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Man jailed in Japan for Cheeba Chews, reportedly to be released

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

Lucky for him he avoided being sent to Jail for up to 10 years in Japan!

‚ÄčTim Wilson, a 25-year-old Colorado man arrested last year after Japanese authorities say he conspired to have marijuana candies sent to the weed-intolerant island nation will finally be coming home, according to 9News.
The station quotes Wilson's family as saying he received a "suspended sentence" and should be back on American soil soon.
 
We brought you Wilson's story last November. The honors student was studying abroad and helping out with earthquake relief efforts when a friend sent him a care package containing Cheeba Chews, a popular, THC-laced treats. Wilson never received the package, but still faced up to ten years in Japanese prison, as officials said he requested that his friend send him the edibles.
 
The Japanese courts pointed to an e-mail between Wilson and his friend in which Wilson jokingly said it "would be a good idea" to send marijuana oversees. Wilson adamantly insisted that the joke was lost in translation and that he had never actually requested the candies be sent to him. He contends that he had no way of knowing his friend would be such a fucking moron do such a blatantly illegal thing.
 
No word on exactly when Wilson -- a card-carrying medical marijuana patient -- will be back in Colorado. We'll try and catch up with him when he does. But in the meantime, I hope Wilson's friend has a nice big apology bowl waiting for him.
 

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Medical marijuana card not a license to smoke on probation, court rules

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

At what point shoudl anyone be able to tell you if you can or cannot take your medication for your ailments? How is this ethical at all? Is the Judge also a doctor who is licensed to tell you weather or not you are able to go off your medication? Anyone else here see something wrong about this, I don't recall a Judge ever telling anyoen they couldn't take their Tylenol...

 

The Colorado Court of Appeals has weighed in on the question of whether a medical marijuana patient can smoke while completing a probationary sentence that specifically nixes drug use. The judges' answer in a decision on view below? A resounding "no" justified in part by references to the case of Jason Beinor, a medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job as a street sweeper after failing a random drug test.
 
The man at the center of the latest controversy is Leonard Charles Watkins. At the time of a 2010 package by 9News, Watkins was reportedly on probation in Arapahoe County following a 2005 conviction involving sexual assault on a child. Nonetheless, a judge had sanctioned his use of MMJ, much to the chagrin of 18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers. In an e-mail statement to 9News, Chambers wrote, "Does anyone think it's a good idea to allow a convicted sex offender to get high? People on probation have admitted to violating the law. There are different public safety concerns and different laws that apply to them than apply to the rest of the community."
 
Chambers's office subsequently appealed the decision allowing cannabis medication. Hence, the current case, in which Watkins argued that Amendment 20, which legalized medical marijuana in Colorado, "is paramount and necessarily prevails" over probation rules that forbid him from using or possessing "any narcotic, dangerous or abusable substance without a prescription."
 

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Police say toilet plunger used as marijuana pipe

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

Busted for smelling like Marijuana? Sounds like the same old exucsse the cops try to use all the time now to pull a bullshit search on a vehicle.

KINGFISHER, Okla. -- Authorities in Kingfisher County made an interesting drug bust after pulling over a truck with a broken tail light. Police believe the driver was making a drug run that started in California but never made it through Kingfisher.
 
"I got enough that he's going to go away for a long time," a deputy said.
 
There were enough drugs and paraphernalia to fill an evidence room. We can't show the face of the undercover agent, but we can show you what he found, jars even buckets full of marijuana police say they seized when making the traffic stop.
 
"He was just acting a little bit funny, and my partner said he smelled burnt marijuana in the vehicle, and I told him I smelled green marijuana coming from the vehicle," Kingfisher County Deputy Eric Richardson said. "He said that he did have marijuana in the floor board."
 
Investigators say they found marijuana and empty beer cans inside the truck, and once their dog alerted to the trailer behind it, they found several mason jars and baby jars full of marijuana as well as a marijuana pipe that was made out of a toilet plunger."
 

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Pro-marijuana Montana legislator investigated by DEA

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
In a case that has implications for Colorado and other medical marijuana states, Montana legislator Diane Sands has come under investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, but she doesn’t know why. She suspects the investigation is related to her advocacy of liberalized marijuana laws.
 
She told the Colorado Independent that she has no involvement in medical marijuana beyond her work in the legislature. The Missoula Democrat, though, has been very outspoken in the legislature, advocating for liberalized medical marijuana laws and also advocating for the federal de-listing of marijuana, so that it becomes an issue that can be decided by individual states.
 
“Because of the federal supremacy clause, federal law always trumps state law,” she says. “We fought a civil war over this. There is nothing a state can do to make marijuana legal, or even to make medical marijuana legal, but there is a process to change that at the federal level. Now that so many states have made medical marijuana legal, the federal government should remove marijuana from Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act, and let the states regulate marijuana as they see fit,” she says.
 
“I don’t believe I should be investigated by the DEA for saying that. Any suggestion that the federal government is investigating me is very chilling. I’m an historian, so yes, I connect present activities to past activities, such as the Sedition Act of 1918 and the McCarthy hearings. When you have government officials investigating lawmakers because of how they pursue their official duties, you have a problem,” she contends.
 
“It is outrageous and absurd that the DEA would investigate a state lawmaker for doing her job: crafting state laws. When he ran for president, Barack Obama said he would not circumvent state medical marijuana laws. The president needs to keep his word and order the Justice Department to back off, and to focus on real crime instead of targeting medical marijuana providers and interfering with states’ democratic processes,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This could have a chilling effect on lawmakers who want to be involved in regulating medical marijuana in any state.”
 
“This is part of the continuing witch-hunt in Montana,” said Jim Gingery, executive director of the Montana Medical Growers Association. “They have already successfully intimidated law-abiding
businesspeople, and now they are attempting to intimidate any politician who is opposed to full prohibition. This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Gingery said. “They will try to discredit anyone involved in medical marijuana in Montana.”
 
Sands said her name came up when a DEA agent asked a witness whether Sands was involved in a drug conspiracy case under investigation. That person’s attorney told Sands that her name had come up.
 

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Parents Charged After Marijuana Pipe Found In Child's Diaper

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder

Really parents? A freaking pipe in your kids diaper... way to help screw over all the work people have put into this industry to show all the positives that Cannabis brings. When people do idiotic things like this, it just takes us down a whole level again.

Prosecutors in Logan County have charged a couple with child neglect, drug possession and several other offenses after police say their child showed up at day care with a marijuana pipe in its diaper. 
 
It happened in Guthrie. Deputies say after the pipe was found, they went to the home of Jesse and Jessica Renaker, where they discovered more than an ounce of marijuana and a handgun. 
 
Court records show the Renakers were charged Friday with two counts of child neglect, one count of marijuana possession, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of felony firearms possession and one count of maintaining a home where drugs are kept. 
 
Two children were taken into DHS custody. 
 
A Logan County sheriff's official says Jessica Renaker works as a teacher in the area
 

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NYPD Arrests for Marijuana Soar in 2011, Second Highest on Record

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder

The NYPD continues to harass marijuana users even for simple small time possesion causing tax payers to waste their money by sending this people to jail over a harmless plant.

The folks at the Drug Policy Alliance -- who we talked to extensively for last year's Voice feature "The White Mayor's Burden" -- put out a scathing press release yesterday writing that the NYPD arrested 50,680 for marijuana in 2011, making it the highest year for the Bloomberg administration and the second highest year in the history of the city (just 587 arrests behind the record holding year 2000, when the Giuliani NYPD arrested 51,267 people for pot).
 
Given that the overwhelming majority of people arrested for pot are black and Hispanic young men, it's ironic that 2011 saw a continuation in the increase of marijuana arrests. After all, 2011 was the year Mayor Mike rolled out the Young Men's Initiative with an alleged desire to "help" young men of color. It was also the year NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly was forced, after Bloomberg's initiative was so widely mocked, to clarify that stop-and-frisks couldn't include illegal searches that made marijuana become in public view because a cop had illegally taken it from a citizen's pocket.
 
And yet, despite this, the marijuana arrests rose last year all the same.
 

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