Colorado Plate Profiling
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
Colorado has legalized weed and everybody knows it. Not like they're keeping it a secret, right? While everything seems to be going very well there, things change once one crosses the borders in to other states... More specifically the illegal states, where marijuana use still isn't tolerated. Simply because of the license plate on your car, cops find any excuse to pull Colorado residents over. And for one man who took a trip to Idaho earlier this year, this exact situation arose and became a huge issue of what the man's attorney calls "license plate profiling". First of all, all cops should be aware that just because the car is from Colorado doesn't mean the driver smokes weed... Not everyone in the state is blazing now that the law says it's okay. The police in Idaho weren't thinking that when they pulled over Darien Roseen and not only unlawfully detained him but searched his vehicle for cannabis simply on the fact that Roseen had Colorado plates on his car.
The search was conducted over a year ago, January 25th, 2013 when Roseen (age 69) was on his way from his daughter's baby shower in Washington state to his other home located in Pagosa Springs. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year, against the police in Payette County, Idaho. Roseen's attorney said that his client was detained for hours while the cops dug through his Honda Ridgeline for the culprit of an apparent pot smell. Don't forget that at this time, cannabis was still not fully legal in Colorado but just allowed for medical patients. The laws had recently passed in those states but the recreational cannabis wouldn't be available for another year (effective Jan 2014).
Roseen was pulling off to use a rest stop around 11:40am off of I-84 when he passed a state trooper parked in the median. The trooper, Justin Klitch, followed Roseen to the parking lot and turned on the flashing lights, parked behind the truck, and walked up to the side of Roseen's truck. When questioned as to the nature of the flashing lights, Klitch reportedly didn't give the man a reason but eventually said that there had been no signal light used when Roseen pulled off in to the rest stop and that he had also hit two curbs when pulling in to the stop. Roseen insisted that he has used the signal and could not distinguish where the curbs were under the snow, not to mention he was distracted when the officer turned on the lights behind him.
Klitch refused to believe that Roseen was getting off the highway to use the restroom and instead, insisted that he had been attempting to avoid the state police. Klitch then questioned the driver on why his eyes were glassy and began to accuse him of transporting something "that he should not have in his vehicle". Roseen admitted that he had prescription medication from a doctor but no weed. However, Klitch kept pushing, asking the man "When is the last time you used marijuana?" Again and again, Roseen said that he didn't have any weed and had never even smoked. After being asked three times to search the vehicle, Roseen opened up a few places in the vehicle so he could "get back on the road faster". But the officer continued to say that he smelled the plant and used that as probable cause to search the vehicle, holding Roseen in the back of his cruiser, transporting him to the sheriff's office, and searching the Honda. Once at the station, Roseen was told that he could leave but couldn't have his car because they hadn't finished searching it. He was also given a citation for careless driving. There were at least eight officers that searched the vehicle from top to bottom and guess what? No illegal substances were found.
Plate profiling is something that Colorado residents really need to think about before leaving their state. As soon as you cross those borders, you're immediately in trouble if you're transporting marijuana. If you are a Colorado (or Washington) resident, please remember this when venturing out of your state. Do not carry marijuana with you in illegal states if you have certain license plates. Other cases have come forward to the same Boise law firm that handled Roseen's lawsuit, complaining of similar treatment at the hands of officers. Don't think for a second that it couldn't happen to you. Please be safe (and smart) when traveling!
Laws Changing In LA
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
Unfortunately for the marijuana community in Los Angeles, California, their easily obtainable concentrates and edibles are on thin ice. The production of concentrated cannabis products has been under tough scrutiny, following a massive outbreak of butane hash oil explosions. These explosions, due to uneducated people attempting to make butane hash oil, have been giving concentrates a bad name. Pair that with the unfortunate incident in Colorado where edibles were suspect in a young man's suicide.
There is still hope though, for the stoners of LA. There is a bill that is being proposed that will regular the medical marijuana business with a little more structure. As of right now, it's difficult for people to gauge things like edible strengths, as most edibles are completely different in the amount of THC that they contain. The new bill is quite a bit different then the original, which was attempting to prohibit the kinds of marijuana that could be recommended by doctors and also which doctors could actually prescribe them. Add the concentrate ban to that and people were seriously pissed. The new bill is even being backed by California Police Chiefs Association, an interesting fact since the group has never really said anything in regards to marijuana before this.
Thankfully, the new bill won't ban concentrates or edibles and you'll be able to still get them in the city of LA. Since there are many patients that can't smoke or need the added strength of concentrates to alleviate their pain, a ban on such products would leave some people without their meds. It's great that the new bill will still allow these people to medicate like normal. And it is definitely important to have cannabis products labeled with the correct dosage and amount of THC, in case there are novice users around who are attempting to build a tolerance. Let's also hope that the risk of BHO explosions goes does, as the negative effects from such actions could definitely lead to laws banning concentrates in the future.
Texas GOP Adds Hemp To Platform, Says No To Medical Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
The 2014 Texas GOP Convention wrapped up Saturday, June 7th, after a long week of debate and testimony concerning medical marijuana. Supporters of marijuana reform, including several members of RAMP (Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition) along with other medical marijuana advocates, including parents, veterans, and medical doctors, gave testimony in favor of an amendment to the platform in support of allowing Texans access to medical cannabis.
It seemed like a short-lived victory when the Temporary Platform Committee passed the amendment after listening to emotional testimony from those whose loved ones could benefit or have benefited from medical cannabis. The Chairman of the committee broke the tie and the amendment passed by a 15-14 vote. In addition, a plank supporting Hemp Cultivation passed the committee and made it into the final platform.
The following day, the Permanent Platform Committee met and voted on the medical marijuana amendment. This was the day I arrived at the convention after driving up to Fort Worth from Houston. My second time attending the Texas GOP Convention as a delegate, I was excited to hear about what was happening in the committees and was eager to help.
Rewind to August 2013 when I first met Ann Lee. After being involved with NORML for the past 4 years as a corporate sponsor to the legal seminars in Aspen and Key West, I had heard of Richard Lee, the founder of Oaksterdam University, but I didn’t know the full extent of his story until hearing it from his mother. Ann Lee was visiting a group in Houston that several of my friends help organize called Liberty on the Rocks. Along with a representative from Houston NORML, originally co-founded by Richard Lee, Ann Lee spoke to us and her words resonated.
She told us about growing up in Louisiana during segregation (Ann Lee is in her mid-eighties, she’s even older than marijuana prohibition itself), and she spoke of how unfairly people were treated and how unfairly minorities are treated today due to the enforcement of marijuana prohibition. She told us about her 5 sons, including educator and entrepreneur Richard Lee, who was injured in a workplace accident, leaving him in a wheelchair as a paraplegic. She told us about being a Republican activist since the 1970s and how she co-founded the group “Women for Reagan” in 1983, the year I was born. She told us about her husband, Bob Lee, and how they had initially reacted when Richard told them he uses medical marijuana to help with his muscle spasticity and neuropathic pain.
Ann and Bob Lee founded RAMP in 2012. After much reflection, they had reached the conclusion that prohibition of marijuana is directly opposed to all of their Republican values. I was immediately intrigued upon learning about this. My interest in both party politics and marijuana policy were now being fused together by this idea. I immediately approached Ann and started asking her about RAMP. She handed me a little brochure with the Republican logo with three pot leaves instead of stars. My first thought was “OK, this organization really needs a new logo.”
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Hilary Clinton Speaks Positively About Cannabis
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Most of us know Hilary Clinton as a stiff Republican who would probably have a pretty bogus opinion on marijuana. But in an interview with CNN recently, Clinton surprised us by saying that she supports medical marijuana "under appropriate circumstances" and also thinks that research on the plant should be increased, hopefully leading to new ways that cannabis can improve human life. Even when questioned about the recreational use of the plant, Clinton said that she would like to "wait and see" how the legal states of Washington and Colorado handle their newfound freedom.
Changes like this in politics are incredibly important to the cannabis community. While some people may not care for certain political parties or opinions, at least we can all agree that cannabis is being positively talked about and that can't do anything but help our cause. Especially those who have had a previously negative opinion on the plant. Much like Dr Sanjay, people that are "higher up" so to speak are extremely effective at changing how people think of cannabis.
The interview with CNN covered a wide range of marijuana questions and policy and included viewer questions. One of the people watching wanted to know where Clinton stood on marijuana policy and her answer was the following;
"At the risk of committing radical candor, I have to say I think we need to be very clear about the benefits of marijuana use for medicinal purposes. I don't think we've done enough research yet, although I think for people who are in extreme medical conditions and who have anecdotal evidence that it works, there should be availability under appropriate circumstances. But I do think we need more research because we don't know how it interacts with other drugs."
The medical benefits of marijuana are definitely being recognized. It's extremely important that more research be done on the plant, especially in the medical field and for children. As more and more kids suffer from being given an opiate based "medicine" like morphine, which has extremely addictive qualities and can severely effect childhood development. Whether or not you agree with all of Hilary Clinton's points, you should definitely agree that her speaking like this about cannabis will help to change more then a few minds!
Georgia man invites cop to watch his marijuana videos on YouTube, gets arrested
Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
Note to self: Don't show police video of pot garden.
A Georgia man was allegedly swimming naked at Glenloch Recreation Center in Peachtree City when police showed up to arrest him for indecent exposure last Friday — but it didn’t stop there.
Zach Peak, 29, shot his exchange with the officer for his YouTube channel. Then he inexplicably invited the arresting officer to watch his other videos online.
"The officer didn't think anything of it at first," Lt. Mark Brown told WXIA-TV. "He eventually got around to find some time to look up the gentleman's YouTube page."
One video featured quite the elaborate grow operation in his parents' home — and it appears someone might have gotten high on his own supply.
"Neglected, neglected," Peak says in the video as he waters the pot plants, according to WSB Radio.
Another video shows Peak lighting and smoking from a bong.
Authorities obtained a search warrant based on this evidence and wound up confiscating 33 illegal plants and related paraphernalia.
On top of indecent exposure, Peak now faces charges for manufacturing and possessing marijuana.
New Report Blasts DEA For Spending 4 Decades Obstructing Marijuana Science
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
The Drug Enforcement Administration has been impeding and ignoring the science on marijuana and other drugs for more than four decades, according to a report released this week by the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a marijuana research organization.
“The DEA is a police and propaganda agency," Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Wednesday. “It makes no sense for it to be in charge of federal decisions involving scientific research and medical practice."
The report alleges that the DEA has repeatedly failed to act in a timely fashion when faced with petitions to reschedule marijuana. The drug is currently classified as Schedule I, which the DEA reserves for the "most dangerous" drugs with "no currently accepted medical use." Schedule I drugs, which include substances like heroin and LSD, cannot receive federal funding for research. On three separate occasions -- in 1973, 1995 and again in 2002 -- the DEA took years to make a final decision about a rescheduling petition, and in two of the cases the DEA was sued multiple times to force a decision.
The report criticizes the DEA for overruling its own officials charged with determining how illicit substances should be scheduled. It also criticizes the agency for creating a "regulatory Catch-22" by arguing there is not enough scientific evidence to support rescheduling marijuana while simultaneously impeding the research that would produce such evidence.
A spokesperson at the DEA declined to comment on the report.
The feds have long been accused of only funding marijuana research that focuses on the potential negative effects of the substance, but that trend appears to be changing.
According to The Hill, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has conducted about 30 studies to date on the potential benefits of marijuana. NIDA oversees the cultivation, production and distribution of marijuana grown for research purposes at the University of Mississippi in the only federally legal marijuana garden in the U.S. -- a process through which the only federally sanctioned marijuana studies are approved.
The joint report comes less than two weeks after the House approved three amendments taking aim at the DEA and its ability to enforce federal marijuana and hemp laws in states which have legal marijuana operations and industrial hemp programs. The medical marijuana amendment was sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).
"Nobody should be afraid of the truth," Rohrabacher said Wednesday. "There's a lot of other drugs that have harmful side effects. Is the downside of marijuana a harmful side effect? Or is there a positive side that actually does help? That needs to be proven."
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