Arkansas Cops Seize $20K Cash From Man With No Criminal Record

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

Asset forfeiture laws have long been criticized as a way for law enforcement agencies to line their pockets in the absence of due process. Just look at the case of Annette and Dale Shattuck, whose assets were seized even though charges against them were dropped. Years after their initial arrest, the Shattucks are still trying to get their property back.

Now, another troubling asset forfeiture tale has emerged out of Arkansas, reports State police sergeant Dennis Overton pulled over Guillermo Espinoza in July of 2013, for an unspecified "traffic stop." Overton requested a drug dog, which did not alert on Espinoza's car. (If the dog did, it would've given police probable cause for a search). 

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In Post-Legalization CO, Racist Marijuana Arrests Persist

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana legalization in Colorado brought the arrest rate down overall, but racial disparity in weed arrests has continued, a new report from the Colorado Department of Public Safety found. A 46 percent decrease in marijuana arrests from 2012 to 2014 included a 51 percent decrease for whites, 33 percent decreases for Hispanics, and 25 percent decrease for African-Americans. The uneven distribution in the dip across demographics means that, in 2014, black people were arrested at three times the rate of white people. 

For youth in Colorado, however, legalization has not allowed for a drop in arrests, but an increase especially concentrated among black kids. In the state, the annual number of youth marijuana arrests increased 5% from 2012 to 2014. A stark rise in the number of weed arrests among black (58% increase) and Hispanic (29 percent increase) youths drove the increase in the juvenile demographic. White kids, on the other hand, enjoyed an 8% decrease in marijuana arrests over the same period.  



Tests for Driving While Impaired by Marijuana Have No Scientific Basis AAA Study Says

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

Six states that allow marijuana use have legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation's largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws.

The study commissioned by AAA's safety foundation said it's not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes people high, that can reliably determine impairment. Yet the laws in five of the six states automatically presume a driver guilty if that person tests higher than the limit, and not guilty if it's lower.

As a result, drivers who are unsafe may be going free while others may be wrongly convicted, the foundation said.

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Orlando leaders pass ordinance to reduce penalties of marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 9th 2016 by THCFinder


A proposal to ease the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Orlando passed in a 4-3 vote Monday.

Orlando City Council members tweaked some terms of the controversial ordinance before it was passed.

The measure will make it a city code violation for possessing 20 grams or less of pot.

The ordinance was originally written so that a first violation would mean a $50 fine, but on Monday, leaders changed the fines for first and second offenders to $100 and $200.

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Maine Marijuana Advocates Trying to Restrict Access to Pot Publications

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

Although Maine stands a relatively good chance at legalizing marijuana in the forthcoming November election, the new law would force longtime readers of HIGH TIMES and other cannabis-themed publications to purchase new issues from behind the counter—treating cannabis journalism the same as hardcore pornography.

It seems the marijuana advocacy super group made up of Legalize Maine and the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has given way to a hypocritical ballot measure than stands to violate the U.S Constitution and the integrity of the marijuana legalization movement across the United States. 

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Does Hemp Growing/Cultivation Affect Marijuana Growing/Cultivation Via Cross Pollination?

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

federal farm bill hemp amendment researchA lot of marijuana growers fear hemp cultivation because they fear that cross pollination via nearby help cultivation will affect a marijuana grower’s crop. But is  that true? A recent article by Capitol Press suggests otherwise:

Marijuana growers fear hemp pollen because they want to avoid the formation of seeds in their crop, which decreases the quality and volume of psychoactive flowers.

As part of his experiment, Norton grew numerous hemp plants in a greenhouse that also contained several marijuana plants. In Oregon, recreational use of the psychoactive crop became legal this year and its medical cultivation has been legal since the late 1990s.

Despite their close proximity to male hemp plants, Norton’s female marijuana plants developed a minimal number of seeds.

“We’ve been successful with them not cross-pollinating,” said Norton.

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