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Bill to reduce marijuana penalties in Louisiana passes full Senate

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

A proposal to soften Louisiana's harsh marijuana laws by reducing penalties for possession continues to gain steam in the Louisiana Legislature.

The Senate voted 27-12 Monday (May 25) to advance legislation that would create a new penalty system for marijuana possession dealing with amounts less than 2.5 pounds.

The measure's sponsor, J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, said his bill (SB 241) brings Louisiana's marijuana laws closer in line with other states, "in a way that is more humane." For example, the bill reduces the maximum penalty for possession from 20 years in prison to eight, raises the threshold for a felony-level possession charge and adds a second-chance provision for first-time offenders. 

Under current law, the maximum penalties for possession of any amount of marijuana up to 60 pounds are a $500 fine and six moths in jail for a first offense (a misdemeanor), a $2,500 fine and five years in prison for a second offense (a felony); and a $5,000 fine and a 20-year prison term (a felony).

Morrell's bill does not change penalties for first-offense possession of marijuana dealing with amounts between 14 grams and 2.5 pounds. The legislation makes possession of less than 14 grams of marijuana punishable by maximum sentence of a $300 fine and 15 days in jail. Second offenses are a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail; third offenses are a felony punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and two years in prison; and fourth or subsequent offenses are a felony punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and eight years in prison.

Read More:http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/05/marijuana_laws_louisiana_penal.html


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Complaint Filed By One Ohio Marijuana Legalization Campaign Against Another Is Dismissed

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

ohio marijuana medical marijuana legalizationPolitics is a messy business, and I think that can be especially true when it comes to marijuana politics. I’ve seen a lot of things since I co-founded this blog in January 2010 in the world of marijuana politics, a lot of which makes me very sad. In a perfect world, everyone would work together to achieve the overall goal of ending marijuana prohibition. However, it’s fairly rare that everyone can agree about the details, which leads to a lot of tension and fracturing. That tension and fracturing has led to a lot of defeats that didn’t need to happen in the marijuana reform movement.

Ohio is about a contentious place for marijuana politics as it gets these days. The contention started when ResponsibleOhio launched its legalization campaign and proposed giving the monopoly on marijuana cultivation to just ten entities. That provision of their initiative resulted in a lot of backlash from the marijuana community, including from national organizations that typically provide a lot of funding for marijuana reform efforts. It’s worth noting that the campaign has since revamped the initiative language to include a home cultivation provision, but only if people receive a license to do so. It’s unclear what will be required in order to receive a home cultivation license.

There is another organization, Ohio Rights Group, that has been fighting to reform Ohio’s outdated marijuana laws. The Ohio Rights Group filed an official complaint against the ResponsibleOhio campaign alleging sabotage. Late last week that complaint was officially dismissed. PerMarijuana Business Daily:

The Ohio Rights Group (ORG), which filed the complaint last monthagainst ResponsibleOhio, charged that ResponsibleOhio deliberately tried to sabotage its efforts to get a ballot measure before voters. But the commission, while at least one board member expressed sympathy for ORG, voted 6-0 to dismiss the case because it “lacked the authority to rule in the matter,” according to Cincinnati.com. 

Read More: http://www.theweedblog.com/complained-ohio-marijuana-legalization-dismissed/


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Loophole Allows Australian Medical Pot Company to Grow Weed on an Island

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

Australian medical pot company AusCann Group Holdings is manipulating a legal loophole that could enable the weed firm to grow up to ten tonnes (1.10 U.S. tons) of medicinal marijuana on nearby Norfolk Island, located in the Pacific Ocean between Oz, New Zealand and New Caledonia.

Though cannabis is prohibited in Australia, Norfolk’s administration is self-governing and can grant a license for the legal cultivation and exportation of cannabis.

AusCann chairman Mal Washer told the Australian Associated Press that although his company must still receive final approval from the administrator of Norfolk Island, he is optimistic that such sanction will be forthcoming. 

AusCann plans to grow anywhere from one to ten tonnes of medi-pot to be exported to Canada—where medical marijuana is legal—because the country has experienced difficulties providing sufficient and efficacious medicinal weed to its own citizens.  

Norfolk Island was selected as an ideal ganja grow site due to its climate and off-shore locale, though a security firm has been contracted to solidify protection of the cannabis gardens. An ancillary benefit for the Norfolk community would be an increase in both employment and generated revenue through export fees. 

Upon Norfolk administration approval, AusCann is scheduled to deliver their first shipment of medicinal marijuana to Canada in 2016.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/loophole-allows-australian-medical-pot-company-grow-weed-island


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