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Colombian Senator: Decriminalize Marijuana to Beat the Narcos

Español“I think we need to go ahead and get rid of this damn drug-trafficking business that has done so much damage already,” Colombian Senator Roy Barreras said on Wednesday, June 10.

The senator added that we he would soon propose an amendment to the current medical marijuana bill being debated in Congress to expand decriminalization to include recreational purposes.

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Deputies: $700000 worth of marijuana seized at Tampa grow house

A call about a domestic disturbance led them to discover a marijuana grow operation in the house next door, Hillsborough deputies say.When deputies searched the house a week later, they found 283 pounds of marijuana worth $700,000, deputies said.According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded last Friday to a domestic disturbance at a home on Wilkins Road. While investigating the disturbance, a deputy noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the house next door.The deputy alerted the Marijuana Grow House Task Force, and a search warrant was obtained. On Thursday, deputies searched the house and found the grow operation in a detached garage. Deputies said they seized 15 mature marijuana plants and 39 small marijuana plants.

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Sûreté du Québec raids marijuana grow-ops on South Shore

The Sûreté du Québec raided two large marijuana grow-ops on the South Shore Friday morning.

One was in the town of Pierreville, and the other one was in Saint-François-du-Lac. Both were used to grow the plants so that they could be re-transplanted outdoors.

Nearly 20,000 pot plants and cuttings, in different stages of growth, were seized.

The Pierreville grow-op had multiple rooms which housed plants, cuttings and mini-greenhouses.

The raid was part of Operation Cisailles (shears), that has been ongoing for several years.

Contrary to previous raids, where the police would search for outdoor pot plantations, the new approach is aimed at stopping the illegal activity before planting occurs, and arrests are possible.

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NY Medical Marijuana Program Brings in $3 Million from Application Process

Today state officials in New York will close the application process to open a dispensary.

 

According to numbers from the New York Post, the state has already brought in $3 million from the selection process by charging 300 perspective dispensary owners $10,000 a pop to file their bid to attain one of the five permits being distributed in the state.

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Medical pot users seek class action against Health Canada

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in a proposed class action, claiming Health Canada breached privacy rights and jeopardized the safety of medical marijuana users, will be seeking damages of up to $20,000 per person, a court in Halifax heard Wednesday.

Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan is hearing a certification application for a proposed class action, put forward by medical marijuana users and growers across Canada, who were licensed under the previous federal medicinal marijuana program.

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On Course for Regulated Personal Cultivation in Ecuador

In Ecuador important advances have been made in the area of drug policy, with civil society playing an active part in them. The country's National Assembly is currently debating a bill: "Organic Law for the Comprehensive Prevention of Drugs and the Use of Catalogued Substances Subject to Regulation.”

In 1998 the country revised its “Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act” (Act 108), under which consumption was decriminalised. However, there existed legal contradictions and flaws that ended up penalising users and consumers for holding, possession and transport, without any criterion of proportionality, all entailing sentences of 12-16 years.

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Andrew Cuomo's Pot Problem

In New York, one of the most liberal states in the country, why is the governor doing everything in his power to water down sensible marijuana reform?

hen New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation opening the door to medical marijuana last July, supporters of marijuana-policy reform were optimistic that change was finally coming to the Empire State. But the bill Cuomo signed was typical of New York's strange and troubled history with marijuana policy. Scheduled to launch next January, the medical-marijuana program contains so many gratuitous restrictions and baffling regulations that supporters remain unsure whether the new law is a tentative first step toward meaningful change, or a halfhearted measure doomed to kill sensible marijuana policy.

 

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11
Jun

New Zealand: Dunne Speaks on Medicinal Cannabis

Earlier this week I approved the use of a medicinal cannabis product (actually a hemp derivative) in the case of a critically ill teenager.

The decision was an unremarkable, as it was fair and obvious. To have done otherwise in the particular circumstances would have been heartless in the extreme. The public protests and the sentiments of the well-meaning worthies counted for nothing with me in this case. It was much more a matter of plain old common sense.

In the wake of that decision there have been many wrong and naïve conclusions from the enthusiasts and the antagonists that the floodgates have been opened, and that the widespread availability of medicinal cannabis of every type for all manner of aches and pains is now just around the corner. How wrong they are!

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11
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Germany Takes Big Strides towards Cannabis Regulation

Almost three million Germans regularly smoke marijuana, making its legalisation an issue of widespread interest. Activists, expert lawyers in Criminal Law and some politicians are beginning to demand its regulation.

In Germany some three million citizens recognise smoking cannabis regularly, almost five times more than those who report only having tried it. It is still illegal to consume it in the country, so one of marijuana lovers' struggles in the coming years is going to be its regulation.

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Oregon: Marijuana deal in Legislature threatened by new dispute over local bans on pot sales

SALEM - A legislative deal laying out the future of the legal marijuana market in Oregon was in danger of falling apart Wednesday as the result of yet another dispute about local curbs on retail sales of the drug.

Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, sent a late-night email to leaders of the legislative marijuana committee saying he couldn't agree with the deal they reached with city and county association lobbyists on the issue of local control.

Ferrioli, whose eastern Oregon district voted strongly against the marijuana legalization initiative last November, said he wanted to make sure that local governments have the ability to ban medical and recreational marijuana sales in their communities.

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