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(Toke Signals)Ah, Seattle Hempfest. A carefree weekend of getting high the park, a little bit of heaven on Earth, where…
IT’S A FELONY TO GET HIGH IN THE PARK?
In the most painful of ironies, under Washington state’s anemic brand of “legalization,” smoking marijuana at Seattle Hempfest is now a felony offense, at least according to a Thursday afternoon post from Hempfest head honcho Vivian McPeak.
Last year the City of Seattle required us to create Adult Smoking Lounges, which costs us many thousands of dollars to create and staff. This year we have sold sponsorships for the Lounge, arranged security staffing, and reserved all of the fencing and equipment. Today, 15 days before HEMPFEST, the city contacted us telling us that we need to remove the entire structure because, under the new Senate Bill 2136, it is now a CLASS C FELONY to not only provide an area for consuming cannabis in a public park (or anywhere else, for that matter). THIS, my friends, is our new “legalization”.
Consumers 21 and older will be able to buy up to a quarter-ounce of pot per day at dispensaries, as well as seeds and up to four immature plants, under Senate Bill 460, reports Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian.
This will be the first time medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to sell to people who don’t have a medical card. Supporters of the measure said Oregon should go ahead with sales to divert traffic from the black market. Dispensary owners were also anxious to move into recreational marijuana sales, because the market is oversaturated on the medical side.
There will be no tax on products in the dispensaries until January 4, under the temporary sales program. After that, a 25 percent sales tax will kick in.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux expect in December to become the first tribe in the nation to grow and sell cannabis for recreational use, taking the Obama Administration at its word when it says all 566 federally approved Indian tribes are free to enter the marijuana industry, reports Rob Hotakainen in the Bellingham Herald.
“The fact that we are first doesn’t scare us,” said tribal president Anthony “Tony” Reider, 38, leader of the tribe for almost five years now. “The Department of Justice gave us the go-ahead, similar to what they did with the states, so we’re comfortable going with it.”
Sixy strains of marijuana will be available from the tribe, according to Reider, who is hoping for hordes of visitors. He predicted that sales could bring in $2 million per month.
Don’t keep those roaches in the ashtray! Drivers in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, after September 26 will be required to keep all cannabis in the trunk of a vehicle, in an unopened container, or behind the rearmost row of seats.
House Bill 1276 will update Washington’s open container law to include marijuana, reports Taylor Wofford at Newsweek.
The law also restores the ability of the state to automatically suspend a driver’s license if a blood test shows the driver’s blood THC level to be five nanograms per milliliter (5 ng/ml) or higher.
The Associated Press erroneously reported that licenses would be suspended if the blood test showed the driver to be under the influence of marijuana, but the test shows no such thing — it merely shows the presence of cannabis metabolites in the blood, and according to most experts, there’s not much of a correlation between 5 ng/ml and impairment in most marijuana users.
The new head of the Drug Enforcement Administration admitted on Tuesday that heroin “probably” is more dangerous than marijuana, an admission his predecessor, the embattled Michele Leonhart, would not make, reports Steven Nelson at U.S. News.
Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said federal DEA agents aren’t prioritizing marijuana enforcement, but he’s not ordered them off it.
“If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is,” Rosenberg claimed. “Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Probably not. I’m not an expert.”
The amount of THC in Sandra Bland’s system was negligible, and equal to placebo, according to neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, who has spent nearly 20 years researching the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana.
“Of course, the scientific evidence almost never supports these fantastic distractions,” Dr. Hart said. “Yet, the ‘drug-crazed black person’ myth continues to be revitalized decade after decade by racists masquerading as public servants.”
“I find this line of reasoning insulting and offensive,” Dr. Hart said. “It seeks to misuse the science of behavioral pharmacology to excuse reprehensible acts perpetrated by the state or state proxies.”
“As part of my research, I have given thousands of doses of marijuana to people and carefully studied their immediate and delayed responses,” Dr. Hart said. “And I have never observed a marijuana-induced violent and self-destructive attack or anything remotely similar to the summer reefer madness put forth by desperate public officials.”
Mathew Young was charged with cultivation after Pasco County deputies conducted a raid, reports Laurie Davison at Bay News 9. Young said a lawyer from Jacksonville gave him paperwork and false information that using medical marijuana is legal in Florida.
“I really to this day don’t believe I did anything wrong,” Young said. He said the marijuana gave him relief from medical problems he’s had since returning from combat.
“It wasn’t until I tried cannabis that everything turned around,” Young said. “I could start functioning and start having a day. You have to have a day before you can start a life.”
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