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Detroit Ready To Ban Butane Marijuana Extractions

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

bho shatter dabs concentratesBanning butane hash oil in the city of Detroit? Only Warren’s crazy Mayor Fouts would try that.

Language contained in the definitions of both the Licensing (Sec. 24-13-2) and the Zoning (Sec. 61-3-353) portions of Detroit’s proposed dispensary ordinance defines what marijuana is, and they both include the statement: “This shall not include butane hash oil.”

Normally banning anything related to marijuana use would be a legal no-go. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act’s supremacy clause overrules local zoning ordinances (and the Michigan Home Cities Rule Act and state forfeiture laws) which would make any ban on marijuana null and void, but a Court of Appeals decision in a case known as People v Carruthers changed that protected status for concentrates and edibles.

Butane hash oil is a concentrate derived through an extraction process whereby cannabis flowers are washed with gaseous butane to separate the valuable healing oils from the tarry, rough plant material. Only the useable oils are harvested, and the butane is slowly released from the oil over a period of time in a process known as ‘purging.’ Once the butane is fully purged from the oil it is ready for human use in topical creams, liquid tinctures, various foodstuffs and the like.

Since BHO is a concentrate it is controlled via the Carruthers decision. So its current status is banned, therefore not deserving a special mention in Detroit’s ordinance.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/detroit-ready-to-ban-butane-marijuana-extractions/


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Denver, New York City Police Chiefs Join Call to End Mass Imprisonment

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

Some of the nation's most prominent law enforcement officials were in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, calling for the U.S. to reduce its incarceration rate. 

Police chiefs from some of the nation's largest cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Denver, joined over 130 other police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs to launch Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, a group "committed to identifying and implementing solutions to simultaneously reduce crime and incarceration" with the "goal of building a smarter, stronger and fairer criminal justice system." 

“After all the years I’ve been doing this work, I ask myself, ‘What is a crime, and what does the community want?’” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a chairman of the group, to the New York Times. “When we’re arresting people for low-level offenses — narcotics — I’m not sure we’re achieving what we’ve set out to do. The system of criminal justice is not supporting what the community wants. It’s very obvious what needs to be done, and we feel the obligation as police chiefs to do this.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/denver-new-york-city-police-chiefs-join-call-end-mass-imprisonment


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Legal Marijuana Retailers And Growers Prohibited From Keeping Guns For Protection

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

handgun and weedNoah Stokes, founder and CEO of CannaGuard Security, recently appeared on the Ganjapreneur.com podcast to discuss security difficulties facing the cannabis industry.

CannaGuard Security is a Portland, OR-based cannabis industry security company that serves marijuana businesses nationwide. From storefronts to grow ops, CannaGuard helps companies meet and understand the standards put in place by state regulators, and offers contingencies and preventative measures as safeguards against theft and robberies.

Noah joined Ganjapreneur podcast host Shango Los to discuss some of the most common requests his company receives, major flaws in the logic used by regulators when defining mandated security protocols, and how cannabis retailers and producers can best prepare for worst case scenarios.

Stokes explains how one of the biggest regulatory flaws facing the cannabis industry is that — according to the Cole Memo, issued in 2013 by the Department of Justice — there are no firearms permitted on the premises of legal marijuana businesses. “Their intent… was to keep the cartels from having a table full of gold AK-47s,” Noah said. “I get that, but having a retired police officer have a concealed-carry to protect himself in an all-cash marijuana business — that probably makes a little bit of sense.”

The full podcast episode is available via iTunes or Ganjapreneur.com, where there are transcripts available of this and previous episodes.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/legal-marijuana-retailers-growers-prohibited-guns/


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Legal Cannabis in Canada 'Right Away'?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

Cannabis legalization proponents in Canada are rejoicing in the wake of Monday's elections that gave the Liberal Party a clear majority and positioned its leader Justin Trudeau to become prime minister.

The son of Canada's revered former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, Justin openly advocates legalization. He even admitted to Huffington Post in 2013 that he had toked since becoming an MP representing Montreal in 2008. He also revealed that his late brother, Michel Trudeau, was facing cannabis possession charges before his death in an avalanche in 1998 and that the experience influenced his position.

In vivid contrast, the Conservative Party's incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been leading a crackdown on Canada's medical marijuana program, and even recently called cannabis "infinitely worse" than tobacco. But how easy will it be for Trudeau to follow through on his promise to legalize?

Vancouver's News 1130 noted Trudeau's audacious pledge at a September campaign stop in British Columbia.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/legal-cannabis-canada-right-away


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Think Tank Report Damns Federal Government for Preventing Pot Research

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

While it is no secret that the federal government has spent decades guarding the Controlled Substances Act in an effort to prevent science from exploring the true medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, a new report from the Brookings Institution has uncovered the great lengths which Uncle Sam has gone to ensure that the therapeutic properties of marijuana are never revealed.

In the report, authors John Hudak and Grace Wallack aggressively call out the federal government for “stifling medical marijuana research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety.” They argue that the “statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area.”

Although medical marijuana is now legal in some form in over half the United States, the report found that these programs are largely crippled and unable to operate at their full potential due to conflicting states and federal laws. And, regardless of “elderly, veterans, children,” and demographic variations who adamantly proclaim that cannabis is an effective treatment for their respective medical conditions, the U.S. government has all but refused to open its doors to conduct extensive research in the interest of the greater good.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/think-tank-report-damns-federal-government-preventing-pot-research


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Pennsylvania Religious Leaders To Announce Support For Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

church drug war christian marijuanaA group of Pennsylvania religious leaders will announce their support for medical marijuana legislation Wednesday at a news conference at 11 a.m. ET on the Lt. Governor’s Balcony in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. They will then visit with lawmakers to convey their support in person.

A diverse group of more than 50 clergy members in Pennsylvania have signed a statement urging state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law this year. A list of signers will be posted Wednesday at http://www.ClergyForCompassion.com.

“We cannot remain silent while people in pain and anguish are deprived of a viable, safe, and responsible remedy,” the statement reads. “While we may practice different faiths and come from different communities, we share the same commitment to improving the broader community through the practice of humanity, healing, mercy, and compassion. That is why, as leaders within our respective communities of faith, we are joining together to encourage the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt sensible, comprehensive medical cannabis legislation.”

Speakers at the news conference will include Pastor Shawn Berkebile of Abbotstown, Rev. Theodore Cockley of Williamsport, Rabbi George Stern of Philadelphia, and Pastor Bonnie Whittier of Codorus. They will be joined by Rev. Alexander Sharp of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, which is rallying clergy nationwide in support of sensible medical marijuana legislation.

WHAT: News conference at which Pennsylvania faith leaders will urge state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 11 a.m. ET

WHERE: Lt. Governor’s Balcony, Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg

WHO: Pastor Shawn Berkebile, Abbotstown

Rev. Theodore Cockley, Williamsport

Rabbi George Stern, Philadelphia

Pastor Bonnie Whittier, Codorus

Other Pennsylvania clergy members

Rev. Alexander Sharp, Clergy for a New Drug Policy

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-religious-leaders-to-announce-support-for-medical-marijuana/


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