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Congressional Leadership Resists Bipartisan-Backed Marijuana Reforms

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Congressional leaders have moved in recent days to quash a number of proposed marijuana law reforms.

Specifically, provisions previously voted on by Congress to expand medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans have been removed by leadership during the conference committee process. Members have yet to speak publicly as to why the language was removed. Both the Senate and the House versions of the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill contained the marijuana-friendly provisions prior to the reconciliation process.

The move follows a decision earlier this week by Republican leaders on the House Rules Committee to deny members the opportunity to vote on a Democrat-sponsored amendment that sought to permit banks and other financial institutions to engage in relationships with state-compliant marijuana businesses. Senate Appropriations Committee members had approved a similar amendment last week by a vote of 16 to 14. That amendment, which is now included in the Senate’s version of the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, awaits further action on the Senate floor. If approved, the Senate bill will ultimately need to be reconciled in conference committee with House leadership.

In April, NORML released a Congressional Scorecard assigning letter grades ‘A’ through ‘F’ to every member of the US House and Senate based on their marijuana-related comments and voting records. To see what grades your Congressional members received, please click here.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/congressional-leadership-resists-bipartisan-backed-marijuana-reforms/


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Attorney Files Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against MSP, Oakland County Labs

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

michigan marijuanaKomorn Law has filed a class-action suit in federal court against the Directors of the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division and Oakland County’s Forensic Services Laboratory over 4th Amendment and due process violations in the way marijuana evidence is being officially reported to Courts by those labs. Also named in the suit: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, head of the State Police.

The suit names as Plaintiffs four individuals who have had these questionable lab results on seized evidence used against them in a court of law, and include Max Lorincz, Earl Carruthers, Jason Poe and Brandon Shobe. The full document is available on the Fox 17 website at THIS LINK and via several social media sites.

The suit seeks “Declatory and injunctive relief,” per the Court filing.

“Specifically, Plaintiffs bring this action because of the serious risk of deprivation of Plaintiffs’ liberty interests, rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, and right to substantive and procedural due process. These deprivations result from the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division (the “Forensic Division”) intentionally misrepresenting test results regarding marijuana, at the behest of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (“PAAM”) and other law enforcement agencies, to support the charging of felonies when none occurred.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/attorney-files-federal-class-action-lawsuit-against-msp-oakland-county-labs/


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Legal Weed Sparks Colorado Debate—Why Not Allow Pot Clubs?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) -- Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can't use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms.

The result is something marijuana advocates and opponents feared - people toking up on sidewalks, in city parks and in alleys behind bars and restaurants - despite laws against doing so. And they're getting dinged with public marijuana consumption tickets.

From the capital city of Denver to mountain resorts like Aspen and Breckenridge, police wrote nearly 800 citations in for the new crime of public consumption in 2014, the first year recreational sales began.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/legal-weed-sparks-colorado-debate%E2%80%94why-not-allow-pot-clubs


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Colorado:New Ballot Measure Could Severely Cripple Cannabis Industry

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

While Colorado’s experimental blueprint for marijuana legalization in the United States has proven wildly successful – generating more tax revenue from weed in 2015 than from alcohol — there has been no shortage in the resistance of opposing forces who are on a desperate mission toincrementally cripple the industry to the point of non-existence. 

The latest event that stands to sever the legs of the Colorado cannabis market is a ballot measure (Amendment 139) recently given the green light by the Colorado Supreme Court aimed at imposing an extensive list of restrictions on recreational marijuana – complete with a potency cap on all pot products and a cornucopia of FDA-esque labeling rules for which there is no medical basis.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/colorado-new-ballot-measure-could-severely-cripple-cannabis-industry


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Supreme Court Opens Door For More Lawless Police Searches

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

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In a pair of decisions released Monday, the US Supreme Court again demonstrated its deference to law enforcement priorities, in one case by expanding an exception to the long-standing ruling requiring that unlawfully gathered evidence be discarded and in another by holding that drug dealers, even those engaged only in street-corner sales, are engaged in interstate commerce.

The two decisions expand the ability of local police to skirt the law without effective punishment on the one hand, and allow prosecutors to use the weight of the federal criminal justice system to come down on small-time criminals whose cases would normally be the purview of local authorities on the other. Taken together, the decisions show a high court that once again give great deference to the demands of law enforcement.

In the first case, Utah v. Strieff, the Supreme Court held that evidence obtained from the illegal stop of Strieff should not be thrown out under the exclusionary rule, which requires that illegally seized be suppressed as “fruit of the poisonous tree.” The exclusionary rule, which dates back to 1920 and values the rule of law even at the expense of seeing a guilty suspect go free, has long been a bane of judicial conservatives, who have been trying to chip away at it since at least the 1980s.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/supreme-court-opens-door-for-more-lawless-police-searches/


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Rhode Island: PTSD Bill Passes, Heads To Governors Raimondo’s Desk

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

rhode island medical marijuana dispensaryGood news out of Rhode Island:

Following approval from the Rhode Island House and Senate, a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana is headed to Gov. Gina Raimondo who is expected to sign the legislation into law. This is a huge victory for patients!

Veterans and others who suffer from psychological trauma have fought for years to addPTSD to the list of state-approved criteria for medical marijuana. Once this bill becomes law, these patients will no longer be forced into an illegal market to access the medicine that relieves their symptoms.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously in May. The legislation was approved 67 to 1 by the House in a vote yesterday.

It is encouraging to see Rhode Island’s legislature continuing to move in a positive direction by expanding the medical marijuana program. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/rhode-island-ptsd-bill-passes-heads-to-governors-raimondos-desk/


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