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Tue
28
Jul

Charges dropped against veteran accused of growing marijuana

Charges have been dropped against an injured Iraq war veteran who was arrested after being accused of growing medical marijuana.Mathew Young was charged with cultivation after Pasco County deputies said they found plants in his home.Young said a Jacksonville attorney gave him paperwork and false information that using medical marijuana was allowed."I really to this day don't believe I did anything wrong," Young said.He said the cannabis gave him relief from a slew of medical problems he's had since returning from combat."It wasn't until I tried cannabis that everything turned around," Young said. "I could start functioning and start having a day.

Tue
28
Jul

Experts Say Sandra Bland’s Toxicology Report Raises Questions

An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, the woman who died in jail in Waller County, Tex., on July 13, showed that she had marijuana in her system after her death, but the document does not offer an accurate reading of just how much was circulating in her blood when she died.

When a death is suspicious, sudden or unexpected, toxicology reports are not uncommon.

Tue
28
Jul

Peter Reynolds Steps Down, Roland Gyallay-Pap Appointed Acting Leader of CLEAR

At a meeting of the CLEAR Executive Committee held over the weekend of 18th/19th July 2015, Peter Reynolds tendered his resignation as leader.  He was first elected as leader in February 2011, won a confidence vote in April 2012 and was re-elected unopposed in February 2014.

Roland-Gyallay-Pap has been appointed acting leader and preparations will now begin for a leadership election.

Roland Gyallay-Pap said:

"I would like to extend a big thank you to Peter for the tireless work he has put in over the past four years. It is through his professionalism and tenacity that CLEAR is where it is now.

Tue
28
Jul

U.S.: Neuroscientist Says THC Level In Sandra Bland's System Was Negligible

The amount of THC in Sandra Bland's system was negligible, and equal to placebo, according to neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, who has spent nearly 20 years researching the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana.

"Of course, the scientific evidence almost never supports these fantastic distractions," Dr. Hart said. "Yet, the 'drug-crazed black person' myth continues to be revitalized decade after decade by racists masquerading as public servants."

"I find this line of reasoning insulting and offensive," Dr. Hart said. "It seeks to misuse the science of behavioral pharmacology to excuse reprehensible acts perpetrated by the state or state proxies."

Tue
28
Jul

Denver Police Commander Says Nice Things About Legal Marijuana — in Ohio

The Denver Police Department is hardly seen as a booster of legal marijuana.

The DPD's official policy is to enforce laws in the city and the state, and the department has done so in a manner some critics see as heavy-handed.

Tue
28
Jul

Meet The Women Who Feel Strongly About Whether The UK Should Legalise Marijuana

A petition to legalise marijuana picks up more than 150,000 signatures - meaning a parliamentary debate on the subject is highly likely. What do UK women think?

A petition to legalise marijuana in the UK has picked up hundreds of thousands of signatures in a matter of days - meaning that parliament is 'highly likely' to debate the subject in upcoming months. But is this a long overdue move that could boost the economy and transform many individuals' lives? Or is it a sliding slope that could trigger mental illness and crime? We spoke to the women campaigning for and against it...

Tue
28
Jul

The burning conservative case for legalising cannabis

David Cameron’s government should embrace legalisation – the benefits of doing so would make sound economic sense

Tue
28
Jul

Chilling out: 3 more English police forces effectively decriminalize cannabis

Derbyshire, Dorset and Surrey police forces are said to be willing to turn a blind eye to those who grow cannabis, a Class B drug, for personal use – in order to focus on more serious crime.

The move follows a similar one by the Durham Constabulary, which announced last week it would only pursue people growing the drug if there was a specific complaint or their use was blatant.

While the government has not officially decriminalized the drug, forces appear to be becoming increasingly relaxed about its use and more inclined to warn offenders than charge them.

There may also be economic constraints, given the effects of austerity on UK police forces.

Tue
28
Jul

Now another three police forces go soft on cannabis: Derbyshire, Dorset and Surrey

Police chiefs in three more forces have signalled that cannabis smokers and growers are no longer their priority.

They suggested that small-scale dope users may escape the full force of the law in Derbyshire, Dorset and Surrey.

 

Those caught smoking or cultivating the drug are likely to be let off with a warning or ‘slap on the wrist’ caution.

 

Soft: Police chiefs in three more forces have signalled that cannabis smokers and growers are no longer their priority. It comes after Durham Police posted this picture on Facebook. The grower only received a caution

Tue
28
Jul

Sorting Through the Marijuana Mess in Ohio

If anyone would have suggested a year ago that Ohio might be on the verge of legalizing marijuana in 2015, I would have laughed at the idea.

First, Ohio is a conservative Midwestern state that is seldom, if ever, on the cutting edge on social issues. And second, 2015 is an off-year election, with no statewide or federal elections, meaning the voter turn-out would be lower and the likely voters would be older and less supportive than would be the case if the proposal were on the ballot in 2016, a presidential election year when younger voters turn out in far higher numbers.

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