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Nov

Women Leaders in Cannabis finds group to take Thanksgiving donations

EUGENE, Ore. - A nonprofit trade organization based on philanthropy has reached out to help during the holiday - but had the offer turned down.

The group, "Women Leaders in Cannabis," says it's been denied several times.

The Eugene office of the Oregon Department of Human Services and two charities said "no" when the group wanted to donate turkey dinner baskets to clients in need.

But they finally found a group who said "yes".

KindTree Autism Rocks is a volunteer group that celebrates people in the autism community.

Wed
25
Nov

Grower or a Shower? Liquor and Cannabis Board Gets a Tongue Lashing, and More

Of all the alarming things that inspectors of Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board might discover about a grow op, this one may top them all.

While inspecting the background of a grower in Sequim on November 20, 2014, inspectors discovered a complaint filed against the individual with the Clallam County Sheriff’s office. The owners of a rental property adjacent to the grow op allege that the grower had gotten all dressed up in his birthday suit and was “bending a metal fence post, squatting, and moving his body forward and backward,” in full view of a family of barbecuing vacationers. The sheriff’s report included a photo of said naked bearded man and noted that, according to the tenants, “the man appeared to be aware of the guests barbecuing on the deck.”

Wed
25
Nov

Poll shows rising support for Cannabis decriminalization among Israeli college students

Vast majority of students support decriminalization of the drug.

If it were up to college students in Israel, policy on the regulation on Cannabis would be drastically different, at least according to the findings of a recent poll.

As it stands today, Israeli law doesn’t differentiate between “hard drugs” like Heroin and Cocaine, and drugs generally considered less dangerous, such as Cannabis. According to the poll carried out by the National Union of Israeli Students, 89% of students would like to see Israeli law changed to reflect this perception that differentiates between the two types of drugs.

The poll surveyed over 10,000 students at institutions across the country.

Wed
25
Nov

Marijuana Could Soon Be Legal in Cherokee, North Carolina

Marijuana could soon be legal on the Cherokee Indian Reservation just three hours from Chattanooga.

Leaders of the tribe recently passed a resolution to allow a study on how marijuana could be used on the reservation.

Some of the tribal land is in our viewing area in Cherokee County, North Carolina.

The study will look into whether or not they could use marijuana for medical purposes, with a written prescription, or for sale, in dispensaries, like we've seen in Western states like Colorado.

Cherokee, North Carolina is it's own sovereign nation.

Although it sits between other towns and cities, when you cross into the reservation you're no longer living under North Carolina's laws.

Tue
24
Nov

Cannabis worth £1.6m found after Essex police called to herbal tea theft reports

200kg of the drug was reportedly hidden amongst packets of tea in a lorry

Police uncovered a £1.6 million haul of drugs after being called to reports of a man trying to steal herbal tea.

Essex Police were alerted to three men said to be acting suspiciously around a parked lorry.

When officers got to Josselin Road, Basildon, they arrested one man seen carrying two boxes of what he thought was herbal tea from the back of the vehicle. Two other suspects ran off.

Tue
24
Nov

Brazil highway police seize 24.5 tons of marijuana

Brazil's Federal Highway Police seized 24.5 tons of marijuana in a truck that evidently entered the country from Paraguay, a record drug seizure for the institution, authorities reported Tuesday.

To date, the largest seizure of pot made by the Highway Police had been 21.5 tons in 2010, and the total amount seized so far in 2015 had been 4.5 tons, the institution said in a communique.

The shipment was intercepted on Monday afternoon on a highway in the southern state of Parana, which borders on Argentina and Paraguay, but the size of the haul was only determined on Tuesday after authorities weighed it.

Tue
24
Nov

Pa. House pulls vote on medical marijuana bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A bill to legalize medical marijuana was scheduled for a House vote Monday, but the vote has been pulled from the schedule.

Sources told ABC 27 an amendment is expected to be introduced that would “water” down Senate Bill 3 by putting caps on THC and the cannabis plant.

A rally will be held in the Capitol Rotunda at noon. A family who lost their child to Dravet syndrome, a severe seizure disorder, will speak. They believe their child would still be alive if medical cannabis was legal in Pennsylvania.

Those in favor of medical cannabis have been using the battle cry “Still sick, still waiting.”

Tue
24
Nov

N.J. pot arrests have increased even as legislators consider legalization

As public acceptance of marijuana use grows in the United States, nationwide arrests for simple possession of pot have dropped in recent years. New Jersey is going in the opposite direction.

Marijuana arrests in the state jumped 10 percent in 2012 and 2013, according to the latest New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reports.

In fact, the 24,765 arrests made for possessing small amounts of marijuana in 2013 is the highest number in 20 years, and nearly double the amount in 1993, when the state's population was 12 percent less, based on state police statistics and an analysis by the ACLU of New Jersey. In the five years prior to 2013, arrests had hovered around 22,000.

Tue
24
Nov

Beyond BC Bud: Canada's Marijuana Policies Are Getting Better

Hilary Bricken

My firm has recently written blog posts about our Southern neighbor, Mexico, and its trials and tribulations with marijuana legalization (see Marijuana Legalization: Bad for the Cartels and Mexican Marijuana Laws: Change is Here/Coming). And with all that has been going on with Canada and cannabis lately, I’m going to start giving our Northern neighbor equal time.

Tue
24
Nov

Vancouver Police Unit apologizes for tweets warning about ‘shatter’

Have you heard of a drug called shatter? It's a highly potent marijuana product that looks like toffee. The Vancouver Police Gang Unit recently put out a warning about its dangers, but as Kristen Robinson reports, marijuana advocates are now firing back.

The Vancouver Police Department’s Gang Unit has  apologized for a series of inaccurate tweets on Sunday warning about overdoses in connection with the drug “shatter.”

2/2: "Shatter" can cause temporary psychosis. Looks like toffee. This was seized in a traffic stop tonight. BEWARE. pic.twitter.com/H12OyhmvUc

— VPDGangUnit (@VPDGangUnit) November 21, 2015

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