Will Denver Be the First Place in America to Legalize Magic Mushrooms?

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Will Denver Be the First Place in America to Legalize Magic Mushrooms? | Phillip Smith

Denver could essentially legalize psychedelic mushrooms by next spring if a group of local activists has its way. But they have a few hurdles to overcome first. This week, members of Denver for Psilocybin handed in to city officials a pair of municipal initiatives aimed at removing penalties for possessing and consuming the fungi, which contain the […]

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Denver Mayor Ignores Science in Opioid Response Strategic Plan

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Denver Mayor Ignores Science in Opioid Response Strategic Plan | Kevin Mahmalji

DENVER, CO — During Denver’s State of the City Address, Mayor Michael Hancock addressed many of the biggest issues facing residents of the Mile High City — including his plan to respond to the city’s opioid epidemic. With Denver’s Office of the Medical Examiner reporting 110 overdose fatalities involving opioids in 2017 and data from Denver Needs Assessment […]

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Denver Cannabis Cup Weekend Walkthrough

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the most blurry time of my life ahahhaha
such a great time in Denver! met some dope people, smoked like crazy, and got some dope footage.
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mac miller – loud – best day ever
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Kiffen erlaubt, besitzen verboten? Gegen das paradoxe deutsche Cannabis-Verbot wächst der Widerstand

Cannabis fällt in Deutschland unter das Betäubungsmittelgesetz. Daraus geht hervor: Konsumieren ist erlaubt, aber Besitz, Handel und Anbau von Cannabis sind verboten. Hartnäckig hält sich das Gerücht, dass kleine Mengen dabei strafrechtlich geduldet würden. Tatsächlich liegt die Grenze des Gesetzes aber bei Null. Die berühmt berüchtigte „geringfügige“ Menge“ kann lediglich dazu führen, dass das Verfahren eingestellt wird – und in den meisten Fällen findet das auch statt. Darauf kann man sich aber nicht verlassen, denn die Entscheidung liegt im Ermessen des jeweiligen Staatsanwalts. Es ist noch nicht einmal einheitlich geregelt, bis wie viel Gramm die Justiz von einer „geringfügigen“ Menge ausgeht. Das unterscheidet sich von Bundesland zu Bundesland und kann zwischen 6 und 15 Gramm liegen. Die rechtliche Situation in Deutschland ist also ziemlich paradox, und sogar Polizei und Juristen protestieren dagegen.

Selbst wer Cannabis nicht besessen, sondern nur konsumiert hat, kann in Deutschland durchaus in Schwierigkeiten geraten. Zum Beispiel im Straßenverkehr: Auch wenn jemand so wenig Cannabis geraucht hat, dass er nicht berauscht ist, kann die Polizei ihm den Führerschein abnehmen. Laut Gesetz begeht jeder, der unter dem Einfluss von Betäubungsmitteln ein Kraftfahrzeug führt, eine Ordnungswidrigkeit, die mit Fahrverbot und Geldbuße bestraft werden muss. Aber wann steht man noch unter dem Einfluss der Droge und wann nicht mehr? Die Polizei macht das nicht an der Wirkung fest, sondern beispielsweise am THC-Gehalt im Blut. THC aber hält sich mehr als 12 Stunden im Blut und von einer berauschenden Wirkung ist dann nicht mehr auszugehen. Bislang fehlen Grenzwerte und Messtechniken, die hier den tatsächlichen Einfluss des Cannabis zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt sicher feststellen könnten.

Nicht nur in Kiffer-Kreisen, auch unter Staatsanwälten, Richtern und Jura-Professoren findet die bisherige Regelung wenige Freunde. Vertreter eben dieser Berufsgruppen haben sich deshalb im Schildower Kreis zusammengeschlossen. Sie halten das Cannabis-Verbot für schädlich und verfassungswidrig. Ihr Argument: In Deutschland muss ein Verbot dem Prinzip der Verhältnismäßigkeit entsprechen. Das ist im Grundgesetz so vorgeschrieben und bedeutet, dass ein Verbot „geeignet“, „erforderlich“ und „angemessen“ sein muss. Im Fall von Cannabis seien alle drei Aspekte nicht erfüllt, behaupten die Experten.

Viele Kritiker bezweifeln, dass das Cannabis-Verbot im Sinne des Grundgesetzes überhaupt als Verbot „geeignet“ ist. Ziel des Gesetzes sei es schließlich, den Konsum zu reduzieren und tatsächlich würde dies nicht erreicht. Die Experten berufen sich auf Studien, die die Auswirkungen von Verboten auf die Konsumzahlen untersucht haben sowie auf ein Programm der Vereinten Nationen zur Drogenbekämpfung von 1998. Ergebnis auch dieser Studie: Zehn Jahre nach Beginn hatte sich der Konsum durch Repressionen nicht verändert. Das Cannabis-Verbot ist laut Kritikern auch nicht „erforderlich“. Nach unserer freiheitlichen Grundordnung entspreche „erlaubt“ der Standard-Einstellung. Diese Freiheit dürfe nur mit dem „mildesten Mittel“ eingeschränkt werden. Bei Alkohol zum Beispiel gelten Auflagen zum Alter oder Sanktionen für Autofahrten unter Alkoholeinfluss. Gebe es auch solche alternativen rechtlichen Möglichkeiten, sei ein Verbot nicht das mildeste Mittel. Auch bei Cannabis sind laut Experten solche Auflagen denkbar, so dass man, wie bei Alkohol, auch hier ohne ein offizielles Verbot auskommen könnte.

Juristen kritisieren am Cannabis-Verbot auch, dass es nicht „angemessen“ sei und der staatlichen Gemeinschaft mehr schade als nütze. So würden Konsumenten Opfer von Beschaffungskriminalität, die Prohibition fördere den Schwarzmarkt und die Strafverfolgung verschlinge Milliardenbeträge, die beispielsweise in der Drogenprävention besser aufgehoben wären. Mittlerweile haben sich auch Staatsanwälte sowie die Polizeigewerkschaft in den Kreis der Prohibitions-Gegner gereiht. Bisher aber haben die Kritiker des deutschen Cannabis-Verbots ihr Ziel noch nicht erreicht. Im Jahre 1994 hatte das Bundesverfassungsgericht die Vereinbarkeit mit dem Grundgesetz schon einmal zu prüfen – das Verbot wurde bestätigt.

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Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20

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What a difference a year makes. From 4/20, 2013, to 4/20, 2014, marijuana has taken big steps out of the shadows of the black market and into the light of the mainstream — from record high popular support and the first legal recreational sales, to an entire country legalizing marijuana.

Here’s a look at the last 12 months of marijuana milestones:

Colorado Sold Legal, Recreational Marijuana For The First Time

The first month of legal sales generated $14 million. Those millions were brought in by only 59 marijuana businesses that were able to get through the application process, and represent just a fraction of the approximately 550 outlets in the state eligible for retail licenses.

Now, as the fourth month of sales winds to a close, Denver has still not descended into the crime-filled hellscape that some members of law enforcement predicted. In fact, overall crime in Mile High City appears to be down since legal pot sales began.

And as time passes, more Coloradan voters are happy with legalization. A recent survey from Public Policy Polling showed that 57 percent of Colorado voters now approve of marijuana legalization, while 35 percent disapprove. Amendment 64, the measure that legalized recreational marijuana in the state, passed by only a 10-point margin.

The Promise Of Medical Marijuana Continued To Grow

“Charlotte’s Web” isn’t just a classic children’s story. It’s also the name of a coveted medical marijuana strain used to treat children with epilepsy.

Over the last year, hundreds of families uprooted themselves and moved to Colorado to take advantage of the state’s expansive medical marijuana laws, and in search of Charlotte’s Web — a strain of pot high in CBD, a non-psychoactive ingredient, and low in THC, which causes users to feel “high.” The strain was developed by the Colorado Springs-based Realm of Caring nonprofit.

The pot strain is named after 7-year-old Charlotte Figi, who used to have hundreds of seizures each week. Charlotte now controls 99 percent of seizures with her medical marijuana treatment, according to her mother Paige.

Also this year, the Food and Drug Administration moved forward with an orphan drug designation for a cannabis-based drug called Epidiolex to fight severe forms of childhood epilepsy. The Epidiolex maker still must demonstrate efficacy of the drug in clinical trials to win FDA approval to market the medicine, but the orphan drug designation represents a tremendous step for cannabis-based medicine.

The federal government signed off on a study using medical marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans, another sign of shifting federal policy.

Study after study demonstrated the promise of medical marijuana since last 4/20. Purified forms of cannabis were shown to be effective at attacking some forms of aggressive cancer. Marijuana use has also been tied to better blood sugar control, and to slowing the spread of HIV. The legalization of the plant for medical purposes may lead to lower suicide rates.

The Return Of Hemp

A flag made of hemp flying over the U.S. Capitol in July may have been a sign that hemp was going to have a banner year.

Just months later in Colorado, farmer Ryan Loflin planted 55 acres of hemp — the first legal hemp crop planted in the U.S. in nearly 60 years.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 70 bills related to hemp have been introduced in more than half of U.S. states. That’s more than triple the number of hemp bills introduced during the same period last year, and nearly double the number hemp bills introduced in all of 2013.

Added to that is the recent passage of the Farm Bill, which legalizes industrial hemp production for research purposes in states that permit it.

Support For Pot Surges

An October Gallup poll showed for the first time that a clear majority of Americans want to see marijuana legalized. Gallup noted that when the question was first asked in 1969, only 12 percent of Americans favored legalization.

Americans also want an end to the long-running war on drugs. A recent survey from Pew found that 67 percent of Americans say that government should provide treatment for people who use illegal drugs. Only 26 percent thought the government should be prosecuting drug users.

Americans regard marijuana as relatively benign. In that same Pew poll, 69 percent of Americans felt that alcohol is a bigger danger to a person’s health than marijuana, and 63 percent said alcohol is a bigger danger to society than marijuana.

Of all the vices a person can indulge in, Americans told NBC News/The Wall Street Journal that marijuana may be the most benign substance — less harmful than sugar.

More States Approved Progressive Pot Laws

While the title of third state to legalize marijuana is still up for grabs, lawmakers around U.S. the have been scaling back harsh anti-weed laws. Maryland recently became the latest state to officially decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Washington, D.C., awaits congressional approval of a similar measure. New Hampshire appeared poised to pass a similar law, but it was recently rejected by state lawmakers. Other states, including Illinois, are considering legislation to decriminalize low-level possession.

Medical marijuana has also made some strides since last year’s 4/20. Maryland this month became the 21st state to legalize marijuana for medical use. A new trend has appeared in conservative and Deep South states, as bills to legalize medicine derived from marijuana have found surprising support in places like Alabama, where a measure was signed into law this year.

Uruguay Makes History

At the end of 2013, Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalize a national marketplace for marijuana. Citing frustrations over failed attempts to stem the drug trade, President Jose Mujica signed a law handing the government responsibility for overseeing the new industry.

The move drew some derision from the international community, including the United Nations, but also applause. Mujica was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, in part for his work legalizing the plant.

In an effort to undercut the black market, the Uruguay government has set the starting price around $1 a gram. Legal weed in the U.S., including at legal pot shops in Colorado, can cost around $20 for the same amount. There are also limits on the amount residents can buy or grow. But with marijuana already accessible in Uruguay before legalization, many pot reformers have hailed the move as an alternative to prohibition that will ultimately give the government more avenues to help protect public health and safety.

Obama Says Pot Is No More Dangerous Than Alcohol

The president was an admitted pot user in his youth. And while he now regards his experiences as foolish, he revealed earlier this year that he didn’t believe his behavior was particularly dangerous.

“I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” President Barack Obama told The New Yorker’s David Remnick in a January interview.

The president said that would discourage people from using it, but his comments led to a much bigger question: If marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol, why does Obama’s administration insist that it is rightfully considered an illegal Schedule I substance, alongside heroin and LSD? The irony of this wasn’t lost on Congress. A month after the interview, a group of representatives a called on Obama to drop pot from Schedule I. The administration has resisted the request.

Eric Holder Is ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Legal Weed

Some of the biggest advances in pot policy over the last year have come thanks to action — or perhaps inaction — by the Justice Department. Last August, it decided that it would allow legalization laws in Colorado and Washington proceed. And this month, Attorney General Eric Holder told The Huffington Post that he was cautiously optimistic about how those state laws were proceeding.

Holder has said the Justice Department would be happy to work with Congress to reschedule marijuana and has been clear that the administration won’t push the issue without action from lawmakers.

No matter how hard you try, time always wins.

Source: Huffington Post (NY)
Author: Matt Ferner and Nick Wing, The Huffington Post
Published: April 20, 2014
Copyright: 2014 HuffingtonPost.com, LLC
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Marijuana Contests To Join County Fair in Colorado

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Pot at the county fair? Why not? Colorado’s Denver County is adding cannabis-themed contests to its 2014 summer fair. It’s the first time pot plants will stand alongside tomato plants and homemade jam in competition for a blue ribbon.

There won’t actually be any marijuana at the fairgrounds. The judging will be done off-site, with photos showing the winning entries. And a live joint-rolling contest will be done with oregano, not pot.

But county fair organizers say the marijuana categories will add a fun twist on Denver’s already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant and a contest for dioramas made with Peeps candies.

“We thought it was time for us to take that leap and represent one of the things Denver has going on,” said Tracy Weil, the fair’s marketing and creative director.

The nine marijuana categories include live plants and clones, plus contests for marijuana-infused brownies and savory foods. Homemade bongs, homemade roach clips and clothing and fabric made with hemp round out the categories.

Judges will look only at plant quality, not the potency or quality of the drugs they produce. Other contests – patterned after Amsterdam’s famed Cannabis Cup – already gauge drug quality and flavor.

Top prize is $20, plus of course a blue ribbon. The fair already has a green ribbon – awarded for using environmentally conscious methods.

The entries will be shown in a “Pot Pavilion” open only to people over 21. Alongside the pot entrants will be 24 categories of homemade beer, four categories for homemade wine and one category for “spirits and liqueurs.”

Prizes will also be given for speedy joint-rolling, though fair organizers insist there won’t be any marijuana consumption on-site. Competitors in the live Doritos-eating contest will have to acquire their munchies elsewhere.

Even the photographs of the winning plants will be viewable only by adults 21. Organizers don’t want 4-H competitors in the popular rabbit and goat contests wandering by a pot display.

“We have a lot of families and kids at the fair, of course, and we wanted to be respectful of that,” Weil said.

Denver’s fair is far from traditional, though. Denver County didn’t have a county fair until 2011. Organizers wanted an urban, hip element alongside traditional fair favorites like a Ferris wheel and cotton candy.

There’s a speed text-messaging contest, and the highlight staple of a Western fair, a rodeo, has been replaced with a bicycle rodeo and a troupe of performing pigs. About 20,000 people attended last year.

The marijuana contests aren’t likely to spread to other fairs in Colorado. Officials in Routt County, in western Colorado, voted last year to expressly ban marijuana from its county fair.

And Colorado State Fair organizers have expressed no interest in marijuana competition.

California holds an Emerald Cup at the fairgrounds in Sonoma County, Calif., where guests with medical clearance are able to sample the drug. That contest is held at the fairgrounds but isn’t a part of the county fair.

Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Published: January 28, 2014
Copyright: 2014 The Associated Press