Ontario Adopts Zero Tolerance Policy on Stoned Driving
Driving stoned in at least one part of Canada is about to become a major no-no. In an effort to crack down on “high driving”, Ontario is adopting a zero-tolerance policy for young drivers under the influence of cannabis.
ONTARIO CRACKS DOWN
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Monday a new set of rules to prevent specific groups of motorists from driving high. Commercial truck drivers, drivers 21 and under, and novice motorists will all face austere penalties for operating a motor vehicle if found under the influence of cannabis.
Drivers under 21 and G1, G2, M1 and M2 motorists will face a three-day suspension and a $250 fine upon their first offense. Second-time offenders will be penalized with a week suspension and a $350 fine. From the third offense on, drivers will be hit with a month-long ban and could be fined up to $450.
10-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Trying to Sell His Mom’s Weed Stash
In Iowa, a 10-year-old boy and his mother were arrested recently on cannabis-related charges. The arrests came after the boy took his mom’s weed stash and tried to sell it at school.
10-YEAR-OLD FINDS HIS MOM’S WEED
According to local reports, the boy discovered his mother’s weed at their home in Red Oak, Iowa. At some point, he took the cannabis from its hiding place and brought it with him to school.
Once there, he tried to sell it to a classmate. The student reported it to school administration, which immediately called local law enforcement.
When cops showed up at the boy’s elementary school, they interviewed the 10-year-old. After hearing his story, they obtained a warrant and searched the boy’s home.
Eventually, the boy’s 34-year-old mother was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. She was held at the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 cash bond.
Colorado Governor Calls Legislature Back to Repair Pot Tax
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has called a special session of the Legislature to correct a mistake in a law governing taxes on marijuana.
Hickenlooper said Thursday the session will start Oct. 2 and will deal only with the marijuana tax.
The governor says a law passed by the Legislature this year consolidated two marijuana taxes into one but inadvertently prevented some government entities from collecting the tax.
Hickenlooper says the mistake makes it harder for some special districts and other government entities to pay for services to their constituents.
The governor says he consulted with the sponsors of the bill, legislative leaders and the agencies affected by the mistake before deciding to call a special session.
He didn’t set a time limit on the session.
Insurer Says It Shouldn’t Have to Pay for MMJ
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court on Wednesday began considering whether a paper millworker left suicidal by narcotic painkillers should receive workers’ compensation for medical marijuana.
It’s the first time the court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement for medical marijuana.
Madawaska resident Gaetan Bourgoin won a ruling from the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board two years ago saying the paper mill’s insurer must reimburse him for medical marijuana. He contends marijuana is cheaper and safer than narcotics.
But Twin Rivers Paper Co. and its insurer appealed the ruling, arguing that paying for pot use, even for medical purposes, could expose the companies to prosecution since marijuana still is illegal at the federal level.
Summer of Raids: How California Cops Are Defeating Legalization
Marijuana legalization is not quite a year old in California, but it would be a mistake to believe there’s much that’s particularly “new,” in either concept or in action.
“California pot stores are on the brink of opening,” is the headline over a report filed by a correspondent for the UK-based Independent. That’s sort of true.
According to the state’s pot czar, Lori Ajax, a former alcohol regulator, the state should join Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Alaska in allowing adults over 21 to walk into a store and buy weed sometime after January 2, which is still a few months off (and even that deadline may be blown if state and local lawmakers don’t do their jobs).
For now, the main new newness, and the major change in the way of life in the state’s pot-producing counties, is purely clerical.
California Bill Would Ban Smoking Pot on Beaches
Tucked inside a piece of legislation aimed at preventing people from using cigarettes in parks and along beaches all across California is language that would also make it unlawful to smoke marijuana in these places, even if the consumption is done through the use of a vaporizer.
Legislative forces in the Golden State recently sent a bill to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown calling for a total prohibition on marijuana smoke, as part of its effort to clean up areas of recreation all over the state. If passed, the non-smoking rule would apply to hundreds of miles of beaches and nearly 300 state parks, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“This bill would reduce the serious health hazards posed by smoking—to people and wildlife—in our state parks and beaches,” said State Senator Steve Glazer, one of the sponsors of the bill. “It would reduce fire hazards and litter and the costs for those now borne by the public.”
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