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Marijuana dispensary owner sentenced to time served

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
A federal judge sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to operating an illegal marijuana grow house to time served, setting conditions that include home detention while issuing a sharp reminder that the drug remains illegal under federal law.
 
Hai Manh Do, 46, operated Earth's Medicine, a dispensary at 74 N. Federal Blvd., which was closed by state medical-marijuana regulators who found the operation, which included a grow house, wasn't properly licensed by the state.
 
The case is a reminder that marijuana remains illegal under federal law despite Colorado residents' vote to legalize it, U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn said Wednesday. "This case makes it clear that federal drug laws are not moribund even in the state of Colorado."
 

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'Cannabis clubs' register in France

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
THE first of an estimated 400 "cannabis social clubs" in France have formally registered their existence. 
 
Fifteen clubs have lodged declarations at their local préfecture, registering as a not-for-profit association. 
 
The clubs bring together growers and consumers of cannabis, who share their produce but do not sell it. They are considered illegal in France, but legally recognised in neighbouring Spain and Belgium. 
 
A notice advising of the formal creation of the French Federation of Cannabis Social Clubs appeared in the Journal Officiel earlier this week. 
 
Local branches have been declared in the Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Creuse, Charente-Maritime, Indre-et-Loire and Haute-Vienne. 
 
Authorities could close the clubs down at any point - but organisers hope for long legal delays before that happens. 
 

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Two St. Louis Officers Questioned After Marijuana Never Reported

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Two St. Louis Police officers are being asked “Where’s the pot?” This after dashboard camera footage shows one of the officers confiscating a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana during a traffic stop, but that bad never made it to evidence.
 
This happened in February, but an audit of dashboard camera footage uncovered the discrepancy.
 
Police Chief Sam Dotson told KMOX he doesn’t believe there was any wrongdoing. “I have no reason to believe the officer kept the marijuana for personal use, I have no reason to believe they kept for sale.
 

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Indiana crime bill could get tougher on marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The proposed overhaul of Indiana's criminal sentencing laws could get tougher penalties for marijuana possession and dealing after Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted it stricter on low-level drug offenders.
 
A state Senate committee is expected to vote Thursday on increasing the felony and misdemeanor levels of the marijuana crimes.
 
That is part of a broad plan that aims to direct more people convicted of low-level felonies to work release and other local programs rather than sending them to prison. It also would require those convicted of the most serious crimes to spend more time in prison.
 
Pence told reporters last week that he believed the bill should send a message that the state is tough on drug dealers.
 
The House approved the bill by a wide margin last month.
 

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Washington police K9's being retrained to ignore marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE, WA – When it comes to dogs everything’s black and white. So when it comes to a drug-sniffing dog it’s either drugs or it isn’t.
 
But thanks to the new laws that have legalized marijuana in Washington state police are trying to teach some old dogs a new trick.
 
Because the dogs are trained to alert police to the presence of what is now a legal substance; cops could get in trouble for conducting illegal searches when the pooches detect something.
 
So they’re trying to desensitize the dogs to pot, while not even training the new K9′s to detect the sticky icky.
 
Talk about a ruff job.
 

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Recreational Marijuana Bars Test Limits Of Legal Weed Laws In Washington, Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
TACOMA, Wash. — John Connelly leaned forward on his barstool, set his lips against a clear glass pipe and inhaled a white cloud of marijuana vapor.
 
A handful of people milled around him. Three young women stood behind the bar, ready to assist with the preparation of the bongs, as the strains of a blues band playing downstairs sounded faintly off the exposed brick walls.
 
"It feels so comfortable in here," said Connelly, 33. "It's just a great social aspect."
 
Welcome to the Stonegate – puns welcome. It's one of a tiny number of bars, cafes and private clubs catering to the stoner class in Washington and Colorado since voters last fall made them the first states to legalize marijuana for adults over 21.
 
Both states bar the public use of marijuana – which typically would include bars and restaurants – and most bars are steering clear of allowing pot use at least until officials come up with rules for the new weed industry.
 
But a few have been testing the boundaries of what's allowed in hopes of drumming up business and making a political statement.
 
"I've been running a bar a few years now, and people would always go outside around the corner, into the shadows, to smoke up," said Jeff Call, the Stonegate's owner. "People shouldn't have to hide. There's no rules yet, but I'm trying to do this thoughtfully and responsibly."
 

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