How Trump Can Deport a U.S. Teen for a Gram of Pot
Luis Quintana Alvarez is an American. Of the 19 years he’s spent on earth, more than 18 of those have been in the United States, where he’s said the Pledge of Allegiance every day since kindergarten, after his family brought him and his sisters to live here when he was 11-months-old. The last five months, Alvarez has spent in jail, the pre-penalty for a gram of marijuana that police discovered on him a year ago. For this transgression, Alvarez is slated to be deported to Mexico, as the Des Moines Register reported.
What? Why? How?
The answer: MAGA.
Alvarez is yet another example of how, under the Trump administration, federal authorities are happily using the country’s warped marijuana laws—which are almost as abusive as our immigration policies—as a convenient tool to make peoples’ lives miserable.
Michigan to Pot Shops: Close by Dec. 15 or Risk Licensure
BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan on Tuesday gave medical marijuana businesses until Dec. 15 to close or potentially risk not obtaining a license under a new regulatory system aimed at increasing oversight and imposing new taxes on the industry.
The decision means registered patients will have to grow their own pot or obtain it from caregivers — as allowed for under existing law — until the state issues the licenses, likely in the first quarter of next year. It will accept license applications starting Dec. 15.
After learning of the decision, a new state licensing board that met near Lansing on Tuesday, dropped a member’s proposal to tell shops they would not get a license if they stayed open beyond this Friday — which had been criticized by frustrated patients, shop owners and others. They expressed concern, however, with the new deadline as well, questioning how patients will find their marijuana.
California: Smoking Marijuana in a Car Soon to Be Punishable with a Fine
In a turn that will surprise probably no one, California has prepared for its impending marijuana Armageddon (AKA state-wide legalization) on January 1 by passing a new law banning smoking or eating weed while as a car driver or passenger. That means hold the lighters and the edibles until you make it to the destination, as this is already the rule of the land: Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Monday.
The bill—proposed by Sen. Jerry Hill—is a slap on the wrist more than anything, only costing a little more than an eighth ($70, and we know some of you get your eighths much cheaper—no one likes a bragger).
But also note that it is already illegal to drive while high AND to have an open bag of marijuana in the car, so this law is more about preventing people from the physical act of smoking weed in the car. As the basis for the law, Hill cites a 2012 California Office of Traffic Safety study that concluded marijuana was more prevalent in weekend nighttime drivers than alcohol.
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Maine Town to Mull Retail Marijuana Ban
JEFFERSON, Maine (AP) — A central Maine town plans to vote to prohibit marijuana retail stores and pot social clubs.
The town of Jefferson is set to hold a public hearing Sept. 25 to discuss the ordinance. The vote is set for the Nov. 7 election.
Maine voters last year approved legalizing the possession, sale and use of recreational marijuana by persons over 21 years of age. Possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana became legal earlier this year but lawmakers pushed back legalization of marijuana sales.
A legislative panel is figuring out a regulatory framework for recreational marijuana sales and licensing.
Another Cannabis Company Sued Over Intellectual Property Infringement
Buds R Us dispensary in Detroit got a letter from Toys “R” Us alerting them to the fact that the toy company is not happy that their names are so similar. In fact, they’re so unhappy that they’re resorting to the traditional corporate modus operandi: threatening to sue for intellectual property infringement.
The owner, whose name is Frankie, thought it was a joke when he received an official letter from the Blank Rome law firm, with his dispensary logo Geoffrey the Giraffe, a beloved Toys “R” Us icon, smoking a fat joint right on the document.
“I thought it was a joke to tell you the truth, like really Toys R Us coming at us, we’re just a small business out here,” said Frankie. “We just thought it would be funny to have a giraffe with a joint smoking.”
This is not the first time a corporation has gone after a cannabis company for similar branding infringement.
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