Category Archives: marijuana laws

Marijuana legalization discussed in this balanced opinion by a retired banker.

Admin; Excellent article well written to present both sides of the argument. Bob Roper makes the case that civil liberties for Americans have also been eroded and money wasted on the war against marijuana.

Should we legalize marijuana?

By BOB ROPER

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:00 am Comments (1)

On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Alaska passed initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana. This, of course, follows Colorado and Washington state, whose voters did the same not long ago. The trend is obvious — and hardly surprising considering in a recent poll Americans said, by 56 percent to 44 percent, that marijuana should be legalized provided it is appropriately regulated, as with alcohol.

There is a great irony here. Just as the legalization trend accelerates, maybe to the point of being unstoppable, the accumulated medical and scientific evidence proving marijuana is in fact a dangerous drug is overwhelming. Here are some of the studies and useful facts: Continue reading

Insightful marijuana comments by Houston Police chief Charles McClelland.

Houston police chief sounds off on pot arrests

Chief Charles McClelland also takes aim at decades-long war on drugs

Author: Keith Garvin, Anchor/Reporter, kgarvin@kprc.com

Published On: Dec 05 2014 10:54:42 PM CST Updated On: Dec 05 2014 11:02:04 PM CST

HPD chief sounds off on pot arrests

HOUSTON –

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland is making national headlines after indicating it may be time for marijuana use to be legalized not only in Texas but across the country.

“We cannot criminalize such a large population of society that engage in casual marijuana use,” the chief said in the radio interview. The topics were wide-ranging — but the chief was largely asked about marijuana use. McClelland made it clear he believes enforcing marijuana laws is wasting time and other valuable resources.

“Taxpayers can’t afford to build jails and prisons to lock up everyone that commits a crime,” said McClelland. “We must put more money into crime prevention, treatment, education, job training.” Continue reading

Marijuana legalization; YES!

Marijuana legislation; Let’s see…

Light up, take a drag, contemplate…

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Guam passes medical marijuana by 12 point margin!

Washington, DC passes legalization measure by more than the projected 2:1!

Oregon passes legalized marijuana by 10 point margin!

Alaska passes!

Florida did not pass…(they would have needed a 60% margin to pass). Boohoo!

More Michigan communities passed marijuana decriminalization.

Obviously Colorado and Washington state passage two years ago was not an anomaly.

A lot of new legislation will line up by 2016 to end nationwide Marijuana prohibition.

BTW New York has suspended “Buy and Bust” program.

Hello-The White House; anyone there listening?

 

 

Marijuana votes 2014 today.

Admin; Here is where to watch the action on marijuana votes. With some pretty pictures…

A handful of states and cities will vote to loosen restrictions on the drug, setting the stage for bigger battles in 2016

Residents in Lewiston, Maine may have seen an unusual Halloween decoration this year: a mobile billboard, towed around town on the bed of a truck, featuring a face screaming in horror and, in spooky-squiggly script, the words “Marijuana: Less toxic! Less addictive! Less scary than alcohol!”

The ad is part of the campaign to legalize marijuana in the small New England city, one of a handful of places where measures easing restrictions on the drug are on the Nov. 4 ballot. In Alaska, volunteers are going door to door in below freezing weather. In Oregon, where voting is done by mail, legalization supporters are using a Facebook app to nudge their friends who haven’t put their ballots in the post. Legalization advocates see the mid-term votes as a chance to set the stage ahead of larger fights to legalize marijuana in 2016, where it may be on the ballot in California.

 Here’s a rundown of the key votes on marijuana this year, which are all hovering in toss-up territory: Continue reading

California Judge Rules drought is no reason for a warrantless search over Medical Marijuana plants

Admin; Mendocino County in California has been experiencing a drought for the last three years, and although this is a serious thing, it apparently, according to Judge  Thelton Henderson isn’t a good enough reason to search and seize medical marijuana plants with NO warrant. The marijuana patients who had their property unlawfully searched along with NORML sued the sheriff’s department and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Drought Doesn’t Justify Seizing Medical Marijuana Plants without a Warrant

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In two weeks, Lake County voters will decide if they want to loosen up, or even eliminate, the restrictive medical marijuana ordinance (pdf) they passed in June.

For now, the county sheriff will have to stop enforcing that ordinance illegally—by seizing, without a warrant, marijuana being grown on private property. Sheriff’s deputies allegedly raided the homes of several medical marijuana patients in August without a warrant, seizing their plants.

The ordinance states that law enforcement officers who want to abate an “unlawful marijuana cultivation” five days after issuing a warning “may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a warrant authorizing entry upon the property for purposes of undertaking the work, if necessary.”

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson said it was necessary and issued an injunction blocking the county from conducting the raids. The judge was responding to a complaint brought by the marijuana patients and the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). They sued the sheriff’s department and California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Judge Henderson did not buy the county’s argument that the three-year drought, which has been particularly hard on poverty-stricken Lake County up near Mendocino, constituted an emergency that warranted not seeking a warrant. Marijuana needs a lot of water.

The judge wrote in his October 14 decision, “The need to reduce water use, even during a drought, falls below the level of urgency associated with emergencies justifying a warrantless search in existing case law.”

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American investors at risk in Canadian medical marijuana.

Admin; This investment is currently at risk until the US takes marijuana off schedule 1 classification.  Slow but sure this should happen in the next 10 years.

Exclusive: U.S. DEA ‘most interested’ in U.S. investors in Canadian marijuana firms

BY JOHN TILAK AND BRETT WOLF

TORONTO/ST. LOUIS Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:41am EDT

Section Grower Morgan Blenk inspects a marijuana plant clone before planting it at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario, in this file photo from March 19, 2014.  REUTERS-Blair Gable-Files

Production Assistant Dan Brennan collects marijuana plant clones to be moved into a growing room at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario, in this file photo from February 20, 2014.  REUTERS-Blair Gable-Files

Droplets of oil form on the surface of a marijuana plant at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario in this file photo from March 19, 2014. REUTERS-Blair Gable-Files

1 OF 6. Section Grower Morgan Blenk inspects a marijuana plant clone before planting it at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith’s Falls, Ontario, in this file photo from March 19, 2014.

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(Reuters) – U.S. investors in Canada’s medical marijuana industry are betting they will not fall under the scrutiny of U.S. law enforcement officers – but it is a risky bet.

With marijuana still illegal on a federal level in the United States, American investors in Canadian medical marijuana can be seen as violating the Controlled Substances Act, according to some U.S experts. And the use of the banking system to transfer the proceeds of such investments could be seen as money laundering.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has already been tracking investments made in state-sanctioned marijuana business in the United States. When asked by Reuters about the DEA’s view of U.S. investments in Canadian marijuana, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said the agency is “most interested in those types of activities.”

After the Reuters report, shares in Canadian medical marijuana companies fell sharply at the open before recovering some ground. OrganiGram Holdings Inc (OGI.V) dropped 6.9 percent in early trading, Bedrocan Cannabis Corp (BED.V) fell 4.2 percent and Tweed Marijuana Inc (TWD.V) declined 2.8 percent. Continue reading

Colorado Child Dead after state “confiscates” baby girl to give to state-approved foster care, (for safe keeping?) because parents admit to smoking marijuana.

Admin; This is a heart wrenching story about a Colorado family who loses custody of their little girl, Alex Hill, because father admits to smoking marijuana after she goes to bed. There’s no happy ending here.

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By MintPress News Desk | September 29, 2014

Grand Junction, CO — Angel Lane Place, an 11-month-old baby girl has died as a result of injuries received while under the care of state-approved foster parents.

A 20-year-old woman from Grand Junction is facing charges in the death of Angel.

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Marijuana organizations provide free medical marijuana and seeds when government won’t for Ptsd veterans.

Admin; This will eventually get straightened out.  The train is headed in a different direction than 20 years ago…

1000 Veterans Line up for Free Marijuana

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sep 28, 2014, 2:22 PM ET

GROW 4 VETS

Extracting Innovations COO Seth Cox shows Navy veteran Hikima Nukes how to make active butter for edibles at the Grow 4 Vets cannabis giveaway at the DoubleTree Hotel Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Veterans who RSVPed for the… View Full CaptionThe Associated Press

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A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

The “Grow 4 Vets” giveaway in Colorado Springs aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications.

The Gazette reports ( http://bit.ly/1xsCAFJ ) that veterans were given a bag of items that included cannabis oil, an edible chocolate bar and seeds to grow plants.

Marijuana activists have tried unsuccessfully to have post-traumatic stress disorder added to the Colorado list of medical conditions that qualify for joining the medical marijuana registry. Now that pot is legal for all adults over 21, organizers are free to give away marijuana.

Not all who received the bags were veterans. A $20 dollar donation from nonveterans was encouraged.

A similar event was held last weekend in Denver.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/1000-veterans-line-free-marijuana-25818787

Amazing how Colorado votes to legalize marijuana and Jefferson county task force says “NO”.

Admin; Ummm-what is wrong with this picture? 64% of voters approve and now an 8 person task force says “NO”? Please follow the link to see dozens of negative comments in the conversation…

Jefferson County marijuana task force recommends ban on marijuana businesses

By Joe Vaccarelli, The Denver Post
YourHub Reporter

POSTED:   09/23/2014 11:34:54 AM MDT46 COMMENTS| UPDATED:   A DAY AGO

A marijuana plant at a Colorado growhouse.

A marijuana plant at a Colorado growhouse. (Denver Post file photo)

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Task Force on Marijuana is recommending that the Board of Commissioners not allow any marijuana businesses in unincorporated Jeffco, but the commissioners want more time to study the issue.

The volunteer task force released its 134-page report and presented it to the board Tuesday. The recommendation read that the licensing of marijuana establishments is “not consistent with the safety, health and welfare of the citizens of Jefferson County.”

Jefferson County placed a moratorium on marijuana businesses in July 2013 after the passage of Amendment 64 in November 2012. That moratorium is set to expire Feb. 1, 2015 unless more action is taken. The county also voted in April to prohibit marijuana clubs and to limit cultivation.

“I don’t have enough data to make a decision,” Commissioner Don Rosier said as the meeting wrapped up Tuesday.

The task force met eight times since being established in April and studied data regarding impacts on public safety, public health, government and business. The members then voted on whether to “opt in” or “opt out” on marijuana. Eight of the members voted to opt out, two voted to opt in and one abstained.

The commissioners heard arguments from both sides, with Michael Elliott, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group stating that the county should allow marijuana establishments. He said that county residents will have access to retail marijuana by either going to Denver or cities in Jefferson County that already allow retail pot businesses. By opting out, the county won’t benefit from the tax revenue and the jobs the industry can create.

Dr. Mark Johnson, director of the county’s health department, told the commissioners that studies have shown that smoking any substance is harmful and should not be allowed. He added that the county should take more time with the process.

“It would be smart to hold off until we can get better data,” Johnson said. “It’s all over the place.”

The commissioners will schedule another meeting with members of the task force within the next few weeks to ask more questions before deciding how to proceed.

Joe Vaccarelli: 303-954-2396, jvaccarelli@denverpost.com or twitter.com/joe_vacc

http://www.denverpost.com/southjeffco/ci_26589387/jefferson-county-marijuana-task-force-recommends-ban-marijuana#disqus_thread

Long term affect of the failed marijuana “war” by federal law on individuals employment over course of their careers.

Admin; Cincinnati City Council admits mistakes regarding prosecuting minor marijuana use has led to underemployment for citizens; especially blacks.

Winburn pushing to erase marijuana records

Sharon Coolidge, scoolidge@enquirer.com8:56 p.m. EDT September 23, 2014

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Cincinnati City Council members have already admitted a 2006 crackdown on marijuana was a mistake, repealing a law that made possessing even a small amount a misdemeanor crime.

The problem: It created criminal records that are tough to get expunged. That means employers can see it when doing a background check. And those criminal records are stopping people from getting jobs.

Elsewhere in the state a similar charge is a minor misdemeanor, which doesn’t count when a judge considers expunging a record.

Now help for the 10,000 people caught in the tough-on-crime law that lasted from 2006 to 2010 is coming from an unlikely source: Republican Cincinnati City Councilman – and State Senate candidate – Charlie Winburn. Continue reading