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Amendment 64: Douglas County to ban retail marijuana sales a year before they could happen

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
Although voters approved Amendment 64 earlier this month, the retail sales aspect of the measure can't go into effect prior to late 2013 or early 2014 -- and that's only if (and it's a big "if") the federal government doesn't take action to intervene. Yet Douglas County Commissioner Jack Hilbert has already introduced an ordinance to ban such sales there; see it and more documents below. A surprise? Absolutely not.
 
The DougCo commissioners have long been anti-marijuana when it comes to retail outlets. Back in June 2010, we spoke to Hilbert about the decision to put a medical marijuana dispensary ban on that November's ballot. "The voters are the ones who approved this in the first place -- and I constantly hear from people who say, 'This is not what I voted for,'" he told us at the time, adding, "I think people who voted for it went with their heart and their compassion, but now they're looking at this and saying, 'I didn't vote for this.'"
 
Then, this past September, the commissioners joined Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver in opposing Amendment 64, dishing out some of the strongest language of any elected officials in the state -- and that's saying something given the vitriol directed at the proposal from many quarters.
 

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In Colorado, Seeking the New Normal in Marijuana Use

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
DENVER – Anthony Orozco, 19, a community college student and soccer player in southeastern Colorado, is facing criminal charges for something that will soon be legal across this state: the possession of a few nuggets of marijuana and a pipe he used to smoke it.
 
“We get treated like criminals,” Mr. Orozco said.
 
But is he one? In the uncertain weeks following Colorado’s vote to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the answer in hundreds of minor drug cases depends less on the law than on location.
 
Hundreds of misdemeanor marijuana cases are already being dropped here and in Washington State, which approved a similar measure. Police departments have stopped charging adults 21 years and older for small-scale possession that will be legally sanctioned once the laws take effect in the coming weeks.
 
But prosecutors in more conservative precincts in Colorado have vowed to press ahead with existing marijuana cases and are still citing people for possession. At the same time, several towns from the Denver suburbs to the Western mountains are voting to block new, state-licensed retail marijuana shops from opening in their communities.
 
“This thing is evolving so quickly that I don’t know what’s going to happen next,” said Daniel J. Oates, the police chief in Aurora, just east of Denver.
 

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Marijuana: TSA says flying between Colorado and Washington with herb will be okay...sort of

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 29th 2012 by THCFinder
According to the Transportation Security Administration, if medical marijuana patients' paperwork checks out, they can board a flight with meds in tow as long as they are headed to a medical marijuana state that honors Colorado red cards. So...now that voters in Washington and Colorado have legalized small amounts of marijuana for adults over 21, does that mean you'll be able to fly between those states with your stash? Yes and no.
 
We posed our question to TSA spokesman David Castelveter earlier this week, and the response we received is somewhat ambiguous. Basically, Castelveter told us that looking for marijuana isn't a priority for TSA agents. In fact, he revealed that the TSA doesn't search specifically for drugs at all. But if marijuana is found during a screening, agents will refer the matter to local law enforcement -- who may care a lot more than the TSA does.
 

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College launches research institute devoted to pot

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
ARCATA, Calif. — A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.
 
The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.
 
The Times-Standard of Eureka reports (http://bit.ly/V5H8zy) that one professor is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation.
 
"If anyone is going to have a marijuana institute, it really should be Humboldt State," economist Erick Eschker, the institute's co-chair, told the newspaper. Eschker is studying the connection between marijuana production and employment in the county.
 
The institute is probably the first dedicated to examining marijuana through the lens of multiple disciplines, according to sociologist Josh Meisel, who is leading the enterprise with Eschker. Humboldt faculty started discussing the idea in 2010 when California was preparing to vote on a bitterly contested ballot proposition that would have treated marijuana like alcohol.
 
"With these public discussions, there were a lot more questions than there were answers," Meisel said, adding that he and other faculty became interested in applying academic rigor to the economic, health and legal issues raised in eventually unsuccessful campaign.
 
Now that voters in Colorado and Washington have done what California would not, passing marijuana legalization measures this month, the institute has even more reason to exist. Politics professor Jason Plume is giving a lecture on the marijuana reform movement on Tuesday night, one of seven public talks the institute plans to host this year.
 

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Thiago Silva Suspended 6 Months for Positive Marijuana Test

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
Thiago Silva has once again failed a post-fight drug test. Following UFC on FUEL TV in Macau the Brazilian tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
 
UFC officials confirmed the news Wednesday evening and released the following statement.
 
“Thiago Silva tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout at UFC on FUEL TV in Macau. The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. Silva has admitted to taking the banned substance and has agreed to participate in an approved drug-rehabilitation program and serve a six-month suspension retroactive to the November 10 event. He must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to fight again.”
 
Prior to this flagged test, Silva was popped for submitting a fake urine sample to the Nevada State Athletic Commission at UFC 125 back in November of 2011. He served a one year suspension for that infraction and was forced to give up 25 percent of his purse.
 
No word as to whether his fight with Stanislav Nedkov which he won via submission will be turned to a “no-contest” or not.
 
Could this be the end of Silva’s time inside the UFC?
 

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Head of U.N. drug agency wants U.S. to fight new marijuana laws

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
VIENNA -- The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington state that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
 
Raymond Yans said the approvals send "a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad."
 
Yans heads the International Narcotics Control Board. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder "will take all the necessary measures" to ensure that marijuana possession and use remain illegal throughout the U.S.
 
Yans' announcement was greeted with a mixture of indifference (a vast collective yawn being the primary reaction) and hostility ("tell that UN moron to go fuck himself," one stoner offered) in the American cannabis community.
 
Both states are holding off on plans to regulate and tax the drug while waiting to see whether the Justice Department will assert federal authority. The U.N. agency has no enforcement ability.
 

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