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Crooked Cops Busted Lying Under Oath During Marijuana Case

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

Despite having the upper hand on the drug war, police departments across the country often insist on using dastardly practices to lock people up for marijuana—a substance that is now legal in some fashion in over half the states.

Fortunately, new technology has exposed some of the slithering antics of the law, making it harder for dirty cops to get away with conducting illegal shakedowns and falsifying evidence. This is a brutal lesson that several officers with the Chicago Police Department are now being forced to learn the hard way.

A report from The Chicago Tribune indicates that Cook County prosecutors have filed perjury charges against four veteran cops, three of which worked the narcotics division, for providing false testimony in a case last year in which marijuana was discovered during a traffic stop.

In 2014, four Chi-Town police officers swore under oath that the odor of marijuana is what provoked officer William Pruente to pull Joseph Sperling from his vehicle and initiate a search—leading to the discovery of almost a pound of pot in his backpack.

However, Sperling’s attorney nailed this testimony to the cross after entering video footage obtained from the cop’s cruiser cam that forced a fifth officer to admit, while on the stand, that all of her colleagues were lying.

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Category: Tokers | Posted on Tue, June, 9th 2015 by THCFinder


Some lawmakers worry medical marijuana could spur corruption

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As a majority of Louisiana lawmakers push forward with a proposed medical marijuana law, some are looking to the past — and not with nostalgia.

Some 15 years after former Gov. Edwin Edwards was convicted of bribery and extortion in a corruption scheme involving riverboat casino licenses, some lawmakers worry weaknesses in the medical marijuana proposal could lead to similar abuse.

"We're opening this up for corruptness," Rep. James Armes said before the House voted 70-29 in favor of Sen. Fred Mills' medical marijuana proposal. The bill, which Gov. Bobby Jindal says he will sign, is up for a final vote in the Senate this week after changes were made in the House.

Armes and a handful of lawmakers say that without safeguards, clout and influence peddling could play a role in who is granted a license to cultivate and distribute medical-grade pot.

Many of the guidelines governing the process haven't been written yet. That's because the bill directs state boards and agencies to develop those rules.

That puts power in the hands of state bureaucrats and politicians who will ultimately make the rules and issue licenses.

"I don't know if I trust some of these boards," said Armes, a Leesville Democrat who voted against the bill.

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Colorado Will Lower Marijuana Tax Rate

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

colorado legal marijuana salesThe price of legal recreational marijuana in a state will largely determine the extend of the effect on the marijuana black market in that state. In a state like Washington, where the price for marijuana is still very high, the black market will never completely go away. That was a big reason why Oregon’s Measure 91 proposed such a low tax rate on legal recreational marijuana sales. The initiative called for a flat tax rate of $35 an ounce. Oregon legislators are trying to go against the will of the people by changing the original tax rate to a sales tax, and allowing cities to impose their own taxes on marijuana sales. All of those taxes will add up, raise the cost of legal marijuana, and will help the ensure that the black market stays around for a long time.

This is something that Colorado is realizing. Colorado has had a 10% tax rate on legal recreational marijuana sales since sales began at the beginning of 2014. That tax rate will lower in 2017. PerThe Joint Blog:

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Thursday a bill that will permanently cut the state’s tax on recreational cannabis sales, in addition to establishing a one day cannabis tax-break.

The tax cut, from 10% to 8%, will go into effect in early 2017. Proponents of the move believe it will lower the price of cannabis which will help the legal cannabis market compete with the black-market.

The proposal also establishes a one day cannabis tax break, or what some call a tax holiday. On September 16th of this year, cannabis sales won’t be subject to the state’s 10% sales tax. This is due to what Governor Hickenlooper, who is publicly opposed to legalization, calls a “fiscal glitch” with the constitutional.

It will be interesting to see what a 20% reduction in sales tax will have on overall marijuana industry tax numbers. I would assume that the growth of the industry in Colorado in 2017 will more than offset any reduction in taxes generated. I’d like to see the State of Washington follow suit by lowering its tax rate on marijuana, and by much more than 20%. If that doesn’t happen, Washington’s industry will never reach its full potential.

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