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Marijuana backlash: Smell of smoke driving some former proponents away

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 20:43
In places where using marijuana no longer carries the threat of a jail sentence, the pungent odor of ganja is increasingly infiltrating daily life -- and annoying nonsmokers.

In Nevada, weed deliveries to homes up, hotel rooms out

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 19:43
Nevada's marijuana industry is ramping up its home delivery service as demand for the drug increases following the legalization of recreational pot in the state earlier this month.

Drive to get veterans access to medical marijuana hinges on House committee vote

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 19:27
A measure allowing veterans easier access to medical marijuana garnered bipartisan support in Congress last year and nearly became law. A vote Monday could be the end of the line this year in another attempt to pass it.

Jeff Sessions’ Secret Weapon Against Weed

The Weed Blog - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:47

Most of us in the medical cannabis industry take for granted the protections against prosecution afforded by the 2004 Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment to the Federal Budget to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. These legal protections have been both wise and valuable, but presume an honest Attorney General will abide by both the intent, as well as the [...]

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From high hopes to near death: An Oregon cannabis grower's story

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:45
In December, James Bowman was robbed and tortured at his Oregon cannabis farm, BlueSky Gardens. The 57-year-old is still struggling emotionally and financially from the attack.

As Trump admin wages war on legal marijuana, veterans side with weed

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:27
The Trump administration's attack on legal marijuana is increasingly confronting a politically potent adversary: military veterans

Media Can’t Help But Blow Smoke About Cannabis

The Weed Blog - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:11

The way a media outlet frames a story is essential and can influence our understanding of it. Their version of a story can affect public opinion or generate awareness in a community. Historically they have been the ones to deliver the facts, less so when the topic of cannabis comes up though. By now we [...]

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Sessions To Lead Trump Admin’s Expected Marijuana Crackdown

Toke Signals - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:06

The Trump Administration is expected to announce a federal crackdown on marijuana next week, according to multiple sources. Donald Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is expected to recommend the crackdown, which is supposedly taking place “in an effort to reduce the number of violent crimes.” […]

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SEC Tweets Offensive Marijuana Prohibition Joke

Weed News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:53
In what many cannabis activists are considering a supremely ignorant, offensive, and inappropriate tweet, The Securities and Exchange Commission office in Fort Worth, Texas, tweeted a bad joke about...

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URGENT: Your Senators Need To Hear From You Today

Weed News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:19
I received the following action alert today: We need your help once more to ensure that patients across the country are protected. The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations will be making a...

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Maine business trades weed for trash bags on town cleanup day

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:13
A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city.

Colorado man convicted of fatally shooting illegal grow partner

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 15:50
An Agate man has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of a partner in a marijuana grow operation. Shawn Geerdes, 48, was convicted Wednesday by an Elbert County jury, according to a district attorney's office news release. Geerdes was also convicted of second-degree arson and of setting a wildfire.…

More than half of northern Colorado businesses fire employees who test positive for weed

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:54
A study by Mountain States Employers Council found most organizations in northern Colorado test for marijuana and half fire employees who test positive.

Retired NFL players back new Denver nonprofit advocating for medical marijuana

Cannabist - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:50
Denver's 420 Games featured former NFL and other athletes supporting the non-profit Athletes for Care, which hopes to change public perception of medical marijuana.

Nevada: Marijuana May Not Be Consumed In Tour Buses, Limos, Shuttles And Other Moving Vehicles

Weed News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:42
Clark County, Nevada has a zero tolerance policy for cannabis consumption on tour buses, limos, shuttles, and other moving vehicles. This is significant because a lot of businesses were already...

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Legal marijuana reduces police harassment of drivers

The Leaf Online - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 08:02

Does legal marijuana mellow out law enforcement? Could be. Police are less likely to initiate searches for drugs or weapons during a traffic stop following the enactment of adult use marijuana laws, according to an analysis conducted by The Marshall Project and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Researchers analyzed the frequency of traffic stop-related searches […]

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Michigan: First Amendment To MMFLA Is Signed By Governor

Weed News - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 03:49
It took just 16 days for Sen. Jones to usher his bill through both houses of the Michigan legislature and receive passage. It was signed by the Governor less than a month later and is now law,...

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Oregon State Fair Welcomes Cannabis Growers for Second Year

Weed News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 23:34
Once again the Oregon Cannabis Growers and Consumers Fair (OCGCF) is coming to the Oregon State Fairgrounds. This second annual event was the very first of its kind last year when it debuted and made...

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Delaware legislature ends year with a bong

The Leaf Online - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:21

Delaware lawmakers spent time on the last day of their legislative session preparing for the future passage of legislation to end marijuana prohibition. The State General Assembly passed a concurrent resolution on July 1, 2017 creating a task force to study regulating and taxing cannabis for legal adult use in Delaware. The Delaware Cannabis Coalition […]

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Study: Forced Closure of Marijuana Dispensaries Increases Crime

The Joint Blog - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 01:23
According to a new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics, the forced closure of marijuana dispensaries leads to an increase in crime.

For the study, researchers at the University of Southern California examined the impact of dispensary closures on crime rates in Los Angeles. Crime data was analyzed in the days before and after the city ordered hundreds of dispensaries to be closed.

“Contrary to popular wisdom, we find an immediate increase in crime around dispensaries ordered to close relative to those allowed to remain open”, states the study’s abstract. “The increase is specific to the type of crime most plausibly deterred by bystanders, and is correlated with neighborhood walkability.”

Researchers found “a similar pattern of results for temporary restaurant closures due to health code violations. A likely common mechanism is that “eyes upon the street” deter some types of crime.”

Researchers conclude by noting that “Open dispensaries provide over $30,000 per year in social benefit in terms of larcenies prevented”.

The full abstract and text of the study can be found by clicking here.

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