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Cops under investigation after video shows them 'eating marijuana edibles, playing darts, and ...

The Santa Ana Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation into several officers caught on video eating marijuana-laced edibles, playing darts, and removing surveillance cameras during a pot raid last month.

Santa Ana police Cmdr. Chris Revere, in charge of the SAPD's internal affairs division, said Thursday that the video is 'concerning' and although the department expects its officers to 'act in a certain way' it has 'to be fair,' according to The Orange County Register.

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Dunne's assurances on cannabis mean little

Minister who claims one-off drug use does not set precedent deserves to be met with scepticism.

Understandably enough, the Renton family have been doing all they can to get the best possible treatment for their teenage son, Alex, who is in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital.

After more than 20 standard medications failed to cure his ongoing seizures, they set their sights on a cannabis-derived medication, Elixinol. Protests staged by the family and their supporters to try to get the Government to approve its use gained widespread media coverage. Finally, this week, they got their wish.

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BIG PHARMA’S BIG PROBLEM

With sound research backing the use of CBD oil and patient testimonials piling in daily, why is this non-psychoactive supplement still in the legal grey area? Well, as the old and true saying goes, you have to follow the money to find the truth.

The pharmaceutical industry contributed just under 240 million dollars in lobbying efforts in 2014. That’s a fair amount of money switching hands and a fair amount of politicians now comfortably placed in Big Pharma’s pocket. But it’s not just politicians who pray to the all-mighty dollar. Cleverly named organizations do as well.

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Dearborn prosecutor disagrees with Hamilton prosecutor's pro-marijuana legalization stance

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – The Dearborn County prosecutor spoke out against legalizing marijuana the day after a task force led by the prosecutor of neighboring Hamilton County released a report touting the benefits of legalizing marijuana in Ohio.

Aaron Negangard, the prosecutor in Dearborn and Ohio counties, told WCPO that he believed the decriminalization trend was largely responsible for “the increased drug problems we’re having.”

“I think it’s an awful idea,” Negangard said. “I think it will lead to greater drug abuse. It will lead to greater crime, and we’re already seeing that.”

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Colombian Senator: Decriminalize Marijuana to Beat the Narcos

Español“I think we need to go ahead and get rid of this damn drug-trafficking business that has done so much damage already,” Colombian Senator Roy Barreras said on Wednesday, June 10.

The senator added that we he would soon propose an amendment to the current medical marijuana bill being debated in Congress to expand decriminalization to include recreational purposes.

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Deputies: $700000 worth of marijuana seized at Tampa grow house

A call about a domestic disturbance led them to discover a marijuana grow operation in the house next door, Hillsborough deputies say.When deputies searched the house a week later, they found 283 pounds of marijuana worth $700,000, deputies said.According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded last Friday to a domestic disturbance at a home on Wilkins Road. While investigating the disturbance, a deputy noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the house next door.The deputy alerted the Marijuana Grow House Task Force, and a search warrant was obtained. On Thursday, deputies searched the house and found the grow operation in a detached garage. Deputies said they seized 15 mature marijuana plants and 39 small marijuana plants.

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Sûreté du Québec raids marijuana grow-ops on South Shore

The Sûreté du Québec raided two large marijuana grow-ops on the South Shore Friday morning.

One was in the town of Pierreville, and the other one was in Saint-François-du-Lac. Both were used to grow the plants so that they could be re-transplanted outdoors.

Nearly 20,000 pot plants and cuttings, in different stages of growth, were seized.

The Pierreville grow-op had multiple rooms which housed plants, cuttings and mini-greenhouses.

The raid was part of Operation Cisailles (shears), that has been ongoing for several years.

Contrary to previous raids, where the police would search for outdoor pot plantations, the new approach is aimed at stopping the illegal activity before planting occurs, and arrests are possible.

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NY Medical Marijuana Program Brings in $3 Million from Application Process

Today state officials in New York will close the application process to open a dispensary.

 

According to numbers from the New York Post, the state has already brought in $3 million from the selection process by charging 300 perspective dispensary owners $10,000 a pop to file their bid to attain one of the five permits being distributed in the state.

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Medical pot users seek class action against Health Canada

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in a proposed class action, claiming Health Canada breached privacy rights and jeopardized the safety of medical marijuana users, will be seeking damages of up to $20,000 per person, a court in Halifax heard Wednesday.

Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan is hearing a certification application for a proposed class action, put forward by medical marijuana users and growers across Canada, who were licensed under the previous federal medicinal marijuana program.

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On Course for Regulated Personal Cultivation in Ecuador

In Ecuador important advances have been made in the area of drug policy, with civil society playing an active part in them. The country's National Assembly is currently debating a bill: "Organic Law for the Comprehensive Prevention of Drugs and the Use of Catalogued Substances Subject to Regulation.”

In 1998 the country revised its “Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act” (Act 108), under which consumption was decriminalised. However, there existed legal contradictions and flaws that ended up penalising users and consumers for holding, possession and transport, without any criterion of proportionality, all entailing sentences of 12-16 years.

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