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California Judge Rules drought is no reason for a warrantless search over Medical Marijuana plants

Admin; Mendocino County in California has been experiencing a drought for the last three years, and although this is a serious thing, it apparently, according to Judge  Thelton Henderson isn’t a good enough reason to search and seize medical marijuana plants with NO warrant. The marijuana patients who had their property unlawfully searched along with NORML sued the sheriff’s department and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Drought Doesn’t Justify Seizing Medical Marijuana Plants without a Warrant

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In two weeks, Lake County voters will decide if they want to loosen up, or even eliminate, the restrictive medical marijuana ordinance (pdf) they passed in June.

For now, the county sheriff will have to stop enforcing that ordinance illegally—by seizing, without a warrant, marijuana being grown on private property. Sheriff’s deputies allegedly raided the homes of several medical marijuana patients in August without a warrant, seizing their plants.

The ordinance states that law enforcement officers who want to abate an “unlawful marijuana cultivation” five days after issuing a warning “may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a warrant authorizing entry upon the property for purposes of undertaking the work, if necessary.”

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson said it was necessary and issued an injunction blocking the county from conducting the raids. The judge was responding to a complaint brought by the marijuana patients and the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). They sued the sheriff’s department and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Judge Henderson did not buy the county’s argument that the three-year drought, which has been particularly hard on poverty-stricken Lake County up near Mendocino, constituted an emergency that warranted not seeking a warrant. Marijuana needs a lot of water.

The judge wrote in his October 14 decision, “The need to reduce water use, even during a drought, falls below the level of urgency associated with emergencies justifying a warrantless search in existing case law.”

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To keep edibles from being banned, Colorado, educate YOUR children ON SAFETY. Halloween ISN’T ANYTHIG NEW.

Admin; With Halloween right around the corner, and all the commotion in Denver about weather or not edibles should be banned it’s important to take a moment to get in the know. The incidents where children are ingesting, and sometimes overdosing on edibles is creating a situation that needs some attention.  Not only should parents who buy these items and bring them home be very thorough in hiding and making sure their kids can’t access them, but EVERY parent should be explaining that medical candy can be very dangerous to someone it’s not meat for; kids and newbies alike. It’s our responsibility as a city/people, and a state to help control and assure the regulations surrounding edibles are enough to at very least deter minor consumption and educate our kids about what’s out there. The rest, weather you [as a parent] like it or not, is up to us parents to educate and talk to our kids about safety, just like we have been doing for years surrounding this Holiday of collecting candy from random people on the block. It’s not like this should be new, it just needs to be  reformed and understood that a new item is being included in the “watch out” list. Just like bleach, or Windex….you tell your kids not to touch them, for their safety, and they usually listen, because they understand you care for their safety and you explain why it is important to stay away from things they aren’t sure about.. If the problem is that parents who are against legal marijuana don’t feel they should have to “deal” with this extra burden, I’d tell them… “there tons of toxic and deadly things to our kids in this world (high fructose corn syrup, fluoride, house cleaners, gluten?)… and if you aren’t ready to tackle that and create a solution, and educate your children about the real world, then maybe…. you aren’t ready to be a parent. “

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Updated: October 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

DENVER — Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from the suggestion Monday after it went public.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told state pot regulators they should limit edible pot on shelves to hard lozenges and tinctures, which are a form of liquid pot that can be added to foods and drinks.

The suggestion sparked marijuana industry outrage and legal concerns from a regulatory workgroup that met Monday to review the agency’s suggestion. Colorado’s 2012 marijuana-legalization measure says retail pot is legal in all forms.

“If the horse wasn’t already out of the barn, I think that would be a nice proposal for us to put on the table,” said Karin McGowan, the department’s deputy executive director.

Talking to reporters after the workgroup reviewed the department’s proposal, McGowan insisted the edibles ban was just one of several proposals under review by pot regulators.

Lawmakers have ordered state pot regulators to require pot-infused food and drink to have a distinct look when they are out of the packaging. The order came after concerns about the proliferation of pot-infused treats that many worry could be accidentally eaten by children.

Statewide numbers are not available, but one hospital in the Denver area has reported nine cases of children being admitted after accidentally eating pot. It is not clear whether those kids ate commercially packaged pot products or homemade items such as marijuana brownies.

The Health Department’s recommendation was one of several made to marijuana regulators.

“We need to know what is in our food,” said Gina Carbone of the advocacy group Smart Colorado, which says edible pot shouldn’t be allowed if it can’t be identified out of its packaging.

Marijuana industry representatives insisted that marking pot won’t prevent accidental ingestions.

“There is only so much we can do as manufacturers to prevent a child from putting a product in their mouth,” said Bob Eschino of Incredibles, which makes marijuana-infused chocolates.

Even health officials worried that an edibles ban would not stop people from making homemade pot treats, with possibly more dangerous results.

“Edibles are very, very popular. And I do worry that people are going to make their own. They’re not going to know what they’re doing,” said Dr. Lalit Bajaj of Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The meeting came Denver police released a video earlier this month about the danger of possible mix-ups.

“Some marijuana edibles can be literally identical to their name-brand counterparts,” department warned in a statement, urging parents to toss candies they don’t recognize.

Kristen Wyatt can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/APkristenwyatt

Source: http://gazette.com/colorado-seeks-ban-on-most-edible-marijuana/article/1539849

Other interesting related sources:

http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2014/10/oregon_marijuana_legalization_6.html

http://www.vice.com/read/fighting-over-candy-colorados-edible-marijuana-civil-war-1022

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/colorado-wants-most-edible-marijuana-banned/

Aurora, Colorado joins in on the Colorado Marijuana Experiment.

Admin; Aurora, Colorado joins in on the fun! A couple new marijuana shops, another on its way and more to come. Aurora, Colorado grabs business from travelers coming east and hops on board with the big Colorado experiment.

Got ‘em if you smoke ‘em, Aurora — retail pot shops open at last

“I bought a pre-rolled (joint) with hash and kief. Just to see what they have,” he said.

By Rachel Sapin, Staff writer, Updated: October 14, 2014 1:53 pm

AURORA | This bud’s for you, Aurora.

While Denver and select cities in the state have been selling pot and marijuana edibles since the first of the year, Aurora joins the great experiment in ending marijuana prohibition today. The city has been developing guidelines for retail shops and grow houses for more than year, finally creating a system that permits 24 pot shops spread across the city’s six city council wards.

First to open for business Monday was Euflora at 6260 Gun Club Road. It’s the first store to sell recreational marijuana to the public in Aurora and the only licensed store in Ward VI.

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Employees at Colorado Harvest Company weave marijuana plants through a Screen of Green (SCOG) to help them grow to their full potential Sept. 25 in Denver. Owner Tim Cullen will be opening a location in Aurora off of South Parker Road and Yale Avenue. Cullen and 12 other marijuana business owners that were awarded licenses to operate in Aurora earlier this year did not open doors by Oct. 1, the first day recreational marijuana sales were allowed in the city. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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Brian Ruden, owner of Starbuds, watches as his opening soon sign is hung Sept. 15 at Del Mar Circle and East Colfax Avenue. The city required him to take down the banner for the new business. City of Aurora spokeswoman Julie Patterson said Ruden’s store falls in a pedestrian district that does not allow even temporary banners as part of its design standards. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

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A deteriorating strip mall near South Parker Road and Yale Avenue will be the new location for one of Aurora’s recreational marijuana shops. Tim Cullen, owner of Colorado Harvest Company, is spending over $1 million as the new property owner to renovate the eyesore that includes faded signs and a few faux bricks dangling tenuously from an awning above. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Colorado Harvest Company

A deteriorating strip mall near South Parker Road and Yale Avenue will be the new location for one of Aurora’s recreational marijuana shops. Tim Cullen, owner of Colorado Harvest Company, is spending over $1 million as the new property owner to renovate the eyesore that includes faded signs and a few faux bricks dangling tenuously from an awning above. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Colorado Harvest Company

A deteriorating strip mall near South Parker Road and Yale Avenue will be the new location for one of Aurora’s recreational marijuana shops. Tim Cullen, owner of Colorado Harvest Company, is spending over $1 million as the new property owner to renovate the eyesore that includes faded signs and a few faux bricks dangling tenuously from an awning above. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Euflora co-owner Jamie Perino, who also owns a store on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, said she lucked out with the former Bank of the West location.

“The building really was ready to go. We had to do no build out whatsoever,” she said.

For that prime location, of which there are few in southeast Aurora, Perino said she spent well over $1 million and purchased the bank, a deal she couldn’t negate even if she didn’t receive a license.

One of the first customers to purchase from her store Monday morning was a man who said he drove all the way from Kansas City to check it out. Aurora has long been thought of as a potential cash cow for retail marijuana. It’s the first city selling legal weed for drivers coming in from the east.  “We have a huge advantage coming into this ward,” Perino said.

She had hoped to open her new store by the time sales were allowed on Oct. 1. But she said the delay resulted from waiting for a new filtration system to be installed and a few requests city staff had asked her implement. “They wanted carbon filters to mitigate the smell of marijuana,” she said.

Perino describes Euflora as “the Apple store of cannabis.” The store offers a unique experience, with customers receiving a digital device upon entering that can be used to scan the barcodes on products they want to purchase in the store. Customers pay for their scanned products at a counter in the back.

Next to each strain that sits in a glass jar on long tables is a tablet that customers can swipe through to learn more about the product. “Customers are even able to do reviews of the products,” said Brittany Sansburn, a store manage who was walking the floor to greet customers and explain the technology. “They can learn about the medical effects, and the recreational effects. They can also open the jars and smell them.”

Lassana Toure, 21,  lives in the area and said he used to go to Denver for his purchases. “It’s about time. It’s convenient. I’m happy about that,” he said.  For his first Aurora purchase he decided not to opt for anything too ambitious.

“I bought a pre-rolled (joint) with hash and kief. Just to see what they have,” he said.

On Friday Terrapin Care Station, the first recreational marijuana shop to open its doors in Boulder last spring, laid claim to being the first marijuana shop in Aurora to receive its certificate of occupancy. The shop is located at 11091 East Mississippi Avenue, tucked away in a shopping center behind a sign store. The store is licensed, but it won’t open for pot sales to the public until Wednesday, according to store owners.

“We have to orient new employees that we’ve hired, and we’re going through the benefit administration process,” he said. “We on-boarding them with our payroll system, and training them to work with customers for Wednesday’s opening.”

Aurora’s marijuana business has been a long time coming, and both city officials and marijuana entrepreneurs are expecting big things.

A vacant, peeling pink strip mall that sits at a busy intersection off of Parker Road and East Yale Avenue could soon be home to a craft coffee shop or a funky pizza parlor if Tim Cullen has anything to do with it.

Cullen is spending over $1 million as the new property owner to renovate the eyesore that includes faded sign and window displays as well as faux bricks that dangle precariously from an awning. He also plans to convert one of the units into a high-end retail cannabis store, replete with a steampunk aesthetic, custom wood cabinetry and concrete floors.

“We would like it to be the anchor of the strip center,” he said. Cullen, who already owns two retail cannabis shops in the state, said he doesn’t plan for this space to be open for business earlier than December with all the work that needs to be done. His store, like most in Aurora, aren’t yet ready to open.

Jason Batchelor, Aurora’s director of finance, said city officials expected it would take longer for the stores to open in Aurora. He said most of the stores are moving into older buildings that are being repurposed, and the owners are also working to meet stringent requirements imposed by the city that include installing enhanced filtration and security systems.

“Of the 21 licenses we’ve awarded, each have their own circumstances,” he said. “For instance, two of the new stores are under construction. Those are going to have a longer process. For the remaining ones, in some of the buildings there might be existing tenants they need to help relocate. Others require more significant renovations. That’s obviously a big undertaking.”

Denver started its first day of recreational marijuana sales last January with 18 shops open for business the first day sales were allowed in the state. All of those stores were already selling medical marijuana and just needed to comply with new regulations for recreational sales. That required separating the medical inventory from the recreational inventory.

“If they served medical marijuana to patients 21 and older, they just needed to make sure their different point of sale and tracking systems were in place. In Aurora, everybody is starting from the ground up,”said Meg Collins, executive director of Colorado’s Cannabis Business Alliance.

Brian Ruden, who is in the process of opening his cannabis shop in a former convenience store at Del Mar Circle and East Colfax Avenue, said he wasn’t pleased when the city required him to take down a bright white banner for the new business. City of Aurora spokeswoman Julie Patterson said Ruden’s store falls in a pedestrian district that does not allow even temporary banners as part of its design standards.

He was hoping to open his store by mid-October, but said the city is first requiring him to completely redo the parking lot, reface the entire building, build trash enclosures and install landscaping on the side of the building. “I was planning on doing most of those things anyway. My intention was to build out the store first, open, and over the next few months, get those other projects done,” he said.

He’s now not sure when he’ll open for business, but said he’s working with the city on completing the renovations.

“I don’t mind the expense. What I mind is the delay,” he said.

Source:  http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/got-em-smoke-em-aurora-retail-pot-shops-open-last/

Colorado Child Dead after state “confiscates” baby girl to give to state-approved foster care, (for safe keeping?) because parents admit to smoking marijuana.

Admin; This is a heart wrenching story about a Colorado family who loses custody of their little girl, Alex Hill, because father admits to smoking marijuana after she goes to bed. There’s no happy ending here.

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By MintPress News Desk | September 29, 2014

Grand Junction, CO — Angel Lane Place, an 11-month-old baby girl has died as a result of injuries received while under the care of state-approved foster parents.

A 20-year-old woman from Grand Junction is facing charges in the death of Angel.

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1st Annual Colorado Hemp Project

Join Farmers, Ranchers and Eastern Colorado Neighbors at the 1st Annual Colorado Hemp Project entitled THE NEW AGRICULTURE IN AMERICA. The festival will be held on September 28th 2014 from 11am-6pm at Brammer’s farm located at Hwy 138 and Pioneer Rd. Sterling, Colorado. Get directions here.
Learn about this amazing plant and its over 25,000 uses with Exhibits, a Farmers Market, Entertainment and Musicians include Rob Trueblood and his guitar, Josh Rabe and guitar, Kady Bow and Tony Tave and The Blues Krewe
This is a Children friendly event and all are welcome!
Special guests include Doug Fine, author of Hemp Bound, Charlie Larson CEO of Global Hemp who will be flying in from Canada, Dr. Nolan Kane from CU Boulder, Jason Lauve, Executive Director of Hemp Cleans and Zev Paiss with the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association.
Vendor space is available for farmers market and artisans. Please contact Danielle Billings at coloradohempproject@gmail.com or 720-606-9555.

The Colorado Hemp Project was planted with many volunteers on May 19, 2014 as one of America’s first legal hemp farms in Sterling, Colorado and licensed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

We have seen amazing growth on this crop and along the way have had many people helping to make this one of the most impressive fields of hemp planted in America. We have had scientists from Boulder, CO and Florida come to inspect and test the plants to insure their quality and legality since they must test under .3% THC to be classified as industrial hemp.

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
– Thomas Jefferson, U.S.
President and Hemp Farmer

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Source: http://www.coloradohempproject.com/

Eric Holder Resigns; let’s appoint someone who will help push this reform even further.

Admin; We’ve come farther than a lot of people probably suspected, but there’s still plenty of work to do. With the right Attorney General in place, we can all keep the ball rolling forward, for America’s best interest. If you care to share your voice, please sign the petition below, so other members of office can better represent the people. holder resigns Today Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he will be resigning from office once a replacement is found. Continue reading

Grandpa was wrong….money does grow on trees, Marijuana trees.

Admin; With national debt rising hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt every 30 seconds, I think it would be fair to say that the federal government is trying to keep us in debt, by not legalizing a plant that can cure, create, build, dream, solve problems, and put our country back in credible business…..I think it’s pretty obvious here, that we need to start growing more money trees. Duh!

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Marijuana Tax Revenue May Top $3 Billion A Year With Legalization

The Huffington Post  | By Matt Ferner

Posted: 09/22/2014 7:40 pm EDT Updated: 09/22/2014 7:59 pm EDT

Money may not grow on trees, but it apparently does grow on marijuana plants. If all 50 states legalized cannabis today, they’d be collectively raking in more than $3 billion a year in taxes.

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Denver Moms Come out of the clam-baked closet And Aren’t being shy about it.

Admin: Being a mother who smokes pot isn’t as stigmatized in Colorado, because of Marijuana’s use becoming more socially accepted. As long as mothers keep making the right choices, about how, and when to toke up, marijuana using parents will see the light of day where they don’t get scoffed at for smoking marijuana, and being a parent.

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By Juju Chang, Jackie Jesko and Lauren Effron

When Jane West and her friends get together, the laughter rolls, trays of food and stories are passed around. But instead of splitting bottles of wine, these women like to unwind with artisanal marijuana.

West and her friends, some mothers with young children, are regular pot smokers who are unapologetic about getting high. Some, like West, have made it their mission to make smoking pot as socially acceptable as having a glass of wine.

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