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Pre-Employment Drug Screens Stigmatize Stoners Even in Legal States

When I do a little research into job ads and their pre-employment drug screening policies, it actually blows my mind a bit. I don’t think any job should require drug screenings. I’m a strong supporter of personal freedoms so long as they don’t cause harm.

For my personal experience, I have only had to deal with one pre-hiring drug screening, and I opted out of the job before I ever even had to do it. A few years back I was unexpectedly furloughed from my job at a university for three months and needed to find something on the fly to bring in a little money. I was a chef for about 15 years and always know I can get a job slinging food when I need to.

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2016 WILL BE THE MARIJUANA ELECTION

Late last month, Republicans converged on D.C. to meet for CPAC—the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Decades old and sponsored by the American Conservative Union, this event is a requirement for top Republican politicians. It is no surprise that the leading Republican presidential contenders made their way to the big stage.

This year, something odd happened on the way to the podium. Speakers were sprayed with an array of questions on a topic that was somewhat new to the conservative agenda: marijuana policy.

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26
Mar

GROWING CONCERNS FOR MARIJUANA BANKING

Many marijuana businesses are running solely on cash operated businesses, having to pay tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash money for protection, utilities and employee payouts. This is causing a safety concern for those that partake in the marijuana industry forcing them to carry high amounts of cash at all times quickly becoming targets for criminals.

Banks are wary of dealing with cannabusinesses because of the fear of being prosecuted for conspiring money laundering under federal law. Many banks have been refusing businesses due to this issue. The banking problem is even spilling over in to state politics regarding marijuana laws.

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Lessons from Marijuana Legalization Around the Globe

In the blink of an eye, global debates about cannabis regulation have shifted from “whether” to “how.” In 2014, Uruguay became the first nation to explicitly regulate cannabis from seed to sale. Its preferred strategy? State-regulated production, cannabis clubs, and personal growing. Meanwhile, four U.S. states and the District of Columbia have moved ahead with legal regulation, Colorado and Washington being the first, and the federal government seems unlikely to intervene. More states, possibly even California, look set to follow. Likewise, in the rest of the world, there are a number of gray-area regulatory systems, including in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. All offer insights into how the United States—and other countries—might tackle the “how.”

THE AMERICAN MODEL

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Marijuana Legalization Bill In Louisiana Would Give Voters A Say In Legalizing Recreational Pot In ...

A Louisiana lawmaker wants voters to decide whether the personal use of marijuana should be legal in their state, and he thinks their collective response could be a resounding yes. Rep. Dalton Honore, a Democrat representing Baton Rouge, filed a bill in the House last week that would legalize recreational pot use in Louisiana for adults 21 or older, according to KATC TV-3. It would also set up a system for cannabis to be grown, dispensed and taxed. The measure would go on the ballot next year.

"If I can get it to the people, it will pass with flying colors,” Honore told the Times-Picayune. 

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26
Mar

Marijuana wax receiving increased attention from law enforcement

ST. PAUL — Law enforcement officials from Duluth and across Minnesota on Wednesday issued a warning about an increasingly popular form of marijuana that can be six times more potent than the traditional form of the drug. Called marijuana wax, the manufacture of the drug has been blamed for the death of a St. Cloud woman. Marijuana wax also is blamed for recent overdose cases involving two Duluth teenagers.

Wax is a street name for this type of marijuana concentrate, and is also known as butane hash oil, honey oil, budder, dabs and 710. It has a similar consistency as butter or honey.

The wax itself is dangerous, officials say, but the manufacture of the product presents a grave safety risk to the public.

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Patients: Medical marijuana not foothold for recreation

AUSTIN -- Medical marijuana advocates are stepping up the pressure on lawmakers this week.

The 84th Texas Legislature has seen an unprecedented number of marijuana-related bills, leading advocates for medical marijuana to draw distinctions between bills that would support medicinal use versus those that would affect recreational use. For that purpose, dozens of patients and medical marijuana advocates gathered at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday to highlight their cause.

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Mar

Philly420: From Deleware to Detroit, Plans Differ for Medical Marijuana

Advocates for medical marijuana are quick to point out that 23 states have passed some sort of therapeutic cannabis law. All of them are different. They range from the broadly worded (California) to severely restrictive (New Jersey). The truth is that only a handful of these states actually offer programs that serve a majority of patients. 

Robust programs are running in Maine, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and California. These states offer the widest array of access from home cultivation, collective gardens and professional dispensaries. The rest of the country struggles to compete for a similar level of compassion. 

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Mar

Tafts would own marijuana farm

A marijuana plant, photographed during a bust by Fort Thomas Police in Kentucky on Tuesday, October 10, 2006.(Photo: File photo)

Two scions of the city's storied Taft family have invested in the Butler County property that would serve as one of the 10 marijuana-producing farms should voters legalize marijuana in November.

Brothers Woody Taft, a private equity investor, and Dudley Taft Jr., a noted local musician, expressed support Wednesday for the ResponsibleOhio ballot initiative for a constitutional amendment. The language would allow adults over 21 to use marijuana and children, with parental consent, to get medical cannabis to treat illness.

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North Carolina House committee kills medical marijuana bill

Raleigh, N.C. — Joseph Malinowski told the House Judiciary I Committee on Wednesday that he doesn't want to be a lawbreaker, but neither does he want to suffer with the aftermath of cancer or the symptoms of multiple sclerosis when medical marijuana can ease the pain.

"I spent 21 days in Harnett County jail, first time in my life I've ever been in any kind of trouble," Malinowski said. "But this helps me. I think it could help a lot more people."

Despite pleas from a number of people who testified that medical cannabis has helped treat either themselves or loved ones, the committee rejected legislation that would have legalized marijuana use for certain patients.

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