Wisconsin Bill to Increase Penalties for Marijuana Possession Introduced
Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
MADISON, WI — Legislation is pending in the Senate and Assembly that seeks to allow municipalities to penalize marijuana possession offenders in instances where the District Attorney has refused to prosecute.
Under state law, local governments prosecute first-time marijuana possession offenses involving 25 grams or fewer. Repeat offenses, or any offense involving a quantity of marijuana over 25 grams, is prosecuted in state court at the discretion of the District Attorney.
Senate Bill 150 and its companion bill (AB 164) would allow local jurisdictions to enact ordinances allowing for municipal courts to prosecute repeat cannabis possession offenders and/or those charged with possession more than 25 grams of cannabis in cases where the District Attorney has explicitly declined to do so.
At a time when many states and local jurisdictions are moving away from spending limited resources to target minor marijuana offenders, it makes little sense to enact legislation allowing for the continued prosecution of such persons in instances where the District Attorney has decided to forgo such actions
Read more: http://www.thedailychronic.net
Aggressive Old Haag California U.S. Attorney Says She'll Keep Prosecuting On Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
In the past few years, as some medical marijuana business people have been made into criminals in states with their own laws, no state has been more center stage than California.
The state saw the first marijuana law, so the medical marijuana industry has had longer to develop. And crackdowns have been vigorous, particularly at the hands of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, who covers the Northern District of California.
It is Haag who is pursuing seizure of two major Bay Area dispensaries that even the cities that host them have considered crucial to public health and defended in court. It is Haag who played a key role in the raid of a dispensary that was the model for a county program to police pot. And it is Haag who recently threatened some seemingly state-compliant dispensaries with as much as 40 years in jail.
In its latest guidance, the Department of Justice made explicit that the size and commercial nature of a dispensary was no longer reason enough to prosecute. And Haag has been equally explicit that size and commercial nature played a role in her crackdowns, saying, “The larger the operation, the greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state’s medical marijuana laws, and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need.”
Nonetheless, Haag said Friday that she does not expect a “significant change” in her approach, adding, “for the most part it appears that the cases that have been brought in this district are already in compliance with the guidelines.” There are a number of grounds on which Haag might be able to justify this comment. The guidelines leave significant leeway to determine what constitutes a “strong and effective regulatory system,” when there is “exacerbation” of drugged driving or “other public health consequences,” and when a dispensary is considered to be marketing to minors. But Haag’s explicit professed targeting of dispensaries because they are large and commercial would make such justifications particularly suspect.
Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/
"Jenny Kush", medical marijuana activist, killed in tragic DUI in Colorado
Yesterday, August 31, 2013, brought the entire medical marijuana movement to a stop with the tragic news that one of their own, a well known woman known as “Jenny Kush” was killed in a DUI accident in Colorado.
The comments have come pouring in via various social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
Some of the most moving comments included:
“Today we lost a passionate MMJ/MJ activist, Jenny Kush. R.I.P., Jenny”.
"Stunned disbelief! Just heard the news that we have lost a dear member of our community Jenny Kush. She and Rev Jeremy Charles were in a head-on collision with a drunk driver who was going the wrong way in the HOV lane. Jenny did not survive her injuries. Please keep Jenny and Rev Jeremy in your thoughts and prayers. We are all saddened by this tragedy." ~ Activist Rx MaryJane
According to the Memorial site on Facebook, “The beautiful and courageous, Jenny Kush, was killed by a drunk driver. Her life was spent promoting awareness and spreading the truth about Marijuana, a safer alternative to the "legal" drug that has stolen her life”.
“The woman who was driving made a decision to consume a dangerous drug and then get behind the wheel of an dangerous machine. Jenny lost her life because of that dangerous decision”.
“Jenny was a founding member of our group, Moms for Marijuana International, back when we were on MySpace several years ago. She helped start the first Colorado chapter before she moved on to pursue activism through other local opportunities. She was a dedicated Cannabis Warrior, and her light will be missed in this life”.
“Jenny leaves behind a grieving family who are stricken with sudden the loss of her in their life. To help aid her husband and children through this difficult time, we are raising funds to send to them directly”.
Read more: http://www.examiner.com
Connecticut Sets Rules For Medical Marijuana Farms
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Medical marijuana farms and dispensaries could be up and running in Connecticut by early next year, according to the state Department of Consumer Protection.
The department will start the process of issuing permits for growing and distributing medical marijuana “in early September,” Commissioner William Rubenstein said last week.
“It is our hope to be able to make our selections for both producer and dispensary facility licenses by around the first of the year,” Rubenstein said.
The Connecticut General Assembly approved the law to allow medical marijuana in May 2012, and Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the act into law that same month. The Legislative Regulations Review Committee finalized the specifics of the state’s laws on Aug. 27, allowing the department to move forward with its permits.
The law allows doctors to prescribe marijuana to treat 11 conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Residents can petition the state Board of Physicians to add more conditions to the list starting this fall.
Prescriptions are available only to Connecticut residents over 18 years old. The law also allows patients to have a “designated caregiver” who will be able to help buy and administer medical marijuana. Under state law caregiver must be approved by the state and be a family member or legal guardian.
Read more: http://fairfield.dailyvoice.com
Washington: Bar Owner Defends Allowing Customers to Smoke Marijuana On His Premises
Frank Schnarrs, owner of Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill in Olympia, Washington, is defending what he considers to be legal activity that is taking place on the second floor of his establishment, which is adults over the age of 21 consuming marijuana.
Frank claims that the individuals partaking in the recreational doings are doing so legally due to the fact that the aforementioned second floor has been designated as a private club for dues paying members only.
Members of said club pay an annual fee of $10 to gain access to the selected smoking spot which isn't accessible to the public, but the state's Liquor Control Board claims that since Frankie's is a licensed business it is indeed considered a public establishment and he is operating outside of the law.
The private pot club currently generates approximately 60 percent of Frankie's income which he says has actually saved him from having to close his doors.
The Liquor Control Board declares they are well aware of the actions that are taking place at Frankie's, but haven't stated what steps they will take to rectify the situation.
Marijuana grower killed by own booby trap
Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
A New York man died after being nearly decapitated by a booby trap he set to protect marijuana plants on his property.
Daniel R. Ricketts, 50, who owns property and a residence on Saw Mill Road in Albany County, was identified as the victim on Sunday, the Times Union reports.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Ricketts was driving an ATV on his property on Saturday afternoon when he was nearly decapitated after running into a nearly invisible wire that was part of fortifications he made near four large marijuana plants.
The wire appeared to be the type used in pianos, but Apple said it’s unclear what purpose it served as a security measure. Other components of the booby traps included barbed wire and a leg trap similar to those used to trap coyotes.
Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, Apple said. An investigation is ongoing.
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