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Wed
23
Sep

New Mexico: Push to decriminalize marijuana faces uphill battle

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —A push to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Albuquerque does not appear to have much of a chance of becoming law.

The City Council passed the measure Monday night 5-4 along party lines with Democrats in favor of it, but not before generating a bit of debate between both sides.

"You knew it was illegal, you smoked it, you were caught, you pay the penalty," said Republican City Council member Trudy Jones.

Democratic City Council member Rey Garduno argued an officer would have the flexibility to make sure it's a decriminalized penalty rather than an incarceration.

Wed
23
Sep

Are Underage Cannabis Consumers in Washington Now Felons?

Probably not, but it's worrisome that the question confuses legislators, prosecutors, regulators, and the governor.

Did Washington legislators accidentally make it a felony for someone younger than 21 to possess any amount of marijuana, as a spokeswoman for that state's governor suggested last week? Did they do it on purpose, as one key legislator claimed? [See update below.] Or did they not do it at all, as the group representing Washington's prosecuting attorneys has concluded? The third answer seems to be the correct one, but confusion on this point casts an unflattering light on legislators' ability to write laws and prosecutors' ability to understand them.

Wed
23
Sep

Chris Christie's claim that he 'supported and implemented' New Jersey's medical marijuana laws

Christie’s predecessor, Democrat Jon Corzine, signed the New Jersey Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act into law Jan. 10, 2010 — his last day as governor. That left Christie with the responsibility of carrying out the law, which was expected to take effect over six months.

The law made it legal for patients with certain debilitating medical conditions (including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and any terminal illness where the patient was not expected to live more than a year). It gave the state health department authority to write regulations for the medical marijuana program.

Wed
23
Sep

Supreme Court bans police stops solely for suspected marijuana

Court ruling cites 2008 decriminalization law

In a decision hailed by civil rights advocates and supporters of marijuana legalization, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of the drug.

The Supreme Judicial Court based its 5-2 ruling largely on a measure that voters approved in 2008 that reduced possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil violation punishable by a fine.

Tue
22
Sep

Cops bust cannabis farm under busy Glasgow train station

COPS have busted a cannabis farm directly under busy Glasgow train station.

British Transport Police officers swooped on an industrial unit under the railway bridge at Central Station on Monday.

They discovered cannabis plants, worth £15,000, during the search of the premises in Cook Street.

A 57-year-old man was arrested in connection with the find.

Police said a house in Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, was later searched and cannabis, worth around £40,000, was found.

Officers also recovered a sum of cash and other items.

Tue
22
Sep

Lord Ashcroft's David Cameron Biography Reminds Us Young PM Was A Drug Reform Revolutionary

The first installment of Lord Ashcroft's unauthorised biography of David Camerongave the British press enough salacious gossip for a year, but in the mad rush to cover the most lurid aspects of his allegations, drugs campaigners claim a more radical aspect of the story has been overlooked.

Tue
22
Sep

Colorado advocate warns Mainers about implications of legalizing marijuana

FALMOUTH — The leader of a Colorado drug-prohibition enforcement program warned Mainers on Tuesday about the implications of recreational marijuana legalization, including increases in use among youth and problems with edible marijuana products.

Thomas Gorman, a former undercover drug agent and current director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, spoke at a forum in Falmouth about the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado, marijuana commercialization, and public health and safety issues connected to legal pot use.

Tue
22
Sep

An Alternative Anti-Drug Policy: Economic Resilience

Yuri Soares is chief of development effectiveness at the Multilateral Investment Fund. He holds a PhD in economics from Michigan State University and a Master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Florida. He has worked in the United States and Brazil.

Tue
22
Sep

The NYPD and the DEA just teamed up to take down a massive synthetic drug ring

The NYPD and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took down a massive New York City drug ring on Wednesday.

The drug ring was capable of producing thousands of packages of synthetic cannabinoids, a dangerous cocktail of chemicals sprayed onto plant material and meant to mimic the effects of a marijuana high.

Tue
22
Sep

Accused in Edmonton marijuana-dispensary raid will fight charges

 

The head of a marijuana dispensary raided in July says he hopes the related charges are resolved quickly, but he’s prepared to fight a lengthy court battle.

“We’ll go to the Supreme Court if we have to,” Aaron Bott said outside the courthouse Tuesday where a crowd of supporters stood nearby after his first appearance on a trafficking charge. “We’re a little bit confused on why we have to defend ourselves. We’re not criminals.”

In July, Bott was taken by surprise when officers from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams showed up at 4121 118th Ave., the marijuana supplier his family has run for more than a decade.

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