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Reefer Rambos: Indiana Enlists Military Forces to Uproot Cannabis Plants

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

While parts of the United States are now generating millions of tax dollars from the sale of marijuana to put toward the betterment of their communities, Indiana continues to waste valuable resources to aggressively eradicate pot plants from Hoosier soil—all at the expense of the state’s taxpayers.

The latest Southern Indiana shakedown was touted “Operation Smoke Out,” a shoot-the-moon collaboration between Indiana State Police (ISP) and military forces, including the Indiana National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the DEA, the U.S. Forest Service, Civil Air Patrol and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Together, these soldiers of the drug war embarked on a mission at the end of August to uproot “dangerous” cannabis plants illegally growing in cornfields, in forests and on public lands all across the southern portion of the state. At the end of this battle against the bud, Indiana law enforcement proudly announced that the exercise resulted in a haul of approximately 5,000 pot plants from 146 grow sites, four pounds of processed marijuana and the arrest of 16 people associated with these operations.

Indiana State Police estimates the overall seizure is worth a whopping $7.5 million.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/reefer-rambos-indiana-enlists-military-forces-uproot-cannabis-plants


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Marijuana-Legalization Efforts and Their Impact on the Presidential Race

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

With the race for the White House heating up, the “politics of marijuana” is looming as a possibly significant factor.

Twenty-four state ballot initiatives on marijuana legalization in 16 states have been filed already and will be voted on in November 2016, including in the “swing states” of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and New Mexico.

This is important because marijuana-legalization ballot initiatives are widely acknowledged to “turn out the vote” of single-issue, first-time, and younger voters – all of whom disproportionately vote Democratic. In close races and swing states, they may make the difference. Insiders have reported that these voters have determined the outcome in several contested races and states in the last two election cycles (e.g., in Barack Obama’s defeat of Mitt Romney in Colorado in 2012).

Moreover, the marijuana-legalization issue is increasingly a focus in U.S. Senate and House races and in pro- and anti-marijuana bills. Recently, the House Republican leadership successfully stripped out pro-marijuana-legalization amendments to two pending bills.

Read More:http://www.natlawreview.com/article/marijuana-legalization-efforts-and-their-impact-presidential-race


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False Report in the Denver Post Creates Hardship for Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

On Monday, the Denver Post published a shotgun-style report implicating a couple of Denver marijuana dispensaries in the unlawful sale of a number of pot products treated with unapproved pesticides. The story suggested that during an inspection, city health officials discovered “hundreds of lozenges” and an “undisclosed amount of raw cannabis,” being sold at Mountain High Suckers and MMJ America containing the pesticide spinosad -- a chemical that has been outlawed across the state. 

However, while the Post’s report indicates that health officials were forced to quarantine hundreds of cannabis products at these locations in the interest of Denver’s new stance against the chemical, it turns out the companies were simply using old labels that they had been given permission to use by a city health inspector. Yet, due to "politics" and some purported insider prejudices towards the state’s cannabis trade, the story, which was a blatant untruth that garnered an almost immediate retraction, was allegedly hand delivered to the Post by someone under direct orders of City Attorney Dan Douglas. 

“The city attorney has it out for us,” said Jake Salazar, owner of MMJ America, in an interview with HIGH TIMES, adding that Douglas is one of the medium-level officials that are staunchly opposed to the cannabis industry.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/false-report-denver-post-creates-hardship-colorado-marijuana-dispensaries


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Why American Indian Tribes Are Getting Into the Marijuana Business

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Tribes are weighing the risks and opportunities of legalizing pot.

This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen.

There will be live music, food, outdoor games—and, floating over the revelry, a haze of marijuana smoke, from a first-of-its-kind pot lounge that is set to open by the end of the year, said Reider, the tribal president of the Flandreau Santee Sioux in Flandreau, S.D.

That pot lounge—modeled on an Amsterdam coffee shop, where customers would be able to buy and smoke up to 2 grams of marijuana a day—would be illegal anywhere else in South Dakota, which, like most U.S. states, bans the sale, possession and public smoking of pot.

But Reider says his plans are above board, based on a federal memo late last year that cleared the way for American Indian tribes to legalize marijuana on tribal land—even if pot is still illegal in the surrounding state. The Flandreau Santee Sioux is one of the first Native American groups to take advantage of the decision. Reider hopes to draw pot smokers from all over the state to visit the reservation, 40 miles (65 km) north of Sioux Falls, providing a new source of much-needed revenue for his people.


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US Sen. Elizabeth Warren Is 'Open' To Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

U.S. senator and democratic darling Elizabeth Warren has changed her stance on marijuana legalization. 

According to Boston.com, she told Joshua Miller of The Boston Globe on Wednesday that she is now open to ballot questions seeking to legalize pot.

“You were opposed to legalization in 2012. As a Massachusetts voter, what’s your position today?” Miller asked Warren.

“I’m open to it,” she replied. “I think we’ve learned more. A couple of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Frankly, I think we ought to be learning what we can from those states.”

Warren also said that she is a proponent of marijuana research and has been "pushing the federal government" to step up its game. 

This week, the Massachusetts attorney general ruled in favor of a proposed ballot question calling for the legalization of recreational pot. Sponsors of the initiative need to gather nearly 65,000 signatures by November 28 to secure a spot on the 2016 ballot. 

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-sen-elizabeth-warren-open-legalizing-recreational-marijuana


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Alaska: Third Round Of Proposed Marijuana Rules Under Consideration

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

alaska marijuana legalizationIf you live in Alaska, check out the message I received below and get active:

Dear Johnny:

The third round of proposed rules drafted by the Marijuana Control Board (MCB) has been issued, and those who wish to provide feedback may do so before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 10. The current set of rules addresses regulations related to cultivators, product manufacturing, and testing.

If you wish to be heard, please take a moment to provide your feedback to the MCB. And take a look at the campaign’s comments, available here.

As with previous rounds, most of the proposed rules are reasonable, but several areas should be improved. For example:

— The draft rules would prohibit the sale of marijuana-infused cooking oil directly to consumers — which could be burdensome to medical marijuana patients who wish to create their own edibles.

— The rules seek to impose an artificial limit on the percentage of THC available in any product, despite the fact that the federal government has approved a medicine that contains 100% synthetic THC.

— They would prohibit cultivators from allowing odors to be detected by the public, even for large operations in rural areas.

For a closer look at our comments, take a look at our letter to the board. And if you wish, you can either submit your own comments or click here to send an email to the board immediately.

Then, please forward this email to other Alaskans who support fair rules for regulating the state’s emerging marijuana marketplace.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/alaska-third-round-of-proposed-marijuana-rules-under-consideration/


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