Supreme Court Rules Against Automatic Deportation For Marijuana Possession

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
In a 7-2 vote on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that deportation is not mandatory if a legal immigrant is convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana.
The ruling was in response to Moncrieffe v. Holder. Immigration officials automatically deported Adrian Moncrieffe, a Jamaican citizen who has lived in the United States since he was three years old, after he was convicted under Georgia law for possession and intent to distribute 1.3 grams of marijuana.
“Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote on behalf of the majority that a conviction for marijuana possession does not rise to the level of an aggravated felony if it is a small amount and the defendant was not being paid for it,” reported Reuters.


Huge marijuana joint seized at UC Santa Cruz 4/20 celebration

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —Every year on April 20 at 4:20 p.m., hundreds of University of California at Santa Cruz students and residents gather in a field on UCSC's campus to light up.
Every year on April 20 at 4:20 p.m., hundreds of University of California at Santa Cruz students and residents gather in a field on UCSC's campus to light up.
But one marijuana enthusiast took the opportunity a little too far. 
A joint weighing nearly 3 pounds was found by officers. When a large crowd of students noticed 3 pounds of marijuana rolled into a single joint was being carried away, they booed the officers and recorded them with cellphone cameras. A video of the incident was uploaded onto
YouTube Saturday and had been watched 28,000 times by Monday morning.
A 25-year-old man who was suspected of creating and bringing the massive joint, UCSC student Gennady Tsarinsky, was escorted away from the field and arrested. 
"(Tsarinsky) was arrested for possession of more than an ounce," UCSC spokesman Jim Burns said. Burns said he could not confirm the exact weight of the joint.
A second pot smoker was arrested for disorderly conduct, but overall students said the marijuana smoke-out was a carefree counterculture fun fest.
"Everyone is super-friendly, super-easygoing, really accepting," UCSC student Trio Harris said. "You can just be yourself and not be judged, and that's why I love 4/20."
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Denver Police ID one man wanted in Denver's 420 marijuana rally

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER - Denver Police now believe they know the name of one of the men wanted in connection with the shooting at Denver's marijuana rally on Saturday. However, officers are not releasing the man's name and say he has not been arrested yet.
Police said the man they have identified is the possible accomplice described as the second suspect. "He is the black male with a brown and white checkered shirt," police said.
Police said suspect Number 1 is described as a black male with a light complexion, 6 foot tall, 180 lbs., wearing a gray hoodie, black pants and a Carolina blue baseball cap. Photography student Alexander Pringle told 7NEWS he saw the shooter open fire and managed to snap a photo of the shooter running away. (See that photo above, click on the number 2.)


Three people injured in Denver marijuana celebration shooting

Category: News | Posted on Sun, April, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
A marijuana celebration in Denver turned violent, with three people shot and wounded in a shooting. A hunt for two suspects is currently on.
A man and a woman were each shot in the leg and a youth was grazed by a bullet. The woman and the man were taken to hospital in serious condition, but the wounds were not life-threatening, Denver police reported on Twitter. 
A dog was also injured in the shooting.
The celebration was taking place in honor of Colorado’s legalization marijuana.
"I heard five or six gunshots in quick succession. That's why I knew it wasn't fireworks. Then everybody started to scatter and ran toward one end of the park," Cole Wagenknecht, who attended the event, told Reuters.
It was not immediately clear what started the shooting.
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Marijuana bars: Authorities cracking down on Washington bar owner allowing pot use

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
Jeff Call knew he was pushing the envelope when he started letting people use marijuana at his rum-and-pizza joint in Tacoma.
But he didn't quite know the extent of what he was in for: the governor's office demanding state regulators do something about it, local authorities revoking his business license, and his insurance company dropping his liability policy — developments that threaten to sink his 3-year-old establishment even as he vows to fight them.
"The screws are coming down from all over," says Call, owner of Stonegate Pizza. "But we're open. Everything is still the same."
Washington and Colorado last fall became the first states to legalize marijuana for adults over 21. Both ban 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.


Is Michigan ready to decriminalize marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
LANSING, MI - A Democratic state lawmaker from Ann Arbor is ready to formally launch a bid to decriminalize possession of relatively small amounts of marijuana.
Rep. Jeff Irwin plans to formally announce his Michigan House legislation next week. It calls for making possession of one ounce or less of pot a civil infraction rather than a crime classified as a misdemeanor. That means the offense would carry a fine, but not the threat of jail time.
Other punishments – including for those related to intent to deliver or sell marijuana, or possession of more than one ounce – would not change.
At first blush, it would appear the bill faces long odds against passage in the Republican-led Legislature. Irwin acknowledges there are “some significant blockers that are going to make it very, very difficult to pass.”
Ari Adler, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger, said the bill isn't going to be a priority.
"This may be a high issue for Rep. Irwin, but there are many other things facing Michigan that we need to deal with first," Adler said in an email. "Of course, if he was more willing to work with us on finding solutions for heavy issues, he might have a better chance of lighting up his 1-ounce initiatives."
But Irwin said there a number of lawmakers who support limited government and individual freedoms -- which could gain the bill some traction.
“I think that there is far more support than folks would initially think in the Legislature for this idea,” Irwin said.



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