Life Sentence For Marijuana
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Rich Paul made headlines this week when he announced he would appeal his 81-year sentence for selling marijuana.
But as harsh as Paul's sentence might sound, there are those who have it even worse. LifeForPot.org has compiled a list of prisoners who were sentenced to life behind bars for marijuana crimes.
The first nine individuals on Beth Curtis' site are over the age of 62. They include John Knock who has been behind bars since 1996. According to Curtis' site, Knock was convicted of a first-time pot offense in a Florida sting operation.
Then there's Larry Duke, a decorated Vietnam veteran who's serving life without parole for marijuana-only crimes, according to Life For Pot.
"These are lifetime sentences for what, in other countries, they wouldn't in a moment consider incarcerating anybody for," Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told The Huffington Post. "Virtually nobody in Europe goes to jail for cannabis offenses. If they do, they have to be caught in large commercial operations, and repeat offenders."
Salon previously compiled a list of offenders given long sentences for pot crimes such as Christopher Williams, who faces 82 to 85 years behind bars for providing medical marijuana and Patricia Spottedcrow, a mother of four who's serving a 12-year sentence for selling $31 worth of marijuana.
Nationwide, NORML estimates there are around 100,000 people incarcerated for pot-only offenses. That's a relatively small percentage of the roughly 2.4 million Americans currently behind bars.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Hawaiian Dream buds
Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
N.J. issues permit to second medical marijuana dispensary
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
TRENTON — The state Health Department has issued a permit for the second medical marijuana dispensary to begin growing its first crop, according to one of the dispensary owners.
"It's good news," said David Knowlton, co-founder of the Compassionate Care Foundation Inc., which will operate from an Egg Harbor facility. "A lot of patients are waiting for this."
The dispensary's website said a summer opening is expected. It generally takes about three months for a crop to be grown and prepared for sale. The state Health Department must test it for mold, pesticides and potency before any is sold.
Compassion joins Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair, which opened in December and has served about 130 patients. Medical marijuana advocates have complained the Christie administration has taken too long to launch the program. Nearly 1,000 people have registered.
The Health Department issued a press release at about 4 p.m. confirming it issued the permit.
"Once Compassionate Care Foundation is permitted to operate as an Alternative Treatment Center, patients will be notified of the opening date," according to the press release. "Patients and caregivers can visit the Medicinal Marijuana Program’s website if they choose to change the ATC designated to serve them," according to the release.
Read more: http://www.nj.com
Puff, Puff, Pass with the Dragon
Category: Glass | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Vermont Becomes The 17th State To Decriminalization
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Vermont is now the 17th state to decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the bill into action after the Senate voted a 24-6 on May 7 and the House voted 98-44 on April 12. Over 60% of Vermont voters agree with the decriminalization of marijuana.
Gov. Simon talked about how this will stop the bleeding until they figure a more sensible policy. He went on to state facts most of us know. But having a Governor say these things helps our fight that much more.
Removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession slows the bleeding, but it will not stop until marijuana prohibition is replaced with a more sensible policy. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and it is time for the state to start exploring policies that treat it that way.
Read more: http://www.hailmaryjane.com
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