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Will Local Bans On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Hold Up Legally?

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
BOSTON — Medical marijuana dispensaries haven’t opened yet in Massachusetts — and some communities in the state hope to keep it that way.
 
Even before Massachusetts voters passed Question 3, which legalized medical marijuana, some cities and towns began researching how they could prevent medical marijuana dispensaries from opening within their borders. Now, some of those communities have passed zoning bylaws banning dispensaries, and they’re waiting to hear whether the state attorney general’s office will approve them.
 
Melrose, Reading and Wakefield, which comprise a regional health district, have passed identical dispensary bans, and Attorney General Martha Coakley must issue her opinion on Wakefield’s bylaw by March 21. WBUR’s All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with the health director for those communities, Ruth Clay, about why they oppose dispensaries.
 
Read more: http://www.wbur.org

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Police arrest man dealing marijuana for donations on Craigslist

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — In the wake of Amendment 64′s passage, there has been some confusion about what is legal and what isn’t when it comes to marijuana possession, distribution and use.
 
The Douglas County Pattern Crime Unit (PCU) moved to clear up a little bit of that confusion this week, reminding a 22-year-old it’s still illegal to sell pot on Craigslist.
 
Perhaps believing that not setting a firm price might improve the permissibly of his actions, Andrew Kipling Walton posted an advertisement on the online marketplace suggesting he would trade marijuana for “donations,” according to PCU spokesperson Ron Hanavan.
In exchange for the 3.5 ounces of marijuana Walton gave them, two undercover PCU detectives donated a ride to the Douglas County Detentions Facility.
 
Hanavan said the detectives made contact with Walton using the email attached to his Craigslist advertisement, and made arrangements with him to deliver the marijuana to a location in Lone Tree.
 
Read more: http://kdvr.com

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Hawaii passes Marijuana Decriminalization

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
The Hawaii Senate Tuesday voted unanimously to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure now goes to the House.
 
The bill, Senate Bill 472, would make possession of up to an ounce a civil infraction with a maximum $1,000 fine. The bill originally called for a maximum $100 fine, but was amended by lawmakers who said they wanted to emphasize that marijuana would still be illegal.
 
Bill supporters said it was aimed at reducing congestion in the state's criminal justice system.
 

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Sen. Leahy: Sequester should halt federal marijuana raids

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
The Obama Justice Department is still trying to figure out how to handle the legalization of marijuana possession in Colorado and Washington state, but one senator on Wednesday said that in an era of stretched budgets, the feds should back off.
“I would suggest there are more serious things than minor possession of marijuana,” Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Judiciary Committee chairman, told Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
 
Minutes earlier, Mr. Holder had warned that the budget sequesters are forcing him to cut more than $1 billion from his department’s operations and said that could hurt national security.
 
Mr. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, said that’s all the more reason to not continue targeting marijuana users.
 
Mr. Holder is trying to figure out how the federal government, which still considers marijuana a major illegal drug, will deal with pot users in states where it’s been legalized. He said he expects to have a policy soon.
 

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Medical marijuana heist triggers tense SF SWAT standoff

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
SAN FRANCISCO — A botched robbery at a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary triggered a tense overnight SWAT standoff Tuesday in the city’s Bayview District that lasted over seven hours before the suspect was taken into custody, according to San Francisco police.
Police said three suspects were already in custody in connection with the robbery. An additional suspect was believed to have barricaded himself inside the building near Jennings Street and Wallace Avenue at around 3:50 a.m.
 
“Officers from the Bayview police station responded to a robbery in progress at a business located in the 2100 block of Jennings,” San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak. ”Upon arrival, three suspects wearing ski masks fled from the front of the building. A brief foot chase ensued and those three suspects were taken into custody without incident. “
 
“We believe there is a suspect inside and possibly employees (of the pot club),” Andraychak added. “We are trying to establish contact with those inside.”
 
Read more: http://www.ktvu.com

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Former DEA Heads: Nullify Colorado, Washington Marijuana Laws

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
CHICAGO — Eight former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs said Tuesday that the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington's laws legalizing recreational marijuana use.
 
The statement came on the same day a United Nations-based drug agency urged the U. S. government to challenge those laws, saying they violate international drug treaties.
 
The onetime DEA heads issued joint statements saying the Obama administration has reacted too slowly and should immediately sue to force the states to rescind the legislation.
 
One of the former DEA administrators, Peter Bensinger, told The Associated Press the day before that the more time that goes by, the harder it'll be to stop the two states. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.
 
Bensinger, who lives in the Chicago area, said the government must immediately sue the states or risk creating "a domino effect" in which other states follow suit.
 
"My fear is that the Justice Department will do what they are doing now: do nothing and say nothing," said Bensinger. "If they don't act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months."
 

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