Canada's police chiefs suggest tickets for marijuana possession in lieu of criminal charges
WINNIPEG — Police chiefs meeting in Winnipeg say handing out tickets for illegal possession of marijuana may be more efficient than laying criminal charges.
Delegates to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police annual meeting have passed a resolution that says officers need more “enforcement options” to deal with people caught with pot.
Association president Jim Chu says in a release that criminal charges place a significant burden on police and court resources.
Chu, who is chief constable of the Vancouver Police Service, also points out that a conviction results in a criminal record that places barriers on future travel, employment and citizenship.
He says the association does not support legalization of marijuana.
The resolution was presented by the association’s drug abuse committee.
“The CACP is not in support of decriminalization or legalization of cannabis in Canada,” Chu said in a release Tuesday. “It must be recognized, however, that under the current legislation the only enforcement option for police, when confronted with simple possession of cannabis, is either to turn a blind eye or lay charges.
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Father and son charged after marijuana Facebook post
STATESVILLE, N.C. — An Iredell County teenager and his father were arrested after the teen allegedly posted pictures of marijuana to Facebook.
WSOC-TV reported that 38-year-old Todd Duane Wolford and 17-year-old Cody Austin Wolford were charged after authorities recently searched their home at Mallard Creek Apartments in Statesville.
Iredell County deputies said they received information Wednesday that an East Iredell Middle School student posted pictures on Facebook of marijuana plants being grown.
Deputies said they went to the student’s home and found two marijuana plants being grown behind his apartment and a bag of marijuana inside.
The suspect’s father reportedly had to be detained during the search because he was allegedly being uncooperative.
Todd Wolford was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and resisting public officer.
Cody Wolford was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
DEA Must Pay $3 Million In 2010 Killing Of LA Teen
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.
Zachary 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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