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Colorado appeals court OKs firing for off-duty marijuana use

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
A divided Colorado Court of Appeals panel on Thursday upheld the firing of a man for off-the-job medical-marijuana use, concluding that, because marijuana is illegal under federal law, employees have no protection to use it anytime.
 
The decision — which is precedent-setting — has broad implications not just for medical-marijuana patients but for any adult using marijuana in Colorado since voters legalized the substance in November.
 
The case is the first to look at whether off-duty marijuana use that is legal under state law is protected by Colorado's Lawful Off-Duty Activities Statute. The statute says employers can't fire employees for doing legal things off-the-clock.
 
Brandon Coats — a quadriplegic medical-marijuana patient who was fired from his job as a telephone operator at Dish Network after testing positive for marijuana — said the statute should apply in his case, since there is no evidence he was impaired on the job.
 

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Federal judge sentences Grand Blanc man to 20 years for funding marijuana operation

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
BAY CITY, MI — A Grand Blanc man has a 20-year stay in federal prison on the horizon for funding a substantial marijuana operation.
 
U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington on Monday, April 22, imposed the two-decade sentence on Salah Dado, 34. Dado's trial at the federal courthouse in Bay City ended in May with a jury convicting him of single counts of conspiring to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants or 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana and aiding and abetting others in the manufacture of 1,000 or more marijuana plants.
 
Prosecutors argued in the trial that thousands of marijuana plants were grown and processed in rural Roscommon County with Dado having provided the funding. The pot was distributed throughout the eastern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula by Dado and others, prosecutors maintained.
 
Authorities discovered the operation in the fall of 2009, with more than 1,400 plants ye to be harvested and processed.
 
Dado's sentence was based on the nature of his offense and his criminal background, which includes a prior felony drug conviction. 
 

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Horizon Air trying to fire pilot who used marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE — Horizon Air wants a judge to stop a pilot who was fired for using marijuana from returning to the cockpit, a news website said.
 
The Seattle-based airline fired pilot Brian Milam after he failed a random drug test in November 2011 and he acknowledged smoking to cope with back pain and other issues, seattlepi.com reported Monday.
 
The firing was challenged by the Airline Professionals Association and an arbitrator ruled in the union's favor, saying Horizon failed to fully review Milam's record before firing him.
 
Horizon filed a lawsuit last week in federal court, asking the judge to throw out the arbitrator's ruling.
 
"Horizon is not willing to place an impaired pilot back in the cockpit," said Mark Hutcheson, an attorney representing Horizon. "Doing so would violate federal law and contravene a well-settled public policy prohibiting a pilot from flying while using drugs."
 
Milam was the first Horizon pilot to fail a drug test since the airline began testing in 1989, the lawyer said.
 
The union was displeased the case has gone to court.
 

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Supreme Court Rules Against Automatic Deportation For Marijuana Possession

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
In a 7-2 vote on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that deportation is not mandatory if a legal immigrant is convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana.
 
The ruling was in response to Moncrieffe v. Holder. Immigration officials automatically deported Adrian Moncrieffe, a Jamaican citizen who has lived in the United States since he was three years old, after he was convicted under Georgia law for possession and intent to distribute 1.3 grams of marijuana.
 
“Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote on behalf of the majority that a conviction for marijuana possession does not rise to the level of an aggravated felony if it is a small amount and the defendant was not being paid for it,” reported Reuters.
 

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Huge marijuana joint seized at UC Santa Cruz 4/20 celebration

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —Every year on April 20 at 4:20 p.m., hundreds of University of California at Santa Cruz students and residents gather in a field on UCSC's campus to light up.
 
Every year on April 20 at 4:20 p.m., hundreds of University of California at Santa Cruz students and residents gather in a field on UCSC's campus to light up.
 
But one marijuana enthusiast took the opportunity a little too far. 
 
A joint weighing nearly 3 pounds was found by officers. When a large crowd of students noticed 3 pounds of marijuana rolled into a single joint was being carried away, they booed the officers and recorded them with cellphone cameras. A video of the incident was uploaded onto
 
YouTube Saturday and had been watched 28,000 times by Monday morning.
 
A 25-year-old man who was suspected of creating and bringing the massive joint, UCSC student Gennady Tsarinsky, was escorted away from the field and arrested. 
 
"(Tsarinsky) was arrested for possession of more than an ounce," UCSC spokesman Jim Burns said. Burns said he could not confirm the exact weight of the joint.
 
A second pot smoker was arrested for disorderly conduct, but overall students said the marijuana smoke-out was a carefree counterculture fun fest.
 
"Everyone is super-friendly, super-easygoing, really accepting," UCSC student Trio Harris said. "You can just be yourself and not be judged, and that's why I love 4/20."
 
Read more: http://www.ksbw.com
 

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Denver Police ID one man wanted in Denver's 420 marijuana rally

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER - Denver Police now believe they know the name of one of the men wanted in connection with the shooting at Denver's marijuana rally on Saturday. However, officers are not releasing the man's name and say he has not been arrested yet.
 
Police said the man they have identified is the possible accomplice described as the second suspect. "He is the black male with a brown and white checkered shirt," police said.
 
Police said suspect Number 1 is described as a black male with a light complexion, 6 foot tall, 180 lbs., wearing a gray hoodie, black pants and a Carolina blue baseball cap. Photography student Alexander Pringle told 7NEWS he saw the shooter open fire and managed to snap a photo of the shooter running away. (See that photo above, click on the number 2.)
 

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