Hawaii Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Dies Without House Vote

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
HONOLULU, HI — Lawmakers in the Hawaii House have killed a bill for this year that would have reduced minor marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, fine-only offense. The bill, which had previously passed unanimously in the Senate, was put on hold after House leaders realized there would not be enough votes  to push the bill through.
Instead of sending the bill to the floor of the House for a vote, House leaders decided to “recommit” the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee, allowing the bill to return for possible discussion in 2014.  The Hawaii legislature operates on a two-year biennial legislative session.
Rep. Karl Rhoads, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said there just weren’t enough votes in the House to push the bill through this year.  Because of Hawaii’s  biennial Legislature, the House could consider bill again next year without the Senate having to pass it again.
But because the bill has been amended by the House, the Senate would need to vote on those changes if the bill were to pass a House vote in 2014.
In it’s current form,  SB 472 SD1 HD1, would have reduced the penalties of marijuana possession of 20 grams or less for anyone over 18 to a $100 fine.  The bill has seen several revisions since its introduction.


Rhode Island is making it happen!

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder


Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Hearings Begin Today

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
MONTPELIER, VT – Hearings on bills to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Vermont will be held by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 3 and the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, April 4.
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, and Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan are scheduled to testify in support of the bill at the House hearing. Flynn and Donovan are also scheduled to testify in support of the bill at the Senate hearing.
House Bill 200, introduced by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tripartisan group of 38 co-sponsors, and Senate Bill 48, introduced by Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) with a tripartisan group of eight co-sponsors, would remove criminal penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of up to $100, similar to a traffic ticket.
Those under age 21 would be required to perform community service and to attend a drug awareness and safety program. Under current state law, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail for a first offense and up to two years in jail for a subsequent offense.


Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled While Bongs Ban Advances

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Eighteen states and D.C. have passed medical marijuana legislation but in Florida, the "Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act" can't even get a hearing in the state Senate or House.
The bill has stalled in Tallahassee despite the fact that seven out of 10 Floridians support legalizing medical marijuana. Meanwhile a bill banning bongs was unanimously approved by a Senate committee.
"Shame on us as a Legislature for not taking the opportunity to hear this bill this year," House bill sponsor Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation) said at a press conference on Monday.
Edwards introduced the bill after getting sick herself last year and speaking with cancer patients about how marijuana alleviated their suffering.


Trying To Pay Your Cab Fare With Marijuana Will Probably Not Go Over Well

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Many people who have taken taxis regularly enough have had to face that dreaded moment when you realize you don’t have enough cash — or you lost your wallet — and you won’t be able to pay the fare. There are ways to handle this, but offering the driver marijuana as barter is probably not the best idea.
Yet that’s what police say happened last weekend here in Philadelphia, where a young man lacked the funds to pay for his cab ride and ended up spending some time behind bars.
Police tell CBS 3 that officers were attempting to ticket the cab for double-parking on Friday night when the driver pointed out that his passenger was trying to stiff him on the fare.
“The guy says let me get some money for you and the cab driver says okay leave me some collateral,” a police rep tells CBS. “So he left his phone. He let him go in, he returns a short time later and he still doesn’t have any money.”
This is when the alleged weed-in-lieu offer was made.


Possessing a little marijuana no longer criminal in Rhode Island

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
(Reuters) - A law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana went into effect in Rhode Island on Monday after the state last year became the 15th in the United States to enact such legislation.
Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the legislation into law in June but it did not take effect until Monday, a move intended to allow time for officials to work out procedures, said state Representative John Edwards, a co-sponsor of the measure.
Possession of one ounce (28 grams) or less of marijuana in Rhode Island now constitutes a civil offense punishable by a $150 fine and forfeiture of the drug, though three offenses in an 18-month period amount to a misdemeanor.
"I think it's going to save our police a lot of problems," he said, adding that what might have been mere "youthful indiscretion" will no longer lead to a criminal record that might have long-term consequences.



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