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Double Standard? Marijuana Or Hemp? DEA Indian Tribe Raid Raises Questions

Category: News | Posted on Sat, October, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

Menominee marijuana hempBy Phillip Smith

Taking advantage of a 2014 Justice Department memo giving Indian tribes a green light to participate in marijuana commerce, as well as a 2014 congressional vote allowing for industrial hemp pilot programs, Wisconsin’s Menominee Tribe earlier this year planted some 30,000 cannabis plants as part of a pilot project with the College of the Menominee Nation.

Last Friday, the DEA came and cut them all down.

The DEA says the plants were marijuana plants; the tribe says they were hemp plants. In either case, tribal officials and marijuana reform advocates don’t understand why the grow was raided. Even if it were marijuana, it appears to be an operation well within Justice Department guidelines. And that’s leading to some pointed questions about whether the feds have one standard for pot-legal states and another for the tribe-legal jurisdictions.

The memo that allows for marijuana commerce on the reservation includes eight potential enforcement triggers first formulated in a 2013 Justice Department memo (the Cole memo) advising federal prosecutors to lay off of recreational and medical marijuana operations in states where they are legal. Those triggers include diversion to other localities, money going to organized crime, and violence associated with the trade, among others.

The raid came after the tribe allowed a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee and local police to inspect the operation and take plant samples. And that visit came after a meeting between the BIA agent, the local cops, and an assistant US attorney.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/double-standard-marijuana-or-hemp-dea-indian-tribe-raid-raises-questions/


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Canada Is on the Brink of Making Marijuana Legal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, October, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, Canada's new prime minister, ran on a promise to legalize marijuana. The Liberal platform includes this plank (bold added):

We will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana.

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.

Arresting and prosecuting these offenses is expensive for our criminal justice system. It traps too many Canadians in the criminal justice system for minor, non-violent offenses. At the same time, the proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs.

 

To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.

Read More:http://www.newsweek.com/canada-brink-making-marijuana-legal-388628


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What strain are you smoking on?

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, October, 30th 2015 by THCFinder


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Michigan State Police Forensic Crime Lab Marijuana Scandal

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Reefer MadnessI received the following press release:

The Law Firm of Michael Komorn has learned that the Michigan State Police (MSP) Forensic Science Division crime labs have falsified lab reports on marijuana, statewide. The new MSP crime lab policy allows prosecutors to charge cannabis users with felonies they didn’t commit.

The discovery stems from a client Komorn represents pro bono in Ottawa County, Max Lorincz, who is facing two years in jail. The state has also removed his six-year-old son from the home, and placed him in a foster home due to the charges.

“The extensive emails and documents we received through the Freedom of Information Act show the prosecution are relying on the lab to report these substances so that they can escalate these crimes from misdemeanors to felonies,” said Komorn.

His client was first charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor in Michigan. When he would not plead guilty–because he is a registered medical marijuana patient and has immunity for the tiny quantity he possessed–the prosecutor withdrew the charge and recharged him with synthetic THC.

A hearing is set for Thursday November 5. Komorn Law has filed a brief to dismiss all charges against the client.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-state-police-forensic-crime-lab-marijuana-scandal/


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