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Packed house for 'how-to' school for growing, selling marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
The passage of Initiative 502 has opened doors to a new industry centered on legal marijuana use.  Saturday the Washington Cannabis Institute hosted an event hosted an event to teach would-be growers and sellers what they need to know about the pot business. 
 
More than 60 people crowded in a small conference room to find out how it all works and organizers say they had to turn people away.  The event featured speakers who talked about growing it, selling it and following the rules.
 
“There's a lot of risk in this industry,” George Boyadjian explained. 
Boyadjian runs several medical marijuana operations and says the two-day seminar is often a reality check for those who attend.
 
“Our job is not scare people away from the business, our job is to educate them about how to get into the business legally and what they could be facing if things go wrong,” he said.
 
Some like Bryan Hood say they're hesitant to consider running an operation under I-502. 
“From what I see I don't think it's going to work, I think the farmers are going to get screwed,” he explained.
 

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UFC exec asks for softer stance against marijuana users

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
LAS VEGAS – If UFC exec Marc Ratner has his way, fighters testing positive for marijuana following bouts in Nevada would be treated very differently than those who are busted for using performance-enhancing drugs.
 
During Thursday's meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission's Steroid and Drug Testing Advisory Panel, Ratner asked that the commission evaluate how it handles fighters who test positive for marijuana.
 
"Society is changing," Ratner said. "It's a different world now than when I was on the commission. States are legalizing marijuana, and it's becoming more and more of a problem with fighters testing positive (for marijuana) and the metabolites."
 

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Marijuana decriminalization passes N.H. House

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
CONCORD — The N.H. House passed a bill Thursday decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for the fourth time in five years.
 
However, it is still unlikely the state will join its neighbors in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut in decriminalizing marijuana, as Gov. Maggie Hassan has said she is not in favor of decriminalization and the Senate has shot down each of the recent attempts by the House to pass such a law.
 
Bill supporters argued it's time to end the prohibition of marijuana, which they said doesn't have public support and is a financial and regulatory burden on the state. In addition, they said legal substances like alcohol and tobacco have worse health and societal effects.
 
"A criminal offense and a criminal record can do much more harm than a small amount of marijuana," Rep. Joel Winters, D-Nashua said, during debate on the House floor.
 
The House voted 214-115 to pass the bill reducing the penalty for possession of up to a quarter ounce of marijuana to a fine of up to $200. The bill would also require those 18 and under to attend drug rehabilitation classes or face a $1,000 fine.
 

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Over Federal Objections, Maryland Senate Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
The Maryland Senate approved decriminalizing of possession of small amounts of marijuana over the objections of federal law enforcement Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.
 
Maryland joins other states and cities across the country decriminalizing pot. Colorado and Washington, for instance, have legalized marijuana.
 
Unlike like full legalization in those states, Maryland makes it a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of small amounts of pot, the Post repots.
 
Federal authorities have been debating how do deal with marijuana laws that conflict with federal law.
 

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NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours Over Last Decade On Marijuana Arrests

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
New York Police Department officers have spent 1 million hours making 440,000 marijuana arrests between 2002 and 2012, according to a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance. DPA put together the data in response to a request from New York City and New York State, as they consider measures to decriminalize marijuana. Each of these arrests can cost $1,000 to $2,000, according to a 2011 DPA estimate, costing New York City $75 million in just a single year (2010). The report explains:
 
In our ongoing research about marijuana possession arrests in New York, we have found that a basic misdemeanor arrest for marijuana possession in New York City varied from a minimum of two or three hours for one officer, to four or five hours or even longer for multiple officers. [...]
 
We multiplied 2.5 hours by the number of lowest‐level marijuana possession arrests (charged under NYS Penal Law 221.10) for each year since 2002 when Mayor Bloomberg took office. […] That is the equivalent of having 31 police officers working eight hours a day, 365 days a year, for 11 years, making only marijuana possession arrests. [...]
 
Two officers for five hours equals four million hours of police time. This does not include the time spent by police supervisors or by corrections, court, and prosecutor staff, nor the time officers spent searching for people to arrest.
 

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Senate OKs Fine For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has voted to eliminate potential jail time for people who possess less than 10 grams of marijuana.
 
The Senate voted 30-16 on Tuesday for the measure, which would fine people $100 in civil court, if they possess the equivalent of about two joints or less.
 
Supporters say the measure will save the state money by relieving the strain such crimes put on the criminal justice system. Opponents worry that decriminalization could increase drug use among youth.
 
Meanwhile, the Maryland House Judiciary Committee is also scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a measure to legalize limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older.
 
The bill would remove all penalties for private possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and cultivation of up to three plants.
 
The measure also would direct the Maryland comptroller to license marijuana retail stores, wholesale facilities and testing facilities.
 

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