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Sun
24
May

Maryland Governor Cites Heroin as Reason for Vetoing Cannabis Reform Bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) vetoed three bills on Friday that contained major criminal justice reforms, including one which reduced penalties related to cannabis use.

SB 517 contained legislation to reduce marijuana paraphernalia penalties to a civil offense. The governor also vetoed two other bills: SB 528, which would have limited asset forfeiture seized by police, and HB 980, which would have restored the right to vote to felons who have been released from prison.

Sat
23
May

3000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam

Like many Vietnamese children, Hien was brought to Britain for a life of modern slavery. He ended up in prison on cannabis offences. We report on the gangs expanding across the UK and efforts to help their victims

Hien was 10 when he arrived in Britain. He did not know where he was or where he had been. He knew only that he was here to work. Since he emerged from the back of a lorry after crossing from Calais seven years ago, his experience has been one of exploitation and misery. He has been a domestic slave, been trafficked into cannabis factories, been abused and beaten and was eventually prosecuted and sent to prison. It has been a life of terror, isolation and pain.

Sat
23
May

Getting the Word Out

I have long favored marijuana legalization and now devote myself full time to advancing the industry. I supported it on principle at age 15, years before I had ever even consumed it, wondering as a young Libertarian by what right our government could prohibit its use. Much later in life, I learned of other important reasons to support legalization: Medicinal benefits, social justice and plain and simple economics.

Fri
22
May

Missouri man serving life sentence for marijuana offense has sentence commuted

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Governor Jay Nixon commuted the sentence for Missouri’s only man serving life in prison for non-violent marijuana-related offenses.

Jeff Mizanskey, now 62, was arrested during an undercover drug bust in Sedalia in 1993. He was sentenced in 1996 under the state’s Prior and Persistent Drug Offender Law, which is a three-strike system.

Fri
22
May

Gov. Nixon Commutes Life Sentence Of Jeff Mizanskey

Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year-old grandfather serving a life sentence for three non-violent marijuana convictions.

 

"The executive power to grant clemency is one I take with a great deal of consideration and seriousness," Nixon said in a press release announcing the commutation of Mizanskey's sentence. He also pardoned five other non-violent offenders.

Regarding Mizanskey, Nixon's remarks imply that he will be given a parole hearing:

"In the case of the commutation, my action provides Jeff Mizanskey with the opportunity to demonstrate that he deserves parole," Nixon said.

Fri
22
May

LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS IN PORTUGAL? NOT THIS

After the Block proposed in 2013 the legalize of cannabis cultivation for personal consumption and creation of social cannabis clubs, the new draft law was presented once again by the Left Bloc,  and was rejected in general this Friday in the National Assembly. The PCP joined their vote of right-wing parties, PSD and CDS to reject the Block project. PS and the Greens abstained, but 10 socialist deputies voted in favour.

Fri
22
May

Marin supervisors propose tough medical marijuana ordinance

An ordinance allowing up to three not-for-profit medical marijuana facilities in Marin’s unincorporated areas is under consideration by county officials, but it imposes so much red tape that only those who could comply with rigorous restrictions would qualify.

A top Marin medical marijuana attorney called the tentative proposal a step in the right direction, but several entrepreneurs in the medical marijuana “delivery” business called it far too restrictive.

“This is just the county’s way of doing nothing,” because no one would be able to qualify, a San Rafael marijuana purveyor said, speaking on condition his name not be used.

Fri
22
May

4 charged in marijuana manufacturing operation in Suffolk

Investigators say they found 129 marijuana plants, heroin, about $25,000 in cash and approximately $26,000 in gold bullion.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police say they arrested four people for a marijuana manufacturing operation after a narcotics search warrant was served at a Suffolk home.

Investigators say they found 129 marijuana plants, a significant amount of heroin and items related to the distribution of marijuana at the home located in the 2000 block of Meadow Country Road, Thursday.

Fri
22
May

RCMP seize marijuana and $35K cash from Igloolik home

RCMP seized more than 400 grams of marijuana and $35,000 cash from a home in Igloolik, Nunavut, on Wednesday. (RCMP)

Three people have been arrested in Igloolik, Nunavut, after RCMP seized more than 400 grams of marijuana and $35,000 cash from a home in the community.

Police​ executed a search warrant on Wednesday.

Drug paraphernalia were seized along with the marijuana and cash. Police say the drugs were meant for resale in Igloolik.

One woman and two men were arrested. The woman has been released and will appear in court. The two men remain in custody in Iqaluit.

Fri
22
May

Ecuador could become first country in hemisphere to legalize all drugs

Add Ecuador to a growing list of countries pushing back against the U.S. “war on drugs.”

A ruling party lawmaker recently introduced legislation that would make Ecuador the second country in the world — and the first in the Americas— to decriminalize the personal use of all drugs, from marijuana to cocaine to heroin.

The bill, presented by a lawmaker allied with President Rafael Correa, would regulate the consumption of over 100 substances and create a state agency to control the importation, exportation, production and cultivation of illegal drugs. Anyone interested in using or obtaining drugs would have to register with the agency.

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