CU-Boulder Spent $108K To Shut Down 4/20 Marijuana Party In 2013
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
The University of Colorado spent $107,794 this year on its efforts to end the 4/20 smoke-out by shutting down the campus to outside visitors, officials announced today.
CU's spending was roughly $17,000 less than it was in 2012, the inaugural year that CU closed its campus to the public and shut down Norlin Quad entirely.
In previous years, CU's unsanctioned 4/20 smoke-out had drawn more than 12,000 revelers to the quad, causing what CU officials say was a disruption to the school's academic mission.
"While this is not money we are eager to spend, we have to ask ourselves what the costs are to us for having our work disrupted or having a student or bystander injured because we allowed the gathering on the campus," Chancellor Phil DiStefano said in a statement.
Costs for this year's 4/20 campus closure were as follows:
--$70,850 for CU police/security/dispatcher/parking overtime and labor costs for officers from outside agencies;
--$9,881 for Argus security staff assisting with police/parking operations;
--$4,431 for fire department/ambulance coverage;
--$12,025 on miscellaneous expenses, including equipment, supplies, operations facility rental, printing, and food and water for personnel;
--$5,016 for parking equipment/rentals, such as cones, barricades and variable message signs noting the campus closure; and
--$5,591 for overtime labor costs in facilities management (groundskeeping, locksmiths and other facilities employees).
There was no public smoke-out on the Boulder campus this year. Last year, there was a small smoke-out of about 300 people on a field near the Duane Physics building.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Google Quietly Giving Aid To Marijuana Activists
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Cancer patients who Google the words "chemotherapy nausea" today get a host of advertisements for treatment, including pills, skin patches and folk remedies used to prevent vomiting. Next month, however, the same search will turn up an ad for something a bit more controversial: medical marijuana.
The change comes courtesy of the charitable unit of Google, which last week gifted a Michigan medical marijuana advocacy group $120,000 worth of its services. As part of the grant, the group, Michigan Compassion, will be able to promote medical marijuana use through Google's popular AdWords platform -- the plain-text advertisements that pop up to the right side of any given search result.
Michigan Compassion does not sell marijuana but connects patients and growers, and it says the ads will appear alongside searches likely to be made by chemotherapy patients.
“The goal is to link the negative effects of chemotherapy and the positive effects of cannabis,” Amish Parikh, vice-president of Michigan Compassion, told The Huffington Post.
The ads' value is small in the scheme of Google's AdWords program, which brings in over $40 billion per year in revenue, but they represent a change for the Mountain View, Calif. firm, which has a strict policy against hosting ads for marijuana-related searches.
Google's new generosity toward marijuana advocates fits neatly in Silicon Valley, however, where tech companies and their employees have been quietly contributing to cannabis activism, an area attorney involved in the marijuana legalization movement told The Huffington Post.
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Obama Hates Medical Marijuana And He Doesn't Care What The States Think
Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Lawmakers across the country are fed up with the Obama administration's disrespect for local marijuana laws.
On Monday, the United States Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution asking the federal government to allow states to implement their own marijuana policies and to stop draining limited resources by targeting marijuana in states where it is legal for medical and recreational uses. A bipartisan group in Congress has also introduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from interfering with state marijuana laws.
President Obama has already spent more taxpayer money fighting medical marijuana than George W. Bush did during his two terms, according to a report released by the pro-medical marijuana group Americans For Safe Access. Most Americans think he should stop.
Mobile medical marijuana dispensaries look to be next big issue
Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
Two green crosses frame an announcement that Lima Collective Inc. in Running Springs is closed, and -- technically -- medical marijuana is no longer sold inside, said Mitchell Blanda, who ran the collective with two partners until the county told them they had to shut down.
But Blanda, two partners and occasional volunteers say openly that their operation continues "clandestinely."
Behind the counter, a chest contains samples of edibles, drops and marijuana accessories, the same types of items shown on the collective's website.
"You can order it by the phone, online, whatever, and we deliver it," said Blanda, 62. "Our patients still need it. We're not in it for money -- we barely break even -- but we think it's important for us to keep doing."
In an early May ruling, the state Supreme Court said local governments could ban dispensaries. But the city of Riverside, on June 11, went further with its City Council approving an emergency ordinance to prohibit mobile marijuana dispensaries as "necessary for preserving public peace, health, and safety," according to an agenda report.
Riverside Deputy City Attorney Neil Okazaki in video of the Riverside meeting said before its passage that "what we have found with other cities is that when storefront dispensaries close, what the operators do is move to a mobile operation where mobile marijuana dispensaries operate and deliver ... much like a pizza delivery service."
Back in Running Springs, Blanda said it's no secret to anyone in the small San Bernardino Mountains community that he delivers to about 9,000 people. That's about what it was before the Supreme Court's decision, although some people still come in to ask if the collective is open, he said.
Looking more frustrated than furtive, Blanda said he thought his operations were legal, based on the tentative opinion of attorney James DeAguilera, who represents the collective.
"Everything is a 'maybe,'" he said. "No one seems to know for sure what's allowed and what's not."
Read more: http://www.dailybulletin.com
73-year-old faces jail for growing pot, smoking 25 bowls a day
Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
On June 6, Ray Martin McFeters, 73, was charged in Aitkin County District Court with distribution or possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana and failure to attach tax stamps to the marijuana.
McFeters is also charged with felony possession of “not a small amount of marijuana” as stated in the criminal complaint filed with the Aitkin County District Court.
McFeters is a retired computer programmer who lives with his wife Patty on the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake. He learned to write code while serving four years with the United States Air Force in crypto maintenance during the Cuban missile crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
“Yeah, I grew a few plants,” McFeters said. “I thought I was doing good by not supporting the cartels and everything like that.”
According to the complaint, McFeters had 22 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.
Aitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Guida first heard there was a marijuana grow at the McFeters’ residence in early 2013 through an anonymous tip. According to the complaint, Guida stopped by the house several times but never found anyone home. On April 13, Guida stated that he saw fresh tracks in the snow near McFeter’s mailbox.
Read more: http://www.messagemedia.co
Marijuana fed pork becoming highly successful
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE, Washington (KING) – It’s a different kind of head shop found just down the stairs from the Pike Place market.
It’s the BB Ranch selling something that’s even better than bacon. It’s marijuana fed pork.
“The pig farmer has been feeding them marijuana for the last two and a half months of their life and they’ve been happy as hell,” said William Von Schneidau, owner of the butcher shop.
This is all thanks the voters of Washington who legalized marijuana in the last election. That’s when Von Schneidau saw the opportunity wasn’t just blowing smoke.
“And then all of a sudden marijuana, you know, became legal a few months ago and somehow, I don’t know how, I met the commercial growers and they needed to get rid of some of their stuff. So rather than going into the compost pile we said, ‘Lets try it out.’ So here we go,” said he said.
The pigs are raised in a farm about an hour outside of Seattle. In fact, these pigs are on the rock star diet. The mix contains drugs and alcohol, the booze coming by way of the spent grains from Woodinville’s Project V Vodka.
The pot pigs grow to be extra fat and really happy according to the farmer who wants to be anonymous.
Here’s the tough part of the story. The pigs love eating weed, and what gives me pleasure is BBQ pork.
So I brought some pot pork belly to my buddy Steve Freeman at Celtic Cowboy BBQ in Edmonds. And we decided to smoke it.
Steve rubbed the belly, which is basically the part that bacon comes from, with spices and tossed it into the smoker for about 45 minuets. He then seared it on a skillet.
Steve says the results are stunning.
Read more: http://www.ksn.com
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