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US Govt 2016 Budget Protects Medical Marijuana, But Snubs Veterans and Retail Pot Sales in Washington D.C.

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Although there was a great deal of anticipation that the details of the latest federal spending bill would include a deeper level of protection in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, the congressional machine behind the dysfunctional of the United States government has revealed that nothing will change in the next fiscal year with regards to how Uncle Sam spends money to shake the foundation of the cannabis industry. 

In a last ditch effort to prevent a federal shutdown, hammer fisted negotiators for the House and Senate came to terms late Tuesday night on a $1.1 trillion spending bill intended to keep some grease in the wheels of federal operations for another year. And while the brass tacks of the proposal does include a couple of amendments designed to shield the medical marijuana community from the dogs of the drug war, several other, newly proposed riders aimed at taking the stakes up a notch were, essentially, ripped to shreds and burned on the steps of the Capitol.

But first, the good news…

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-govt-2016-budget-protects-medical-marijuana-snubs-veterans-and-retail-pot-sales-washington


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DEA Allows Cannabis Imports to Facilitate the Big Pharma of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has all but refused to acknowledge lawful cannabis producers as part of legitimate commerce here in the United States, but that has not stopped the agency from working with corporate drug pushers in the importation of cannabis products to be used to facilitate the Big Pharma takeover of the medical marijuana industry.

A federal notice released earlier this month indicates that big government has given a New Jersey drug development company called Catalent Pharma Solutions permission to begin importing various forms of cannabis into the United States to be administered to patients in clinical trials. The “finished pharmaceutical products containing cannabis extracts” will be shipped to the company’s research facility in Kansas City, Missouri, which develops and tests medications in “oral dose forms.” 

Catalent’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Cornell Stamoran, recently told In-Pharm Technologist, a news source covering the happenings of the international pharmaceutical trade, there is “a growing need for special handling capabilities in pharmaceutical development due to evolving characteristics of pharmaceutical and biotechnology pipeline molecules” and “as these molecules transition to commercially approved products, similar complexities arise in production and distribution of commercial supplies.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-allows-cannabis-imports-facilitate-big-pharma-marijuana


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Egypt: Author Faces Prison for Writing About Hashish

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Egyptian activist attorney Nasser Amin is challenging a law that calls for writers to be imprisoned for words that violate the country's "morals." The challenge comes in the trial of novelist Ahmed Naji, who could face two years in prison and a fine of nearly $1,300 for his work The Use of Life—because of its explicit sex scene and numerous references to hashish use. Amin argues that the law violates the Egyptian constitution, which only permits such punishment for published materials that are defamatory or encourage violence or discrimination.

Prosecutors insist the book is actually autobiographical and should be treated as journalism. They've even threatened to charge Naji for past hashish use—although this is even more legally dubious, as he's never been arrested for possession.

Amin linked the prosecution of Naji to the crackdown on Islamists since the July 2013 military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. He said authorities target secular artists and writers following repression of Islamists to show they are as virtuous. "Outside this hall… is a repressive authority which claims it is protecting the homeland and virtue," he told the court, according to AP. In an apparent reference to the military-backed government and the Islamist opposition, he added: "Each of them tries to overstate over the other who is the more protective of virtue and morals."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/egypt-author-faces-prison-writing-about-hashish


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Feds ask Supreme Court to stay out of lawsuit over Colorado marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER — The federal government has asked theU.S. Supreme Court to avoid wading into a lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska over Colorado’s legalized marijuana system.

Oklahoma and Nebraska say Colorado’s legal marijuana system has created a flood of modern-day bootleggers who are buying pot in Colorado and then illegally crossing state lines. Oklahoma and Nebraska have sued Colorado, asking the Supreme Court to block the state’s legal marijuana system. Colorado asked the court to throw out the lawsuit, and the Supreme Court this fall asked the federal government to weigh in.

"Entertaining the type of dispute at issue here — essentially that one state’s laws make it more likely that third parties will violate federal and state law in another state — would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this court’s original jurisdiction,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. wrote in his response filed Wednesday.

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/12/16/feds-ask-supreme-court-stay-out-lawsuit-over-colorado-marijuana/77457652/


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Palm Beach County Votes to Decriminalize Pot Possession

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Another Florida county has joined Miami-Dade, Hallandale Beach, Key West and Broward in decriminalizing marijuana. 

According to WPTV, the Palm Beach County Commissioners passed a motion 4 to 1 on Tuesday, making possession of 20 grams of pot or less a civil infraction. 

The ordinance gives police the option to issue a $100 citation rather than arresting the offender. If a person is unable to pay the citation, they will be able to work it off through community service. 

The measure was expected to pass after a preliminary approval by commissioners in October, but the final vote was pushed to December in order to work out the ordinance's language.

County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, who originally proposed the measure, explained that decriminalizing the herb would ease jail overcrowding and keep pot possession charges from ruining the lives of otherwise decent and law-abiding citizens. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/palm-beach-county-votes-decriminalize-pot-possession


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Meet the Weed Genius Designing the World's First Cannabis Ranch

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Weed is big business and legal weed will become bigger still. That's why American Cannabis Partners CEO Christian Hageseth thinks the time is right to open up the Colorado Cannabis Ranch, the world's first-ever "weedery."

Like a winery, the 50-acre Denver ranch will feature tours, gourmet food, concerts, and, when Centennial State law allows it, tastings. While profit is the major motive here, capitalism isn't Hageseth's sole ideological: He wants to take marijuana out of the alleys and put it in nature, where it belongs. He spoke to Inverse about designing the weedery "cathedral," the parallels between a sativa and sauvignon blanc, and why it's important that Eddie Vedder and U2 play on opening night.

Read More:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/inverse/meet-the-weed-genius-desi_b_8812330.html


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