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    #304737 - 10/27/09 04:57 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

A thread to discuss Recent news related to the cannabis plant.


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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: Dr. Siekadellyk]
    #304740 - 10/27/09 05:02 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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California lawmakers to debate full marijuana legalization tomorrow

California state lawmakers are scheduled to hear testimony tomorrow in support of taxing and regulating the commercial production and distribution of marijuana for adults age 21 and older.

Members of the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety have called for the hearing, entitled “Examining the Fiscal and Legal Implication of the Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana.” The hearing will be chaired by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), sponsor of Assembly Bill 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act. It will take place at 10am in room 126 of the State Capitol.

A press conference will take place prior to the hearing at 9 am in Capitol Room 317.

California NORML Coordinator Dale Gieringer is scheduled to testify before the Committee at noon. [Editor's note: Read Dale's written testimony here.] NORML has also submitted prepared testimony to the Committee, which is available online here.

Several representatives from law enforcement, including the California Police Chiefs Association and the Office of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, are scheduled to testify in opposition to the bill.

“The criminal prohibition of marijuana provides law enforcement and state regulators with no legitimate market controls,” states NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano in prepared testimony.  “This absence of state and local government controls jeopardizes rather than promotes public safety. I urge this Committee to move forward with the enactment of sensible regulations for legalizing marijuana.”

Tomorrow’s hearing marks one of the first times since 1913 that the California legislature has debated ending criminal prohibition.

If you live in California you can contact your member of the Assembly in advance of tomorrow’s historic hearing here.




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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: Dr. Siekadellyk]
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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: Dr. Siekadellyk]
    #304818 - 10/27/09 08:03 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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California lawmakers to debate full marijuana legalization tomorrow

California state lawmakers are scheduled to hear testimony tomorrow in support of taxing and regulating the commercial production and distribution of marijuana for adults age 21 and older.

Members of the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety have called for the hearing, entitled ?Examining the Fiscal and Legal Implication of the Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana.? The hearing will be chaired by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), sponsor of Assembly Bill 390, the Marijuana Control, Regulation, and Education Act. It will take place at 10am in room 126 of the State Capitol.

A press conference will take place prior to the hearing at 9 am in Capitol Room 317.

California NORML Coordinator Dale Gieringer is scheduled to testify before the Committee at noon. [Editor's note: Read Dale's written testimony here.] NORML has also submitted prepared testimony to the Committee, which is available online here.

Several representatives from law enforcement, including the California Police Chiefs Association and the Office of the Attorney General?s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, are scheduled to testify in opposition to the bill.

?The criminal prohibition of marijuana provides law enforcement and state regulators with no legitimate market controls,? states NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano in prepared testimony.  ?This absence of state and local government controls jeopardizes rather than promotes public safety. I urge this Committee to move forward with the enactment of sensible regulations for legalizing marijuana.?

Tomorrow?s hearing marks one of the first times since 1913 that the California legislature has debated ending criminal prohibition.

If you live in California you can contact your member of the Assembly in advance of tomorrow?s historic hearing here.




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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: ttotheh]
    #304825 - 10/27/09 08:12 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

yeah im excited, im seeing more and more lately about slowly getting closer to legalization......:bigjoint:


hopefully eventually because its really getting rediculous now.


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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: Dr. Siekadellyk]
    #304828 - 10/27/09 08:16 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Yeah, I have a good feeling its getting close, maybe not this time, but close.

And, not trying to be a jerk or anything, but why make this thread if we already got something like this? www.growery.org than the news thing right there. :shrug:


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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: Cannaboid]
    #304841 - 10/27/09 08:29 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

because this thread is to discuss the latest interesting news about cannabis like in my above post....


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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: Cannaboid]
    #304843 - 10/27/09 08:32 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

I like it.  that forum is dead!  and dr. has zero points (for infractions)!  :lol:

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i would also advocate we use the term Cannabis and not marijuana.  but you knew i'd mention that. 


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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #304909 - 10/27/09 10:07 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

wrong thread i believe Brow


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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: Dr. Siekadellyk]
    #304911 - 10/27/09 10:13 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

I also prefer the term cannabis rather than marijuana.....marijuana has a bad rep.


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    #304934 - 10/27/09 10:38 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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I also prefer the term cannabis rather than marijuana.....marijuana has a bad rep.




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    #305020 - 10/28/09 12:23 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

for those of you who don't know, check it out...

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    #305032 - 10/28/09 12:32 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Sorry, the page you were looking for cannot be found

interesting.  I use the shroomery news service.  it's a great compilation from the net in the world on drugs.


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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #305086 - 10/28/09 12:55 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

whoops, I misspelled :facepalm:

here's the correct link:

www.cannabisnews.com


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    #305352 - 10/28/09 12:25 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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Push to Legalize Marijuana Gains Ground in California
By JESSE McKINLEY

SAN FRANCISCO — These are heady times for advocates of legalized marijuana in California — and only in small part because of the newly relaxed approach of the federal government toward medical marijuana.

State lawmakers are holding a hearing on Wednesday on the effects of a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate the drug — in what would be the first such law in the United States. Tax officials estimate the legislation could bring the struggling state about $1.4 billion a year, and though the bill’s fate in the Legislature is uncertain, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has indicated he would be open to a “robust debate” on the issue.

California voters are also taking up legalization. Three separate initiatives are being circulated for signatures to appear on the ballot next year, all of which would permit adults to possess marijuana for personal use and allow local governments to tax it. Even opponents of legalization suggest that an initiative is likely to qualify for a statewide vote.

“All of us in the movement have had the feeling that we’ve been running into the wind for years,” said James P. Gray, a retired judge in Orange County who has been outspoken in support of legalization. “Now we sense we are running with the wind.”

Proponents of the leading ballot initiative have collected nearly 300,000 signatures since late September, supporters say, easily on pace to qualify for the November 2010 general election. Richard Lee, a longtime marijuana activist who is behind the measure, says he has raised nearly $1 million to hire professionals to assist volunteers in gathering the signatures.

“Voters are ripping the petitions out of our hands,” Mr. Lee said.

That said, the bids to legalize marijuana are opposed by law enforcement groups across the state and, if successful, would undoubtedly set up a legal showdown with the federal government, which classifies marijuana as an illegal drug.

California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, in 1996, but court after court — including the United States Supreme Court — has ruled that the federal government can continue to enforce its ban. Only this month, with the Department of Justice announcement that it would not prosecute users and providers of medical marijuana who obey state law, has that threat subsided.

But federal authorities have also made it clear that their tolerance stops at recreational use. In a memorandum on Oct. 19 outlining the medical marijuana guidelines, Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden said marijuana was “a dangerous drug, and the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime,” adding that “no state can authorize violations of federal law.”

Still, Mr. Lee anticipates spending up to $20 million on a campaign to win passage of his ballot measure in California, raising some of it from the hundreds of already legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, which have been recently fighting efforts by Los Angeles city officials to tighten restrictions on their operations.

“It’s a $2 billion industry,” Mr. Lee said of the medical marijuana sales.

Opponents said they are also preparing for a battle next year.

“I fully expect they will qualify,” said John Lovell, a Sacramento lobbyist for several groups of California law enforcement officials that oppose legalization.

Any vote would take place in a state where attitudes toward marijuana border on the schizophrenic. Last year, the state made some 78,500 arrests on felony and misdemeanors related to the drug, up from about 74,000 in 2007, according to the California attorney general.

Seizures of illegal marijuana plants, often grown by Mexican gangs on public lands in forests and parks, hit an all-time high in 2009, and last week, federal authorities announced a series of arrests in the state’s Central Valley, where homes have been converted into “indoor grows.”

At the same time, however, there are also pockets of California where marijuana can seem practically legal already. At least seven California cities have formally declared marijuana a low priority for law enforcement, with ballot measures or legislative actions. In Los Angeles, some 800 to 1,000 dispensaries of medical marijuana are in business, officials say, complete with consultants offering public relations services and “canna-business management.”

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat and author of the legalization bill, said momentum for legalization has built in recent years, especially as the state’s finances have remained sour.

“A lot of people that were initially resistant or even ridiculed it have come aboard,” Mr. Ammiano said.

In Oakland, which passed a tax on medical cannabis sales in July, several people who signed a petition backing Mr. Lee’s initiative said they were motivated in part by the cost of imprisoning drug offenders and the toll of drug-related violence in Mexico.

“Personally I don’t see a way of getting it under control other than legalizing it and taxing it,” said Jim Quinn, 60, a production manager. “We’ve got to get it out of the hands of criminals both domestic and international.”

Mr. Lovell, the law enforcement lobbyist, however, said those arguments paled in comparison to the potential pitfalls of legalization, including people driving under the influence. He also questioned how much net revenue a tax like Mr. Ammiano is proposing would actually raise. “We get revenue from alcohol,” he said. “But there’s way more in social costs than we retain in revenues.”

The recent history of voter-approved drug reform laws in California is not encouraging for supporters of legalization. Last November, voters rejected a proposition that would have increased spending for drug treatment programs and loosened parole and prison requirements for drug offenders.

None of which seems to faze Mr. Lee, 47, a former roadie who founded Oaksterdam University, a medical marijuana trade school in Oakland, in 2007. Mr. Lee says he plans to use the Internet to raise money, as well as tapping out-of state sources for campaign money.

More than anything, however, Mr. Lee said he was banking on a basic shift in people’s attitudes toward the drug.

“For a lot of people,” he said, “it’s just another brand of beer."




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Re: The (Official) "recent Cannabis related News Thread"... [Re: Dr. Siekadellyk]
    #306806 - 10/30/09 09:25 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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    #307395 - 10/31/09 04:23 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

bump for a mod to move this to the new News forum!


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This thread was moved from The Smoke Lounge.

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    #307814 - 11/01/09 05:28 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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California lawmakers to debate full marijuana legalization




Here's a clip of Judge James P Gray at the hearing, someone I've respected and supported politically for years.



You can watch the entire assembly hearing on The California Channel in the following three parts:


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    #307830 - 11/01/09 05:52 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Yea I like him...I haven't heard much or seen much from him but what I have seen he is very level headed and reasonable. I wish more of the legal system would follow suit.


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    #309245 - 11/03/09 07:48 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Rockies Ski Town To Vote Tuesday on Legalizing Pot

Posted by CN Staff on November 02, 2009 at 04:08:06 PT
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cannabis Breckenridge, Colo. -- Voters in this Rocky Mountain resort town will decide Tuesday whether to legalize pot for all adults at a time when the movement to allow medical marijuana is gaining steam around the country.

A measure before Breckenridge voters in a municipal election would legalize possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana along with bongs, pipes and other pot paraphernalia. Supporters of the measure say it would inch the whole state closer to full legalization.

Other cities around the country have taken similar action in recent years, including a measure in Denver that decriminalized possession.

Local ordinances to allow some recreational marijuana use have passed in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities, though in all those places the law is considered symbolic because it conflicts with state and federal laws. Alaska allows possession of up to 4 ounces of marijuana in one's home, and advocates in California want to ask voters in next year's election to legalize pot.

Advocates say the Breckenridge proposal goes further than others because it allows paraphernalia as well.

"I don't think there's anywhere else in the country that has legalized paraphernalia," said Bruce Mirken, a spokesman for the Washington-based Marijuana Policy Project.

As in most states, drug-paraphernalia possession in Colorado is considered a petty offense. Though "head shops" selling bongs and pipes are common in Colorado, the wares are ostensibly for smoking tobacco. Paraphernalia charges are usually only filed along with possession charges. Both are misdemeanors punishable by a $100 fine and court fees.

The penalties aren't serious, but about 100 people a year in Breckenridge are cited for possession of either marijuana or paraphernalia, often both. Supporters of the effort say it's not right to leave small-time pot smokers with a criminal record.

"We don't want to spend our tax dollars prosecuting this, so we're saying, let's just stop it," said Sean McAllister, a Breckenridge attorney who proposed the ordinance.

Supporters include a member of the town council and the Summit Daily News, which printed an editorial backing the idea.

Its prospects are strong. In 2006, a statewide ballot measure to make marijuana possession legal failed 59 percent to 41 percent. But among Breckenridge voters it won almost 3-to-1.

McAllister's attempt to put the legalization measure on ballots needed 495 signatures. He collected more than 1,500.

Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman has opposed the idea, saying the measure just sets up a conflict between town and state law.

Pot possession would still be a state crime, but Breckenridge police officers would have to take users to the Summit County Sheriff's Department to be cited if the measure passes.

Critics also point out that Colorado already allows marijuana for medicinal use — though debate rages because pot shops aren't regulated by the state and are proliferating.

This week, Summit County imposed a 120-day moratorium on new medical-marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas so it can figure out how to regulate them.

The debate is playing out around the country as states struggle to figure out how to regulate and enforce medical-marijuana laws.

The federal government complicated matters earlier this month when the Justice Department told federal prosecutors that targeting medical-marijuana users who comply with state laws was not a good use of their time.

Nancy Skaj, a clerk at a Breckenridge grocery, said the measure could be a boon for ski tourists who don't have clearance for medical marijuana.

"With all the injuries people get skiing up here, instead of popping pills, they should just be doing this. It's a lot more natural," she said.

Backers have one main worry — the measure's timing.

Turnout for off-year municipal elections is often extremely light among Breckenridge's 3,300 or so voters. Election Day falls during the quiet weeks before the ski business picks up.

Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Author: Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Published: November 2, 2009
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    #309288 - 11/03/09 08:30 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

so did the vote pass?


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    #309309 - 11/03/09 08:46 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

There's a medical cannabis vote for Maine today.  Haven't heard the results yet.  God i hope it passes.  We need to get closer to 26 states.  My thoughts are that if we get 26 states passed with medical cannabis laws it will really weaken the federal case to keep it on schedule 1 and that's what this is all about, imo.


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    #309312 - 11/03/09 08:48 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

here in ny we were close but some1 shot it down forgot wut exactly happened


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    #309314 - 11/03/09 08:50 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

didn't the Governor get involved with that?  I thought i read that the governor was adamantly opposed to it.  so i thought it went through the legislature and he vetoed it.  I could be completely wrong.  It's hard to keep everything straight with all the efforts around the country.


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    #309319 - 11/03/09 08:57 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

you might be right once i heard it got shot down i just said fuck and didnt look into it


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    #309322 - 11/03/09 09:03 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

It's probably too early to tell.  The voting occurred today so I'll keep searching around to find the results.


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    #309324 - 11/03/09 09:04 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

thanks your making it easy for me to be lazy:vaped:


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    #309349 - 11/03/09 09:39 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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There's a medical cannabis vote for Maine today.  Haven't heard the results yet.  God i hope it passes.  We will be that much closer to 26 states.  My thoughts are that if we get 26 states passed with medical cannabis laws it will really weaken the federal case to keep it on schedule 1 and that's what this is all about, imo.




I was among the 65 % of Mainers who voted yes on question 5 on their ballots today.

Maine will now allow non-profit dispensaries, and will also be expanding on the ways a patient may become eligible for medicinal marijuana.        :whoo::whoo:

I will keep all informed.

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    #309355 - 11/03/09 09:46 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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    #309514 - 11/04/09 12:21 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Breckinridge passed the decriminalization measure with a vote of 75%!!!

Also in CO today, language was removed from the MMJ laws that stated caregivers must do more than just supply marijuana.
The law said that as a caregiver you also had to prepare meals, run errands, and otherwise take care of your patients.


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    #309535 - 11/04/09 12:47 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

i wonder when/if their going to act on the descision of the results anytime soon.


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    #309548 - 11/04/09 01:05 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

I'm afraid that for now its just a political statement.
State and Federal laws still prohibit recreational use, so its very limiting in its scope.
My hope is that Breckinridge sets a precedent for the rest of Colorado, and that we'll see a state law in the near future.


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Breckenridge Colorado Voters Legalize Marijuana and Paraphernalia


Voters in the ski resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado legalized marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia by a nearly three-to-one margin on Tuesday.

It is the first municipality in the United States to allow paraphernalia, such as pipes, bongs and bubblers.

"[The measure] passed 73 percent to 27 percent," ABC 7 News in Denver reported.

"'This votes demonstrates that Breckenridge citizens overwhelmingly believe that adults should not be punished for making the safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol,' said Sean McAllister, a Breckenridge attorney who proposed the ordinance," ABC continued.

"Possession remains illegal under state law, but Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman said his department will 'still have the ability to exercise discretion,'" Colorado's Summit Daily News added.
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?It's never been something that we've spent a lot of time on, so I don't expect this to be a big change in how we really do business,? he said, according to the Daily News.

"It will not make it more available to minors, won't make it legal to smoke it on the street, won't get you out of trouble if you're stoned behind the wheel," the Daily News opined in an editorial supporting the measure. "What it says is that if you, as an adult, choose to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, you won't be busted for it. It's still a much more stringent law than those that apply to alcohol ? a substance you can own as much as you want of and consume in public."

? ????????????? ?Add Signature? ?? ?Preview Reply? ?????? ?? ????????????????D4D0C8???????????????????The paper added: "Eventually, it seems these small possession busts will be a thing of the past state-wide, which makes us conclude some kind of 'nuisance pot smoke' ordinance needs to take their place ? roughly analogous to public intoxication statutes."

In Breckenridge, which has about 3,300 registered voters, passage of the measure is not a surprise. While an effort to legalize marijuana state-wide failed during the 2006 elections, Breckenridge voters supported it by a margin of nearly 3-to-1. Additionally, the petition to levy a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana needed just under 500 signatures, but organizers collected over 1,400.



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    #309849 - 11/04/09 06:39 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Dispensaries are officially legal in the state of Maine.

Now the department of health and human services (dhhs) is going to come up with rules and regulations for dispensaries to follow. I am not sure if dhhs is also deciding on the new types of Non-terminal illnesses that will allow someone to become a patient.

Dhhs will be having hearings to deliberate on these new rules and regs.  These hearings will be open to the public and people will be able to voice their opinions.

I'm gonna try my best to make it to every one of these hearings. I will post more when get more info.

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    #309851 - 11/04/09 06:43 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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    #309933 - 11/04/09 09:56 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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    #312091 - 11/08/09 12:47 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

More Ski Towns May Vote To Change Pot Laws
Posted by CN Staff on November 05, 2009 at 06:08:13 PT
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cannabis Colorado -- While Pitkin County and Aspen have long had a reputation for a casual approach to drug enforcement, it may be Durango that is the next Colorado ski town to legalize adult possession of up to an ounce of pot and the paraphernalia used to smoke it.

A group called Sensible Durango is preparing to put a ballot question in front of Durango voters in November 2010. “We’re pretty confident it will pass like it did in Breckenridge,” said Corey Chavez of Sensible Durango.

On Tuesday, 71 percent of voters in Breckenridge approved changing the town’s municipal code to remove penalties on Jan. 1 against holding small amounts of pot and paraphernalia.

Brian Vincente of the statewide marijuana legal reform group Sensible Colorado said Aspen is not a likely candidate for a campaign to change its laws as the city’s municipal code is silent on marijuana possession.

Instead, the Aspen Police Department and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office rely on Colorado state laws regarding pot possession. It is a petty offense, and a $100 fine, under state law to possess less than an ounce of pot and another petty offense and a $100 fine for possessing paraphernalia.

Vincente said Aspen citizens could perhaps pass a measure to mandate that the local police department place a low priority on enforcing state marijuana laws, as Denver voters did in 2007, but Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor said it is already a low priority in his department to write tickets for minor pot possession.

“There are enough other issues to deal with,” Pryor said. “If we observe it, we will contact. And we’ll often confiscate marijuana and often lecture and release the person.”

He said, however, that being caught driving under the influence is a more serious matter.

Pryor also said most citations for pot possession in Aspen are related to another infraction, such as fighting in a bar or some other alcohol-fueled transgression.

So far this year in Aspen, there have been eight arrests for marijuana, including six for possession, one for paraphernalia and one for both pot and paraphernalia. There were 24 arrests in 2008 for pot and paraphernalia possession in Aspen, 18 in 2007 and 28 arrests in 2006. Total arrests between 2006 and 2008 ranged from 372 to 474 a year.

Chavez of Sensible Durango plans to begin gathering up to 5,000 signatures in June to ensure his group has the required 1,200 citizen signatures to put the measure on the Durango ballot. Getting caught today with pot in Durango can include up to a $1,000 fee and 90 days in jail.

“What’s cool about all these ski towns, because of our population size, is that it is easier to pass these kinds of things and get media attention,” said Chavez. “It motivates people and inspires them to work to change these laws.”

Chavez said Sensible Durango is modeling its approach on the one taken this fall by Sensible Breckenridge, which in turn worked closely with Sensible Colorado.

“Breckenridge now has the best marijuana law of any city in the lower 48,” said Vincente of Sensible Colorado, whose ultimate aim is to see marijuana regulated in the state in the same manner as alcohol. He said that changing municipal laws will make it easier to convince state legislators to ultimately change state laws to that effect.

One of the differences between Breckenridge’s new law and laws in other towns is that it makes it legal, at least under city code, to possess both pot and the tools to smoke it.

Vincente said he is also talking actively with a group of people in Leadville who want to change that city’s laws about pot and paraphernalia possession. And he is willing to help other budding activists.

“They can definitely get in touch with Sensible Colorado,” he said.

Other ski towns with municipal pot laws on their books include Crested Butte, Dillon, Winter Park. Like Aspen, Snowmass Village, Vail and Boulder do not have municipal pot laws.

The results of the pro-pot Breckenridge vote generated a lot of post-election media coverage and references to a “Rocky Mountain high.” But the Breckenridge ski resort had a no-nonsense response to the election results.

“In spite of the outcome of this vote, the possession and use of marijuana other than for medical use remains illegal under Colorado state law and using any ski lift or ski slope or trail while under the influence is prohibited under the Colorado Ski Safety Act,” said Pat Campbell, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Breckenridge Ski Resort in a prepared statement.

Melanie Mills, the CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, said it was too soon to know if Breckenridge’s new law might scare off families from taking a vacation there.

She also said her organization was closely watching the spread of medical marijuana dispensaries to see if there were any impacts on ski town tourism.

“We agreed to watch and understand what the implications are, but not to overreact,” Mills said.

When asked if he thought families might be put off from booking a vacation to Breckenridge, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said he doubted it.

“I would question how many of those skiing families are really going to be aware of it,” Hanle said about the change to the Breckenridge municipal code. “But I think the snack business there will go through the roof.”

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    #312094 - 11/08/09 12:49 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

I think Colorado is leading the way into banishing prohibition for adults.

They seem to be keeping a very close eye on what's going down in Cali and learning from the mistakes they make.

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    #312100 - 11/08/09 12:57 AM (9 years, 1 month ago)

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    #312491 - 11/08/09 07:17 PM (9 years, 1 month ago)

Panel of 14 To Design Medical Marijuana System
Posted by CN Staff on November 07, 2009 at 06:26:38 PT
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medical Augusta, Maine -- Gov. John Baldacci on Friday signed an executive order to create a 14-member task force that will help apply an expansion of the state's medical-marijuana law.

"Creating a new pharmaceutical distribution system is a complicated undertaking," he said in a statement. "Our goal is to follow the spirit and intent of the law while avoiding unintended consequences that could create serious problems in the future."

On Thursday, 59 percent of voters approved a citizen initiative that allows nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries to open across the state. It also adds to the number of conditions for which marijuana can be recommended by a doctor.

Supporters said the dispensaries are necessary to provide a safe and legal way for patients to access the drug.

The task force will have until Dec. 31 to come up with recommendations after reviewing the application of similar laws in other states. It will consider public health and safety, and advise the Department of Health and Human Services on how to develop rules, according to the governor's office.

Committee members have yet to be named.

Ten members will be appointed by the governor, and will include two members of the public, a physician representative, a patient representative, and someone from the Department of Public Safety.

Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell, D-Vassalboro, may appoint two senators and House Speaker Hannah Pingree, D-North Haven, may appoint two representatives.

The Committee on the Implementation of the Maine Medical Marijuana Act will be led by the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services or her designee.

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    #316847 - 11/16/09 08:42 PM (9 years, 27 days ago)

Here's  bits and pieces of some updated information I recieved via email today from the "Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative" These are the people that are responsible for all of this.

Hey Folks,
Thank you for being patient as we get ourselves situated post-election day. We are now prepared to move forward and if we all work together, we expect that Maine will have dispensary’s operating by May of 2010 if not sooner.

stay tuned for more updates as things get more defined.
Remember, the new law is not yet in effect and won’t be in effect until 45 days after the legislature goes into session. This means some of the new provisions in the law such as the additional qualifying conditions will be legal as of the third week in February. But the rules regulating the operation of dispensary’s are a longer process, and this means that DHHS will not be compelled to release them until sometime in May.

Under the new law, a physician may recommend marijuana for the treatment of:
cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, nail-patella syndrome
seizure disorders including epilepsy
conditions marked by severe and persistent muscle spasms such as multiple sclerosis
conditions marked by severe nausea or by a wasting syndrome
chronic conditions causing intractable pain that does not respond to other treatments after six months

The state will soon be establishing a process for evaluating and approving the use of marijuana for other conditions. This means we can add new conditions without having to re-write the law.


We are in the process of creating a list of physicians in Maine who are familiar and comfortable with the medicinal uses of marijuana.
This list will become available by December 1st, 2009 and will be updated as often as is warranted.

The state of Maine is currently in the process of establishing rules governing the operation and regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries.
The law already puts in place the following requirements:
A dispensary must operate on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of patients (can’t pay out to shareholders)
A dispensary may not be located within 500 feet of a school
A dispensary must keep marijuana in a locked facility to prevent theft
The officers and board members of a dispensary must be residents of Maine and must not have been convicted of any felony drug offense within the past 10 years (unless the activities for which they were convicted would have been legal under this law.)
Dispensaries will be subject to all relevant municipal zoning ordinances.

A major conference/gathering for patients/providers/and potential dispensary owners/operators to be held in February of 2010...

Farmer Joe will be attending for sure haha! Hope some of you find this information interesting. I tried to keep it as short as possible. :peace:
   
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    #316878 - 11/16/09 09:01 PM (9 years, 27 days ago)

Very cool!  Let us know how it goes.  Loooks like some progress is being made.  I would LOVE to own a dispensary, but i'm too newb to all this stuff for that and would have to learn way way more first.  Anyway, i met a guy named Stevie D. this weekend.  He owns a dispensary in the Oakland area.  Pretty cool guy with two really long ponytails.  It was neat to talk about it with him.


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    #317141 - 11/17/09 10:29 AM (9 years, 27 days ago)

I dream of someday owning a dispansary. ( a guy can dream right haha)  I am going to a major confrence for potential dispensary owners/operators/patients in febuary. While there I plan on networking an ass ton.  Yes that's right an ASS TON haha. I am in hopes that I will be able to land a job  or even just volunteer at a dispensary or where ever the state will allow the grows to be located.
I couldn't imagine what it would be like to get paid to grow..and legally at that.  :gethigh:

                                                                                                                     
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    #317160 - 11/17/09 11:19 AM (9 years, 27 days ago)

My states pharmaceutical board is supposed to send something to congress telling them whether or not they should legalize medical marijuana in Iowa. That is supposed to happen sometime before December. Everyone that went to the meetings was pretty supportive of medical shit.


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    #321834 - 11/26/09 12:40 PM (9 years, 18 days ago)

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The study suggests that not only is marijuana safer than alcohol, it may actually protect against some of the damage that booze causes.

( WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A study just published online by the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology suggests that marijuana may protect the brain from some of the damage caused by binge drinking.

The study, by researchers at the University of California San Diego, used a type of high-tech scan called diffusion tensor imaging to compare microscopic changes in brain white matter.

The subjects were students aged 16-to-19, divided into three groups: binge drinkers (defined as having five or more drinks at one sitting for boys or four or more for girls), binge drinkers who also smoked marijuana, and a control group who had very little or no experience with either alcohol or drugs.

As expected, the binge-drinking-only group showed evidence of white matter damage in eight regions examined, as demonstrated by lower fractional anisotropy (FA) scores. But in a finding the researchers describe as "unexpected," the binge-drinking/marijuana group had lower FA scores than the controls in only three of eight regions, and in seven regions the binge-drinking/marijuana group had higher scores -- indicating less damage -- than the binge drinkers who did not use marijuana.



Brain white matter tracts were "more coherent in adolescents who binge drink and use marijuana than in adolescents who report only binge drinking," the researchers wrote.

"It is possible that marijuana may have some neuroprotective properties in mitigating alcohol-related oxidative stress or excitotoxic cell death," as has already been shown in lab and animal studies.

"This study suggests that not only is marijuana safer than alcohol, it may actually protect against some of the damage that booze causes," said Steve Fox, Marijuana Policy Project director of state campaigns and co-author of the new book, "Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?" (which hit number 14 on the Amazon.com bestseller list). "It's far better for teens not to drink or smoke marijuana, but our nation's leaders send a dangerous message by defending laws that encourage the use of alcohol over marijuana."

REFERENCE: Jacobus, J. et al. "White matter integrity in adolescents with histories of marijuana use and binge drinking." Neurotoxicology and Teratology. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ntt.2009.07.006

Source: MarijuanaPolicy.org, the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.




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    #322072 - 11/26/09 09:04 PM (9 years, 17 days ago)

Interesting article. I learned something new today :thumbup:


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    #322085 - 11/26/09 10:56 PM (9 years, 17 days ago)

now when ever i drink ill be sure to smoke :getstoned:


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    #332167 - 12/16/09 09:43 AM (8 years, 11 months ago)

A little update on maine's progress on dispensaries and such. (Though I am not sure if I feel that this article is progress)

The article was published in the morning sentinel newspaper today.  Go to : onlinesentinel.com

Let me know what you think guys.

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Re: Recent Cannabis related news... [Re: Farmer Joe]
    #332192 - 12/16/09 12:23 PM (8 years, 11 months ago)

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State panel debates pot oversight


AUGUSTA -- A Portland lawmaker said Tuesday she will introduce an amendment to the state's medical marijuana law that would allow large greenhouses to bid on growing rights and put the state in charge of overseeing the quality.
Rep. Anne Haskell, a Democrat, is a longtime supporter of medical marijuana, but as a member of a task force charged with implementing the voter-approved law that allows dispensaries to open, she worries about who will ensure the marijuana is safe.

"As long as dispensaries are growing it, the quality will vary widely," she said. "There ought to be some oversight."

Her proposal would put the state Department of Agriculture in charge of monitoring the quality of the marijuana.

Supporters of the law passed by voters in November were surprised -- and angered -- by that proposal.

"The idea of putting this in control of agribusiness instead of small farmers is an offense to everyone who is a small farmer," said Jonathan Leavitt, who ran the campaign for Question 5.

Haskell said she realized it was a major change from what voters approved, and said that's why she wanted to offer it separately from the task force report.

Members of the task force appeared split on the issue, with several people saying they, too, are concerned that growing standards are followed to ensure quality.

That's especially important because patients with a recommendation from a doctor to use medical marijuana are often seriously ill, said Anne Jordan, commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety.

Dan Walker, an attorney for medical marijuana supporters, said Haskell's proposal runs counter to the intent of the citizen initiative.

"To make this a large-scale production takes away from the small business side of it," he said.

However, Ken Altshuler, an attorney who represents the public's interest, said his primary concern is for the patients.

"I don't see this bill as a vehicle for helping the economy of Maine," he said. "I don't like the idea of dispensaries all over growing marijuana."

Haskell said her proposal would continue to allow individuals with permission to grow their own marijuana if they choose to do so.

Voters in 1999 first approved the use of medical marijuana in Maine, but the law required patients to grow it themselves or appoint a caregiver to grow it for them. Supporters then brought forward a citizen initiative this year to allow nonprofit dispensaries to operate in Maine.

When voters approved it with 59 percent of the vote, Maine became the fifth state to permit medical marijuana dispensaries. The campaign to pass the expansion of the law spent only $54,132 on the issue, according to campaign finance reports.

The task force agreed to meet again in early January to review final language before sending recommendations to the Legislature.

Advocates don't expect dispensaries to open in Maine before the end of next summer, given the timelines outlined in the law.

The task force also heard from Becky DeKeuster of the Berkeley Patients Group, which has run a dispensary in California for 10 years.

She said her dispensary, which serves an estimated 8,500 people, follows careful guidelines for people who come to get marijuana. They always check with a physician to make sure a recommendation for use is valid, they make sure the physician is in good standing, and they maintain a database to ensure that patients aren't coming in too often.

They also have security in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"It's like operating a jewelry store or a grocery store," she said.


Susan Cover -- 620-7015

scover@centralmaine.com






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    #332193 - 12/16/09 12:25 PM (8 years, 11 months ago)

Well thats good news!


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