Global: More Than 80 Cities Worldwide To Protest Drug War On June 26 | Hemp News

Global: More Than 80 Cities Worldwide To Protest Drug War On June 26 | Hemp News

Citizens Take to the Streets on June 26 to Protest Current Drug Policies and to Call for an End to the Senseless Criminalization of Drug Users

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Denver Police Are Using a Nose Telescope to Sniff Out People’s Weed | VICE

Denver Police Are Using a Nose Telescope to Sniff Out People’s Weed | VICE

Can you smell the sweet, pungent perfume of legalized marijuana over the horizon? On November 6, 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed Amendment 64 and Initiative 502, respectively, which allowed marijuana to be produced, sold, and consumed by adults 21 and older, regulated like alcohol and tobacco. For pot smokers across the country, this was a huge get, paving the way for an increase in legalization across the country, and now that the related legislation has been reviewed and implemented, hundreds of dispensaries across both states are scheduled to open on January 1, 2014. However, one of the new mandates being upheld in Denver, Colorado, is aimed at the unexpected, yet most identifiable part of the process: the sticky-icky, funky-skunky smell of some dank-ass weed.

Denver is one of a handful of cities with a new odor ordinance, which ACLU lawyer Mark Silverstein called a “tremendous overreach, ill-advised, unnecessary and unconstitutional,” carrying a hefty $2,000 fine for smelly violators. The number of marijuana-based odor complaints in Colorado doubled from 7 in 2010 to 16 in 2012, and that number will undoubtedly continue to climb next year when retail marijuana becomes widely available, although the current crop of complaints comes from the wafting scent of grow-ops and not from smokers themselves. The regulatory concept is still tricky; I mean, how do you qualify the stink of any given area? Hot-box a station wagon in the middle of the summer and to the participants, the smell becomes undetectable after a few minutes, but get into your car the next morning and it smells like one of Wiz Khalifa’s dumps. To help with detection, the Denver police department bought themselves the awkwardly named, high-tech, futuristic, “Nasal Ranger” scent-o-scope, designed to help the user detect odor amounts.

Denver Police Are Using a Nose Telescope to Sniff Out People’s Weed | VICE.


Election 2013: Landslide Victory For Legal Marijuana in Portland, Maine, 3 Michigan Cities « House Of Dabs

Election 2013: Landslide Victory For Legal Marijuana in Portland, Maine, 3 Michigan Cities « House Of Dabs

Looks like recent polls showing a clear majority of Americans in favor of legalizing marijuana has played out that way in Portland, Maine,  and three Michigan cities where voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing possession of marijuana.

That city’s initiative of the voters legalizes …

“… the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. It allows adults 21 years of age or older to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and paraphernalia. It also allows adults 21 years of age or older to engage in activities for the purpose of ascertaining the possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. It prohibits recreational use activities in public spaces, school grounds …”

The Portland Press Herald is reporting that 70 percent of voters have approved the measure. And, while there are more votes to come in, the lead has proponents declaring victory.

These are not the big tests of legalized and taxed recreational markets that will come up for votes in several states, primarily Alaska and Oregon, in 2014, and many others in 2016. But the votes are a test of public willingness all the same.

Voters in three Michigan cities – Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale – all approved the legalization of the use or possession of up to an ounce of marijuana on private property by anyone 21 years or older.

Nearly 63 percent of Lansing residents voted to amend the city’s charter to legalize the possession, use and transfer of an ounce of marijuana, reported Mlive.com.

Jackson passed a similar ordinance by 60 percent and Ferndale passed one as well by 69 percent of the vote,the site reported.

“There are now 14 cities in the state of Michigan that passed similar ordinance, and we hope this will send a message to politicians,” marijuana proponent Roger Maufort told the news site. “We’re very excited.”

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