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Marijuana games in S.F. aim to change stoner stereotypes

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

SAN FRANCISCO — Students, accountants, businessmen, housewives and many others in green T-shirts and all wearing the number 420 raced Saturday to change the stereotypical images of marijuana smokers as lazy and lethargic stoners who binge on junk food.

More than 300 people came from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in the 420 Games, an effort to stop the stigmatization of cannabis use through athletic events.

"People who use marijuana have been classified as dumb, lazy, stupid people and with this race we're showing them we're not what they say we are," said Jim McAlpine, a snowboard company executive who founded the events last year. "We want to show them we are motivated, athletic members of society."

The origins of the number 420 as a code for marijuana are murky, but fans have long marked April 20 as a day to enjoy pot and call for increased legal access to the drug.

Read More:http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/sports/marijuana-games-in-s-f-aim-to-change-stoner-stereotypes/article_d3e52dc2-43ae-11e5-8453-833a8fbfe6bd.html


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Oregon’s Largest Media Company Is Hiring A Freelance Marijuana Reviewer

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

now hiring marijuana job jobsIf you live in Oregon, then you should be familiar with The Oregonian and OregonLive.Com. They combine to be the largest media outlet in the entire state of Oregon. For a long time activists considered the media company to be unfavorable to all things marijuana, but that has changed a lot recently. As proof, consider the fact that the media company is now hiring a freelance marijuana reviewer who will be paid to consume marijuana and write reviews about what they consumed. The media company recognizes that readers are eager for that information, and they want a writer that can help educate their readers on the products that are out there.

I would imagine there are a ton of people out there that are going to apply for this. I certainly know that I’m contemplating applying for it! It’s tough to say what they are looking for in a writer exactly, but below is a description, via an article by the amazing Noelle Crombie:

The candidate should be an experienced cannabis consumer with deep knowledge about the variety of strains and products available on the Oregon market. The items would appear 2-4 times a month on OregonLive and/or The Oregonian. 

If that sounds like you, you can apply by contacting editor Bruce Hammond, brucehammond@oregonian.com to learn more. If I do apply, and they don’t pick me (which is probably likely!), I hope that they pick someone that is reputable, and represents the Oregon cannabis community well. There are a lot of people out there that can write, but there are not a lot of people out there that truly understand the intricacies of the cannabis plant. I’d hate to read the reviews and have them just be cookie cutter reviews one after another, and to be from someone that the Oregon cannabis community has never heard of. Oregon’s largest media outlet deserves to have an expert, and not a newbie that barely knows the difference between a quality strain and a poor one!

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/oregons-largest-media-company-is-hiring-a-freelance-marijuana-reviewer/


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Rauner uses veto to call for changes to marijuana decriminalization bill

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers to rewrite a bill aimed at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying the measure that lawmakers sent him would let people carry too much pot and sets fines too low.
 
Rauner said while he supports the "fundamental purposes" of keeping people out of jail and cutting court costs, such a significant change in drug laws "must be made carefully and incrementally." Sponsors of the bill pushed back, saying the changes are "low-hanging fruit" when it comes to reforming the criminal justice system and contending the governor is working against his own goal of reducing the number of prison inmates.
 
Under the proposal, people caught with up to 15 grams of marijuana — about the equivalent of 25 cigarette-sized joints — would not go to court but instead receive fines ranging from $55 to $125. Rauner said those standards were too lax and the threshold should be lowered to 10 grams and fines should range from $100 to $200.
 

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Most Anti-Pot Claims Supported by Weak Science

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

The majority of the anti-pot claims that pop up in your newsfeed on a daily basis, like marijuana is as addictive as heroin, or that weed causes lower IQ points, are supported by weak science, according to a new report released by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy.

In the study entitled “State of Evidence: Cannabis Use and Regulation,” researchers paint a comprehensive portrait of the most common claims made in regards to cannabis use and the power of their supporting evidence. 

Interestingly, researchers found that most of these declarations are cherry picked in a manner intended to bamboozle the public – contributing to policies supposedly drafted in the interest of public safety that are rooted in misinformation.

Researchers say that claims about marijuana often “confuse correlation and causation,” and that just because “scientific evidence may find associations between two events, this does not indicate that one necessarily caused the other.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-report-most-anti-pot-claims-supported-weak-science


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Organizations Call For Action On Illegal Body Cavity Search For Marijuana In Texas

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

cops law enforcement special needs students entrapmentRepresentatives from two organizations advocating for criminal justice reform in Houston will hold a press conference Thursday calling for Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman to immediately take administrative action against three sheriff’s deputies who forcibly conducted an illegal body cavity search on a woman in Houston. The organizations will also call for Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to investigate the allegation and file any necessary criminal charges against the deputies involved.

The organizations involved are the Houston Justice Coalition and Houston NORML.

The Harris County Sheriff’s deputies have been identified as William Strong, Ronaldine Pierre and R. Rojas. The incident occurred on June 21 in North Harris County when a deputy stopped 21-year-old Charnesia Corley for allegedly running a stop sign. They claimed she smelled of marijuana, and demanded she pull down her pants and spread her legs in a public parking lot, according to reports. One of the deputies then began to insert her fingers into Corley’s vagina.

When Corley stood and protested, she was thrown to the ground and a second female deputy was called to the scene. According to Corley’s attorney, R. Pierre held one leg and sat on her back, while R. Rojas held her other leg. Both deputies then forced her legs apart and conducted an intrusive manual cavity search.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/organizations-call-for-action-on-illegal-body-cavity-search-for-marijuana-in-texas/


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Texas Preparing to Hire Pot Growers Despite a Non-Existent Cannabis Industry

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Although the state’s attempt at launching a medicinal marijuana market is destined to provide limited opportunities for those gunning to get in on the green rush, Texas is reportedly on the verge of hiring pot growers to produce low-THC strains of cannabis oil for hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from epilepsy. However, while the news of this venture sings a sweet tune at face value, the language of the law passed earlier this year will make it difficult, if not impossible, for patients and businesses, alike, to relish in any benefits. 

In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law allowing patients suffering from epilepsy to have access to cannabis oil, going a step further than states like Georgia by permitting a cultivation and distribution operation that would allow those suffering from seizures to gain access to effective medicine without traveling out of state. Unfortunately, the law was pushed through with a major flaw to its wording, which forces patients to obtain a “prescription” for cannabis oil as opposed to receiving a “recommendation”—an oversight that will force every doctor in Texas to shy away from medical marijuana. 

According to the Controlled Substances Act, “doctors may not 'prescribe' marijuana for medical use under federal law, though they can 'recommend' its use under the First Amendment."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/texas-preparing-hire-pot-growers-despite-non-existent-cannabis-industry


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