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School committee to vote on medical marijuana policy

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- A Maine school committee is scheduled to consider a policy that would allow students to have medical marijuana administered in school under certain conditions.

The committee approved a draft medical policy last month. It's scheduled to give it a final vote on Wednesday.

Auburn Assistant Superintendent Michelle McClellan says any medical marijuana would have to be approved by a physician, and administered in school by a parent or guardian. Nurses wouldn't be able to administer the drug.

Marijuana doses would have to be in non-smoking form.

Read More:http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/2016/01/06/school-committee-vote-medical-marijuana-policy/78344736/


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AUMA (California Marijuana Legalization Initiative) Receives Official Title, Summary, Approval For Circulation

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

california marijuanaProponents of the leading statewide ballot measure to control, regulate and tax adult use of marijuana while protecting children announced today that they have received an official title and summary for their proposed November measure, have been cleared for circulation and intend to “hit the ground running” to qualify their measure and give Californians the long-awaited opportunity to have their voices be heard on this critical issue.

Read the official title and summary at:http://oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/Title%20and%20Summary%20%2815-0103%29.pdf?

They also announced the formation of an official political committee in support of the measure: “Californians to Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana while Protecting Children.”  The growing coalition in support of this measure includes business, physicians, farmers, environmental leaders and social-justice advocacy organizations.

The new Committee announced $1.25 million in initial contributions, including from Co-Chairs and respected advocacy organizations such as Drug Policy Action, Marijuana Policy Project of California, New Approach PAC and Californians for Sensible Reform.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/auma-california-marijuana-legalization-initiative-title-summary-circulation/


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Alaska Groups Give Free Cannabis to Severely Ill and Veterans

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

Eighteen years after Alaskans technically gained the right to use medical marijuana, there are still no state-licensed dispensaries and there are only six qualifying illnesses for MMJ use, according toNORML

In response, several nonprofits have started to deliver free pot to veterans and patients in need.

Some are calling this a pot version of Meals on Wheels, the cannabis army, or the reefer buyer’s club, according to the Daily Beast.  

One of them is called the Alaska Green Angels, co-founded by Darby Andrews, and two others. 

Green Angels, a Facebook group that delivers pot to “angels in need,” is an interactive group that connects those in need with those that have and want to share.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/alaska-groups-give-free-cannabis-severely-ill-and-veterans


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Credit Union Lawsuit Against The Federal Reserve Over Marijuana Banking Is Dismissed

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

banking marijuana industry bankFourth Corner Credit Union sued the Federal Reserve in an attempt to gain access to the federal banking system. That case was dismissed today. I think it’s worth pointing out that the judge overseeing the case recently referred to federal marijuana banking guidance as a ‘Nothingburger’ and expressed support for marijuana banking. However, he said at the time that the lawsuit wasn’t about his opinion, and that a lawsuit wouldn’t bring about banking reform. He said that only Congress can do that in a legal, binding way. Below is a reaction to today’s dismissal from the National Cannabis Industry Association:

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Fourth Corner Credit Union against the Federal Reserve in hopes of providing banking services to the legal cannabis industry. In his ruling, Judge R. Brooke Jackson said Congress must provide the answer, stating, “I regard the [cannabis banking] situation as untenable and hope that it will soon be addressed and resolved by Congress.”

Fourth Corner is a credit union chartered by the State of Colorado and designed to serve legitimate cannabis businesses, but the Federal Reserve had denied its request for a master account, which would have allowed them to provide checking services to its members.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/credit-union-lawsuit-federal-reserve-marijuana-banking-dismissed/


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Police in Legal States Using Social Media to Bust People for Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

Even in states where marijuana has been made legal, law enforcement agencies are still engaging in underhanded practices, some of which are blatant models of entrapment, to arrest people for marijuana.

A recent investigational report by CBS4 has discovered that Denver police have been using social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, to pose as black market growers in an attempt to bust those who purchase weed from anywhere other the city’s licensed pot shops. 

While it seems unnecessary for cops to conduct marijuana sting operations in a state where prohibition has not had a pulse for the past two years, legalization has not stopped the hounds of Denver’s drug task force from concocting inventive ways to continue bringing the hammer down on what is left of the marijuana underworld. The report finds that Denver police have been setting up phony social media accounts, complete with back stories as to not arouse suspicion, to post photos of marijuana grows, tagged with captions like, “Place your order today, gets shipped out before 8 a.m.”

In fact, a Facebook post with a picture of a cultivation site under the headline “Getting close to peak!! Taking orders now!!” is what brought the heat down on 26-year-old Sean Edelson.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/police-legal-states-using-social-media-bust-people-marijuana


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How Accurate Are The Drug Test Kits That Law Enforcement Use To Prove A Substance Is Marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 5th 2016 by THCFinder
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(image via wikipedia)

I posted an article yesterday about the case of Robert and Addie Harte. The Hartes had their home SWAT raided after police determined that they were illegal growing marijuana in their home. That determination by law enforcement was based on just two things. The first is that Robert Harte was seen buying grow equipment from an indoor garden store (for growing tomatoes). The other was that when cops went through the family’s trash can, they found what they thought to be wet marijuana plant material.

The plant material was tested with a field drug test kit, which returned a positive result for marijuana. Those two factors alone were enough to result in a SWAT raid on the family’s home, and guns being pointed at Robert and his wife’s children. A much more accurate lab test on the plant material returned the following result, per KansasCity.Com:

They conducted a field test on the material, and it tested positive for marijuana, according to the lawsuit.

A lab test done 10 days after the raid and again four months later found that the leafy material was not marijuana.

“It does not look anything like marijuana leaves or stems,” the lab report said.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-accurate-are-drug-test-kits-law-enforcement-substance-marijuana/


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