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Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients Sent Letters Telling Them They Can’t Own Guns

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

handgun and weedMedical marijuana is now legal in Illinois, and more and more patients are starting to sign up as patients now that medical marijuana sales have begun at dispensaries. It took a long time, and a lot of hurdle jumping, but there is finally legal safe access to medical marijuana in Illinois. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still bumps in the road, proven by the recent mailing of erroneous letters telling medical marijuana patients in Illinois that they would have to give up their guns because they are medical marijuana patients. Per PJ Star:

Nearly two years after Illinois decided medical marijuana users shouldn’t be prohibited from owning guns, several patients received letters from state police telling them their firearms cards were being revoked.

Although the agency insists the letters were sent to just four people before the mistake was corrected, some cannabis supporters say the error signifies an underlying ambivalence about medical marijuana in the 23 states where it’s now legal.

For example, a checklist for firearm owners on the Illinois State Police website includes this requirement: “I am not a medical marijuana patient registry card holder.” That, too, was an error that a vendor is now working to remove from the site, ISP spokesman Matt Boerwinkle said.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/illinois-medical-marijuana-patients-sent-letters-telling-them-they-cant-own-guns/


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Mexico issues first permit to grow and use marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

Mexico City (AFP) - Mexican health authorities issued Friday the first permit allowing four individuals to grow and smoke their own marijuana, but none actually plans to consume the drug.

 

While the permit opens a crack in Mexico's prohibitionist policies, the government health watchdog Cofepris stressed that the authorization is limited to those four people only.

The foursome, who secured the authorization in a historic Supreme Court ruling last month, hope that their victory will force Mexico to legalize marijuana.

The group, part of the Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Personal Use (SMART), says decriminalizing pot will help reduce the country's relentless drug cartel violence.

"We didn't do this to get the right (to consume) for ourselves but to change a public policy that has been extremely costly for the country," said Armando Santacruz, an accountant and one of the four who won the case.

Read More:http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-issues-first-ever-permit-grow-marijuana-171315829.html


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Rep. Kelly Cassidy Introduces New Bill To Remove Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Possession In Illinois

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 10th 2015 by THCFinder
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(via firedoglake.com)

Rep. Kelly Cassidy announced Thursday that she is introducing new legislation for 2016 that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana in Illinois.

HB 4357 would make possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil violation punishable by a fine. Adults would no longer face time in jail, and the civil offense would be automatically expunged in order to prevent a permanent criminal record. The proposal largely mirrors legislation previously introduced by Rep. Cassidy that was approved in the Senate (37-19) on May 21 and in the House (62-53) on April 23, as well the amendments proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner when he vetoed the bill and returned it to the legislature on August 14.

“This is a reasonable proposal that is long overdue,” Rep. Cassidy said. “It needs to happen, and I am hopeful that we can make it happen quickly since it’s already such familiar territory for legislators and the governor.”

Members of the Illinois faith community joined Rep. Cassidy at the news conference to voice support for the bill. More than 50 clergy from around the state have signed a Religious Declaration of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, which includes support for civil rather than criminal sanctions for marijuana possession.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/rep-kelly-cassidy-introduces-new-bill-to-remove-criminal-penalties-for-marijuana-possession-in-illinois/


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Senator Boots Veteran Out Of Committee On Marijuana Proposal

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaDuring the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 8, Senator Jones ejected from the Chamber an Iraq War veteran who was there to plead on behalf of soldiers for reasonable medical marijuana laws.

Watch the video- it is disturbing to see.

Senator Jones, the much-maligned former small town Sheriff who reportedly loves to say, “I’m Rick Jones, bitch!”, took offense to Marine veteran Dakota Serna calling Sheriff Deputies “jack boots” and “thugs”. His response was a quick gavel, a shouting match and a final declaration of disrespect.

During one exchange Serna said, ”I fought for my right to testify, for free speech, and you are denying it.”

Sen. Jones answered, “That’s it. Goodnight.”

Serna refused to leave until guards told him the proceedings would be shut down- and patient testimony halted- if he did not leave the chamber as ordered by Sen. Jones.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/senator-boots-veteran-out-of-committee-on-marijuana-proposal/


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New Report Finds Most Cannabis Treatment Is Court Ordered

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

It is not uncommon for the opposing forces of marijuana legalization to use rehabilitation rates as ammunition to suggest that the end of prohibition would bring forth an increasing legion of pot junkies. However, some of the latest evidence surrounding drug treatment for cannabis addiction shows that the majority of the people involved with these types of programs have been court ordered and are not trying to rid themselves of stoner demons by their own volition.

recent study from Uncle Sam’s Department of Health & Human Services indicates that over half the people who undergo treatment programs to remove the dreaded marijuana monkey from their backs are only doing so because the criminal justice system gave them the option of rehab or jail. 

As Tom Angell with the Marijuana Majority points out in his analysis, this means, “fewer than one out of five people in treatment for marijuana checked themselves in voluntarily or were referred by another individual.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-report-finds-most-cannabis-treatment-court-ordered


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Canadian Judge Fines Man $1.30 For Growing 30 Marijuana Plants

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

Gavel marijuana miami prosecutorJust because someone is arrested for marijuana, doesn’t mean that he or she has to incur the penalty and/or jail time that the law says goes along with their arrest and conviction. Usually we see this play out in the form of a jury nullification. A jury nullification occurs when the jury in a case refuses to convict someone because they feel the law the defendant is being accused of breaking is ridiculous. But every once in awhile we see a judge step up and do something somewhat similar.

That occurred recently in Canada, where a judge fined a man just $1.30 for growing 30 marijuana plants. Per Civilized.Life:

Mario Larouche, unable to secure a prescription for medical marijuana, resorted to growing 30 plants himself.

Larouche, a resident of the province of Quebec, was charged with possessing the plants, and lawyers for the province requested a sentence of $250 and 90 days in jail. Quebec Judge Pierre Chevalier, however, delivered a more lenient sentence of just a $1 fine plus 30 cent surcharge.

In explaining his sentence, the Judge welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize and regulate marijuana, remarking on the ubiquitousness of cannabis in Canadian society, as well as the archaic laws governing possession of the plant.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/canada-judge-fines-man-1-30-for-growing-30-marijuana-plants/


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