Chicagos Mayor Throws His Support Behind Marijuana Decriminalization
Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
Chicago Mayor and former Chief of Staff to President Obama – Rahm Emanuel – has announced his
support for a plan in his city that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Under the plan, those caught with 15 grams or less of marijuana could be given a ticket ranging from
$100 to $500, but they would not be arrested. Chicago police arrested over 18,000 people in 2011 alone
for having less than 10 grams of marijuana, and 9 out of every 10 cases ended up being dismissed, an
incredible waste of time and resources.
The mayor decided to make this announcement while in Prague, Czech Republic for his daughter’s Bat
Mitzvah so he wouldn’t have to face any press on the issue. Because there are people like retired police
officer Bruce Talbot who still see downsides to a common sense policy.
“I don’t believe the mayor or the police chief in Chicago finds it acceptable for people to stand on
Michigan Avenue or State Street and smoke pot,” he said. “But it would not be good if this gives the
impression that the government views marijuana as innocuous.”
That’s the thing, isn’t it? Lying to people and telling them that marijuana is dangerous just makes them
think you are lying when you say things like crack and bath salts are dangerous. This constant harping on
what “message” is being put out masks the fact that the only message anyone gets is “the government
lies to you.”
In a press release on the announcement, Mayor Emanuel said the proposal “allows us to observe the
law while reducing the processing time for minor possession of marijuana — ultimately freeing up police
officers for the street.”
But what message does this send to the kids? It says that those in power might have some common
sense left after all.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Grower Withdraws Guilty Plea
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
In light of a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling that says the state’s MMJ law can be used as an
affirmative defense in criminal cases (http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog/medical-marijuana/
2012/06/michigan-supreme-court-says-states-mmj-law-shields-patients-from-prosecution), a 45-year-
old medical marijuana grower is withdrawing his guilty plea in a drug manufacturing case.
Mark Rowe initially entered the guilty plea after a judge ruled he could not bring up Michigan’s medical
marijuana law in the case. He was charged with marijuana manufacturing after police found 12 plants
growing in a garden outside his home. This is within the legal limit under Michigan law, but police say he
violated the law because his plants were not secured, something Mark denies.
This led the judge to rule out a medical marijuana defense because Mark was supposedly violating the
medical marijuana law, but that hasn’t been proven in court. Mark was denied the ability to even bring
up the fact that he was a legal grower under state law, making him just some guy growing weed in his
garden in the eyes of a jury.
The judge in Mark’s case has now allowed him to withdraw the guilty plea he entered last fall.
Rowe’s case is similar to the one involving an Owosso, Michigan resident named Larry King, the case that
led to the recent state Supreme Court decision.
To observers of the national marijuana scene in the U.S., it may seem like Michigan state and local
authorities are more hostile to medical cannabis patients than authorities in other MMJ states. But
things may changing now with this new state Supreme Court ruling. Courts have a way of chastening
law enforcement, and hopefully authorities will begin to back off of patients and caregivers and let the
state’s medical marijuana law do what it was intended to do.
That’s the best Michigan patients can hope for at this point.
Who is ready for Hempcon in San Jose today!!!!
Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, June, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
Come by our booth and grab some free swag! We are giving away THCFinder Jars, stickers, posters and more! Don't miss Hempcon this weekend it's going to be wild!
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