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People On Probation/Parole Can Use Medical Marijuana In Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

colorado probation parole medical marijuanaPeople that are on probation or parole should still be allowed to use legal medicine. Just because someone is in the criminal justice system doesn’t mean that they don’t suffer from various conditions or ailments. Marijuana is a proven form of medicine, and if someone qualifies for a medical marijuana program to use it, they should be allowed to do so. To prevent someone from using medical marijuana, while on probation or parole or otherwise, is non-compassionate. Colorado’s Legislature and Governor agree, which is why they recently passed House Bill 1267. Per The Joint Blog:

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed House Bill 1267 into law, allowing those on probation or parole to use medical cannabis.

Although medical cannabis has been legal in Colorado since voters approvedAmendment 20 in 2000, the use of the medicine while on probation or parole has remained prohibited. House Bill 1267, which takes effect immediately, changes that.

This is a common sense move by the State of Colorado. Colorado joins Arizona and Rhode Island in allowing those that are on probation or parole to use medical marijuana. This will help countless numbers of people in Colorado, who might otherwise turn to much more harmful substances in an attempt to mask their conditions. I really hope more states follow suit, including my home state, Oregon. 

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/people-on-probationparole-can-use-medical-marijuana-in-colorado/


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Maryland Man Gets 20 Years for 6 Grams of Weed

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Although more judges across the United States have changed their opinion in regard to dealing with small-time marijuana offenders, many have not.

Perhaps the latest casualty in the War on Drugs is Ronald Tyrone Hammond Jr., who was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession of less than six grams of marijuana.

According to a report in The Baltimore Sun, Hammond got popped in 2012 after an argument with his girlfriend ended up being settled by a couple of local cops. During a frisk, officers discovered a small baggie of weed in his pocket, barely enough for a joint, and took him to jail for misdemeanor possession.

When Hammond showed up in court to answer the charges, District Judge Askew Gatewood stared deeply into the eyes of prosecutors and essentially called them fools for wanting to lock a man up for less than a joint.

"Why would I want to spend taxpayers' money putting his little raggedy butt in jail—feeding him, clothing him, cable TV, Internet, prayer, medical expense, clothing—on $5 worth of weed?” Gatewood asked. It was here the judge urged Hammond to take a plea of “guilty” and a $100 fine in order to get the ridiculous case out of both of their lives as quickly as possible.

He took the deal.

Unfortunately, the full scope of Hammond’s cutthroat situation was not realized before he was persuaded to bargain with the court. Because of a 2009 conviction over a $40 crack deal, he was thrown under the judicial bus and sent off to serve the next two decades behind bars.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maryland-man-gets-20-years-6-grams-weed


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Hundreds Of Entities Applying For Medical Marijuana Business Licenses In New York

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

new york medical marijuanaPeople trying to get into the marijuana industry, or people that are already in the marijuana industry, have always had their eyes on New York. New York has such a massive population that the potential for success in New York’s medical marijuana industry is obvious. New York recently opened up the application process, and there are already several hundreds of applicants. PerMarijuana Business Daily:

So far, at least 300 would-be cannabusinesses have lined up to submit a business license application and a corresponding $10,000 non-refundable fee to the state health department, according to the New York Post. The application period runs until May 29, so that number could easily double.

Those hundreds are competing for just five permits to grow, process and dispense medical cannabis in the state, and each of the five will be allowed to open at least five dispensaries (though advocates say the law allows for the health commissioner to increase that number).

The stakes are very high in New York. By the time the application window closes at the end of this month, there could be double the amount of applicants that there are now, or possibly even more than that. Five companies are going to essentially win the lottery when they get approved. Everyone else will be left on the outside looking in. I just hope that the five companies that win licenses are good stewards of the industry, and put patients above all else. I’d hate to see nothing but greedy people win the licenses. If so, profits would be put before patients, at which point the industry would never reach its full potential in New York, and patients would likely go back to the black market.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/hundreds-of-entities-applying-for-medical-marijuana-business-licenses-in-new-york/


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DEA Steals $16K From Innocent Man, Leaves Him Without a Way Home

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Uncle Sam continues to use the War on Drugs to profit from the misfortune of average citizens.

Earlier last month, 22-year-old Joseph Rivers boarded a train bound for Los Angeles in hopes of one day having a career in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, federal authorities chopped the man’s bright-eyed enthusiasm off at the neck, long before he ever crossed over into California, by stealing his life savings. 

According to The Albuquerque Journal, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration accosted Rivers at an Amtrak station during a short layover in New Mexico. It was here that agents began giving him and several other passengers the third degree in hopes of establishing evidence to suggest that someone, anyone, might be using the great American rail system to traffic illegal narcotics. 

Witnesses say the shakedown began as a series of typical law enforcement-type questions: "Where are you going… and why?" However, Rivers, the only black man at the scene, was reportedly singled out by an agent and asked for consent to a search of his bag. Hoping to avoid any further hassle, Rivers complied with the DEA’s request.

During the search, agents found an envelope from a Michigan bank containing River’s life savings$16,000 in cash. Although there was nothing in the bag to suggest involvement with the illegal drug trade, agents decided to seize all of the cash based on possibility that Rivers earned it slinging dope.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-steals-16k-innocent-man-leaves-him-without-way-home


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Supreme Court Ruling Alters Criteria for Probable Cause

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

Law enforcement operating in medical marijuana states could be forced to dig deeper than just evidence of a home grow operation to establish probable cause for a search warrant.

Recently, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts determined that in order for police to obtain a warrant to search a residence for illegal marijuana possession or cultivation, they must first be able to prove that the occupants of the dwelling are not properly registered to engage in such activities.

The latest judgment by the state’s highest court, making it unlawful for police in medical marijuana states to use evidence of a home grow as the sole basis for obtaining a search warrant, is in response to a 2013 case in which the defendant Josiah H. Canning was busted for illegally cultivating approximately 70 plants inside his home. The ruling found that while law enforcement may have previously used certain criteria as a means for establishing probable cause, the state’s newfound medical marijuana laws now discount these variables as grounds for suspected criminal activity.

Therefore, the judge agreed to the defense’s motion to suppress the evidence in this case, stating that in order for police to apply for a search warrant, “they must offer information sufficient to provide probable cause to believe the individual is not properly registered under the act to possess or cultivate the suspected substance.”

During the investigation, law enforcement collected several pieces of evidence, which have become common red flag for narcotics agents attempting to bust suspected dope dealers. They witnessed Canning bringing home supplies from a hydroponic grow store. Night vision goggles revealed that his apartment was rigged with lighting. They claimed to smell the herb permeating from the house. And, last but not least, they had a confidential informant who confirmed that Canning was, in fact, growing marijuana.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/supreme-court-ruling-alters-criteria-probable-cause


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Washington Sells Almost 25 Million Dollars Worth Of Recreational Marijuana In April

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

WashigntonThe numbers are in for Washington State’s recreational marijuana sales for April 2015. This was the first 4/20 for recreational marijuana sales in Washington. Sales started in July of 2014. As I expected, sales grew significantly compared to earlier in the year, and exponentially more than last summer. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Sales via rec shops totaled $24.8 million in April, up from $12.7 million during the first month of 2015, according to the latest data from the state Liquor Control Board.

The number is up significantly from the $2 million brought in during July 2014, the first month that sales began.

From July 1 through the first week of May, total retail sales in Washington State totaled $119.7 million, with projected retail excise tax revenues of $29.9 million.

I’d expect those numbers to come back down for May. April 20th, and the days leading up to it, will always give a boost to marijuana store numbers. Something to watch for in Washington is the implementation of Senate Bill 5052, which is going to drastically change the landscape of the marijuana industry in Washington. The bill is an attempt to fuse the medical marijuana industry with the recreational marijuana industry, which is going to either force patients to pay much higher prices for their meds at licensed stores (which would boost numbers for current rec store owners), force them to go back to the black market, or even worse, force them to go without meds altogether.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/washington-sells-25-million-dollars-rec-marijuana-april/


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