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Discussion in 'Cannabis News and Activism' started by vtac, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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  2. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    If monsanto's gearing up for cannabis, the feds must be considering rescinding prohibition!

    What remains to be seen from my perspective is whether or not mmj patients and/or recreational users can grow it themselves.

    As far as dispensaries go, better not make any big $ or you'll be a "cartel"? That's the interesting part, how they interpret what that actually means imo.

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  3. SSVUN~YAH

    SSVUN~YAH You Must Unlearn, What You Have Learned...

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  4. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Even though June 21 has already passed, I thought this article had a lot of useful info for our friends in Arizona. It looks like it is a weekly get together of growers and patients.

    "CONNECTING PATIENTS WITH MEDICINE"


    MEDICALFARMERSMARKET
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    Our Next Market is on June 21st and we are back!
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    We’re Back on June 21st expanding table hosts rapidly. Updates on tables will be released before market launch time. Live music, educational videos and more at our next market. We are building a great new Farmers Market as we speak. New stricter guidelines to help keep our farmers safe. Please bear with us.

    Must have current AZ State issued MMJ card for entry into market. No Out of State cards allowed, no pending paperwork allowed. You MUST HAVE YOUR CURRENT AZ issued green card in hand. Early 10AM entry for cardholder patients 65 y/o and older, AZ cardholders with physical disabilities with gait impairments, requiring wheel chair, canes, walkers and scooters, also patients who have escorts that are required for their daily activities will be allowed early entry. At all our markets we offer a 1 hour early entry for qualifying patients.

    Our Next Market is on June 21st Doors Open at 1100am. $5.00 at the door w/non-perishable food donation. $10 at the door w/o food donation. 11AM-3PM

    Must have current AZ State issued MMJ card for entry into market. No Out of State cards allowed, no pending paperwork allowed. You MUST HAVE YOUR CURRENT AZ issued green card in hand. Early 10AM entry for cardholder patients 65 y/o and older, AZ cardholders with physical disabilities with gait impairments, requiring wheel chair, canes, walkers and scooters, also patients who have escorts that are required for their daily activities will be allowed early entry. At all our markets we offer a 1 hour early entry for qualifying patients.

    Got Cultivation rights? Fill out an application for Table Host and get started sharing and helping patients! Make the best medicated cookies ever? AZ MMJ patients need you! Start first by reading, knowing and understanding the rules here. See us at the market entrance for more details and a printed application.

    So explore Schedule for the Market is as Follows:

    • A new audio system to keep music rich but quiet enough while you visit
    • Sean McCarthy introduces More Games
    • Updates on Signature drive for Safer Arizona legalization campaign
    • Petition for Arizona Governor Elect John Lewis Mealer. He wants to make Marijuana legal folks! Please Sign this petition at the CAMP420 Table or Back in Our fabulous Vape Area. Please sign it, if your a registered Independent voter of Arizona
    • Monday thru Saturday 9AM - 5PMMarket Information
      The Latest Market NewsFARMER'S MARKET IN GLENDALEWOW!
      THANKS FOR HANGING IN THERE!Don't Forget Your
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  5. 215z

    215z Well-Known Member

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  6. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Legal Use of Marijuana Clashes With Job Rules
    By JACK HEALYSEPT. 7, 2014

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    Brandon Coats, 35, is suing his former employer after his use of legal medical marijuana to treat painful spasms led to his dismissal for violating the company’s drug-free workplace rules. CreditMatthew Staver for The New York Times
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    • DENVER — Brandon Coats knew he was going to fail his drug test. Paralyzed in a car crash when he was 16, he had been using medical marijuana since 2009 to relieve the painful spasms that jolted his body. But he smoked mostly at night, and said marijuana had never hurt his performance answering customer calls for a Colorado satellite-television provider.

      So when his employer, Dish Network, asked Mr. Coats to take a random drug screen, he was not surprised when the test came back positive for marijuana. He told his bosses why, but when he got to work the following week, he said, “my card wouldn’t open up the door.” He was fired for violating the company’s drug-free workplace rules, despite having a medical marijuana card.

      Continue reading the main story“There are a lot of people out there who need jobs, can do a good job, but in order for them to live their lives, they have to have this,” said Mr. Coats, who is 35. “A person can drink all night long, be totally hung over the next day and go to work and there’s no problem with it.”

      But when it comes to marijuana, Mr. Coats and other users are discovering that marijuana’s recent strides toward the legal and cultural mainstream are running aground at the office. Even as 23 states allow medical or recreational marijuana, employment experts say that most businesses are keeping their drug-free policies. The result is a clash between a culture that increasingly accepts marijuana and companies that will fire employees who use it.

      Even in Colorado and Washington, the country’s most marijuana-friendly states, a glance at online classified ads lays out an unwelcome landscape for marijuana smokers. “Please do not apply if you are NOT drug free or carry a medical marijuana card,” warns one job listing for a mechanic in Denver. A Chevrolet dealership in the suburb of Aurora tells applicants, “We do screen for medical or recreational marijuana.” In Seattle, a recycling company looking for a welder cautions that they are a “zero-tolerance company including marijuana!!”

      Employers and business groups say the screenings identify drug-abusing workers, create a safer workplace, lower their insurance costs and, in some cases, are required by law. But marijuana advocates say the prohibitions amount to discrimination, either against people using marijuana to treat a medical condition or against people who smoke it because they simply have the legal “It wasn’t like I was getting high on the job,” Mr. Coats said. “I would smoke right before I go to bed, and that little bit would help me get through my days.”

      On Sept. 30, he will take that argument before the Colorado Supreme Court in a lawsuit challenging his 2010 firing. For years, courts in Colorado and across the country have ruled against marijuana users, saying that companies have the right to create their own drug policies. But legal experts say that if Mr. Coats prevails — he lost 2-1 in an appellate ruling — his case could transform how businesses must treat marijuana users.

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    Rizzalso Active Member

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    Hope this guy gets the justice he deserves!
     
  8. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    The laws in this country don't make sense. Decriminalizing cannabis really is the first step needed by the Feds.

    This poor guy lost his job and won't be getting it back any time soon. It's not like he operated heavy equipment or drove a bus. He answered the phones. Stuff like this pisses me off.

    Good for Brandon Coates for taking it to a higher court to shine light on this stupid ruling. He's trying to make a point and I'm glad there are people like him around.

    Brandon, if you're out there you need to be an FC member.
     
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  9. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    April 7, 2014
    Mexican Cannabis Growers Switching to Poppies as US Prices Drop

    Significant numbers of marijuana farmers throughout Mexico and Central America are switching to other crops, in particular poppies. The reason? Wholesale cannabis prices in the United States have dropped precipitously due to increasing numbers of licensed MMJ dispensaries and recreational retailers.

    “I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization,” Rodrigo Silla, a lifelong cannabis farmer in Mexico’s Sinaloa state, told theWashington Post.

    Per exclusive data from the “Profiting in the Recreational Marketplace Handbook” from the editors of Marijuana Business Daily, U.S. consumers strongly prefer to buy legally, even if the price of legal cannabis is higher than that of black market product. This is in part because consumers prefer lab-tested product, while at the same time most people would rather be law-abiding.

    [​IMG]As the black market’s supply chain dries up south of the border, the cartel needs new sources. Sources have told Marijuana Business Daily that some unlicensed cannabis farmers in California and Washington State who were not previously working with the cartels are now being pressured to supply them.

    I see its old news but news worthy anyway. Have prices really dropped?
     
  10. Gunky

    Gunky Well-Known Member

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    I haven't been to a dispensary in ages but I strongly suspect prices haven't dropped much and the word is they are about to undergo a significant rise, because the drought in CA will cause the autumn outdoor crop, which often made its way outside of CA, to be much smaller than normal. Ed Rosenthal is predicting a shortage this fall.
     
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    max Bingo Coordinator Staff Member

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    macbill WA-WAHHH. WA, Oh WA-To-See

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    FUnhouse Well-Known Member

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    Don't know if this has been posted anywhere .
    Seems like a good report I am reading the full report now (link and bottom of page )

    Reforming marijuana laws: Which approach best reduces the harms of criminalization?

    As policymakers and the American public grow increasingly weary of the War on Drugs, marijuana reforms are gaining traction across the nation. A new analysis by CJCJ sheds light on the strengths and weaknesses of two approaches to marijuana law reform: decriminalization for all ages, versus legalization for people 21 and over.


    One highlight
    • Marijuana decriminalization in California has not resulted in harmful consequences for teenagers, such as increased crime, drug overdose, driving under the influence, or school dropout. In fact, California teenagers showed improvements in all risk areas after reform.
    http://www.cjcj.org/news/8200
     
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  14. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Marijuana Use Is Associated With Increased Survival In Brain Injury Patients
    • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy DirectorOctober 7, 2014

      [​IMG]Traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients with a history of cannabis use possess increased survival rates compared to non-users, according data published this month in the scientific journal The American Surgeon.

      UCLA Medical Center investigators conducted a three-year retrospective review of brain trauma patients. Data from 446 separate cases of similarly injured patients was assessed. Of those patients who tested positive for the presence of marijuana, 97.6 percent survived surgery. By contrast, patients who tested negative for the presence of pot prior to surgery possessed only an 88.5 percent survival rate.

      “[O]ur data suggest an important link between the presence of a positive THC screen and improved survival after TBI,” the authors concluded. “This finding has support in previous literature because the neuroprotective effects of cannabinoids have been implicated in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. … With continued research, more information will be uncovered regarding the therapeutic potential of THC, and further therapeutic interventions may be established.”

      The abstract of the study, “Effect of marijuana use on outcomes in traumatic brain injury,” appears online here.
    - See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2014/10/07/ma...n-brain-injury-patients/#sthash.w7XBqr48.dpuf
     
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    FUnhouse Well-Known Member

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    macbill WA-WAHHH. WA, Oh WA-To-See

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  17. Egzoset

    Egzoset 1SipAToke/Blender Vaporist (v3.1)

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    Salutations MacBill,

    Excellent choice for a title! I wish here in Canada we could read the same about the origins of nationalized bigotry...

    :peace:
     
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    MinnBobber Well-Known Member

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  19. macbill

    macbill WA-WAHHH. WA, Oh WA-To-See

    I'm sorry it wasn't CAnada. Still, the horizon looks bright: who'd have thought we'd have legal recreational in CO & WA
     
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    cybrguy Lover of natures bounty

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    Koch-Allied Group Urges Young Voters to Support Weed Candidate
    The last-minute pitch is a bid to siphon votes from Democrat Kay Hagan so that the Republican can advance.
    By Alex Roarty
    Thom Tillis(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

    October 21, 2014 A Republican group connected to the billionaire Koch brothers is making a last-ditch effort to push the GOP Senate candidate in North Carolina across the finish line by urging young voters to get behind the marijuana-supporting libertarian in the race.

    The American Future Fund, which is running the online ad campaign, touts third-party contender Sean Haugh as the only one in the Senate contest who supports legalizing marijuana and opposes war.

    'More Weed, Less War'

    (American Future Fund)
    The move aims to siphon liberal support from Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is locked in one of the country's tightest Senate races again Republican challenger Thom Tillis. (The ads might also persuade conservatives, many of whom generally wouldn't support the ads' message, to stop supporting Haugh.)

    It appears to have been launched in secret. The group's website and Twitter feed, which contain news releases about other ad campaigns, does not mention the efforts to help Haugh.


    A spokesman for the group says the digital buy is for $225,000, and the group could increase the buy later. The ad appeared to one reporter while watching Hulu, and the group has built a makeshift website that includes several different online spots.

    The content of the ads is likely to get as much attention as the campaign itself: In one, a young woman says Hagan "doesn't share our values" because she supports war and opposes legalizing marijuana.

    "Vote Sean Haugh," she says. "He supports our progressive values. Pro-legalization, pro-environment. More weed, less war."

    The spot finishes with an image of a single cannabis leaf. Another ad features a young man wearing a shirt with a picture of Bob Marley smoking a joint.

    Haugh, who still works as a pizza deliveryman while running for the Senate seat, has received a lot of coverage for drawing an unusually large amount of support for an underfunded candidacy. Interestingly though, his presence is seen as a bigger problem for the Republican Tillis, who has trailed in most public surveys of the race.

    AFF appears to be trying to make Haugh a dilemma for Hagan as well, although it's unclear how effective a digital ad campaign will be in a race that has already featured more than $100 million in TV ad buys alone.
     
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  21. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    The cannabis tea party supporting a pizza delivery guy for the us senate?
    Now I've heard everything :tup:
     
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    Egzoset 1SipAToke/Blender Vaporist (v3.1)

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    Hi again,

    Only 5, maybe 6 days to wait until the 1st echoes... :tup:

    My wish would be that it gets as evocative as when those two congressmen addressed m. Botticelli:

    :clap:

    Too bad there are talking monkeys in the land of Harper who still prefer to reject such inspirational events only to promote carricatural per$pective$ on Colorado, for example this sample seen on our local TVA station(s) earlier this month:

    The retards couldn't imagine any better scenario than to exploit old twisted stereotypes and excite their audit with money talk...

    :peace:
     
  23. Gunky

    Gunky Well-Known Member

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/25/opinion/no-progress-on-marijuana-arrests.html?hpw&rref=opinion

    "Since 1977, state law has barred arrests for possession of trivial amounts of the drug unless it is being smoked or displayed in public. In 1990, there were fewer than 1,000 such arrests in New York City. Yet in 2011, that number had shot up to an astonishing 50,000.
    By then it was clear that police officers were illegally charging people with “public possession” by tricking them into removing the drug from their pockets during constitutionally questionable searches. Arrests for this misdemeanor dropped to 28,600 last year — still more than any city in the world — after Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly ordered officers to follow the law."
     
  24. macbill

    macbill WA-WAHHH. WA, Oh WA-To-See

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  25. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Five NYC Council Members Call Out NYPD for Racially-Biased Marijuana Arrests
    By William Breathes in News, Say what?
    Friday, October 31, 2014 at 1:20 pm


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    It's a fact: if you live in New York City and your skin is anything but white, it's a high likelihood that you'll eventually get hassled by the NYPD using the "stop and frisk" policy to try and criminalize you. It's something that statistics have proven time and time again: police are racially biased. And now five NYC council members - all either black or latino - have had enough and have written Mayor Bill de Blasio demanding a fix.
     
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