Can Jury Nullification End The War On Drugs?
Check out this remarkable story from Missoula, Montana:
A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week. Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt. They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs. The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel. No, they said, one after the other. No way would they convict somebody for having a 16th of an ounce...
District Judge Dusty Deschamps took a quick poll as to who might agree. Of the 27 potential jurors before him, maybe five raised their hands. A couple of others had already been excused because of their philosophical objections. “I thought, ‘Geez, I don’t know if we can seat a jury,’ ” said Deschamps, who called a recess. And he didn’t. During the recess, Paul and defense attorney Martin Elison worked out a plea agreement.
Here's a quote from the plea memorandum that his attorney filed:
Public opinion, as revealed by the reaction of a substantial portion of the members of the jury called to try the charges on Dec. 16, 2010, is not supportive of the state’s marijuana law and appeared to prevent any conviction from being obtained simply because an unbiased jury did not appear available under any circumstances.
Jason Kuznicki reacts at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
If more potential jurors start turning down nonviolent drug cases, our drug laws will change.
Cannabis Crop Found In Baulkham Hills Park
HILLS police are investigating the discovery of a small cannabis crop within a section of Excelsior Reserve near Willow Drive in Baulkham Hills. Hills Local Area Command crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Murray said a Hills Shire council bushland maintenance staff member discovered a crop of 28 very small cannabis plants at 2.30pm on December 8.
“It looks like the offenders have placed the plants on a bed of potting mix on the ground,” he said. “The crop looks to have been planted there about three weeks ago. “The find was reported to the maintenance staff’s supervisor who then reported it to police the following day.” All the plants have been seized by police and they are asking for anyone who knows the people responsible for the plants to come forward.
Ex-Con Arrested Whilst In Possession of $1.5M In Pot
An ex-con was arrested after cops in Queens stopped him running a red light in the early hours of the morning and found enough marijuana in his car to get half of St. Albans high. Cops said Clement Hunter had more than 500 pounds of pot worth more than $1.5 million packed into the back of a rented white 2010 Dodge Caravan when he was stopped. Hunter had been driving in St. Albans around 4 a.m. when a pair of uniformed officers on patrol in an unmarked car saw the minivan run a red light along Merrick Boulevard and make a right turn without signalling.
The cops made a U-turn to pull him over and Hunter made a break for it. With the cops in pursuit, Hunter sped along for several blocks before turning down a dead end at 178th Street near 132nd Avenue. But he still wasn't done, the bad driving dope deliverer jumped out of the minivan and tried to run away, the cops grabbed him as he tried to scale a fence. Police finally realised why he was trying so desperately to make his great escape when they searched his rented caravan. In the back of the caravan there was roughly 10 bales of marijuana nice placed on top of each other and each weighing roughly 50 pounds.
The pot was tightly wrapped in green plastic and stuffed in black trash bags so that it couldn't be sniffed out. "It was in plain view," a source said. "You can see what it was." Hunter, who lives in Jamaica, was arrested and faces a slew of charges, including 50 counts of felony criminal possession of marijuana in the first degree, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of stolen property, officials said. Cops said Hunter had four prior arrests, all involving marijuana or other drugs, and two of which included weapons charges.
Army punishes 36 in Alaska for synthetic pot use
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The U.S. Army Alaska says it has punished 36 soldiers for the use of synthetic marijuana since it banned the substance.
Seven soldiers were tried at courts-martial, and 29 received nonjudicial punishments, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
Synthetic marijuana is known as Spice or K2. It’s a blend of spices and herbs sprayed with a compound similar to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It’s commonly sold in head shops.
Some users think the substance can’t be detected in drugs tests. But the Army says its urine tests can now find the chemicals used in Spice.
In March, a Fort Richardson soldier just back from Iraq was convicted of driving under the influence of Spice. He was arrested after driving over three raised medians, into a concrete wall and down a sidewalk with flat tires and a broken axle.
The U.S. Army Alaska banned Spice in August.
It had seen an increase in users with high blood pressure and heart rates admitted to hospitals at Fort Wainwright and Fort Richardson.
The soldiers have had life-threatening reactions in some cases, the commander of U.S. Army Alaska, Brig. Gen. Raymond Palumbo, wrote in a commentary published in the Fort Wainwright and Fort Richardson newspapers.
"We have no idea what the long-term effects are since the chemicals vary and have not been fully tested," Palumbo wrote. "But we do know that in the short term, bad things happen when people use Spice."
In October, Alaska legislators introduced a bill to outlaw Spice after state troopers arrested a Fairbanks man who used the substance, broke into a house, stripped naked and slept in the homeowners’ bed. He told troopers God had told him to do so.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has started a process to outlaw five chemicals commonly used in synthetic marijuana.
Police Arrest Geneva Man for Cannabis Possession
Police arrested Maxwell Conlon of Geneva on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of cannabis around 8.46 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, on school grounds in the 1300 block of Gray Street, reports said. Reports said Conlon was in possession of about .8 grams of cannabis and had with him "a multicolored, glass smoking pipe containing burnt residue, an item of drug paraphernalia."ï»¿
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Mila Kunis Thinks Miley Cyrus May Have Been Smoking Weed
Mila Kunis isn’t quite buying the story that Miley Cyrus was smoking salvia in the recent bong video and she’s calling her out. As Kunis appeared on George Lopez’s show, she revealed some of her teenage past which led to her being asked about Cyrus’ current situation, “She was smoking some weed. Come on, now; that was not no legal substance,” Kunis openly commented, but didn’t go on to judge her for whatever she may have done.
Do you think Miley Cyrus was smoking salvia or do you think that she was just taking some nice tokes of some marijuana. What you really have to take into consideration is that the side effects that she experienced in the video, most of them are consistent with the side effects caused when smoking salvia but I guess we will never truly know the truth. After all how can the all time star “Hanna Montana” be caught smoking marijuana?
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