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Canadian Judge Fines Man $1.30 For Growing 30 Marijuana Plants

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

Gavel marijuana miami prosecutorJust because someone is arrested for marijuana, doesn’t mean that he or she has to incur the penalty and/or jail time that the law says goes along with their arrest and conviction. Usually we see this play out in the form of a jury nullification. A jury nullification occurs when the jury in a case refuses to convict someone because they feel the law the defendant is being accused of breaking is ridiculous. But every once in awhile we see a judge step up and do something somewhat similar.

That occurred recently in Canada, where a judge fined a man just $1.30 for growing 30 marijuana plants. Per Civilized.Life:

Mario Larouche, unable to secure a prescription for medical marijuana, resorted to growing 30 plants himself.

Larouche, a resident of the province of Quebec, was charged with possessing the plants, and lawyers for the province requested a sentence of $250 and 90 days in jail. Quebec Judge Pierre Chevalier, however, delivered a more lenient sentence of just a $1 fine plus 30 cent surcharge.

In explaining his sentence, the Judge welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize and regulate marijuana, remarking on the ubiquitousness of cannabis in Canadian society, as well as the archaic laws governing possession of the plant.

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New Report Finds Most Cannabis Treatment Is Court Ordered

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

It is not uncommon for the opposing forces of marijuana legalization to use rehabilitation rates as ammunition to suggest that the end of prohibition would bring forth an increasing legion of pot junkies. However, some of the latest evidence surrounding drug treatment for cannabis addiction shows that the majority of the people involved with these types of programs have been court ordered and are not trying to rid themselves of stoner demons by their own volition.

recent study from Uncle Sam’s Department of Health & Human Services indicates that over half the people who undergo treatment programs to remove the dreaded marijuana monkey from their backs are only doing so because the criminal justice system gave them the option of rehab or jail. 

As Tom Angell with the Marijuana Majority points out in his analysis, this means, “fewer than one out of five people in treatment for marijuana checked themselves in voluntarily or were referred by another individual.” 

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Category: Fun | Posted on Mon, December, 7th 2015 by THCFinder


Want to reduce obesity? Legalize medical marijuana, researchers say.

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

Want to take a bite out of the American obesity epidemic? Legalize medical marijuana.

That's the counterintuitive finding of a new study in the journal Health Economics. Researchers from San Diego State University and Cornell University found that at the state level, passing a medical marijuana law (MML) "is associated with a 2 percent to 6 percent decline in the probability of obesity." Over the longer term, this effect could be even larger. Tally it all up and according to the study's authors, "we estimate a back-of-the-envelopeper-person reduction in MML-induced obesity related medical costs of $58 to$115 per year."

Taken at face value this doesn't exactly make sense: Marijuana is a well-known appetite stimulant. Smoke a joint, and before you know it you're reaching for the Funyuns. Or, as the study's authors put it in reseacher-ese: "randomized control trials provide evidence that marijuana use leads to increased appetite and caloric intake."

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