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Arizona sheriff ordered to return marijuana seized from woman

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
arizona-sheriff-mjPHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court's ruling that the Yuma County sheriff must return marijuana seized from a woman with a California medical marijuana authorization honored by Arizona.
 
The justices without comment on Monday declined to review a January ruling by the Court of Appeals.
 
The January ruling said medical marijuana seized from Valerie Okun must be returned to her.
 
It said that's because Arizona's medical marijuana law allows people with medical marijuana authorizations from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona.
 
The marijuana was found in Okun's vehicle at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Yuma. State drug charges against her were dismissed after she showed she had authorization under California's medical marijuana program.
 
Prosecutors argued that federal drug law invalidates Arizona's medical marijuana law.
 
Read more: http://www.khou.com

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Veteran loses gun rights for 1971 misdemeanor marijuana conviction

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
gun-rightsAn Army veteran who retired after 20 years of service is fighting to win back his Second Amendment rights after learning during a gun permit application process that he can’t own one — he’s got a decades-old misdemeanor for marijuana.
 
That was back in high school, said Ron Kelly of his 1971 minor pot charge. And he had forgotten all about it when he tried to buy a .22-caliber rifle at a Tomball, Texas, Wal-Mart. The clerk informed him he didn’t pass the computerized background check, the Houston Chronicle reported.
 
Federal law guiding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System says that any person who is convicted of a crime — even a misdemeanor — that carries the potential for two years in jail can be denied gun ownership, The Blaze reported.
 
Mr. Kelly said he had served a night in jail and a year of probation. He didn’t know of his loss of Second Amendment rights — and meanwhile, he estimated he fired more than 100,000 rounds while serving in the Army infantry.
“I am ashamed of the way my government has treated me,” he said in the Chronicle.
 
He’s since contacted his congressman and senator, asking for help to get back his gun ownership rights, The Blaze said.
 

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Jamaica Bans Smoking Tobacco, Marijuana Is Another Matter

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
tobacco-banned-jamBanning smoking in public places is not all that uncommon as popular destinations worldwide look to promote a healthy environment for visitors to enjoy. But to some in the Bob Marley-induced culture of Jamaica, tobacco smoke is not the issue.
 
The new law of the land goes into effect on July 15, when visitors will no longer "have to involuntarily inhale tobacco smoke, with its over 40 carcinogens," said Jamaica's minister of health Fenton Ferguson in a Jamaica Observer article. Jamaicans get that, responding with support for the move to ban cigarette smoking.
 
On another smoke-related front, Jamaica's Ganja Law Reform Coalition (GLRC) argues that marijuana is a plant with various uses, including environmental and recreational. They propose for marijuana to be taxed and regulated, something not on the agenda of minister Ferguson.
Choosing instead to address other health concerns including excessive alcohol consumption and identifying the contents of fast food, Ferguson insists that "tobacco is the one that a little bit of smoke, a little puff every now and again is dangerous for you."
 

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D.C. Council Bill Seeks To Decriminalize Marijuana In Nation's Capital

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
dc-decrim-mjWASHINGTON -- Marijuana advocates in the District have a friend on the D.C. Council.
 
D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) unveiled a bill Wednesday morning that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to WUSA9.
 
Under the bill, anyone caught with less than one ounce of marijuana would face a civil penalty of a $100 fine. Under current law, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense; first-time offenders face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
 
At a press conference, Wells said that the purpose of decriminalization is to save youths caught with marijuana from losing employment opportunities in the future.
 
"Once you have a marijuana charge on your record, you cannot participate in certainly the construction boom that is happening all over the city, and it works to stigmatize people ... and it disadvantages them from jobs," Wells said, according to The Washington Post.
 
A report by the American Civil Liberties Union in June found that D.C. leads the nation in marijuana possession arrests per capita, with a rate more than three times higher than the national average. The ACLU also found that nationally African Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, even though the two groups use marijuana at a nearly equal rate.
 

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2 Men Suffer Burns in Explosion While Making Marijuana Oil

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
hash-oil-blowupTwo men were hospitalized Friday in Tustin after they sustained severe burns inside what appeared to be a drug lab, authorities said.
 
The men were attempting to extract marijuana oil using butane inside a garage, according to police.
 
The blast happened in the 1700 block of Mitchell Avenue, according to Lt. Paul Garaven of the Tustin Police Department.
 
Marijuana oil, sometimes referred to as “wax” or “hash oil,” is a concentrated substance which gives users a more potent high effect when smoked due to its high levels of THC.
 
The two men suffered substantial but non-lethal injuries and were taken to a hospital, Garaven said.
 
“Officers discovered what appeared to be a marijuana extraction lab in the garage,” he said. “Officers found in excess of one pound of marijuana, several cans of butane gas and miscellaneous paraphernalia associated with an extraction lab.”
 
Damage was limited to the detached garage and no other injuries have been reported.
 
“Investigators are currently processing the scene and charges will be filed in the near future,” Garaven said.
 

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Washington State's Marijuana Logo Nixed As Too Weed-Friendly

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
wa-logo
A proposed logo for marijuana products in Washington state appears to have been too obvious, in hindsight.
 
Last week, regulators in the state scrapped the logo, which would have appeared on packaging for all recreational cannabis products, in response to pressure from critics who said the design (pictured below) glamorized marijuana culture.
 
Washington legalized pot last year, empowering the state's Liquor Control Board to write rules that will govern retail cannabis sales. As part of the process, an in-house designer came up with the logo that, by law, must mark all products that include cannabis as an ingredient.
 
"The intention behind it, of course, was to readily identify marijuana products," Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesperson for the liquor board, told The Huffington Post. "When you're dealing with extracts or brownies, you need to make sure you identify them as containing cannabis."
 

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