the high prevalence of marijuana use and its associated disorders and the large number of people who seek treatment, there is a critical need to discover and develop safe and effective treatments for CUDs,” otherwise referred to as Cannabis Use Disorders.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/uncle-sam-offers-3-million-first-person-who-can-cure-marijuana-addiction


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Missouri Drug Task Force Uses Misleading Statements To Double-Down On Its Rejection Of Transparency, Accountability

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

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On May 20, 2015, Show-Me Cannabis announced the latest in a series of lawsuits aimed at ensuring that Missouri’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces must obey state laws that require transparency and accountability to the people. The case targets the MUSTANG Task Force, headquartered in Cole County and also operating in Boone, Callaway, and Cooper Counties, for its ongoing, unlawful refusal to properly respond to requests for open public records.

The records the Show-Me Cannabis requested included quarterly reports the task force is required to make to the Missouri Department of Safety; MUSTANG produced those documents but unlawfully redacted parts of them without identifying any statute authorizing the redactions. Show-Me Cannabis also requested minutes of public meetings of the Task Force’s Oversight Board as well as copies of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by participating members of the Task Force – all of which is, by definition, information open to the public.

Missouri’s open records law requires a custodian of records to provide an appropriate response within three days of receiving a request. Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane, however, simply ignored the requests, even after Show-Me Cannabis sent him a letter pointing out the statutory provisions that required Crane to respond.  Ultimately, Show-Me Cannabis had no choice but to sue Crane and the MUSTANG Task Force to force them to obey state law.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/missouri-drug-task-force-rejection-of-transparency-accountability/


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