Connecticut Close To Decriminalization
Legislation was passed over the weekend to decriminalize marijuana possession. The Connecticut Senate passed the bill after an 18-18 tie vote the was broken by the president of the state Senate. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for final legislative actions.
The bill would make first time possession of under ½ ounce a $150.00 fine instead of a misdemeanor, like the current law. Fines will range from $200-$500 for a second offense. Supporters of the bill believe it will help young people arrested for possession avoid a criminal record. “We are not enforcing the use of illegal drugs. We strongly disapprove of their use, but we're trying to realign their punishment that is more appropriate," says Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney (D).
$1 Million Marijuana Bust in El Monte
Los Angeles police accidentally uncovered a warehouse full of marijuana plants after responding to an attempted burglary call. Four men and a teenager were attempting to break into a warehouse, with a U-haul as the get away vehicle.
During questioning, one of the suspects admitted to what they were after; over 3,000 marijuana plants only 3 weeks from harvest. Growers had been hiding the massive operation by sourcing their electricity directly from the underground wires. One of the suspects claims the grow operation belonged to his family, who was trying to cut him out of the profits, so he came to get his share.
Montana Man Arrested for Medical Marijuana Burglary
Early Wednesday morning the Belgrade, Montana Police Department responded to a medical marijuana dispensary where an alarm had been triggered. When they arrived, they found the front window of the shop broken and over $1,500 dollars worth of plants missing.
Surveillance video from the scene showed a man in a tan colored station wagon breaking into the business and removing the plants. Police identified the suspect as Erik Baldwin. Baldwin admitted to the crime when police found him at his residence. He is awaiting trial and sentencing.
Arizona Man Killed After Attempted Pot Theft
A Phoenix man who was recently authorized to grow marijuana has shot and killed a man who tried to steal his crop at gun point.
The 30-year-old grower had been licensed since May 25, and had started advertising the sale of the medicine to other patients with ID cards. He was contacted by two men claiming to have cards. When the group met up, the two men pulled a gun on the grower and demanded the marijuana. The grower pulled his own weapon and shot one of the aggressors, Larry Miller. The other man fled with the herb while the grower called 911 and performed CPR on Miller. Miller later died on the way to the hospital.
The grower was not arrested, but the attorneys office will look further into the situation.
Cities Take Control of California Medical Marijuana
A bill passed on Friday that put cities in charge of important decisions regarding medical marijuana. In a landslide vote of 53-1, Bill AB1300 was approved and pushed on to the Senate for review. AB1300 allows local city governments to make decisions regarding licensing, taxation, and a multitude of other factors. Included in this, decisions about locations and zoning, along with crime prevention.
California Judge Returns Marijuana Seized in Raids
A 29-year old California man left the Sonoma County courthouse with a smile on his face, and a big bundle of medical marijuana. English was arrested after a police raid on his home more than a year ago where over 80 plants and 2 pounds of marijuana were found. English had been charged with 3 felonies, including possession with the intent to distribute.
English had previously suffered from a brain tumor and used the herb to counteract frequent headaches. He was also growing plants for a few other patients on his property. All of this is legal under California's Prop. 215, voted in in 1996.
English used a dolly to wheel 5 boxes stuffed to the brim with marijuana through the courtroom and out to his car. “Finally, 15 months later. I'm surprised it took as long as it did,” said English.
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