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Cops Raid Marijuana Dispensary, Destroy Surveillance Equipment, Eat Pot Brownies...

Cops in Santa Ana, California, donned ski masks to break and enter into a local medical marijuana dispensary, raiding it with guns drawn in a May 27 police action. They then proceeded to remove surveillance cameras and recording equipment, but they didn't remove it all. Video from a camera they didn't disable also caught the officers eating what appear to be marijuana edibles, then acting in a way to suggest they had become intoxicated, with one officer even joking that she'd love to kick a marijuana activist present at the raid, Marla James, an amputee, in the "nub."

Watch one of the videos, via Orange County Weekly, below:

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Marijuana legalization petitions approved by Michigan board

Michigan would legalize the recreational use of marijuana under two proposed initiatives for which advocates will soon begin collecting voter signatures.

The Board of State Canvassers approved the legalization petition forms Thursday. The advocacy groups need about 253,000 valid signatures each to put the bills before the Republican-led Legislature.

The measures, which would allow the possession or use of marijuana by those 21 and older, would go to a statewide vote in November 2016 if lawmakers did not act.

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Whites Just 8% of New York City's Marijuana Arrests

In New York City, misdemeanor marijuana possession arrests were dramatically lower between January and March 2015 than in the same period of 2014—2,960 compared to 7,110, respectively—but stark racial disparities persist among those arrested, new data obtained by Newsweek indicate. 

During the first quarter of 2015, African-Americans were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession 1,494 times: That’s 50.47 percent of the total. Hispanics were arrested 1,130 times, or 38.18 percent, and together these two groups accounted for 88.65 percent of the total. Meanwhile, whites totaled 228 of these arrests (7.70 percent) and 79 (2.67 percent) of the arrestees listed as Asian/Indian, according to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.

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DC Can't Sell Legal Pot For 2 More Years Under House Budget Bill

The House advanced a budget resolution Thursday that says marijuana can't be sold for two more years in Washington, D.C. The vote comes on the heels of several maneuvers in the legislative body to protect medical marijuana laws in the states, including a measure that instructs the Drug Enforcement Administration not to target state medical marijuana dispensaries. 

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National Post View: Common-sense rules on medical marijuana

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down an appeal by the federal government to maintain the nonsensical status quo with regards to medical marijuana. The rules had stipulated that medical marijuana could only be possessed and consumed in its dried form, which meant chronically ill users were essentially restricted to smoking it. This made no sense whatsoever; a terminal lung cancer patient with a license to use medical marijuana, for example, should not be limited to lighting up. Yet under Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, the creation and consumption of medical marijuana in alternate forms — in tablets, ointments, in baked goods or extracts — was prohibited.

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How a sticky note helps Holly woman fight marijuana rap

The Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team prides itself on investigating cases that win many a conviction. A mere sticky note almost closed this case — until the Michigan Supreme Court saw it.

All that stood between a mother of two young children and a felony drug record after an Oakland County narcotics team raided their home was a sticky note.

More specifically — how would the courts view this Holly Village woman who'd jotted a few words and a date on a small adhesive-backed note? The words were to remind her husband of when it would be time to harvest the medical marijuana that he used for a health condition.

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Even a little marijuana is too much at BWI Airport

Marijuana restrictions have been relaxed in the District, but an incident Wednesday at one of the region’s airports showed that Washington-area marijuana enforcement, even involving small amounts, has not ended.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a search of the luggage of an arriving passenger at ­Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport yielded a discovery and a seizure. The search came after a customs detector dog “alerted,” the agency said.

The item seized, the agency said, was a single cigarette that contained less than 1 gram of marijuana.

The cigarette was in a bag carried by a U.S. citizen, who was arriving from Jamaica, the agency said.

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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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