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24
Apr

Oregon: What Legalization? Police Want $5 Million For Marijuana Enforcement

Legalization? What legalization? Advocates may rightly be asking this question after the Oregon State Police requested a $3.9 million budget increase to go after marijuana.

The OSP wants the money for 2015-20176 to pay for 11 full-time troopers and detectives to go after pot, reports Aaron Mesh at Willamette Week.

Since that's in addition to the $1.3 million the state police already requested for a legal marijuana enforcement budget earlier this year, one can't help asking oneself, where are the savings in marijuana enforcement that supposedly come with "legalization"?

The state police have declined comment.

Fri
24
Apr

'The Bud Busters': Surrey teens protest marijuana legalization at Vancouver's annual 4/20 event

From left, Surrey teens Jordan Smith with twins Connor and Duncan Fesenmaier at the Vancouver Art Gallery on April 20. The high school students were protesting the use and legalization or marijuana. Photograph by: Amy Reid , Surrey Now

VANCOUVER — There was a new voice at the annual 4/20 pot protest at the Vancouver Art Gallery this year: Three Surrey high school students who weren’t there to light up.

Wearing anti-pot T-shirts and sporting gas masks, twins Duncan and Connor Fesenmaier and Jordan Smith from Princess Margaret Secondary took the trek to Vancouver to protest the use of marijuana and spread their anti-legalization message.

As one man quite accurately dubbed them, they’re the “bud busters.”

Fri
24
Apr

Patient Advocacy and Community Outreach Drive Successful Dispensaries

One of the most important components of the marijuana industry is the dispensary. Since marijuana cannot be legally shipped through the post office, and since laws in most states are at best vague about delivery services, the best way to sell legal marijuana is in a building known as a dispensary.

Fri
24
Apr

EU Cannabis: when prohibition does not equal lower consumption

In Europe, the legislation varied from one country to another. And the most stringent laws do not necessarily produce the best effects.

According to the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), nearly one in two French smoked cannabis. However, France has one of the toughest laws on drug use, even so-called "soft" drugs. In Europe, laws differ. On one hand the countries that decriminalize, are tolerant, do not condemn. And conversely those which are very severe. Scientific studies are struggling to establish links between the laws in force and the actual consumption of drugs. If consumption is sometimes tolerated in different forms, the sale and cultivation of cannabis are of course mostly misdemeanors.

Countries that tolerate

Fri
24
Apr

Jamaica Group To Assess Ganja Law Amendments For Tourism

Opposition Spokesperson on Tourism and Cruise Shipping, Shahine Robinson has called on Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeil to pull together a working group to exploit the new provisions of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act as it relates to the use and cultivation of ganja. 

“I am calling on the Minister to establish a small and efficient working group, inclusive of the Health Ministry, Customs and other critical stakeholders to review and assess the amendments and put in a place of programme of work ultimately aimed at enhancing the benefits to Jamaica,” said Robinson in a release.

Fri
24
Apr

Sat Maharaj: Let’s talk about ganja

Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Sat Maharaj, is calling on Government and the relevant authorities to begin discussion and seek public referendum on the pros and cons of decriminalising marijuana.

The outspoken Maharaj said members of local law enforcement spend a lot of time carrying out marijuana eradication exercises and searches of persons for small amounts of the narcotic who are prosecuted and sent to jail.

Fri
24
Apr

Ireland to examine possibility of decriminalising cannabis

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to examine the possible decriminalisation of cannabis in his new role as Minister of State with Responsibility for the Drug Strategy.

The Labour TD’s new position was confirmed in the Dáil on Thursday by Tanaiste Joan Burton.

He said his first task will be to examine the National Drugs Strategy which expires next year.

Mr Ó Ríordáin said he is willing to examine to the potential relaxation of the laws.

He said: “I believe someone who has an addiction issue should be dealt with through the health system and not the criminal justice system.

Fri
24
Apr

Friday funny: Just say no problem

Marshall Ramsey-Creators Syndicate

How the times have changed. Just say no problem!

Do you have a friday funny to share?

Submit a link to your favourite cannabis cartoon in the comments below, and send us any news tips to feature on the next newsletter.

Have a great weekend!

Thu
23
Apr

Charlotte’s Web hearing to enter second day, glitch bill still on Senate calendar

A potential Florida medical marijuana grower is getting every opportunity to make its case in court.

Baywood Nurseries of Apopka insists the proposed rule to enact the 2014 Charlotte’s Web law by the Florida Department of Health is unfair to smaller nurseries, blocking them from applying for one of the five licenses available to grow marijuana.

The DOH response: Baywood has no case.

“We shouldn’t be here for a hearing and another delay,” protested DOH lawyerEduardo Lombard.

Thu
23
Apr

Vancouver pot shop regulations under fire in letter from minister Rona Ambrose

The City of Vancouver's plan to regulate retail marijuana stores has raised the ire of Ottawa.

In a letter to Mayor Gregor Robertson, federal health minister, Rona Ambrose, says she is "deeply concerned" at the city's plan to discuss a proposal to regulate the growing crop of pot shops.

The letter, sent Thursday, says that "legitimizing and normalizing the use and sale of marijuana can have only one effect: increasing marijuana use and addiction."

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