By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET.
The first country to fully legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Uruguay, has suddenly found itself facing an unexpected obstacle: the international banking industry.
It all began a few weeks ago when one of the 15 pharmacies that had agreed to sell the two varieties of cannabis distributed by the Uruguayan State announced that it was withdrawing from the scheme after its bank, Santander, had threatened to close its account unless it stopped providing services for the state-controlled sales. Shortly afterwards it was revealed that other banks, including Brazil’s Itaú, had canceled the accounts of the private companies that had been granted a license to produce marijuana as well as some cannabis clubs.
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Court: Scent not enough for car search
Because pot is legal in state, smell doesn’t constitute cause
The indication by a drug-sniffing police dog to the presence of controlled substances in a vehicle by itself is not enough to constitute probable cause for police to search that vehicle, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
In a precedent-setting case involving a Moffat County resident, a three-judge panel agreed that a police officer needs more cause to search a vehicle without permission from its owner.
That’s because it could be legal marijuana, the court ruled.
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Chalk up another milestone month for Colorado cannabis sales.
The $127.7 million worth of flower, edibles and concentrates purchased in May from the state’s marijuana shops didn’t set a record for monthly sales, though. That honor still goes to March of this year, when sales totaled $131.7 million, according to The Cannabist’s extrapolations of Colorado marijuana tax data.
May’s benchmark, rather, is one of consistency. It marked the 12th consecutive month that Colorado marijuana sales topped $100 million.
Continue reading Monthly marijuana sales of $100 million the ‘new norm’ in Colorado
In coming weeks, cannabis-seeking citizens in this small South American nation will be able to walk into a pharmacy and buy government-approved marijuana for the state-mandated price of $1.30 a gram. No questions asked. No doctor’s note required.
If that sounds like an attempt to create a stoner republic on the South Atlantic, would-be tourists should know a few things.
Uruguay is the world’s first country to fully legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. But under its strict rules, there will be no Amsterdam-style smoking cafes, and foreigners won’t have access to the national stash.
Nor will there be shops selling ganja candies, psychedelic pastries or any of the other edible derivatives offered in pot-permissive U.S. states such as Colorado and Washington, where entrepreneurial capitalism fertilizes the United States’ incipient marijuana industry.
Continue reading In Uruguay’s Cannabis Experiment, the UN Member-Nation is the Pot Dealer
One year after ignorantly doubling down on the drug war, the UN is now calling to end prohibition. The drug war is crumbling.
A little-noticed public statement issued by the United Nations last week contains a dramatic shift in thinking on the issue of “illicit” substance use. After recommitting to the failed idea of prohibition just last year, the UN is now calling for the worldwide decriminalization of drug use and possession.
The statement, put out by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the U.S. is in the midst of a nonsensical debate over health care, calls for “ending discrimination in health care settings.” The WHO calls on states to end discrimination against “marginalized and stigmatized populations” in a variety of ways, and includes a blunt and rather shocking statement on the drug war.
“We, the signatory United Nations entities, call upon all stakeholders to join us in committing to taking targeted, coordinated, time-bound, multisectoral actions in the following areas. Supporting States to put in place guarantees against discrimination in law, policies, and regulations by… Reviewing and repealing punitive laws that have been proven to have negative health outcomes and that counter established public health evidence. These include laws that criminalize or otherwise prohibit…drug use or possession of drugs for personal use.”
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The South African National Congress has come out supporting the Nationalize of its privately-owned Central “South African Reserve Bank” (SARB). The SARB runs the debt-as-money franchise of, for, and by the United Nations. South Africa was not a Nation but a UN “Member-Nation”– an organ of the United Nations. The City of London licenses the “debt as money” franchise to the UN through the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF (and BIS) is/was the “central bank” for all UN Member-Nation Organs, such as the private “South African Central Bank.” Even US Social Security numbers appear to be issued from the IMF.
Nationalizing the South African Reserve Bank would make the Central Bank Debt-As-Money franchise self-contained in South Africa rather than UN Policy Driven. GWEDE MANTASHE, Secretary General for the African National Congress -like the DNC/RNC- publicly supports the nationalization of it’s private Central Bank stating, “South African Reserve Bank is one of less than five central banks in private hands in the world.” The “Secretary General” is a military position. The ANC appears to be waging war on the voters on behalf of the UN. The ANC is/was a fully owned of UN Crown Corporation full of BAR Attorneys who are deceiving all South Africans.
A part of the deception is that all Central Banks are in private hands, it’s just a matter of how many layers there are between the issued “debt” and the UN. The UN underwrites all “speech-debt human rights” having removed all speech rights. The SARB is a member of the UN IMF and BIS, and the Nationalized Central Bank would also be members of the UN IMF and BIS, (U.N.-)naturally.
Continue reading Political Party ANC Seeks to Nationalize South African Reserve Bank
(ANTIMEDIA) Before the heroin epidemic became a nationwide problem, claiming thousands of lives, Plano, Texas, was already entrenched. And like many of the places caught in the crosshairs of the continuing heroin crisis, Plano is the last place that one would expect to be swept into the opioid tidal wave.
Anti-Media recently interviewed Texas-native Belita Nelson, who has had an interesting few decades. For six years she termed herself the “chief propagandist” — or spokeswoman — for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Before that, as a Plano mother and teacher, Belita noticed what was happening in her community. She described Plano as an area rivaling Newtown, Connecticut, or Cape Cod — tight-knit regions where tragedy strikes hard and deep.
Continue reading Ex-DEA Spokeswoman: ‘Marijuana Is Safe,’ Kept Illegal Because It’s a ‘Cash Cow’
By Mike Maharrey
On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state. This takes a big step toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on cannabis in practice.
Rep. Stephen Huffman (R) introduced House Bill 523 (HB523) on April 14. The legislation sets in motion the creation of a limited medical marijuana program in Ohio.
There is hereby established a medical marijuana control program in the department of commerce and the state board of pharmacy. The department shall provide for the licensure of medical marijuana cultivators and processors and the licensure of laboratories that test medical marijuana. The board shall provide for the licensure of retail dispensaries and the registration of patients and their caregivers. The department and board shall administer the program.
Continue reading Ohio Legalizes Marijuana for Artificial Persons