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Unlicensed Marijuana Stores Grow Like Weeds in LA

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

LOS ANGELES -- Graffiti-tagged buildings, barricaded doors and iron-barred windows mark nearly every block of Avalon Boulevard as it cuts through the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Wilmington, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

The streets are lined with small mom-and-pop shops - clothing stores, a piñata shop, garages and small, family-owned restaurants - and a clutch of illegal medical marijuana dispensaries, some located within feet of each other.

Other nearby dispensaries are shuttered with signs announcing 'closed,' 'for lease' and 'for rent' - the result of the city's most recent attempts to close the door on L.A.'s robust illegal medical marijuana industry. But when one dispensary closes, it usually opens somewhere else, police say.

Passed by California voters nearly two decades ago, but absent statewide regulation, the legalization of medical marijuana has spawned a vast network of illegal dispensaries and wide disparities over how businesses are monitored across the state- if they are at all.

Read More:http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/unlicensed-marijuana-stores-grow-weeds-la-n412541


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Judge Rules Against Pot-Eating Police: Video Allowed Into Evidence

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

A group of Santa Ana police officers are now going to have a tougher time proving to investigators that they are not the corrupt scum the entire nation now believes them to be.

On Wednesday, an Orange County Superior Court judge decided that a surveillance video from the Sky High medical marijuana dispensary, which captured a number of police officers eating pot edibles and poking fun at a disabled patient during a raid, does not violate California’s eavesdropping law and should be allowed into evidence

Earlier last month, HIGH TIMES reported that several Santa Ana cops, who have refused to be identified, filed a lawsuit in an Orange County court in an attempt to prevent the controversial, and highly publicized video from being used against them in an internal investigation.

The suit claimed that because officers were not aware that they were being recorded, believing at the time that they had disabled all the dispensary’s surveillance equipment, that the video was a violation to their privacy rights and, therefore, should be considered inadmissible as evidence.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/judge-rules-against-pot-eating-police-video-allowed-evidence


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UK: Members of Parliament Suggest Pot Use Is a Human Right

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

It is a basic human right for cannabis enthusiasts to consume the herb without any interference from the law, says a new report from the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform. 

In an official publication of Parliament entitled “Guidance on Drug Policy: Interpreting the UN Drug Conventions,” the group argues that the drug war has been a complete failure and that there needs to be some significant changes made, including the legalization of a test cannabis market, in order to develop drug policies rooted in human rights as opposed the current “blanket prohibition” model.

Citing the success of Portugal’s decriminalization efforts, the report goes on to explain that individuals who use marijuana — even hard drugs — should not be criminalized as long as their lifestyle choice does not bring harm to others in the community. This is an argument, the group suggests, that is supported by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

According to the parliamentarians, “For European countries the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular Article 8, could be invoked in support of the argument that possession or purchase or cultivation of drugs for personal use, particularly in small quantities, do not injure other people's rights either directly or indirectly and therefore should not be criminalised.” 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/uk-members-parliament-suggest-pot-use-human-right


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Colombia Supreme Court: Cultivating Up To 20 Marijuana Plants Is Not A Crime

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

growing marijuanaThe decriminalization of marijuana possession in Colombia occurred awhile ago. Colombia is among a growing number of countries that have decriminalized personal marijuana possession and use. However, cultivation has been a different story. There are a lot of parts of the world that allow consumption and personal possession, but still consider cultivation a crime. Recently the Supreme Court in Colombia ruled that cultivation of up to 20 plants is not a crime. Per Colombia Reports:

Colombia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that growing up to 20 plants of marijuana is not a crime. The possession of small amounts of the drug had already been decriminalized.

The court ruled on the private cultivation of marijuana in an appeal filed by a man who had been sentenced to more than five years in prison after he had been caught by police with a recently cut plant weighing 124 grams.

The maximum amount of marijuana that can legally be carried is 20 grams in Colombia.

However, because the plant was meant for personal consumption, the court confirmed that there is no crime unless a person cultivates more than 20 plants.

The court ruling further decriminalizes the cultivation and possession of the drug for personal use. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/columbia-supreme-court-cultivating-up-to-20-marijuana-plants-is-not-a-crime/


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This Canadian University Offers a Class on the Business of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University can now sign up for a class with high stakes: the school in British Columbia is offering a course called “Introduction to Professional Management of Marijuana for Medical Purposes in Canada.”

The class will take place online over 14 weeks, the CBC reports. Since the legality of marijuana is being fought out in the courts in Canada (currently it is only approved for medicinal use, and regulations vary by region), the course will focus on educating students about following the rules to grow a legitimate business. Only 25 growing facilities are currently federally licensed in the country.

Similar courses have already popped up throughout the U.S.: the University of Denver Sturm College of Law offered a class on “Representing the Marijuana Client”; Vanderbilt University School of Law taught “Marijuana Law and Policy”; and Harvard University Law School taught “Tax Planning for Marijuana Dealers.”

Source:http://time.com/4001119/canadian-marijuana-class/


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Charges Dropped Against Women Who Was Sexually Assaulted During Marijuana Search

Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 18th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via CNN)

One of the most disgusting stories that I have read about all year is the story of Charneshia Corley, who was sexually assaulted by law enforcement during a search for marijuana. The search didn’t occur in a private room at the police headquarters. It occurred in public view in a Texaco parking lot. I cannot fathom how one human could do that to another human, especially in the name of marijuana prohibition. Charneshia was accused of a traffic violation, and moments later a law enforcement officer is probing her private parts for all to see. That’s absolutely horrific. Below is a description of what happened, via the Huffington Post:

“They sexually assaulted, raped me and molested me,” Corley told The Huffington Post on Monday.

Her attorney, Samuel Cammack III, told HuffPost the two deputies asked Corley to remove her pants in full view of passersby.

“She said, ‘No, I don’t have any panties on,’ so the officer told her to bend over and she pulled her pants down for her and went to stick her hand inside of Ms. Corely,” Cammack said.

Corley resisted and the deputies forced her face-first to the ground, Cammack said. The female deputy then climbed onto Corley’s back and pinned her, while the officers awaited the arrival of a second female deputy, according to the lawyer. After the second female deputy arrived, the two women officers held Corley down and forcibly spread her legs, Cammack said. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/charges-dropped-against-women-who-was-sexually-assaulted-during-marijuana-search/


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