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Canada Is on the Brink of Making Marijuana Legal

Category: Legalization | Posted on Sat, October, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, Canada's new prime minister, ran on a promise to legalize marijuana. The Liberal platform includes this plank (bold added):

We will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana.

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.

Arresting and prosecuting these offenses is expensive for our criminal justice system. It traps too many Canadians in the criminal justice system for minor, non-violent offenses. At the same time, the proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs.

 

To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.

Read More:http://www.newsweek.com/canada-brink-making-marijuana-legal-388628


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What strain are you smoking on?

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, October, 30th 2015 by THCFinder


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Michigan State Police Forensic Crime Lab Marijuana Scandal

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Reefer MadnessI received the following press release:

The Law Firm of Michael Komorn has learned that the Michigan State Police (MSP) Forensic Science Division crime labs have falsified lab reports on marijuana, statewide. The new MSP crime lab policy allows prosecutors to charge cannabis users with felonies they didn’t commit.

The discovery stems from a client Komorn represents pro bono in Ottawa County, Max Lorincz, who is facing two years in jail. The state has also removed his six-year-old son from the home, and placed him in a foster home due to the charges.

“The extensive emails and documents we received through the Freedom of Information Act show the prosecution are relying on the lab to report these substances so that they can escalate these crimes from misdemeanors to felonies,” said Komorn.

His client was first charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor in Michigan. When he would not plead guilty–because he is a registered medical marijuana patient and has immunity for the tiny quantity he possessed–the prosecutor withdrew the charge and recharged him with synthetic THC.

A hearing is set for Thursday November 5. Komorn Law has filed a brief to dismiss all charges against the client.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-state-police-forensic-crime-lab-marijuana-scandal/


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8 Ways To Support Marijuana Reform That Cost Little To No Money

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 30th 2015 by THCFinder
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I get asked all of the time how people can support marijuana reform. Most of the time the question is being asked by someone who admits ahead of time that they don’t have money to donate, but that they still want to help. I know first hand what it’s like to be an activist with meager resources (cubicle warriors united!), but I don’t let that stop me from helping in other ways. Below are eight ways to help support reform that cost little to no money (just internet connection and stamps). If you think of other ways, by all means add them in the comments so that others can do them too:

  1. Contact your elected officials – Your elected officials have the power to introduce pro-marijuana measures. As such, contacting them is a good idea for obvious reasons. Elected officials value written correspondence, believe it or not, more than other correspondence according to all of my friends that are staffers (I was a public policy major). A staffer once told me that when the Senator he worked for received a hand written letter, they knew it took more time and effort than an e-mail or phone call, and that they had a ratio of how many other constituents must feel the same way. It takes the cost of an envelope and stamp, but a letter goes a long ways. Be thoughtful in your letter, present facts, be respectful, and get to the point.
  2. Volunteer for a campaign or organization – You not have money, but chances are you have time. Volunteer for a reputable campaign or organization. Just be aware that there are a lot of jerks out there that will use you up, take credit for your efforts when results are achieved, and scapegoat you because you don’t come from means when results aren’t achieved. Don’t let that discourage you from volunteering, but just keep it in mind. I’ve seen many FANTASTIC activists get chewed up and spit out, which resulted in them walking away from activism entirely, and that’s sad. I was almost there many times myself, but I was fortunate enough to have mentors that pointed this out to me early on. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/8-ways-to-support-marijuana-reform-that-cost-little-to-no-money/


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