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Smoking weed has halved in the UK

Despite sweeping legalisation and decriminalisation of the drug in the US and a nascent sense of 'why aren't we recognising that it's fairly harmless' circulating amongst rational human beings following a string of enlightening studies, use of marijuana is falling in the UK.

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California legislation would create Office of Marijuana Regulation

A bill that advanced in the State Assembly would create a regulating body – the Office of Marijuana Regulation – to oversee California's medical marijuana industry.

SACRAMENTO – California took the first step Thursday to regulate its nearly 20-year-old medical marijuana industry, one that lawmakers said currently resembles something out of the “wild, wild West.”

AB266 merges what were two competing bills and attempts to set up state regulations that will pass muster with the federal Department of Justice.

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CBD vs THC: Stop Brainwashing and Start Cannabis Education

With the sweeping tide of cannabis legalization and decriminalization sweeping North America, and with a similar tide expected to sweep South America and continental Europe in the next few years, now is an ideal time to teach the public about THC and CBD. The days of so-called “educational” campaigns which consisted of nothing more than scaremongering and lying needs to come to an end. Kids see right through it. Instead we need to acknowledge a few things….

1) We Know More About Cannabis Than Previous Generations

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Congress Protects Medical Marijuana Businesses From Feds, But Not Rec Shops

Congress voted on two amendments to a Department of Justice spending bill Wednesday that would protect marijuana businesses in states where they're legal, but only one of them passed.

Introduced by Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Democratic Congressman Sam Farr, both of California, the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment will prohibit federal funding for the Department of Justice's prevention of state-implemented medical marijuana programs. The bipartisan amendment also passed in 2014 but was set to expire in September and needed re-approval to prevail, which it gained by a 242-186 vote.

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Colorado to offer one-day tax holiday on marijuana

Colorado will repeal sales taxes on marijuana Sept. 16, thanks to a quirk in the state's constitution.

The one-time-only holiday from the 10 percent state sales tax on recreational pot is likely to generate buzz in the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana.

The little-noticed provision is part of a larger bill that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Thursday that includes a ballot initiative in November and a permanent tax cut on recreational pot sales in 2017.

"This fiscal glitch that we have with the constitution ... that's part of the magic of living in Colorado," the Democratic governor said.

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Call it KBUD, or Smokin’ 94.1, and say hello to a new FM weed radio format

 

A radio format geared to pot enthusiasts bowed Monday in Denver as Smokin’ 94.1 FM. Picking up the format from Bubba the Love Sponge out of Tampa, Fla., the station is also on 1550 AM. The details:

Bubba the Love Sponge “loves weed, fast cars, hot girls and rock music” — and that’s why Colorado station owner Mark Paskin of Marco Broadcasting adds Tampa-based Bubba for mornings, starting today. Bubba is equally enthusiastic (and quotable) — “Rock music and smoking pot (as you can do legally in Colorado) have historically gone together like peanut butter and jelly.”

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EU drug agency sees no U.S.-like cannabis legalization moves

European Union countries are unlikely to legalize marijuana any time soon as some parts of the United States have done recently, EU drug monitoring agency chief Wolfgang Gotz said on Thursday.

He did not spell out why he expected no corresponding EU moves. But in a statement, his agency said a key finding in its latest annual report was a "marked rise in the potency and purity of Europe's most commonly used illicit drugs, fuelling concerns for the health of users who, wittingly or unwittingly, may be consuming stronger products".

It also pointed out an increase in the numbers of cannabis-related health emergencies in Europe between 2008 and 2012.

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Another Tax-Exempt Marijuana Church---Green Faith Ministry

 

I recently was excited to report on the First Church Of Cannabis, which was approved by Indiana’s Secretary of State under its controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. To me, the even bigger news was that this rather unconventional  church has even been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. Tea Party conservatives evidently had a lot more trouble with their tax exemption applications.

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Marijuana Users Frequently Considered Non-Smokers By Life Insurers

Time was when most life insurers had no underwriting policy regarding an applicant’s use of marijuana. But that’s no longer the case.

According to a survey by Munich American Reassurance, 29 percent of life insurers with an underwriting policy in place classify marijuana users as non-smokers. The survey is based on on-site interviews of nearly 150 underwriters. They were attending the April annual meeting of the Association of Home Office Underwriters in Washington, D.C.

Of the life carriers represented in the survey, just one in five have no official underwriting policy in place for marijuana users, according to the Atlanta business unit of Munich Re.

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Police in West Yorkshire sniff out 70 per cent more cannabis

The number of cannabis plants seized by West Yorkshire Police soared by more than 70 per cent last year, according to new figures.

West Yorkshire bucked the downward national trend in 2014 for the number of seizures of illegal plants, with 15,327 taken by the county’s police compared with 8,960 in 2013.

The 71 per cent increase is the fourth biggest among the nation’s police force areas last year, according to new statistics from landlord insurer Direct Line.

During the same period the number of cannabis plants seized in neighbouring North Yorkshire dropped by 80 per cent, from 6,594 to 1,304, one of the largest falls in the country.

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