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Private Plane Pilots Face Warrantless Searches For Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
no-warrant-neededPrivate plane pilots, especially those traveling to or through states with relaxed marijuana laws, are being subjected to warrantless searches by state and federal law enforcement, the Toledo Blade reported Monday.
 
The newspaper reported that the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which represents small plane owners and operators across the country, said it had received dozens of complaints from members “subjected to random searches” by Customs officers, local police, or both.
 
“None of the stops resulted in anything being found,” said Steve Hedges, a spokesman for the owners and pilots association. “In most cases, the pilots were stopped and held while their planes were searched… I’m told one pilot was asleep in a motel room with his wife when agents kicked the door down and took them back out to the airport to search his plane, only to find nothing there.”
 
Hedges said the pilots’ group has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for documentation justifying the searches, but didn’t expect to get a response for months.
 
The Blade also cited a June blog entry by the editor of Flying magazine, Robert Goyer, where Goyer described email and phone conversations with an unnamed “law enforcement source… who is knowledgeable about aviation matters” who described his 2009 training to participate in a federal drug interdiction program targeting private pilots. That source said he was taught pilots were to be treated as though they had no right to refuse a search.
 
“What they taught law enforcement officers and agents was that all aircraft can be detained since they fall under the… authority of the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration],” Goyer quoted the source. “This, in effect, gives them complete search authority of any aircraft.”
 
Goyer described the training as an “aviation drug interdiction” class sponsored by a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office. The training was conducted by two agents, one from Homeland Security and one from Customs and Border Patrol, the source said.
 

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Pot activists give away free marijuana joints to protest taxes

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
giving-away-free-jointsMarijuana activists are giving out free joints Monday in Denver to protest plans to tax pot sales.
 
Organizers said they are upset about proposed taxes on recreational marijuana and will protest by passing out as many as 4,000 marijuana cigarettes during Monday’s anti-Proposition AA rally in Denver, Fox affiliate KDVR reported.
 
The protesters said Amendment 64 legalized the use of recreational marijuana in private for those 21 and over and it should be taxed the same rate as alcohol, not tobacco.
 
"The marijuana industry wants to pay taxes and supports these issues very well, but these measures would simply be too far and out of reach for people who consume marijuana," protester Miguel Lopez told the station.
 
Lopez, who believes the industry is already overtaxed and over-regulated, supervised a joint-rolling session at a Denver park on Sunday afternoon. He said Monday’s marijuana distribution would help demonstrate that an untaxed black market in pot could flourish if Proposition AA is passed in November.
 

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John McCain On Marijuana: 'Maybe We Should Legalize'

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
legalize-mmj-says-mccainSen. John McCain indicated he may be changing his stance on marijuana legalization during a town hall event in Arizona on Thursday.
 
Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller tweeted that McCain said "maybe we should legalize" during the Phoenix event:
 
McCain isn't the first one in his family to show signs of support for marijuana legalization. His daughter Meghan McCain came out in favor of pot legalization -- and admitted she'd smoked a joint -- in June 2012.
 
McCain didn't just address the topic of pot legalization during the town hall. He faced a tough crowd during the event while discussing the situation in Syria, with many in the crowd largely opposed to military action.
 

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Nevada State Athletic Commission Relaxes Marijuana Regulations

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-regulations-changing-for-fightingFighters who walk out to Bob Marley are breathing a sigh of relief (and other stuff) right now. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is joining the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in relaxing its restrictions on marijuana use. 
 
Per Zeus from Middle Easy: 
 
This morning I received an email from Keith Kizer letting me know that as of yesterday, the NSAC has officially raised the testing threshold of marijuana metabolites from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL. That represents a 300% increase, which means you can have 3x more marijuana metabolites in your system before it's a positive test. something unprecedented in the the industry.
 
Marijuana use by fighters has been a constant source of frustration for promotions, and the number of athletes slapped with suspensions has seen a marked rise over the last two years.
 
As different states retool their laws on the drug, relax restrictions on possessing it and make it permissible as a prescription drug, fighters have found themselves in an awkward position between using a legal substance and getting hit by athletic commissions straight in the livelihood. 
 
Numerous fighters from the UFC, Bellator and other major promotions have been slapped with fines and suspensions. Nick Diaz, Thiago Silva, Robbie Peralta, Matt Riddle, Dave Herman, Tyson Griffin and Pat Healy are just some of the fighters that have tested positive for marijuana metabolites and been suspended as a result. Dana White once speculated 400 of the at-the-time 475 fighters on the UFC roster smoke marijuana. 
 
The increased threshold from 50 nanograms per milliliter to 150 will most certainly result in a substantial drop in the number of suspensions. However, this does not completely throw open the doors for marijuana use in the fight world.
 

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21 marijuana stores planned for Seattle, 1,000-foot rule changed

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
21-stores-planned-for-seattleThe numbers are in: Seattle is planned to have 21 legal marijuana retail locations starting in 2014. 40 additional stores could dot King County, and there will be 334 legal pot retail locations allowed statewide. The numbers were announced Wednesday after the Washington State Liquor Control Board passed its final proposed rules on the legal pot industry. Insiders expect the new stores to be open by June 2014.
 
While it’s still not clear how many pot stores Capitol Hill will have and where they’ll be located, some changes in the proposals make it even more likely that pot entrepreneurs will find a home in the neighborhood. Responding to complaints that the planned 1,000-foot “as the crow flies” buffer around schools and parks is too restrictive, the board has proposed a change in the way marijuana-free zone will be measured. The new measurement will allow the permitted 1,000 feet along a “common path” between parks and schools instead of a hard-fast marijuana-restricted circle. The change could allow an area like Broadway to be in the mix for possible pot stores. The liquor board also decided that 1,000 foot buffers between pot shops and schools and parks would be determined by a common path of travel and not as the crow flies.
 
Looking back at pre-privatization liquor store locations may also provide clues. The density of retail pot locations will roughly resemble the density of state-run and contract liquor stores prior to I-1183, according to WSLB spokesperson Brian Smith. Capitol Hill had two liquor store locations in 2012.
 

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DC City Council Wants to Decriminalize Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
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The city council in Washington, DC is considering a bill, cosponsored by a majority of the council, that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana up to an ounce, making it a “civil offense” resulting in a fine, according to the local NBC affiliate. The primary sponsor of the bill, Tommy Wells, says the bill is a matter of “social justice,” and that he’s not concerned with the legal status of marijuana insomuch as he’s concerned about the 6,000 people, predominantly African-American, that are arrested for “using small amounts of marijuana.”
 
Activists are pressing for full legalization, pointing out that decriminalization will just cause the black market to expand even more, since everything that makes the possession of a small amount of marijuana possible remains illegal. But Councilman Wells says he doesn’t “believe growing marijuana in your home is really an issue of social justice… I’m not sure that our city is ready to do that.” Wells is right, growing marijuana in your own home is not a “social justice” issue. It’s an issue of rights and freedoms.
 
Read more: http://reason.com

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