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Legal weed crossing state borders: No big deal?

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

Picture this: Come Oct. 1, you head down to Portland to buy a small amount of Oregon’s newly legal recreational marijuana. It’s a bit of a drive, but maybe you’ll save a few bucks because of lower taxes there or you just want to give it a try. But, as you cross back over to Washington, you’ve suddenly broken one of the cardinal priorities set by the federal government to allow marijuana sales in the Northwest – carrying state-legal pot across the border.

So what now?

Well, according to authorities in both Portland and Vancouver, probably nothing. Now that two contiguous states have legalized recreational marijuana, consumers on both sides of the border may be tempted to view the region as a free-trade market.

According to Jeff McCarty, the Senior Deputy Prosecutor of Clark County, Vancouver law enforcement doesn’t have a plan in place to crack down on marijuana entering and leaving the state.

“Nothing’s going to change, as far as I know, involving local law enforcement,” said McCarty regarding adjustments to account for Oregon’s legalization. “There’s not a mechanism in place where they can monitor or prevent people from bringing small amounts of marijuana over the bridge.”

Read More:http://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2015/07/30/oregons-legal-weed-could-easily-travel-home-with-washington-buyers/


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New York Doctors Refuse to Recommend Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Although New York’s medical marijuana program is set to get underway in early 2016, some lawmakers are nervous that there will not be any licensed physicians willing to recommend this medicine to their patients.

Indeed, while the focus of concern, as of late, has been on the state’s restricted licensing provisions, only allowing five companies to cultivate and service potentially hundreds of thousands of patients, the real trouble lies in the fact that New York does not currently have a single doctor registered that can begin discussing with their patients the option of cannabis treatment. 

During a recent Manhattan Chamber of Commerce meeting, State Senator Diane Savino, who was instrumental in the passing of the Compassionate Care Act, told area administrators that her biggest concern with regard to the launch of the state’s medical cannabis program is that no physicians have been trained in accordance with the state law.

In New York, physicians must complete a training course outlined by the state Department of Health before they can legally provide guidance to patients pertaining to medical marijuana. However, the problem is, despite a number of companies having outlined training programs that match New York’s requirements, state health officials have not yet started looking into the details of the curriculum or begin accepting proposals.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-doctors-refuse-recommend-medical-marijuana


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Chris Christie to legal marijuana smokers: Enjoy it while you can because he'll enforce federal ban

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is attracting attention to his struggling presidential campaign by making it clear he doesn't want to recognize state laws legalizing recreational marijuana.

In town hall meetings in New Hampshire and an appearance on Fox News this week, Christie said that if elected, he intends to overturn state marijuana legalization laws, which have been passed in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska.

"If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until Jan. 17 of 2017," Christie told an audience in Newport, N.H., on Tuesday, "because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana as president of the United States."

Christie has long been critical of marijuana legalization, saying it can cause brain damage and lead to the use of such drugs as heroin and cocaine.  Christie has lagged in polls in the GOP presidential race in recent months but is receiving a new burst of publicity this week as he speaks out against marijuana.

Read More:http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/07/chris_christie_to_legal_mariju.html


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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Protests Removal Of Judge Over Text About Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

hash bash michigan marijuanaThe Ann Arbor News recently published text messages between Washtenaw County Judge Christopher Easthope and attorney Nadir Nassif indicating that the two of them smoked pot together had inappropriate conversations about ongoing cases. A Detroit News columnist called for Easthope to be removed from the bench, sparking a sharp rebuke from Michigan’s top judge, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Robert Young, Jr.

Easthope originally tendered his resignation, effective December 31, 2015, due to unspecified family reasons. The Ann Arbor News released the text messages between judge and lawyer, prompting Easthope to change his tune, admitting that the comments he made in the texts were “deeply offensive” and that he was “betraying the trust you put in me to uphold the dignity of this office.”

Among the text revelations: Nassif and Easthope smoked marijuana together at least once, although when was not published; they drank together regularly; they engaged in what 2 legal consultants referred to as “disallowed ex parte communications,” per an MLive report; he heard cases involving his friends; Easthope helped Nassif boost his $200,000 contract with the city of Ann Arbor and approval of an additional $203,000 to cover his “overage.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-supreme-court-justice-protests-removal-of-judge-over-text-about-marijuana/


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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approve First-Ever Oregon Contract For Marijuana Workers

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 28th 2015 by THCFinder
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Workers at Stoney Brothers, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Oregon and have joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous, and sets a new standard for cannabis workers in Oregon.

“With our new contract, I am excited to have paid holidays and vacation time,” said Kyle Maestra, a site manager at Stoney Brothers. ”That is unusual in the cannabis industry.”

The three-year contract includes salaries starting at $15/hour with some making as high as $34/hour, regular raises, affordable health insurance through a multi-employer fund, pension contributions, paid vacations and sick leave, as well as seniority and grievance protections.

“All workers deserve the benefits of a union contract,” said Dan Clay, President of Local 555, “and workers in the cannabis industry are no different. Starting with the workers at Stoney Brothers, we can build a home-grown Oregon cannabis industry that respects workers and provides good, family-supporting jobs.”

Workers at Stoney Brothers have expressed excitement about their industry-leading compensation package.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-medical-marijuana-dispensary-contract-marijuana-workers/


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Research Shows Cannabis May Help Overactive Bladder

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

The latest research on cannabis shows how cannabigerol, or CBG, may help relieve symptoms of overactive bladder and similar disorders.

Scientists tested bladder contractility in specimens of mouse bladders as well as human bladders, and found CBG reduced contractions. Lowering bladder contractility improves symptoms of those suffering from urinary incontinence. In previous research on cannabis used to treat overactive bladder, a clinical trial on patients with multiple sclerosis and Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity showed that administration of a high-THC cannabis extract improved urinary incontinence by 25 %.

A 25 % improvement is enough to make anyone’s life noticeably better, but that also came along with the potent psychoactive effect of the high-THC extract. While many cannabis users enjoy the feeling of being high all the time, people who never touched the stuff in their lives may not feel the same way. For this reason doctors have gone to great lengths to investigate other non-psychoactive cannabinoids that are still just as safe and non-toxic as good 'ol THC.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/research-shows-cannabis-may-help-overactive-bladder


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