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DOJ Suspends Asset Forfeiture Equitable Sharing Payment Program

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 25th 2015 by THCFinder
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Asset forfeiture is not a topic that enough people know about, even though it is one of the main tools in the war on drugs. Law enforcement can basically take stuff now, and ask questions later. Or in some cases, not even really ask any questions at all. For a very long time now, law enforcement can say that cash, cars, and other assets were used in illegal activity, and take those things, even if charges are never filed against the person they took them from. I’ve heard of it happening too many times to count. One of my friends was driving from Illinois to Oregon and had $18,000 taken from him, even though he wasn’t doing anything illegal and was never charged with anything.

Asset forfeiture is a very large funding source for many law enforcement agencies, some of which abuse the funding. There are going to be some changes for the foreseeable future however. Per the Institute for Justice:

On Monday, following the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program announced that it would defer all equitable sharing payments for forfeitures, both civil and criminal, to state, local, and tribal partners for the foreseeable future. Following the DOJ’s announcement, the International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a statement, saying that the decision was “detrimental to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/doj-suspends-asset-forfeiture-equitable-sharing-payment-program/


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Man Argues DC Pot Laws Make Brownie Business Legal

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man accused of running a business known as "Kush Gods" that openly sold marijuana brownies and other pot-laced edibles on the streets of Washington has been released from custody - and he's anything but apologetic.

District of Columbia police announced Tuesday that Nicholas Cunningham, 30, and an employee, Evonne Lidoff, 18, were facing misdemeanor charges of marijuana distribution. They were released after their initial court appearances and ordered to stay away from the nightlife districts where police say they were operating.

Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use is legal in the District of Columbia. It's also legal to grow pot at home, and to give it away. But selling the drug is illegal. That's why Kush Gods asked for "donations" rather than listing prices for its products.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/man-argues-dc-pot-laws-make-brownie-business-legal


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Happy Holidays & A Happy New Year

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, December, 24th 2015 by THCFinder


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Anchorage neighborhoods brace for rush of marijuana applications

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

Sooner or later, anyone hoping for a permit to grow, test, manufacture or sell marijuana products in an Anchorage neighborhood will need to meet face-to-face with neighbors -- and sooner may be better.

Neighborhood groups and community councils have no regulatory authority to block a proposed marijuana business or require certain conditions. But Anchorage Assembly members, who do have the regulatory authority, have said they plan to take those sentiments into account as Alaska continues on the path to commercial marijuana. And industry representatives have taken note. 

“A number of Assembly members already projected (that) they’re going to look to community councils extensively for feedback,” said Bruce Schulte, chair of the state Marijuana Control Board. 

Read More:https://www.adn.com/article/20151224/anchorage-neighborhoods-brace-rush-marijuana-applications


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The Toke Before Christmas

Category: Videos | Posted on Thu, December, 24th 2015 by THCFinder


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