Maryland Wants to Hire Police That Have Smoked Marijuana
Law enforcement hopefuls all across Maryland who may have consumed marijuana in the past, could soon have the unique opportunity to protect and serve the good people of the Old Line state.
A special commission charged with hiring the state’s police force has recommended a change to a policy that disqualifies recruits with a history of marijuana use, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
The article suggests that the Police Training and Standards Commission, which was put into place last year to keep a watchful eye on the state’s cops, wants to do away with a decades old rule that makes it impossible for applicants who have smoked marijuana five times since turning 21 years old, or 20 times in their lifetime, to become a uniformed police officer. The 24-member commission recently voted to change the policy to only apply to those who have consumed the herb within the past three years.
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In Arizona, Top Prosecutor’s Office Profits from Marijuana Arrests
In Arizona the fight to maintain marijuana prohibition has been led in recent years by Bill Montgomery, the top prosecutor in the state’s largest county.
He’s the face of the campaign opposing a ballot measure that Arizona voters will either approve or reject in two weeks. His repeated lawsuits aimed at derailing the medical-marijuana system approved in 2010, which have mostly failed, delayed the system’s implementation by about a year.
A report published in the Arizona Republic Wednesday reveals why Montgomery has such a keen interest in keeping marijuana laws on the books: His agency, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO), reaps millions of dollars every year because of the illegality of marijuana.
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Weed as way of life: California farmers divided on legal bud
GARBERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Laura Costa’s son and husband moved quickly with the pruning shears to harvest the family’s fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.
The rain could invite “bud rot,” Costa said, “a big no-no.”
The farm, hidden along a winding mountain road in a remote redwood forest, is just one of many illegal “grows” that make up Northern California’s famous Emerald Triangle, a rural region that developed over decades into a marijuana-producing mecca at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties.
California voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use – an issue that has sown deep division here among longtime growers. The Costa family and many other pot farmers have yearned for the legitimacy and respectability that growers of legal crops enjoy.
After Election Day, access to marijuana likely to reach all-time high across nation
DENVER — Nearly 60 million Americans may wake up Nov. 9 to find voters in their states have abolished long-standing marijuana prohibitions, a three-fold expansion for legal cannabis across the country.
Another 24 million Americans could find themselves in states with newly legal medical marijuana use, a smaller but still significant expansion of legalized pot around the United States. Already, half of the states permit some form of medical marijuana use, and more than half of all Americans live in a state that has approved medical marijuana.
California, experts say, will likely play the most significant role in cannabis legalization on Nov. 8. Voters in our most populous state are widely expected to approve the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” adding nearly 40 million names to the list of people who live in a state with legal pot.
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