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Colorado Pot Clubs Celebrate Legal Marijuana in New Year

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
It was marijuana instead of champagne this year for some New Year's Eve revelers in Colorado, who lit up in private smoking clubs allowed for the first time under the state's new pot laws.
 
In Denver, people filled out an online application and paid a $30 fee to become part of Club 64, a private marijuana club named after the new pot law, Amendment 64. Members were advised of a private location in downtown Denver where they could attend a New Year's Eve party with other smokers.
 
"It went really well," said Robert Corry, an attorney who serves as general counsel for the group and helped shape the language of Amendment 64. "We rented out a retail shop for the evening. We had a DJ, music, some dancing, there was a bar and people brought alcohol, people brought food. It was a very warm, fun, happy evening."
 
Corry said that the idea for a members-only club had been in the works for years, and that Amendment 64 had been crafted specifically to allow for groups of private smokers. The initial gathering drew hundreds of interested smokers, Corry said.
 
"We're going to be getting together for periodic meetings and looking for a more permanent home. We hope to settle into a more stable spot in the future," he said. "We have a couple of hundred members at least, judging by last night. We're emerging from the shadows of prohibition, so there's' a lot of pent-up demand and interest."
 

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Maternity Wards Are Testing New Moms & Babies for Marijuana Use

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 31st 2012 by THCFinder
Make sure you don't toke up if you're about to go into labor. At least if you're planning on going to a public hospital in New York City. Because if you test positive for marijuana after the delivery, you're likely to have a child protective services investigation before you even get the baby home. More than a dozen city maternity wards routinely test new moms for marijuana usage and turn the results over to city agencies.
 
These moms are almost exclusively low-income and minority women. If you're an upper class white woman in the suburbs who pops a Xanax before your delivery (not that you should, but if you do), then you're in the clear.
 
Family court attorneys apparently see lots of "neglect" cases against new moms, centering solely around a positive test for marijuana use after their delivery. One hospital in the Bronx requires moms to get tested -- if they refuse, then the babies are tested.
 
One woman at this hospital tested positive -- she admitted she smoked pot two weeks before at a party -- and the hospital reportedly held her and her baby for two days, only letting her go once subsequent tests came back negative. She was still put on "mommy probation" -- which included parenting classes -- for a year.
 

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Dana White on Marijuana vs PEDs; The Penalty Shouldn't Be the Same

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
Drug use and drug testing has long been one of the hottest topics in sports, and it’s only gotten hotter with the Lance Armstrong doping allegations in cycling.
 
But we’re talking MMA here, or trying to anyway, and it is still a hot button topic, especially if you tell UFC president Dana White that team sports like football and baseball do more to drug test their athletes than the UFC does under government regulation.
 
Check out a fired up Dana White talking about performance enhancing drugs, recreational drugs, and the severity of penalties for drug use in fighting vs. team sports…
 

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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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