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Marijuana-themed Cheba Hut opening more sub joints in Colorado, across the country

Marijuana-themed Cheba Hut Toasted Subs is opening more stores in Colorado and other states — and has the goal of doubling its number of shops to 50 by the end of 2021. The company says it’s making a push to go national.

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Colorado communities pocket big bucks from legal marijuana, but threats loom for some

The roll-out of recreational marijuana sales five years ago has raised tens of millions of dollars annually to tackle a litany of local concerns — from paying for main street makeovers in cash-strapped small towns to expanding programs to address Denver’s opioid crisis and housing affordability crunch.

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100 pound package of marijuana launched over Mexico border fence

Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona have seized a nearly 100-pound (45 kilogram) bundle of marijuana after spotting it flying over the border fence.

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Record Amount of States to Vote on Marijuana Reform

Back in June we covered which states were going to be voting on marijuana law reform in November 2016. We also listed each state and the initiatives that they were hoping to be voting on this November. Recently, I read a blog at Sensi Magazine with updates for the record amount of states that will be voting on marijuana […]

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Sick Children Finding Relief with Marijuana

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It’s been an eventful week for marijuana updates.  We already discovered another new study that highlights ale cannabis to battle cancer cells. There are also updates on child patients looking for medicinal marijuana.

In Arizona, you will find no age limitations in being approved for legal medicinal marijuana use.  However, you will find strict rules regarding the meaning of cannabis.  Under Arizona law, any combination of created using dried marijuana flowers is suitable.  Jacob and Jennifer Welton’s boy needs medical cannabis.  The boy’s parents crush marijuana into applesauce for him to consume.  Regrettably, after nuclear physics this past year, his capability to eat has bee reduced.  Consequently, the Welton’s are trying to find marijuana extract, which may be given far simpler, sometimes in droplet form.  However, extracts are illegal and Maricopa County attorney, Bill Montgomery has formerly stated patients could be criminally punished for implementing extracts as they do not satisfy the strict meaning of “cannabis” in Arizona.  The Welton’s don’t want to go to the underground community to be able to obtain relief for his or her boy.  “We’re not crooks,” Ms. Welton lately stated.  “We simply want what’s perfect for our boy.”  They are attempting to bring awareness for their situation to be able to alter the strict meaning of marijuana in Arizona.

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The Welton’s might find inspiration in the Wilson family in Nj.  Following a lengthy and public fight, which incorporated a plea from John Wilson to Governor Christie in a diner to make certain his daughter didn’t die,  New Jersey congress removed the majority of the obstacles stopping children from being able to access medicinal marijuana. The Wilson’s daughter, Vivian, is affected with an uncommon and debilitating from of epilepsy known as dravet syndrome.  Her seizures are intense and many traditional medications have produced virtually no results.  Limits around the strains allowed available were removed, and today the Wilson’s can buy strains which are effective against epilepsy.  However, food items continue to be unavailable at shops, so Vivian’s parents need to prepare the cannabis and infuse it into food.  Now the Wilson’s were finally in a position to legally buy the medicinal marijuana they require from Compassionate Care Foundation.

The thought of children medicating was but still is taboo in lots of circles.  However, the thought of watching children suffer when treatments can be found has become the growing taboo.  Epilepsy can devastate a child’s quality of existence, and it’s important to supply kids with every opportunity to live a proper and normal existence.

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McCain’s Change on Marijuana Helps Him Cope With Otherwise Difficult Town Hall Meeting

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) established fact for a lot of reasons.  Besides his service throughout Vietnam and winning the Republican nomination for leader in 2008, town hall conferences will also be famous.  The very long time Senator continues to have conversations using the people directly.  This readiness to have interaction with voters inside a more intimate setting saved a presidential campaign which was basically dead and out if money in early stages from the 2008 election.

A current town hall session made more than ever before head lines.  Senator McCain received an earful from many attending for his support of military action on Syria.  The majority if People in america are against military action with Arizona citizens being exactly the same.  In the event, Mr. McCain guaranteed there’d be not a  “single American boot on the floor.”  Some attending strongly voiced their opinion the promise wasn’t enough to aid military action in Syria.  Senator McCain might have pleased individuals with his take on another problem.  While talking about marijuana he transformed his past tune and individuals in the town hall that “maybe marijuana needs to be legalized.”  Also, he continued to state he respects “the will of those.Inches

Arizona already supervises a medicinal marijuana program.  Despite efforts by Governor Jan Maker to obstruct and halt the Arizona medicinal marijuana program, citizens have supported a contemporary method of marijuana for several years.  Fortunately Senator McCain’s alternation in tone on marijuana might have assisted him pacify some.  The situation highlights how American’s sights have transformed significantly within the last couple of years.   Supporting marijuana legalisation appeared is the positive story from news reviews from the town hall.  The planet is really a different place when supporting marijuana legalisation may have the ability to have an chosen official off the new chair.

Megan McCain, daughter from the Senator has accepted smoking previously and it has voiced support for legalisation.  Perhaps Mr. McCain has gotten some insight from his daughter.  He happens to be referred to as a family guy.  It will likely be interesting to ascertain if the longtime Senator’s change of heart encourages more competitors to complete exactly the same.

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Arizona Authorities Lose Another Challenge to State Medical Marijuana Program

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Arizona authorities such as Sheriff Joe and Governor Jan Brewer find themselves under the spotlight frequently, though not always in the way they would like.  Arizona is developing quite the reputation for creating divisive law (banning ethnic study classes, requiring police officers to use profiling to seek out illegal immigrants).  Fighting progress tends to be a losing battle

They have also been challenging the will of the people regularly.  In the case of the state’s medical marijuana program, many high profile lawmakers, including Governor Brewer, have tried hard to reverse a law that was passed by a majority of Arizona residents.  The most recent attempt made its way to the Arizona courts.

Last week, Judge Michael Gordon of Maricopa County Superior Court ruled in favor of Arizona’s medical marijuana law.  The case evolved from a dispensary zoning issue into a larger debate of whether or not Arizona’s medical marijuana law is defeated by federal law.  In his decision, Judge Gordon said “This court will not rule that Arizona, having sided with the ever-growing minority of states and having limited it to medical use, has violated public policy.”  He also went on to say “No one can argue that the federal government’s ability to enforce the (Controlled Substances Act) is impaired to the slightest degree.”

To no surprise Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery have vowed to appeal the ruling.  It seems that certain Arizona lawmakers may not quick learners.  Only days after the decision to uphold the Arizona medical marijuana law, the state’s first dispensary opened in Glendale.  It appears progress is winning.

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Presidential Debate On Foreign Policy Omits International War on Drugs

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Last night millions of Americans tuned in for the 3rd and final debate of the 2012 presidential election.  The event was less tense than the last week’s town hall debate which the saw the candidates create an uncomfortable atmosphere.  Perhaps surprisingly, the attack on the American Consulate in Libya was only briefly mentioned.  The candidates did engage on some important international issues regarding Iran, Syria, and Afghanistan.  However noticeably missing was much of any conversation on our South American neighbors.

The war on drugs is foreign policy area that has a much more direct impact on the lives of daily Americans.  Violence over drug trafficking is out of control and the Cartels have now infiltrated and have a presence in several states including Arizona and Utah.  Additionally, U.S. authorities have found underground tunnels complete with railcars that have been constructed by the Cartels that run between San Diego and Tijuana.  This foreign threat could not be hitting closer to home and there has been almost no mention of the war on drugs on the national stage last night.

Failure to alter the failed course of the war on drugs has now become a decades long blunder.  By electing to ignore the problem, tens of thousands have died in only a few year span.  Additionally, our borders have become less secure.  It is honorable that the United States is compelled to help the civilians in the Middle East, but we should not forget some of our closest allies both geographically and culturally who live in Mexico, Central America, and South America.  Failure to act and amend our laws has also cost the United States money through incarcerations and court expenses while also diverting police resources from other issues.

Instead of using the last best chance to talk directly to the American people about a range of crucial foreign policy issues, the two candidates seemed satisfied by sampling falling back on their domestic economic talking points during last night’s debate.  There was no mention of the European Debt Crisis, only a whisper regarding Greece’s financial meltdown, and of course the violence only miles from our border.  If violence, money, and the security of this nation are important to whoever lives in the White House in January, the War On Drugs cannot afford to be an ignored issue.

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Medical Marijuana Industry News October 19, 2012

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Montel Williams Calls Anti-Medical Marijuana Ads Racist in Arkansas…

Before it was cool for celebrities to come out and support marijuana reform, patients and activists always knew they could count on Montel Williams.  The former talk show host suffers from MS and has been very vocal about marijuana providing him with relief and has done a great deal of work to highlight marijuana’s medicinal benefits.  Now that medical marijuana is gaining acceptance, opposing groups are ratcheting up their efforts to promote propaganda.  Montel Williams is coming out against an ad that opposes the proposed medical marijuana program in Arkansas that will be voted on by residents in three weeks.  In the ad promoted by the Family Council Action Committee, a black man is shown dealing drugs as the narrator says “dope dealers” will be able to take advantage of legalized medical marijuana.  Yesterday Mr. Williams told a crowd in Little Rock that the ad was “the most egregiously false, racist statement you’ve ever seen in your life.”   Montel Williams said of his medical marijuana use that “For me, cannabis became a choice that my doctor and I had to make.”  Arkansas can become the first southern state to pass medical marijuana legislation.

 

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New Jersey Dispensary Receives Go Ahead to Start Selling Medical Marijuana…

For those who appreciate a good legal drama, New Jersey has provided a great deal of material.  New Jersey passed a bill permitting medical marijuana several years ago and has seen progress come in small intervals due to bureaucratic delays and challenges from Governor Chris Christie. No patients have been served in the years since the program received its initial approval.  However, that all appears ready to change as Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair has received a permit to distribute marijuana.  New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said “This permit marks a significant step forward in the implementation of New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program.”  Patients who have been approved are expected to be receiving their medical marijuana cards any day.  Analysts are still unsure as to exactly when Greenleaf Compassion will open its doors but most feel it will be operation before the end of the year.

 

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Arizona Officials Keep Up Battle with Residents and Medical Marijuana….

Arizona has some of the strangest and maybe even most unfair laws on record.  However, officials only seem to be able to focus on two issues, immigration and marijuana.  Earlier this week marijuana.net reported on a story where Arizona police officers raided a patient’s home and arrested her on felony narcotic possession, seemingly because they were not familiar with what a marijuana tincture is.  Now, Maricopa County will be making its case in court as they refuse to provide zoning permits for medical marijuana dispensaries, despite a state law passed by residents that has legalize medical cannabis.  Officials in Maricopa County claim that the law is in violation of Federal law.  Ironically, many critics have made a similar accusation in regards to how Arizona handles immigration law.  The Arizona “show me your papers” and other parts of the state’s immigration laws seem to be at odds with Federal laws, though state lawmakers do not seem to mind.  Today a judge in Maricopa County will hear the opening arguments in a case filed by the ACLU.

 

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Arizona Continues Crusade Against State Residents

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It is truly a shame when a disagreement cannot be worked out and the only discourse to solve a problem is within the confines of a stuffy courtroom.  Unfortunately, we see it every day as families are unable to come to an agreement and take their affairs before a judge.  A similar situation is going on in Arizona, as once again disputes between a lawmakers and medical marijuana patients.

Although Arizona’s medical marijuana program was voted on and approved by residents, Governor Jan Brewer and other officials have directly challenged the will of the people.  After an embarrassing court showing the Governor dropped her most recent lawsuit against the people of her state.  However, there still has been echoing voices in the background of Arizona’s government to keep up the fight against its own sick residents.

While the Governor has been staying somewhat silent on the issue recently, apparently her police officers have taken the ball and started running.  In a raid of state legal medical marijuana patient Charise Voss Arfa’s home, police seized a tincture bottle.  After taking the bottle police charged her with a felony narcotics arrest, even as marijuana and its tincture extracts are supposed to be covered in the state’s medical marijuana laws.  Now the state will have to deal with a lawsuit challenging the legality of the arrest.

Many critics are upset about the recent direction of Arizona law, especially as officers have not proved their competency.    Arizona is known some “unique” laws that range from the silly, to the absurd (click here for a list).  However, in recent years they are also known for passing laws that create tension and division within its residents, most notably the law that requires residents to “show me your papers” should they match a particular profile.  Additionally these new directives are placing officers out of their comfort zone.  They are trying to uphold the marijuana laws but are not familiar with a tincture.  The immigration laws obviously lend themselves to even more problems as officers must make a determination on the fly based only on physical observation.

While this kind of political grandstanding may help to motivate political bases, it is extremely short sighted.  The electorate has changed and this can clearly be seen in this year’s U.S. Senate race.  In a state that traditionally elects Republican candidates, Democratic challenger Richard Carmona looks to have a very realistic chance of winning the Senate seat.  While old guard tries to wring the people dry through infringing on civil rights and turning to the courts, a new generation of patients, non whites, and the compassionate will remember, like any scorned family member, that officials choose the courts over listening to the will of the people.

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