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Thu
23
Jul

UK: Committee announces new inquiry on psychoactive substances

The Home Affairs Committee conducts a short inquiry into ‘psychoactive substances’.

 

Following plans announced in the Queen’s Speech to ban a new generation of psychoactive drugs, the Home Affairs Committee will hold a short inquiry into the new laws. The inquiry will look at: 

Thu
23
Jul

Ron Hogg and Peter Reynolds, BBC Victoria Derbyshire show

This interview with PCC Ron Hogg and Peter Reynolds, ran on the BBC Victoria Derbyshire show, 22nd July 2015
Wed
22
Jul

Dealer who gave up cannabis for Ramadan 'brought shame on his family'

A CANNABIS dealer who gave up the drug for Ramadan has brought shame on this family, a court has heard.

Police were originally called to Notts Gardens in Uplands, Swansea, following reports of an altercation involving Moumin Ali and another man.

When officers arrived they found 24-year-old Ali in the passenger seat of a car with his dad at the wheel — and a strong smell cannabis in the air.

Swansea Crown Court heard a search found cannabis in Ali's pocket and under the car seat he had been sitting in. A subsequent search of the family home on Notts Garden found another 29 grams of the drug in a carrier bag.

Wed
22
Jul

Posing with 'Mustafa Spliff' - crime tsar in cannabis storm: Commissioner accused of 'abusing his position' after picture of him with pro-legalisation campaigner emerges

A crime tsar who stopped prosecuting small-scale cannabis growers has been accused of ‘abusing his position’ after pictures emerged of him with pro-legalisation campaigners.

Ron Hogg, the police and crime commissioner for County Durham, sparked a furious backlash as he last night admitted letting off cannabis users with a warning or caution, ‘almost one a day’.

The 63-year-old announced on Tuesday that his force was ‘not prioritising people who have a small number of cannabis plants for their own use’ and they would ‘most likely’ receive a caution.

Mr Hogg, the former deputy chief constable of Durham Police, says he believes small-scale users should be offered help to recover, and he supports legalisation of the drug for medical purposes.

Wed
22
Jul

Republicans are softening their stance on marijuana - MarketWatch

Attitudes in Washington may be shifting in favor of easing marijuana restrictions as health and business benefits become more apparent, but there are still major legislative obstacles ahead.

Three bills that have been introduced to U.S. Congress this year—two with bipartisan support—would pave the way for a more accepting federal environment for cannabis.

“With so many libertarian Republicans and states-rights conservatives, there has been more support from Republicans,” Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project said. “…They’re in favor of letting states set their own polices.”

Wed
22
Jul

Pot legalization in California presents trade-offs

SAN FRANCISCO — A blue-ribbon panel says curtailing the illegal marijuana market in California should be the primary goal of legalizing the drug’s recreational use in the state, and not developing another tax source.

In a 93-page report released Wednesday, the panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom presents a wide range of choices and competing interests involved as advocates work to bring a recreational use initiative to voters next year.

Chief among the issues will be to determine how to structure licenses that growers and others in the industry will need. The panel indicated it wants that done in a way that both allows existing small suppliers to participate as well as leading to legitimate jobs without creating an unwieldy system.

Wed
22
Jul

Former Miami-Dade police detective sentenced for role in marijuana trafficking organization | News ...

MIAMI -

A former Miami-Dade police detective has become the 21st person sent to prison in the federal takedown of a major marijuana trafficking organization.

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced Roderick Silva, 46, to three years behind bars after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting a conspiracy with the intent to distribute marijuana.

Under a plea agreement, Silva admitted tipping off members of the Santiesteban gang about impending police raids, how to avoid police and locations of rival gang marijuana grow houses in exchange for cash.

Most members of the gang are serving lengthy prison sentences. Ringleader Derrick Santiesteban was sentenced to life behind bars.

Wed
22
Jul

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom releases report on guidelines for marijuana legalization

A panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to guide the debate on the legalization of marijuana in California with an emphasis on limiting children’s access to cannabis, reducing illegal activity and tightly regulating the drug's growth and sales. 

In a report released Wednesday, the group lays out 58 recommendations and goals for implementing general legalization -- an issue expected to go before voters next year.

The document offers broad principles --“protecting California’s youth” -- as well as nitty-gritty suggestions for collecting data and limiting advertising.

Wed
22
Jul

Jamaica: Roadmap for developing ganja industry needed

KINGSTON, Jamaica— Communications consultant Delano Seiveright says there is a need for a clear roadmap for the overarching development of the local ganja/cannabis industry.

“We need now a clear roadmap for its overarching development, further reforms, immediate enactment of a simple, efficient and transparent regulatory structure that favours traditional farmers, investors, new businesses, and increasing tax revenue, and the clearing away of bureaucratic obstacles and anti-ganja impulses by hostile forces,” says Seiveright.

Speaking at the the Re-Imagine Jamaica: Unlimited Possibilities A Brand Jamaica symposium at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona on Friday, he argued that Jamaica is ripe for an “amazing, mind-boggling economic windfall” from ganja.

Wed
22
Jul

AZ Court: Marijuana smell not enough for search warrant

PHOENIX — The smell of marijuana is no longer enough in Arizona for police to get a warrant and come busting down the door, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

In a split decision, the judges acknowledged that the odor of the plant, whether fresh or freshly smoked, was enough to provide police with probable cause that a crime was taking place. And that provided the basis to go to a judge to seek permission to enter where the smell was coming from.

But Judge Peter Eckerstrom, writing for the majority, said that changed in 2010 when voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

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