Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Hearings Begin Today
Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
MONTPELIER, VT – Hearings on bills to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Vermont will be held by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 3 and the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, April 4.
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, and Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan are scheduled to testify in support of the bill at the House hearing. Flynn and Donovan are also scheduled to testify in support of the bill at the Senate hearing.
House Bill 200, introduced by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tripartisan group of 38 co-sponsors, and Senate Bill 48, introduced by Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) with a tripartisan group of eight co-sponsors, would remove criminal penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of up to $100, similar to a traffic ticket.
Those under age 21 would be required to perform community service and to attend a drug awareness and safety program. Under current state law, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail for a first offense and up to two years in jail for a subsequent offense.
Read more: http://www.thedailychronic.net
Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled While Bongs Ban Advances
Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Eighteen states and D.C. have passed medical marijuana legislation but in Florida, the "Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act" can't even get a hearing in the state Senate or House.
The bill has stalled in Tallahassee despite the fact that seven out of 10 Floridians support legalizing medical marijuana. Meanwhile a bill banning bongs was unanimously approved by a Senate committee.
"Shame on us as a Legislature for not taking the opportunity to hear this bill this year," House bill sponsor Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation) said at a press conference on Monday.
Edwards introduced the bill after getting sick herself last year and speaking with cancer patients about how marijuana alleviated their suffering.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Trying To Pay Your Cab Fare With Marijuana Will Probably Not Go Over Well
Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Many people who have taken taxis regularly enough have had to face that dreaded moment when you realize you don’t have enough cash — or you lost your wallet — and you won’t be able to pay the fare. There are ways to handle this, but offering the driver marijuana as barter is probably not the best idea.
Yet that’s what police say happened last weekend here in Philadelphia, where a young man lacked the funds to pay for his cab ride and ended up spending some time behind bars.
Police tell CBS 3 that officers were attempting to ticket the cab for double-parking on Friday night when the driver pointed out that his passenger was trying to stiff him on the fare.
“The guy says let me get some money for you and the cab driver says okay leave me some collateral,” a police rep tells CBS. “So he left his phone. He let him go in, he returns a short time later and he still doesn’t have any money.”
This is when the alleged weed-in-lieu offer was made.
Read more: http://consumerist.com
Possessing a little marijuana no longer criminal in Rhode Island
Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
(Reuters) - A law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana went into effect in Rhode Island on Monday after the state last year became the 15th in the United States to enact such legislation.
Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the legislation into law in June but it did not take effect until Monday, a move intended to allow time for officials to work out procedures, said state Representative John Edwards, a co-sponsor of the measure.
Possession of one ounce (28 grams) or less of marijuana in Rhode Island now constitutes a civil offense punishable by a $150 fine and forfeiture of the drug, though three offenses in an 18-month period amount to a misdemeanor.
"I think it's going to save our police a lot of problems," he said, adding that what might have been mere "youthful indiscretion" will no longer lead to a criminal record that might have long-term consequences.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com
Washington State seeks to keep marijuana out of bars
Category: News | Posted on Sun, March, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants the state Liquor Control Board to figure out how to stop the spread of bars allowing marijuana consumption.
The issue became a concern for Inslee after an Associated Press story about two bars, Frankie’s in Olympia and Stonegate in Tacoma, letting patrons use marijuana within their walls.
Voters legalized recreational marijuana through Initiative 502. But I-502 prohibits public consumption. “We think the board needs to give this a very hard look,” said Inslee spokesman David Postman. “We will implement the will of the voters and create a well-regulated industry. Washingtonians did not vote for a wide-open policy.”
The board is considering its options. However, there’s “a loophole in the law that doesn’t allow the board to hold licensees accountable” for such activity, said board enforcement chief Justin Nordhorn.
Read more: http://www.northjersey.com
Arizona ruling on DUI test for marijuana appealed
Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Supreme Court is being asked to review a lower court's ruling that marijuana smokers can be prosecuted for driving under the influence even when there is no evidence that they are actually high.
The Court of Appeals on Feb. 12 overturned a trial judge who said it doesn't make sense to prosecute people with no evidence they're under the influence.
At issue are the chemical compounds in marijuana that show up in blood and urine tests after people smoke pot.
The case stems from a motorist's blood test. It revealed only a chemical compound that is found in the blood after another compound produced from ingesting marijuana breaks down.
The Supreme Court will receive additional legal briefs before deciding whether or not to hear the case.
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