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Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life

Ross Ulbricht, creator of the underground website Silk Road, which let users anonymously buy and sell anything from drugs to hacking tutorials, was sentenced Friday to life in prison after he made a tearfulplea for leniency.

Ulbricht, who is 31, was convicted in February on seven counts ranging from money laundering to drug trafficking. He could have been sentenced to only 20 years.

 

U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest was clear that she was making an example of Ulbricht in part to deter others from committing similar crimes.

"There must be no doubt that no one is above the law," Forrest said. "You, as the defendant, have to pay the price."

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May

Historic stoner wants to help heroin epidemic in Afghanistan

When Dana Beal was locked up in Nebraska and Wisconsin a few years back, facing hard time after being busted transporting hundreds of pounds of marijuana, friends and allies from across the world flew to the Midwest to speak on his behalf. 

These days, all the backup Beal, 68, who ended up serving about three years, says he needs is five or six people to join his bi-weekly pickets outside of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in lower Manhattan. 

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May

Group Pushing for Marijuana on Ballot Says DeWine's Efforts are Too Late

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- Too little too late. That's what ResponsibleOhio says about Mike DeWine's medical marijuana plan.

ResponsibleOhio is trying to put medical and recreational pot on the ballot this November Friday, its executive director, Ian James, watched the exclusive ABC 6/FOX28 interview with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

While James applauded DeWine's possible support of medical marijuana, he also told us, "I think what the attorney general is doing is too little too late for sure. The voters are way ahead of politicians on this."

James watched the entire medical marijuana interview with the attorney general. He objected when DeWine talked about pot in pill form.

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29
May

Report Explores Marijuana Policy in Milwaukee

Mitch Teich with Public Policy Forum president Rob Henken.

Members of a Milwaukee Common Council committee took up a proposal Thursday that could reduce the penalties for first-time offenses for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Advocates say reforms are needed to address disparities in how marijuana laws are enforced and their impact on offenders.

"When you look at the percentage of the population that is African-American versus the percentage of offenders who are actually being picked up by police in Milwaukee and prosecuted, there is a disparity there," says Public Policy Forum president Rob Henken.

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May

Over 7K marijuana plants seized after 3-hour standoff

NEWBERRY SPRINGS, Calif. -

Eight people were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday after the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department served several search warrants that lead to the discovery of multiple large-scale outdoor marijuana grows that weren't in compliance with California medical marijuana laws.

There were 24 suspected identified by investigators but only 8 of them were taken into custody after a nearly 3-hour standoff in Newberry Springs. Deputies said the suspects barricaded themselves inside a home located at 41227 Silver Valley Road.

SWAT was called to assist and all eight of the suspects were arrested without incident.

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29
May

Pair charged in Italian cannabis probe

The 24-year-old woman and 35-year-old man are due to appear at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court on Saturday accused of money laundering.

Police arrested the pair in Milton Keynes on Thursday morning. They also seized two high-value vehicles.

The man and woman are the latest to be charged as part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of cannabis from Italy to Northern Ireland.

In March, ÂŁ800,000 worth of drugs were seized in the region during the PSNI-led operation, working with colleagues from the Italian Carabinieri and the National Crime Agency.

At the time, searches were carried out in Belfast, Greenisland, Bangor, Newtownards and Ballywalter – and in the Prato and Bologna areas of Italy.

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29
May

Libertarians, Green Party oppose ResponsibleOhio's marijuana legalization plan

Legalizing marijuana Several proposals are in the works to legalize marijuana in Ohio. Check here for an update on the status of those efforts.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- ResponsibleOhio's plan to legalize marijuana through a limited number of commercial growers is being criticized by two staunch supporters of marijuana legalization -- the Green Party of Ohio and Libertarian Party of Ohio.

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29
May

Alderman Will Not Support Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ahead Of Zoning Vote

A proposal to put a medical marijuana clinic in Norwood Park is heading to the city council this week but the local alderman is balking.

Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) told a DNAinfo reporter that his community has not had enough time to consider the proposal, which would place a Union Group of Illinois dispensary in a vacant storefront at 6428-30 N. Milwaukee Ave. He said there had only been one community meeting held regarding the proposal, and that most of the residents who attended that meeting opposed the plan.

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29
May

Louisiana: Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'll sign medical marijuana, pot penalties legislation

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday said he plans to sign legislation that would change the state's medical marijuana laws and soften penalties for marijuana offenders.

There are three bills moving through the state legislature affecting Louisiana's marijuana laws. Two of them (SB 241) and (HB 149), which are nearly identical, would reduce the tough sentences judges are allowed to hand down for repeat marijuana offenses; reduce a second marijuana offense from felony to misdemeanor; and allow first-time convictions for simple possession to be erased after two years.

The bills also set up a simple possession charge for smaller amounts of marijuana and more serious charges that can be brought for larger amounts of marijuana that drug dealers and distributors typically possess.

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May

Belgian Cannabis Social Club Mambo has high hopes for appeal case

Cannabis Social Clubs are the solution, not the problem.

HASSELT, BELGIUM – On Thursday May 28th, the appeal in the case against Mambo Social Club will be held in the court of Antwerp. Mambo is the second Cannabis Social Club in Belgium and was sentenced by the Court of First Instance last year, for cultivation and possession of cannabis. President and founder of Mambo Social Club, Michel Degens, expects a positive outcome: “Cannabis Social Clubs offer a safe alternative to adult consumers who don’t want to buy cannabis on the black market. It’s a non-profit model of cannabis production and distribution that promotes health, safety and responsibility. Cannabis Social Clubs are the solution, not the problem.”

 

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