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Rhode Island Finally Gets a Hearing for Recreational Marijuana Bill

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 13th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana advocates have been eyeballing Rhode Island for the past couple of years as being a prime candidate to become one of the first states to end prohibition by way of the state legislature, but so far lawmakers have missed every opportunity to bring this progressive ideal to fruition.

However, despite House speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s indecision over the issue and his suggestion that Rhode Island should wait to see what happens in Massachusetts before taking any action, a key House committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday that could finally give way to marijuana being taxed and regulated throughout the state in a manner similar to alcohol. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/rhode-island-finally-gets-hearing-recreational-marijuana-bill


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In California, Marijuana Is Smelling More Like Big Business

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

ADELANTO, Calif. — After decades of thriving in legally hazy backyards and basements, California’s most notorious crop, marijuana, is emerging from the underground into a decidedly capitalist era.

Under a new state law, marijuana businesses will be allowed to turn a profit — which has been forbidden since 1996, when California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis — and limits on the number of plants farmers can grow will be eliminated.

The opening of the marijuana industry here to corporate dollars has caused a mad scramble, with out-of-state investors, cannabis retailers and financially struggling municipalities all racing to grab a piece of what is effectively a new industry in California: legalized, large-scale marijuana farming. 

Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/12/us/in-california-marijuana-is-smelling-more-like-big-business.html?_r=0


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Florida: Despite Marijuana Decriminalization Ordinances, Cops Keep Throwing Users in Jail

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

Although the City of Tampa recently approved an ordinance decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, many local law enforcement agencies say they plan to continue throwing stoners in jail.

A report from WFLA News Chanel 8 in Florida indicates that the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the city of Tampa and its outlying areas, refuses to recognize a new decriminalization ordinance that allows police to simply issue a citation to anyone caught holding less than 20 grams of pot. Instead, the county’s leading law enforcement agency has advised its deputies that marijuana possession remains against state law, and that means forcing offenders to answer to criminal charges.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/florida-despite-marijuana-decriminalization-ordinances-cops-keep-throwing-users-jail


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Pot-in-Schools Debate Returns to Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) -- A new Colorado law allowing medical marijuana use at public schools is getting a second look. That's because no school districts are allowing it, even though the law says they can.

A bill up for its first vote in a state House committee Monday would make Colorado the second state to require schools to allow nurses or caregivers to administer medical pot.

Supporters of the bill say that school districts are dragging their feet on allowing school nurses to give cannabis-based oils or allow students to wear cannabis patches. The law does not allow the use of smoked marijuana on a school campus.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-schools-debate-returns-colorado


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Highway Drug Dog Searches: Two Diverging Trends In The Case Law

Category: News | Posted on Sun, April, 10th 2016 by THCFinder
 

(via ci.bend.or.us)

By Phillip Smith

Last year, in one of the Roberts’ court’s rare decisions not siding with law enforcement, the US Supreme Court ruled that police could not detain people pulled over for traffic violations in order to await the arrival of a drug-sniffing police dog. Once the traffic violation was dealt with, motorists were free to go, the court held.

“Absent reasonable suspicion, police extension of a traffic stop in order to conduct a dog sniff violates the Constitution’s shield against unreasonable seizures,” wrote Justice Ruth Ginsberg for the court’s 6-3 majority in Rodriguez v. United States.

That case was a necessary antidote for police practices that evolved after the Supreme Court’s decision in Illinois v. Caballesa decade earlier. In that case, the high court held the use of drug dogs during a traffic stop did not violate Fourth Amendment proscriptions against unwarranted searches and seizures because, in the court’s rather involved reasoning, people carrying drugs have no expectation of privacy. Unlike the use of infra-red cameras to peer inside homes, which the court disallowed in an earlier case, the use of drug dogs would only reveal drugs, not other intimate details of one’s life, so that was okay.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/highway-drug-dog-searches-two-diverging-trends-in-the-case-law/


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Denver council faces marijuana question worth millions to investors

Category: News | Posted on Sun, April, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

When the Denver City Council introduces a proposal Monday that would cap the number of locations of pot shops and grow houses, Truman Bradley will be among dozens of investors waiting nervously.

The measure, which is intended to protect neighborhoods already saturated with marijuana cultivations and dispensaries, has found grudging acceptance by much of the marijuana industry. But as the council begins a floor debate over amendments, the biggest dispute is whether to stop pending license applications — like those pursued by Bradley and his business partners — before the city sets the caps.

Read More:http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29749119/denver-council-faces-marijuana-question-worth-millions-investors


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