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Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, July, 4th 2015 by THCFinder


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MARIJUANA DISPENSARY SUES SANTA ANA POLICE OVER RAID

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, July, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

A Santa Ana marijuana dispensary has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit following a raid where police officers are accused of eating marijuana edibles.

Attorney Matthew Pappas says he has new video which definitively proves Santa Ana police officers ate marijuana edibles during the raid of a marijuana dispensary in May.

Pappas noted the edited surveillance video, which prompted a federal lawsuit against the city, shows officers talking about and appearing to eat pot edibles.

The video prompted the Santa Ana Police Department to place three officers on administrative leave. The Orange County district attorney is also investigating to see if any criminal actions were taken by the officers.

Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas admits some of the actions shown in the video were inappropriate, but continues to stand by his officers when it comes to the edibles allegations.

"We do have information that leads us to believe that they are not consuming edibles," said Rojas, who would not elaborate, citing a personnel matter.

Read More:http://abc7.com/news/marijuana-dispensary-sues-santa-ana-police-over-raid/827325/


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New Marijuana Tax Structure In Washington Should Help Reduce Prices

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 4th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via The Cannabist)

Everyone I have talked to that has traveled to Washington to purchase legal recreational marijuana has said the same thing – it is extremely expensive. Most of the people I have talked to traveled from Oregon, which has the cheapest prices for high end marijuana in the nation, so it’s not surprising to me that they get sticker shock when they are at the cash register checking out. I think people that travel from less friendly marijuana states are more comfortable with the prices, but I also think that everyone can agree that prices need to be lower if the industry in Washington is ever to reach its full potential, and the black market is to ever go away.

I think that’s especially true now that Oregon has legalized recreational marijuana, and that limited recreational marijuana sales are expected to occur in Oregon starting October 1st. I would predict that once flower sales start in October in Oregon, very few (if any) Oregonians are going to be traveling to Washington anymore to get their recreational marijuana flower. Price is ultimately going to determine where people go, and with Washington’s old tax structure (25% x 3), there’s just no way Washington could compete with Oregon. Washington politicians seem to kind of understand that, which is why they changed the tax structure for recreational marijuana sales in Washington this last week. Per The Joint Blog:

Under current law, recreational cannabis is taxed at three different levels, 25% at each level. Under House Bill 2136,most of which takes effect tomorrow, this system will be replaced with a single 37% tax which would be paid at the point of sale between retailers and their customers.

The new law also allows jurisdictions to reduce the current restrictions limiting cannabis outlets from being located within 1,000 feet of a childcare center, public park, transit center, library or arcade; they would be allowed to reduce this to within 100 feet.

To encourage cities and counties to allow cannabis businesses, the bill directs the state to share tax revenue gained from cannabis sales only with areas that allow cannabis retail outlets. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-marijuana-tax-structure-in-washington-should-help-reduce-prices/


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Miami-Dade County Loosens Pot Laws

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

Miami-Dade became the first county in the state of Florida to soften the Sunshine State’s harsh marijuana laws on Tuesday after county commissioners voted 10-3 to modify the county code. 

Technically, this is not cannabis decriminalization, as Miami-Dade law enforcement still has the option of filing criminal misdemeanor charges against those busted with 20 grams or less for personal possession. However, officers can also treat simple cannabis violations as a civil offense, resulting in a citation and a $100 fine with no criminal record.

“We have better things to do with our police resources," Commissioner Sally Heyman, who sponsored the ordinance, said. "For goodness’ sakes, we don’t have to destroy the lives of so many (who are criminally charged with possession).”

As reported by the Miami Herald, under current state and county laws, possession of any amount of weed can still result in incarceration, and that will not be altered by this change in the Miami-Dade code. Further, smoking pot in public remains a criminal offense. The new ordinance will take effect in 10 days and applies to all cities in Miami-Dade county, the most populated in the state.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/miami-dade-county-loosens-pot-laws


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