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Marijuana potency testing.

So we decided to buy a little marijuana …

Chris Vanderveen, KUSA4:06 p.m. MST November 24, 2014

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DENVER – There’s nothing quite like the moment you walk into your boss’s office and ask her for permission to buy marijuana.

I’m not going to lie. You envision a brief period of uncomfortable laughter followed by an escorted trip to the human resources department to pick up the proverbial brown cardboard box.

Oddly enough, however, I’m still here.

Hear me out on this one. There’s some journalism going on here, I swear.

This all started months ago when USA Today reporter Trevor Hughes and I started talking about the difficulties of finding data on how statewide testing of marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles was going. The state started ordering the testing over the spring, and yet it was becoming increasingly clear the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division was not particularly anxious to share any of the results. Continue reading

Long term affect of the failed marijuana “war” by federal law on individuals employment over course of their careers.

Admin; Cincinnati City Council admits mistakes regarding prosecuting minor marijuana use has led to underemployment for citizens; especially blacks.

Winburn pushing to erase marijuana records

Sharon Coolidge, scoolidge@enquirer.com8:56 p.m. EDT September 23, 2014

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Cincinnati City Council members have already admitted a 2006 crackdown on marijuana was a mistake, repealing a law that made possessing even a small amount a misdemeanor crime.

The problem: It created criminal records that are tough to get expunged. That means employers can see it when doing a background check. And those criminal records are stopping people from getting jobs.

Elsewhere in the state a similar charge is a minor misdemeanor, which doesn’t count when a judge considers expunging a record.

Now help for the 10,000 people caught in the tough-on-crime law that lasted from 2006 to 2010 is coming from an unlikely source: Republican Cincinnati City Councilman – and State Senate candidate – Charlie Winburn. Continue reading

New poll shows Washington, D.C. voters overwhelmingly support marijuana legalization

Admin; You can see the green writing on the wall of marijuana legalization…Matt Ferner Become a fanMatt.Ferner@huffingtonpost.com

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Washington, D.C., Voters Strongly Support Marijuana Legalization

Posted: 09/18/2014 7:54 pm EDT Updated: 09/19/2014 10:59 am EDT

Washington, D.C., voters appear to be ready to legalize marijuana, according to a newpoll that puts support at 65 percent.

The NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll’s finding that district voters support legalization by amost a 2-1 margin “is the highest support ever for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative,” Adam Eidinger, chair of D.C. Cannabis Campaign, the group backing the legalization measure, said in a statement. “It vindicates the work of this campaign so far, but we still have more work to do turning out the vote come Election Day.” Continue reading

I’m glad to see the original intent of medical marijuana upheld.

Admin.

Please take time to read this news release by CBS local…

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/09/16/marijuana-caregivers-escape-colorado-crackdown/

Notice last sentence in paragraph 5.

“They avoid taxes and regulations required by commercial growers.”

This is the original intent of medical marijuana-please recall that I had said years ago that “caregiver” was the intended concept…

Now with the dispensaries and the retail marijuana trade-these two entities were really wanting the caregiver “loophole” to close due to competition.

And the politicians want their tax revenue increased.

This is ironic because caregivers are the original intended concept to grow and provide one on one medicine.  Which now recently is bolstered by positive results for children as well as adults.

So this is why I have always been embracing the caregiver model.

Marijuana has become and WILL become big business.

But one on one in this world is still the best personal connection for providing medicine.

 

Marijuana Caregivers Escape Colorado Crackdown

September 16, 2014 2:42 PM

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Medical Marijuana (credit: Colorado Department of Transportation)

DENVER (AP) – Confronted with a room full of teary parents with sick children, Colorado health authorities on Tuesday changed course on a plan to limit marijuana caregivers to 10 patients.

The Board of Health voted 6-1 to delete a proposed change to the state rules for caregivers, who are designated to grow pot on behalf of medical marijuana patients.

The change came after hours of emotional testimony from mothers of children with epilepsy and other conditions treated with cannabis-derived oil. Many of the parents testified that they fear losing access to caregiver-grown pot treatments that aren’t available in dispensaries.

“I cannot be one of those dropped. My child will die,” said mom Janea Cox, a mother who moved from Macon, Ga., to Colorado Springs to get a cannabis-based treatment for her daughter Haleigh.

Colorado currently limits caregivers to five patients and requires them to be responsible for other duties besides just growing pot. But the state allows “waivers” for caregivers to add patients. Only four caregivers would’ve been affected by the rule change, but those growers serve 100 or even more patients. They avoid taxes and regulations required by commercial growers.

“I provide medicine that is needed,” insisted Jason Cranford, a Boulder County caregiver who testified that he spent six years developing a strain to reduce seizures.

Cranford scoffed at suggestions that parents of sick children could learn to grow the strain themselves.

Pointing to the crowd behind him, Cranford asked, “These children are in wheelchairs. Do you not see this? Do you think they have time to sit in a garden?”

Some of the moms applauded when Cranford vowed to ignore the rule if adopted.

“What you’re asking me to do is put children’s blood on my hands and I’m not willing to do that,” he said.

Health authorities insisted they aren’t trying to reduce medical-marijuana supply, just make sure caregivers are complying with state laws regarding their responsibilities to patients.

“We want to change the perception that caregivers do nothing but provide marijuana to their patients,” said Dana Erpelding, director of the department’s Center for Health & Environmental Data.

“Caregivers that want to focus on production and distribution should look at becoming medical marijuana centers,” she said.

But the Board declined to set a hard cap of 10 patients, instead adopting stricter guidelines for getting those waivers to grow on behalf of many patients. The new criteria include proximity to licensed medical-marijuana dispensaries.

Colorado Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Larry Wolk, said after the hearing that his agency has limited enforcement powers but wanted to address criticism in a 2013 state audit that criticized the agency for not ensuring that caregivers have proposer supervision.

Boom! Check out the marijuana legalization poll results.

Admin; Huge upsurge of American adults saying yes-lets legalize and collect taxes.

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Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans, Survey Shows

Posted: 09/03/2014 4:17 pm EDT Updated: 09/03/2014 4:59 pm EDT

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A broad new survey shows that a majority of American adults continue to support marijuana legalization in the United States, and that support appears to be growing.

The survey, released last week from online polling data company CivicScience, asked more than 450,000 U.S. adults over the last two years this question: “Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol?” Continue reading

The Marijuana Show auditions now in Denver.

Admin; In case you missed it this web based show will be offered to the public on Youtube and Vimeo this fall.

People are auditioning for a new marijuana reality show. It’s called ‘The Marijuana Show’

By Elahe Izadi September 15 at 7:29 PM


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Nearly every industry has a reality show dedicated to it.  Shipping stuff? Yes. Dog whispering? Check. Bounty hunters named Dog? Of course. Now, prospective legal marijuana tycoons can get in on the action.

As Fox 31 Denver reported, 200 people showed up Saturday in Denver to audition for a new, Web-based marijuana reality show named “The Marijuana Show.” (No pot puns here, folks.)

Here’s how it works: People pitch their marijuana business ideas to investors, who will back projects by investing $25,000 to $1 million or more, co-creator Wendy Robbins told the Fox affiliate.

In their online pitch, show co-creators Karen Paull and Robbins describe their project as “The Shark Tank” meets “The Apprentice,” but emphasize it’ll be more like a dolphin tank rather than shark tank. They also have a higher vision in mind: to combat negative connotations around marijuana use. “It’s really an important and potent herb and medicine and it needs to be legal,” Robbins told Fox 31. “That’s why we are doing this.”

“We’re the puff the magic dragon of reality pitch shows. Basically, we don’t wanna be rude,” Robbins told 303 Magazine. “It’s really about educating, and us getting educated too, the world about the whole industry.”

On Saturday, people pitched ideas to a panel, which will then choose six winners to head to a boot camp in New Mexico. From there, the contestants will prepare for October, when they will pitch investors back in Denver, the Fox affiliate reported. Audition pitches ranged from movie projects to a woman who wants to use cannabis in her flower shop designs, and the show will air online in November, CNN reported.

Colorado voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2012, and since then, the legal marijuana industry across the country has been booming; as The New York Times pointed out, the legal industry is expected to grow to $2.6 billion this year, per marijuana research firm ArcView Group.

Elahe Izadi is a general assignment national reporter for The Washington Post. She can be reached at elahe.izadi@washpost.com and on Twitter @ElaheIzadi.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/09/15/people-are-auditioning-for-a-new-marijuana-reality-show-its-called-the-marijuana-show/

Marriages with Marijuana as primary recreational drug are lower intimate partner violence.

Admin; Amazing results from 9 year study of couples married shows alcohol increases violence and alternately “marijuana marriages” have much lower incidence of violence.

Marijuana Use Lowers Risk Of Domestic Violence In Married Couples, Study Finds

The Huffington Post  | By Taryn Hillin

Posted: 08/25/2014 6:53 pm EDT Updated: 08/25/2014 6:59 pm EDT

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Past research has indicated that couples who abuse substances are at a greater risk for divorce, in part because substance abuse often leads to an increase in domestic violence.

However, new research has found that when it comes to marijuana use, the opposite effect occurs: couples who frequently use marijuana are actually at a lower risk of partner violence. Continue reading

Jimmy Cournoyer stepped way over line to provide marijuana to the masses.

Marijuana Supplier Named Pot Playboy Gets 27 Years

NEW YORK — Aug 20, 2014, 10:11

 

A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York’s biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said.

Jimmy Cournoyer pleaded guilty in May 2013 to charges including money laundering and conspiracies to manufacture and distribute marijuana and cocaine. The 34-year-old Quebec native, from Laval, just outside Montreal, was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court.

Cournoyer’s Montreal-based organization had ties to organized crime and drug cartels, prosecutors said. Proceeds financed a lifestyle that included a supermodel girlfriend and a super-expensive car, the Bugatti Veyron, and Cournoyer hobnobbed with celebrities.

Cournoyer had a $2 million hit fund to punish those who cooperated with the government, and he had tried to threaten witnesses, authorities said.

He was arrested in 2012 while attempting to enter Mexico and was transferred to New York, where prosecutors said he sold marijuana smuggled in from Canada.

“His territory — all of North America. His goal — to extend the deadly narcotics trade as far as he could,” the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, Loretta Lynch, said after Cournoyer’s plea.

The marijuana was grown in British Columbia and was taken to Quebec, and cocaine from Mexico was smuggled into Canada.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/marijuana-supplier-named-pot-playboy-27-years-25062008

Lobbying to keep marijuana on the prohibition list.

Admin. It is good to know who really finances the opposition to legalizing marijuana .  It is heartening to see what voter inspired amendments in Washington and Colorado states has overcome. This means that you as a voter needs to get with  like minded people to show elected politicians that your own state needs grass roots amendments to overcome the opposing special interests groups.

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal

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Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despitepublic opinion, the medical community, andhuman rights experts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy.

There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and political clashes from the past.

However, we at Republic Report think it’s worth showing that there are entrenched interest groups that are spending large sums of money to keep our broken drug laws on the books:

1.) Police Unions: Police departments across the country have become dependent on federal drug war grants to finance their budget. In March, we published a story revealing that a police union lobbyist in California coordinated the effort to defeat Prop 19, a ballot measure in 2010 to legalize marijuana, while helping his police department clients collect tens of millions in federal marijuana-eradication grants. And it’s not just in California. Federal lobbyingdisclosures show that other police union lobbyists have pushed for stiffer penalties for marijuana-related crimes nationwide.

2.) Private Prisons Corporations: Private prison corporations make millions by incarcerating people who have been imprisoned for drug crimes, including marijuana. As Republic Report’s Matt Stoller noted last year, Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest for-profit prison companies, revealed in a regulatory filing that continuing the drug war is part in parcel to their business strategy. Prison companies have spent millions bankrolling pro-drug war politicians and have used secretive front groups, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, to pass harsh sentencing requirements for drug crimes.

3.) Alcohol and Beer Companies: Fearing competition for the dollars Americans spend on leisure, alcohol and tobacco interests have lobbied to keep marijuana out of reach. For instance, the California Beer & Beverage Distributors contributed campaign contributions to a committee set up to prevent marijuana from being legalized and taxed.

4.) Pharmaceutical Corporations: Like the sin industries listed above, pharmaceutical interests would like to keep marijuana illegal so American don’t have the option of cheap medical alternatives to their products. Howard Wooldridge, a retired police officer who now lobbies the government to relax marijuana prohibition laws, told Republic Report that next to police unions, the “second biggest opponent on Capitol Hill is big PhRMA” because marijuana can replace “everything from Advil to Vicodin and other expensive pills.”

5.) Prison Guard Unions: Prison guard unions have a vested interest in keeping people behind bars just like for-profit prison companies. In 2008, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association spent a whopping $1 million to defeat a measure that would have “reduced sentences and parole times for nonviolent drug offenders while emphasizing drug treatment over prison.”

– See more at: http://www.republicreport.org/2012/marijuana-lobby-illegal/#sthash.yXYYppeP.dpuf

Exclusive: Why Can’t You Smoke Pot? Because Lobbyists Are Getting Rich Off of the War on Drugs

Police association lobbyist John Lovell

POSTED AT 11:00 AM BY LEE FANG

John Lovell is a lobbyist who makes a lot of money from making sure you can’t smoke a joint. That’s his job. He’s a lobbyist for the police associations in Sacramento, and he is a driving force behind grabbing Federal dollars to shut down the California marijuana industry. I’ll get to the evidence on this important story in a bit, but first, some context.

At some point in the distant past, the war on drugs might have been popular. But not anymore — the polling is clear, but beyond that, the last three Presidents have used illegal drugs. So why do we still put hundreds of thousands of people in steel cages for pot-related offenses? Well, there are many reasons, but one of them is, of course, money in politics. Corruption. Whatever you want to call it, it’s why you can’t smoke a joint without committing a crime, though of course you can ingest any number of pills or drinks completely within the law.

Some of the groups who want to keep the drug illegal are police associations that want more members to pay more dues. One of the primary sources for cash for more policing activities are Federal grants for penalizing illegal drug use, which help pay for overtime, additional police officers, and equipment for the force. That’s what Lovell does, he gets those grants. He also fights against democratic mechanisms to legalize drugs.

In 2010, California considered Prop 19, a measure to legalize marijuana and tax it as alcohol. The proposition gained more votes than Meg Whitman, the former eBay executive and Republican gubernatorial nominee that year, but failed to pass. Opponents of the initiative ran ads, organized rallies, and spread conspiracy theories about billionaire George Soros to confuse voters.

Lovell managed the opposition campaign against Prop 19. He told Time Magazine that he was pushing against the initiative because, “the last thing we need is yet another mind-altering substance to be legalized.”

But Republic Report reviewed lobbying contracts during the Prop 19 fight, and found that Lovell’s firm was paid over$386,350 from a wide array of police associations, including the California Police Chiefs Association.

While Lovell may contend that he sincerely opposes the idea of marijuana legalization, he has constructed an entire business model predicated on pot prohibition.

Shortly after President Obama’s stimulus program passed, Lovell went to work channeling the taxpayer money for California into drug war programs. According to documents Republic Report obtained from the Police Chiefs Association, Lovell helped local departments apply for drug war money from the Federal government. Here’s a copy of one letter sent to a police department in Lassen County, California:

There is big money in marijuana prohibition. Lovell represented a police association in a bid to steer some $2.2 million dollars into a “Marijuana Suppression Program.” In 2009 and 2010, California police associations sought a $7,537,389 chunk of Federal money for police to conduct a “Campaign Against Marijuana Planting” program.

The anti-marijuana money went directly into the paychecks of many officers. For example, police departments in Shasta, Siskiyou, and Tehama Counties formed a “North California Eradication Team” to receive $550,000 in grants that helped pay for overtime, a new officer, and flight operations:

The total amount awarded was $550,000, to be split between Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties, which make up the Northern California Marijuana Eradication Team (NorCal-MET). Broken down in the agenda worksheet, the sheriff’s office is expecting to spend $20,000 on flight operations, $94,895 for the full-time deputy’s salary and benefits, $16,788 for the administration assistant salary and benefits and $29,983 to cover up to 666.29 hours of overtime.

The Federal anti-marijuana honeypot might have dried up if Prop 19 had passed. Legalizing marijuana would have generated billions in tax revenue for the state of California, while also reducing victimless crime prosecutions. But for lobbyists like Lovell, legalization was a direct assault on hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential fees for helping to solicit taxpayer money for his clients.

Police associations also contributed about $100,500 to a campaign account used to coordinate opposition to Prop 19. Of the $386,350 in fees paid by police associations to Lovell through 2009 and 2010, status update reports reviewed by Republic Report reveal that Lovell worked on a number of issues, from advocacy against Prop 19 to channeling grants and monitoring legislation.

Of course, police associations aren’t the only interest group with a stake in maintaining broken drug laws. The beer industry,alcohol corporations, and prison guard interests also contributed money to help Lovell stop Prop 19. Howard Wooldridge, a retired police officer who now helps push for legalization as a citizen advocate, told Republic Report that drug company lobbyists also fight to keep marijuana illegal because they view pot as a low-cost form of competition.

– See more at: http://www.republicreport.org/2012/exclusive-why-cant-you-smoke-pot-because-lobbyists-are-getting-rich-off-of-the-war-on-drugs/#sthash.5lYY3TFt.dpuf

Legalized marijuana article comparing conservative and liberal attitudes within Colorado ranching and recreational towns.

Admin comment; It is interesting to note that the voters strongly supported A64 while the Gunnison town council and status quo made sure to currently not allow stores in the city. Looks like a vote is coming up that will over ride the prior ban.

High in the Rockies, a Chill Marijuana Debate ​
AUG. 2, 2014

Editorial: The Public Lightens Up About Weed
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GUNNISON, Colo. — Getting a feel for Gunnison, Colo., a town in the Rockies about four and a half hours southwest of Denver, takes a bicycle and a few minutes. On Main Street and nearby blocks you will pass a Wal-Mart, a pizza place called Pie-Zans, a bike-repair-and-espresso shop, the offices of The Gunnison Country Times, the campus of Western State Colorado University and Traders Rendezvous, which claims to have the state’s largest collection of antlers and mounted animal trophies. Ride long enough and you will find seven churches and five liquor stores, six if you count the Safeway.

What you will not find are any stores selling marijuana. These are not allowed.

To see the new Colorado after Amendment 64, which legalized recreational cannabis, you have to drive a half-hour north, to Crested Butte. It has three dispensaries selling marijuana buds and pipes and cannabis-infused candies and drinks. They are off the main drag; their presence is low-key, even deferential.

The towns are not drastically different. Crested Butte, population 1,550, is for skiers and tourists; its main street is more colorfully painted, more self-consciously alpine. Gunnison, population 5,854, has deep roots in ranching and mining. It’s for hunters towing A.T.V.’s, students and underpaid faculty members at the university, and high-caliber athletes devoted to the strenuous life. A classic Gunnison sight is a $6,000 mountain bike racked atop a $700 Subaru.

The towns are divided by marijuana now, but many in Gunnison expect a change is gonna come. Voters will be deciding in November whether to legalize marijuana sales within the city limits, and if so, whether to tax them. The city voted down medical marijuana stores in 2011. But just a year later Gunnison County, which includes the city, voted 67 percent in favor of Amendment 64. To many in Gunnison, that is a sign that the world has turned.

This is how it feels in Colorado, in Denver and beyond: Even people and places not overeager to embrace marijuana are not cowed by legalization. Seven months after plunging into the what-if world of legal marijuana, Colorado feels years ahead of the rest of the country in cannabis understanding. If you go to Colorado, as many out-of-town reporters have, armed with adolescent stoner jokes, you should know that Cheech and Chong were famous 40 years ago. Many of the advocates and entrepreneurs leading the revolution are in their 20s and 30s and will not relate. And the majority of Coloradans who are going on with their lives, living apart from the world of weed, will not find you funny.

Gunnison has two would-be ganja-preneurs, Jason Roland and Todd Houle, pressing for legalization so they can open a store. The closest they have to an adversary might be Matthew Kuehlhorn, director of the Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project, which works in the public schools. He puts himself on the tolerant end of those who want to discourage marijuana use, and refuses to exaggerate its dangers. “You can’t get the toothpaste back in the tube,” he said. “So now we’re finding ways to reduce harm and continue on forward.” He wants marijuana taxes to be earmarked for youth programs. Mr. Roland and Mr. Houle agree. The City Council isn’t so sure.

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The real drug problem in town, several Gunnisonians said, is alcohol — no surprise in a skiing-ranching-college town. Western State Colorado University has had to live down a reputation as a party school (locals call it “Wasted State”), and officials there do not think legal marijuana is going to help. The dean of students, Gary Pierson, said the school tries hard to send a drug-free message. Even authorized medical-marijuana users have to medicate off-campus.

I asked Chris Dickey, publisher of The Country Times, whether his paper had editorialized for or against Amendment 64. He couldn’t remember. “We have other issues. It’s a small town; the economy’s always kind of limping along. The environmental issues are always a pressing concern. The status of our local education institutions. Those are the things that impact people’s lives.”

George Sibley, a writer who came to the Gunnison Valley in the 1960s, said the key to grasping local politics in the Mountain West is knowing your altitude. “Above 8,000 feet, it’s almost always Democrat, and down-valley it’s almost always Republican,” he said. “Down-valley it’s more agricultural, self-reliant, Jeffersonian-type Republicanism. But up-valley, it was miners, originally, and union people, and then it became posturban liberals with urban backgrounds.”

By this theory, Crested Butte, at 8,885 feet, breathes solidly liberal air. Gunnison, at 7,703 feet, is more in the zone of political flux. Mr. Sibley said he expected legalization to win, which suited him fine. But he said there was a silent faction in town, how big he wasn’t sure, that would vote against marijuana shops simply to preserve the status quo.

“I actually think it’ll be slow,” Mr. Sibley said. “But life will not be very much different. There will be a significant new tax source for the community, and everybody will be even more used to it than they are now. You’re never going to stop it, of course, because if you put a challenge in front of a bunch of high school kids …”

He let the thought finish itself.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/opinion/sunday/high-time-in-the-rockies-a-chill-marijuana-debate.html?_r=0