Jeff Sessions Desperately Wants to Allow Police to Keep Stealing Your Property
Nearly lost in the miasma of secret anti-marijuana meetings in Colorado and Donald Trump’s very public wish for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to go far, far away and never come back is Sessions’s updated plan, released Wednesday, to allow American police to more freely and easily relieve American citizens of their property—even if they have never committed a crime.
Since the mid-1980s, police and prosecutors have been able to seize cash and property, without convicting or even charging the rightful owner with a crime, under a process called “civil asset forfeiture.” (The process’s genesis is in colonial America, but the method as we know it today began 30 years ago.)
Property can be sold and cash can be deposited directly into police department’s bank account—and it’s entirely on the erstwhile owner to prove that every last cent was earned legally. If the cash came from the sale of property that wasn’t sufficiently documented, or for wage work without a W-2, too bad—that cash is now the government’s, and good luck getting it back.
Illegal Pot Sales Blamed for Pennsylvania Serial Killings, No Marijuana Found
Pennsylvania law enforcement officials are blaming a small town serial killing rampage on the sale of small amounts of marijuana, according to a report from the New York Times. However, there does not appear to be any evidence showing that the supposed drug deals used to lure the victims to their untimely demise were anything more than a dangling carrot being carried by a couple of extremely twisted individuals.
Last week, a couple of 20-year-old men (Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz) from the Doylestown area told police that they were, in fact, responsible for the deaths of the four young men who had recently disappeared from a Philadelphia suburb. The two cousins confessed that they had lured the victims individually out to a remote family farm on the promise of selling them marijuana. It was there that they shot, killed and disposed of the bodies.
Court: Firing Someone for Medical Marijuana Use Is Illegal Discrimination
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Monday in Massachusetts that voter approval of medical marijuana means that employers can no longer simply fire employees who test positive for THC, if the workers can prove they are consuming it with a doctor’s recommendation.
The ruling comes from the case of Cristina Barbuto who suffers from Crohn’s Disease and was using MMJ several times a week to help ease the pain.
Barbuto, who had informed her new bosses of her illness and her MMJ usage, got fired after only one day on the job when she tested positive for marijuana.
She was told by the human resources department of Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) that, “we follow federal law, not state law.”
Alaska Marijuana Regulators to Revisit Onsite Pot Use Debate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska marijuana regulators plan to revive debate over onsite use of marijuana in retail cannabis shops.
In February, the Marijuana Control Board scuttled proposed rules that would have allowed onsite use of marijuana in authorized stores, citing skittishness over how President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice would view marijuana.
Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Alaska and seven other states but illegal at the federal level.
But the board later voted to re-open the debate. Proposals are expected to be discussed at a Friday meeting.
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Hawaii Big Island Still Has Most Medical Pot Users
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Recently released data by the state Department of Health indicates the trend of medical marijuana patients in Hawaii is changing.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports, according to the data released Friday, 38 percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii’s medical marijuana program were located on Hawaii Island. That’s down from 40 percent in March and 42 percent in December.
Meanwhile, the percentage of patients hailing from Oahu has jumped from 25 percent in December to 29 percent last month, a more than 1,300-patient increase. The Big Island’s patient count increased by about 300 people in that same time.
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