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U.S. Postal Service Warns Newspapers Not to Run Pot Ads

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

While almost everyone is aware by now that conflicting state and federal law makes it highly illegal to transport weed through the mail, some have been surprised to learn that it is also apparently a violation  to use the United States Postal Service to distribute advertisements for the marijuana industry.

A report published this week in The Bulletin indicates that the U.S. Postal Service in Portland recently published a warning to newspapers across the city suggesting that running ads pertaining to cannabis might bring some heat down courtesy of the federal government. The memo, which uses a snippet from the U.S. Code on Food and Drugs, says running an “Ad in any publication with the purpose of seeking or offering illegally to receive, buy, or distribute a Schedule I controlled substances” is a violation of federal law. 

Of course, this development invoked a great deal of panic in unsuspecting publishers doing business in the Portland area. Some of the newspapers there have been working with marijuana operations for years marketing their goods and services in the same way they would with other industries. However, the message coming from the USPS, which calls its recent memo a “reminder of existing federal law,” is that all of these transactions have been against the law.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-postal-service-warns-newspapers-not-run-pot-ads


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Cops Took More From Citizens Than Burglars Did Last Year Via Asset Forfeiture

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via StopTheDrugWar.Org)

When you think about getting property stolen, you think about criminals, but maybe you should be thinking about the police. Law enforcement use of asset forfeiture laws to seize property—often without a criminal conviction or even an arrest—has gone through the roof in recent years, and now the cops are giving the criminals a run for their money—and winning.

According to a new report on asset forfeiture from the Institute for Justice, police seized $4.5 billion in cash and property through civil forfeiture last year. That exceeds the $3.9 billion worth of property stolen in burglaries during the same period. The valuation of burglary proceeds is from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report.

Now, not every dollar seized by police is “stolen.” Some of it is seized legitimately from real criminals who should pay for the damage their crimes cause. But in too many cases, property is seized from people who have not been convicted of anything, like Charles Clarke.

Clarke, a 24-year-old college student, was relieved of $11,000 in cash by federal agents at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after a ticket agent reportedly told them he smelled like marijuana. They stopped and searched him at the airport, found no drugs or other banned items, and never charged him with a crime, but they took his money.

Clarke says the cash was money he had saved over five years for college tuition. A federal judge this month said he was inclined to believe Clarke and has ordered the feds to actually show he made the money from drug dealing, as they claimed.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/cops-took-more-from-citizens-than-burglars-did-last-year-via-asset-forfeiture/


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Marijuana Is the Most Popular Drug on the Planet, Time to Make it Legal

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Although much of the world’s leadership continues to treat marijuana as though it is a parasite attacking the delicate moral fiber of civil society, a new interactive drug map suggests that very few are still buying into the propaganda behind antiquated drug policies, giving way to a worldwide revolution.

Compiled using the latest United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report, addiction treatment group Recovery Brands has scrawled a unique portrait of the world’s grips with illicit substances, which indicates that marijuana is the most commonly used substance on the planet. 

Snuffing out dangerous drugs like prescription painkillers, it seems that most people across the globe would simply rather smoke weed than indulge in dope. However, as the report points out, the scourge of opioid addiction is far from under control.

“Although opioids are the most treated drug in the world, they are not the most consumed,” the report reads. “With only a few exceptions, marijuana is every country’s top drug by the proportion of users.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-most-popular-drug-planet-time-make-it-legal


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Man sues Border Patrol over right to carry medical marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

LAS CRUCES - A Deming man is suing the U.S. Border Patrol, alleging agents are failing to adhere to a new rule that allow him to carry medical marijuana without risking federal charges.

Raymundo Marrufo, who participates in New Mexico's medical marijuana program, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court seeking an injunction against the U.S. Border Patrol in connection with questions the agency poses to travelers at border checkpoints.

Marrufo's attorney, Jason Flores-Williams, writes that Marrufo must routinely travel from Deming to Las Cruces to obtain medical cannabis, which requires passing through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 on his return trip. Federal agents ask him whether he has any illegal drugs — posing a dilemma for Marrufo because marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law.

"If Marrufo answers 'yes,' he is a drug smuggler subject to felony indictment," the court complaint states.

But if Marrufo answers "no," he could be guilty of lying to a federal agent, according to court records.

Read More:http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2015/12/01/man-sues-border-patrol-over-right-carry-medical-marijuana/76616706/


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Canada Health Minister Is Exploring Regulatory Models for Nationwide Pot Reform

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

Canada heath officials are not wasting any time getting into the pertinent details for how the country might establish a taxed and regulated cannabis market.

Earlier last week, just as the United States was preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the northern nation’s Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, told CBC News that the Canadian government was already wrist deep in an exploratory expedition to find the appropriate regulatory model for bringing prohibition to end across the land.

However, convinced "the world is going to be looking to Canada to make sure we do the job well,” the nation’s leading heath officer admits to having some troubles pinpointing a model that addresses every concern. She says a task force of scientists and medical professionals was currently being assembled to assist her in hashing out the issue.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/canada-health-minister-exploring-regulatory-models-nationwide-pot-reform


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Seed To Sale: Oregon Cannabis Business Seminar

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 30th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Oregon Herald)

Beginning in 2016, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be requiring cannabis cultivators, processors, distributors and dispensary owners to apply for licenses, and the Oregon Health Authority will have a similar process. The City of Portland has also created a separate license for cannabis businesses, and other districts may do the same. With multiple licenses to obtain, and a myriad of regulatory hoops to jump through, navigating this newly legal space is going to be a challenge for anyone seeking to fun a cannabis business. If you are planning to apply for either a medical or recreational license in the industry, you will almost certainly need some guidance, and it often takes a team of advisors to stay up to date on the seemingly ever-changing regulations. This Saturday, December 5th, Gleam Law will be hosting Seed to Sale, an Oregon Cannabis Business Seminar on starting, operating, and protecting a licensed cannabis business. Held at Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland, this event will take place from 1-5pm. There will be time for networking afterwards, with a hosted bar and light food available, as well as discounted hotel rooms for seminar attendees.

As many entrepreneurs are making moves to enter into the legal cannabis market, I believe it’s becoming apparent that just producing exceptional cannabis will not be enough to succeed in this increasingly competitive industry; there are over 300 medical dispensaries in Oregon, and enough producers and processors to keep them stocked. An equally exceptional business plan, marketing plan, and legal team will be necessary to stay afloat in this emerging market. The OLCC has released a Business Readiness Guidebook for Oregon Recreational Marijuana Operations online, but unless you’re an expert in employment law, land use and zoning regulations, and operating a business, you’ll need some assistance wading through the 30 pages of information and links.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/seed-to-sale-oregon-cannabis-business-seminar/


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