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US WA: Column: Turkeys Of The Year

Mon, 11/25/2024 - 08:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Nov 2024 - Time to reveal this year's cannabis turkeys-the fattest, most frivolous, flapping, dumb-ass ideas in need of being stuffed, baked, and smoked once and for all. Let's start with a turkey large enough for the whole family, and by that I mean Gov. Chris Christie. He not only had the nerve to call cannabis a gateway drug, but said potheads lack restraint (ahem). "If I'm elected president I will go after marijuana smokers and the states that allow them to smoke," he said. "I'll shut them down big-time. I'm sick of these addicts, sick of these liberals with no self-control." Governor GobbleGobble got in one more zinger on the campaign trail: "If you're getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it," Christie lectured a small crowd last month. "As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws." Don't hold your breath, Guv. Well, unless you inhaled, of course.

US OR: Column: Green Friday

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 08:00
Portland Mercury, 26 Nov 2016 - I ONCE WROTE a column about how cannabis growers shifted their operations indoors during the eight-year tenure of a senile president who acted in movies with a chimpanzee ["Indica Nation," Cannabuzz, Oct 8, 2014]. Ronald Reagan's fervent, jelly bean-fueled belief that people would stop enjoying cannabis simply because someone said "no" was paired with a full-scale assault on cannabis producers. People who had grown outside for years suddenly found helicopters manned by officers of the peace wielding semi-automatic weapons circling their properties. That served as incentive enough for outdoor growers to trade in their greenhouses for grow lights, HVAC systems, and high power bills. Over the years, people began to talk trash about cannabis produced outdoors (also known as "eco-friendly" and "sun-grown"). People complained that it wasn't strong enough, that it was too leafy or too harsh.

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US OH: Minority Goals For Pot Market Raise Legal Questions

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Morning Journal, 23 Jun 2016 - Part of Ohio's new medical marijuana law that sets aside a piece of the state's budding pot business for minorities appears to be unconstitutional, legal experts told The Associated Press. The provisions were inserted into the fast-tracked bill at the request of Democrats, whose votes were key to its passage in both Republican-controlled legislative chambers. The law made Ohio the 25th state to legalize medicinal cannabis. It takes effect Sept. 8.

US CT: Medical Marijuana Program Touted As A Success

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 23 Jun 2016 - The number of patients in the state of Connecticut receiving medical marijuana treatment has grown from 2,000 a few years ago to 11,000, according to Department of Consumer Protection Deputy Commissioner Michelle Seagull. Connecticut legalized medical marijuana for adults in 2012. There are nine dispensaries in the state serving the more than 11,000 registered patients.

US CA: Pot Start-Up Hooks A Giant

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 23 Jun 2016 - When David Dinenberg decided to get into the marijuana industry, his business plan was based on fear. In 2014, he founded Kind Financial with the aim of making loans and providing other services to marijuana growers and sellers - customers banks were scared to work with.

Indonesia: Court Sentences Four Drug Smugglers To Death

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Jakarta Post, 23 Jun 2016 - The Medan District Court on Wednesday decided on capital punishment for four Indonesians convicted of smuggling 270 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Malaysia to North Sumatra. The four defendants are businessmen Ayau and Daud, alias Athiam, from Bengkalis, Riau, Lukmansyah, a security guard in Dumai, Riau, and Jimmy Syahputra, a resident of Deli Serdang, North Sumatra.

Thailand: Meeting Mulls Decriminalising Meth

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
The Nation, 23 Jun 2016 - Paiboon Ready to Transfer Drug Rehab Function to Public Health Ministry JUSTICE Minister Paiboon Koomchaya is ready to transfer drug rehabilitation function completely to the Public Health Ministry.

Philippines: Rody: Some Cops Silencing Cohorts

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 23 Jun 2016 - Some policemen may be killing their accomplices in drug trafficking to ensure they will not be implicated in the criminal activities. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte himself conceded this possibility yesterday even as he vowed to help police officers who may face criminal charges for killing drug suspects. "I will take care of you, I will protect you," Duterte said in a speech delivered before local officials in Sarangani.

US CA: Column: Big Brands

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
North Coast Journal, 23 Jun 2016 - Microsoft made some tech industry-sized waves this week with the announcement that it's diving into the marijuana business. Before you get too excited, don't expect to find any Windows 10 Kush in your next purchase of Microsoft Office.

US CA: Column: Under Siege

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 23 Jun 2016 - Hey, what's all this about a company in Santa Rosa getting raided? I thought raids were a thing of the past? - -Lou Kout Sigh. You heard right. The CBD Guild (the company behind the brands Absolute Xtracts and Care By Design pills and tinctures) in Santa Rosa, was raided last week. According to reports, a disgruntled former employee went to the police and accused CBD Guild of making butane hash oil and concentrates. Using butane or other volatile solvent to make hash is illegal in California, although possessing or selling butane extracted marijuana concentrates is not illegal.

US CA: Tough On Hash

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 23 Jun 2016 - City Council Passes Law to Combat Rise of Butane Honey Oil Labs In an effort to combat a growing problem with concentrated cannabis oil, the Chico City Council voted unanimously to restrict the sale and possession of butane during its meeting on Tuesday (June 21).

US CA: Pot Groups Urged To Get In Fight

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Jun 2016 - Newsom Tells Cannabis Industry to Help Pass November Ballot Initiative. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom warned a conference of cannabis industry representatives Tuesday that they need to get involved in passing a marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot or the cause will be set back nationally.

US MA: Pro-Pot Group Files Signatures For Ballot

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Pawtucket Times, 22 Jun 2016 - BOSTON (AP) - A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts says it has collected more than 25,000 signatures as a final step toward securing a spot on the November ballot. Sponsors of ballot initiatives face a Wednesday deadline to submit at least 10,792 signatures of registered voters to city and town clerks around the state. Backers typically try to gather far more than that number to protect against duplicated signatures or ones that may be disallowed for other reasons.

US OH: Lawyers Share Questions Concerning Drug-Law Ethics

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 22 Jun 2016 - Ohio lawyers are inquiring about the legal ethics accompanying medical marijuana. A committee of the Board of Professional Conduct is examining the issue and expects to make a recommendation on an advisory opinion in August.

US: Could Next President Be Pot Shop Buzzkiller?

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 22 Jun 2016 - WASHINGTON - Mark Kleiman, who served as Washington state's top pot consultant after voters legalized the drug in 2012, says it would be easy for the next president to get rid of the nation's marijuana shops. "Look, a President Trump could shut down the legal cannabis industry everywhere in the country with the stroke of a pen," said Kleiman, who's now a professor of public policy at New York University's Marron Institute of Urban Management. "All you have to do is take a list of the state-licensed cannabis growers and sellers into federal district court and say, 'Your Honor, here are the people who have applied for and been given licenses to commit federal felonies.' "

US CO: Numbers Of Teen Dope-Smokers Flat

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
New Zealand Herald, 23 Jun 2016 - Rates of cannabis use among Colorado's teenagers are essentially unchanged in the years since the state's voters legalised marijuana in 2012, new survey data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows. Last year, 21 per cent of Colorado youths had used marijuana in the past 30 days. That rate is slightly lower than the national average and down slightly from the 25 per cent who used marijuana in 2009, before legalisation. The survey was based on a random sample of 17,000 middle and high school students in Colorado.

Thailand: Editorial: Let's Kick The 'War On Drugs' Habit

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
The Nation, 22 Jun 2016 - Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya's Readiness to Declassify Yaba Signals a Sounder Strategy If national governments have learned nothing from the futility of waging a "war on drugs", in some countries at least, common sense seems to be finally seeping in.

Thailand: Ampthetamine Policy Has 'Lost Its Way'

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Bangkok Post, 22 Jun 2016 - Has Thailand's tough policy on narcotic drugs created a monster out of methamphetamines resulting in the poor being punished with the heaviest sentences, and prison overcrowding? An article published on the online outlet Thai Publica in July last year by Mutita Chuachang about the need to rethink the country's policy on ya ba has resurfaced recently. The content is relevant to the Justice Ministry's controversial proposal to remove crystal meth from the illicit dangerous drug list and shift the drug policy away from heavy suppression.

CN ON: Column: Ontario Could Play Role In Pot Regulatory Vacuum

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 21 Jun 2016 - There is a hallucinatory quality to the way intoxicating substances are bought and sold in Ontario these days. Choose your alcoholic poison - beer, wine, spirits - mindful that robust government regulation (not to mention revenue) remains on tap.

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