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Cops Raid Medical Marijuana Patient, Take Her Vibrator in Asset Forfeiture

When the cops raided Ginnifer Hency’s home in Smiths Creek, Michigan, last July, “they took everything,” she told state legislators on Tuesday, including TV sets, ladders, her children’s cellphones and iPads, even her vibrator. They found six ounces of marijuana and arrested Hency for possession with intent to deliver, “even though I was fully compliant with the Michigan medical marijuana laws,” which means “I am allowed to possess and deliver.” Hency, a mother of four with multiple sclerosis, uses marijuana for pain relief based on her neurologist’s recommendation. She also serves as a state-registered caregiver for five other patients.

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31
May

Marijuana decriminalization faces key vote in NH Senate

The battle to decriminalize marijuana in New Hampshire faces a key test this Thursday when the state Senate is expected to vote on a bill that overwhelmingly passed the N.H. House earlier this year.

While the bill has a better chance of passing than previous decriminalization efforts, passage is not a slam dunk. In fact, the bill as originally proposed is unlikely to pass the Senate, let alone be signed by Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Last Tuesday, Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, offered alternative language for the bill when it was discussed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. His amendment was voted down 4 to 1.

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31
May

Texas Initiative would prohibit marijuana businesses

PALMER — Two draft ballot measures presently under review by the city of Palmer and Mat-Su Borough would ban most marijuana businesses, if voters approve.

The identically worded measures would exempt businesses dealing with industrial hemp, but would outlaw parlors, cafes, commercial grow operations for recreational uses, or any other forms of business trading in the drug, at least as they appeared in copies provided by the respective municipal clerks.

The primary sponsor of the Palmer initiative, Donna Irsik, said Friday the city measure had been rejected by the city clerk and would need to be reworded. Irsik said she was waiting to see the precise nature of the changes required before commenting in detail. The borough-level initiative is still under legal review.

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30
May

Leading Mexican Journalist Explains Why Everything You're Hearing About The Drug War Is Wrong

As one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists, Anabel Hernández has dedicated the past decade to investigating her country’s drug war -- one of the most dangerous projects a reporter could ask for. Her 2010 book Los señores del narco, translated into English as Narcoland, detailed the extensive government corruption that allowed Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and his Sinaloa cartel to become one of the most powerful criminal enterprises in the world.

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30
May

Assembly committee passes bill to regulate marijuana cultivation

A bill that would create environmental guidelines for marijuana cultivation in California made a key step forward Thursday.

Assembly Bill 243, authored by Healdsburg Democrat Jim Wood, advanced from the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is scheduled to be heard on the Assembly floor next week.

The Marijuana Watershed Protection Act requires that all of the state’s nine water quality control boards develop environmental regulations to address wastewater discharge from medical marijuana farms.

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May

NC man gets $450k bond after large marijuana growing operation found

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man faces drug charges after authorities found more than 950 marijuana plants in his home.

The News & Observer reported that Richard Dylan Perry, 35, of Chapel Hill, faces charges after Orange County deputies raided his home on Wednesday.

Inside, they found reportedly 956 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with equipment to plant, grow, cultivate, process, and package the marijuana.

The suspect lives at a Chapel Hill address in Chatham County, but also owns the property were the drugs were found, according to reports.

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30
May

Chaves County drops commissioner who supports marijuana farm

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - The chairman of a joint city-county commission in Roswell who supported a controversial marijuana farm proposal has not been reappointed.

The Roswell Daily News reports that Royce "Pancho" Maples failed to get reappointed by the Chaves County commissioners Thursday but does not believe the loss is related to his pro-marijuana stance.

Maples chaired the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission and voted earlier this month in favor of converting an old dairy processing plant near Roswell into a medical marijuana farm.

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30
May

Marijuana could treat PTSD under new legislation

× Marijuana could treat PTSD under new legislation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 30, 2015) — Post-traumatic stress disorder would be considered a debilitating illness that can be treated with medically prescribed marijuana under legislation headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The House approved state Rep. Lou Lang’s measure 68-36 on Saturday. The Skokie Democrat says marijuana can help people suffering from PTSD.

PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event that a person experiences or witnesses. There has been a lot of attention to it in the past decade because troops in combat are susceptible.

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May

Banning legal highs: the biggest obstacle is the human brain

There has been considerable confusion and concern around new government plans to ban legal highs. Scientifically, the only solution is to ban the human brain

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30
May

Neb. senators scrap medical marijuana for the year

LINCOLN (AP) — The sponsor of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska pulled the bill from the Legislature’s agenda on Wednesday, citing a flurry of other divisive votes senators have had to defend recently — including a repeal of the death penalty.

Sen. Tommy Garrett of Bellevue asked Wednesday to hold his bill until June 15, ensuring senators will not revisit the debate until next year.

The move came one day after the Omaha chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws filed a petition to put the medical marijuana on the ballot for voters to decide.

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