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Tue
28
Jul

Denis Kilcommons looks at both sides of the legalisation of cannabis debate

It's strange how reports sometimes coincide. County Durham police said they would no longer prosecute growers of cannabis in small quantities for home use and an online petition launched by Aberystwyth University student James Owen has forced MPs to consider a Westminster debate into legalising the drug.

Are we on the path to enlightenment? Or the road to perdition?

In response to Durham’s decision to focus police attention on more serious crime because of budget cuts, West Yorkshire Police confirmed their policy of prosecution remains the same for cultivators of the weed.

Which made me think that landholders in the North might be tempted to divide their acreage into allotments and let them to amateur horticulturists south of their borders.

Tue
28
Jul

Toxicology Report Released for Sandra Bland

Those who attended Sandra Bland’s funeral make it clear that they are not going to quietly go away.

“When it’s all complete, the FBI, Texas Rangers, and everybody turns their complete investigation out, you’ll see that factual wise, all the conspiracy theories just don’t work out”, said Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith.

Mathis said he could understand how some people “looking at some of the bad things in our past would jump to the conclusion that this was a murder and not a suicide”.

“These men have no honour and we can not abide by their word”.

Tue
28
Jul

Israel: In ‘revolutionary’ shift, cannabis to be sold in pharmacies

Deputy health minister says medical marijuana will be prescribed and supervised like medications classified as narcotic

Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman announced Monday that pharmacies will be stocked with medical marijuana to ease the often arduous bureaucratic process faced by patients prescribed the drug.

During an address to the Knesset Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Litzman said the current system of dispensing medical marijuana to patients was unbalanced.

Tue
28
Jul

Former letter carrier convicted of delivering marijuana packages from post office to home | Fox News

GREENBELT, Md. –  A former letter carrier has been convicted of delivering packages of marijuana from a post office to the home of a conspirator.

A federal jury on Friday convicted 33-year-old Takisha Cole of Washington of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, use of a communications device to facilitate drug trafficking, and bribery.

According to evidence presented at trial, Cole worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Silver Spring. Prosecutors say the conspirator paid Cole to obtain and deliver packages containing marijuana to him.

Authorities say Cole picked up the packages at the post office and delivered them to the conspirator, even after his address was no longer on her route.

Cole's sentencing is set for Oct. 19.

Mon
27
Jul

Zimbabwe: Gweru Tout Fined for 'Enjoying Cannabis'

A 19 year old local tout on Monday left the court in stitches when he said he smoked dagga as a way of enjoying himself.

Tulani Madondo of Mtapa suburb was apprehended by police on patrol while smoking a twist of the drug at a corner near N. Richards wholesale.

"I just smoked mbanje (cannabis) as a way of enjoying myself your worship," Madondo told the court.

Magistrate, Judith Taruvinga convicted Madondo for contravening provisions of the Dangerous Drugs Act before finning him $50. If he fails to pay the sum he will spend 20 days behind bars.

In coming up with the sentence Taruvinga considered that Madondo was a first offender but warned him to desist from enjoying activities with criminal implications.

Mon
27
Jul

Employees who sold marijuana to underage in sting unlikely to be prosecuted

Washington state’s county prosecutors have entered murky waters in the ever-evolving legal land of recreational marijuana.

Many are still unsure of how to handle charges leveled against state-licensed marijuana retailer employees who were caught making an in-store sale to an underage investigate aid sent in by the Liquor Cannabis Board (LCB).

In King County, three stores — one in Shoreline, one in Kenmore and one in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood — are among the 19 Washington stores that now have employees nervously awaiting news if they will be prosecuted.

It’s hard to say which direction prosecutors will sway, but what is certain, is that prosecution in multiple counties are reluctant to jump to any harsh conclusions.

Mon
27
Jul

ISRAEL IS LEADING CANNABIS REFORM FOR PATIENTS

Israel has been a shining example of how to deal with cannabis. From the ground breaking scientific research lead by Raphael Mechoulam to the latest news that cannabis will be widely available in all pharmacies. There has been a real problem of patients getting access to the medicinal plant so today’s announcementoutlining a clear path for full introduction into Israeli patient care will bring some much needed relief.

Mon
27
Jul

Army corporal who told gardai he bought cannabis for dying wife avoids criminal conviction

Corporal Damian Flood (39) was caught with €9,814 worth of cannabis herb near Nutgrove in Dublin on March 15 2013. He initially told gardaí he was moving the drugs to pay off a debt of €40,000.

However, the widowed father-of-two later said he brought the the drugs after online research showed him juiced cannabis added to food could act as a pain reliever.

Flood told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he wanted to ease the suffering of his wife, who was terminally ill with breast cancer. She died some five months later.

Flood of Scribblestown Avenue, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty to possessing the drug for sale or supply.

He apologised to the court, saying he was “embarrassed” to be there. “It was a moment of madness,” he said.

Mon
27
Jul

Police: Man posed as fisherman to guard $1 million of marijuana hidden on South Padre Island ...

A man allegedly posed as a fisherman July 11 in order to watch over more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana hiding along a beach on South Padre Island, according to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio.

Sheriff officials and the Coast Guard worked together to arrest Mario Antonio San Carmento-Gomez, 39, of Veracruz, Mexico, who now faces federal charges for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, according to online court records.

Lucio told the The Brownsville Herald that the agency got an anonymous tip, prompting them to search a sandy beach about 14 miles north of beach access No. 6 on the island, north of Port Isabel.

Mon
27
Jul

Marijuana legalisation in Italy: 250 Italian lawmakers support cannabis decriminalisation proposal

Italy may well be on its way to becoming the largest country in Europe to legalize marijuana. An Italian tracking group has found that more than 250 lawmakers from across the political spectrum have given their support to a proposal that would largely decriminalize production, distribution, sale and consumption of marijuana throughout the nation.

The leap may appear far-fetched for a country that just 10 years ago voted in a draconian anti-drug bill that removed any distinction between hard and soft drugs, increasing sentences for pot smokers and heroin addicts alike.

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