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Seattle police return marijuana confiscated from street dealers

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana tolerance has reached a new high in the US: after Seattle police caught a group of street dealers selling the drug, they returned the marijuana and told the dealers not to smoke it in public places.
 
“In street dealing cases, this would be the first time. Ever,” Seattle Police Department (SPD) spokesman Sean Whitcomb told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The incident marks an unusual first as some US states become more lenient about marijuana use.
 
Washington and Colorado have already decriminalized the drug on a statewide level, though selling marijuana without a license is still against the law. But even though six of the 12 individuals caught with marijuana in Seattle were suspected of selling, the police decided to let it slide.
 
“A number of suspects possessed marijuana collectively totaling 36.8 grams,” the department wrote on its blog. “The marijuana was returned to each individual owner because the amount possessed is legally allowed.”
 
Read more: http://rt.com

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MA Court: Marijuana Scent Insufficient Cause for Car Search

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
In a series of three rulings issued Friday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cracked down on police who have been using evidence of marijuana possession as a pretext to search automobiles. Just two years ago, justices handed down the Cruz decision making it clear that automobile searches could not be conducted on the basis of finding marijuana (view ruling), but police have continued the practice.
 
Antonio L. Pacheco found this out as he sat in a gray sedan that was parked in a handicapped spot with four friends. A state trooper approached, noticing the fogged windows. He knocked on the window, smelling marijuana as soon as the window was lowered.
 
The trooper then went and searched the vehicle, finding a small bag with less than one ounce of pot on the floor mat behind the passenger seat. Nothing else was found in the vehicle's interior, so the trooper opened the trunk and began going through its contents. He found a black backpack that contained a semiautomatic handgun and no other items of interest. Pacheco admitted he had the gun for self-protection, but he did not have the "firearms identification card" Massachusetts requires.
 

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Marijuana grower sues sheriff over destroyed plants

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. —  A man suing over 42 medical-marijuana plants killed by Larimer County deputies claims investigators failed to check the state registry to confirm the plants were legal. Recent filings in the lawsuit seeking $210,000 in damages counter a request by county attorneys to get the case thrown out.
 
Kaleb Young, 35, was acquitted at jury trial in November 2011 after maintaining that his marijuana grow in Wellington was compliant with state medical-marijuana laws. When his plants were returned, they were worthless because deputies had cut, bagged and failed to maintain them pending the trial’s outcome, Young claims.
 
The ensuing lawsuit seeks damages connected with the plants, and the latest filing April 3 includes details about the investigation into the grow Young was running in 2010 when deputies began investigating. Investigators with Larimer County Sheriff’s Office had tracked down Young’s financial records, property information and utility records while conducting undercover surveillance before the raid of his Wellington grow operation and Fort Collins home in fall 2010.
 

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VT Considers Decriminalizing Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
MONTPELIER — If you are caught speeding, running a stop sign, buying cigarettes under age 18 or burning trash, you’ll get in trouble. You’re likely to get a ticket and have to pay a fine, but you won’t go to jail and you won’t end up with a criminal record.
 
Legislators who support decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana argue the same should be true if you’re caught with a small amount of the drug.
 
“It’s a civil violation that in my mind sends a message that something’s not proper. We still penalize it. We don’t think it merits a criminal conviction,” said Rep. Richard Marek, D-Newfane, a sponsor of the marijuana decriminalization bill.
 
Read more: http://reason.com

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Idaho Court of Appeals overturns marijuana DUI conviction

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 8th 2013 by THCFinder

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court's decision upholding a Boise man's conviction for driving under the influence of marijuana. The court ruled last week in the case of Geirrod Stark, who was found guilty in 2010 of driving while impaired.

In its ruling, Judge Pro Tem Jesse Walters overturned the conviction, arguing Stark's blood test results only prove he'd used marijuana recently — not the day he was stopped. There's no question Stark was impaired that day Walters said, but there's no proof that drugs — and not some other condition — caused his erratic driving. During his original trial, Stark said he was disoriented because he was dehydrated and hungry. He said he also suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Source: http://www.spokesman.com


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Big dilemma: Banks won't take money that smells like marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE -- Imagine setting up a multi-billion dollar legal business without using a bank? That's what our state is facing as it wrestles with legalizing a marijuana industry.
 
It's a serious dilemma that puts our state on conflict with federal law. The problem? Money that smells like pot won't fly in the banking industry.
 
Cash has an interesting quality -- it absorbs smells. So if it's kept anywhere near marijuana, you'll have problems taking it to the bank. 
 
"I guarantee you that you are going to talk to the bank manager and that's not a comfortable situation to be in," said John Davis.
 
Davis knows that first hand. He's had his business checking, and credit card accounts shut down once the banks found out he runs a West Seattle medical marijuana access point. Banks don't anything to do with pot.
 
"Everything I do here has to be cash, which makes it more attractive to theft which is why my store is built like a bank on steroids," Davis said.
 

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