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Prosecutors fight sentences of Montana marijuana providers

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
HELENA — Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentences of a former University of Montana quarterback and three other medical marijuana providers who were convicted in the largest drug-trafficking investigation in state history.
 
The U.S. attorney's office has filed notices with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it will challenge the sentences handed down to four of the 33 marijuana providers in which prosecutors sought longer prison terms.
 
U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter acknowledged in an Associated Press interview in May that it's the judges' job to impose sentences, but he has decided to appeal the sentences in certain cases.
 
"There are instances where we don't necessarily agree with the sentence, and what we can do is have the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals review those sentences to see if they are within the statutory framework or proper, given the circumstances and evidence," Cotter said.
 
The most recent challenge, filed Wednesday, appeals the sentence given to former UM quarterback Jason Washington, who was convicted this spring of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
 
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sentenced Washington to two years in prison followed by four years of supervised release. Prosecutors had proposed a five-year prison sentence after alleging Washington ran a major trafficking ring that supplied marijuana across much of western Montana.
 

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Calls Medical Marijuana a "Great Hoax"

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
One prominent politician is apparently not buying into the push to legalize pot.
 
New York City Mayor Bloomberg described efforts to legalize medical marijuana as one of the greatest scams in history.
 
"Medical, my foot," he said. "There's no medical. This is one of the great hoaxes of all time."
 
He addressed the topic while speaking on his weekly radio show, The New York Post reported.
 
"The bottom line is, I'm told marijuana is much stronger today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. And number two, drug dealers have families to feed. If they can't sell marijuana, they'll sell something else. And the something else is gonna be worse. And, the push to legalize this is just wrongheaded."
 
He added:
 
"If you think about it, they say, 'Oh well it's not gonna hurt anybody, it doesn't lead to dependency. Of course it does. You can argue about recreational things, but it's a very slippery path.
 
Much like other politicians before him, Mayor Bloomberg admitted to smoking pot in his younger days. It sounds like he may have actually inhaled.
 
"You bet I did — and I enjoyed it," he said when asked if he had experimented with marijuana.
 

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UFC raises testing threshold for marijuana, NSAC panel considers similar move

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 1st 2013 by THCFinder

LAS VEGAS – In standing true to their stance on the regulation of cannabis use in the sport, UFC officials have decided to raise the testing threshold for marijuana metabolites from 50 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL – a mark the World Anti-Doping Agency also recently deemed sufficient....

Read more: http://www.mmajunkie.com/


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New York lawmakers push to decriminalize marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
Every 42 seconds, someone in America is arrested for marijuana possession.
 
This week, the state assembly took a step to cut that number — in New York, at least.
 
In the race to legalize marijuana, the pace setter is Colorado. Here in New York, the state assembly has taken the first step toward relaxing the experience of getting caught with the drug in public.
 
Lawmakers voted to decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana. The vote is significant because of how it could redefine the NYPD’s controversial practice of stop and frisk.
 
The New York Civil Liberties Union’s analysis of the  NYPD data shows the more than half a million people were stopped last year under the program. Out of those stops, 729 guns were found. but the NYCLU found over 5,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession.
 
Senate republicans are against the bill. One in particular, Senator Golden from Brooklyn says “we should not be sending a signal across the state that marijuana is okay.”
 
Read more: http://pix11.com

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Wash. police dogs not smelling marijuana anymore

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Some police departments in Washington state have stopped training their new dogs to sniff around for marijuana after voters last fall legalized recreational pot use.
 
Other departments are planning or in the midst of retraining veteran dogs to ignore marijuana.
 
The law decriminalized possession of up to an ounce of the drug for individuals over 21 years old. It also barred the distribution and growth of marijuana outside the state-approved system.
 
Police say that having a K-9 unit that doesn’t alert to pot will lessen challenges to obtaining search warrants because the dog won’t be pointing out possible legal amounts of the drug.
 
But some observers say police shouldn’t be making any changes because officers will still need to investigate illegal growing operations, as well as pot use and possession.
 

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200 pounds of marijuana found at north Phoenix home

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating a large scale marijuana bust in north Phoenix.
 
Police were called to a townhouse complex near 20th Street and Beardsley Road just after 3 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a fight.
 
When they arrived, police reportedly found dozens of bails of marijuana inside a garage.  
 
Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said officers found five males bound with zip ties inside the house. One of the men had been struck and injured.
 
Police on scene estimated the marijuana was around 200 pounds worth. Martos referred to it as a "stash house."
 
Martos said between six and 10 Hispanic males forced their way into the townhouse, loaded up three vans, and fled the scene. He said one of the suspects was wearing a police "raid" shirt, posing as an officer. Two of the vans were white, the third was gray, Martos said.
 
Martos said investigators believe the packages taken contained marijuana.
 

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