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US WA: Seattle Police: Blacks Disproportionately Cited for

Cannabis News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 24 Jul 2014 - Blacks were disproportionately cited by Seattle police for consuming pot in public in the first six months of 2014. In a report delivered to the City Council Wednesday, the police department said officers wrote 82 tickets for public pot consumption in the first half of the year, with 37 percent of those going to blacks.

US WA: Pot Growers Scramble To Protect Their Crops

Cannabis News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 24 Jul 2014 - Fires a Business Setback Evacuations, Road Closures Hinder Product Delivery Columbia River Cannabis in Douglas County was finally close to getting a marijuana-producer license after nine months.

Australia: Hemp Trial On Radar

Cannabis News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 04:00
The Mercury, 24 Jul 2014 - Libs Soften Stance on Medicinal Cannabis THE State Government has signalled it could step back from its ban on a medicinal cannabis trial under pressure to grow the hemp industry in Tasmania. Treasurer and Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein has told councils pushing for the trial that the Government will seriously consider the recommendations of an Upper House committee.

Purple Zombie Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:59
Purple Zombie Cannabis Strain Review And Pics The Purple Zombie marijuana strain is an indica-dominant hybrid. As the name implies, the Purple Zombie marijuana strain has purple coloring and can get you so high and couch-locked that you may feel like the zombie apocalypse is upon us. The Purple Zombie marijuana strain has dense, tight nugs, and [...]

How Much Tax Revenue Will Marijuana Legalization Generate In Oregon?

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:49
Oregon’s Secretary of State has officially approved New Approach Oregon’s marijuana legalization initiative for the 2014 Election ballot. One question that will no doubt be asked over and over is ‘how much tax revenue will it generate?’ ECONorthwest released an analysis today that is the first I’ve seen that provides an estimated figure. Below is [...]

Washington: Blacks Disproportionately Ticketed For Public Marijuana Use In Seattle

Hemp News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:06

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

When limited marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502 was on the Washington state ballot back in 2012, one of the main selling points touted by its supporters was the the measure would help eliminate racial disparities in low-level marijuana enforcement -- the kind that exist practically everywhere, and which were the subject of a recent American Civil Liberties Union study. But sadly, it appears I-502 didn't make a lot of difference in that regard.

African Americans were still disproportionately cited by Seattle police for using marijuana in public in the first six months of 2014, reports Bob Young at The Seattle Times.

In a report required by the Seattle City Council, the police had to admit that of 82 tickets written for public cannabis consumption in the first half of 2014, 37 percent of those went to black people. Blacks account for just 8 percent of Seattle's population.

Fifty percent of the tickets for public consumption went to whites, who are 70 percent of Seattle's residents.

Of course, racially discriminatory enforcement of marijuana laws was one of the main arguments for legalizing pot in the first place. A national study by the ACLU found that almost four blacks are arrested on marijuana charges for every white person arrested.

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Maine: Initiative To Legalize Marijuana Possession In South Portland Qualifies For Ballot

Hemp News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:34

City council will decide whether to enact the measure or refer it to voters at its meeting on August 4

South Portland city officials confirmed Wednesday that a citizen initiative to make marijuana possession legal for adults within city limits has qualified for the November 2014 ballot. Citizens for a Safer Maine submitted more than 1,500 signatures, and just 959 valid signatures of registered city voters were required.

The South Portland City Council will consider whether to enact the measure or refer it to city voters at its meeting scheduled for August 4.

“Voters were very receptive during the signature drive,” said MPP Maine political director David Boyer. “Most people agree law enforcement officials have more important things to do than punish adults for using a substance that is less harmful than alcohol.

"If this measure passes, police can use their discretion to stop arresting adults for simple marijuana possession,” Boyer said.

The initiative would make it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. It would remain illegal to consume or display marijuana in public. The measure also includes a statement in support of regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol at the state level.

“We hope to see as much support and enthusiasm among city council members as we have among voters,” Boyer said. “This is an opportunity for council members to demonstrate leadership on this issue. It’s time to move beyond the status quo of prohibition and start making progress.”

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How To Deal With Stretching Marijuana Plants

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:14
Marijuana plants that have stretching stems are problematic for grow rooms and outdoor gardens in which height is a major concern. Marijuana plants stretch for a variety of reasons. Genetics is the most obvious reason. Some plants are programmed to produce long stems no matter how much you try to prevent it. Sativa strains that [...]

Oregon’s 2014 Marijuana Legalization Effort Is Far Superior To 2012

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:46
One of the happiest days of my life was when marijuana legalization was approved for the ballot in 2012. I thought that if the legalization initiative passed, I could finally live in peace in Oregon without having to constantly worry about getting in trouble for marijuana and have to carry around the ‘marijuana scarlet letter.’ [...]

Vermont: RAND Corporation To Study Issues Around Marijuana Legalization

Hemp News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:29

Could the Green Mountain State become the Green Marijuana State? Researchers from the RAND Corporation will study the issues related to potentially legalizing the production, distribution and possession of marijuana in Vermont, officials said on Wednesday.

In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill that requires the state secretary of administration to report to the General Assembly regarding the taxation and regulation of recreational marijuana in Vermont. A May poll from the Castleton Polling Institute found 57 percent of Vermonters favor cannabis legalization, reports the Marijuana Policy Project.

“We are pleased to help the state of Vermont think through the potential consequences associated with alternative marijuana policies,” said Beau Kilmer, project leader and co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.

Kilmer met with state Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding and other Vermont officials this week to discuss the study.

The law calls for the report to analyze the possible taxing systems for the sale of marijuana in Vermont, including sales taxes, use taxes and excise taxes, as well as the potential revenue each may raise. In addition, the study will examine any savings or costs to the state that would result from regulating marijuana and the experiences of other states with regulating and taxing marijuana. Issues surrounding public health and public safety also will be addressed.

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New York: Advocates Mourn Death of Child at Center of Medical Marijuana Battle

Hemp News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:58

Death Fuels Demand for Emergency Access to Medical Marijuana for Critically Ill Patients in New York

Anna Conte, a nine-year-old from Orchard Park, New York, who died last week after falling into a coma following a severe seizure, was laid to rest on Wednesday. Anna suffered from Dravet syndrome, a life-threatening seizure disorder that has been treated with medical marijuana in states where it is legal. Medical marijuana has dramatically reduced the number of seizures in many children with similar seizure disorders.

In an effort to help their daughter, the Conte family joined the successful fight to pass a medical marijuana bill in New York. The Contes travelled repeatedly to Albany, persuading several powerful New York senators to support the bill and generating thousands of phone calls and emails to Albany leadership. Advocates around the state came to know and love Anna and her family and admire their selfless advocacy which was always accompanied with a sense of humor.

Tragically, Anna Conte did not live long enough to benefit from the law that her family helped pass. Governor Cuomo, who signed the bill into law just days before Anna’s passing, has said that it will take 18 months or longer for New York to implement the law and develop the full medical marijuana patient access system.

Families and advocates are urgently calling upon Governor Cuomo to take immediate action establishing expedited access to medical marijuana for those patients and families, like the Conte’s, who cannot wait until the full system is up and running.

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Chicago Hospital Wants To Dispense Medical Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:42
Medical marijuana will soon be available to Illinois patients that qualify for the Illinois medical marijuana program. Illinois has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country. Illinois recently added epilepsy to the list of qualifying conditions. The rules surrounding distribution of medical marijuana in Illinois is still getting worked out. But [...]

State Marijuana License Denial Stops Production Of Cheeba Chews

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:38
Cheeba Chews are a marijuana edible that I’m told is extremely strong. I had heard stories about Cheeba Chews packing a punch, but I always chalked it up to rookie consumers not knowing how to handle their edibles. But then I started hearing stories from proven veterans that ate some Cheeba Chews and were able [...]

Does Marijuana Help You Exercise?

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:02
I like to exercise, especially playing basketball. Physical fitness is something that I have always tried to take seriously, although admittedly, I take it more serious at certain times compared to others. Currently, my physical fitness is not where it needs to be, but I’ll try to get that figured out sooner than later. A [...]

Marijuana Campaign Ads Are Ramping Up

The Weed Blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:32
We are in the midst of Election 2014, which I’m sure you can tell by the barrage of campaign advertising all over the place. As Election Day approaches, expect to see more and more ads come across your preferred form of communication, especially on the television. If you live in a state that is voting [...]

US FL: OPED: Fix Florida's Medical Marijuana Law

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 23 Jul 2014 - Anyone arguing that the constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida is inherently flawed because it leaves broad authority to the state Department of Health should look to SB1030 to see what happens when the department is not given such broad authority to do its job. The state agency held its first public hearing on rulemaking for the so-called "Charlotte's Web" law. Since their hands are tied by statute crafted by politicians, they are forced to live within those political confines, to the displeasure of all involved with the process, but more importantly, to the detriment of families who are so desperate for this treatment.

US WA: Feds Target Growing Hash-Oil Explosions

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 23 Jul 2014 - 8 People Charged in Blasts Over Past Year Dangerous Manufacturing Process Is Illegal The chemical process used to make hash oil - a method so fraught with volatility that police compare it to making methamphetamine - has come under attack by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

US WA: Pot May Not Be Windfall For Washington State

Medical Marijuana - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Washington Post, 23 Jul 2014 - A slow start to sales, high taxes and easy-to-get medical marijuana may translate to lesser-than-expected revenue from Washington state's newly legal recreational pot market, according to a report from Moody's, the credit rating agency. Marijuana for recreational use went on sale in Washington this month and is taxed three times - 25 percent each at the production, wholesale and retail levels - in addition to state and local sales taxes. Combined, the trio of taxes translate to an effective rate of 44 percent, Moody's found.

US FL: OPED: Fix Florida's Medical Marijuana Law

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 23 Jul 2014 - Anyone arguing that the constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida is inherently flawed because it leaves broad authority to the state Department of Health should look to SB1030 to see what happens when the department is not given such broad authority to do its job. The state agency held its first public hearing on rulemaking for the so-called "Charlotte's Web" law. Since their hands are tied by statute crafted by politicians, they are forced to live within those political confines, to the displeasure of all involved with the process, but more importantly, to the detriment of families who are so desperate for this treatment.

US WA: Feds Target Growing Hash-Oil Explosions

Cannabis News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:00
Seattle Times, 23 Jul 2014 - 8 People Charged in Blasts Over Past Year Dangerous Manufacturing Process Is Illegal The chemical process used to make hash oil - a method so fraught with volatility that police compare it to making methamphetamine - has come under attack by the U.S. Attorney's Office.