Colorado Governor Calls For Over $7 Million To Fund Marijuana-Related Research
Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
In his 2014 budget proposal Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is calling for over $7 million in funding for “legitimate” studies examining the medical benefits of cannabis. Under the proposal, grants sized between $500,000 and $1 million would be distributed to universities, research hospitals, foundations and so forth, in order to study cannabis’ effect on conditions such as epilepsy, and post-traumatic stress disorder..
“The impetus is that we have about $13 million in the Medical Marijuana [Program] Cash Fund, and it needs to be used for purposes that relate to the people who paid for their medical-marijuana cards,” says Henry Sobanet, Director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting. “And the impetus really was that now there appears to be ways where legitimate research can be conducted on the use of cannabis or marijuana for medical purposes.”
If the state’s legislature approves this portion of the budget, the program – which consists of a full time administrator to oversee grant distribution – will begin in July of next year.
Members Of Congress To California U.S. Attorney: Back Off Marijuana Prosecutions
Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag sits in a district with some of the most well-known and respected medical marijuana dispensaries in the country. But she has her own reputation for being one of the fiercest enforcers of the federal marijuana prohibition in her territory, the Northern District of California. So when the Department of Justice directed prosecutors in August not to target those medical marijuana dispensaries complying with a robust state regulatory system, Haag was undeterred in her crusade to take on these dispensaries, saying she didn’t expect a “significant change” in her approach.
And she hasn’t disappointed. In the ensuing months, she has continued her aggressive pursuit to seize two Bay Area dispensaries that even the cities where they are housed have defended vigorously in court, saying they are crucial to public health.
Now, her members of Congress aren’t having it. Four California Democratic house members sent a letter to Haag cautioning that her hostility toward dispensaries is not only “counterproductive and economically prohibitive;” it also “appears to directly counter the spirit of Deputy Attorney General Cole’s memo, and is in direct opposition to the evolving view toward medical marijuana, the will of the people and, by now, common sense.”
In a released excerpt from their letter, Reps. Barbara Lee, George Miller, Sam Farr, and Eric Swalwell tell Haag that the “harassment and constant threat of prosecution should end.”
Haag has claimed that her prosecutions comport with the Justice Department’s guidance. But her suggestion that she is targeting these dispensaries because they are large and commercial conflicts directly with the Justice Department’s instruction that the commercial nature and size of a dispensary not be a basis for prosecution.
10 bundles of marijuana fall from the sky
Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
Ten large packages of marijuana fell from the sky after an airplane dropped the bundles in an open field in San Diego.
The packages, which contained more 260 pounds of pot and are worth an estimated street value of $157,000, were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
According to federal officials, the plane originally left from Mexico and the packages were found in a drop location Monday near the local airport, which is less than two miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
NBC4 reports that the federal agents investigated the illegal delivery and took two people into custody including a 32-year-old undocumented immigrant and a 49-year-old legal resident.
Read more: http://thegrio.com
Marijuana limits behind the wheel
BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Medical marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts. Which means patients are allowed to drive with some marijuana in their system legally, but how much before they're considered impaired?
Massachusetts doesn't have a breathalyzer type device to determine how high someone is behind the wheel. The 22News I-Team went to the State Police barracks in Brookfield to see what steps police are taking to keep our roads safe from drivers under the influence of marijuana.
“If you're asking if there will be limit like there is with blood alcohol, I don't know. It's up to the legislature. Right now there is no limit on the books, it's whether or not a person is impaired when they are driving,” said State Police Trooper Matthew Simpson.
Trooper Simpson is a drug recognition expert. He said, “There's a program, it's an international program where we have 17 troopers trained in and we're planning to train an additional 20 in the next ten months or so in response to medical marijuana.”
The State Police are already amping up their efforts in response to the medical marijuana dispensaries. Attorney Richard Evans told the I-Team he expects that marijuana could be completely legalized and taxed in Massachusetts in the new few years.
“We often hear that we should slow down in reforming the marijuana laws because there's not a so called breathalyzer test for marijuana, I think that's a bogus argument I think that's just an excuse not to do anything,” said Evans.
Read more: http://www.wwlp.com/
Cannabis Infused Drinks Causing Seizures?
Dilmer Funes Lovos, a 32 year old man, is facing charges for inducing the consumption of a controlled substance by fraudulent means. This is a pretty rare charge and the circumstances of this situation are pretty odd. Lovos allegedly gave two of his coworkers a small amount of Dixie Elixir, a medical marijuana drink. The two men ingrested the drink, with some extremely unsettling consequences.
One of the men who had some of this drink went in to a seizure and was vomiting while the other man experienced similar issues. While being given any drug without knowing can be a terrifying situation, one doesn't usually suspect cannabis when such a severe reaction occurs. The man who experienced the worst of the symptoms had never ingested marijuana before and would have never taken a sip from his drink if he had known it contained cannabis.
Cannabis is used to prevent seizures, so it's very strange that this one particular man had one. While it is unfortunate that he suffered such a bad reaction, one has to question if there were other substances involved or at least other factors. It's also common knowledge that eating marijuana has different effects than smoking it, it's still highly suspicious that such a bad reaction occurred, although the possibility of an allergy does exist.
Lovos has been ordered to pay for both men's medical bills, which total out to around $3,000. He is also required to do 100 hours of community service. Lovos' attorney said that he didn't mean for anyone to get hurt. And usually, with cannabis, not many people do. Hopefully, everything works out for all of these men and an incident like this never happens again.
DEA Proposes A New Drug Code For Marijuana Extracts
The butane hash oil (BHO) phenomenon has resulted in a new request from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to create a new drug code for marijuana extracts. At a time when support for recreational marijuana legalization and medical marijuana legalization is at an all time high, the DEA feels the need to step up the war on marijuana. So much for the will of the people.
Per the United States Federal Register:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing to create a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number (“Code Number” or “drug code”) under 21 CFR 1308.11 for “Marihuana Extract.” This Code Number will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marihuana. This in turn will aid in complying with relevant treaty provisions.
Under international drug control treaties (administered by the United Nations), some differences exist between the regulatory controls pertaining to marihuana extract versus those for marihuana and tetrahydrocannabinols. DEA has established separate Code Numbers for marihuana and for tetrahydrocannabinols, but not for marihuana extract. To better track these materials and better comply with treaty provisions, DEA is proposing to create a separate Code Number for marihuana extract under 21 CFR 1308.11(d)(36): “Marihuana Extract meaning extracts that have been derived from any plant of the genus cannabis and which contain cannabinols and cannabidiols.” Such extracts of marihuana would continue to be treated as schedule I controlled substances.
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