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Kansas Supreme Court Justice Compares Drug Charges to Sex Crimes

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

The Kansas Supreme Court heard arguments this week between state and local officials as to whether or not the city of Wichita should be allowed to implement an ordinance passed in 2014 that decriminalizes marijuana possession.

In April of last year, 54 percent of the voting population in the state’s largest municipality approved a ballot measure that took the heat off first time pot offenders by making minor possession a civil infraction rather than a criminal offense. Essentially, the majority of Wichita agreed that a $50 fine was a sufficient enough punishment for anyone caught holding a small bag of weed and that it was no longer necessary to put these people in jail.

However, the passing of this ordinance did not set well with Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who argued that Wichita could not move forward with the ordinance because it directly conflicts with state and federal law.

It is this battle between the city’s right to approve rules conducive to maintaining civil society and a state hammer swinging in disapproval that has brought the state’s highest court in to mediate this issue to a decision. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/kansas-supreme-court-justice-compares-drug-charges-sex-crimes


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New York Banks: We Will Not Work With The Medical Marijuana Industry

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

banking marijuana industry bankIf you own a marijuana business, chances are you do not have a bank account. And if you do have a bank account, there is a good chance that your account could be shutdown at anytime if it is determined that you grow, process, or sell cannabis. The feds have issued ‘clarifications’ that were supposed to help businesses in the marijuana industry gain banking access, but in reality those clarifications just added to the confusion. Banks don’t want to operate in grey areas, so rather than even deal with it, most just have a standing policy to not work with marijuana businesses.

The five medical marijuana companies in New York are learning the hard way just how harsh banks are towards the industry. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

A handful of major banks in the state – including Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, JP Morgan Chase, TD Bank and Key Bank – told Politico that they have no plans to work with the marijuana industry in New York or anywhere else.

“Until we get clarity from the feds, we are not banking on marijuana-related business,” a spokesman from JP Morgan Chase told Politico.

Other banks echoed the sentiment, saying the lack of clarity is a deal-breaker because they don’t want to risk breaking federal laws in order to work with cannabis companies.

If these high powered companies can’t get bank accounts, I think it’s safe to say that the average cannabis entrepreneur won’t be any luckier. If New York’s market is large in anyway, that’s going to be an enormous pile of cash that has to be secured, transported, and stored. Legal industries shouldn’t have to take such risks. They should be able to deposit their currency like other businesses do.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-york-banks-we-will-not-work-with-the-medical-marijuana-industry/


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Former NFL Players Will Change Minds About Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 21st 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Reddit)

This last week my buddy Kaliko was at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in Los Angeles. Kaliko was there representing this blog, which is something that he does very well. He called me on Friday after he had attended a panel dealing with cannabis and sports. He said it was one of the most powerful things he had ever seen. Many people in the crowd were in tears as former NFL players told their stories.

Playing in the NFL is very rough on a person’s body. It doesn’t take a doctor to understand that when guys weighing over 300 pounds are crashing into you at full speed that it will cause a lot of pain. The longer guys play in the league, the worse off their bodies are after they are done with their playing careers. I know a couple of guys that spent time in the NFL. They were by no means superstars, but they did make it on teams for a handful of years. Their bodies are absolutely thrashed. One of them will never walk the same again.

The NFL has been in the news a lot lately, with news articles and TV coverage about NFL injuries popping up all over the place, especially when it comes to brain injuries. Something that hasn’t received as much attention is the high level of painkiller addiction among current and former NFL players. Painkiller addiction is something that many former football players deal with, whether they made it to the pros or not. Painkillers are handed out like candy in a lot of football programs, which is something that I’ve heard football players say many times. I listen to sports radio 1080 The Fan everyday on my way to and from work, and the ex-football players on there talk about it all the time. It’s a part of football culture. Your knee hurts and you can’t play? Well, lets take you to the locker room, plug you with a needle, and shazam, it’s like you have a whole new knee. Well, at least long enough to finish the game, after that the player is on their own to figure it out.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/former-nfl-players-will-change-minds-about-medical-marijuana/


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Department of Justice Threatens to Take Away Funds From States That Reform Asset Forfeiture Laws

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

While former Attorney General Eric Holder said at the beginning of 2015 that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had taken measures to prevent state and local police departments from seizing money, cars and other personal property without first charging a drug suspect with criminal activity, newly released documents show this move was nothing more than lip service to temporarily appease the opposing forces of unchecked police authority.

Indeed, drug reform activists rejoiced earlier this year when Holder released a statement suggesting that, “effective immediately, the Justice Department is taking an important step to prohibit federal agency adoptions of state and local seizures, except for public safety reasons.” Unfortunately, the then-leader of the DOJ failed to admit that the U.S. government would soon twist the arms of local lawmakers and police agencies to become opposing forces for the reform of state asset forfeiture laws or run the risk of losing their federal funding. 

A series of documents obtained by the Institute for Justice reveals that the DOJ has teamed up with the Treasury Department to bribe state law enforcement groups to oppose any effort to change the way the civil asset forfeiture laws operate in their state. If they fail to comply, and the state does pass reforms to this system, the federal government indicates that it will strip away the federal funding the state has been receiving through the Equitable Sharing Program.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/department-justice-threatens-take-away-funds-states-reform-asset-forfeiture-laws


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Ohio Supreme Court: Change the Wording on ResponsibleOhio’s Ballot Description

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

The Ohio Supreme Court handed down a verdict earlier this week that suggested the state intentionally penned a misleading description of ResponsibleOhio’s initiative to legalize marijuana and ordered election officials to edit the content with a less subjective voice. 

In the ruling, the state’s highest court determined that the Ohio Ballot Board and its fearless leader, Secretary of State Jon Husted, made a number of errors in the authoring of an overview for Issue 3. Among the fowl ups was the fact that the state provided inaccurate details about the proposal and “omits essential information” that could bamboozle voters into making a swayed decision.

“The cumulative effect of these defects in the ballot language is fatal because the ballot language fails to properly identify the substance of the amendment, a failure that misleads voters,” the verdict stated.

However, while the court ordered the Ballot Board to rewrite four specific paragraphs dealing with the how retail pot shops would be allowed to open as well as the areas of cultivation and personal possession, they did not budge on the ballot’s title, which uses the word “monopoly” – a term that has been at the pulse of this controversial measure from the beginning.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ohio-supreme-court-change-wording-responsibleohio%E2%80%99s-ballot-description


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Another Florida Municipality Decriminalizes Pot

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

The Sunshine State’s pot penalties are among toughest in the nation—but some local lawmakers are saying enough.

On Tuesday, West Palm Beach officials joined local lawmakers in other cities throughout the state in enacting a municipal ordinance decriminalizing minor marijuana possession offenses that occur within city limits. Under the new law, local police may cite, rather than arrest, those found in the possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis. Those persons over the age of 18 issued civil citations are subject to a $100 fine but are not subject to criminal prosecution or a criminal record.

Under state law, the possession of any amount of pot under 20 grams is classified as a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. According to an analysis by the ACLU, an estimated 60,000 Floridians are arrested for cannabis possession violations annually—the third highest statewide total in the nation.

West Palm’s municipal ordinance is similar to a countywide measure approved by Miami-Dade county commissioners this past July. That ordinance also provides $100 civil citations for minor marijuana offenders. Dade County is the largest county in Florida, and misdemeanor marijuana arrests accounted for 10 percent of all cases filed in the Miami-Dade criminal court system between the years 2010 and 2014.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/another-florida-municipality-decriminalizes-pot


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