Elko extends ban on medical pot shops despite resident support

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Elko is extending its ban on medical marijuana shops despite comments from residents who want it lifted.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports the only councilmember to vote no on the ban noted that about 60 percent of Elko voters cast ballots in favor of Nevada’s medical marijuana initiative.

Councilman John Patrick Rice said the city is depriving itself of revenue and keeping a service from residents.

Councilwoman Mandy Simons was among the four in favor of the ban and noted that cannabis possession is still illegal under federal law.

Mother Jackie Melton spoke at the meeting in favor of medical marijuana shops in Elko. She said she drives to Reno to get medicine for her daughter, who is autistic and often waves her arms and pulls her hair.

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Marijuana contains a chemical — delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short — that goes to the parts of the brain controlling memory, concentration and movement. The popular image of a “stoner” is no myth. They really do have trouble solving problems, perceiving what’s going on around them and learning. Worse, the effects of being high on marijuana can last days or weeks after it’s smoked. They may not even realize how dim their wits have become over time. The health hazards aren’t funny either.Chronic cough, bronchitis, emphysema, cancer, decrease in testosterone and sperm counts for men and an increase in testosterone and infertility for women are among the risks for long-time marijuana smokers. It contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. It’s possible to become addicted to marijuana, and the psychological harm can include paranoia and anxiety.

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Respect State Marijuana Laws Act: This Bill Will Finally End Cannabis Prohibition

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A bill with bipartisan support introduced in Congress this week is finally tolling the death knell for cannabis prohibition. By removing a notorious legal contradiction, the legislation would give precedence to state marijuana laws—making federal enforcement a thing of the past in states where medical and recreational weed are legal.
While its brevity is astonishing—without the obligatory title pomp, it would struggle to take up a single page—the legislation is capable of ending perhaps the most contentious provision in the ubiquitous War on Drugs. Simply titled the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015,” the bill introduced by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has incredible potential for substantial reform that makes its passage of paramount importance.

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Sheriff Gets Laughed At In Congress

It’s becoming harder and harder in 2015 to demonize weed in the way that they did back in the 1950’s. Implying that it will destroy your body and that it destroys communities. i think this demonstrated very well earlier this week at a House Judiciary committee on police reform.

John Iadarola (Think Tank) and Ben Mankiewicz (What The Flick) discuss the details of the story. Should pot be considered the same type of drug as heroin or crack cocaine? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Read more here: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/congr…

“A Wisconsin sheriff stunned a congressman on Tuesday by refusing to say that marijuana was less destructive to society than methamphetamine or cocaine.

During a House Judiciary hearing on police reform, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) briefly questioned Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke about his views on drugs.

“You said that illegal drug use is the scourge of the black community and it is a problem and leads to a great deal of violent crime. Would you agree that marijuana possession is not the scourge of the black community and does not lead to violent crime the same way that meth, crack cocaine, and heroin do?” he asked the sheriff.

“No, I wouldn’t agree with that at all,” Clarke replied.

“Well, that’s interesting, and I wish I had more time to talk to you,” Cohen said. “Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.”

“It was such an obvious answer — I just never thought I’d get that answer,” he added with a laugh.”

ith smiles, selfies and a few nervous chuckles, a group of Nevada legislators and policymakers got a first-hand look at Colorado’s fast-growing legal marijuana industry this weekend

With smiles, selfies and a few nervous chuckles, a group of Nevada legislators and policymakers got a first-hand look at Colorado’s fast-growing legal marijuana industry this weekend, coming face-to-face with thousands of green growing plants.

The small group is part of Nevada’s efforts to understand legalization could mean. The Silver State has permitted medical marijuana, and now there’s talk voters might be asked to legalize recreational pot next year. Medical marijuana generally requires a doctor’s recommendation, while any adult can buy recreational marijuana. The group met its Colorado counterparts, and toured several marijuana stores, including the high-tech 40,000-square-foot Medicine Man in Denver, one of the state’s largest.

A company tour guide showed the group Medicine Man’s growing and processing operations as the smell of marijuana hung heavy in the air and workers prepared young plants for potting. The guide also showed off a bucket of dried marijuana containing several pounds of processed pot, which sells in Colorado for about $2,500 a pound. On the black market, Colorado’s high-potency pot can fetch $6,000, experts say. Along with Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, although all went about it slightly differently and on different timeframes. Colorado is unique because it has hundreds of functioning stores and grow operations, all overseen by state regulators.

“Last time I was in one of these, we were doing a bust,” joked Ron Dreher, a former narcotics and homicide detective who now works for the Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada.

“Life changes, huh?” Sen. Richard “Tick” Segerbloom, a Las Vegas Democrat, shot back with a laugh as the two men took pictures of the plants.

Dreher said he’s concerned whether legalized marijuana would serve as a gateway drug, and the impact on potentially increased access for kids. He also pointed out that while Nevada was the first state to legalize both gambling and prostitution, “we’re on the back burner with marijuana.” Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and state lawmakers are cautious about running afoul of the Justice Department. Voters, on the other hand, have forged ahead.

Colorado Rep. Jonathan Singer, a Democrat who represents an area near Boulder, urged Nevadans to think carefully but be prepared to act quickly. Colorado’s voters didn’t just legalize marijuana but also enshrined that right in the state constitution. While that makes it hard to abolish, it also makes the regulations hard to alter, Singer said. He said lawmakers ought to consider legalizing marijuana themselves, instead of falling behind a growing wave of public sentiment that pot should be treated like alcohol.

“The No. 1 thing I tell people that tax revenues for are up and the sky isn’t falling. The naysayers were wrong,” said Singer.

In February a similar delegation from Vermont conducted a fact-finding mission. Vermont is widely expected to become one of the next states to legalize, perhaps becoming the first state on the East Coast to take the plunge. A study commissioned by the Green Mountain State concluded taxes on legal pot sales could generate between $20 million and $75 million annually in Vermont. Colorado collected about $70 million in marijuana taxes and fees last year, the first year of legalization.

Mary Alice McKenzie, executive director of The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Vt., spent three days in Denver with the Vermont delegation. It wasn’t enough, she said. “We met with people who were just so deep into the details and they had so much to share at a certain point I felt like we were rushing in order to get to our next appointment,” McKenzie said. “I wish we had had more time. That would be my advice, to take the time to be able to spend as much time as needed with the officials.”

She said the main message she heard was to not be naïve about what legalization means, and most of all, to not do it for the revenue alone.

“They talked to us at every level about the resources needed to do this right and I just listened to this and thought, ‘What are we going to do in Vermont? How would we come up with the money to do this the right way?'” McKenzie said. “Advocates say we’ll take the monies needed out of revenues generated. Maybe that works, maybe it doesn’t. Colorado folks said you have to be wise about the costs of doing this.”

Nevada is struggling to find money to improve public education, and its delegates said the potential marijuana tax windfall is tempting. But Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said she’s worried taxing the industry too much – “gouging” – could keep buyers in the black market.

“Colorado’s doing well with it. They are letting people be personally responsible for their actions,” Fiore said after examining the edible marijuana products offered for sale at Medicine Man. Edibles have become a popular alternative for tourists in part because most Colorado hotels ban all indoor smoking, and marijuana consumption is barred from public spaces.

None of the Nevada delegation bought marijuana, at least not at their Medicine Man stop. Attorneys along on the trip suggested that wasn’t the best idea, although Segerblom said he was tempted. “When I was younger, I smoked it. I inhaled it. And I enjoyed it,” he said with a smile. “And I’m old enough to do it again.”

El Dorado County faces suit from pot club

california potBy Peter Hecht, Sacrament Bee

The former operator and members of a Diamond Springs marijuana dispensary are suing El Dorado County to recover seized marijuana, medical records and financial documents taken in a Sheriff’s Department raid last year.

The Pure Life Collective has been shuttered since the Nov. 17, 2014, raid, which resulted in the arrest of dispensary operator Kelly Chiusano. No charges have been filed.

The dispensary’s lawsuit, filed by a prominent Bay Area lawyer specializing in medical marijuana, charges that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department wrongly raided Pure Life, which had been granted a permit to operate by the county’s Community Development Agency.

The lawsuit, filed last week by Sausalito lawyer Zenia Gilg and law partner Heather Burke, charges that the Sheriff’s Department “wasted public resources” by having undercover officers with physicians’ recommendations purchase medical marijuana at the dispensary and through its delivery service.

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Carson Shitty Sheriff Furlong (who sleeps with a tranny and daugher is a meth addict) Says Violent Crimes Tied to Marijuana because it’s a very dangerous drug

Carson City Sheriff Kenny FurlongRecreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C.  But the Sheriff of Carson City says he does not want to see that in Nevada. During his 12 years as Sheriff, Furlong says he has not had any violent crimes involving meth and heroin, like you might expect. But he says it’s a different story with pot.

“Second to domestic violence, marijuana is at the top of our list of violent acts, here in Carson City,” Furlong said.

Furlong says if you exclude the deadly IHOP shooting in 2011, Carson City has about one homicide per year. One of those happened just two years ago on Super Bowl Sunday.

See video of the jackass Kenny Furlong here: http://www.ktvn.com/story/28224992/carson-city-sheriff-says-violent-crimes-tied-to-marijuana

“One pulls out a gun, shoots the other right straight through the heart,” Furlong said. “Marijuana found at the residence.”

Meth and heroin users are often involved in burglaries and robberies. While those drugs are viewed as much more destructive, Furlong says users may harm themselves but don’t normally hurt others.

“A meth user, we call them tweekers,” Furlong said. “They just spin in circles. They don’t get anything done. He may threaten you but he just can’t get out of that circle of the effect of the drugs. Same with the heroin. But the marijuana user is a clear-headed person.”

See Kenny Fulong’s family problems caused by meth addiction here: http://youtu.be/toJocd2V2rY?t=4m21s

Furlong says he doesn’t think marijuana causes people to commit violent crimes, but says it plays a role.

“We have had several that are either directly or indirectly related to marijuana,” Furlong said. “It’s not the drug that we’re talking about. It’s the culture that surrounds it.”

He says that culture is like a religion to some people.  he Sheriff’s office has even seen deadly conflicts over stolen weed.

“It’s a cherished culture,” Furlong said. “And to violate that can produce some very dramatic effects, such as we’ve seen here.”

Many people are pushing to legalize pot for recreational use, in Nevada, — including Senator Tick Segerblom.  We tried today to get his reaction to sheriff furlong’s comments but he was traveling back to Las Vegas and was not available to talk.

Colorado Sells $34 Million Of Cannabis: $3.4 Million Goes To Schools, Crime Down 15%!

pot slotsIn 2012, Colorado and Washington state legalized the recreational use of marijuana, much to the dismay of anti-pot advocates.

They frequently alleged that it would make it easier for children to acquire, that more people would use it, that there would be more people driving while high, and that it would be an all around bad deal for these states.

In Colorado, it’s safe to say that the doomsayers were 100% wrong. Sales of recreational marijuana continue to rise with more than $34 million worth sold in August alone. big-money

That means that the state raised $3.4 million for building and maintaining schools in the state. At the rate the state is going, some $30 million will be brought in from pot taxes alone. That’s some serious dough!

Read more at http://higherperspective.com/2014/12/colorado.html#u5DGjcezE…

Former Alaska Senator Gravel Named Chief Executive of Nevada Cannabis Products Company

nevada potDemocratic Senator Mike Gravel, who represented Alaska in the 1970s, said on Wednesday he would head a Nevada company that develops and markets cannabis throat lozenges and other products in states that have taken steps to legalize weed.

The company said in a statement that Gravel, 84, will run KUSH, a subsidiary of publicly traded Cannabis Sativa Incorporated, where Gravel previously served for nine months on the board of directors. Gravel’s appointment comes two months after Alaska and Oregon voted to legalize marijuana use for recreational purposes in ballot initiatives that would usher in a network of retail shops, similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado.

420 Friendly: Northern Nevada NAACP chief Jeffrey Blanck supports legalized pot

Nevada has awarded 55 provisional marijuana dispensary licenses.

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The head of a civil rights group in northern Nevada said Friday the incoming state Legislature should legalize marijuana for recreational use instead of leaving the question to voters.

Jeffrey Blanck, president of the Reno and Sparks chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, cast legalization as a race issue.

He pointed to studies, including a June 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, that say blacks are far more likely than whites to face arrest and prosecution for marijuana possession. nevada pot

“I want the Legislature to do it because we elected them to be leaders,” Blanck said.

Blanck wants lawmakers to support a petition submitted by a group called the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which said it submitted nearly 200,000 signatures — almost twice as many as needed to qualify for the ballot. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller has verified the signatures and approved the measure for the 2016 ballot.

If approved by voters, the proposed law would allow Nevada to join Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia in allowing recreational pot use.

It would make private possession of up to an ounce of marijuana legal for people over age 21. Sellers, growers and distributors would be licensed and regulated, and would pay a 15 percent wholesale tax on sales with the revenue dedicated to schools.

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420 Friendly: Northern Nevada NAACP chief Jeffrey Blanck supports legalized pot

The Nevada Legislature meets every two years for four months. It opens Feb. 2. If it refuses to consider the marijuana question, it will automatically appear on the November 2016 ballot.

“What harm is there to our society if a person is smoking marijuana in their home?” Blanck asked in a Sept. 4 letter he said was sent on NAACP letterhead to every state lawmaker. It pointed to the ACLU report, titled “The War on Marijuana in Black and White,” which studied 2001 to 2010 data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Nevada ranked sixth-highest in the number of black people arrested for marijuana possession, with the 11th largest racial disparity in marijuana possession rates by race.

“The bottom line from the NAACP perspective is that black people are 4 1/2 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than if you are white,” Blanck said Friday.

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Jeffrey Blanck, Nevada Lawyer and pot smoker

He told the lawmakers in his letter that Nevada spent $41.6 million in 2010 enforcing marijuana possession laws that could have been better used for education or health services.

Joe Brezny, a former Nevada Republican party official who now heads the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association and speaks for the initiative, has emphasized the economic benefit of taxing and regulating marijuana while reducing police costs.

He has teamed in the campaign with Democratic state Sen. Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas, who is also telling Republican colleagues that legalizing pot would avoid having an initiative on the November 2016 ballot that could attract Democrats to the polls.

Segerblom says the fact the GOP has control of both legislative houses for the first time since 1985 makes it less likely state lawmakers will legalize recreational pot use.

A local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is getting involved in the push to make Nevada the next state to legalize marijuana.

Jeffery Blanck, president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, sent a letter to all state lawmakers declaring, “It is time to end the failed war on marijuana.”

In an email to Marijuana.com, Blanck explained that the organization felt “that the best way to end the disparate treatment of people of color for marijuana arrests in Nevada was to legalize it.”

“Prohibition didn’t work and neither is criminalizing marijuana use and possession,” he said. “The enforcement money could be much better spent on education.”

The letter, first reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, references a 2013 ACLU report which found that Nevada has the 11th most racially disparate marijuana arrest rate in the U.S. Blacks in the Silver State are 4.47 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites are, even though usage rates are virtually the same.

“This is not a war on drugs, but a war on our local population,” the letter reads. “What harm is there to our society if a person is smoking marijuana in their home?”

Advocates recently turned in more than enough signatures to qualify a legalization measure for Nevada’s November 2016 ballot, but the NAACP’s Blanck doesn’t want the state to have to wait that long. He said legislators should enact the measure sooner, writing that the state’s arrest rates are “nothing to be proud of, seeing how we have historically been referred to as the ‘Mississippi of the West.’”

In recent years local NAACP groups have been active in efforts to legalize marijuana, starting with the California branch, which endorsed a 2010 initiative that ended up falling short on election day, but which made major national headlines and helped put ending prohibition on the map as a civil rights and racial justice issue.

“We have empirical proof that the application of the marijuana laws has been unfairly applied to our young people of color,” California NAACP branch head Alice Huffman said at the time.

Since then, NAACP branches have been involved in successful efforts to legalize marijuana in four states and the District of Columbia.

The D.C. effort in particular was framed as a racial justice campaign, with emphasis placed on using tax revenues from legal marijuana to help communities hit the hardest by prohibition.

“Given the damage that has been done to our communities from the war on drugs, it only makes sense that the revenues generated from the taxation of marijuana be reinvested into the communities harmed the most,” said Akosua Ali, president of NAACP’s D.C. branch. “This is the definition of socioeconomic justice.”

The national NAACP hasn’t backed legalization outright, but has endorsed a congressional bill to let states set their own marijuana laws without federal interference.

A 2013 poll found that 54 percent of Nevada voters support legalizing marijuana.

In Blanck’s letter to lawmakers, he says, “The trend of legalizing recreational use of marijuana is starting to sweep the country and Nevada needs to do the same.”

Video: Cop Says “Everybody That Plays Frisbee Golf Smokes Weed

disc golf weedAnkeny, IA- The city of Ankeny issued an apology Thursday on behalf of an officer who initiated a peculiar line of questioning about frisbee golf and marijuana during a minor traffic stop.

Video surfaced last week of an unidentified motorist being pulled over by an Ankeny officer, who is also currently unidentified. The driver was stopped for not having his headlights on and the interaction with the officer was benign at first, with the officer simply giving the man a warning.

However, the officer apparently noticed the driver had disc golf equipment inside the car and immediately asked him about the sport after returning the man’s identification.bad cop

“You play frisbee golf?” the officer asked. “I do,” the man replied, “a lot actually, I play over at Heritage.”

“Okay, I need you to answer me a question. Why is it that everybody that plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?” the officer then asked.

“It’s not everybody,” the driver responded, but the officer pressed on. “It’s everybody, man. You can’t tell me you never smoked weed.”

RAND PAUL’S QUIET WEED OVERTURE Framework for protecting states that have enacted medical marijuana laws

Rand Paul's Quiet Weed Overture

by LUCIA GRAVES | NATIONAL JOURNAL | JULY 25, 2014


If he runs for president, Sen. Rand Paul will not be your typical Republican candidate. On Thursday the Kentucky senator filed yet another amendment protecting the states that have implemented medical marijuana laws—as well as the patients and doctors acting in accordance with them—from federal prosecution.

The amendment, attached to the “Bring Jobs Home Act,” would allow states to “enact and implement laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical use” without threat of federal interference.” The measure would also protect patients in places where medical marijuana is legal (23 states and the District of Columbia) from prosecution for violating federal marijuana laws.

Paul, who is widely believed to be eyeing the presidency, introduced a separate measure in June to stop the Drug Enforcement Administration from using federal funds to go after medical-marijuana operations that are legal under state law. A similar version of the amendment introduced by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Sam Farr easily passed the lower chamber in May, underscoring marijuana’s growing national acceptance.

Paul’s press person has said that the new amendment, if enacted, would go farther than the Farr-Rohrabacher legislation by providing a more formal framework for protecting states that have enacted medical marijuana laws.

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Gov. Brian “Zig Zag Man” Sandoval OK’s pot and then becomes vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association!

Nevada potCARSON CITY, Nevada — After 13 years of waiting, medical marijuana patients in Nevada will soon have a legal way to obtain the drug without growing it themselves. 

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Brian Sandoval with his bong

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval now know as “Zig Zag Man” signed SB374 into law Wednesday evening. The measure establishes the framework to make pot available to medical marijuana card holders, and imposes fees and requirements for growers, processors and dispensaries. It also contains provisions to continue to allow home-growing until 2016. 

Full Article:

http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/e33b61151b1e44db9866d379324bc5df/US-XGR–Medical-Marijuana

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has been named vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association.

zig zag manThe first-term Republican “Zig Zag Man” Brian Sandoval was elected by his peers during the organization’s annual meeting held over the weekend in Park City, Utah. governor brian sandoval

Sandoval says he’s honored for the opportunity.

Established in 1984, the association includes governors from 19 Western states, two Pacific-flag territories and one commonwealth.

Members share ideas, concerns and approaches to dealing with issues unique to the West.