Three people injured in Denver marijuana celebration shooting

Category: News | Posted on Sun, April, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
A marijuana celebration in Denver turned violent, with three people shot and wounded in a shooting. A hunt for two suspects is currently on.
A man and a woman were each shot in the leg and a youth was grazed by a bullet. The woman and the man were taken to hospital in serious condition, but the wounds were not life-threatening, Denver police reported on Twitter. 
A dog was also injured in the shooting.
The celebration was taking place in honor of Colorado’s legalization marijuana.
"I heard five or six gunshots in quick succession. That's why I knew it wasn't fireworks. Then everybody started to scatter and ran toward one end of the park," Cole Wagenknecht, who attended the event, told Reuters.
It was not immediately clear what started the shooting.
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Marijuana bars: Authorities cracking down on Washington bar owner allowing pot use

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
Jeff Call knew he was pushing the envelope when he started letting people use marijuana at his rum-and-pizza joint in Tacoma.
But he didn't quite know the extent of what he was in for: the governor's office demanding state regulators do something about it, local authorities revoking his business license, and his insurance company dropping his liability policy — developments that threaten to sink his 3-year-old establishment even as he vows to fight them.
"The screws are coming down from all over," says Call, owner of Stonegate Pizza. "But we're open. Everything is still the same."
Washington and Colorado last fall became the first states to legalize marijuana for adults over 21. Both ban the public use of marijuana — which typically would include bars and restaurants — and most bars are steering clear of allowing pot use at least until officials come up with rules for the new weed industry.


Is Michigan ready to decriminalize marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
LANSING, MI - A Democratic state lawmaker from Ann Arbor is ready to formally launch a bid to decriminalize possession of relatively small amounts of marijuana.
Rep. Jeff Irwin plans to formally announce his Michigan House legislation next week. It calls for making possession of one ounce or less of pot a civil infraction rather than a crime classified as a misdemeanor. That means the offense would carry a fine, but not the threat of jail time.
Other punishments – including for those related to intent to deliver or sell marijuana, or possession of more than one ounce – would not change.
At first blush, it would appear the bill faces long odds against passage in the Republican-led Legislature. Irwin acknowledges there are “some significant blockers that are going to make it very, very difficult to pass.”
Ari Adler, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger, said the bill isn't going to be a priority.
"This may be a high issue for Rep. Irwin, but there are many other things facing Michigan that we need to deal with first," Adler said in an email. "Of course, if he was more willing to work with us on finding solutions for heavy issues, he might have a better chance of lighting up his 1-ounce initiatives."
But Irwin said there a number of lawmakers who support limited government and individual freedoms -- which could gain the bill some traction.
“I think that there is far more support than folks would initially think in the Legislature for this idea,” Irwin said.


MMA Referee Josh Rosenthal Pleads Guilty in Major Marijuana Bust, Awaits Sentencing

Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
Mixed martial arts referee Josh Rosenthal, after pleading guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, awaits sentencing in U.S. District Court in Northern California on May 17.
The charges stem from a raid by federal agents on a warehouse owned by Rosenthal and his associate, Jeff Weller. The two are accused of operating a large-scale marijuana production and distribution facility in Oakland, Calif., according to an initial report by
The facility house more than 1,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of more then $6 million.
The government is recommending 37 months in jail, fines and five years of probation, during which he would be subject to random searches, according to an agreement obtained by
Without an agreement, Rosenthal faced the possibility of 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years on probation.


Congressional Research Service says states can legalize cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is part of the Library of Congress, and it provides "policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation." This month the CRS issued a report that says Colorado and Washington (where cannabis is legal, according to state laws) can't be coerced to enforcing federal cannabis laws.
"While the federal government can ban what it wants," reports Reason, "the Tenth Amendment allows the states to opt out of participating in the law or assisting in enforcement in any way, leaving federal officials to do the heavy lifting themselves." From the report, State Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Selected Legal Issues:
Although the federal government may use its power of the purse to encourage states to adopt certain criminal laws, the federal government is limited in its ability to directly influence state policy by the Tenth Amendment, which prevents the federal government from directing states to enact specific legislation, or requiring state officials to enforce federal law. As such, the fact that the federal government has criminalized conduct does not mean that the state, in turn, must also criminalize or prosecute that same conduct.


U.S. Supreme Court Rules Warrant Needed To Take Blood In Marijuana DUI Cases

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
In a case that will have a deep and long-lasting impact on marijuana DUIs throughout the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a cop can not legally take an individuals blood in order to determine a DUI, without first obtaining a warrant. This is extremely relevant to marijuana consumers, especially as states like Washington (implemented through Initiative 502) now have a DUID clause that finds someone instantly guilty if they have a certain amount of THC in their blood – the U.S. government is working to implement this type of policy throughout the country.
Despite the Obama Administration and the State of Missouri lobbying otherwise, the court ruled 8-1 in favor of requiring a warrant. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the court’s majority opinion, stating that the natural dissipation of alcohol in the blood isn’t sufficient reason to remove the legal requirement of obtaining a warrant before taking the blood. Justice Clarence Thomas was the only judge that ruled in favor of warrantless blood testing.



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