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Hawaii Lawyers Forbidden From Assisting Medical Marijuana Licensee Hopefuls

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

According to a new formal opinion released by the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Hawaii lawyers are not allowed to provide legal services to clients applying for a medical marijuana license. 

Pacific Business News reports that lawyers are still allowed to provide legal advice about Act 241—the law that established Hawaii's first statewide medical marijuana retail dispensary system—but they may not aid in the creation of such businesses due to pot's illegal status under federal law.

"A lawyer may not 'provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business' in accordance with Act 241 or otherwise," the opinion states. 

However, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii Executive Director Carl Bergquist told Pacific Business Newsthat he was optimist the Supreme Court would resolve this issue and that similar dilemmas have already arisen in other states. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/hawaii-lawyers-forbidden-assisting-medical-marijuana-licensee-hopefuls


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, September, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder


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SJC bans police stops solely for suspected marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

In a decision hailed by civil rights advocates and supporters of marijuana legalization, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of the drug.

The Supreme Judicial Court based its 5-2 ruling largely on a measure that voters approved in 2008 that reduced possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil violation punishable by a fine.

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve [the] objectives” of the law change, Justice Margot Botsford wrote for the majority.

Botsford wrote that allowing such stops “does not refocus police efforts on pursuing more serious crime,” another goal of changing the law.

Read More:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/09/22/mass-police-are-banned-from-stopping-drivers-issue-marijuana-possession-citations/NElouAgDnNmLLJTNuoLh9K/story.html


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Albuquerque City Council Votes In Favor Of Decriminalizing Marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, September, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

albuqerque marijuanaLate last night, Albuquerque city council members voted 5-4 on party lines in favor of Ordinance 15-60 to remove criminal sanctions pertaining to possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia from the city’s municipal codes. The measure now heads to the Mayor who has the authority to veto the legislation.A companion resolution, also voted on tonight, that would make marijuana possession violations a low priority for the Albuquerque Police Department passed 6-3 with Republican Councilor Winter joining the Democrats in support.

In his opening remarks, Garduño, president of the City Council and the legislation co-sponsor stated, “We are criminalized people not only for the use [of marijuana], but for life.  We shouldn’t curtail them for such a minor infraction.”

Last fall, Garduño sponsored a similar measure that also passed the council 5-4 on a party line vote. However, it was vetoed by Mayor Berry. Since then, Albuquerque residents voiced their support at the ballot box for decriminalizing marijuana. In November, voters in Santa Fe County and Bernalillo County voiced overwhelming support for marijuana decriminalization – Bernalillo County voted 60 percent and Santa Fe County voted 73 percent in favor of statewide decriminalization.  More than 50 percent of Albuquerque voters in all nine city council districts voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

“The vote tonight, in support of decriminalizing tiny amounts of marijuana, represents a critical first step toward bringing Albuquerque law into step with public opinion and common sense,” stated Emily Kaltenbach, New Mexico state director of the Drug Policy Alliance in New Mexico. “The majority of the City Council and the people of Albuquerque have spoken. It’s time their mayor took note.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/albuquerque-city-council-votes-in-favor-of-decriminalizing-marijuana/


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