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School committee to vote on medical marijuana policy

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- A Maine school committee is scheduled to consider a policy that would allow students to have medical marijuana administered in school under certain conditions.

The committee approved a draft medical policy last month. It's scheduled to give it a final vote on Wednesday.

Auburn Assistant Superintendent Michelle McClellan says any medical marijuana would have to be approved by a physician, and administered in school by a parent or guardian. Nurses wouldn't be able to administer the drug.

Marijuana doses would have to be in non-smoking form.

Read More:http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2016/01/06/school-committee-vote-medical-marijuana-policy/78344736/


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Police in Legal States Using Social Media to Bust People for Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

Even in states where marijuana has been made legal, law enforcement agencies are still engaging in underhanded practices, some of which are blatant models of entrapment, to arrest people for marijuana.

A recent investigational report by CBS4 has discovered that Denver police have been using social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, to pose as black market growers in an attempt to bust those who purchase weed from anywhere other the city’s licensed pot shops. 

While it seems unnecessary for cops to conduct marijuana sting operations in a state where prohibition has not had a pulse for the past two years, legalization has not stopped the hounds of Denver’s drug task force from concocting inventive ways to continue bringing the hammer down on what is left of the marijuana underworld. The report finds that Denver police have been setting up phony social media accounts, complete with back stories as to not arouse suspicion, to post photos of marijuana grows, tagged with captions like, “Place your order today, gets shipped out before 8 a.m.”

In fact, a Facebook post with a picture of a cultivation site under the headline “Getting close to peak!! Taking orders now!!” is what brought the heat down on 26-year-old Sean Edelson.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/police-legal-states-using-social-media-bust-people-marijuana


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Credit Union Lawsuit Against The Federal Reserve Over Marijuana Banking Is Dismissed

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

banking marijuana industry bankFourth Corner Credit Union sued the Federal Reserve in an attempt to gain access to the federal banking system. That case was dismissed today. I think it’s worth pointing out that the judge overseeing the case recently referred to federal marijuana banking guidance as a ‘Nothingburger’ and expressed support for marijuana banking. However, he said at the time that the lawsuit wasn’t about his opinion, and that a lawsuit wouldn’t bring about banking reform. He said that only Congress can do that in a legal, binding way. Below is a reaction to today’s dismissal from the National Cannabis Industry Association:

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Fourth Corner Credit Union against the Federal Reserve in hopes of providing banking services to the legal cannabis industry. In his ruling, Judge R. Brooke Jackson said Congress must provide the answer, stating, “I regard the [cannabis banking] situation as untenable and hope that it will soon be addressed and resolved by Congress.”

Fourth Corner is a credit union chartered by the State of Colorado and designed to serve legitimate cannabis businesses, but the Federal Reserve had denied its request for a master account, which would have allowed them to provide checking services to its members.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/credit-union-lawsuit-federal-reserve-marijuana-banking-dismissed/


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Cannabis Industry Working to Become More Energy Efficient

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Although there is a great deal of concern surrounding the massive energy consumption of pot farms across the United States, the totality of the cannabis industry is working on methods to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the business of growing weed. 

A report published in Aljazeera America suggests that the while the legalization of marijuana has led to the creation of one of “the most energy-intensive industries in the U.S.” there has been a recent push to develop strategies for minimizing energy use that could prove beneficial as more states and perhaps the entire nation soon joins the ranks of legal weed. 

The majority of the problem is the cannabis plant cannot currently be produced efficiently enough outdoors to generate a steady stream of high quality marijuana products. It is for this reason that most grow operations have resorted to using strictly indoor operations that feed off 1000-watt, high intensity lighting, which produce a great deal of heat that is then counterbalanced with air conditioning and ventilation systems.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/cannabis-industry-working-become-more-energy-efficient


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How Accurate Are The Drug Test Kits That Law Enforcement Use To Prove A Substance Is Marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 4th 2016 by THCFinder
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I posted an article yesterday about the case of Robert and Addie Harte. The Hartes had their home SWAT raided after police determined that they were illegal growing marijuana in their home. That determination by law enforcement was based on just two things. The first is that Robert Harte was seen buying grow equipment from an indoor garden store (for growing tomatoes). The other was that when cops went through the family’s trash can, they found what they thought to be wet marijuana plant material.

The plant material was tested with a field drug test kit, which returned a positive result for marijuana. Those two factors alone were enough to result in a SWAT raid on the family’s home, and guns being pointed at Robert and his wife’s children. A much more accurate lab test on the plant material returned the following result, per KansasCity.Com:

They conducted a field test on the material, and it tested positive for marijuana, according to the lawsuit.

A lab test done 10 days after the raid and again four months later found that the leafy material was not marijuana.

“It does not look anything like marijuana leaves or stems,” the lab report said.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-accurate-are-drug-test-kits-law-enforcement-substance-marijuana/


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Former NFL players call for medical marijuana to be taken off banned list

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

To understand football, Nate Jackson says, you need to remember one inherent truth about the game: a human body was not made to absorb that kind of punishment.

“There’s no safe way to get hit by a truck,” Jackson puts it.

Jackson, author of the football memoir Slow Getting Up, spent six seasons playing tight end for the Denver Broncos. Recounting a lifetime of football-related injuries is nearly impossible, because, as he put it: “You’re always kind of battling with something.”

To hurry players back from injury, a cocktail of pain pills and anti-inflammatory injections are typically dispensed. Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Percocet, Toradol, Celebrex, Vioxx (before it was recalled for increasing the long-term risk of heart attacks and strokes) and so on. The widespread use of highly potent prescription pain drugs, some argue, has allowed the NFL to become the multibillion-dollar industry that it is today, but at a price.

Read More:http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan/03/former-nfl-players-call-for-medical-marijuana-to-be-taken-off-banned-list


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