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DEA Must Pay $3 Million In 2010 Killing Of LA Teen

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
A federal judge Tuesday awarded $3 million to the family of an 18-year-old Los Angeles honors student who was gunned down by undercover DEA agents in a parking garage in 2010. But the judge also ruled the officers were not negligent in their actions.
 
dea-must-payZachary Champommier died when he drove into a Studio City shopping center parking lot to meet a friend. Also in the parking lot were a group of undercover officers, including DEA agents and LA County sheriff’s deputies and LAPD officers who had been deputized by the DEA.
 
The cops were discussing a search warrant they had just served when they observed Champommier’s friend walking in the parking garage. Suspecting the friend was breaking into cars, they detained him. When Champommier drove up, he saw his friend being accosted by people he didn’t know and attempted to drive away from possible trouble.
 
Officers claimed that Champommier’s vehicle struck a deputy as he attempted to leave the scene. Officers opened fire, killing the 18-year-old honor student and “band geek.”
 
Both the DEA and the LA County Sheriff’s Department said the shooting was justifiable because Champommier had tried to run down an officer.
 
“The nature of [Champommier's] aggressive actions, actually hitting the deputy — that is not someone who is without some degree of fault,” Sheriff Lee Baca said shortly after the shooting.
 

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Large Green Dream nug

Category: Nugs | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

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Would you want to Hotbox in this?

Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

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Reefer Sadness: You can smoke it, but you can't buy it

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
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DENVER –  Colorado and Washington state have both legalized the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana -- but while a majority of voters supported the change at the polls last year, there is currently no outright legal way to buy non-medical marijuana.
 
That's because the stores that reefer advocates hope will be the next big thing for the free-smoking movement could be shut out in many communities.
 
In Colorado, an option was built into constitutional Amendment 64 -- which technically legalized the drug -- for cities and towns to opt out.
 
So far, at least 51 municipal councils have voted to prohibit marijuana-selling stores. And more than 20 have enacted some kind of moratorium to buy more time, according to the Colorado Municipal League (CML) which is keeping tabs on which way towns are going. 
 
Colorado Springs is the state's second-largest city and has medical marijuana, but the city council recently voted 5-4 to opt out of allowing retail stores as well as facilities for cultivation, manufacturing or testing. Don Knight, a councilman who voted with the majority, explained that potential tax revenue was not enough to justify other likely losses. "The input of $3.9 million that recreational marijuana would have given us, compared to the loss of tens of millions dollars, in either military or tourism, just didn't provide a balance sheet to me," he said.
 

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Red Diesel

Category: Nugs | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

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DEA Pressures Armored Truck Companies To Quit Working With Medical Marijuana Dipsensaries

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
dea-armored-trucksThe DEA Has Done Everything That It Can Think Of To Make The Medical Marijuana Industry ‘Cash Only’ Without Security Services
 
The DEA is getting craftier in their war against medical marijuana. Multiple reports came out today that armored security services are discontinuing business with medical marijuana dispensaries, citing ‘pressure from the DEA.’ Most security system services won’t work with medical marijuana dispensaries, credit card companies won’t work with medical marijuana dispensaries, banks won’t work with medical marijuana dispensaries, there’s the 280e tax issue, and now of course you can add armored truck companies to that list.
 
That is a pretty hard core environment for any business to operate in. Medical marijuana dispensaries can basically only accept cash, can’t store the cash in the bank, can’t have a reliable way to transport that cash safely, and unless you use a new start up ‘cannabis only’ security company, there will be no alarm if someone breaks into the medical marijuana dispensary to steal the cash (or whatever else). All of this of course occurring in states that have state laws recognizing the legality of medical marijuana dispensaries…Why does the federal government hate medical marijuana so much?
 
From the Huffington Post ,one of my marijuana heroes Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority:
 
“The president says he has bigger fish to fry than go after individual users, but at nearly every step, his administration has tried to make it so those users are unable to purchase marijuana through safe and regulated means…By pressuring banks not to do business with dispensaries, the federal government ensures that many of these taxpaying businesses have to become cash-only, increasing the chances of robberies.”
 

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