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Seattle council panel approves marijuana growing zones

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
A Seattle City Council committee has approved zoning for large indoor marijuana farms in some industrial areas of the city.
 
The Seattle Times reports the zoning approved Wednesday would allow growing operations the size of a football field to encourage economies of scale.
 
The city rules also would permit growing as many as 45 pot plants in homes so residents could grow their own, although that would conflict with state rules.
 
Council member Nick Licata said the city is in a "bit of the Twilight Zone" because of uncertain regulations. The state is still putting a recreational marijuana system in place; medical marijuana is largely unregulated and the federal government considers all marijuana illegal.
 
The full council is expected to take up the zoning issue June 3.
 

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Seattle wants to ban Hash and Concentrates

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
Washington’s proposed marijuana rules weren't even 24-hours old when critics began finding things not to like. The 46-pages of draft regulations released Thursday cover everything from where marijuana can be grown to the criminal backgrounds of license applicants. But it’s the section on marijuana concentrates that’s getting some negative buzz.
 
Let’s start with the criminal background part of this. Under the proposed rules, anyone who wants a piece of the legal marijuana business would have to submit to a background check - even the financial backers of a marijuana start-up. A felony conviction in the last 10 years would likely disqualify someone. But a couple of misdemeanor pot convictions would not count against an applicant. Brian Smith, spokesman for the Liquor Control Board, says that rule was written with black market operators in mind.
 
"They want to get into the recreational marijuana market. They want to be legit. The board wants them to get out the black market and to come into the recreational market and be legitimate and so that’s the thinking that the board had," Smith said. 
 
License applicants would be scored based on their criminal background. Where marijuana can be grown has been a topic of much discussion. The board proposes to limit grows to secure indoor buildings or greenhouses; no emerald waves of marijuana plants out in the open. But it’s another limitation in the proposed rules having to do with a very specific marijuana product that getting a lot of attention. It’s a ban on hash and other forms of concentrated THC extracted from marijuana plants – unless it’s infused into a product. 
 
“I believe that the products that we’re producing have received a bad rap because of the nickname BHO, Butane-extracted hash oil," said Jim Andersen with a company called XTracted. 
 
Andersen says Butane is often used to extract the THC, but if done right, it leaves no chemical trace. He plans to fight the ban on raw marijuana extracts.
 
Smith said the Liquor Control Board was inclined to allow concentrates, but got some legal advice to the contrary.
 
"The law says the usable marijuana is the buds or the flowers of a marijuana plant, and an extract doesn’t meet that criteria of being the bud," he said.
 
Read more: http://www.kplu.org

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Blurry Line on Pot-DUI Cases

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
As some states relax laws on pot possession, lawmakers are struggling to create rules for how police officers should identify motorists who are driving under the influence of marijuana.
 
The problem: Identifying pot impairment isn't as clear-cut as testing for alcohol. There is no broad agreement over what blood level of THC—marijuana's psychoactive ingredient—impairs driving. Breathalyzers can't detect marijuana levels, and only a small percentage of police officers are trained to authoritatively identify pot-DUI cases.
 
When voters in Washington state legalized recreational pot use last fall, they decreed that drivers with five nanograms or more of THC per milliliter of blood—a level that some studies suggest is associated with increased accident risk—are under the influence. In Colorado, which also last year legalized pot possession, lawmakers passed a bill earlier this month that sets the same limit, but gives drivers a chance to prove that they weren't impaired. In Montana, where medical marijuana is legal, the governor signed similar legislation last month.
 
But the correlation between THC levels and impairment isn't scientifically straightforward, said R. Andrew Sewell, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He said the compound leaves the blood quickly and that regular pot smokers who have built up a tolerance and maintain higher levels may not be impaired at the new legal limits. Setting these limits "is going to cause a lot of impaired drivers to be missed and it's going to cause a lot of innocent people to get arrested," he said.
 

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Bongs and grow books banned in Canada!

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
All bongs, pipes and vaporizers have been banned in Canada by the Conservative government. Selling these items is punishable with jail terms and some of the highest fines in the Criminal Code.
 
Books that describe how to grow marijuana are also banned, as is any other written or video material used to “promote, encourage or advocate, the production, preparation or consumption of illicit drugs.”
 
The law, section 462.2 of the Criminal Code, is so broad that even promoting any “literature or instruments for illicit drug use” can get you 6 months in prison and a $100,000 fine for the first offence, and a year behind bars plus a $300,000 fine for the second offence.
 
No-one bans Bong Man!
 
Bookstores like Chapters and Amazon fall under the law, since they sell many pro-marijuana books and videos. But police raids have only focused on cannabis culture oriented shops.
 
Surprised about this harsh law? Don’t be, it’s 25 years old – enacted back in 1988 by the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney.
 

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UFC Punishes Marijuana, Not Violent Threats Against Women

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Following up on Johnny Green’s post on the UFC not punishing fighters for testosterone while vacating wins and seizing prize money over marijuana metabolites, we have some updates on the story.
 
It seems that to add insult to injury, UFC President Dana White is taking the $65,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus forfeited by Pat Healy and awarding it to the only other fighter that night to win by submission, Bryan Caraway.  We can’t be too harsh on someone taking a free sixty-five grand after being pummeled, even if he’s essentially being rewarded for exhibiting the second-best performance, but we can be harsh if he trash-talks marijuana when he couldn’t out-perform someone using it, as Caraway did to MMA Junkie:
 
All I’ve got to say is that’s some expensive weed. I like Healy a lot. I came up through the fighting ranks with him. We used to train together at Team Quest. I love the guy. But I have absolutely zero remorse or guilt.
 
I hate weed. I cannot stand it. I’ve never tried it. I’ve never smoked a drug in my life. So I have absolutely zero tolerance for people that do it. I don’t care if it’s legal in some places or not. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. Whether it’s legal in real life or not, they tell you to follow the rules. You need to follow the rules.
 

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Random Drug Testing At Schools Increases The Use Of Hard Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study conducted at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research has found that random drug testing in schools – something 28% of American students are subject to – increases the usage rates of hard drugs for students between the ages of 11 and 18. The study found that the testing did decrease marijuana usage, but this is likely because students realize that marijuana lingers in the body for days, sometimes weeks, whereas most harder drugs metabolize much quicker.
 
This is an excellent example of random drug testing being a failed experiment (not to mention a constitutional disaster) – marijuana is much safer than the hard drugs the students are being pushed towards – “hard drugs” being substances like heroin, cocaine and alcohol
 

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