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Iowa State Executives Appeal Free Speech-Marijuana Logo Case

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State University administrators are appealing a federal judge's ruling that they violated the free speech rights of student members of a pro-marijuana group by barring them from using the university logos on T-shirts.

Attorneys for ISU President Steven Leath, Senior Vice President Warren Madden and two other administrators notified the court Wednesday of their appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge James Gritzner had issued an order on Jan. 22 granting members of the ISU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws a permanent injunction blocking university administrators from using a trademark policy to prevent the group from printing shirts depicting the school mascot and a marijuana leaf.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/iowa-state-executives-appeal-free-speech-marijuana-logo-case


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Red Tape in Legal Pot States Pushing Industry and Market into a Corner

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Bans, restrictions and government red tape in states that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana are, in many cases, undermining the industry, resulting in the continuation of an active and profitable black market. This was not meant to be.

By burying the incipient pot industry under piles of regulations, high taxes and harassment of growers and dispensaries, governments seem to be attempting to appease the pot opponents by essentially sitting on the fence while creating obstacles.

The result is that these unreasonable restrictions on the burgeoning legal marijuana market are enabling illegal dealers to continue doing what they do best—operate on the black market.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/red-tape-legal-pot-states-pushing-industry-and-market-corner


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South Carolina Primary Voters Support Ending Mass Incarceration, Decriminalizing Drug Possession, Treating Drugs As A Health Issue

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

A large majority of South Carolina presidential primary voters across party lines support ending mass incarceration, and a substantial majority support decriminalizing drug possession outright, according to a new poll released by the Drug Policy Alliance.

70 percent of voters in the upcoming first Southern state primary consider substantially reducing the number of Americans in prison an important issue, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. In fact, more than a third of primary voters (37 percent) would be more inclined to support a presidential candidate who promised to prioritize downsizing prison populations.

Moreover, 59 percent of primary voters support decriminalizing drug possession, asserting that someone caught with a small amount of any illegal drug for personal use should be offered treatment but not be arrested, let alone face jail time. A commanding 65 percent of South Carolina primary voters believe drug abuse should be treated primarily as a health problem, including strong majorities of Republicans and Independents across all age groups.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/south-carolina-voters-mass-incarceration-decriminalizing-drug-possession-drugs-health-issue/


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Tampa sets date to vote on marijuana penalties

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Tampa could soon become the next city in Florida to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

In a push to decriminalize the posession of small amounts of marijuana in Tampa, on Thursday city council members decided on a date to vote on the issue.

The legal department has drafted an ordinance that would give civil citations to people who are caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana. Fines would start at $75 and must be paid within 30 days to prevent court proceedings. The person would also have to go to drug counseling. If a person has more than four citations, that will also trigger court proceedings.

Read More:http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/florida/2016/02/18/tampa-consider-decriminalizing-marijuana/80548326/


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Illegal Pot Grower Avoids Prison Because His Plants Were Too Puny

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

Pointing out the defendants “incompetence” for growing marijuana, a British judge has decided not to send a young U.K. man to prison because the pot crop he was caught with was too much of an embarrassment to even consider punishing him to the fullest extent of the law.

It seems that 20-year-old Joshua Hughes had the brilliant idea of utilizing an inexpensive home cultivation kit to produce enough weed to feed his habit of smoking in upwards of 20 joints a day. Of course, his plan, at its most basic level, was a fiscally sound move for any hardcore cannabis enthusiasts whose lust for the leaf has begun to manifest dessert sands in the ol’ bank account.

However, what the young man failed to consider is that while his scheme had the potential to save him a substantial amount of money in the long run, there was a learning curve that could leave him dangerously exposed if he didn’t properly cover his tracks – and he most certainly didn’t.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/illegal-pot-grower-avoids-prison-because-his-plants-were-too-puny


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Oregon House Approves Marijuana Banking Reform Bill

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

banking marijuana industry bankPassing the House of Representatives with a vote of 56-3, House Bill 4094, which seeks to remove the criminal liability from state law to allow banks and credit unions to bank with, and lend to, lawful marijuana businesses, is now headed to the Senate for adoption.

“This is an important first step in reducing risk and providing security for banks, credit unions, and the public” said Tobias Read, the sponsor of the bill in the House. “Without a clear timeline from the federal government, the state needs a solution, even if it’s temporary.”

Currently, a tangle of federal laws are preventing legal marijuana businesses from accessing banking services, which shoulders them with a significant cash burden. Besides holding harmless those financial institutions that do business with the legal cannabis industry, the bill also instructs the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), an agency already responsible for communicating with the new industry in Oregon, to look into the state’s options for the future.

“The need for baking reforms is nothing new to the cannabis industry,” said New Economy Consulting’s Sam Chapman. “However, now that a state agency has been tasked with the collection of cannabis tax revenue, the regulators, the state, and the industry are all in the same boat. This fact should send a clear message to Congress to accelerate their work on reforming banking laws at the federal level.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-house-approves-marijuana-banking-reform-bill/


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