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Jamaica’s Marijuana Legalization Efforts

Jamaica’s Marijuana Legalization Efforts

Jamaica is very synonymous with marijuana, or as they call it, ganja. Even though it has been a federal crime, the country is known to have a wide audience who appeal to the recreation and medicinal use of cannabis. It is the 10th ranked of most individuals of the Rastafari religion with about 9.8% of adults. As many tend to believe that Rastafari is a religion based around cannabis, this is untrue. However it does hold a belief of spiritual use of marijuana. For them, it was also illegal because religion fell under the States laws but it would soon be legalized for them since 1930s. Jamaica’s government cabinet approved the bill that many citizens had been anxiously waiting to hear about. The bill of drug law amendment is noted as decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis possession. Many people are ecstatic for the reason that this might lead the way to marijuana legalization recreationally and medicinally in the Caribbean islands. The bill was approved on Monday, January 19, 2015 and will go to the Senate next Friday on January 31, 2015. Laws and Regulations before going into effect The way it would work is that you would need to establish a cannabis licensing authority which grants you to cultivate, sell, or distribute marijuana for medicinal purposes through its countries regulations set up for the amendment. For possession under 2 ounces, it was would be a ticketed offense with no criminal record or jail time. Cultivation or growing would be allowed if you possess only five of fewer plants in your possession. Extra Revenue for the Country This could mean...
What is Coachella? (and Why You Should Be There)

What is Coachella? (and Why You Should Be There)

For Those Who Don’t Know About Coachella Music Festival Over this past weekend, arguably the greatest music festival in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. just completed it’s first of two jam packed weekends (Wu-Tang Clan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, and Violent Femmes to name a few) and most people had no idea. I guess what I’m trying to say is one word – Coachella. The Coachella Music Festival is a converging of the hottest music, art, and vendors at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California for (since 2012) two weekends in April where more culture, talent, fashion, and all-around awesomeness can be seen on multiple stages and with nothing but a collective thirst for a good time from all those attending to make this an incredible experience. Check out Wu-Tang Clan coming back together for their 20 year reunion dates. Coachella is about two hours drive East of Los Angeles in what some call the desert. Making it super convenient for celebs and thrill seekers alike to make the trek for the festival. This outstanding event is in it’s 14th year, starting in 1999 with acts such as Beck, Tool, and The Chemical just three months after Woodstock ’99. Which if you remember correctly, it didn’t end well. So there was definitely some hesitation about festival atmospheres. After a few years of the festival gaining momentum and continued popularity, Coachella has become one the world’s most anticipated festival events for music, art, fashion, and fun. Blur back in action with Song 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6TfKKAFJsE It wasn’t until 2012 when Coachella expanded to two weekends and in 2013 there’s...
Marijuana News Today– March 26, 2012

Marijuana News Today– March 26, 2012

Here is what happened in marijuana news today as reported on hiLounge.com and on other great publishing sites. Marijuana Legalization News Washington’s first medical marijuana dispensary prepares to open next month Security cameras have been installed, scales calibrated and signs declaring “no returns” hung on the walls at Capital City Care. There’s just one thing missing before the District’s first medical marijuana dispensary can open its doors: The marijuana itself. [hr] California activists submit 16,000 signatures to overturn pot ban in Santa Ana Last Wednesday, medical marijuana activists seeking to overturn Santa Ana’s ban on medical marijuana collectives showed up at city hall with 16,000 signatures of city residents who want the pot clubs back in business. The group, which formed in August 2012 and calls itself the Committee to Support Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative, hopes to let voters decide whether to set up a registration process that would allow no less than 22 cannabis clubs to operate, or roughly one per every 15,000 residents. [hr] Business Meet The Yale MBAs Trying To Tame The Marijuana Industry As Brendan Kennedy drove to his office in Santa Clara, Calif. in May 2010, he heard a radio host debate Proposition 19, the statewide referendum on legalizing marijuana. Funny, he thought. Earlier that week, in his role valuing private companies for acquirers and investors at Silicon Valley Bank, he had reviewed a website for finding medical marijuana dispensaries. [hr] Medical Marijuana Goes Even More Corporate It’s hard to ignore the prevalence of medical marijuana dispensaries in California and elsewhere. They are on the corner and in the news. If you are a...

HiLounge Daily Marijuana News – March 21, 2012

Maryland Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Pot Maryland Senate passed a bill with a 30-16 vote decriminalizing small amounts of pot this week reducing the penalties for possession. Senator Robert Zirkin recognized the “tremendous waste of resources” devoted to and involving marijuana in efforts to treat it as a serious criminal offense. Clearly Maryland is heading a step in the right direction. Read more on this story here. California to Push for Internal State Regulation in the Marijuana Industry State Assemblyman Tom Manniano has introduced a bill that would allow California’s Deparment of Alcoholic Beverage Control to head up the enforcement and control of state marijuana distribution and sale. Though, Manniano claiming that his bill is similar to Colorado’s industry practices and would request that Federal involvement be a thing of the past. See more here. New Hampshire House Passes Medical Marijuana With a 286-64 vote, Medical Marijuana passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives and now faces the next round in Senate where the bill will face tougher criticism. Republican Representative Donald Wright had professed his perception of the positive effects medicinal marijuana had on his wife’s 20 years battle with breast cancer. Claiming “it worked instantly” to improve symptoms from her illness. You can find more on the story here. West Virginia Delegate Introduces Second Medical Marijuana Bill to House On Tuesday, West Virginian Delegate Mike Maypenny introduced a second medical marijuana bill with improved language and specifics for the legislation in allowing marijuana for medical use. The bill would provide protection for medical professionals suggesting marijuana as medication and patients. Though, Maypenny is described as saying this...
Today’s Top Marijuana News – March 15, 2013

Today’s Top Marijuana News – March 15, 2013

Below is what happened in marijuana news today as reported on hiLounge.com and on other great publishing sites. Marijuana Legalization News Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries may open this summer PITTSFIELD — Medical marijuana dispensaries could open in Massachusetts by this summer now that state public health officials plan to approve final regulations this spring. The Department of Public Health’s draft regulations will be issued March 29. If approved by the Public Health Council, which reviews all health policies in Massachusetts, the rules governing marijuana dispensaries could go into effect May 24.  Click headline for full story. [hr] Nevada Lawmaker Gambles On Marijuana Decriminalization Vegas is known for its’ debauchery but did you know they have a hypocritical double standard when it comes to marijuana?  Read up on vegas legal happenings.  Click headline for full story. [hr] Business MedBox Inc. to Open Thirty Branded Dispensaries in San Diego Have you heard of the ATM like machines that dispense medical marijuana.  Well San Diego smokers will soon if they haven’t already.  Scan your fingerprint, the machine pulls up your prescription, and voila, medical marijuana dispensed.  Unfortunately they won’t be on every street corner since their designed for controlled environments.  Click headline for full story. Music News Snoop Dogg Lion documentary drops in limited cities today Snoop is #reincarnated from an O.G. gangster rapper to a chill rastafarian in this new documentary.  He’s recently been shouting out fans on twitter who have tickets.  Stay tuned for updates on how good the movie actually is but initial sentiment on twitter is good. [hr] Video: “Choosin” by Wiz Khalifa Ft. Curren$y and Rick Ross Who doesn’t...
Today’s Top Marijuana News – March 14, 2013

Today’s Top Marijuana News – March 14, 2013

Marijuana Legalization St. Louis Police Sgt. Suing Department Over Support of Show-Me Cannabis Sgt. Gary Wiegert of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department supports changes in local marijuana laws so that minor offenses would not needlessly drain police resources. That’s why he decided to work on the side as a lobbyist for Show-Me Cannabis, a group that advocates for pot reform in Missouri. But metro police officials were not pleased with this activity — and have made efforts to block this lobbying. At least those are the allegations from Wiegert and his legal team, who will be filing a lawsuit this week that accuses the department of suppressing his free speech rights. “The police department is not in a position to say, ‘You can be a lobbyist only if we like what you’re lobbying for,'” attorney Albert Watkins tells Daily RFT. “We all know that the upset here on the part of the department is the fact that he is…lobbying for an organization that is named Show-Me Cannabis.'”  Click headline for full story. [hr] Fed official in Seattle wants marijuana to remain illegal If one locally based federal official is any indication, it’s not a slam-dunk that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will allow laws establishing state-controlled marijuana to fly under the federal drug enforcement radar.  Click headline for full story. [hr] Mass. towns can’t ban dispensaries according to state attorney general [hr] Music Jay-Z/Kendrick Lamar – Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe Remix Young Guru went head-to-toe with Just Blaze today at the Empire Auto Space in Austin. During his set, he treated the SXSW audience to the remix of “Bitch Don’t...
Today’s Top Marijuana News – March 13, 2013

Today’s Top Marijuana News – March 13, 2013

Failed drug tests at highest rate in five years according to study Opponents of legalization measures often complain about all manner of potential societal harm, including possible negative impact on employment and job productivity.  Click the headline for full story. [hr] Elementary students rushed to hospital after eating marijuana-laced brownies COSTA MESA, Calif. –  Seven elementary school students are recovering in Costa Mesa after they took a bite of a marijuana brownie that a boy brought to school. The kids are all aged 10 to 12. Now, parents, school officials and police want to know where the boy got the pot-laced brownie. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/03/13/elementary-students-rushed-to-hospital-after-eating-marijuana-laced-brownies/#ixzz2NTglfa53 [hr] Minn. medical marijuana push to wait until 2014   ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota won’t have a showdown over medical marijuana this year. Heather Azzi of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, a pro-marijuana policy group, said Wednesday that bills to permit marijuana for medical reasons will be introduced in the next week or two. But Azzi, the group’s political director, said the legislation won’t move through Legislature this year.  Click headline for full story. Facebook.com/hilounge Instagram.com/hilounge Twitter.com/hilounge...
7 Marijuana Infographics You Don’t Want to Miss

7 Marijuana Infographics You Don’t Want to Miss

The interwebs loves infographics.  Meaningful data presented in a compelling visual way makes the content easy to scan and it beats the hell out of reading research reports for all your “facts.”  We started pinning to our marijuana infographics pinterest board a while back and we’ve gathered our favorites so you can quickly brush up on your marijuana facts!   Hazy History of Marijuana Infographic The story of how it all started.  Did you know Puritans seeking religious freedom brought cannabis sativa to America in the 1600’s?  Now you know! Via: Rehab International [hr] Origin of the term “420” Infographic We’ve all wondered where the slang term 420 comes from.  Here is a comical take on the historical birth of 420 from @weedmaps. SOURCE:Marijuana.com News [hr] Effects of Marijuana on the US Economy Infographic The financial benefits of legalizing marijuana outweigh the costs of prohibition and this infographic does a great job of breaking that information down.   [hr] Smoking vs Vaporizing Infographic The next time your vaping you can at least sound like you know the science behind why it gets you “soooo high!” Source: potlegalization.com via hiLounge.com® on Pinterest   [hr] Alcohol vs Marijuana Infographic This is an age old debate but the facts are straight-forward.  You decide which is more harmful. Source: visualoop.tumblr.com via hiLounge.com® on Pinterest [hr] War on Drugs Infographic Haven’t we wasted enough taxpayer money on an endless war on drugs that is only getting worse?  Read up on it and then comment on if you think we should keep throwing money at this black hole. Source: medicalbillingandcoding.org via Weedist on Pinterest [hr]...
Todays Top Marijuana News – March 12, 2013

Todays Top Marijuana News – March 12, 2013

Fail: Danish city wants to import marijuana from Washington, Colorado We received a news tip last night from The Copenhagen Post’s news editor, Justin Cremer, who explains that city officials in the capital of Denmark are anxious to legalize marijuana there and import supplies from Washington, Colorado or both.  Click headline for full story. [hr]   Illinois Medical Marijuana Measure Is Approved By House committee The progress of legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois is underway and a state house panel has approved a measure to legalize the use on Wednesday. The 11-4 vote that will allow the use of medical marijuana will be forwarded onto the full house for consideration. This is a very huge step in the right director for the many citizens of Illinois who could benefit from medical marijuana. Although…click headline for full story. [hr] The 10 Types Of Grinders You Could Be Using For Your Bud If you smoke weed on a daily basis and don’t have a grinder, what are you doing? Unless you’re that old fashion where you would rather break up nugs with your hand. You’re just missing out on a ton of kief. Now, why would you want to do that? Read more at http://www.hailmaryjane.com/the-10-types-of-grinders-you-could-be-using-for-your-bud/#heyxP4rJIu1LlH6X.99    ...

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