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UN World Drug Report Shows Cannabis Use and Acceptance Continues to Grow

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 27th 2016 by THCFinder

The 2016 World Drug Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) released yesterday, shortly after April's UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, provides a global overview of the supply and demand of opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances, as well as their impact on health.

The report reviewed the treatment demand for cannabis and developments since the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in some parts of the world.

Cannabis remains the most commonly used drug at the global level, with an estimated 183 million people having used it in 2014. The report shows that with changing social norms towards cannabis—predominantly in the West—cannabis use has climbed, with higher acceptability towards usage. In many regions, however, more people have entered treatment for cannabis use disorders over the past decade.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/un-world-drug-report-shows-cannabis-use-and-acceptance-continues-grow


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Police Hit Toronto with New Round of Dispensary Raids

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 26th 2016 by THCFinder

Toronto police raided more cannabis dispensaries on Thursday—a sequel to last month's "Project Claudia." Raids were reported on the Cannabis Culture and Canna Clinic dispensaries, both in the herb-friendly Yonge Street area.

Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters that he believed search warrants were executed at four locations. Cannabis Culture is run by Canada's crusading activist couple Marc and Jody Emery, who had voiced defiance after the May raids. 

"We refuse to be bullied by police and unjust, harmful, discriminatory law enforcement," Marc Emery stated at the time

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/police-hit-toronto-new-round-dispensary-raids


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Congressional Leadership Resists Bipartisan-Backed Marijuana Reforms

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 25th 2016 by THCFinder

Congressional leaders have moved in recent days to quash a number of proposed marijuana law reforms.

Specifically, provisions previously voted on by Congress to expand medical cannabis access to eligible military veterans have been removed by leadership during the conference committee process. Members have yet to speak publicly as to why the language was removed. Both the Senate and the House versions of the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill contained the marijuana-friendly provisions prior to the reconciliation process.

The move follows a decision earlier this week by Republican leaders on the House Rules Committee to deny members the opportunity to vote on a Democrat-sponsored amendment that sought to permit banks and other financial institutions to engage in relationships with state-compliant marijuana businesses. Senate Appropriations Committee members had approved a similar amendment last week by a vote of 16 to 14. That amendment, which is now included in the Senate’s version of the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, awaits further action on the Senate floor. If approved, the Senate bill will ultimately need to be reconciled in conference committee with House leadership.

In April, NORML released a Congressional Scorecard assigning letter grades ‘A’ through ‘F’ to every member of the US House and Senate based on their marijuana-related comments and voting records. To see what grades your Congressional members received, please click here.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/congressional-leadership-resists-bipartisan-backed-marijuana-reforms/


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Attorney Files Federal Class Action Lawsuit Against MSP, Oakland County Labs

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 24th 2016 by THCFinder

michigan marijuanaKomorn Law has filed a class-action suit in federal court against the Directors of the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division and Oakland County’s Forensic Services Laboratory over 4th Amendment and due process violations in the way marijuana evidence is being officially reported to Courts by those labs. Also named in the suit: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, head of the State Police.

The suit names as Plaintiffs four individuals who have had these questionable lab results on seized evidence used against them in a court of law, and include Max Lorincz, Earl Carruthers, Jason Poe and Brandon Shobe. The full document is available on the Fox 17 website at THIS LINK and via several social media sites.

The suit seeks “Declatory and injunctive relief,” per the Court filing.

“Specifically, Plaintiffs bring this action because of the serious risk of deprivation of Plaintiffs’ liberty interests, rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, and right to substantive and procedural due process. These deprivations result from the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division (the “Forensic Division”) intentionally misrepresenting test results regarding marijuana, at the behest of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (“PAAM”) and other law enforcement agencies, to support the charging of felonies when none occurred.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/attorney-files-federal-class-action-lawsuit-against-msp-oakland-county-labs/


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Legal Weed Sparks Colorado Debate—Why Not Allow Pot Clubs?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) -- Legal marijuana is giving Colorado a stinky conundrum. Visitors can buy the drug, but they can't use it in public. Or in a rental car. Or in most hotel rooms.

The result is something marijuana advocates and opponents feared - people toking up on sidewalks, in city parks and in alleys behind bars and restaurants - despite laws against doing so. And they're getting dinged with public marijuana consumption tickets.

From the capital city of Denver to mountain resorts like Aspen and Breckenridge, police wrote nearly 800 citations in for the new crime of public consumption in 2014, the first year recreational sales began.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/legal-weed-sparks-colorado-debate%E2%80%94why-not-allow-pot-clubs


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Supreme Court Opens Door For More Lawless Police Searches

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

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In a pair of decisions released Monday, the US Supreme Court again demonstrated its deference to law enforcement priorities, in one case by expanding an exception to the long-standing ruling requiring that unlawfully gathered evidence be discarded and in another by holding that drug dealers, even those engaged only in street-corner sales, are engaged in interstate commerce.

The two decisions expand the ability of local police to skirt the law without effective punishment on the one hand, and allow prosecutors to use the weight of the federal criminal justice system to come down on small-time criminals whose cases would normally be the purview of local authorities on the other. Taken together, the decisions show a high court that once again give great deference to the demands of law enforcement.

In the first case, Utah v. Strieff, the Supreme Court held that evidence obtained from the illegal stop of Strieff should not be thrown out under the exclusionary rule, which requires that illegally seized be suppressed as “fruit of the poisonous tree.” The exclusionary rule, which dates back to 1920 and values the rule of law even at the expense of seeing a guilty suspect go free, has long been a bane of judicial conservatives, who have been trying to chip away at it since at least the 1980s.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/supreme-court-opens-door-for-more-lawless-police-searches/


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