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Five Senior Citizens Serving Life Without Parole For Pot

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 26th 2012 by THCFinder

Right now, five adults await death in prison for non-violent, marijuana-related crimes. Their names are John Knock, Paul Free, Larry Duke, William Dekle, and Charles “Fred” Cundiff. They are all more than 60 years old; they have all spent at least 15 years locked up for selling pot; and they are all what one might call model prisoners, serving life without parole.

 

As time wrinkles their skin and weakens their bodies, Michael Kennedy of the Trans High Corporation has filed a legal petition with the federal government seeking their clemency. Otherwise they will die behind bars for selling a drug 40% of American adults have admitted to using, 50% of Americans want legal, and two states have already legalized for adult use.

 

Since these men were convicted of these crimes many years ago, public opinion and policy related to marijuana have shifted greatly. Should these five non-violent senior-citizen offenders die behind bars for a crime Americans increasingly believe should not even be a crime?

 

Source:  http://www.alternet.org


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Douglas County approves ban on commercial marijuana operations

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Marijuana may be legal for recreational use in Colorado, but it won’t be available for purchase in Douglas County.
 
One of the state’s most conservative counties has approved a ban on commercial marijuana operations that will go into effect Thursday. According to the Associated Press, it makes the county the first to ban store and grow operations in the state.
 
Though Douglas and other counties will have no ability to stop adults 21 or older from possessing up to an ounce of the drug or using it after the passage of Amendment 64, the new legislation does indeed give counties the authority to regulate marijuana business operations however they please.
 
The decision from Douglas County to ban the commercial marijuana industry would seem to well-represent a constituency that voted down the amendment with 54 percent of the vote.
 
Source: http://kwgn.com

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Miss Universe says medical marijuana is good, but recreational pot will slow people down

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
The legalization of marijuana is such a hot topic that even Olivia Culpo, the newly crowned Miss Universe, is weighing in on its merits. Culpo is the first American to win the title in fifteen years -- and she's now representing a country where recreational pot is legal in two states. Medical marijuana is fine, she said in an interview, but recreational pot is bad -- and will stop people from reaching their full potential.
 
When asked about marijuana, she says:
 
I think that...marijuana for medical purposes is understandable, but I don't think that it should be legalized for recreational purposes, because it's been proven to prevent people from their full potential. And I don't think that's a good thing for society. If we're trying to move things forward, a drug like marijuana does the opposite. It will slow things down. And once again, for medical purposes I think it's great, but for everyday, no.
Her comments come as a Colorado task force begins its research on how to actually legalize marijuana in the state -- and some of the governor-appointed members of that group share Culpo's concerns that legal pot is bad for society.
 
Culpo, a twenty-year-old Boston University sophomore from Rhode Island, did not address the part of the interviewer's question that asked whether she had ever smoked pot.
 
But before moving on to a different topic, she acknowledged that recreational marijuana could have some benefits. She said, "It's not gonna do anything. Except for the economy, I understand that, but I don't think it's a good idea."
 

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Novato police dog sniffs out Christmas gifts with marijuana inside

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
The two large boxes were wrapped as Christmas gifts, but a Novato police dog knew they didn't smell like grandma's fruit cake.
 
The packages were in a vehicle that a Novato police canine unit stopped shortly before 10 p.m. Friday on Highway 101 at Alameda del Prado, suspecting the driver of being under the influence.
 
When the motorist rolled down his window, the officer said he was greeted by a strong odor of marijuana. After the police dog, one of three used by Novato police, began sniffing around the Christmas packages in the vehicle, the officer opened them and found three pounds of processed pot inside worth an estimated $10,000.
 
The driver, Hubert Miller, 39, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of possession and transportation of marijuana for sale.
 

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Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
LOS ANGELES — Let Colorado and Washington be the marijuana trailblazers. Let them struggle with the messy details of what it means to actually legalize the drug. Marijuana is, as a practical matter, already legal in much of California.
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No matter that its recreational use remains technically against the law. Marijuana has, in many parts of this state, become the equivalent of a beer in a paper bag on the streets of Greenwich Village. It is losing whatever stigma it ever had and still has in many parts of the country, including New York City, where the kind of open marijuana use that is common here would attract the attention of any passing law officer.
 
“It’s shocking, from my perspective, the number of people that we all know who are recreational marijuana users,” said Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor. “These are incredibly upstanding citizens: Leaders in our community, and exceptional people. Increasingly, people are willing to share how they use it and not be ashamed of it.”
 
Marijuana can be smelled in suburban backyards in neighborhoods from Hollywood to Topanga Canyon as dusk falls — what in other places is known as the cocktail hour — often wafting in from three sides. In some homes in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, it is offered at the start of a dinner party with the customary ease of a host offering a chilled Bombay Sapphire martini.
 

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Teen Marijuana Use May Show No Effect On Brain Tissue, Unlike Alcohol

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
A teen who consumes alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue health, but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study.
 
Researchers scanned the brains of 92 adolescents, ages 16 to 20, before and after an 18-month period. During that year and a half, half of the teens -- who already had extensive alcohol and marijuana-use histories -- continued to use marijuana and alcohol in varying amounts. The other half abstained or kept consumption minimal, as they had throughout adolescence.
 
The before-and-after brain scans of the teens consuming five or more drinks at least twice a week showed reduced white matter brain tissue, study co-author Susan Tapert, neuroscientist at University of California, San Diego, told HuffPost. This may mean declines in memory, attention, and decision-making into later adolescence and adulthood, she said.
 
The teens who used the most marijuana did not show a change in brain tissue health, according to the study. The researchers did not test performance; they only looked at brain scans.
 
The study was conducted by researchers at UC San Diego and is scheduled to be published in the April issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
 
The damage occurs because white matter brain tissue develops throughout adolescence and into a person's 20s, Joanna Jacobus, postdoctoral fellow at the UC San Diego, and co-author of the study, told HuffPost.
 
Part of that still-developing brain tissue is where decision-making ability comes from, which can exacerbate substance use. "It becomes a cycle. If teens decrease their tissue health and cognitive ability to inhibit themselves, they might become more likely to engage in risky behavior like excessive substance use," Jacobus said.
 
While studies showing the deleterious effect of alcohol on adolescents and adults have been more consistent, studies of the effect of marijuana have not, Tapert said. "One reason is that marijuana can really vary. Different strains contain different levels of THC and other marijuana components. For example, some studies have suggested one component, cannabidiol, may actually have neuroprotective effects," she said.
 

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