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Waldo County medical marijuana growers fight felony charges

BELFAST, Maine — The Waldo County courthouse appeared to be bursting at the seams Friday morning with medical marijuana growers and activists who came out to support two of their own — Randy and Margot Hayes, a Montville couple facing charges of felony drug trafficking and misdemeanor marijuana cultivation.

The Hayeses, whose 57 medical marijuana plants were seized by agents of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in August, pleaded not guilty in their initial appearance before Judge Patricia Worth at Waldo County Unified Court.

The judge expressed displeasure with some supporters who crowded into the courtroom during the brief hearing — one man’s phone rang, and others were talking during proceedings.

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Dec

Canada's Liberal Government to Pursue Marijuana Legalization

"Parliament shall be no exception".

But the speech did not outline to what extent the government is willing to get involved - Trudeau has said in the past that he intends to pull fighter jets from the ISIS mission, focusing instead on training soldiers on the ground. Instead, the government pledged to carry out its agenda "while pursuing a fiscal plan that is responsible, transparent and suited to challenging economic times".

Gov. Gen. David Johnston will read the throne speech in the Senate chamber, according to tradition.

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Dec

Grand Rapids Marijuana law stands after appeal denied

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) - Grand Rapid's marijuana law approved by voters in 2012 will stand, after the Michigan Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Kent County Prosecutor. The amendment to the city charter makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense similar to a traffic ticket.

Grand Rapids officers don't have to report marijuana cases to the prosecutor unless they involve someone with more than 2.5 ounces, the person is committing another crime, or it involves a grow operation.

The appeals court upheld the law, saying Grand Rapids voters amended the City Charter - not through an ordinance. It's a critical distinction under Michigan law.

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12
Dec

Legalization: Only Half the Answer

Justin Trudeau, newly-minted Prime Minister of Canada and self-professed dabbler in pot, announced earlier this month that his Liberal Party would move ahead with plans to legalize marijuana as early as 2016. Ending prohibition was part of the party platform going into the October election and is a clear break from ex-PM Stephen Harper, who claimed (with a straight face) that marijuana was "infinitely worse" than tobacco.

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Drug cops will spend even more money on taking people’s stuff next year

America's law enforcement officers have been seizing a record amount of property from citizens, often without charging them with a crime, under the practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Cops took more stuff from people than burglars did last year, according to FBI data.

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Dec

Grand Rapids' marijuana decriminalization stands after high court nixes hearing

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The city's 2012 amendment to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has cleared a final legal challenge.

State Supreme Court justices, in a split decision, declined to hear an appeal from Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth in a ruling issued Saturday, Dec. 12.

Since voters approved the measure in 2012 — making possession of less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana a civil infraction — Forsyth has sought to have it overturned.

He argued the amendment wrongly prohibits Grand Rapids police from enforcing state law, or reporting marijuana offenses to county prosecutors.

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Dec

Israeli Vets See Empty Promise in Medical Marijuana Program

After years of research into the question, in July of last year Israeli authorities made post-traumatic stress disorder the only psychiatric condition for which the Health Ministry will approve the use of medical marijuana. The decision, backed by the Israel Psychiatric Association, was a cause for optimism among many Israeli veterans suffering from PTSD.

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Dec

City Marijuana Task Force Named Ahead Of Probable State Legalization

This week, the Board of Supervisors' Rules Committee, which consists of Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen, and John Avalos, voted to appoint 11 out of 48 applicants to a task force that will help guide the city's policies and plans surrounding the inevitable statewide legalization of recreational marijuana. As the Examiner reports, "Cancer survivors, those living with HIV, business owners and medical marijuana dispensary operators were among the 48 applicants" for the seats, of which there will be a total of 14 — the committee left three open to be filled at a later date.

 

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11
Dec

Legislation to Legalize Hemp Passes New Jersey Committee

Two bills to legalize the cultivation and distribution of hemp, while establishing a hemp grower’s license, have been passed out of New Jersey’s Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Assemblymember Anthony Bucco (R-25) was the sole no vote.

“More than 20 industrial hemp-producing countries worldwide each generate millions of dollars in revenue selling everything from fabrics to personal care products made from one of the world’s oldest crops,” said Assemblymember Reed Guscoria (D-15), who sponsored the two bills. “We cannot continue to allow misconceptions about the hemp industry to govern decision-making when an opportunity to create good jobs and expand our economy is on the line.”

 

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Dec

Police: Marijuana grower panics when he hears helicopter, turns self in

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) — A man who authorities say was growing marijuana in a central Florida storage unit panicked when he heard a police helicopter hovering nearby and called 911 to surrender.

The problem? Edgewater police officers were in the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon to investigate an unrelated suspicious death.

It was shortly after 12:30 p.m. when 47-year-old Jasper Harrison told the dispatcher he was “the guy” they were looking for, adding he wanted to come out without being shot.

Harrison told the dispatcher he wanted police to contact him.

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