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Marijuana Is the Most Popular Drug on the Planet, Time to Make it Legal

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Although much of the world’s leadership continues to treat marijuana as though it is a parasite attacking the delicate moral fiber of civil society, a new interactive drug map suggests that very few are still buying into the propaganda behind antiquated drug policies, giving way to a worldwide revolution.

Compiled using the latest United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report, addiction treatment group Recovery Brands has scrawled a unique portrait of the world’s grips with illicit substances, which indicates that marijuana is the most commonly used substance on the planet. 

Snuffing out dangerous drugs like prescription painkillers, it seems that most people across the globe would simply rather smoke weed than indulge in dope. However, as the report points out, the scourge of opioid addiction is far from under control.

“Although opioids are the most treated drug in the world, they are not the most consumed,” the report reads. “With only a few exceptions, marijuana is every country’s top drug by the proportion of users.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-most-popular-drug-planet-time-make-it-legal


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Man sues Border Patrol over right to carry medical marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

LAS CRUCES - A Deming man is suing the U.S. Border Patrol, alleging agents are failing to adhere to a new rule that allow him to carry medical marijuana without risking federal charges.

Raymundo Marrufo, who participates in New Mexico's medical marijuana program, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court seeking an injunction against the U.S. Border Patrol in connection with questions the agency poses to travelers at border checkpoints.

Marrufo's attorney, Jason Flores-Williams, writes that Marrufo must routinely travel from Deming to Las Cruces to obtain medical cannabis, which requires passing through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 on his return trip. Federal agents ask him whether he has any illegal drugs — posing a dilemma for Marrufo because marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law.

"If Marrufo answers 'yes,' he is a drug smuggler subject to felony indictment," the court complaint states.

But if Marrufo answers "no," he could be guilty of lying to a federal agent, according to court records.

Read More:http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2015/12/01/man-sues-border-patrol-over-right-carry-medical-marijuana/76616706/


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Canada Health Minister Is Exploring Regulatory Models for Nationwide Pot Reform

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Canada heath officials are not wasting any time getting into the pertinent details for how the country might establish a taxed and regulated cannabis market.

Earlier last week, just as the United States was preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the northern nation’s Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, told CBC News that the Canadian government was already wrist deep in an exploratory expedition to find the appropriate regulatory model for bringing prohibition to end across the land.

However, convinced "the world is going to be looking to Canada to make sure we do the job well,” the nation’s leading heath officer admits to having some troubles pinpointing a model that addresses every concern. She says a task force of scientists and medical professionals was currently being assembled to assist her in hashing out the issue.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/canada-health-minister-exploring-regulatory-models-nationwide-pot-reform


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Seed To Sale: Oregon Cannabis Business Seminar

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 30th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Oregon Herald)

Beginning in 2016, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be requiring cannabis cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensary owners to apply for licenses, and the Oregon Health Authority will have a similar process. The City of Portland has also created a separate license for cannabis businesses, and other districts may do the same. With multiple licenses to obtain, and a myriad of regulatory hoops to jump through, navigating this newly legal space is going to be a challenge for anyone seeking to fun a cannabis business. If you are planning to apply for either a medical or recreational license in the industry, you will almost certainly need some guidance, and it often takes a team of advisors to stay up to date on the seemingly ever-changing regulations. This Saturday, December 5th, Gleam Law will be hosting Seed to Sale, an Oregon Cannabis Business Seminar on starting, operating, and protecting a licensed cannabis business. Held at Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland, this event will take place from 1-5pm. There will be time for networking afterwards, with a hosted bar and light food available, as well as discounted hotel rooms for seminar attendees.

As many entrepreneurs are making moves to enter into the legal cannabis market, I believe it’s becoming apparent that just producing exceptional cannabis will not be enough to succeed in this increasingly competitive industry; there are over 300 medical dispensaries in Oregon, and enough producers and processors to keep them stocked. An equally exceptional business plan, marketing plan, and legal team will be necessary to stay afloat in this emerging market. The OLCC has released a Business Readiness Guidebook for Oregon Recreational Marijuana Operations online, but unless you’re an expert in employment law, land use and zoning regulations, and operating a business, you’ll need some assistance wading through the 30 pages of information and links.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/seed-to-sale-oregon-cannabis-business-seminar/


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Marijuana Arrests In New York City Are Down 40% Compared To Last Year

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

new york policy department nypd marijuanaIn 2014, New York City gave officers the discretion to issue those caught with less than 25 grams of marijuana a summons to appear, rather than arrest them. Officers can still arrest people if they are in possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana in New York City ”if the marijuana is burning, if the type of possession indicates intent to sell, if the individual has an outstanding warrant, or if the individual is in a location with special consideration, like a school.” When you compare the year-to-date marijuana arrest statistics to those from the same time last year, marijuana arrests are down significantly in New York City. Per the New York Post:

Police cuffed 18,120 stoners through Oct. 20 — a 40 percent plummet from the 29,906 pot busts in the same period last year, state Division of Criminal Justice records show.

At the same time, tickets for pot violations have surged. Cops handed out 13,081 low-level pot summonses through the end of September — and are on pace for more than 16,000 tickets. The NYPD issued 13,378 pot tickets for all of last year, and 13,316 tickets in 2013, records show.

There is some good news and bad news with these statistics. The obvious good news is that overall arrests are down. However, there are still some racial disparities in enforcement that is currently occurring. The last statistics that I saw showed that over 88% of marijuana arrests in New York City this year involved Black or Hispanic subjects. That’s actually an increase from 2014, when that number was 86.65%. Only full legalization will get rid of those disparities, which is why people in New York should keep fighting for it. There’s still a lot of work to be done!

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/marijuana-arrests-in-new-york-city-are-down-40-compared-to-last-year/


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Michigan Marijuana Activists Shine At National Events

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan marijuana activistsThe national marijuana movement has some established personalities and Conference regulars, but more and more of those personalities are Michigan residents.

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) conference in Washington, D.C. saw a broad contingent of Michigan speakers and attendees- and will again; a recent conference in Las Vegas had at least one Michigander on the microphone; and it’s been a busy year for one of our community’s brightest couples.

DPA’s conference is a major annual event. This year a large number of activists from Michigan made their presence felt, both as medical marijuana patients and legalization advocates. MILegalize had Board members Matt Abel, Josey Scoggin, Chuck Ream, Michael Tuffelmire and Nick Zettell on the ground and representing the grass-roots effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan. Brenda Scoggin and Dakota Serna were in attendance, too.

It’s been an amazing year for Dakota and Josey. Josey (Sons and Daughters United) has been shouldering a huge burden on her young shoulders as the petition coordinator for the MILegalize campaign while making public appearances and collecting signatures herself. Dakota has emerged nationally as a voice for veterans and the therapeutic use of medicinal cannabis. The duo have spoken at conferences in Washington State, California and D.C. in 2015, and their schedule will probably be even more hectic in 2016.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-marijuana-activists-shine-at-national-events/


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