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CO: Colorado to Jeff Sessions: Pot industry working and can be better

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:04
coloradoan.com (US) DENVER - Coloradob s legal marijuana industry is working b and can work better with federal collaboration. (Sun Aug 27 16:04:21 2017 PDT)
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CANADA: Outstanding in his field - Brockville Recorder

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:04
recorder.ca (Canada) Brophy and his wife are experimenting to come up with an ideal fertilizer and package it in small packages for homegrowers of pot. (Sun Aug 27 02:04:07 2017 PDT)
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CANADA: Outstanding in his field - Brockville Recorder

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CO: POLL: Should Colorado Springs allow recreational marijuana sales? - Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:03
gazette.com An avowed opponent who was spoken at length about his concerns about legalized marijuana sales. (Sun Aug 27 16:03:30 2017 PDT)
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CO: Point/Counterpoint: Should Colorado Springs legalize recreational marijuana sales? - Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:03
gazette.com While marijuana is an intoxicant. It is less dangerous than alcohol. The worst consequence of the marijuana black market is that the safety of our children is imperiled. (Sun Aug 27 16:03:30 2017 PDT)
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CO: Hickenlooper, Coffman respond to Sessions about Colorado marijuana laws - Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:03
gazette.com Including efforts to ensure that all marijuana activity is compliant with state marijuana laws. Issues around people abusing the legal system in Colorado have proven problematic. (Sun Aug 27 16:03:30 2017 PDT)
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CO: Robber hits two Colorado Springs convenience stores for smokes and cash - Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:03
gazette.com Former Green Beret on a mission over marijuana after Fountain police raid ... (Sun Aug 27 16:03:30 2017 PDT)
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CO: Owner: Burglars ram stolen car into Colorado Springs pot shop, steal marijuana plants - Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:03
gazette.com Steal marijuana plants Police are searching for burglars who crashed a stolen car into a marijuana dispensary in northeast Colorado Springs. (Sun Aug 27 16:03:30 2017 PDT)
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CO: Former Green Beret on a mission over marijuana after Fountain police raid - Colorado Springs Gazette, News

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 00:03
gazette.com News Former Green Beret on a mission over marijuana after Fountain police raid Olivas is a former Green Beret who uses marijuana to treat his PTSD. (Sun Aug 27 16:03:30 2017 PDT)
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Marijuana bundle flies across Arizona border fence - Newshub

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 22:05

Newshub

Marijuana bundle flies across Arizona border fence
Newshub
An unidentified flying object flung over a border fence in southern Arizona turned out to be nearly 45 kilograms of marijuana, destined for dispersal throughout the United States. Earlier this week, border patrol agents seized the haul after ...

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Medical marijuana advocates call legalization a moral and nonpartisan issue - Indianapolis Star

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 16:01

Indianapolis Star

Medical marijuana advocates call legalization a moral and nonpartisan issue
Indianapolis Star
For a group of medical cannabis advocates, Saturday was about educating the public so they could, in turn, educate their state lawmakers. At the Indiana Medical Cannabis Town Hall Meeting, lawmakers, professors, veterans and other medical marijuana ...
Medical marijuana getting growing support from Republicans in IndianaFox 59
Lawmakers plan to introduce medical marijuana legislationTerre Haute Tribune Star

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Cops: Woman who hit dump truck on I-87 had edible marijuana, cocaine - Albany Times Union

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 13:42

Albany Times Union

Cops: Woman who hit dump truck on I-87 had edible marijuana, cocaine
Albany Times Union
COLONIE -- A Queens woman driving with marijuana edibles and a felony weight of cocaine crashed into a dump truck on the Northway Saturday, State Police said. The crash happened near Exit 6 when the car driven by Katrina C. Bobell, 36, of New York ...

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California Could Become the First State to Legalize Magic Mushrooms

Alternet - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:49
Click here for reuse options! A voter initiative to do just that has been filed with state officials.

It could be up to California voters to make the state the first in the nation to allow for the use and sale of psilocybin, the mind-altering component of magic mushrooms.

On Friday, Kevin Saunders, a candidate for mayor in the Monterey County town of Marina, filed the California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative with the state attorney general's office. The initiative would exempt people 21 and over from state criminal penalties for using, possessing, cultivating, transporting, and selling psilocybin.

Filing an initiative is just the first step. The measure must be submitted for public comment for 30 days and then given a circulating title and summary by the attorney general's office before it is approved for signature gathering. If and when it is approved, campaigners then have to gather some 365,880 valid voter signatures to be placed on the November 2018 ballot.

Saunders told the Los Angeles Times that psilocybin helped him get over an addiction to heroin a decade ago. "I think we're seeing something that could literally heal our brothers and sisters," he said. "We're talking about real cutting-edge stuff."

Using the initiative process, California became the first state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. And while it wasn't the first state to legalize marijuana via the initiative process—Colorado and Washington led the way in 2012—the state legalized recreational marijuana via an initiative last year.

The initiative and referendum process has been criticized as inflexible, circumventing planning, and relying on an uninformed electorate, and it is also open to criticism as a tool for corporate interests. But it has proven invaluable for advancing the cause of drug reform in the face of state legislatures resistant to change.

All eight states that pioneered pot legalization did it through the initiative process. No state has yet legalized marijuana through the legislative process. And the pioneering medical marijuana states all did it through the initiative process as well. After California approved it in 1996, it was five years before Hawaii became the first state to okay it legislatively.

California is now poised to once again break down the walls of prohibition—this time with natural psychedelics.

 

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I Toke Thee to Be My Wife: Inside a Cannabis Wedding in California

Alternet - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:15
From a pot sommelier to cannabis buds in the bouquets, Zak Walton and Dani Geen’s ceremony was not Carmel’s typical nuptials.

It was a picture postcard California beach wedding. The bride wore white. The Pacific Ocean lapped at the altar. The violinist played Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.

Then, upon being declared husband and wife, Zak Walton and Dani Geen inclined their heads, puckered their lips, closed their eyes and took long, deep puffs of potent cannabis.

A table by the altar had all the accoutrements: pots of cannabis concentrate, a torch lighter to heat it up, and glass vessels known as rigs, through which they inhaled the vapour.

The family and friends sat before them minded not a bit. This, after all, was a weed wedding and most of them had also ingested.

Melissa Cunningham, the wedding planner, said: “The psychic effect you get from it is very calming. Dani and Zak want to be on the same spectrum going into their matrimony.”

Everybody seemed to be on the same spectrum during the ceremony on Thursday at Stewart’s Cove, a bucolic beach near Carmel, south of San Francisco.

Walton, 30, savouring his first minutes of married life with a joint alongside bridesmaids and groomsmen, all smoking, said: “I’m feeling good. Nice and relaxed, medicated.”

What had he consumed so far? “I had some dabs at the hotel, a joint, some edibles. Not too much, not too little,” he said.

It was all legal: the cannabis buds in the bouquet and floral arrangements, the goody bags with joints and cannabis vapes, the cannabis-infused munchies (“handcrafted to melt in your mind”) and the dab bar at the reception in nearby Monterey, where a pot sommelier in a three-piece suit offered guests different ways to get lightly, blissfully stoned.

California voters approved recreational marijuana last November, a landmark victory in the fight for legalisation that has paved the way for the largest commercial pot market in the US.

Activists and entrepreneurs have found ways to “weedify” multiple products and services, including weddings.

It was news to the catering guys setting up chairs on the beach before the ceremony. “A cannabis wedding, really?” said one, astonished. “Is it, like, a thing?” asked another.

To evangelists, it’s the future.

Philip Wolf, the co-founder of the Cannabis Wedding Expo, which showcases industry products and services, said: “Down the road, people won’t call it a cannabis wedding, because bud bars will be normalised. Smoking creates a bonding aspect. People did it in ancient times. It enhances conversations.”

Luna Stower, 33, a friend of the bride, said cannabis soothed nerves and made couples more romantic. Stower, the wedding officiant and sales director for a cannabis distribution company, had benefited from munching toffee hours earlier made by a company called Mind Tricks. “It’s very relaxing. An aphrodisiac and a euphoric sedative that lasts a very long time. It has organic sugar so it’s a quality high,” she said.

The high did not addle Stower’s brain. She led the ceremony fluidly, without notes, and made a quip about the the couple loving and honouring each other “till dab do you part”. Dabbing is the term for heating a dose of concentrate on a hot surface and inhaling it through glass.

Cannabis brought the Oakland-based couple together because they started out as smoking buddies, said Walton, who works on cars. “One thing led to another and here we are 12 years later,” he added.

He uses the herb to ease backache and Geen, 31, uses it for fibromyalgia, tumours and other conditions. “Cannabis has been my medicine and my saviour,” she said. Not to mention her employer: she works for Harborside Health Center, a medical cannabis dispensary.

She wanted her wedding to show that cannabis could be classy – integrated into decor and menus, with the reception hosted at Monterey’s Victorian-era Perry House – and safe, with controls to keep it away from children.

Geen laughed off the stereotype of zonked stoners, saying certain strains of pot sharpened concentration. “I’m going to remember my night better than someone who has had a lot of alcohol,” she said.

Steve DeAngelo, her boss and guest, agreed, citing Carl Sagan, Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as evidence that weed did not engender low functionality.

The drug also did wonders for intimacy, he said. “It opens you to more sensual experiences. It allows men, especially young men, to match their sexual rhythm to a woman’s rhythm,” DeAngelo added.

Geen reckoned that about 60 of the 70 guests were using cannabis.

Some were exultant, like David Nevitt, 34, who dabbed, munched, vaped and toked. “We’re at a weeding! Usually at weddings you have to be discreet, do it in the car park. Doing it here right in front of everybody, it feels revolutionary,” he said.

Others were grateful. Holly Alberti, 34, said: “I’ve taken several concentrated dabs and I could use some more. The ride over was quite stressful, we got lost.”

And some, including a pair of college professors, were coy, saying they might partake. They declined to give their names lest Google for ever link them to pot.

The groom’s mother, Aurea Walton, 55, was one of the few to opt out. “I’m Catholic,” she said. “So no, I won’t partake.” Then she smiled. “Unless it’s by mistake.”

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Nevada regulators reaffirm wall between casinos, marijuana - Sacramento Bee

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:14

Nevada regulators reaffirm wall between casinos, marijuana
Sacramento Bee
Nevada's gambling regulators are grappling with how to deal with the state's latest legal vice — recreational marijuana— and they've made it clear that pot doesn't belong in casinos. In the first of a series of policy discussions on Thursday, the ...

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How should Atascadero regulate marijuana? City wants residents' input - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:07

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

How should Atascadero regulate marijuana? City wants residents' input
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Atascadero officials are looking for residents' input on marijuana regulations as the city continues drafting restrictions. City Council members and planning commissioners will hold a joint meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss codes that will govern ...

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