Controversy erupts over bus billboards promoting marijuana as safer than alcohol
Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
The fight to legalize marijuana is now being waged on the buses of Portland, Maine.
An advertising blitz promoting pot as “less harmful” than alcohol went up on buses and bus shelters in Maine’s largest city Wednesday, angering anti-drug crusaders.
"It's highly inappropriate to be promoting Pro Marijuana message in a place that has a large audience of people under the age of 21", Kate Perkins, a spokesperson for 21 Reasons, a drug prevention group, told WCSH News.
Voters will decide the fate of Question 1, an initiative that would legalize recreational pot use for adults in Portland, on Nov. 5, and the Marijuana Policy Project purchased $2,500 worth of ads to try and help pass the measure.
The ads are opposed by 21 Reasons, a group that tries to curb teenage drug use.
“It has a very, very good chance,” Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Daily News.
The ads feature rather clean-cut looking individuals along with captions touting phrases used in other campaigns run by the group.
“I prefer marijuana over alcohol because it doesn’t make me rowdy or reckless,” one of the captions reads. “Why should I be punished?”
Despite complaints to METRO, Portland’s public bus service, the ads will remain up until Election Day. The agency said the ads amounted to political advertising, and therefore were in line with its guidelines.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
Switzerland Decriminalizes Marijuana, Won't Prosecute For Small Amounts Of Weed
Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
As of Oct. 1, possession of marijuana is decriminalized in Switzerland.
Anyone over the age of 18 caught with 10 grams or less of the drug will no longer have to make a court appearance and will not have offenses entered into their permanent record; instead, violators will have to pay a fine of 100 Swiss Francs (approximately $110), then be on their way.
Lawmakers in the country relaxed weed regulations in an effort to unify what had been a patchwork of often confusing policies that varied from one local area to another. Per The Independent, the measure is also expected to save money by cutting back on the 30,000 marijuana-related cases courts have had to handle each year. It will also free up police resources to pursue larger drug trafficking incidents.
But "decriminalized" is not the same as "legal," as a Swiss Broadcasting Corporation report makes clear. Growing marijuana plants, imbibing the drug in any form and dealing it are still forbidden.
Penalties are now stricter for anyone caught selling to a person under the age of 18. The new law also provides greater resources to help children with marijuana habits. A 2013 UNICEF report found Swiss children are the world's second-most likely to smoke marijuana, with just over 24 percent of 11, 13 and 15-year-olds having smoked pot in the last year.
Wrong number: Man accidentally texted cop to sell marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Police say a Sussex man accidentally texted an Andover Township Police lieutenant to set up a drug sale late last week — and messaging that very, very wrong number led to the man's arrest.
Andover Lt. Eric Danielson had recently purchased a new cell phone, with a new cell number, according to Sparta police. And at about 7:45 p.m. Friday, he got a text from someone — later identified as 33-year-old Nicholas Delear Jr. — saying he had a quarter-pound of marijuana for sale, according to police.
So they set up a meeting at a pizzeria in Sparta, police said. Delear told the lieutenant he'd be driving a 2005 black Jeep, police said.
Andover and Sparta police worked with the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office to set up the bust, police said. An undercover officer was placed in the parking lot, and a perimeter was established around the pizzeria, police said. At 8:15 p.m., Delear drove into the parking lot and met with the undercover officer, police said.
But Delear became suspicious and attempted to flee, police said. He was stopped by a marked Sparta Police vehicle a short time later, police said.
Delear told police he didn't know anything about the texts, and wasn't in possession of any drugs, police said. He also wouldn't consent to officers searching his vehicle, police said. So Sussex County Sheriff’s Detective Kieran McMorrow was dispatched along with K9 Atlas, police said.
Danielson — the lieutenant with the lucky number — arrived on the scene matched the texts on his phone with Delear’s cell phone number, police said.
Read more: http://www.nj.com
Mysterious Boat Full Of Marijuana Washes Ashore In Fort Lauderdale
Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
Another day, another weird drugs discovery in South Florida.
Fort Lauderdale police are investigating a seemingly abandoned boat full of marijuana that washed up on the shore Monday morning, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Police said the mysterious 20-foot boat was discovered around 5 a.m. after a man who was sleeping in nearby bushes spotted it in the surf, according to NBC6.
So far, police have recovered at least 11 bales of marijuana from both inside the boat and in the water nearby. According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent on the scene, each bale is estimated to be worth about $10,000, with a total estimate of over $100,000.
A blue barrel was also found on the sand not far from the boat, but its contents and whether or not it is connected to the nearby boat have not been confirmed, Fort Lauderdale Police Detective DeAnna Greenlaw told the Sun Sentinel.
"At this time there's no foul play suspected," Det. Greenlaw said. "It just appears to be a vessel that washed ashore with the narcotics on it and at this time we do not know if or how many people were on that vessel when it arrived."
Of course, Floridians are kind of accustomed to narcotics smuggling in Sunshine State waters. Last year, officials said packaged marijuana discoveries on or near beaches -- bales of so-called "square grouper" -- were on record pace.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Canadian Government To Put $1.3 Billion Into Medical Cannabis Production And Distribution
Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Starting Tuesday, Canada’s federal government will be launching a $1.3 billion market for medical cannabis, which is expected to eventually supply over 450,000 Canadians with cannabis, reports the Canadian Press.
Health Canada is replacing a system which relied on small-scale, home cultivation to supply medical cannabis, in exchange for a system of large indoor farms certified by Canadian police. Health inspectors will be tasked with the production, packaging and distribution of a variety of cannabis.
Initial sales under this new program are expected in the next few weeks.
The government will be putting no limit on the number of large grow operations that are in operation; they plan to base production on demand. The government is also expected to import some cannabis from places such as the Netherlands.
156 firms have already applied to become a producer or distributor. The first two received their licences last week.
Canada currently has 37,400 authorized medical cannabis patients, but officials expect that number to be closer to half a million by 2024; these estimates are considered to be conservative.
Health Canada projects that cannabis will be sold at an average of $7.60 a gram by next year, once the old system is phased out.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Man Gets Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For A Half Ounce Of Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Louisiana is one of the worst places to get busted with marijuana in the country. Louisiana marijuana laws are so harsh that I can’t imagine being a marijuana consumer there. I live in Oregon where the marijuana laws are very liberal, so maybe Louisiana’s laws seem harsher to me than to other people, but I can’t imagine being sentenced to twenty years in prison for a marijuana offense.
But that is exactly what happened to Corey Ladd. Mr. Ladd was sentenced to twenty years in prison for possessing just 15 grams of marijuana. In Louisiana, if you have been convicted of marijuana possession three times you can get 20 years in prison. It feels weird even typing that out. 20 years in prison, for marijuana. I don’t care how many times you have been convicted for marijuana, or what amount of marijuana you were caught with, there is no reason you should be serving multiple decades in prison for a marijuana only offense. What a waste of tax dollars. What a waste of a jail bed that should be reserved for a deranged, violent person.
Someone really needs to take a hard look at Louisiana’s marijuana laws and see how much money is being wasted. Louisiana’s marijuana laws result in racially biased practices that have a detrimental effect on the State’s minority communities. According to Dissident Voice:
For example, Louisiana arrests about 13,000 people per year for marijuana, 60% of them African Americans. Over 84 percent were for possession only. While Louisiana’s population is 32 percent black, 60 percent of arrests for marijuana are African American making it the 9th most discriminatory state nationwide. In Tangipahoa Parish, blacks are 11.8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites and in St. Landry Parish the rate of black arrests for marijuana is 10.7 times as likely as whites, landing both parishes in the worst 15 in the country.
If you live in Louisiana, get active. The only way marijuana laws will change there is if you put the pressure on your legislators over and over again, because Louisiana is not an initiative state. Lobby for an initiative process and align with other causes that also would benefit from an initiative system. Then Louisiana will be ripe for an initiative that reform’s the State’s horrendous marijuana laws.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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