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Who's Afraid of Ohio Legalization?

I spoke to a reporter from Rolling Stone who is doing a story on the division within the drug reform community over Ohio’s 2015 marijuana legalization amendment. Indeed, the proposal to create both medical marijuana and a taxed-and-regulated adult marijuana market has alienated many supporters of legalization with its assignment of just ten commercial cannabis cultivation sites to the ten investor groups who have funded the initiative campaign.

I was at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco when Drug Policy Alliance’s director Ethan Nadelmann weighed in on the Ohio initiative:

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Oregon's doomed marijuana prohibitionists: Editorial Agenda 2015

At this time last year, Oregonians were talking about the possibility of legalizing recreational pot. These days, they're looking at marijuana milestones.

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Police seize nearly 200 pounds of marijuana in the Bahamas

Bahamas police say they seized nearly 200 pounds of marijuana during an exercise here over the weekend.

They gave no details regarding the street value of the 193 pounds of marijuana seized, but said a  45 year-old man is assisting their investigations.

The police said that members of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), conducted an operation at Arawak Cay Port area on Saturday leading to the seizure.

They said the law enforcement officials stopped a vehicle being driven by the suspect and on conducting the search “uncovered two large coolers containing several crocus bags with 193 pounds of marijuana”.

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Border Patrol agents find 203 pounds of marijuana in go-kart

Border Patrol agents discovered 203 pounds of marijuana inside a go-kart. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) A Border Patrol K-9 unit seized 195 pounds of marijuana discovered in the trunk of a vehicle traveling through the Highway 95 checkpoint. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) YUMA, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) -

Border Patrol agents found more than 200 pounds of marijuana inside a go-kart that illegally crossed the U.S. border along the Colorado River last week, officials said.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the driver tried to elude the pursuing agents late Thursday evening. After a brief chase, the driver jumped out of the go-kart and fled back to Mexico. 

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MISSOURI MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE TAKES A TURN

An exclusive interview with John Payne, executive director of Missouri’s Show-Me Cannabis policy-reform organization.

by Noelle Skodzinski

In November 2014, Missouri cannabis-policy-reform organization Show-Me Cannabis(named after Missouri’s nickname as The Show-Me State)  filed a petition with the Missouri Secretary of State to amend the state constitution to legalize, tax and regulate cannabis. The petition was required to undergo a review and public comment period, according to the Show-Me Cannabis website, before signatures could begin to be collected.

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Student son of former Nottinghamshire police officers jailed for dealing drugs

 

The son of two former police officers has been jailed for dealing ecstasy from his student accommodation.

Business student Alex Wardle, originally of Bunny Lane, Keyworth, was caught with large amounts of the party drug at his university accommodation in Beech Grove, west Hull.

Hull Crown Court heard the 22-year- old's drug dealing first came to light in November last year, when he was stopped by police driving a van in the city centre.

Prosecutor Stephen Robinson said: "Officers noted a strong smell of cannabis and it was clear the defendant had been smoking the drug."

Wardle was searched and police found two clear bags containing ecstasy tucked into his underpants.

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Weekend Weirdness: SWAT Team Conducts Raid, Mistakes Organic Tomato Plants for Cannabis

Oh, police raids. With the number of times SWAT teams crack down on cannabis businesses (regardless of legality), you'd think they'd be able to recognize what an actual cannabis plant looks like. Alas, someone hasn't ascribed to the #JustSayKnow mantra, because a recent raid in Arlington, Texas came up short of cannabis but full of another versatile plant (so long as you're looking to make a BLT or a salad).

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Support Marijuana Reform On Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! If you get a chance to talk to a marijuana industry laborer, thank them for their hard work. It’s not easy to work in the marijuana industry, where there are many grey areas and seemingly constant harassment by the government. I have had more than a few friends get arrested for working at a medical marijuana dispensary, and while they didn’t get charged, they did lose their jobs, which is always a bad thing.

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P300,000 worth of marijuana seized in Maguindanao

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — Lawmen seized some P300,000 worth of compressed marijuana leaves in a raid Sunday at a roadside farming village in Matanog town west of Maguindanao province.

The illegal merchandise, ready for distribution to buyers, were found in one of the houses which operatives from the regional police command of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the Matanog municipal police and the ARMM's Regional Public Safety Battalion raided Sunday morning.

Initial reports obtained from the ARMM regional police in Camp S.K. Pendatun in Parang town indicated that the raid was carried out after vigilant folks informed local officials of the presence of a group keeping dried marijuana leaves in a peasant enclave in Bugasan Sur in Matanog.

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Woman rings Esperance police to complain about lack of marijuana

Senior Sergeant Richard Moore with some of the cannabis taken off Esperance streets.

The Esperance Police Station received a rather unusual telephone call late Friday night when a local woman decided to vent her frustration over of the lack of cannabis around town.

Friday night is typically a busy night for local coppers. But they weren't expecting a complaint from an upset drug user.

Senior Sergeant Richard Moore said the concerned resident was irate and angry when discussing her point of view with the police officer who took the call.

It was believed the woman was intoxicated. In a heated exchange with the officer, she wanted it known to the Esperance police just how hard they had made it to purchase cannabis around town.

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