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Cook County state's attorney to announce loosening of marijuana penalties

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will hold a news conference Monday to announce reforms to low-level drug offenses, including dismissal of all future misdemeanor marijuana cases, a spokeswoman said Sunday.
 
"If someone is caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, the state's attorney's office will no longer prosecute that case," Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly said. This program will be for people with less than three arrests or citations, she said.
 
The announcement, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. at the state's attorney's office, is part of the sweeping overhaul that will also address how the office prosecutes small amounts of recreational drugs including Ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.
 
Alvarez is expected to detail the creation of an alternative prosecution program aimed at diverting nonviolent, repeat drug offenders out of the criminal justice system, her office said in a news release Sunday afternoon. The program, designed for those charged with Class 4 felony possession — currently punishable by up to a $25,000 fine or one to three years in prison, or both — will attempt to address chronic drug use and addiction as a public health issue. Repeat offenders are expected to be linked with social service agencies for treatment rather than face criminal penalties.
 
The proposed changes will not affect pending cases, Daly said.
 
Last year, Class 4 felony drug possession cases made up about a quarter of all felony cases in Cook County. Prosecutors also saw more than 15,000 misdemeanor cases for small amounts of marijuana, according to Alvarez's office.
 

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Category: Concentrates | Posted on Sun, April, 19th 2015 by THCFinder


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420 Quotes 2015: 20 Funny National Weed Day Sayings To Share On Reefer Holiday

Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, April, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

To many, April 20 is just another workday. But to marijuana enthusiasts around the globe, 4/20 is a holy day, one to be considered above all others as a time to celebrate -- and consume -- cannabis.

The counterculture holiday doesn’t appear on any official calendar, but it’s pretty popular all the same. The origins of 4/20, aka National Weed Day, can be traced to Northern California where, in the 1970s, pot smokers began using the code “420” – the police code for Marijuana Smoking in Progress – as a reference to toking up.

Planning to observe 4/20? Here are 20 funny quotes to share on every pot smoker’s favorite holiday.

1. “That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” -- Arnold Schwarzenegger

2. “They’ve outlawed the No. 1 vegetable on the planet.” -- Timothy Leary

3. “The drug is really quite a remarkably safe one for humans, although it is really quite a dangerous one for mice and they should not use it.” -- J.W.D. Henderson

4. “I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is a flower. God put it here.” -- Willie Nelson

5. “Forty million Americans smoked marijuana; the only ones who didn’t like it were Judge Ginsberg, Clarence Thomas and Bill Clinton.” -- Jay Leno

6. “When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” -- Barack Obama

7. “I know you’re supposed to tell kids not to do drugs, but, kids, do it! Do weed! Don’t do the other stuff, but weed is good.” -- Kevin Smith

Read More:http://www.ibtimes.com/420-quotes-2015-20-funny-national-weed-day-sayings-share-reefer-holiday-1887077


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Michigan House Offers Overview Presentation On Medical Marijuana Law

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sun, April, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan capital marijuanaA meeting on Tuesday in the Michigan House could provide clarity on the direction the legislature plans to take with pending medical marijuana legislation.

The House Judiciary will conduct what their official meeting notice calls “AN OVERVIEW PRESENTATION ON THE MEDICAL MARIHUANA ACT” during their regular session at noon on Tuesday, April 21.

Rep. Klint Kesto, a Republican from Oakland County, chairs the House Judiciary Committee. His office confirmed the presentation will be conducted by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

The meeting is scheduled for a single hour, per the House Clerk’s office

Also up for consideration during that session: 4 bills, three of which deal with firearms law. The fourth originates from Sen. Jones, who proposes an amendment of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) to allow landlords to ban smoking and cultivation of marijuana from rental properties.

Many advocates are hoping to learn the fate of a pair of bills launched three years ago and re-introduced in this year’s legislature. The Provisioning Centers Act and the Smoking Alternatives bills, HB 4209 and HB 4210, are assigned to Rep. Kesto’s committee but have not been formally scheduled for a hearing.

Sen. Jones’ bill has already been through the Senate Judiciary Committee and been approved by the full Senate.

The House Judiciary Committee meeting will take place at noon, Tuesday April 21 in Room 521, House Office Building, 124 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Rep. Kesto can be reached through his office at:

Phone: (517) 373-1799
FAX: (517) 373-8361

Email: KlintKesto@house.mi.gov

Questions regarding the Judiciary Committee can be addressed through:

Committee Clerk: Melissa Weipert
Phone: 517-373-5176

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-house-offers-overview-presentation-on-medical-marijuana-law/
e-Mail: mweipert@house.mi.gov


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