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Police Given More Freedom to Shakedown Marijuana Users

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 25th 2017 by THCFinder

While the possession of marijuana is no longer reason enough to get a person thrown in the slammer in the state of Maryland, the state’s highest court says its magnificent odor remains probable cause for police to search a vehicle without a warrant.

A recent report from the Baltimore Sun indicates the Court of Appeals issued a verdict on Friday that will continue to give law enforcement officers the freedom the conduct random searches as long as they claim to smell marijuana.

In the decision, Judge Shirley Watts wrote, “decriminalization is not synonymous with legalization, and possession of marijuana remains unlawful,” giving cops the power to invade civil society.

In 2014, the Maryland General Assembly passed a decriminalization measure, making the possession of up to 10 grams of weed punishable with a $100 fine. The bill, which was signed into law by then Governor Martin O’Malley, was an effort to prevent non-violent offenders from jamming up the criminal justice system.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/police-given-more-freedom-to-shakedown-marijuana-users/


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Changes Mulled as Synthetic Drug Sentences Cause Confusion

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 24th 2017 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON (AP) — The men who sold it called it Mr. Miyagi, a mind-altering chemical compound mixed with vegetable material and resembling marijuana.

It was clear the drug was meant to be smoked for a potent high, notwithstanding the deceptive label that the product was potpourri not fit for human consumption. But less clear was how to punish the people who pushed it.

As drug enforcement authorities sound alarms over the effects and accessibility of synthetic drugs, the Mr. Miyagi case in Louisiana is but one example of how courts are struggling for consistency in dealing with substances that are developing faster than the laws to govern them. The result is a sentencing process that’s often bogged down by complex science and can yield uneven results in courtrooms around the country.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/changes-mulled-as-synthetic-drug-sentences-cause-confusion/


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Washington Bill Would Alter Marijuana Penalties, Allow Sharing

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 24th 2017 by THCFinder

Legislation to alter the penalties associated with possessing and transferring certain amounts of marijuana has been filed in Washington State.

The measure, House Bill 1065, received a public hearing last week in the House Committee on Commerce & Gaming; a majority of those speaking spoke in favor of the measure.

Filed by Representative Steve Kirby with cosponsor Representative Mia Gregerson, the proposal would make several positive changes, such as reducing the penalty associated with possessing over the legal one ounce limit. It would also allow those 21 and older to share up to a half an ounce with others who are 21 and older, which is currently a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/washington-bill-alter-marijuana-penalties-allow-sharing/


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Marijuana Users Have Good Lungs (for Transplanting)

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 24th 2017 by THCFinder

It was a very big deal when results of a major, long-term study into marijuana use and lung health revealed no link between cannabis use and respiratory ailments like lung cancer or COPD.

Lifelong marijuana users had no significant increased risk for breathing problems; indeed, cannabis use might even be beneficial and carry some “protective effect,” a team lead by UCLA researcher Donald Tashkin found.

And now, it appears weed smokers’ lungs, no worse off for the smoker, are also good for other people.

The Joint Blog took note of a study published in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery that examined the results of 302 lung transplants over a six-year period. Medical researchers at the UK’s largest lung-health institution—part of the country’s publicly funded National Health Service, cough-cough single-payer healthcare, cough-cough—found that there was no appreciable difference in short and medium-term outcomes between the 19 donors who had smoked weed and the 283 that hadn’t.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/marijuana-users-have-good-lungs-for-transplanting/


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Iceland Figured Out How to Stop Teen Drug Substance Abuse—Can the Rest of the World to Do the Same?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 23rd 2017 by THCFinder

In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young, of Mosaic Science, writes how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit. An abridged version of that article was written for HIGH TIMES by Maureen Meehan.

Twenty years ago Icelandic teens were among the heaviest-drinking youths in Europe. Today, it is exactly the opposite.

How did Iceland Do It?

The dramatic turnaround, radical and evidence-based, relied a lot on what might be termed enforced common sense.

“This is the most remarkably intense and profound study of stress in the lives of teenagers that I have ever seen,” said Harvey Milkman, an American psychology professor who teaches at Reykjavik University for part of the year.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/iceland-figured-out-how-to-stop-teen-drug-substance-abuse-can-the-rest-of-the-world-to-do-the-same/


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How Big Could the Opportunity Be for Marijuana Stocks in California?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 23rd 2017 by THCFinder

In November, Californians overwhelmingly voted to embrace pro-pot laws that clear the way toward creating the United States' biggest recreational marijuana market. Is California's marijuana market a boon to marijuana investors? Read on to see how big California's marijuana market could become.
 

California pioneered medical marijuana legalization in the 1990s, but it has been slower to endorse laws that open up the recreational marijuana market.

In 2010, California's Proposition 19 fell on deaf ears when 53.5% of voters opted against passing it. If it had been passed, Proposition 19 would've allowed Californian adults over age 21 to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana for personal consumption, and to grow marijuana in a space of up to 25 square feet.


Read more:http://www.nasdaq.com/article/how-big-could-the-opportunity-be-for-marijuana-stocks-in-california-cm736466


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