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Tue
22
Sep

Definitive Legal Advice On Medicinal Cannabis In The UK

Ever since CLEAR adopted its new aims and objectives in 2011, our campaign for access to medicinal cannabis has been our principal focus. Early on we identified the possibility of mounting a legal challenge to current policy and through a tortuous and convoluted route, we have finally arrived at a conclusion.

Tue
22
Sep

Massachussets: Police can't stop drivers solely for having marijuana, SJC rules

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.

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve [the] objectives” of the law change, Justice Margot Botsford wrote for the majority.

Tue
22
Sep

Turnout not high for marijuana legalization push

Maybe it was too early for the legalization crowd.

Barely anyone showed up Tuesday for a 10 a.m. event outside the State House aimed at kicking off a signature drive for a proposed 2016 ballot question that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use.

 

Two of the three state legislators slated to attend the launch for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts did not.

And, while political kickoffs in front of the golden-domed building are often packed with supporters, the crowd at this one — which included the ballot push’s campaign manager, communications director, and a few other backers — was sparse and far from fired up.

Tue
22
Sep

Protester brings six-foot cannabis plant to Piccadilly Gardens in bid to get drug legalised

Demonstrator Colin Davies ripped open a mock paper 'joint' to reveal the gigantic weed plant after bringing it along to the demonstration

A cannabis campaigner displayed a six foot cannabis plant in Piccadilly Gardens in a bid to get the drug legalised for medicinal use.

Hundreds of people gathered in the gardens as protesters openly smoked the drug and spoke about its effects to the public on Saturday afternoon.

During the action one of the organisers, Colin Davies, ripped open a huge mock paper ‘joint’ to reveal the gigantic marijuana plant.

Tue
22
Sep

Cannabis in North Korea

It is often reported that cannabis is legal, socially acceptable and widely available in the Democratic Republic of Korea (commonly known as North Korea). The country remains closed-off and secretive, although occasional reports trickle through from defectors or visitors. Reports vary as to how acceptable cannabis use truly is.

Tue
22
Sep

Washington Marijuana Legalization Side Effect: 3 Teens Face 5 Years In Jail For Possession

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) – A prosecutor in southeastern Washington has charged three teens with felonies for marijuana possession, saying a new law demands the higher level of offense.

The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho reports the teens ages 14, 15 and 17 have been charged in nearby Asotin County with felonies that could net them up to five years in prison. The offense was previously a misdemeanor with a maximum 90-day jail sentence.

Asotin County Prosecutor Ben Nichols said Senate Bill 5052, which the Legislature passed and Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law this year, contains the new language.

“If you are a minor, a person under 21, it’s a felony no matter what,” Nichols said.

Tue
22
Sep

US senator addresses cannabis industry at New York summit

NEW YORK -- U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a group of marijuana industry professionals Monday that the federal government should reform laws affecting its medical use, allowing states to set their own policies.

The New York Democrat told members of the National Cannabis Industry Association that she's pushing for reforms she introduced last March with Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Marijuana use is illegal under federal law but allowed in some cases in dozens of states. Gillibrand said more families would benefit from medical marijuana if they didn't have to fear federal prosecution.

Tue
22
Sep

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Makes Snarky Comment About Marijuana Legalization

One of my old college professors is infatuated with United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. That professor has published several books dealing with female Supreme Court Justices, and recently published one specifically about the legal opinions that Justice Sotomayor has issued during her career. That college professor was my favorite when I was in college, and I still seek her advice to this day. As a result, I have always been a Sotomayor fan a little bit.

Tue
22
Sep

Willie Nelson's Marijuana Brand Gets Private Equity Backing

The Red Headed Stranger just scored some green, in more ways than one.

A New York private equity firm is backing country singer and songwriter Willie Nelson’s endeavor to sell marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

Tuatara Capital is leading an investor group financing the Willie’s Reserve cannabis brand for sale in the two states’ recreational markets, “and also other states as regulations allow,” according to a news release.

“We’re really excited to partner with someone like Willie, who embodies this spirit of American entrepreneurship and conviction to a cause,” said Tuatara Chief Investment Officer Al Foreman.

Tue
22
Sep

B.C. could legalize marijuana, says former U.S. prosecutor

Former prosecutor believes municipalities shouldn't wait for federal government for pot approval

B.C. could legalize marijuana on its own without federal approval, believes a former prosecutor that helped legalize pot south of the border in 2012. 

Marijuana falls under federal jurisdiction in Canada, but with some creativity local politicians can push from the bottom up for change, says Tonia Winchester the former deputy campaign director for Yes on I-502.

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