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HSBC pays out ÂŁ28m over money-laundering claims

Geneva prosecutor agrees to close investigation into HSBC in return for the financial settlement

HSBC has been ordered to pay a record 40m Swiss francs (£28m) and been given a final warning by the Geneva authorities for “organisational deficiencies” which allowed money laundering to take place in the bank’s Swiss subsidiary.

The settlement means the Swiss will not prosecute HSBC or publish the findings of their investigation into alleged aggravated money laundering. But Geneva’s chief prosecutor, Olivier Jornot, cautioned that the bank was on notice, saying: “This is an excuse which will only apply once.”

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04
Jun

Feds Think Cannabis Use Jeopardizes National Security

Just in case anyone was unclear that the federal government is on the wrong side of the fence concerning cannabis, the Department of National Intelligence recently issued a statement reminding all federal employees that at no time and under no circumstances are they allowed to use cannabis, even if they are residents of states that have legalized recreational cannabis or if they are authorized medical marijuana patients.

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04
Jun

Medical marijuana cards should be allowed as defense in DUI cases

The Arizona Supreme Court recently agreed to review an appeals court decision that decided drivers who have medical marijuana cards can be prosecuted for driving under the influence if they’re found to have marijuana in their system.

In two cases, defendants who had medical marijuana cards argued they should be able to use their medical marijuana cards as defense like other prescription drugs are used.  But, the District One appeals court disagreed.

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04
Jun

As Legal Pot Spreads, NORML, The Nation's Oldest Marijuana Advocacy Group, Faces Uncertainty

ASPEN, Colorado -- The funk of marijuana hung heavily in the air at Owl Farm, the remote mountainside compound where renegade journalist Hunter S. Thompson spent the last half of his life. Sitting on tree stumps and sprawled in the grass, casually clad folks puffed on well-packed bowls and joints. Nearby, a cover band blazed through Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead songs. Among all the pot paraphernalia, not a single new-fangled vaporizer pen could be seen. On this beautiful afternoon, it almost felt like Owl Farm had traveled decades back to a heady era when getting high was still sexy, illicit and countercultural.

Thu
04
Jun

Legalize marijuana extract, legislators urged

MADISON — Lawmakers and parents told a Wisconsin committee on Wednesday that a bill that would allow residents to legally possess a marijuana derivative to treat seizure disorders would help give people relief while a doctor said it could have potential dangerous repercussions.

The Assembly Committee on Children and Families heard testimony on a bill that would allow parents to legally possess cannabidiol oil known by the acronym CBD, which doesn't produce a high in users. Families with the drug wouldn't be able to produce, purchase or transport the drug in Wisconsin and would still be subject to federal law.

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04
Jun

U.S. Reps: Feds shouldn't meddle with state medical pot programs

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday approved a measure that prevents the federal government from meddling with state medical marijuana programs, advocates said.

An amendment to the House version of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, prohibits the U.S. Justice Department — including the Drug Enforcement Administration — from using federal money to meddle with state laws that allow the farming and selling of medical marijuana, advocates said.

 

 

 

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04
Jun

Congress Passes Pro-Marijuana Amendments; End of War on Weed "Within Five Years"

It was cannabis Wednesday in Congress, where lawmakers gave the strongest support yet for ending the country's laws prohibiting marijuana use.

In the strongest sign yet that deciders in Washington may soon be ready to undo federal marijuana prohibition, both Democrats and Republicans voted to approve three pro-cannabis budget amendments — and came very close to approving a fourth in support of recreational marijuana.

Bipartisan votes approved amendments forbidding Justice Department officials from interfering in state-legal medical cannabis operations, industrial hemp programs, and laws that allow citizens to access products high in less-psychoactive cannabis compound CBD (cannabidiol).

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04
Jun

Should Legalization Include Government, Not Licensed Producers?

One of the most popular topics on the 2015 elections agenda is legalization and cannabis is by far the most widelyused illegal drug in the Canada. The interplay between potential legalization models and our current MMPR system isimportant because it will probably shape the direction legalization takes in Canada. Our federal system is unique globally and over one year later, has some important big name interests vested within.

Thu
04
Jun

Marijuana advocates continue to press case with Athens-Clarke County commissioners

True to their word, a group of young advocates for local liberalization of marijuana possession laws rolled into City Hall for Tuesday’s meeting of the Athens-Clarke County Commission, once again arguing for a “parallel ordinance” allowing police officers the discretion to determine whether someone found in possession of marijuana should simply be cited and fined, or arrested and taken to jail.

“We’re not going to give up,” one of the young people told commissioners Tuesday. Since March, the group, affiliated with the Athens Campaign for Access, Reform and Education — part of Georgia C.A.R.E., a group working to “end marijuana prohibition in Georgia” — has been a regular presence at the commission’s monthly voting meeting.

Wed
03
Jun

For Walsh, marijuana is a losing battle

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is leading a fight against legalizing marijuana.

As if Mayor Marty Walsh wasn’t already busy enough boosting the Olympics. Now he says he’d be willing to spend more precious time and political capital leading a fight against legalizing marijuana, too.

Let’s leave aside, for now, concerns over how thinly that would spread a mayor who already has plenty demanding his focus. Purely from a policy perspective, it’s the wrong fight to take on.

 

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