Spot the Pot -New Drug Testing

Rossen Reports Spot the Pot: Schools using marijuana test kit to show results instantly

Marijuana can be incredibly easy for kids to sneak into school, but now some school districts across the country are using a new gadget to spot it in just seconds. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen heads to Colorado, where marijuana is legal, to show viewers how the new “test kit” works.

 

  

Write Your U.S. Attorney–Their Job is to Protect Public Safety

You can locate your US Attorney by going to this page.

Marijuana businesses in compliance with Colorado law could face federal charges under new enforcement strategy

The new approach could lead to federal charges being brought against marijuana businesses that are in full compliance with Colorado law and not selling pot on the black market, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer acknowledged in an interview with The Denver Post this week.

  

Tennessee Agencies Issue Warning about Marijuana and Hemp

Tennessee agencies issue advisory about marijuana, hemp products

NASHVILLE (WJHL) – State agencies have issued a public health and safety advisory about the risks associated with using products derived from cannabis, including marijuana and hemp. In the advisory, the state says marijuana is addictive, more potent than before, and warns of adverse health affects from using marijuana.

  

San Antonio Cracks Down on Smoke Shops

San Antonio Police Looking To Crack Down On Drug Paraphernalia

San Antonio could become the first city in Texas to adopt an ordinance that would crack down on crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia. The goal is to remove the convenience of bongs from convenience stores. I’m in a corner store on Fredericksburg Road – just a couple of blocks from my house.

   

Sen. Feinstein says “NO” to legalizing MJ

BY CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO, 7-12-16 Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday formally opposed an initiative on California’s fall ballot to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Feinstein said the measure, Proposition 64, lacked protections for children and motorists and would clash with medical marijuana guidelines signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sen. Feinstein opposes referendum to legalize recreational marijuana in California | Miami Herald

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday formally opposed an initiative on California’s fall ballot to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. Feinstein said the measure, Proposition 64, lacked protections for children and motorists and would clash with medical marijuana guidelines signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown.


How they Pay Politicians to Get Pot Licenses

Council Makes Dispensary Choice (4 out of 5 councilmen took donations from pot business)


WHY WE SHOULD HAVE VOTED NO ON CALIFORNIA’S PROPOSITION 64, LEGALIZING MARIJUANA – clickable link

The well-funded Marijuana Industry, with its endless supply of lawyers and lobbyists has put Prop 64 – The Recreational Use of Marijuana – on our ballot. Nothing about Prop 64 is written in the public’s best interest.


A Blueprint for Countering Legal Marijuana

Hudson Institute: 2-27-17 David W. Murray, Brian Blake & John P. Walters. Countering the Threat of Legalized Marijuana: A Blueprint for Federal, Community and Private Action. No society has ever gone where America is now headed, with the current and coming level of acceptable, even normative, drug use. The marijuana epidemic comes at a time when America has already absorbed shocks from a multitude of parallel behavioral disorders and challenges to mental health, driven not only by the burdens of alcohol and tobacco use as behavioral disorders, but as well by continued methamphetamine use and sharply rising opioid and cocaine use that together constitute, as a now chronic condition, a larger crisis of substance abuse. A commercialized, aggressively-advertised drug market, flush with cash to deploy lobbyists and seek political protection in state and federal capitals, will hasten and institutionalize the capture of a new generation and thereby threaten new levels of abuse and mental disorder.

Countering the Threat of Legalized Marijuana: A Blueprint for Federal, Community, and Private Action

Recent reporting indicates that the Federal government will be taking a more serious approach to the marijuana threat and the enforcement of our nation’s drug laws. This is a welcome and long-overdue development, as the state-level legalization of marijuana is bringing with it significant and foreseeable costs.


Massachusetts Towns Keep Total Ban of Marijuana in Place

Mass. towns balking at pot shops as Beacon Hill weighs tighter local approvals – The Boston Globe

At least 103 cities and towns – nearly one-third of all Massachusetts communities – have placed outright bans or other restrictions on marijuana businesses since voters legalized the drug for recreational use in November, according to a Globe analysis.


Why is the Quebec province of Canada issuing public health warnings about legalizing marijuana next year?

The Quebec Association of Psychiatric Physicians argues that based on their clinical experience, the bill is not acceptable in its current form and will expose young people to major mental health risks. AMPQ President Karine J. Igartua says scientific research shows that the human brain continues to grow until about age 25 and that regular cannabis use during this very sensitive period of brain maturation includes enormous risks. She said the risk of psychosis increases by 40 per cent for all those who have used cannabis in their lifetime and that consumption can precipitate the onset of the disease. One out of five marijuana smokers runs the risk of having a psychotic illness.

Quebec psychiatrists urge strict guidelines for marijuana bill

Quebec says it plans to hold a series of public consultations starting this summer on how to handle the legalization of cannabis in 2018. Ottawa has already tabled its bill legalizing the drug, but it will be up to the provinces to decide how it will be implemented.


Vermont Statehouse:  Professionals in Medicine, Education, Public Safety and Family Advocacy Speak Out Against Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana Opposition 5/18/17

General Election Forum – Governor of Vermont presented by CCTV Center for Media & Democracy


How to Keep the Marijuana Industry Out of Your Community

Citizen activists around the country are successfully keeping cannabis out of their community. Working with their local city councils and health agencies they are protecting their youth and young adults from this predatory industry and the dangerous “pro-drug” message it pushes. Keep your community safe, get active and outspoken!

Consider this Doctor’s Perspective

“I have a very simple way to look at this burgeoning issue. Who exactly do we think is “safe” or reasonable to use cannabis? Certainly not airline pilots, bus drivers, law enforcement, doctors, nurses, & pharmacists? Right, they are all regulated & will likely lose their license, assuming they get caught. But what about Uber\Lyft drivers? What about school teachers, daycare workers, truck drivers, heavy machine operators? Or what about the 218M US drivers? Right, they are going to be responsible & not drive when acutely intoxicated. But unlike alcohol, there’s no objective way to determine that. So, do we put very driver in jail who tests positive for cannabis they used two weeks ago? So, for the people YOU count on every day to provide services to you & your family, who do you feel ok with them using cannabis on a regular basis? Might want to think about that the next time you sit down to get your hair cut. Problem is, when the general public thinks about voting YES for a pot referendum, they are just thinking about how THEY would use it (responsibly) & would never give it to teenagers. Apparently, they fail to understand how the world really works. Put a McDonalds on every corner & the world gets fat. Put a Pot Dispensary on every corner & the world (including kids) gets stoned. Well, at least kids can’t get sugary drinks in schools.” –Todd B.Taylor, MD    

After Canada Legalizes Nationwide, Communities are Opting Out

From SAM Canada activist, Pam McColl, “After some gentle urging over many months, my local town council did pass a resolution on Monday night. It is a “Resolution of opposition to the production and sale of cannabis on the City of Beaconsfield’s territory”. Full version to follow when it is published. I have asked my town to now issue a press release containing the text. So yes, towns & cities are taking some action.”    


Steamboat Springs, CO Votes to Keep Cannabis Out to Maintain Family-Friendly Tourism

A narrow win to keep pot out of Steamboat

Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com) A Colorado town known as a popular winter ski destination has voted down a marijuana dispensary, drawing praise from a pro-family group. In a 4-3 vote Tuesday, the Steamboat City Council rejected an application by Rocky Mountain Remedies to open a store midway between downtown Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Ski Resort on the outskirts of town.


Carpinteria City Council Votes to Extend Commercial Pot Moratorium

Carpinteria City Council Extends Moratorium on Commercial Cannabis Operations

The Carpinteria City Council on Monday night voted to extend its moratorium on commercial cannabis activities for another year, banning cultivation, processing, delivery, sales and other recreational marijuana operations within city limits. Carpinteria first passed an urgency ordinance creating a moratorium on commercial cannabis activities on May 8, 2017, and the City Council has voted to extend it numerous times since then.

   


Escondido City (near San Diego) Enacts Toughest Laws Against Cannabis Industry in State of California

http://www.kusi.com/morality-over-money-escondido-passes-toughest-marijuana-laws-in-california/–

   


Alamosa Colorado Keeps Pot Clubs Out

Pot clubs prohibited

ALAMOSA – After hearing from 15 Alamosa residents urging them to pass the ordinance and one against it, the Alamosa city council on Wednesday night unanimously approved an ordinance permanently prohibiting marijuana consumption clubs in the city limits.

   


Calaveras County California Bans Cannabis Cultivation

Supes ban commercial cannabis cultivation

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors voted to ban commercial marijuana cultivation Wednesday, signaling the end of a program that permitted hundreds of growers and raised more than $10 million for the county budget. “We had to go through the process,” said District 4 Supervisor Dennis Mills, who supported a ban throughout.


Examples of Political Lobbying Efforts Against Legalization

  • Opposition Wins Battle to Keep Governor Scott’s VETO on Marijuana Recreational Legalization

    Vermont Marijuana Legalization Stalls in the House, Fails Again

    click to enlarge Vermont lawmakers once again came close – but once again failed – to pass legislation to legalize marijuana Wednesday during a one-day special veto session. The legal weed bill passed the Senate easily, as it has the past two years.

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