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Wed
30
Sep

Lawyer sues Mich. town over alleged medical marijuana harassment

DETROIT — A Warren lawyer filed a lawsuit Monday against the city that demands up to $5 million in damages on behalf of 23 state-approved medical-marijuana users who say they’ve been harassed and ticketed by Warren police.

The lawsuit, filed in Macomb Circuit Court by attorney Michael Greiner, also claims that Warren zoning officials, Police Commissioner Jere Green and Mayor Jim Fouts cooperated in a policy to shut down a medical-marijuana transfer center — the Michigan Safe Transfer Center at 29601 Hoover, in an area zoned for a medical office — through a police raid and confiscation of the owners’ property, without a search warrant.

Wed
30
Sep

UK: The Weak And Ineffectual Response Of Most MPs To The Cannabis Debate

CLEAR has been mobilising its members as never before to lobby their MPs in advance of the cannabis debate on 12th October.

There are honourable exceptions but most responses have been unhelpful, dismissive and have completely failed to deal with the arguments put forward.  Most MPs are indoctrinated with the false reporting churned out by the press, scared stiff of the subject and not prepared to look any deeper.

It is a terrible indictment of these people, each of whom costs us about £250,000 per year in salary and expenses. Most simply do not do their job properly, certainly not in the interests of or representing their constituents, mainly they just pursue their own political ambitions and interests. They cannot be bothered to deal with the cannabis issue.

Wed
30
Sep

Marijuana Legalization Shifts Drug War to Harder Drugs

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2014 is out and despite the legalization of marijuana in four states, more people were arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of hard drugs this year.

There was an increase in arrests for marijuana law violations for the first time since 2009, breaking the only four-year decrease streak in the history of the War on Drugs. Last year’s marijuana arrest total of 693,482 increased by 7,511 to 700,993, marking a marijuana arrest every 45 seconds in the United States.

Wed
30
Sep

Legislation To Protect Marijuana In The Next Presidential Term

With the presidential election season in full power, it seems there is one thing on every marijuana enthusiast’s mind in legal states: who is going to protect my rights? Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington D.C. all have legal recreational marijuana, this is a big question in the upcoming election. Who is going to honor these states’ decision and who is going to shut it down when their term begin? Especially with the recent Republican debates, it seems some Republican candidates will have absolutely no problem showing up to Colorado’s door with federal agents.

Wed
30
Sep

Police Arrested Someone For Weed Possession Every 51 Seconds In 2014

New statistics show the U.S. war on marijuana is far from over.

Law enforcement officers made just over 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges in 2014, according to data released by the FBI on Monday. Of that total, 88.4 percent -- or about 619,800 arrests -- were made for marijuana possession alone, a rate of about one arrest every 51 seconds over the entire year.

While the national conversation about marijuana continued to shift in 2014, with recreational weed laws fully in effect in Colorado and Washington -- and measures to legalize the plant being passed in Washington, D.C., Oregon and Alaska -- the year also saw a reversal in a seven-year trend of largely declining possession arrests. 

Tue
29
Sep

Uruguay Slams Big Tobacco, Defends Marijuana Policy

“We can regulate these markets without a prohibitionist stance,” Vazquez said.
​Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez defended his country's “sovereign” decisions over public health and slammed the multinational tobacco industry, which he said “in order to double its profits doesn't have any problem in killing its customers.”

During his speech before the UN General Assembly, Tuesday, Vazquez singled out Phillip Morris for suing Uruguay over the country's anti-smoking campaign. The company is suing Uruguay for US$25 million under a bilateral investment treaty between Uruguay and Switzerland.

“It is not ethical that tribunals of multinational organizations can give priorities to trade aspects over the defense of fundamental human rights,” said Vazquez.
Tue
29
Sep

Two men jailed over cannabis explosion at Glasgow flat

Two men have been jailed after causing an explosion in a Glasgow flat when they tried to extract cannabis oil using butane gas.

Stewart Hamilton, 40, and Daniel Gallagher, 21, set the Govan flat alight and shattered the windows.

They were both blown across the room and Hamilton suffered 8% burns to his head and body.

Hamilton was jailed for 15 months and Gallagher for a year at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The court had heard that during their experiment, the men used YouTube videos as an instruction manual.

Police officers were alerted to the explosion and found the pair receiving treatment for their injuries in hospital.

 

Tue
29
Sep

Ontario judge strikes down mandatory minimum sentence for pot growing

An Ontario judge has struck down one of the Conservative government’s signature drug laws – a six-month minimum jail term for growing between six and 200 marijuana plants for the purpose of trafficking.

The ruling came after a constitutional challenge brought by a man who had pleaded guilty to working in a grow-op. The man, Duc Vu, 42, of Brampton, Ont., called the minimum sentences for growing marijuana “cruel and unusual punishment” under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And the judge agreed.

Mandatory minimums have been a pillar of the federal government’s approach to crime, with the Conservatives creating 60 mandatory minimum prison terms for drugs, guns, sex offences and other crimes, according to the Justice Department.

Tue
29
Sep

Pot bans bring Prohibition to mind

The offices of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission must be busy these days: Not only are employees hammering out the rules under which recreational marijuana will be sold, they’re also keeping track of those local governments that are working to ban the pot sales.

That list gets longer by the week. Currently, it includes mid-valley communities such as Sweet Home and Brownsville. It also includes seven of Oregon’s 36 counties. More governments will join the list, possibly including Albany, where the City Council last week made some noise about maybe pursuing a permanent ban on recreational sales.

Tue
29
Sep

Trinidad: Health Ministry facing ganja lawsuit

THE MINISTRY of Health is to be sued over ganja laws, the country’s first incorporated Cannabis Law Reform Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) has said.

According to a release from Colin Stephenson, the director and co-founder of C420, “under current law in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the possession, import, export, sale, manufacture, production, cultivation or distribution of cannabis is legal as long as one has been issued a licence”.

Stephenson said C420 is ”in possession of a legal opinion from the Ministry of Health confirming the same”.

“In light of this, C420 has made several applications for medicinal cannabis licences on behalf of individuals who feel cannabis will be effective as a treatment for their illnesses,” Stephenson said.

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