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Teen Marijuana Use Stalls As States Continue To Regulate It's Use

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
Despite several attempts by the media and policy makers to associate the rising number of state regulated medical marijuana programs (and popular legalization efforts) with a rise in use and a drop in associated risk, the 2012 Monitoring the Future Survey reports that there was no rise in daily or annual marijuana use among teens.  According to the report, “annual marijuana use [among 8th, 10th and 12th graders] showed no further increase in any of the three grades surveyed in 2012… [And the] daily use of marijuana…remained essentially flat.”  Also of note, despite the sharp decline in perceived risk of marijuana use across all three grades, there was a statistically significant decline of use among 8th graders.   These numbers are consistent with other recent studies showing that states with regulated marijuana programs have not seen an increase in teen use. Some have even seen a decrease in pot use among their youth population.
 
“This study suggests that exposure among teens to the concept of marijuana regulation policies (one third of whom live in such states) does not cause an increase in use. It is also important to consider that a drop in perceived risk is likely associated with their rejection of the overzealous scare tactics used in most schools’ drug education programs” said Sabrina Fendrick of the NORML Women’s Alliance.
 

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Denver resident arrested for carrying 11 pounds of marijuana on bus

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
LAMAR, Colo. — Though many of Colorado’s district attorneys have said they will no longer pursue the majority of marijuana possession charges in the wake of Amendment 64, Prowers County Mike Davidson likely won’t be able to turn a blind eye to the man arrested for carrying over 10 pounds of marijuana aboard a bus in eastern Colorado Wednesday.
 
The Lamar Ledger reported that a K9 search of a Greyhoud Bus in Lamar revealed that Denver resident Jason Ramirez, 35, was carrying approximately 11 pounds of marijuana in a pillow 
Though he disputed that the marijuana belonged to him, Ramirez, who was wanted on two outstanding warrants, was taken into custody.
 
According to the Ledger, Ramirez told police he wasn’t even on the bus. Police said the passengers aboard the bus, as well as the bus driver, who was holding a ticket that bared Ramirez’s name, made statements to the contrary.
Ramirez is being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. His bond has been set at $32,000.
 

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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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