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Cannabis Busts Continue in 'Marijuana-Free' Albania

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Trying to live down its reputation as Europe's top pot producer, two months ago Albania officially declared itself "marijuana-free," with Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri boasting that 99.2 percent of cannabis plants seen on aerial maps had been destroyed.

That made for a total of 690,000 plants covering 44 hectares (109 acres), Tahiri said. After a series of paramilitary-style raids on the fertile valley towns where cannabis cultivation had become the economic mainstay, the remaining growers have reportedly been pushed up into inaccessible mountain areas.

Authorities are now going after the urban distribution network.

Last week, police announced a series of busts in the capital of Tirana as part of Operation Cifliku—named for the supposed crime family of that name. Four members of the Cifliku family were arrested, and 80 kilograms of hashish confiscated, along with small quantities of heroin and cocaine.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/cannabis-busts-continue-marijuana-free-albania


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Government Study Will Pay You $3,000 Per Week to Consume Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Researchers are searching for test subjects who are willing to participate in a national clinical study of marijuana.

The “guinea pigs” in the study will be required to use marijuana, as part of a government investigation into “marijuana addiction.”

 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has recently joined forces with the Behavioral Health Service in Pickens County, South Carolina as part of this research.

Their aim is to help develop an investigational drug that they believe will stop the desire to smoke marijuana – ultimately ending the fictional scourge of “marijuana addiction.”

“Do you smoke marijuana? Have you used in the past 30 days? If so, and you are 18 to 50 years old, you may qualify for a research study evaluating an investigational drug to help with marijuana cessation,” the study proposal reads.

Subjects who are approved will be paid $3,000 a week to use the herb.

Read More:http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/11/national-institute-will-pay-you-3000-per-week-to-consume/#


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Longtime California Activist Richard Lee Endorses Sean Parker’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

richard lee oaksterdamRichard Lee isn’t in the spotlight as much as he used to be. I first learned about Richard Lee when I saw him on national television talking about his dispensary and Oaksterdam University. It was awhile ago, so I don’t remember which news outlet it was on, but I will always remember Richard Lee’s passion for all things cannabis. In the video he showed the news anchor different types of cannabis, and was very patient and polite when she asked very dumb questions. Again, this was awhile ago, so the tongue-in-cheek comments were much more prevalent at the time.

This blog was created in 2010, the same year that Richard Lee ponied up a ton of his own money to be the main funder behind California Proposition 19. Proposition 19 wasn’t the first legalization effort in American history, but it is one that I use to measure marijuana reform. Proposition 19, despite its defeat in 2010 in California, ushered in a new era of marijuana politics. Just two years after Proposition 19 changed the conversation surrounding marijuana legalization, two states (Colorado and Washington) voted to legalize marijuana. Two years after that, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. joined the list of legalizers.

Sadly, California was unable to get on the ballot in 2012 and 2014. Getting an initiative, any initiative, on the ballot in California is expensive and takes a lot of resources. In 2012 and 2014 resources were spread too thin in California, with many legalization initiative efforts competing against each other. 2016 is setting up to be the biggest year in marijuana legalization history, with California being the focal point. Like usual, there are many efforts in California to get a legalization initiative on the ballot. Last I heard there were 10 of them.

One of them is getting a lot of buzz because of the massive amount of money backing it. The initiative is commonly referred to as the ‘Sean Parker marijuana legalization initiative’ since it’s main supporter is Sean Parker who co-founded Napster and was a very early investor in Facebook. That effort received a very significant endorsement yesterday, via an article on Marijuana.Com by the always hardworking Tom Angell. Per Tom’s article:

Read Morehttp://www.theweedblog.com/california-richard-lee-endorses-sean-parker-marijuana-legalization-initiative/


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Banking on the Marijuana Industry?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

It is legal to sell marijuana in 23 states. But pot businesses can't deposit their money in banks because of federal banking laws. While the dilemma has been a back-burner issue in Congress for several years, a solution may be in the works.

A provision in the upcoming financial services spending bill would prevent the federal government from spending money on penalizing financial institutions that accept legal marijuana businesses as clients. That would greatly reduce the ability of federal agencies' to prosecute the banks.

Increased access to banking would, in turn, decrease the currently cash-only businesses' risk of robbery by allowing customers to pay with debit and credit cards, reduce the likelihood that the business could be used as a money-laundering front and solve the nightmare of trying to pay taxes with cash.

"Forcing businessmen and businesswomen who are operating legally under Oregon state law to shuttle around gym bags full of cash is an invitation to crime and malfeasance," said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. "It's time to let banks serve these legal businesses without fearing devastating reprisals from the federal government."

Read More:http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/11/25/banking-on-the-marijuana-industry


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Federal Lawmakers Apply Pressure to Eliminate DEA Funds

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

Days after a legion of activists and federal lawmakers petitioned to have DEA acting chief, Chuck Rosenberg, tarred and feathered in the streets of Washington D.C. for calling medical marijuana “a joke,” a mob of influential bruisers on Capitol Hill have stepped up to clobber the agency while they are down. 

Congressman Ted Lieu and a band of like-minded House members submitted a letter last week calling for leadership to support the elimination of funds used by the DEA to operate its controversial marijuana eradication program. As it stands, Uncle Sam’s drug enforcers receive $18 million a year to pull a weed that is legal in over half the nation. The group insists that a portion of this money—$9 million—would be better invested in programs that help victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. 

This push to strip funds away from the DEA is a result of the agency’s indiscretions over the course of the past several months. In fact, a number of federal lawmakers came out swinging at the face of the nation’s dope sniffers earlier this year after news of drug agents having orgies with cartel-paid hookers became the center of the national spotlight.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-lawmakers-apply-pressure-eliminate-dea-funds


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Report: War on Drugs Creates More Bad Than Good for Children

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

While the War on Drugs has been fought for the past several decades in the name of protecting the youth of America, a recent report has found that this “What About the Children?” approach to combating the insurgence of illegal substances in the United States has all been a ruse intent on sucking kids into a cesspool of addiction and incarceration.

new report published by global drug-reform group Count the Costs reveals that 50-years worth of enforcement-based controls on illegal substances has spawned nothing but ill results. 

The report finds that in forcing the drug trade underground, Uncle Sam has enabled a sickening environment that perpetuates attitudes of discrimination and racism. To make things worse, the whole rotten system is insistent upon spending billions of taxpayer dollars to maintain this ridiculousness.

It goes on to explain that under the guise of public safety, youngsters have been sabotaged and violated by a War on Drugs, which has done nothing but promote street violence, create struggles for families and give way to a land where a non-violent criminal record can cripple any opportunity of achieving what is left of the American Dream.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/report-war-drugs-creates-more-bad-good-children


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