Marijuana policy organization seeks to end AZ prohibition
Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest marijuana policy organization announced Sept. 9 it will support efforts to end marijuana prohibition in 10 more states by 2017, including Arizona. The Marijuana Policy Project’s (MPP) announcement came one day before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing at which it will address the U.S. Justice Department’s recent decision to allow states to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana.
MPP plans to work with a broad coalition of local advocates and leaders in Arizona to place an initiative on the 2016 statewide ballot that would tax and regulate marijuana for adults. A public policy polling survey in January showed that 59 percent of Arizonans would vote for an initiative that regulated marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol and allowed it to be sold to adults 21 years of age or older in state-licensed stores.
“Arizona has been considering making marijuana legal for some time, and now the voters are ready to enact this sensible policy,” said Mason Tvert, an Arizona native and director of communications for MPP. “No one should be arrested for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol. Soon, adults in Arizona will be able to make the safer choice along with their neighbors in Colorado.”
Read more: http://www.wmicentral.com
Federal marijuana decision clears way for Oregon hemp production
Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
A historic federal decision not to challenge marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is also a green light for industrial hemp production in Oregon, advocates say.
Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who co-sponsored a 2009 law legalizing hemp production that has since been on hold, said the new federal stance on marijuana should allow the state to start crafting rules on hemp.
"Sounds like we will be having a conversation with the Department of Agriculture and figuring out what the next steps are," said Prozanski.
And federal authorities appear unlikely to question Prozanski's interpretation of the Aug. 29 memo, written by the Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole, laying out the administration's new approach to state marijuana laws.
Amanda Marshall, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon and the state's highest ranking federal law enforcement official, told The Oregonian that her office would not interfere with hemp production in Oregon as long as the state creates "robust" regulatory controls and well-funded enforcement.
"Hemp is cannabis," Marshall said. "It's marijuana, and under federal law, it's exactly the same thing."
Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com
Volunteer falls 50 feet from helicopter during marijuana clean-up
Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
A 57-year-old volunteer fell about 50 feet from a helicopter during a marijuana-eradication effort in Tulare County this week and died, authorities said.
Shane Krogen, a volunteer from Fresno with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was in a remote part of the Sequoia National Forest in the mountainous area above Springville when the incident occurred Thursday morning about 10:10 a.m., authorities said.
Lt. Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the incident occured during part of Operation Pristine, which seeks to eradicate illegal marijuana grows in California, according to a news release from the agency.
Foy said that the area had been eradicated of marijuana three weeks ago and that Thursday's mission was primarily one of reclamation.
One group of about 15 people and a dog spent hours hiking up to the area and "were prepared as if the site was occupied by marijuana growers," Foy said. After they cleared the site, they called in a support team from the helicopter.
"They brought in Shane and his crew" to help, Foy said. Krogen was supervising about five people from the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew and supporting the operation.
Because the helicopter could not land, it hovered about 50 feet above the site and people were hoisted down in harnesses, authorities said.
Krogen "was one of the last, if not the last person out," Foy said. How he fell remains unclear and under investigation.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com
Court Strikes Down Mandatory Drug Testing For All College Students
Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, in a class-action lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, a federal district court told a Missouri college to end its unconstitutional program of requiring all of its students—irrespective of their course of study—to submit to suspicion-less drug-testing. Jason Williamson, staff attorney at the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and co-counsel on the case, said:
“Linn State required every incoming student to be tested for drugs, even though many of them would not be engaged in dangerous activities, and the college had no reason to believe any particular student was using drugs. Any student who refused to submit to the drug test—which is considered a search under the Fourth Amendment—would be denied the opportunity to pursue their education at Linn State.
“Students should not be required to sacrifice their constitutional rights in order to further their education, and we’re thrilled that the court has struck down the policy. Our victory should serve as a warning to colleges and universities across the country: mandatory, suspicion-less drug testing of the entire student body has no place in education.”
Additional information about this case is available at: https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/minter-et-al-v-claycomb-et-al-complaint
Additional information about the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project is available at: https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/aclu-criminal-law-reform-project
Additional information about the ACLU of Eastern Missouri is available at: http://www.aclu-em.org/
Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West'
Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
When the Obama administration recently announced it wouldn't challenge the decision by Colorado and Washington voters to fully legalize marijuana, criticism rained down.
The administration's position, complained one Colorado congressman, was tantamount to allowing states to opt out of the federal law banning pot possession, cultivation and sale.
Other anti-legalization activists predicted that the administration was waving the white flag in the war on drugs.
The first claim is essentially true: The states will be creating their own regulatory regimes.
As for the idea of a surrender in the war on drugs, the reality is a little more complicated.
Whatever its effect, the administration's hands-off position in Colorado and Washington will reverberate well beyond those states. And it could actually end up imposing some semblance of order in what drug law expert Mark Kleiman describes as the "Wild West" of medical marijuana.
"And that would be a potentially very, very good result," says Kleiman, who previously worked in the Justice Department's criminal division and is author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.
"Medical marijuana is a free-for-all in many states," he says. "On Venice Beach in California, you have guys in medical scrubs and with stethoscopes walking around offering to give you a prescription."
"The administration's decision may actually mean a crackdown on that kind of business," he says.
So how does a move not to enforce federal drug law in Colorado and Washington help control medical marijuana sales and use in the 18 other states and the District of Columbia where it's legal?
Read more: http://www.npr.org/
Denver police defend decision to stand down at marijuana giveaway
Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Denver police are defending their decision to stand down while dozens of people lit up marijuana cigarettes at a free pot giveaway in Civic Center park.
Deputy Chief David Quinones tells the Denver Post the department didn't want to incite a riot Monday over a petty offense.
Hundreds of people lined up to get free pot during an event organized by opponents of a statewide ballot question over taxing retail marijuana sales.
The measure on the November ballot asks Colorado voters to approve a 15 percent excise tax plus a 10 percent statewide sales tax on all retail marijuana purchases.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com
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