New York lawmakers push to decriminalize marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
Every 42 seconds, someone in America is arrested for marijuana possession.
This week, the state assembly took a step to cut that number — in New York, at least.
In the race to legalize marijuana, the pace setter is Colorado. Here in New York, the state assembly has taken the first step toward relaxing the experience of getting caught with the drug in public.
Lawmakers voted to decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana. The vote is significant because of how it could redefine the NYPD’s controversial practice of stop and frisk.
The New York Civil Liberties Union’s analysis of the NYPD data shows the more than half a million people were stopped last year under the program. Out of those stops, 729 guns were found. but the NYCLU found over 5,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession.
Senate republicans are against the bill. One in particular, Senator Golden from Brooklyn says “we should not be sending a signal across the state that marijuana is okay.”
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Marijuana publications sue over treat-pot-magazines-like-porn law
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
After we reported about an element of the main marijuana bill that treated pot magazines like porn, a spokesman for High Times announced an intent to sue if the section wasn't cut. Shortly thereafter, attorney David Lane said a suit would be forthcoming if the edict became law.
Lane wasn't bluffing. Mere days after Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill containing the passage, he filed suit on behalf of High Times and two other mags. Details, the documents and more below.
As we've reported, the law originally known as House Bill 13-1317 calls for "a requirement that magazines whose primary focus is marijuana or marijuana businesses are only sold in retail marijuana stores or behind the counter in establishments where persons under twenty-one years of age are present."
In other words, a convenience store wanting to stock weed-oriented publications won't be able to do so in standard racks easily accessible to customers. Rather, issues will be next to porn mags, with their covers presumably shielded to protect children -- and customers will have to ask clerks to grab copies for them.
Marijuana lawyer Warren Edson was left slack-jawed by this requirement. Proponents of Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of cannabis, "said to regulate marijuana like alcohol," he told us, "but apparently, our legislature wants to regulate it like porn.
Read more: http://blogs.westword.com
R.I.'s second medical marijuana dispensary gets OK
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
PROVIDENCE — Now, there are two medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island.
On Wednesday afternoon, the state Department of Health announced that it has issued a registration certificate to Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Portsmouth, meaning that it has received the green light to sell marijuana to patients in the state medical marijuana program.
“We are thrilled to finally get it and the Department of Health has been a big help in the process,” said Seth Bock, co-owner of the dispensary.
Greenleaf becomes the second marijuana dispensary in the state. Last month, the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, at 1 Corliss St., in Providence, got its registration certificate and opened for business on April 19.
Marijuana generally takes about 16 weeks to grow and harvest, so both dispensaries have bought marijuana from licensed caregivers and patients across the state. As of last week, there are 5,467 patients and 3,592 caregivers participating in the program.
Slater has about 850 registered patients, while Greenleaf hopes to have about 200 customers to start.
This week, Greenleaf has opened its doors at 1637 West Main Rd., from 2 to 6 p.m. each day, but they have not been permitted to sell marijuana to patients. Greenleaf’s building is just 2,800 square feet, about a fifth the size of the much larger Slater center.
Read more: http://www.providencejournal.com
Group urges Portland to consider legalizing marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) - Lead by the Portland Green Party, supporters of legalizing marijuana made their way into City Hall to hand in more than three thousand signatures.
Advocates say it's time to treat marijuana like alcohol. Regulate it, tax it, and make it legal. David Boyer, of the Marijuana Policy Project says "marijuana does not make someone a bad person, just as a glass of wine after work doesn't make someone a bad person."
Proponents say it's a waste of money and valuable police resources to go after marijuana users. They believe it fills jails with non violent offenders who end up with tainted public records that follow them for years.
Lawmakers in Augusta have been tackling a bill that would legalize marijuana statewide, but it was rejected in committee. It's unlikely it will pass the full legislature, so Portland residents will probably be the first to decide whether marijuana should be legal for adults
If it passes the ordinance would also present challenges to law enforcement since marijuana possession would still be against state and federal law. Supporters want that to change too, but believe Portland is a good place to start.
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