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Thu
02
Jul

Ganjapreneur and rapper buy $4,000 wheelchair for pot activist

When Colorado-based ganjapreneur Jayson Emo saw the viral video of police raiding an unpermitted medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, Calif. — a video that included footage of a female police officer saying she wanted to kick dispensary manager Marla James (a 54-year-old wheelchair-bound amputee and marijuana activist) in her “nub” — he knew he had to do something.

Screenshot of video showing Santa Ana, Calif., police raiding unpermitted medical marijuana dispensary Sky High Holistic.

Thu
02
Jul

Oregon medical marijuana growers prepare to expand into new retail recreational markets

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Forty-two years after Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, the state is taking its first steps along a road leading to state-licensed stores selling limited amounts of it to anyone over 21.

"Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, which on Wednesday makes Oregon the fourth state to adopt laws legalizing recreational use of cannabis for people old enough to drink.

He added though that he doesn't expect much increased demand for it.

Smoking it in public is illegal, but in Portland police are discouraging residents from calling 911 to report smokers.

Thu
02
Jul

Growing cannabis 'more profitable', chicken farmer tells court

A farmer has admitted growing cannabis plants worth £109,000 because "they made more money" than rearing chickens.

Edward James, 68, was found with hundreds of plants on his land at Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon.

He told police growing the Class B drug was "more profitable than chickens", Exeter Crown Court heard.

Recorder Mr Rufus Taylor adjourned the case until 30 July, and ordered pre-sentence reports be prepared by the Probation Service.

Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said in light of James' guilty plea to producing cannabis, his not guilty plea to a second charge of possession with intent to supply had been accepted.

Gareth Evans, defending, said James is in poor health and has strong personal mitigation.

Thu
02
Jul

At a Glance: Competing Marijuana Reform Efforts in California

In California, the race is on to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. Multiple organizations are pushing for legalization, and the field is slowly becoming as crowded as the Republican field for presidential candidates.

The most recent entry into the fray of marijuana initiatives is the Responsible Use Act, which was submitted by the grassroots team of Chad and Marinda Hanes. Supporters of the ballot initiative now have 180 days to collect 365,880 valid signatures in order to get on the ballot for next year.

Thu
02
Jul

Forced rehabilitation of drug users in Indonesia not a solution

Earlier this year, Indonesia executed 14 people, including Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, for drug offences. President Joko Widodo portrayed the executions as the ultimate weapon in an expansive “war on drugs” deployed to protect the country’s young generation from an  alleged “national drug emergency”.

But his policy is harming the very people he claims he wishes to protect.

A problematic approach

Thu
02
Jul

Norman Lamb: more than half of Tory ministers have taken drugs

Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Norman Lamb has said that more than half of current government ministers “almost certainly” tried illegal drugs in their younger years.

Speaking at an event organised by the Institute of Public Policy Research thinktank on Wednesday evening, the MP for North Norfolk described the UK’s current drugs laws as pathetic and a “monumental failure of public policy”.

“We have the crazy situation that, almost certainly, more than half of this government – half of the government ministers in a Conservative government – will have taken drugs in their younger years,” said Lamb, a former care minister under the coalition government.

Wed
01
Jul

Russia Must Step Up and Fight Its Drug Problem

According to a recent poll by the Levada Center, 88 percent of Russians over the age of 18 have never taken drugs outside medical prescription. Only 17 percent know someone who has used non-prescribed drugs, with an overwhelming 80 percent answering in the negative.

It is thus unsurprising that among this demographic, which has limited first-hand experience of drug use, 69 percent would favor drug testing in schools, 72 percent would approve of criminal charges against drug users and 75 percent are against legalization of "light" drugs such as cannabis.

It is fair to point out that Russia's experience with drug use is a fairly recent problem. Apocryphally, there was no sex in the Soviet Union. But there was also very little in the way of drugs or rock 'n' roll, too.

Wed
01
Jul

LA: New marijuana law may help get early release

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

 If you think there are too many in jail or prison for possession of marijuana, you'll likely support the new law signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The lower penalties take effect immediately. Someone caught with less than 14 grams of marijuana will face up to 15 days in jail and up to six months if caught with less than 2 1/2 pounds. The maximum penalty drops from 20 years in prison to eight years.

The law mostly affects those who are arrested in the future -- as it reduces fines and sentences and whether incarceration may involve time in jail or prison.

It won't automatically reduce sentences for those already in jail or prison.

However, local defense attorney Walt Sanchez said it may help them get an earlier release.

Wed
01
Jul

Gov. Inslee signs Washington recreational marijuana reform bill into law

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a measure that reforms several elements of Washington state’s recreational marijuana law.

The bill signed Tuesday eliminates the current three-tier tax structure and replaces it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.

To encourage more cities and counties to allow marijuana businesses, the bill directs the state to share pot revenue only with jurisdictions that do so. It would also allow them to adopt more flexible zoning for where pot grows and stores can be located.

The passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 allowed the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use at licensed stores, which started opening last year.

Wed
01
Jul

Bobby Jindal Agrees To Let Medical Marijuana Reach Patients In Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) signed a law to provide access to medical marijuana on Monday, nearly a quarter-century after his state had legalized cannabis use by chronically ill people.

Though Louisiana signed off on medical marijuana in 1991, it has remained unavailable because the state legislature didn't create a system to legally grow and distribute the drug. The new law fills that significant gap.

Louisiana becomes the first Southern state to make marijuana available to its residents for medical use. It joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia where medical marijuana is already legal and accessible.

 

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