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Rand Paul backs effort to bring banking to legal marijuana businesses

Less than a month after holding a fundraiser on the sidelines of a Colorado marijuana conference, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is joining the fight to give America’s growing legal marijuana industry access to banking services.

Paul, the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from legal marijuana industry, is among the bipartisan co-sponsors of the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015, introduced Thursday in the Senate.

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Legal Highs: Welcome to the Cannabis Revolution

Ms Zeng speaks quietly, almost in a whisper, with a strong Chinese accent. How long have you been having trouble sleeping, she asks her customer.

Maybe a few weeks, he replies. Ms Zeng asks if he feels that cannabis helps him fall asleep. "Definitely," he replies. The non-medical practitioner then gives him what she gives all her patients, regardless of their symptoms: a prescription for medical marijuana.

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US ambassador to Costa Rica talks marijuana legalization, trade US Foreign Policy

It took exactly one year between the day U.S. Ambassador Stafford Fitzgerald Haney was nominated in July, 2014 and the day he presented his credentials to President Luis Guillermo Solís. Haney’s arrival marked the end of a two-year absence of a U.S. ambassador in Costa Rica after former Ambassador Anne S. Andrew stepped down in 2013.

The Tico Times sat down with Haney at the U.S. Embassy in San José last week to hear his thoughts on U.S. foreign investment, foreign policy, Costa Rica’s leadership role in the region, and the possibility of medical marijuana legalization here.

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Eight things Obama can do to Bring Relief to Medical Marijuana Patients

In the past year or so, the federal government has taken a number of steps towards easing the crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana patients that began shortly after California passed Prop 215 in 1996.

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Drug reform is not a Dunne deal

Drug laws have been liberalised from Portland to Portugal. Why is New Zealand missing the (magic) bus? PHILIP MATTHEWS talks with decriminalisation advocate Ross Bell.

Drug law reform. Is there any better example of a heart versus head issue? Logic and rationality tells you that the system does not work, that drugs are a medical issue not a criminal one. But your gut says lock all the junkies and potheads up.

It is Ross Bell's job to wrestle with these dilemmas. For 11 years he has been chief executive of the New Zealand Drug Foundation, a charitable trust charged with preventing and reducing harms caused by drug use.

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Medical marijuana dispensary pilot project considered by White Rock city council

The City of White Rock, B.C. is looking into launching a pilot medicinal marijuana dispensary project after the idea was proposed by a local business owner.

There are currently no medical pot dispensaries in White Rock, but Randy Caine, who owns the store Hempyz and is part of the local Releaf Compassion Center, believes they will inevitably come.

Caine recently presented a proposal to city council to develop a governance framework for dispensaries. This way, it can be prepared for any of the businesses possibly opening up in the city. 

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Colorado Senators Introduce Marijuana Banking Bill

A group of senators, including Colorado's Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, recently introduced the "Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015"-- a bill to ensure that legal marijuana businesses can access banking services. MESA COUNTY, Colo.-  A group of senators, including Colorado's Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, recently introduced the "Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015"-- a bill to ensure that legal marijuana businesses can access banking services. The marijuana industry is said to be worth $3 billion nationwide, and yet cannabis businesses are currently forced to only use cash rather than traditional banking services.

"It's a public safety concern a

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Man jailed over Northern Ireland's first underground cannabis factory

The scale and sophistication of the first underground drug factory uncovered by police in Northern Ireland has been laid bare at the trial of a drug dealer and cannabis farmer.

 

Mark Cavanagh (40), of India Street in south Belfast's Holylands, was given a prison sentence of five years and seven months after he pleaded guilty to a litany of drugs charges including:

  • Conspiracy to produce cannabis.
  • Conspiracy to possess the drug with intent to supply.
  • Possession of the drug with intent to supply.
  • Fraudulent evasion on imported goods.
  • Converting or concealing criminal property.

The offences were committed between July 1, 2012 and May 22, 2013 and followed 12 months of surveillance by the PSNI in Co Down.

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Monster doobie; bong-a-thon; gift of hash oil

ACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Democratic Party said Wednesday that a staffer did not violate campaign reporting laws by accepting edible marijuana and an e-cigarette filled with hash oil from a lobbyist for the marijuana industry.

The aide, Josh Drayton, works for the party's Senate Democrats on political campaigns.

Lawmakers and employees of the Senate are subject to gift reporting and limits. However, Drayton is exempt because he is not employed by the Senate but by the party, said Gary Winuk, former enforcement chief at the Fair Political Practices Commission.

BuzzFeed News first reported on the exchange, saying Drayton accepted the gifts at the end of May from a lobbyist with the California Cannabis Industry Association in the presence of a reporter.

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The sale of cannabis peaked in Belgium

From 2012 to 2014, the number of cannabis possession charges increased from 21,000 to 30,000 in the country, an increase that exceeds 40%. In ten years, the number of established events was doubled.

This is what was indicated Friday the Last Hour.

Meanwhile, the number of cannabis sales made increased from about 4,000 to 5,000, in two years (+ 20%). These figures relate mainly to marijuana and not cannabis resin. These developments are largely due to the activity of the police in Antwerp, Brussels and Liege with cumulative sales and possession made up a strong increase of 45%.

This is a "historic high" according to Michel Bruneau, the Commissioner for Federal police narcotics section.

 

Note this article was translated from its original in french.

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