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  • Cannabis in the 21st Century
    by Jim Hatridge on August 11, 2015 at 12:32 PM
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    The prohibition of weed in America dates back to the early 20th century, but since 2000 there?s been a dramatic change in the way the country deals with pot. Public opinion on marijuana legalization has shifted dramatically, and politicians, pop culture and pot shops are working to keep pace. We take a look at the events that shifted the course of the marijuana movement.

  • Police allegedly eating pot after raid
    by Jim Hatridge on June 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM
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    A new video is out showing police officers raiding a medical marijuana dispensary. On Friday, Huffington Post shared this video that was taken from a surveillance camera. An internal investigation is now ongoing after this video came out that shows a lot of things going on that should not have been allowed.

    The cops are talking and teasing about kicking a disabled woman in her stump. Then it goes on to allegedly show them eating some of the stuff in the dispensary. They all go in busting down the door and then ordering everyone to the ground. Marijuana activist Marla James, an amputee who uses a wheelchair was there for it all. 

    In the video, it shows an officer saying she should have kicked her in her stump. James spoke out about the video saying "You know what, I was really nice to that woman. I even complimented her on her hair. I treated that woman with respect and I have no idea why she wanted to kick my stump." She shared that the video made her almost cry.

    One of the officers is spotted eating something that appears to be an edible he picked up there, but instead it could just be protein bar or something that he carried in with him, but it doesn't look that way.

    Cmdr. Chris Revere told KABC, "We expect our officers to hold themselves to a certain standard and represent the department and the profession well. If that wasn't done in this case, it's certainly something that, as part of the administrative investigation, the chief will make the appropriate disciplinary recommendation if it's warranted."

  • Cannabis on Native American Reservations...
    by Jim Hatridge on May 7, 2015 at 2:37 PM
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    by Cannabusiness Report and Ryan Nerz

    While covering marijuana culture in Washington state, Fusion's cannabis correspondent Ryan Nerz decided to investigate a topic he'd been curious about for a while: What's happening with weed on Native American Reservations?

    There's not much info about it on the interwebs. And yet, many Americans assume the trademark Native American peace pipe has always been filled with that peaceful herb. But Native American author, attorney, and activist Gyasi Ross stepped in to dispel the old peace pipe rumor and explain that Washington state's tribes are almost unilaterally differing from the rest of the state, which has legalized recreational marijuana.

    Why can tribes make their own laws, which sometimes contradict state laws? Sovereignty, says Gyasi. We've been here for thousands of years. We've been here when here wasn't here. We can make our own laws.

    Credit: Ryan Nerz, C.J. Dominguez, Sebastian Perry, and Darwin Phillips

  • Aphria Medical Marijuana to double its L...
    by Jim Hatridge on April 2, 2015 at 1:17 PM
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    One of Canada's licensed medical marijuana facilities will double in size this summer, a year after Health Canada radically changed industry rules. Aphria Medical Marijuana cultivates 17,000 marijuana plants in a 3,000-square-metre facility operating in Leamington, Ont., south of Windsor. By summer, it will be twice that size and operating in two buildings, rather than one. ....read article


  • 400 pounds of marijuana chocolate bars s...
    by Jim Hatridge on March 23, 2015 at 10:07 AM
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    LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. — Authorities seized 400 lbs of chocolate bars containing edible marijuana that were hidden inside boxes in a car they stopped Tuesday, Feb. 24, at mile marker 40 on eastbound I-70. The Missouri state trooper stopped the 2015 Infiniti QX60 for a traffic violation, and during the traffic stop, authorities say the driver had inconsistent answers and his behavior seemed deceptive.

    The trooper asked for consent to search the vehicle because the suspect’s story didn’t add up and when it was granted, the trooper located the marijuana chocolate inside boxes in the cargo area of the vehicle.

    Jeffrey J. Woo, 42, from Ladera Ranch, California, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and transported to the Lafayette County Jail. The arrest happened at about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

    Police said the chocolate bars were transferred to highway patrol headquarters in Lee’s Summit, where they are locked up in an evidence room.

    “These edibles that we are seeing look like regular chocolate bars, look like regular candy bars, look like regular food, and we’re worried,: Sgt. Collin Stosberg said. “Our main concern is obviously getting in the hands of our children, and these THC levels in these edibles are at an all time high.”

    The chocolate bars resembled regular chocolate bars with flavors such as bacon, peanut butter and jelly swirl.

  • Neterlands Government Crackdown on Marij...
    by Jim Hatridge on March 16, 2015 at 4:34 PM
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    The Netherlands — and in particular its capital, Amsterdam — has long been thought to have some of the world's most liberal marijuana policies. But today, the country's government is clamping down on the weed industry. Police are raiding growers far more often, authorities are requiring "weed passes" to discourage marijuana tourism, and unprecedented numbers of so-called “coffeeshops” — where the sale of small amounts of marijuana is tolerated — are being forced to shut down.

    VICE News visited Amsterdam to see what effects the new restrictions are having. After speaking to coffeeshop owners — one of whom has to close his shop because he's technically too close to a school — we went to a weed festival and visited the home and greenhouse of Doede de Jong, one of the country's few outspoken growers.


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  • Everything We Know About the Drug War & ...
    by Jim Hatridge on February 12, 2015 at 12:11 PM
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    As President Obama seeks $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his new budget, we talk to British journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much of what we know about addiction is wrong.

    Over the past four years Hari has traveled to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and Portugal to research his new book, "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs." His findings may surprise you ? from the U.S. government's persecution of Billie Holiday, to Vancouver's success in addressing its heroin epidemic, to Portugal's experiment with full decriminalization of all drugs. This video is an excerpt from the interview with Johann Hari.

    Watch the full 20-minute discussion here:

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  • Medical marijuana easily dispensed in Va...
    by Jim Hatridge on January 31, 2015 at 12:31 AM
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    Quick consultation with a nurse or naturopath gets people access to as much marijuana as they want. read more

    Marijuana is being openly sold in specialty stores in Vancouver under the guise of a government-approved system meant to limit sales for medical use only, a documentary by the CBC's fifth estate shows. 

    Medical marijuana has been legally sold in Canada since 2001 under strict government guidelines and only under authorization from a physician.

    But the fifth estate’s Mark Kelley found that in Vancouver these days the drug is readily available in medical marijuana dispensaries, where a quick consultation with a nurse or a naturopath gets people a membership and access to as much marijuana as they want.

     

  • Canadian medical marijuana company makes...
    by Jim Hatridge on January 22, 2015 at 4:47 PM
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    Source: Globe and Mail

  • Tommy Chong on the Business of Marijuana...
    by Jim Hatridge on January 21, 2015 at 3:00 AM
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    Tommy Chong, who first hit fame in the 1970s as part of the pot-laced comedy duo Cheech and Chong, is in a unique

  • The Cannabusiness Report
    by Jim Hatridge on January 11, 2015 at 11:47 AM
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  • New bank could save the pot industry
    by Jim Hatridge on January 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM
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    By Katie Lobosco

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

    Kristi Kelly owns legal marijuana stores in Colorado called Good Meds and has lost 23 bank accounts in five years. Even though medical marijuana is legal in Colorado and 22 other states, it's still illegal on the federal level. And that means banks generally don't want anything to do with pot shops.

    That creates a slew of headaches for these entrepreneurs, who are often forced to operate all-cash businesses. That is time consuming and costly -- and can be dangerous.

    But a new credit union formed specifically to serve the marijuana business could be a turning point for the fledgling pot industry.

    Fourth Corner Credit Union is supported by a group of attorneys, business owners and legalization advocates who see an opportunity where traditional bankers see only potential legal problems. Pending final approval from the Federal Reserve, it could open in January.

    "It will be much safer than the cash-based operation that exists today," said founding member Mark Mason. "The feds should be thrilled."

    Here's what it will mean for business owners.

    They'll be able to have bank accounts: Sometimes a pot business owner is lucky enough to get an account if a bank either turns a blind eye, or doesn't immediately understand the true nature of the business. But it generally doesn't last for long. That's why Kelly eventually turned Good Meds into an all-cash business.

    They'll save time: Kelly has an entire team dedicated to keeping track of the cash, double and triple checking handwritten ledgers.

    They have dubbed the entire process "Bank Kristi."

    It'll be easier to pay employees: A pot business can't issue paychecks without a bank account. At Good Meds, employees have to go to a different location to pick up their wad of cash every payday, count it, and sign off.

    Their businesses will be safer: Businesses with lots of cash on hand are big targets for criminals. For now, Kelly moves the money out of Good Meds' main location to a more discreet location for the safety of her customers and employees.

    They'll be able to accept credit cards: This would cut down on the amount of cash a business has to handle. It could also bring transparency to the industry, making it easier for governments to regulate the businesses -- making sure they are not involved with drug cartels, said Michael Elliott, the director of the Marijuana Industry Group.

    "If it does open, it would be exciting. But ultimately Congress needs to fix this issue," Elliott said.


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