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VT Considers Decriminalizing Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
MONTPELIER — If you are caught speeding, running a stop sign, buying cigarettes under age 18 or burning trash, you’ll get in trouble. You’re likely to get a ticket and have to pay a fine, but you won’t go to jail and you won’t end up with a criminal record.
 
Legislators who support decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana argue the same should be true if you’re caught with a small amount of the drug.
 
“It’s a civil violation that in my mind sends a message that something’s not proper. We still penalize it. We don’t think it merits a criminal conviction,” said Rep. Richard Marek, D-Newfane, a sponsor of the marijuana decriminalization bill.
 
Read more: http://reason.com

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Idaho Court of Appeals overturns marijuana DUI conviction

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 8th 2013 by THCFinder

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court's decision upholding a Boise man's conviction for driving under the influence of marijuana. The court ruled last week in the case of Geirrod Stark, who was found guilty in 2010 of driving while impaired.

In its ruling, Judge Pro Tem Jesse Walters overturned the conviction, arguing Stark's blood test results only prove he'd used marijuana recently — not the day he was stopped. There's no question Stark was impaired that day Walters said, but there's no proof that drugs — and not some other condition — caused his erratic driving. During his original trial, Stark said he was disoriented because he was dehydrated and hungry. He said he also suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Source: http://www.spokesman.com


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Big dilemma: Banks won't take money that smells like marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE -- Imagine setting up a multi-billion dollar legal business without using a bank? That's what our state is facing as it wrestles with legalizing a marijuana industry.
 
It's a serious dilemma that puts our state on conflict with federal law. The problem? Money that smells like pot won't fly in the banking industry.
 
Cash has an interesting quality -- it absorbs smells. So if it's kept anywhere near marijuana, you'll have problems taking it to the bank. 
 
"I guarantee you that you are going to talk to the bank manager and that's not a comfortable situation to be in," said John Davis.
 
Davis knows that first hand. He's had his business checking, and credit card accounts shut down once the banks found out he runs a West Seattle medical marijuana access point. Banks don't anything to do with pot.
 
"Everything I do here has to be cash, which makes it more attractive to theft which is why my store is built like a bank on steroids," Davis said.
 

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Nevada Assembly considers ending marijuana ban

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
State lawmakers heard passionate arguments Friday over a measure that ends the prohibition on recreational marijuana use in Nevada and funnels the tax revenues toward the underfunded state education system.
 
Assemblyman Joseph Hogan, D-Las Vegas, presented Assembly Bill 402 to members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee with just a week to go before the deadline for bills to clear their first committees.
 
Hogan said the bill is not about smoking marijuana, but rather is “about coming to terms with reality and showing some courage.”
 
“The prohibition against marijuana has essentially failed,” Hogan told committee members. “It has created a black market that hangs like a cancer alongside our unfunded education system.”
 
The bill would place a 25 percent excise tax on each grower, manufacturer and purchaser of marijuana. Those proceeds would go toward early childhood education and literacy programs in K through 12th grade, Assemblyman Andrew Martin, D-Las Vegas, and the other primary sponsor of the bill, said.
 
Read more: http://www.rgj.com

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DEA Marijuana Report Details Federal Government's Opposition

Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
The majority of Americans support marijuana legalization, a new Pew poll released on Thursday found.
 
This is the first time that pot legalization has gained a nationwide majority.
 
Despite the poll's findings, the DEA is still taking a hardline stand against marijuana. A January 2011 report detailed the administration's opposition to the illegal substance.
 
"Specifically, smoked marijuana has not withstood the rigors of science–it is not medicine, and it is not safe."
 
President Obama has suggested that his administration will not go after state laws legalizing recreational marijuana use. When asked if feds would come down on laws passed in Washington and Colorado last year, Obama said, "we've got bigger fish to fry."
 

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3.9 Tons Of Marijuana Confiscated By Texas Highway Patrol

Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
 
In a bust that could easily be the plot of the next “Super Troopers” movie, the Texas Highway Patrol seized 3.9 tons of marijuana during a routine traffic stop on Thursday.
 
A Texas Highway Patrol trooper stopped a passing gas tanker for a routine visual inspection, only to discover that the vehicle was actually carrying a massive payload of marijuana, Yahoo! News reports. According to reports, the tanker was covertly transporting an incredible 3.9 tons of the illicit drug. Authorities have yet to reveal how the trooper managed to make the discovery.
 
According to a news release by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the seized marijuana shipment is believed to have a street value of around $3.4 million. After the search, the driver of the tanker was arrested and charged with possession. The driver is still in police custody, with his bond set at $1 million. His name has yet to be released.
 

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