'Cannabis clubs' register in France
THE first of an estimated 400 "cannabis social clubs" in France have formally registered their existence.
Fifteen clubs have lodged declarations at their local préfecture, registering as a not-for-profit association.
The clubs bring together growers and consumers of cannabis, who share their produce but do not sell it. They are considered illegal in France, but legally recognised in neighbouring Spain and Belgium.
A notice advising of the formal creation of the French Federation of Cannabis Social Clubs appeared in the Journal Officiel earlier this week.
Local branches have been declared in the Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Creuse, Charente-Maritime, Indre-et-Loire and Haute-Vienne.
Authorities could close the clubs down at any point - but organisers hope for long legal delays before that happens.
Two St. Louis Officers Questioned After Marijuana Never Reported
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Two St. Louis Police officers are being asked “Where’s the pot?” This after dashboard camera footage shows one of the officers confiscating a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana during a traffic stop, but that bad never made it to evidence.
This happened in February, but an audit of dashboard camera footage uncovered the discrepancy.
Police Chief Sam Dotson told KMOX he doesn’t believe there was any wrongdoing. “I have no reason to believe the officer kept the marijuana for personal use, I have no reason to believe they kept for sale.
Read more: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com
Indiana crime bill could get tougher on marijuana
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The proposed overhaul of Indiana's criminal sentencing laws could get tougher penalties for marijuana possession and dealing after Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted it stricter on low-level drug offenders.
A state Senate committee is expected to vote Thursday on increasing the felony and misdemeanor levels of the marijuana crimes.
That is part of a broad plan that aims to direct more people convicted of low-level felonies to work release and other local programs rather than sending them to prison. It also would require those convicted of the most serious crimes to spend more time in prison.
Pence told reporters last week that he believed the bill should send a message that the state is tough on drug dealers.
The House approved the bill by a wide margin last month.
Washington police K9's being retrained to ignore marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE, WA – When it comes to dogs everything’s black and white. So when it comes to a drug-sniffing dog it’s either drugs or it isn’t.
But thanks to the new laws that have legalized marijuana in Washington state police are trying to teach some old dogs a new trick.
Because the dogs are trained to alert police to the presence of what is now a legal substance; cops could get in trouble for conducting illegal searches when the pooches detect something.
So they’re trying to desensitize the dogs to pot, while not even training the new K9′s to detect the sticky icky.
Talk about a ruff job.
Read more: http://newsfixnow.com
Recreational Marijuana Bars Test Limits Of Legal Weed Laws In Washington, Colorado
Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
TACOMA, Wash. — John Connelly leaned forward on his barstool, set his lips against a clear glass pipe and inhaled a white cloud of marijuana vapor.
A handful of people milled around him. Three young women stood behind the bar, ready to assist with the preparation of the bongs, as the strains of a blues band playing downstairs sounded faintly off the exposed brick walls.
"It feels so comfortable in here," said Connelly, 33. "It's just a great social aspect."
Welcome to the Stonegate – puns welcome. It's one of a tiny number of bars, cafes and private clubs catering to the stoner class in Washington and Colorado since voters last fall made them the first states to legalize marijuana for adults over 21.
Both states bar the public use of marijuana – which typically would include bars and restaurants – and most bars are steering clear of allowing pot use at least until officials come up with rules for the new weed industry.
But a few have been testing the boundaries of what's allowed in hopes of drumming up business and making a political statement.
"I've been running a bar a few years now, and people would always go outside around the corner, into the shadows, to smoke up," said Jeff Call, the Stonegate's owner. "People shouldn't have to hide. There's no rules yet, but I'm trying to do this thoughtfully and responsibly."
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
If you own Medical Marijuana, your gun might get you Jail time!
Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
In 2011, the ATF issued a memo that declared that it is illegal for anyone with a medical-marijuana card to possess a gun or ammunition.
Monday I came across a U.S. Sentencing Commission report that looked at federal offenders serving sentence enhancements for committing a crime with a gun present: 65 percent served five years for having a gun while committing a federal crime, 23 percent served seven years for brandishing a gun, and nine percent served ten years for firing a gun or carrying assault weapons or other proscribed firearms. It’s possible that in some of those 65 percent of cases, the guns weren’t part of the crime, but the crime was owning a gun while possessing a controlled substance. Which brought to mind the 55-year sentence meted out to Weldon Angelos, which the sentencing judge himself called “unjust, cruel, and even irrational.”
The message for Californians who use medical marijuana should be pretty clear. The federal government may go after you for using marijuana, and the penalty can be harsh if you possess both legal (in California) medical marijuana and a lawfully-owned gun.
Fortunately, there is a mechanism for mercy. Sens. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are working together on legislation to grant federal judges more judicial discretion under the federal mandatory minimum sentencing system.
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