Marijuana Decriminalization In Texas’ Most Populous County Begins Friday

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisHarris County is Texas’ most populous county, and is the third most populous county in all of America. There are an estimated 4.337 (2013) million people in Harris County, Texas. To put that into perspective, there are less than 4 million people in the entire state of Oregon. Starting Friday, marijuana will be decriminalized for all first time offenders that are caught with up to two ounces of marijuana, per the directive of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

The public policy mandate is an expansion of the ‘First Chance Intervention Program’ which was introduced by DA Anderson in 2014. Up until this point, the program has been up to the officer’s discretion, which has resulted in a 22% referral rate to the program. Starting Friday, 100% of cases that fit the program’s criteria will be referred to it. Per Houston Public Media:


“If it’s offered at the pre-arrest stage, it frees up space in jail,” Anderson said. “It minimizes the administrative burdens that officers face when they file charges; it reduces the cost for prosecution and court proceedings; and of course it gives the offender an opportunity to have a completely clean record.”

Data provided by the district attorney’s office show more than 90 percent of those who took advantage of the program did not re-offend – a much better recidivism rate than for those who were charged.

“And after I saw these, I said, hey, let’s look at what the recidivism rate would be for a second offender or a third offender,” Anderson said. “So we’re going to look at that.”

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Idaho Moms For Marijuana’s New Year’s Smokeout

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

On January 1st, 2016, at 4pm, we will gather on the Idaho State Capitol steps and peacefully assemble to celebrate the New Year by using our constitutionally protected voices to demand reform of Idaho’s outdated marijuana laws.

This will be an act of civil disobedience, and we will light up at 4:20pm in protest of Idaho’s current policies, asking the question once again…”WHO ARE WE HURTING?”

Please bring a protest sign demanding reform of Marijuana Laws in Idaho! And BYOB (Bring Your Own Bud)

As always, this is an opportunity to sign New Approach Idaho’s Medical Marijuana Petition.

Participation in acts of civil disobedience are not required to attend.

As with all events, all families are welcome. However, for safety concerns (regarding police & Child Protective Services, not the marijuana), we suggest that you leave your minor children at home.

**Dress Warmly & Don’t Forget Your Gloves!

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Last Chance To Send In Your Florida Medical Marijuana Petition

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

united for care florida medical marijuanaThe deadline to turn in your signed Florida medical marijuana petition is rapidly approaching. I received the following reminder from the Florida campaign. If you haven’t signed the petition yet and made sure the campaign has it, please do so asap:


If you do not mail in your 2016 signed medical marijuana petition to the campaign by Monday, we can’t guarantee it will be processed in time to help us.

As a reminder, we need to get 683,149 petitions validated by the various Supervisors of Elections in each county. However, we need time to sort and submit them, and they can take as long as 30 days to process.

If you haven’t already, print, sign and send in your petition by end of day Monday.  Instructions and address are on the pdf at that link. If you are not sure whether you signed this one or not, please sign it and mail it again. It will not be double counted.

Once you have sent in your petition, please help us fund the collection of petitions across Florida by making a contribution before our end of month deadline. We need to hit our goal of $150,000 by Friday – and we are REALLY close.

We can’t let this opportunity to help patients get access to medical marijuana slip by. We’re too close.

Thanks for your help.

– Ben

Campaign Manager
United for Care



Congress Just Ended The Ban On Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

The federal ban on medical marijuana is finally a thing of the past. Slipped inside a major budgetary spending bill that was purported to prevent the government from shutting down, is an interesting earmarked section that finally lifts the federal ban on medical marijuana.

The relevant excerpt of bill H.R. 83 text reads as follows:

“Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. Sec. 539. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 7606 (“Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.”

Cassandra Fairbanks, of the Bipartisan Report, notes that “The measure allows states to implement their own policies regarding medical marijuana, meaning the Department of Justice is now barred from interfering with state medical cannabis laws.”

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Small Amounts of Cannabis Can Improve Some People’s Driving Ability, Says Scientists

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Earlier this week, academics from the Cannabis Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society held an open Ask Me Anything session in Reddit’s Science community to take all your questions about the most talked about plant around: marijuana.

In the AMA, the researchers say they are constantly having to defend their research projects. Even though they’re not breaking any laws, they mention that their peers constantly make “wild assumptions” about their work with marijuana.

That’s not surprising considering they work in a controversial field. What is surprising, however, are some of the studies they brought up in the discussion.

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Man Argues DC Pot Laws Make Brownie Business Legal

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man accused of running a business known as "Kush Gods" that openly sold marijuana brownies and other pot-laced edibles on the streets of Washington has been released from custody - and he's anything but apologetic.

District of Columbia police announced Tuesday that Nicholas Cunningham, 30, and an employee, Evonne Lidoff, 18, were facing misdemeanor charges of marijuana distribution. They were released after their initial court appearances and ordered to stay away from the nightlife districts where police say they were operating.

Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use is legal in the District of Columbia. It's also legal to grow pot at home, and to give it away. But selling the drug is illegal. That's why Kush Gods asked for "donations" rather than listing prices for its products.

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