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Volunteer falls 50 feet from helicopter during marijuana clean-up

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
hellicopter-accidentA 57-year-old volunteer fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County this week and died, authorities said. 
 
Shane Krogen, a volunteer from Fresno with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest in the mountainous area above Springville when the incident occurred Thursday morning about 10:10 a.m., authorities said.
 
Lt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident occured during part of Operation Pristine, which seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows in California, according to a news release from the agency.
 
Foy said that the area had been eradicated of marijuana three weeks ago and that Thursday's mission was primarily one of reclamation. 
 
One group of about 15 people and a dog spent hours hiking up to the area and "were prepared as if the site was occupied by marijuana growers," Foy said. After they cleared the site, they called in a support team from the helicopter. 
 
"They brought in Shane and his crew" to help, Foy said. Krogen was supervising about five people from the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew and supporting the operation.
 
Because the helicopter could not land, it hovered about 50 feet above the site and people were hoisted down in harnesses, authorities said.
 
Krogen "was one of the last, if not the last person out," Foy said. How he fell remains unclear and under investigation.
 

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Court Strikes Down Mandatory Drug Testing For All College Students

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
mandatory-drug-tests-for-college-studentsJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, in a class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, a federal district court told a Missouri college to end its unconstitutional program of requiring all of its students—irrespective of their course of study—to submit to suspicion-less drug-testing. Jason Williamson, staff attorney at the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and co-counsel on the case, said:
 
“Linn State required every incoming student to be tested for drugs, even though many of them would not be engaged in dangerous activities, and the college had no reason to believe any particular student was using drugs. Any student who refused to submit to the drug test—which is considered a search under the Fourth Amendment—would be denied the opportunity to pursue their education at Linn State.
 
“Students should not be required to sacrifice their constitutional rights in order to further their education, and we’re thrilled that the court has struck down the policy. Our victory should serve as a warning to colleges and universities across the country: mandatory, suspicion-less drug testing of the entire student body has no place in education.”
 
Additional information about this case is available at: https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/minter-et-al-v-claycomb-et-al-complaint
 
Additional information about the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project is available at: https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/aclu-criminal-law-reform-project
 
Additional information about the ACLU of Eastern Missouri is available at: http://www.aclu-em.org/
 

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Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West'

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
feds-working-on-wild-west-cannabis-industryWhen the Obama administration recently announced it wouldn't challenge the decision by Colorado and Washington voters to fully legalize marijuana, criticism rained down.
 
The administration's position, complained one Colorado congressman, was tantamount to allowing states to opt out of the federal law banning pot possession, cultivation and sale.
 
Other anti-legalization activists predicted that the administration was waving the white flag in the war on drugs.
 
The first claim is essentially true: The states will be creating their own regulatory regimes.
 
As for the idea of a surrender in the war on drugs, the reality is a little more complicated.
 
Whatever its effect, the administration's hands-off position in Colorado and Washington will reverberate well beyond those states. And it could actually end up imposing some semblance of order in what drug law expert Mark Kleiman describes as the "Wild West" of medical marijuana.
 
"And that would be a potentially very, very good result," says Kleiman, who previously worked in the Justice Department's criminal division and is author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.
 
"Medical marijuana is a free-for-all in many states," he says. "On Venice Beach in California, you have guys in medical scrubs and with stethoscopes walking around offering to give you a prescription."
 
"The administration's decision may actually mean a crackdown on that kind of business," he says.
 
So how does a move not to enforce federal drug law in Colorado and Washington help control medical marijuana sales and use in the 18 other states and the District of Columbia where it's legal?
 
Read more: http://www.npr.org/

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Denver police defend decision to stand down at marijuana giveaway

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
denver-police-defend-the-pot-giveaway
Denver police are defending their decision to stand down while dozens of people lit up marijuana cigarettes at a free pot giveaway in Civic Center park.
 
Deputy Chief David Quinones tells the Denver Post the department didn't want to incite a riot Monday over a petty offense.
 
Hundreds of people lined up to get free pot during an event organized by opponents of a statewide ballot question over taxing retail marijuana sales.
 
The measure on the November ballot asks Colorado voters to approve a 15 percent excise tax plus a 10 percent statewide sales tax on all retail marijuana purchases.
 

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Dodger hits three homers, displays marijuana hat in locker

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
dodgers-player-rocking-the-cannabis-hatMaybe it’s just a tribute to celebrated Dodgers fan Snoop Dogg.
 
Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe hit three home runs in Monday night’s thrashing of the Diamondbacks. It was the first three-homer game of Uribe’s 13-year career. It even earned him a curtain call.
 
After the game, Uribe spoke to reporters by his locker, as players do. Only unlike most players, Uribe held court in front of a hat that appeared to have a giant marijuana leaf on it.
 
First off, it’s just a hat. It’s not like Uribe gave a postgame interview on camera with a giant bag of weed visible in his locker. Second, medical marijuana is legal in California, and maybe Juan Uribe needs help managing his glaucoma pain or something. Or maybe he just saw Snoop Dogg wearing a similar hat in the video for Nuthin’ But a G Thang and thought it looked cool.
 

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Image on social media leads to marijuana arrest for 17-year-old

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
girl-arrested-over-weed-pictureAs the nation debates federal surveillance of the internet, local law enforcement is beginning to use spying on social media to combat marijuana.
 
A 17-year-old girl was charged by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office after a photo of marijuana on Instagram triggered an investigation. The minor, whose name is being withheld due to her age, was arrested September 3rd at 5:04pm and charged with possession of marijuana.
 
A Detective with the Narcotics Division claims to have observed suspects with what he believed to be marijuana while viewing social media images. Detectives found her at a residence and issued her a summons to appear on December 11, 2013.
 
This incident comes in the wake of revelations that the Drug Enforcement Administration is funneling intelligence reports, wiretaps, and intercepts to local authorities to aid in launching investigations against ordinary citizens. The report also says law enforcement agents have been directed to mislead judges as to how the investigation began.
 

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