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DEA Must Pay $3 Million In 2010 Killing Of LA Teen

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
A federal judge Tuesday awarded $3 million to the family of an 18-year-old Los Angeles honors student who was gunned down by undercover DEA agents in a parking garage in 2010. But the judge also ruled the officers were not negligent in their actions.
 
dea-must-payZachary Champommier died when he drove into a Studio City shopping center parking lot to meet a friend. Also in the parking lot were a group of undercover officers, including DEA agents and LA County sheriff’s deputies and LAPD officers who had been deputized by the DEA.
 
The cops were discussing a search warrant they had just served when they observed Champommier’s friend walking in the parking garage. Suspecting the friend was breaking into cars, they detained him. When Champommier drove up, he saw his friend being accosted by people he didn’t know and attempted to drive away from possible trouble.
 
Officers claimed that Champommier’s vehicle struck a deputy as he attempted to leave the scene. Officers opened fire, killing the 18-year-old honor student and “band geek.”
 
Both the DEA and the LA County Sheriff’s Department said the shooting was justifiable because Champommier had tried to run down an officer.
 
“The nature of [Champommier's] aggressive actions, actually hitting the deputy — that is not someone who is without some degree of fault,” Sheriff Lee Baca said shortly after the shooting.
 

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Father and son charged after marijuana Facebook post

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
father-son-charged-over-facebook-postSTATESVILLE, N.C. — An Iredell County teenager and his father were arrested after the teen allegedly posted pictures of marijuana to Facebook.
 
WSOC-TV reported that 38-year-old Todd Duane Wolford and 17-year-old Cody Austin Wolford were charged after authorities recently searched their home at Mallard Creek Apartments in Statesville.
 
Iredell County deputies said they received information Wednesday that an East Iredell Middle School student posted pictures on Facebook of marijuana plants being grown.
 
Deputies said they went to the student’s home and found two marijuana plants being grown behind his apartment and a bag of marijuana inside.
 
The suspect’s father reportedly had to be detained during the search because he was allegedly being uncooperative.
 
Todd Wolford was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and resisting public officer.
 
Cody Wolford was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
 

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Canada's police chiefs suggest tickets for marijuana possession in lieu of criminal charges

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
canada-wants-to-ticket-for-mj-possessionWINNIPEG — Police chiefs meeting in Winnipeg say handing out tickets for illegal possession of marijuana may be more efficient than laying criminal charges.
 
Delegates to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police annual meeting have passed a resolution that says officers need more “enforcement options” to deal with people caught with pot.
 
Association president Jim Chu says in a release that criminal charges place a significant burden on police and court resources.
 
Chu, who is chief constable of the Vancouver Police Service, also points out that a conviction results in a criminal record that places barriers on future travel, employment and citizenship.
 
He says the association does not support legalization of marijuana.
 
The resolution was presented by the association’s drug abuse committee.
 
“The CACP is not in support of decriminalization or legalization of cannabis in Canada,” Chu said in a release Tuesday. “It must be recognized, however, that under the current legislation the only enforcement option for police, when confronted with simple possession of cannabis, is either to turn a blind eye or lay charges.
 

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D.C. government program to subsidize pot for poor patients

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
help-for-poor-cannabis-patientsA proposed first-in-the-nation government program would require medical marijuana dispensaries in the District to put aside 2 percent of their profits in order to subsidize pot purchases for poor patients.
 
Under the regulatory proposal, dispensaries would give at least a 20 percent discount on marijuana to low-income people at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
 
Clinics often offer lower prices to poor patients, and states that allow medical marijuana often encourage discounts for low-income patients. But Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said no state has inserted this type of provision into regulations.
 
“This rule is totally unprecedented in the medical marijuana community,” he said.
 
Medical marijuana sales began in the District at the Capital City Care clinic last month. Prices for marijuana range from $380 to $440 per ounce, according to the clinic’s website.
 
The sliding scale program is intended to improve access for the poor, who potentially comprise a large percentage of medical marijuana consumers. Often, marijuana patients do not hold full-time jobs because of the nature of the illnesses that qualify them to use pot medically, analysts say. Medical marijuana cards issued to patients indicate whether they are low-income and eligible for discounts on the drug.
 

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No change in marijuana laws coming, White House says

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
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(CNN) – President Barack Obama isn't looking to change current federal laws dictating the classification of marijuana, his spokesman explained Wednesday.
 
Josh Earnest, the deputy press secretary, said Obama "does not, at this point, advocate a change in the law" that places marijuana in the same class of drugs as heroin, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms, and which deems cannabis to have no medical use.
 
Responding to a question from CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin, Earnest described the Obama administration's position on marijuana as mainly focused on prosecuting drug traffickers rather than individual users.
 
"The administration's position on this has been clear and consistent for some time now," he said. "While the prosecution of drug traffickers remains an important priority, the president and the administration believe that the targeting of individual marijuana users, especially those with serious illnesses and their caregivers, is not the best allocation of federal law enforcement resources."
 

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SWAT raids organic farm for marijuana, instead seize blackberry, okra and tomatillo plants

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
swat-failsThe police department in Arlington, Texas, essentially destroyed an organic farm when SWAT “showed up unannounced, uninvited, raped the land and held captive every human present at gunpoint,” according to a statement by The Garden of Eden.
 
Authorities eventually claimed that they were there to infiltrate an illegal marijuana growing and drug trafficking operation, but absolutely no evidence of any such activity was discovered on the property.
 
The SWAT team raided the farm on the morning of Aug. 2, after a search warrant had been signed the day before. The city claims that they received a number complaints that marijuana was being grown on the property, in addition to ongoing complaints about conditions on the property including “grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises.”
 
When authorities did not discover any pot plants on the property, they issued additional citations for code violations instead and hauled off several trailer loads of materials which the farm used for various purposes in maintaining the operations on the premises.
 
The eight adults who were at the farm during the raid claim that officers came in and immediately detained them by handcuffing them and holding them at gunpoint. This included the mother of a 22-month-old and a two-week-old baby who were separated from their mother during the raid. The city however, states that they only detained them for 30 minutes, as is standard procedure during a narcotics investigation, and that after half an hour anyone who was on the property was free to leave if they so wished.
 
Quinn Eaker, who lives at the farm, told reporters, “I think every single right we have was violated, every single one.”
 
However, the raid was not a total waste, as officers did discover that Eaker had outstanding traffic violations and was subsequently arrested.
 
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