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Supreme Court Opens Door For More Lawless Police Searches

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 21st 2016 by THCFinder

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In a pair of decisions released Monday, the US Supreme Court again demonstrated its deference to law enforcement priorities, in one case by expanding an exception to the long-standing ruling requiring that unlawfully gathered evidence be discarded and in another by holding that drug dealers, even those engaged only in street-corner sales, are engaged in interstate commerce.

The two decisions expand the ability of local police to skirt the law without effective punishment on the one hand, and allow prosecutors to use the weight of the federal criminal justice system to come down on small-time criminals whose cases would normally be the purview of local authorities on the other. Taken together, the decisions show a high court that once again give great deference to the demands of law enforcement.

In the first case, Utah v. Strieff, the Supreme Court held that evidence obtained from the illegal stop of Strieff should not be thrown out under the exclusionary rule, which requires that illegally seized be suppressed as “fruit of the poisonous tree.” The exclusionary rule, which dates back to 1920 and values the rule of law even at the expense of seeing a guilty suspect go free, has long been a bane of judicial conservatives, who have been trying to chip away at it since at least the 1980s.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/supreme-court-opens-door-for-more-lawless-police-searches/


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Rhode Island: PTSD Bill Passes, Heads To Governors Raimondo’s Desk

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

rhode island medical marijuana dispensaryGood news out of Rhode Island:

Following approval from the Rhode Island House and Senate, a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana is headed to Gov. Gina Raimondo who is expected to sign the legislation into law. This is a huge victory for patients!

Veterans and others who suffer from psychological trauma have fought for years to addPTSD to the list of state-approved criteria for medical marijuana. Once this bill becomes law, these patients will no longer be forced into an illegal market to access the medicine that relieves their symptoms.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously in May. The legislation was approved 67 to 1 by the House in a vote yesterday.

It is encouraging to see Rhode Island’s legislature continuing to move in a positive direction by expanding the medical marijuana program. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/rhode-island-ptsd-bill-passes-heads-to-governors-raimondos-desk/


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Long Beach voters may have several choices on marijuana in November

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Long Beach voters may be faced with a choice between two competing medical marijuana ballot measures this November.

There’s also the possibility of a statewide ballot initiative that may legalize recreational use of the cannabis across the Golden State, but that’s another story.

In Long Beach, supporters backing a medical marijuana initiative that would allow dispensaries to legally return to the city have gathered enough signatures to potentially qualify the measure for November’s ballot, the city clerk announced Friday. The signatures still must be verified, however.

Also on Friday, Councilwoman Suzie Price announced that she and two other council members will ask their colleagues on the City Council on Tuesday to consider writing an alternative ballot measure that would allow four medical marijuana delivery services to legally operate in Long Beach.

The alternative proposal holds out the possibility that storefront dispensaries may eventually be allowed in Long Beach, she said.

“We’re trying to clarify, it’s a phased-in, deliberate approach. It’s not a delivery-only model,” Price said.

Read More:http://www.presstelegram.com/health/20160617/long-beach-voters-may-have-several-choices-on-marijuana-in-november


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Can Pot Smoking Save Atlantic City? Pol Plans Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Forget gambling, nightclubs or spas. One New Jersey lawmaker believes the future of Atlantic City may lie in pot.

Democratic Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (Gush-ORR'-uh) says he will introduce a bill Thursday to let voters decide whether to make recreational use of marijuana legal only in Atlantic City.

It's called the Promoting Opportunities for Tomorrow, or POT, bill.

It would put the question on a statewide general election ballot asking whether to permit the commercial growth, sale, possession, consumption, and taxation of marijuana within the boundaries of Atlantic City by those 21 and older.

Here's a buzz kill: The pot would be taxed at 20 percent of its market price.

But City Council President Marty Small says promoting drug use is not the way to balance the city's books.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/can-pot-smoking-save-atlantic-city-pol-plans-legalization


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NY State Assembly Passes Legislation To Seal Past Marijuana Possession Convictions

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

new york marijuana decriminalization assemblyYesterday, the New York State Assembly voted in support of A10092, a bill that will seal the criminal records of people who have been unjustly and unconstitutionally arrested for simple possession of marijuana in public view. The bipartisan vote was 99 in favor and 42 opposed. Over the last 20 years, over 700,000 New Yorkers have been arrested for simple possession of marijuana. Those convicted face significant barriers to accessing education, employment, housing opportunities, and other state services.

“I introduced the marijuana sealing bill because drug laws have created a permanent underclass of people unable to find jobs after a conviction,” said Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes.“One of the most damaging issues derived from the war on drugs is that the policies are inherently racist. Communities of color have been devastated by bad drug policies and hyper-criminalization for the last 40 years. It is an approach that has never worked and has caused significantly more harm than good to our communities and to our families. If today’s moment of increased attention to heroin encourages us to center public health in our drug policy, then we need to ensure that we are making amends to communities of color by alleviating the burden bad policies have had on their lives. Sealing low-level marijuana possession convictions is the first step to reintegrating thousands of New Yorkers who are inhibited daily from accessing employment, housing and an education all due to a conviction on their record for simple possession of marijuana.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/ny-state-assembly-passes-legislation-to-seal-past-marijuana-possession-convictions/


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Senate Appropriators Vote To Open Banking For Marijuana Businesses

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

congress medical marijuanaA U.S. Senate committee voted today in support of opening up banking services to state-legal marijuana businesses. By a vote of 16-14, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, forbidding the use of federal funds to penalize financial institutions that serve marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. The amendment was offered by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

“For the second year in a row, the Senate’s budget writers have voted to address the banking crisis facing our industry,” said National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith. “Access to basic banking services is one of the most critical challenges facing legal cannabis businesses and the state agencies tasked with regulating them.”

“While an appropriations amendment isn’t a permanent fix to the banking problem, it is a significant step to correct a dangerous and unfair burden on responsible small-business owners and regulators.

“Bipartisan coalitions in both chambers have supported these reforms. It’s time to make them the law of the land.”

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