Category Archives: Recreational marijuana

Marijuana legalization discussed in this balanced opinion by a retired banker.

Admin; Excellent article well written to present both sides of the argument. Bob Roper makes the case that civil liberties for Americans have also been eroded and money wasted on the war against marijuana.

Should we legalize marijuana?

By BOB ROPER

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:00 am Comments (1)

On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Alaska passed initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana. This, of course, follows Colorado and Washington state, whose voters did the same not long ago. The trend is obvious — and hardly surprising considering in a recent poll Americans said, by 56 percent to 44 percent, that marijuana should be legalized provided it is appropriately regulated, as with alcohol.

There is a great irony here. Just as the legalization trend accelerates, maybe to the point of being unstoppable, the accumulated medical and scientific evidence proving marijuana is in fact a dangerous drug is overwhelming. Here are some of the studies and useful facts: Continue reading

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

Marijuana legalization; YES!

Marijuana legislation; Let’s see…

Light up, take a drag, contemplate…

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Guam passes medical marijuana by 12 point margin!

Washington, DC passes legalization measure by more than the projected 2:1!

Oregon passes legalized marijuana by 10 point margin!

Alaska passes!

Florida did not pass…(they would have needed a 60% margin to pass). Boohoo!

More Michigan communities passed marijuana decriminalization.

Obviously Colorado and Washington state passage two years ago was not an anomaly.

A lot of new legislation will line up by 2016 to end nationwide Marijuana prohibition.

BTW New York has suspended “Buy and Bust” program.

Hello-The White House; anyone there listening?

 

 

Highest Retail Cannabis Dispensary in Country Review- High Country Healing II in Alma, Colorado

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It’s 10:30 pm and I ate some of this turtle brownie med bar, that a friend shared. We stopped up in Alma at High Country Healing II. I just had a slice , or more like a sliver…(maybe about a half inch thick by an inch and a half long) around 7:30 pm. I am feeling mellow, relaxed (it was a long day) and not [head] high at all.  I don’t recall what the whole bars THC mg count was. Probably 100mg in whole bar. (I’ll check on that tomorrow and update) However, it doesn’t take much, and it also had a pretty decent taste! Compared to the suckers, and white chocolate bar I’ve picked up from other places. Which were hard to get down the dose I wanted, either too rich, or too much flavor mixing. I’m not sure. I’ve had a small cherry chocolate medicated candy in the past and it was also a good flavor. I might be a picky edible eater….who knows. Continue reading

Marijuana organizations provide free medical marijuana and seeds when government won’t for Ptsd veterans.

Admin; This will eventually get straightened out.  The train is headed in a different direction than 20 years ago…

1000 Veterans Line up for Free Marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sep 28, 2014, 2:22 PM ET

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A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

The “Grow 4 Vets” giveaway in Colorado Springs aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications.

The Gazette reports ( http://bit.ly/1xsCAFJ ) that veterans were given a bag of items that included cannabis oil, an edible chocolate bar and seeds to grow plants.

Marijuana activists have tried unsuccessfully to have post-traumatic stress disorder added to the Colorado list of medical conditions that qualify for joining the medical marijuana registry. Now that pot is legal for all adults over 21, organizers are free to give away marijuana.

Not all who received the bags were veterans. A $20 dollar donation from nonveterans was encouraged.

A similar event was held last weekend in Denver.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/1000-veterans-line-free-marijuana-25818787

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

Charlo Greene the Alaskan news reporter that owns a marijuana business NAILS it in her video about marijuana legalization hypocrisy.

Admin.  I thought this tv reporter was grandstanding on her tv  “fuck it”  15 minutes of fame and now the video conveys her smart breakdown of the Alaskan political ads trying to deny citizens marijuana based on the oppositions scare mongering ads…Kudos to Charlo!

 

Alaska reporter who quit on TV explains her crusade to legalize marijuana

Charlene Ebge, aka Charlo Greene, has taken up the fight for the legalization of weed one day after she resigned in a TV signoff that had the Internet buzzing: ‘F— it, I quit.’

BY JASON MOLINET

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, September 22, 2014, 11:55 PM

Charlo Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Ebge, is the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club.  Ebge went on a social media blitz Monday, calling herself a champion for Alaskans' right to smoke marijuana in a YouTube video.YOUTUBECharlo Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Ebge, is the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club. Ebge went on a social media blitz Monday, calling herself a champion for Alaskans’ right to smoke marijuana in a YouTube video.

The Alaska TV reporter whose journalism career went up in smoke when she quit her job during Sunday’s newscast and announced she was running a medical marijuana business on the side took to social media to explain why.

Charlo Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Ebge, resigned as a reporter for KTVA in Anchorage with a signoff that had the Internet buzzing: “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f— it, I quit.” Continue reading

Seattle policeman writes tickets in 2014 to spite the city attorney and now bulk of those tickets rescinded and reimbursed.

Admin; This is an article that sheds a bad light on policemen when they decide to inject their personal opinion into their job enforcement of laws regarding marijuana being legalized.  Click on the link to see more examples of “Opies” insultive notes on the tickets that he wrote as well as a news vidio.  It is interesting to see that this was allowed to go on for 6 months and that the policeman is only reprimanded and now re instated…

Prosecutor to drop all Seattle marijuana tickets

By Associated Press and KOMO Staff Published: Sep 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM PDT Last Updated: Sep 22, 2014 at 6:57 PM PDT

 

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SEATTLE – Seattle’s elected prosecutor says he’s dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.
In a briefing to the City Council on Monday, City Attorney Pete Holmes said he is moving to dismiss approximately 100 tickets issued by the Seattle Police Department between Jan. 1 and July 31. His office also said it would be seeking a refund for those who have already paid their $27 ticket.
Through the first six months of the year, a single officer wrote about 80 percent of the tickets, addressing some of them to “Petey Holmes” or writing that he considered the pot law “silly.”
The officer, Randy Jokela, is now under official investigation by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability.
In one ticket, the officer wrote that he found two people smoking marijuana and made them flip a coin to decide which person would be cited.
“(Suspect) lost the coin flip so he got the ticket while the other person walked. (Suspect) was allowed to keep his pipe,” the ticket reads.
In another ticket, the officer referred to Washington’s voter-enacted changes to marijuana laws as “silly,” according to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.
Jokela was temporarily reassigned but is now back on patrol. Meanwhile, the internal department investigation is ongoing.
“Chief O’Toole and (Office of Professional Accountability) Director Pierce Murphy conferred and believed that nothing in the ongoing investigation precluded him from returning to his patrol duties,” said SPD spokesman Drew Fowler.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Prosecutor-to-drop-all-Seattle-marijuana-tickets-276204811.html

Matt Ferner at Huff Post has a excellent synopsis of current marijuana legislation coming up for a November vote.

Admin; Matt is dialed in and does a great job of writing about all things marijuana.  Please visit the link and give him a Like!

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

Posted: 09/18/2014 7:54 pm EDT Updated: 09/18/2014 8:59 pm 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.”

On Nov. 4, D.C. voters will decide Initiative 71, which would legalize adult marijuana use, possession of up to two ounces, and home cultivation of up to six marijuana plants for personal use. The sale of marijuana would remain illegal. The D.C. Council is considering a separate bill that would allow the regulation and taxation of marijuana.

The new poll suggests D.C. will join Washington state and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana. Just days before Washington state voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, Public Policy Polling found 53 percent support for the measure. The day before Colorado voters approved marijuana for recreational use by adults, PPP found 52 percent support.

“Voters are relating to the message that legalization will end D.C.’s rampant discrimination when it comes marijuana enforcement,” said Dr. Malik Burnett, D.C. Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, in a statement.

According to the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, arrest statistics from 2009 to 2011 revealed that nine out of 10 people arrested for drugs in Washington were black, though blacks make up just slightly more than half of the city’s population. Yetgovernment surveys show that blacks are no more likely than whites to use the drug.

A marijuana activist criticized The Washington Post for editorializing against legalization.

“At the very moment this Washington Post poll was in the field, the paper’s own editorial board was circulating a ‘Reefer Madness’-style, error-laden screed urging D.C. voters to reject legalization,” Marijuana Majority’s Tom Angell told The Huffington Post. A Sunday Post editorial urged D.C. voters to “reject the rush to marijuana.”

“It looks like that didn’t work,” Angell said of the editorial. “No matter how hard prohibitionists try to spread scare stories about legalization, poll after poll confirms that this is a mainstream issue supported by a growing majority of the public.”

Kevin Sabet, co-founder of anti-legalization group Project SAM, said he sees the poll numbers differently.

“I think it represents the fact that the ‘Yes’ side has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars raised outside the District on its messaging,” Sabet said. “As voters hear more about why marijuana and marijuana businesses are not good for the District, I expect the gap to narrow.”

The ballot measure builds on several recent moves to remove restrictions on marijuana in Washington. The District’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened last year. Earlier this year, the D.C. Council decriminalized the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. The District legalized marijuana for medical use in 2010. Twenty-three states also have legalized medical marijuana.

Voters in three states will decide on new marijuana laws in November. Oregon andAlaska voters will cast ballots on the legalization of recreational marijuana, whilevoters in Florida will decide on a medical marijuana ballot measure.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/washington-dc-marijuana-legalization_n_5845942.html

Recreational marijuana sales in Colorado for first six months of 2014.

Admin; And so the popular voter social experiment continues. This is all new history being made.  Please enjoy this natural product and be part of history.

Colorado Retail Marijuana Sales Finally Beat Medical

Sept. 10, 2014

Marijuana BankingA customer pays cash for retail marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver, Thursday, May 8, 2014.Brennan Linsley—ASSOCIATED PRESS

Retail sales have lagged medical sales since pot shops opened on Jan. 1, fueling concern that projected tax revenues would fall short

Sales of legal retail marijuana have topped sales of medical marijuana in Colorado for the first time since the state’s recreational pot shops opened their doors on Jan. 1, according to tax figures released by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

During the month of July, the state received $838,711 from a 2.9% tax on medical marijuana, meaning that patients spent an estimated $28.9 million at dispensaries. The state meanwhile raked in $2.97 million from a 10% sales tax on retail marijuana, putting those sales at about $29.7 million, according to calculations by the Cannabist.

Though that amounts to a less than $1 million gap between retail and medical sales, this is a small victory for champions of legalization who have argued that the experiment will be profitable for the state, as revenues have lagged behind some expectations.

“Most adults use marijuana for the same reasons they use alcohol. Now that it’s a legal product, they are choosing to access it in a similar fashion,” Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said. “For most Coloradans, buying marijuana in a retail store will just become the norm. It appears that shift in behavior is already taking place.”

In July, the Denver Post Editorial Board voiced its concernsabout the medical market outpacing the legal recreational pot shops up to that point in 2014:

And if that trend holds for the entire year, it will present state officials with a challenge: How to prod a portion of those medical marijuana users into the retail market where they almost certainly belong. Medical marijuana privileges should be confined to genuine patients, particularly now that the retail option exists, and not to those merely seeking a break on price because the taxes are lower.

For the legalization experiment to be a success, it needs to be profitable for the state and lure buyers from the black market, a migration that should be reflected in sales figures. Tvert says that prices of retail marijuana, currently around $35 for 1/8 ounce, are far from finalized. Retail shops depend mostly on word of mouth for advertising; they have had only part of a year for competition to kick in; and they are just now recouping big costs associated with starting their businesses, he says.

Because there is only data about the first six months of sales in an unprecedented market, conclusions about success or failure are impossible to draw. But if retail sales continue to increase, while medical marijuana sales hold steady, expectations of a windfall from legal pot are less likely to go up in smoke.

http://time.com/3318719/colorado-retail-medical-marijuana-sales/