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.
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
Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/
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.
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.
Colorados Amendment 64 given 68 percent chance of passing
Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
As we've reported, Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, had a 53 percent to 43 percent lead in a recent Public Policy Polling survey. But by another measure -- predictions from the online trading exchange Intrade -- the measure is doing even better. At this writing, it's being given a 68 percent chance of passage.
How does Intrade work? "The website's members bet on the outcomes of non-sports-related future events," note our friends at Wikipedia -- a concept that blends the stock exchange with a sports book.
Here's the latest Amendment 64 entry:
Dutch Weed Pass Snuffed, the 2012 Cannabis Cup is on in Amsterdam
Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 31st 2012 by THCFinder
The new government of The Netherlands has snuffed out plans to ban foreigners from visiting Dutch coffee shops where they can purchase quasi-legal cannabis. That means the High Times 2012 Cannabis Cup is on!
The Independent reports today that: “The new government has scrapped plans for a national “weed pass” that would have been available only to residents, and would have effectively banned tourists from Amsterdam’s marijuana cafés. However, under a pact unveiled this week, cities can bar foreigners from weed shops if they choose. Amsterdam opposes a ban, saying it would hurt tourism.”
Pot is technically illegal in The Netherlands, but a policy of tolerance to personal possession and sale of small amounts of cannabis has made Amsterdam synonymous with weed tourism. According to research by UC Berkeley professor Robert J. MacCoun, the policy has succeeded in its goal of separating the “soft drug” market for marijuana and the “hard drug” market. Dutch teens have lower rates of marijuana use than American teens, and report less access to the drug.
An older, more conservative government had floated plans to ban pot tourists from The Netherlands with a locals-only ‘weed pass’, but new elections have now ended that idea. What’ll likely happen is small, conservative towns in the south of The Netherlands like Maastricht will ban foreigners in coffee shops, while Amsterdam won’t.
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