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Congressional Republicans Rail Against Legalization Of Marijuana

Congressional Republicans Rail Against Legalization Of Marijuana

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday railed against states that have legalized marijuana, citing its connection to auto accidents.

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Tony Newman:  The Time Is Ripe for Elected Leaders to Come Out for Marijuana Legalization

Tony Newman: The Time Is Ripe for Elected Leaders to Come Out for Marijuana Legalization

As discerning analysts like Nate Silver have been noticing, there’s a particularly large gap between elite and popular opinion on marijuana policy. It’s long past time to close that gap. Marijuana legalization is far from a risky position — in fact, it’s smart politics.

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Henry Rollins: Hemp Is Back

Henry Rollins: Hemp Is Back

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[Look for your weekly fix from the one and only Henry Rollins right here on West Coast Sound every Thursday, and come back tomorrow for the awesomely annotated playlist for his Sunday KCRW broadcast.]

I am in the back of an SUV, the seat in front of me almost against my knees. The great wide open of southeastern Colorado rolls by the window.…

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Children’s Deaths Prompt New York Governor’s Bold Medical Marijuana Move

Children’s Deaths Prompt New York Governor’s Bold Medical Marijuana Move

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday called for faster implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law, which passed last month but won’t t…

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Seattle Cop Who Issued 80 Percent Of Marijuana Tickets Removed From Duty

Seattle Cop Who Issued 80 Percent Of Marijuana Tickets Removed From Duty

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE, July 30 (Reuters) – The Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who single-handedly issued abo…

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NYT Writer ‘Not Impressed’ With White House Response To Pot Editorial

NYT Writer ‘Not Impressed’ With White House Response To Pot Editorial

Brent Staples, the New York Times editorial writer who penned one of the opinion pieces in an interactive series calling for pot legalization, told Hu…

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Russ Belville:  AdWeek: "Who Will Become the Starbucks of Pot?"

Russ Belville: AdWeek: "Who Will Become the Starbucks of Pot?"

The marketing of marijuana will require such enhancements as luxury shopping experience and slick packaging, as most marijuana consumers still think of cannabis mostly as a fungible commodity, like apples-the-fruit, not Apple-the-computer.

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Obama Won’t Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Told Him

Obama Won’t Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Told Him

The White House has responded to New York Times editorials this week supporting marijuana legalization, saying ending U.S. pot prohibition isn’t the “…

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Arianna Huffington:  This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let’s End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Arianna Huffington: This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let’s End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties by Following the Science

Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time — not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren’t. And nowhere is there a greater need for us to get past this tendency than when discussing the ongoing war on drugs. It should be possible to say that, as a first step toward ending this shameful chapter in our country’s history, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of marijuana. And we should also be able to say that as we decriminalize, we should take every step possible to minimize the harm, since there is scientific evidence of the dangers of pot on some of our most vulnerable citizens. So as we move toward legalization, let’s put the science front and center.

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Drivers Got High On Federal Weed For Stoned Driving Study

Drivers Got High On Federal Weed For Stoned Driving Study

For several months in 2013 and 2014, federal researchers administered free marijuana and alcohol to a group of people and set them loose in a driving …

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US PA: OPED: U. S. Helped Create Crisis Along Border

US PA: OPED: U. S. Helped Create Crisis Along Border

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 31 Jul 2014 – For months, the U.S. government has been debating how to best respond to the wave of migration of unaccompanied minors. The problem, which is driven by high levels of poverty and violence in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, has prompted some commentators and citizens to assert that anyone breaking the law should be sent home, regardless of age. However, they do so with insufficient awareness about the direct role that the United States has played in creating this crisis.

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US CA: Column: Waiting for the Man: Jerry Brown Is the Decider

US CA: Column: Waiting for the Man: Jerry Brown Is the Decider

SF Weekly, 30 Jul 2014 – Jerry Brown is dominating. In the third act of his life, what the right-wingers dismissed just a few years ago as feeble effort for a curtain call is turning out to be more like a victory lap. He’s cruising, barely contested, toward a second term in his second coming as California governor. He has taken advantage of an economic upswing to do what was once deemed impossible: get the state’s finances in order while allowing business to grow without cutting services, an achievement feted by The New York Times as the “California comeback.” Barring disaster, Brown will serve in office until his 80s. And he appears hell-bent on making his last years memorable. “I’m going to build great things, I’m going to do big things,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board earlier this year.

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CN BC: Council To Take On Need For Weed

CN BC: Council To Take On Need For Weed

Prince George Citizen, 29 Jul 2014 – City council is being asked to take a high-minded approach to allowing future medical marijuana grow operations within city limits. During Wednesday night’s meeting, council will decide whether to move forward on a recommended bylaw limiting newly licensed weed production facilities to parcels of land in the Agricultural Land Reserve and in industrial parks.

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US NJ: Parents Press Christie On RX Marijuana

US NJ: Parents Press Christie On RX Marijuana

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 Jul 2014 – They Say Changes Could Better Help Sick Children. He Has Said His Worry Is Moving Toward Legalization. New Jersey’s medical-marijuana program is coming under fire from a group of parents, who are setting up orange traffic cones on a sidewalk in front of the Statehouse each week to make their point, simply and colorfully.

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US: DEA Finds Itself Among The Wounded In War On Drugs

US: DEA Finds Itself Among The Wounded In War On Drugs

Albuquerque Journal, 27 Jul 2014 – The Agency Is Caught Between States That Lean Toward Marijuana Legalization and Law Enforcement That Maintains a Hard Line WASHINGTON – For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation’s war on drugs.

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US NY: Editorial: The Injustice Of Marijuana Arrests

US NY: Editorial: The Injustice Of Marijuana Arrests

New York Times, 29 Jul 2014 – America’s four-decade war on drugs is responsible for many casualties, but the criminalization of marijuana has been perhaps the most destructive part of that war. The toll can be measured in dollars – billions of which are thrown away each year in the aggressive enforcement of pointless laws. It can be measured in years – whether wasted behind bars or stolen from a child who grows up fatherless. And it can be measured in lives – those damaged if not destroyed by the shockingly harsh consequences that can follow even the most minor offenses. In October 2010, Bernard Noble, a 45-year-old trucker and father of seven with two previous nonviolent offenses, was stopped on a New Orleans street with a small amount of marijuana in his pocket. His sentence: more than 13 years.

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US WA: The Feds’ Surprising Response To Exploding Hash-Oil Labs

US WA: The Feds’ Surprising Response To Exploding Hash-Oil Labs

The Stranger, 30 Jul 2014 – Is the Federal Government Starting to Acknowledge That Legalization and Regulation Are Safer Than Busting People? Eight months ago, an explosion and fire tore through the Hampton Greens apartment complex in Bellevue. It happened at 6:30 in the morning. Among the residents was Nan Campbell, the 87-year-old former mayor of Bellevue. She was the city’s first female mayor, elected in 1988.

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Hollywood Bowling Alley Lucky Strike Allows Weed-Fueled Party

Hollywood Bowling Alley Lucky Strike Allows Weed-Fueled Party

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Did anyone think they’d live to see the day when Angelenos could openly smoke a bowl while bowling a strike? But this past Saturday night, for the first time time ever, Hollywood and Highland’s landmark bowling alley Lucky Strike decided to allow marijuana use on its premises.…

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SoCal’s WeedMaps Tells New York Times to Stop Testing its Writers For Pot

SoCal’s WeedMaps Tells New York Times to Stop Testing its Writers For Pot

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The New York Times made huge headlines over the weekend when its editorial board called for the “national legalization” of marijuana.

Pro-pot groups were crawling over each other so they could be among the first to offer the deepest, we-are-not-worthy bows to the newspaper of record in the United States. After all, who among them would disagree with the Times‘ assertion that ” … the federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.”

See also: E-Cigarettes’ Nicotine Liquid Triggers Reefer Madness in the New York Times

But one Southern California-based medical-weed information service said, Hold on just a second:

It turns out the paper, which said in its editorial that cannabis is “far less dangerous than alcohol,” still tests new employees for marijuana.

Editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal told MSNBC this week, “Whether we’re going to continue testing for marijuana or not, I don’t know.…

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US DC: OPED: Prohibition On Pot

US DC: OPED: Prohibition On Pot

The Hill, 29 Jul 2014 – Someday, we’ll look back on two federal prohibitions – on same-sex marriage and marijuana – and ask ourselves: “How were we ever so dumb? What’s the big deal?” Indeed, more and more people are asking that question every day. Even before the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, several states moved to recognize same-sex marriage. Massachusetts was the first, in May 2004. Today, either by legislation or court order, marriage equality is the law in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia. Courts in 14 other states, most recently Virginia, have ruled to strike down bans on same-sex marriage. While those decisions remain on appeal, it’s clearly only a matter of time before all 50 states accept the fact that every American, gay or straight, should be free to marry the one he or she loves.

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US: Science Collides With The Push To Legalize Pot

US: Science Collides With The Push To Legalize Pot

Wall Street Journal, 29 Jul 2014 – The New York Times began a multi-part editorial series Sunday in favor of repealing the federal ban on marijuana. This is a very bad idea, in part because of the harmful medical effects of marijuana use. Consider just some of what we know:

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US PA: Editorial: Time For A Truce

US PA: Editorial: Time For A Truce

Philadelphia Daily News, 28 Jul 2014 – As the War on Drugs Ebbs, So, Too, Should the War on Nonviolent Offenders THE NATION’S retreat from a maniacal and misguided mission to arrest and imprison our way out of our illegal drug problem has taken another important step.

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US MI: Column: Cannabis Cup And Ballot Counts

US MI: Column: Cannabis Cup And Ballot Counts

Metro Times, 30 Jul 2014 – Michigan Moves Forward Well, we can chalk up another medical Cannabis Cup for the state of Michigan. Truth is, I was too busy to make it to Clio, although the Wyclef Jean show to cap it off would have been worth the trip on its own. At least I got to enjoy Lee DeVito’s posts from the affair. I think he sent them in by carrier pigeon – an electronic pigeon.

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US: New York Times Urges End To Cannabis Ban

US: New York Times Urges End To Cannabis Ban

Daily Telegraph, 28 Jul 2014 – A LEADING American newspaper has come out in favour of the legalisation of marijuana, in an editorial which compares the drug’s ban to that of alcohol in the Prohibition era of the Twenties. Calling on the federal government to follow the lead of a number of states in allowing citizens to consume marijuana for recreational purposes, The New York Times said the evidence was “overwhelming” that moderate cannabis use was less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco. And while the newspaper’s editorial board called for sales to be limited to those over the age of 21 due to concerns about the effect of the drug on adolescent brains it said the social costs of criminalising marijuana were unsustainable.

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US MI: Ferndale OKs Medical Marijuana Shop

US MI: Ferndale OKs Medical Marijuana Shop

The Daily Tribune, 26 Jul 2014 – Three medical marijuana caregivers are ready to open a shop for their patients now that the Ferndale City Council has approved their plan. Adam Applebaum, CEO of Meridian Wellness, told city council members he and two other caregivers will service up to five patients each, as allowed under the state’s medical marijuana law.

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Why We Celebrate Weed On 4/20

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Why We Celebrate Weed On 4/20

This article was originally published on April 20, 2009, and has been reposted each year since.

Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist, …

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Signs You’re Definitely Way Too High For This Party

Signs You’re Definitely Way Too High For This Party

“Why is everybody staring at me?”

Watch the latest “Commentary On” video from Above Average to see what one woman’s night looked like when she got …

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This Is The Marijuana Musical You’ve Been Waiting For

This Is The Marijuana Musical You’ve Been Waiting For

Marijuana legalization has been dominating headlines as of late, bringing tales of Colorado’s edibles and Washington’s dispensaries to nationwide news…

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New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised

New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised

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New Ipsos MORI poll shows 53% of GB public want cannabis legalised or decriminalised, and 67% want a comprehensive review of our approach to drugs

A new poll by Ipsos MORI, commissioned by Transform Drug Policy Foundation, shows that over half of the public (53%) support cannabis legalisation (legal regulation of production and supply) or decriminalisation of possession of cannabis. Only 1 in 7 support heavier penalties and more being spent on enforcement for cannabis offences. In addition, the survey shows that around two thirds (67%) support a comprehensive independent review of all the possible policy options (from legal market regulation to tougher enforcement) for controlling drugs.

The findings indicate that 45% of mid-market newspaper readers (including Daily Mail and Express readers) support cannabis legalisation (legal regulation of production and supply) or decriminalisation of possession of cannabis, with less than one in five (17%) supporting heavier penalties and more being spent on enforcement for cannabis offences. For tabloid readers these figures are 47% and 20%. Around 65% of mid-market newspaper readers and 66% of tabloid readers support a full review of all drug policy options.

Additional survey findings include:

  • 53% of the public support legal regulation or decriminalisation of cannabis – 50% of Conservative supporters and 55% of Labour supporters also support these options, as do 46% of Daily Mail readers
  • Only 14% of the public (and 17% of Daily Mail readers) support tougher enforcement and heavier penalties for cannabis offences
  • 67% want a comprehensive review of all policy options. 70% of Conservative supporters and 69% of Labour supporters also feel this way, as do 61% of Daily Mail readers
  • When outcomes from Portugal were briefly described, almost 40% of the public support the Portuguese-style decriminalisation of small quantities of drugs for personal possession

A spokesperson for Transform said: “These results show just how far ahead of politicians the public are. Whilst Labour and Conservative politicians shy away from the debate on drugs, around half of their supporters want to see legal regulation of cannabis production and supply or decriminalisation of cannabis possession, and a significant majority want a comprehensive review of our approach to drugs – including consideration of legal regulation. The poll demonstrates that even amongst Daily Mail readers, almost half support less punitive approaches to cannabis, and a majority back an independent review of all options, which may come as a surprise to the paper’s editors.

“Politicians have repeated their ‘tough on drugs’ propaganda for so long that they assume the public are more fearful of change than they really are. In fact the world has changed, and the public are far more progressive than was thought, right across the political spectrum. At the very least the government should heed long standing and growing calls for a review of all policy options, including legal regulation. And as a matter of urgency the coalition should engage in experiments in the Portuguese style decriminalisation of possession of drugs for personal use. Now is the time for the heads of all parties to show the leadership citizens surely deserve.”

Contact

Danny Kushlick, Head of External Affairs: 07970 174 747 danny@tdpf.org.uk

Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst: 07980 213 943 steve@tdpf.org.uk




Notes

1. The full poll data is available here: http://www.tdpf.org.uk/Ipsos_MORI_TPDF_poll.pdf

Technical Details

Ipsos MORI carried out the survey, on behalf of Transform Drug Policy Foundation, between 25th January and 5th February 2013. A sample of 946 British adults aged 18+ completed a face-to-face survey via the Ipsos MORI omnibus. The data has been weighted by gender, social grade, age, region, working status, housing tenure and ethnicity to reflect the known local population profile.

Questions / Definitions

  • Given the subject matter, questions were presented to respondents on showcards with options reversed for some respondents. Respondents read out a letter to indicate their response.
  • Q1 was a split sample question: half sample were asked Q1A half sample were asked Q1B.

Q1A. Possession of illegal drugs is currently a criminal offence in the UK. Some other countries have ‘decriminalised’ possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use. This means that possession of a small quantity for personal use is usually punished with fines (like a speeding fine), or attendance at a drug treatment or education programme, rather than arrest. Under ‘decriminalisation’, drugs are still confiscated. Production and supply to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.

With this in mind, which of the following comes closest to your view of the law in the UK?

  1. The law in the UK should stay as it currently is, so that possession of illegal drugs remains a criminal offence.
  2. The law in the UK should be changed, so that the possession of small quantities of illegal drugs is ‘decriminalised’, as described.
  3. An experimental trial of ‘decriminalisation’ should take place for a limited time period in some parts of the UK, to allow its effectiveness to be evaluated.
  4. Other

Q1B. Possession of illegal drugs is currently a criminal offence in the UK. Some other countries have ‘decriminalised’ possession of small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use. This means that possession of a small quantity for personal use is usually punished with fines (like a speeding fine), or attendance at a drug treatment or education programme, rather than arrest. Under ‘decriminalisation’, drugs are still confiscated. Production and supply to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.

Since this was introduced in Portugal in 2001, and resources were instead spent on healthcare, overall use of drugs rose at a similar rate to neighbouring countries. However, there were higher numbers accessing drug treatment, the justice system spent less time and resources on drug-related crime, and there were falls in problematic drug use, and drug use amongst school age children also fell.

With this in mind, which of the following comes closest to your view of the law in the UK?

  1. The law in the UK should stay as it currently is, so that possession of illegal drugs remains a criminal offence.
  2. The law in the UK should be changed, so that the possession of small quantities of illegal drugs is ‘decriminalised’, as described.
  3. An experimental trial of ‘decriminalisation’ should take place for a limited time period in some parts of the UK, to allow its effectiveness to be evaluated.
  4. Other

Q2. Would you support the government commissioning a full independent review of drug policy, that compared our current system of criminalisation with alternatives, including: increasing the criminal penalties for production, sale and use of drugs; decriminalising drug possession as described; and the legalisation and state regulation of production and supply for some currently illegal drugs?

  1. Yes, I would support a review
  2. No, I would not support a review
  3. Other

Q3. Here are a number of different options for regulating the production, supply and use of cannabis (also sometimes called marijuana, pot, hash, grass, skunk, weed, spliff or joints). Please read through this card and then read out the letter next to the option which you think best matches how you think cannabis should be regulated.



Scenario A. Legal – minimal control


Legal to produce and sell cannabis with minimal control and regulation.

Similar to tea and coffee, there is unrestricted advertising and availability. Only basic trading standards and quality controls apply, with prices, location and number of outlets decided by the market.



Scenario B. Legal – moderate control

Legal production and availability of cannabis with moderate government control and regulation

Similar to the current system for tobacco and alcohol, but cannabis is only available from licensed shops or premises. The number and location of outlets is decided by the government, which also influences prices through taxes or setting minimum prices. Packaging carries health warnings, and advertising and age restrictions apply.

If you are underage and in possession of cannabis, it may be confiscated. Licensed premises selling the drug to anyone underage will be fined, and may lose their license. All unlicensed sales are illegal and may result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario C. Legal – strict control

Legal production and availability of cannabis with strict government control and regulation

Like controlled medicines, cannabis is only available either with a doctor’s prescription for medical uses, and/or bought over the counter from a licensed retailer similar to a pharmacist, trained to give health information and advice. The government decides prices, maximum quantities sold, and the number and location of outlets. Users may be registered, age restrictions apply. Packaging carries health warnings, and branding and advertising are banned.

Any licensed retailers selling cannabis to anyone underage will be fined and may lose their license. All unlicensed sales are illegal and may result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario D. Illegal – decriminalise possession

Illegal to produce and supply, but possession of cannabis does not lead to a criminal record

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Those found in possession of a small amount of cannabis for personal use would not be given a criminal record. But the drug may be confiscated, and the user given a fine (similar to a speeding fine), or a requirement to attend a drug treatment or education programme.

Production and supply of cannabis to others remain criminal offences that may result in punishments carrying a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario E. Illegal – current laws apply

Illegal to produce, supply and be in possession of cannabis all lead to a criminal record

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Production, supply and possession for personal use, or to supply others, can result in punishments that carry a criminal record, for example a prison sentence, fines or community service.



Scenario F. Illegal – much heavier penalties apply

Illegal to produce, supply and be in possession of cannabis all carry a prison sentence

Supply of cannabis is only through the illegal market where manufacture, distribution and sale are unregulated. Possession for personal use is always punished with a prison sentence, or a young offenders’ institution for under 18s. Production and supply to others is punished with an automatic life prison sentence. Substantially more money would be spent on enforcement against suppliers and users.

ENDS



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Premium Concentrates Pen: HELOS From eDab

Premium Concentrates Pen: HELOS From eDab

Every so often, there are certain truly exceptional products that come out and despite their premium quality, seem to somehow fly under the radar. It then falls on the industry insiders to spill the beans, and inform the masses about these best kept secrets that are right under their noses. You’ve just stumbled upon one […]

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US: Sweeping Shift On Marijuana

US: Sweeping Shift On Marijuana

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Los Angeles Times, 28 Jul 2014 – Mood on Legalization Is Compared With the Swift Fall of Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage. More than a third of adults have smoked it – including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it.

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The "Uber of Marijuana": Eaze Offers Smartphone Medical Marijuana Delivery

The "Uber of Marijuana": Eaze Offers Smartphone Medical Marijuana Delivery

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Demonstrating that anything can be improved by dubbing it “the Uber of” something, a San Francisco startup called Eaze is offering medical cannabis deliveries via a smartphone app — which makes it the “Uber of marijuana,” multiple news outlets are reporting today.

The brainchild of an early Yammer employee, Kevin McCarty, who is funding the whole thing himself and running the operation out of his Chestnut Street apartment, Eaze is not a medical cannabis dispensary per se: it is instead a network of “caregivers” who essentially go to the dispensary for you and then deliver you your weed, in some cases in 10 minutes, McCarty claims.

Which means, like Uber (and like other apps, launched last month, that also claim to be the “Uber of marijuana), Eaze is able to dodge all those pesky regulations that cost money stifle innovation. 

As of this writing, there are about 30 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco. Most offer delivery.…

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REPORT: NFL Drug Policy Is Even More Ridiculous Than You Think

REPORT: NFL Drug Policy Is Even More Ridiculous Than You Think

With the Josh Gordon appeal hearing set for Friday and with Gordon hiring (as Adam Schefter reported last night) the same lawyer who helped Seahawks c…

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CN ON: Powwow Drug Arrests

CN ON: Powwow Drug Arrests

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Kenora Daily Miner And News, 25 Jul 2014 – Treaty Three Police’s New Street Crime Unit Arrests Eight People at Powwow Treaty Three Police arrested eight people at the Wuzhushk Onigum (Rat Portage) First Nation’s powwow, five of whom have been charged with drug possession. The aboriginal police service says people can expect more of the same if they decide to bring illicit drugs and alcohol to powwows elsewhere in the Treaty 3 area this summer.

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US WA: Peninsula Pot Store Is All Sold Out

US WA: Peninsula Pot Store Is All Sold Out

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Peninsula Daily News, 27 Jul 2014 – DISCOVERY BAY — The first recreational marijuana store to open on the North Olympic Peninsula sold out in its first day. Sea Change Cannabis in Discovery Bay opened at 10 a.m. Friday, more than two weeks after the state’s first pot shops began sales.

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