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Ariz. court ruling upholds DUI test for marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX (AP) -- An appeals court has issued a ruling that upholds the right of authorities to prosecute pot smokers in Arizona for driving under the influence even when there is no evidence that they are actually high.
 
The ruling by the Court of Appeals focuses on the chemical compounds in marijuana that show up in blood and urine tests after people smoke pot. One chemical compound causes drivers to be impaired; another is a chemical that stays in people's systems for weeks after they've smoked marijuana but doesn't affect impairment.
 
The court ruled that both compounds apply to Arizona law, meaning a driver doesn't have to actually be impaired to get prosecuted for DUI. As long as there is evidence of marijuana in their system, they can get a DUI, the court said.
 
The ruling overturns a decision by a lower court judge who said it didn't make sense to prosecute a person with no evidence they're under the influence.
 
The lower court judge cited the proliferation of states easing their marijuana laws, but the Court of Appeals ruling issued Tuesday dismissed that by saying Arizona's medical marijuana law is irrelevant regarding DUI. More than 35,000 people in Arizona have medical marijuana cards.
 

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Grand Rapids to proceed with marijuana decriminalization

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The city manager plans to authorize decriminalization of marijuana possession and use “very soon.”
 
Grand Rapids administrators said they are preparing a news release to specify a date for implementation of the voter-approved decriminalization, which is being challenged in court by the Kent County prosecutor. Kent Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan last month lifted a temporary injunction on decriminalization while Prosecutor Bill Forsyth’s case plays out.
 
Though the city now can implement decriminalization, it has not yet done so.
 
“I believe we will very soon do that,” City Manager Greg Sundstrom said. “I want to make sure our (police) department is ready. I want to make sure our courts are in alignment. This is nothing to be taken lightly.”
 

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Local delivery company in Colorado raided by police

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Two weeks ago we brought you the tale of marijuana home-delivery service Billygoatgreen MMJ. The company sought to slip through the section in Amendment 64 prohibiting receiving remuneration in exchange for cannabis by providing the substance for free and taking "donations" for growth and research instead.
 
It's a gray area with plenty of risk, as attorney Brian Vicente confirmed in our story. But as we also quoted Lt. Mark Comte with the Colorado Springs Police Department's Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division, "If I show up at your house with less than an ounce of marijuana, I'm 21, you're 21, and I say, 'Hey dude, it cost me 50 bucks in gas to get over here,' and you give me 50 bucks for my gas, there's nothing illegal."
 
Well, maybe not, but either way, in the last couple days, owners of the service were contacted by police, arrested and charged with distribution, according to a post on Billygoatgreen's Facebook page.
 
"we met with a high profile lawyer and he says if we fight it and loose were looking at LIFE in PRISON!!!!! out on bail waiting for court dates," reads the statement posted yesterday. "they are using a undercover police boyfriend and girlfriend to trick people on craigslist. DET.Lemkool is the name of the undercover cop. first they say its legal to donate then arrest you and your looking at life in prison. not so sure that sounds fair"
 

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NASA Smarts Help Coloradans Grow Better Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
A pretty surprising thing happened during the 2012 general election. No, it wasn’t the re-election of Barack Obama. In case you didn’t notice in all the political hoopla, the citizens of two states, Colorado and Washington, voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. We’re not talking about legal gray areas like using weed for medical purposes. We’re talking regulation of marijuana like alcohol–anyone 21 and over is welcome to use, possess, and perhaps most importantly, grow.
 
Of course, with federal laws concerning marijuana unchanged, some would-be growers find themselves in an awkward spot. That’s where former NASA scientist Dale Chamberlain hopes to help. With most hydroponic suppliers unwilling to take a risk by educating their customers about how to grow marijuana, the Loveland, Colo., resident decided to put his years of research with NASA and other high-tech plant growth chambers to work helping growers produce a superior product.
 
The former NASA employee recently established the High Altitude School of Hydroponics, or HASH. “The dazzling array of Hydroponic types and requirements can be overwhelming,” states the school’s website. “Mistakes are costly. Pests and diseases are all around waiting to eat what’s yours.  Problems can cause fires, water damage, destroy crops or after a long wait – an inferior harvest not worth the time.” Since Coloradans can’t turn to their local agricultural extension office for this advice (they’re still too worried about the Feds) it’s time for private citizens to pick up the slack, says Chamberlain.
 

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Colo. task force meeting on marijuana regulations

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER—A marijuana regulatory group appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper is still working out the details of pot regulation.
 
The group members meeting Monday won't make rules, but they'll recommend to the governor and the Legislature how Colorado should become one of the nation's first to regulate marijuana like alcohol.
 
The task force has less than a month to forward proposals to lawmakers.
 

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Discovery channels new series is "Pot Cops"

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
When one thinks of California, images of gunfire, booby traps and deadly cartels don’t usually come to mind. However, the Discovery Channel is aiming to expose the state’s dark side in the new series “Pot Cops,” which follows a drug enforcement unit in Humboldt County, Calif. who work to bring down both cartels and the “average Joe” growers operating in the area.
 
And that’s no easy task.
 
“The drug trafficking organizations that generally come from Mexico will sometimes put booby traps coming [for] people that are trying to steal or for law enforcement trying to eradicate their crops. A drug cartel is a serious criminal organization, there’s a lot of money to be made and when there’s a lot of money to be made, there is a higher potential for violence,” SWAT team member, Deputy Greg Musson – who stars in the show – told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Obviously there is a level of the unknown… One of the guys on the team and on the show has been involved in a shooting during a marijuana crackdown.”
 
“Pot Cops” will give audiences an unprecedented look at what it takes to conquer growers who are running a large weed farm in the Redwoods and shooting at local children on a reservation, as well as a bizarre, slow-speed chase of a stoned grower and investigations into parents who may be putting their own children at risk while hiding a huge grow somewhere in the surrounding hills.
 

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