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Colorado, Washington future Marijuana Tourism

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana Tourism got two thumbs up in the U.S. elections earlier this month as the states of Washington and Colorado made selling, buying and using cannabis legal. Never mind the federal law prohibits any of that; the voters have spoken and opened the door for what could be promoted as Weed Weekends, Bong Backpacking and a variety of marijuana-related tourism options.
 
State government leaders were quick to put the brakes on a massive migration to either state, saying a lot of details still have to be worked out. Colorado's governor opposed the legalization vote but indicated after its passage that he didn't see marijuana tourism taking over the state and its iconic tourist attractions.
 
''I don't think that's going to happen,'' Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a Boston.com report. ''They're going to flock here to buy marijuana as if they're going to take it back? On an airplane? That seems unlikely to me.''
 
Still, while public use of marijuana is not part of the deal, possession and personal use very much is. That applies not to just state residents, but to visitors also.
 
Anyone 21 or older can legally posses up to an ounce of recreational marijuana in Colorado and grow up to six plants. That's the law. On a legal focus, they can't use it in public, the rules for medical marijuana (already a $1.7 billion industry), are unchanged and the "possession no problem" element clock starts ticking now. Previous marijuana crimes stick.
Disregarding the federal law for a moment, these states could indeed legislate the implementation of a state-licensed marijuana industry. Much like states control and tax alcoholic beverages, mostly free from federal intervention, millions in revenue could be generated to support otherwise underfunded programs like education.
 
It's not like Colorado and Washington are new to the world of marijuana either and the recent vote to legalize it could be viewed as a natural progression.
 
Colorado and Washington are part of 18 states and Washington, D.C., that have legalized medical marijuana for people with medical conditions like cancer, nausea, multiple sclerosis, migraine headaches and chronic pain.
 
In Colorado, many ski slopes already have old mining cabins that have been turned into ''smoke shacks,'' places to smoke marijuana out of the wind and cold. Breckenridge, Colorado, dropped criminal penalties for marijuana use two years ago.
 
In Washington state, for over 20 years, travelers have come from all over the world for Seattle's HempFest (pictured), an annual gathering that advocates the decriminalization of marijuana. This year, 250,000 attended as police looked on.
 
Will the entire states of Colorado and Washington become much like one huge Amsterdam, where without trying all that hard visitors can freely enjoy marijuana? Probably not.
 
We're not apt to see a "World's Largest Pot Plant" attraction on highway road signs in Colorado any time soon and Seattle probably won't have Space Needle-shaped bongs in the near future.
 
In Colorado, it will be a year or more until the state has a system in place to allow retail sales, but that probably won't stop celebrities who support the idea.
 

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Seattle Police Will No Longer Arrest Anyone For Marijuana Starting Tonight!

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 12th 2012 by THCFinder


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NFL Still Bans Denver Broncos From Marijuana Use Even When It's Legal

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
The states of Colorado and Washington have voted to make recreational marijuana legal to 21-year-old residents as long as they only posses one ounce at a time. However, the NFL has told its players that live in these states they are not allowed to use marijuana despite the new laws. Is it right or wrong for the NFL to still make it a banned substance when it is legal in some players’ home states?
 
What does this mean for Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks players?
 
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear that these states legalizing marijuana will not change anything with the way the league handles drug testing and suspensions. Marijuana has always been on the NFL’s substance abuse list and if tested positive for marijuana, a player faces up to a four-game suspension. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says that’s not about the change.
 
 “The NFL’s policy is collectively bargained and will continue to apply in the same manner it has for decades. Marijuana remains prohibited under the NFL substance abuse program.”
 
Can the NFL tell its players that they cannot do something that is legal? They sure can. It’s like any other job—if you’re a school teacher and you place photos of yourself drinking with some students out partying, you’re going to get fired even if those students were not drinking and were old enough to be at the club.
 
It could even be as simple as not following the dress code. At any job, if you are not wearing the style of clothes that the employer has asked you to wear then you could be fired or reprimanded.
 
It’s simple: If an employer has rules to follow to work for them, then their employees have to follow those rules or face consequences.
 

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Uruguay to Sell Marijuana Cigarettes in Attempt to Combat Black Market

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 8th 2012 by THCFinder
In a bid to stamp out organized crime in the country, Uruguay has legalized the sale of about 20 marijuana cigarettes a month to its citizens.
 
Users will be able to buy 40 grams – or 1.4oz – a month, about enough to roll up 20 joints and the sale will be regulated by the state with the dope being sold at a market price of around $34.
 
To regulate their purchases, smokers will be given a card with a barcode that keeps track of the amount of pot each person purchases.
 
Uruguayan President José Mujica, who previously announced plans to grow up to 150 hectares of mariajuana for sale to users, said that his government hopes to eliminate the black market trade in pot – and related violence - by implementing this measure.
 
We are losing the battle against drugs and crime in South America. Somebody has to be the first.
 
“The negative effects of consuming marijuana are far less harmful than the outbreak of violence associated with the black market,” added Interior minister Eduardo Bonomi
 

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U.S. Justice Department: federal marijuana law unchanged by legalization

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
UPDATE 11:02 a.m. Justice Department headquarters issued an identical statement to Durkan’s this morning, indicating that Washington D.C., not Washington’s two U.S. Attorneys, will be dictating what comes next.
 
ORIGINAL POST: U.S. Attorney for Seattle Jenny Durkan’s office released a terse statement this morning in response to passage of Initiative 502, legalizing recreational marijuana use. Durkan is out of the area, said spokesperson Emily Langlie, and is not available to answer questions about the conflict between the federal marijuana ban and state de-criminalization of marijuana possession (as of Dec. 6). Langlie said this is all Durkan’s office has “for now.”
 
The Department of Justice’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged.  In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. The Department is reviewing the ballot initiative here and in other states and has no additional comment at this time.
 
On election night, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said he’d spoken to Durkan on Tuesday and was assured — but not guaranteed — that the federal government “has no plans, except to talk.”
 
Holmes has said he believes the Justice Department will be reassured by the I-502′s tight regulatory control – no home-grows, sales of no more than an ounce, a ban on sales to people under 21, etc. – and will decided not sue.
“We’re having really good conversations, but no promises,” Holmes said Tuesday night.
 

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Marijuana arrests happen every 42 seconds, analysis of FBI data shows

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
A total 12,408,899 people were arrested last year — with one marijuana-related arrest every 42 seconds, according to analysis of FBI statistics released last week.
 
The No. 1 arrest charge in the U.S. was drug abuse violations. More than 81 percent of the 1,531,251  arrests stemmed from possession, while the remainder were for sales and manufacturing.
 
Marijuana possession made up 660,000 arrests, or or 43.3 percent of all arrests under the drug abuse violations category.
 
Counting all drugs, not just marijuana, police made one drug arrest every 21 seconds, according to analysis from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. LEAP is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group  comprised mostly of law enforcement, judges and prosecutors.
 
“Even excluding the costs involved for later trying and then imprisoning these people, taxpayers are spending between $1.5 – to $3 billion just on the police and court time involved in making these arrests,” said LEAP executive director Neill Franklin, a retired Baltimore narcotics officer.
 

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