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Federal Law Doesn’t Outlaw Medical Marijuana Act According To Arizona Court Ruling

Local officials cannot use federal laws outlawing marijuana to refuse to provide required zoning for dispensaries, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

In their unanimous decision, the judges admitted the federal Controlled Substances Act makes the possession and sale of marijuana a felony. And they noted that the zoning sought by White Mountain Health Center was particularly to be able sell the drug from a store in an unincorporated area of Sun City.

But Judge Donn Kessler said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery had no legal basis to assert that federal law trumps the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. And he also rejected Montgomery’s contention that having county officials issue the necessary zoning would mean they were aiding and abetting in the violation of federal law.

The fight has its origins in the 2010 initiative that enables those with a physician’s recommendation along with a state-issued ID card to get up to 2 1/2 oz of marijuana every two weeks. That law also set up a network of state-regulated independently run dispensaries to sell the drug.

State health officials need certification from the local government that the website is properly zoned before issuing a license for a dispensary. White Mountain Health, attempting to find in Sun City, sought the required certification from Maricopa County.

But Montgomery instructed county officials not to react. He asserted that doing this would make them guilty of breaking federal laws that prohibit not only the possession and sale but doing anything to facilitate either.

And he claimed that anything the state does cannot preempt federal law.

 

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Will Religious Lawmakers Support Marijuana Legalization?

Over half of US states—28—have legalized medical marijuana. Legalization is supported by sixty percent of Americans, based on an October 2016 Gallup poll—including 42% of Republicans. A few of these cannabis supporters live in states that are traditional, and some are even in their own state’s legislature,currently supporting marijuana reform measures.

In Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah— traditionally Republican locales— marijuana reform bills are introduced for consideration in the coming sessions.“And, it’s worth noting that Republicans, who control state legislatures in most of these states, are behind the drive,” writes Maureen Meehan in High Times on Jan. 16.

This month in Missouri, a Republican representative and licensed doctor, Jim Neely, introduced a bill to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana. His daughter died of cancer in 2015, and Neely believes the drug would have helped relieve her pain. An initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Missouri last year didn’t make it on the November vote. However, Neely stated that the culture appears to be open now, noting, “I believe the timing is great.” He said on Jan. 13 that he’s confident the bill will make it to the House floor, thanks to his conservative bona fides and medical professional qualifications.

In Tennessee, two Republican legislators, Steve Dickerson and Jeremy Faison, a physician, introduced a measure to legalize therapeutic marijuana in December. They think it’s going to be an economic advantage to the state. The bill allows for 50 grow houses to be constructed, 15 of them designated for economically distressed zones.

The Tennessean reports that the marijuana measure is also part of a drive by lawmakers to undertake an opioid outbreak. More opioid prescriptions are handed out than there are individuals in Tennessee, and marijuana is viewed as a feasible, non-addictive alternative for pain alleviation.

Republican representative Ryan Williams co-sponsored a similar bill to legalize medical marijuana during the 2015 session, but it died in committee. He told The Tennessean there will likely be a “huge push” for medical marijuana during the 2017 legislative session to deal with the opioid outbreak.

 

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MaryJane Dating Service

It’s Friday and it’s date night!!

There is a new app for mobile phones that connects marijuana users for dating. And yup, it’s called “High There.”

It’s said to be a tool for allowing cannabis users to find love. The app helps users identify other marijuana consumers who’d like to date based on there preferred methods and habits of cannabis consumption. So far, they say they have 50,000 people using their app and program only functions in states where medical and/or recreational marijuana use are legal. It’s described as both a dating and social connection tool.

It is, of course, not the first marijuana based social networking site as there are others like 420 Singles.com and my420mate.com that offer similar services.

So go for it! Court a canna-friend online but be careful what you say in cyberspace. Police still use social media to monitor potentially illegal activity!  So be safe and have fun!!

 

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Pot Pin-Up Girl

Pot Pin Up Girl

She goes by the names Little Miss Puff-it, Cleo-Pot-Tra and Watermelon. That’s because she’s fond of posing as different characters in her pot pinup photos. According to the Vancouver Canada resident, “There’s such a beautiful spectrum, this umbrella of marijuana that’s about to open up to the world.” Watermelon has been a marijuana advocate for years and she sells her marijuana infused baked goods to almost 30 of Vancouver’s 61 medical marijuana dispensaries. Watch her video……….

Become a Bud Tender

Right now most of the marijuana industry related jobs are in the medical marijuana sector. This is because recreational marijuana is legal in only four states versus medical marijuana in 23 states. There is a need however, for bud tenders, accountants, marketers and web developers. At the present time the best marijuana job markets are in California and Colorado.

As in any new industry there are some bad apples. So do your due diligence on each company and get their commitment in writing whenever possible. Here are some websites  with marijuana job listings:

THC Jobs

420 Careers

Cannajobs

 

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Snoop Dogg, Bob Marley and 12,000 Joints

12,000 Joints –

Huffington Post and Newsweek reported that a Seattle company called Soltice rolled 12,000 joints to sell over Super Bowl weekend at medical marijuana stores.  According to the owner, 6,000 grams of cannabis, about 13 pounds, was used for this massive marijuana joint production project. The joints were then offered for sale, 12 to a pack in what resembled a standard cigarette pack. The joints were a combination of strains called Blueberry Cheesecake and Headband and sold for about $70. These were sold at medical marijuana dispensaries however Soltice representative said that they will “absolutely” have these 12 packs of joints available for sale at recreational marijuana stores later this year. The company is opening what it terms “the first licensed processing facility”. Read More……..

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Meanwhile music celebrities like Bob Marley’s family and Snoop Dogg are investing in the budding pot industry. Read More………..

Growing Marijuana at home –

It’s legal for adults over 21 years of age to grow limited quantities of marijuana in states such as Colorado, Washington (medical only), Alaska, (after Feb 25th) and Oregon (after July 15th). But remember it’s a complex task so get the book Growing Elite Marijuana which gives you step-by-step guidance. Also check out My Weed Seeds for good quality seeds that will give you a successful crop.

 

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A Huge Week for Recreational Marijuana

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It has been a huge week for recreational marijuana in the U.S.A. Three things have happened.:

1) The US Justice Department reported that it had informed Indian Country Tribes that they “may propose” to have marijuana legalized on their reservations. So far no tribe has made any such request and if they did the federal government would have the final say on yes or no. However, this announcement opens the door for the possibility that recreational marijuana could be possessed and consumed on tribal lands. Even when tribal lands reside within the borders of a state in which recreational marijuana is illegal.
2) The US Congress ended its federal ban on medical marijuana. This sends a strong message to states that have not yet legalized marijuana and makes the concept even more palatable to voters. It will surely influence politicians to be more liberal in their thinking about legalized marijuana, whether medical or recreational. Furthermore,  it shows the federal government is obviously moving, albeit slowly, in the direction of national recognition of the trend to end marijuana prohibition.
3) Just today (December 19, 2014)  it was announced that the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma have asked the US Supreme Court to reverse Colorado’s marijuana laws. We will wait to hear what the legal pundits say but in my opinion this is not going to fly. In my opinion it is a thinly veiled attempt to apply pressure and convince Colorado to give their neighboring states a portion of their recreational marijuana tax revenues. According to Nebraska officials they have had an increase in their law enforcement costs at places along the Colorado border and are being asked to bear an increased expense with no increased revenues.

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The First Country to Legalize Marijuana

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December 1, 2104 — In 2013 a bill was passed which legalized marijuana use in Paraguay. The first country in the world to legalize the production and sale of cannabis. This made it a potential laboratory model for the possible legalization of marijuana in other countries around the world. But polls indicate that as much as 65% of Paraguay’s citizens do not support the new marijuana law. One candidate in this weeks national elections says that if elected, he will repeal portions of the legalization bill

 

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Does Recreational Marijuana Consumption Affect Driving?

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Research on the effects of marijuana vs. alcohol while driving are inconclusive. Law enforcement has one view, psychologists have another. What we do know is that recreational marijuana creates chemical changes in the brain and these changes may significantly affect ability to safely drive a car:

* According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC in the body can severely affect the ability to shift our focus. This means reaction to changes in traffic or road conditions is slower and this can be dangerous.

* Recreational marijuana consumption affects a person’s judgement and other cognitive functions. In the case of heavy users, this impairment may last up to 24 hours after their last consumption of marijuana.

* Marijuana relaxes people and most have difficulty concentrating on a single activity and are prone to dreamlike states of awareness according to studies.

* Consumption of recreational marijuana can weaken short-term memory and change perception. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse the THC in marijuana gets processed in the hippocampus part of the brain which is responsible for the brain’s functional memory.

A Washington state traffic safety commission announced that police in Grandview, Moxee, Selah, Sunnyside, Union Gap and Yakima (plus the Yakima and Klickitat county sheriff’s offices) and the Washington State Patrol have stepped-up their driving while impaired enforcement operations through January 1st 2015.

Be careful and be safe. Stay within the law and do NOT operate a motor vehicle while you are under the influence of marijuana or alcohol!

 

 

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