Dope or Rope? Feds Raid Reservation of Wisconsin's Menominee Tribe

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

DEA agents raided the reservation of Wisconsin's Menominee Indian Tribe last week, destroying what federal authorities say was a crop of illegal marijuana— but tribal authorities say it was a field of industrial hemp.

Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad said agents executed a search warrant and seized about 30,000 marijuana plants weighing several thousand pounds. But tribal chairman Gary Besaw is flatly contradicting this.

"I am deeply disappointed that Obama administration has made the decision to utilize the full force of the DEA to raid our Tribe," Besaw said in a statement, according to Milwaukee's CBS 58. "We were attempting to grow industrial hemp for research purposes in accordance with the farm bill."

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Voters asked to let state keep tax money from marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Among the decisions Colorado voters will make in voting that ends Nov. 3 is how to allocate $66 million collected from retail marijuana taxes.

If voters approve Proposition BB — the Colorado Marijuana TABOR Refund Measure — the state retains the money. If it is rejected, the revenue will be refunded to the marijuana industry and taxpayers.

The state estimates each taxpayer would receive about $8.

Under Article X of the Colorado Constitution — generally referred to as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights — voters must ratify any new taxes.

In 2013, voters approved Proposition AA to establish excise and sales tax on retail marijuana. Proposition AA was required as a result of Amendment 64, which legalized the sale and consumption of retail cannabis to adults 21 and older.

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Las Vegas police face civil rights lawsuit over medical marijuana arrests

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

A former Las Vegas woman claims she and a guest were falsely imprisoned in 2013 after police searched her home and illegally confiscated her supply of medical marijuana.

Courtney Rogalski, a medical marijuana patient who now lives in Canada, and California resident Westley McNeal filed a civil rights lawsuit in August against the Metropolitan Police Department and several officers. In September, the defendants transferred the case from Clark County District Court to U.S. District Court.

Attorney Craig Anderson, who is representing Metro in the litigation, could not be reached for comment.

According to the lawsuit, Las Vegas police detectives searched Rogalski's home on Aug. 30, 2013, with a warrant signed by Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz.

The detectives found 382 grams of marijuana, or about 13 ounces, and 32 marijuana plants. Rogalski was arrested and charged with two felonies: possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

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Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee: Marijuana Dispensaries Testify Oct 27

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan capital marijuanaBelow is the Notice of Scheduled Meeting for the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 27. Although House Bills 4209/4210/4827 are not officially listed on the notice, Committee Chair Senator Rick Jones will once again take controlled testimony from select groups regarding the proposed changes to the Michigan medical marijuana laws contained in those bills.

Scheduled to give presentations during that meeting are Robin Schneider and Doug Mains on behalf of the National Patients’ Rights Association, a Michigan organization mostly composed of dispensary owners; the Michigan Cannabis Development Association, a group of dispensary owners who used to be in the NPRA; Helix TCS, an outstate security firm “run by former decorated military and law enforcement personnel”; and the Evergreen Management Group, led by former candidate for US Congress, George Brikho.

In the last meeting of the Senate Judiciary, three corporations gave presentations on various systems designed to comply with proposed state regulations requiring a seed-to-sale tracking system and potential takeover of the state’s patient registry database. BioTrack THC from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, offered two programs to the Senators: a system that monitors growing locations themselves (1,400 units in place across the USA) and a system for seed-to-sale tracking of commercial cannabis production (in place in N.Y., Illinois, Washington and New Mexico).

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Study: As Pot Prohibition Slowly Becomes Thing of the Past, Consumers Less Likely to Abuse It

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

The outcome of legalizing marijuana has not had the effect that prohibitionists warned and expected. The behavioral and psychological problems that they feared would follow legalization have not materialized.

Contrary to what prohibitionists tend to assume, the increase in pot-related problems following legalization are not proportional to the increase in consumption. In a recent article, Forbes pointed out that people prone to excess are less likely to be deterred by prohibition than people with more moderate habits.

That being the case, problematic users likely represent a smaller share of cannabis consumers after legalization than they did before, which means marijuana’s benefit-to-cost ratio has improved, Forbesnoted.  

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry provides some evidence that as the number of cannabis consumers increases, the percentage of those who experience serious cannabis-related problems will decline.

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Detroit Ready To Ban Butane Marijuana Extractions

Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 24th 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.

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