Why Are Authorities in Detroit Furiously Closing Down Dispensaries?
So far, 167 Detroit pot shops have been closed down and dozens more are expected to get the same treatment.
Attorney for the city of Detroit, Melvin Butch Hollowell, said that 283 dispensaries were identified last year that are all operating illegally.
“At the time I sent a letter to each one of them, indicating that unless you have a fully licensed facility, you are operating at your own risk,” Hollowell told the Detroit Free Press.
Hollowell added that an additional 51 shops were earmarked to be closed in the coming weeks.
These closures will ultimately bring Detroit a step closer to its “goal” of only having 50 dispensaries operating in the state’s largest city.
Recently recovering from bankruptcy, Detroit has a population of nearly 700,000, down from 1.8 million in 1950 when it was a teeming city, before urban blight took hold.
France to Drop Prison Terms for Pot Use
France will introduce a law by year’s end to end prison terms for cannabis use, a spokesman for the new President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday.
Macron made his pledge to reform laws on cannabis use a key campaign plank during the hard-fought race. Under current law, offenders can face a year in prison plus a fine of up to 3,750 euros ($4,200).
“Last year, 180,000 people were found to be in violation of drug laws,” said Macron spokesman Christophe Castaner, according to the French national news agency AFP. “On average these cases take up six hours of police time and the same amount for the presiding magistrate. Is the system effective? No. What is important today is to be effective, and above all to free up time for our police so they can focus more on essential matters.”
However, in what seems a strange compromise, cannabis consumption will technically remain a criminal offense. Castaner stressed that “consuming drugs remains serious and is dangerous to health.”
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Marijuana-growing operation discovered after fire at Van Nuys home
fficials discovered a marijuana-growing operation in a residential area Saturday in the wake of a fire at a Van Nuys home, authorities said.
The fire, reported at about 11:27 a.m. on the 6300 block of Langdon Avenue, began in a vehicle sitting under a carport that had been attached to a subdivided garage, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
Firefighters beat back the blaze in about fifteen minutes, Stewart said, and searched the premises to make sure the fire had not extended to other parts of the structure.
Homing Pigeon Flies Ecstasy into Kuwait
One of those quirky stories on Fox News informed us this week that authorities in Kuwait intercepted a homing pigeon that had been outfitted with a little backpack containing 178 ecstasy pills.
Kuwaiti authorities had apparently “tracked” the bird as it flew in from Iraq. A BBC News report suggests the airborne trafficker’s error was to fly too close to a border post, where customs agents were already aware that smugglers were thusly exploiting our feathered friends. (The BBC also says the payload was actually ketamine.)
Both reports say that pigeons have been used before to fly small quantities of cannabis and cocaine into prisons in Latin America—noting one such interception in Costa Rica in 2015 and another in Colombia in 2011. Presumably, in all such instances, the pigeon that was caught represented several that made it through.
Jeff Sessions’ Phony Marijuana War
On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, America’s cheerful white-hooded Smeagol, was in Memphis selling his vision of the country as a violent wasteland beset by ruthless criminals and mindless gang members preying on helpless innocents.
Speaking to an appreciative audience of about 100 law-enforcement officers—the likes of whom have been “under siege” in the United States in recent years, according to Congressman David Kustoff, a former local federal prosecutor—Sessions reiterated his tough-on-crime, more-is-less solution.
The only hope for civilization in our time is more mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, locking more people up for longer periods of time.
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