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Canadian Feds Threaten Medical Cannabis Crackdown

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

Vancouver's BC Compassion Club Society and 12 other area cannabis dispensaries are waiting for clarification from Canada's federal government following a threat to call in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)—unless they close their doors. 

John Conroy,  the Compassion Club's attorney, told local News 1130 that he wrote back to Health Canada after they received the threatening letter last month, asking them "to comply with the duty to act fairly that falls upon all administrators when they are going to take action that could adversely affect anyone." 

Vancouver recently became the first Canadian city to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, which remain officially barred under federal law. The city now has about 80 such operations, with the Compassion Club noted for being the flagship outfit.

Conroy, of the Vancouver-based Cannabis Rights Coalition, fears a replay of the spate of RCMP raids that occurred after the Compassion Club first opened 20 years ago.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/canadian-feds-threaten-medical-cannabis-crackdown


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Oregon Sold $11 Million In Marijuana The First Week Of Legalized Recreational Sales

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

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After a full week of legal marijuana sales to adults in Oregon, the numbers have completely blown Washington and Colorado out of the water! Even being the first to legalize, Colorado’s first week of $5 million dollars in sales paled in comparison to Oregon’s $11 million. And…Oregon has HALF the population of Colorado!

According to the Oregon Retail Cannabis Association, the state’s dispensaries sold an estimated 11 million dollars in cannabis the first week, equaling a quarter of what the state expected to be sold in an entire year. The state estimated tax revenues of only $9 million dollars for the entire year of 2017, which amounts to about 40 million in total sales statewide. By October 7th, just one week in, Oregon sales show just how badly they underestimated the popularity of cannabis.

“We’re seeing about 500 people a day,” Nectar owner Jeff Johnson told KGW TV in Portland, showing the huge numbers of people waiting to buy recreationally.

“There for awhile, towards the end we were thinking we might have to close the doors because we weren’t getting any kind of steady business,” Rachel Clerk, an employee at Fresh Buds, also told KGW.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-sold-11-million-in-marijuana-the-first-week-of-legalized-recreational-sales/


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Amoeba Music Hoping to Add Marijuana Dispensary to Berkeley Store

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

The music industry has been on the decline for the past several years, mostly due to a lack of physical retail sales brought on by a technological swarm of platforms providing digital downloads, and in a lot of cases, access to pirated albums. However, there is some evidence that the cannabis industry could help revitalize the business of selling recorded tunes by doing what California-based Amoeba Music is planning to do—incorporate legal marijuana and music.

For the past year, Amoeba’s San Francisco location has successfully housed a medical marijuana evaluation clinic, which assists music fans in getting their hands on a state MMJ card, but a recent report from the East Bay Express indicates that the record seller’s flagship store in Berkeley is preparing to step it up a notch by opening a full-scale medical marijuana dispensary. 

While there are not as many people walking into record stores these days to pick up their favorite music, Amoeba’s addition of the evaluation clinic has helped  keep the Bay Area location from succumbing to the dirge trumpeted in by the digital age. Because of this, Amoeba co-owner David Prinz believes the obvious transition from providing pot recommendations to actually selling weed in the same location where CDs and records are sold is a foolproof concept with a wealth of potential.

"Music and weed go together like—music and weed,” Prinz said.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/amoeba-music-hoping-add-marijuana-dispensary-berkeley-store


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Michigan House Votes In Favor Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Taxes, And Edibles

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

safer michigan marijuanaSome very important medical marijuana bills passed in the Michigan House of Representatives today. Those bills were HB 4209, HB 4210 and HB 4827. TWB posted an article earlier today viaThe Compassion Chronicles. In that article Rick Thompson had the following to say about the bills:

4209 will end all the existing dispensaries in the state and require them to get a new local and state authorization to reopen. It establishes a big government program to control growth/production/sale of marijuana to registered patients through commercial facilities. Commercial distribution of medical marijuana has been prevalent in Michigan since 2010 and is a pure market that is unregulated, robust and encompasses most of the state’s 175,000 registered patients.

Production of cannabis is already regulated through the state’s medical marijuana program. Michigan has approved approx. 30,000 licensed caregivers, who sell their extra cannabis to the dispensaries. Under the 4209 program, that all goes away. Not the caregivers, or the extra cannabis, just the safe and legal place for them to sell it. Where will people get rid of all their extra marijuana, when the dispensaries refuse to take it?

4210 re-legalizes the medical use of non-smoked forms of cannabis. It requires labels, packages, and containers for commercial production of foods, bans the use of butane extraction methods indoors, and contains penalties for failure to comply.  

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-house-votes-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-taxes-edibles/


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Is North Korea 420 Friendly?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

north korea marijuanaNorth Korea is home to one of the most oppressive governments of the Earth today. In the country, there is absolutely no private ownership, and everything belongs to the state. It is estimated that 150,000 to 200,000 people live within prison camps. There is an approved haircut list. And narcs are planted throughout the country to report suspected citizens of possible criminal behavior.

However, these narcs have nothing to do with marijuana (but they will certainly get you on hard drugs). North Korea doesn’t consider marijuana a drug at all, and is completely legal in the country. That’s right. I can repeat that: marijuana is completely legal in the country of North Korea.

In fact, the plant isn’t considered a taboo, and grows along the sides of the roads throughout the country, which marijuana grows naturally in the Korean Peninsula (perhaps why it developed into a cultural norm). With that, visitors to the country report that people will smoke it freely anywhere throughout the town.

So perhaps these prohibitionists are onto something. Do we really want to live in North Korea? Because if we legalize marijuana recreationally, we will no doubt live in a country like North Korea. First, they give us our marijuana. Then they take our guns, and then all of our private property is seized. (I think this is needless to say, but just in case this is only sarcastic).

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/is-north-korea-420-friendly/


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California’s Recreational Marijuana Law Would Allow Cannabis Cafés and No Stoned Driving Limit

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

The most highly anticipated marijuana initiative in California—perhaps even across the entire United States—was finally submitted earlier this week to the state attorney general. ReformCA, the financially endowed coalition working to legalize recreational marijuana in the Golden State during the 2016 election, recently announced that their proposal, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2016, was simply waiting for the approval of state officials before they launched a mega-campaign that could change the course of prohibition for the entire nation.

“We believe this effort has the most statewide input and consensus, and thus the greatest likelihood of succeeding on the 2016 ballot,” Dale Sky with ReformCA said in a statement. “We engaged in extensive discussions with thousands of stakeholders across California, including community leaders, activists, elected officials, city and county employees and locals.” 

Running along the same vein as other initiatives that have been passed in America over the past few years, the ReformCA measure would establish a regulatory model for the cannabis trade, allowing adults 21 and over to purchase weed in a manner similar to way they do alcohol. It would also eliminate the criminal penalties for possession by allowing adults to hold up to an ounce of weed, while also permitting residents to grow up to 100 square feet of cannabis.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/california%E2%80%99s-recreational-marijuana-law-would-allow-cannabis-caf%C3%A9s-and-no-stoned-driving-limit


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