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Reefer Rambos: Indiana Enlists Military Forces to Uproot Cannabis Plants

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

While parts of the United States are now generating millions of tax dollars from the sale of marijuana to put toward the betterment of their communities, Indiana continues to waste valuable resources to aggressively eradicate pot plants from Hoosier soil—all at the expense of the state’s taxpayers.

The latest Southern Indiana shakedown was touted “Operation Smoke Out,” a shoot-the-moon collaboration between Indiana State Police (ISP) and military forces, including the Indiana National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the DEA, the U.S. Forest Service, Civil Air Patrol and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Together, these soldiers of the drug war embarked on a mission at the end of August to uproot “dangerous” cannabis plants illegally growing in cornfields, in forests and on public lands all across the southern portion of the state. At the end of this battle against the bud, Indiana law enforcement proudly announced that the exercise resulted in a haul of approximately 5,000 pot plants from 146 grow sites, four pounds of processed marijuana and the arrest of 16 people associated with these operations.

Indiana State Police estimates the overall seizure is worth a whopping $7.5 million.

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Category: Fun | Posted on Sat, September, 5th 2015 by THCFinder


Why American Indian Tribes Are Getting Into the Marijuana Business

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 5th 2015 by THCFinder


Tribes are weighing the risks and opportunities of legalizing pot.

This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen.

There will be live music, food, outdoor games—and, floating over the revelry, a haze of marijuana smoke, from a first-of-its-kind pot lounge that is set to open by the end of the year, said Reider, the tribal president of the Flandreau Santee Sioux in Flandreau, S.D.

That pot lounge—modeled on an Amsterdam coffee shop, where customers would be able to buy and smoke up to 2 grams of marijuana a day—would be illegal anywhere else in South Dakota, which, like most U.S. states, bans the sale, possession and public smoking of pot.

But Reider says his plans are above board, based on a federal memo late last year that cleared the way for American Indian tribes to legalize marijuana on tribal land—even if pot is still illegal in the surrounding state. The Flandreau Santee Sioux is one of the first Native American groups to take advantage of the decision. Reider hopes to draw pot smokers from all over the state to visit the reservation, 40 miles (65 km) north of Sioux Falls, providing a new source of much-needed revenue for his people.


Albuquerque City Council Members To File Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, September, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

new mexico marijuanaToday, Albuquerque city council members, Rey Garduño and Isaac Benton, filed a new bill to remove criminal sanctions pertaining to possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia from the city’s municipal codes. A companion resolution, also submitted today, would make marijuana possession violations the lowest priority for the Albuquerque Police Department.  The bill will be introduced on Wednesday, September 9 with consideration by the full council on September 21.

“Incarcerating people through this failed war on drugs for possessing a small amount of marijuana is creating criminals where none exist,” said Garduño, president of the Albuquerque city council.

Last fall, Garduño sponsored a similar measure that 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.

“Now there is clear evidence that Albuquerque voters support decriminalizing marijuana,” said Jessica Gelay, policy coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance. “The people have spoken. Mayor Berry should listen to his constituents and not veto this measure this time around.”

The proposed ordinance makes one ounce or less of marijuana and possession of any drug paraphernalia a civil infraction with a fine of $25. A civil infraction is not considered a criminal conviction. The ordinance also takes away the potential for jail time. Currently a person spends more than two weeks in jail for a first offense and 90 days for a subsequent offense.

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