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CN ON: Say No To Paraphernalia

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Packet & Times, 18 Jul 2014 - Toronto - The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says. Brian Patterson, president and CEO for the OSL, said an undercover operation this spring in convenience stores in Toronto and Barrie that carried drug paraphernalia found staff were routinely willing to sell to 17-year-old mystery shoppers.

CN ON: Group Pipes Up Over Paraphernalia

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Toronto Sun, 18 Jul 2014 - Calls Grow to Keep Drug Items Out of Convenience Stores The provincial government should crack down on convenience stores that sell bongs, drug pipes, pill grinders and similar items, the Ontario Safety League (OSL) says.

US DC: Reduced Pot Penalties Now In Effect For D.C.

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Baltimore Sun, 18 Jul 2014 - WASHINGTON - Marijuana decriminalization took effect in the District of Columbia on Thursday, part of an easing of pot penalties in the U.S. capital that has drawn fire from Congress. The District of Columbia joins 17 states that have reduced penalties for first-time violators to a fine and a civil, or minor, offense. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational use of marijuana. Mayor Vincent Gray signed the decriminalization law in March. - --- MAP posted-by: Matt

US DC: OPED: A Case For The Libertarian

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Washington Times, 18 Jul 2014 - Neither Liberals nor Conservatives Recognize Their Inconsistencies A crucial feature of libertarianism is consistency: It applies a skeptical lens to all aspects of government, whether economic, social or foreign.

CN ON: Free Pot In The Park

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Toronto Sun, 18 Jul 2014 - Vouchers for Medical Grass Hidden Christie Park was up in smoke on Thursday. A group calling itself Marijuana Info Bureau (MIB) held a treasure hunt for free pot and dozens of hopefuls showed up for the search.

CN ON: Column: Jury System All Powerful in Canada's Criminal

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
The Sault Star, 18 Jul 2014 - My column last Sunday advocating the abolition of civil jury trials caused some confusion. To be clear, I am not advocating the abolition of juries for criminal trials. The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for anyone charged with an offence - other than under military law - for which there is a potential sentence of five years or more.

CN ON: Free Pot In The Park

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Toronto Sun, 18 Jul 2014 - Vouchers for Medical Grass Hidden Christie Park was up in smoke on Thursday. A group calling itself Marijuana Info Bureau (MIB) held a treasure hunt for free pot and dozens of hopefuls showed up for the search.

US NM: Some Medical Marijuana Proposals Pulled

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Albuquerque Journal, 18 Jul 2014 - Patient Background Checks for Growing, New Limit on Plants Both Shelved SANTA FE - A New Mexico state agency is backing away from some of its proposed changes to the state's medical marijuana program after those plans came under fire from licensed medical pot producers and users.

US DC: $25 Penalties for Marijuana Go into Effect in the

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
New York Times, 18 Jul 2014 - WASHINGTON - One of the least restrictive marijuana laws in the country went into effect in the shadow of the White House on Thursday, eliciting stern warnings from the local police but good cheer from many Washingtonians. "A ticket when you just have a jay or something?" said Clifford Gray, a lifelong District of Columbia resident who is in his 20s, using a slang term for a marijuana cigarette. "I'm good with that."

US DC: Pot Suspects' Arrests Have Bad Timing

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Washington Post, 18 Jul 2014 - Hours Before Relaxed D.C. Law Took Effect, Immediate Predicaments Included a Jail Stay, Criminal Citations A man arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana on a street in Northwest Washington. Two people caught in a suspected drug deal near Lincoln Heights in Northeast. A man questioned by police about the scent of burnt pot. A former federal government official allegedly smoking a joint as he drove through Chinatown.

Australia: Cannabis Users Put Faces On The Line

Cannabis News - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 18 Jul 2014 - Now in her late 20s, Jessica has smoked cannabis since she was 19, describing it as a "creative drug" and a mind-opening experience. She strongly favours legalisation of the drug but rarely consumes it these days. "I only smoke a little now because I discovered I have a heart condition and I tend to get heart pains when I smoke too much," she says.

US NM: Some Medical Marijuana Proposals Pulled

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Albuquerque Journal, 18 Jul 2014 - Patient Background Checks for Growing, New Limit on Plants Both Shelved SANTA FE - A New Mexico state agency is backing away from some of its proposed changes to the state's medical marijuana program after those plans came under fire from licensed medical pot producers and users.

US DC: Pot Suspects' Arrests Have Bad Timing

Medical Marijuana - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 04:00
Washington Post, 18 Jul 2014 - Hours Before Relaxed D.C. Law Took Effect, Immediate Predicaments Included a Jail Stay, Criminal Citations A man arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana on a street in Northwest Washington. Two people caught in a suspected drug deal near Lincoln Heights in Northeast. A man questioned by police about the scent of burnt pot. A former federal government official allegedly smoking a joint as he drove through Chinatown.

Washington: Seattle's Lone Marijuana Store Plans To Reopen July 25

Hemp News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:11

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Seattle's only state-licensed marijuana store -- closed after quickly running out of pot last week, in its first few days of business -- plans to reopen again late next week.

"We will be open on the 25th with enough product to remain open, with continuous supplies from then on," claimed Cannabis City manager Amber McGowan, reports Jake Ellison at the Seattle PI.

Cannabis City was the first marijuana shop in Seattle to open, on July 8, and made it just three days before running out of weed. McGowan said the store is waiting until the 25th to reopen so that they can actually stay open for business instead of closing and reopening every few days.

By the 25th, McGowan said, "we expect to have two consistent large volume suppliers on board, with a third a few days later; with that, then, we hope to be able to conduct a more normal type business operation with no future closures ... that's the plan, at least."

The shop will only have ready-to-smoke marijuana flowers for sale this month; McGowan said they plan to have cannabis oil and vape pens in August.

Two other marijuana stores are almost ready to open in Seattle, according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which was put in charge of implementing limited legalization measure I-502 in the state.

Photo of Cannabis City owner James Lathrop at his shop in Seattle: Elaine Thompson/AP

D.C. Has The Best Marijuana Decriminalization Law In The U.S.

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 17:18
Washington D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization law took effect today. It’s the best marijuana decriminalization law in the country. I am from Oregon, the first state in the country to pass a decriminalization law, and I look at Washington D.C. with envy. Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is now punishable by only a $25 [...]

D.C.: What You Need To Know About The New Marijuana Decrim Law

Hemp News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:25

A far-reaching marijuana decriminalization law took effect on Thursday in the District of Columbia that replaces jail time with a $25 fine for the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. However, advocates emphasize that there is still more work to be done in the nation’s capital to reduce severe racial disparities in marijuana law enforcement by D.C. police officers.

The Drug Policy Alliance has published an online resource that explains what the public needs to know about D.C.’s new marijuana decriminalization law.

Here are a few highlighted facts from our new overview of D.C.’s new decriminalization law:

• Under the new law, a person found in possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is issued a notice of violation that imposes a $25 fine for marijuana possession as well as forfeiture of any visible marijuana and any paraphernalia.

• Police officers are prohibited from using the smell of marijuana as rationale for conducting criminal searches. D.C.’s decriminalization law is the first in the country to provide this protection in statute.

• The possession of marijuana remains unlawful in D.C., and possession of marijuana weighing more than one ounce is still a crime in the District.

• Smoking or otherwise consuming marijuana in a public space is still a crime.

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Private Reserve OG Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:59
Private Reserve OG Cannabis Strain Review And Pics The Private Reserve OG marijuana strain is also known as OG #18. The body high from the Private Reserve OG marijuana strain reduces pain and muscles spasms, and is favored by many patients that have conditions like Multiple Sclerosis or chronic pain. The Private Reserve marijuana strain has an intense [...]

D.C.: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect In Nation's Capital

Hemp News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:01

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A marijuana decriminalization law passed by the D.C. Council took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The new law, like others around the United States, eases penalties for minor cannabis possession.

Unless someone is found to possess more than an ounce of marijuana in D.C., they will now simply be written a $25 ticket and the officer will confiscate the pot, reports Melanie Eversley at USA Today. Police can no longer detain someone simply because they smell marijuana, and they can no longer demand identification from anyone carrying under an ounce.

Civil violation notices that police already handed out for littering have been changed to also include possession of marijuana, and they now list the $25 fine for pot. Possession of less than an ounce of cannabis will cost less than the fine for throwing a roach on the ground -- that would get you fined $75 for littering.

"As of midnight Wednesday night, no member can make or approve an arrest for marijuana possession without having first taken this training," Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told the the Washington Times.

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How To Grow The Amnesia Haze Marijuana Strain Indoors

The Weed Blog - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:51
By Robert Bergman Amnesia Haze General Although Amnesia marijuana seeds might not get much recognition, they can still produce impressive plants and impressive highs. More people might be familiar with its forebears like Jack Herer and Skunk, but Amnesia is a strain that is unique and produces fantastic effects. This particular strain has won awards [...]

U.S.: Netroots Nation To Address Failed Drug War

Hemp News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:10

Friday Panel: Marijuana Arrests: The Gateway to Mass Incarceration

Marijuana arrests and mass incarceration will take center stage at Netroots Nation 2014 this week in Detroit.

On Friday, July 18 at 4:30 p.m., the ninth annual gathering of progressive voices will feature a panel, “Marijuana Arrests: the Gateway to Mass Incarceration.” The panel will feature Kassandra Frederique, a policy coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

Frederique is currently organizing with groups around the state of New York to address bias policing practices, unlawful marijuana arrests and collateral consequences of criminalization.

“I’m thrilled to see Netroots Nation examine the failed war on drugs and how marijuana arrests fuel mass incarceration,” Frederique said. “Netroots Nation is a cutting-edge incubator of ideas and I’m excited to have a rich discussion during the panel and action from folks afterwards.”

Every 48 seconds someone is arrested for marijuana possession in the United States. Most of these arrests are of people of color, despite the fact that white people use and sell marijuana at higher rates. In this panel they will explore how the Drug War and biased policing practices fuel marijuana arrests and, in turn, mass incarceration.

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