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Grand Rapids decriminalization of marijuana stands

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A Kent County judge today ruled that a voter-approved amendment to decriminalize marijuana is valid.
 
At the same time, Judge Paul Sullivan dismissed Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth's effort to nullify the charter amendment.
 
Sullivan on Monday, May 6, ruled that possession of small amounts of marijuana in Grand Rapids can be handled as a civil infraction as voters earlier decided.
 
Forsyth had argued that the amendment conflicts with Michigan laws that classify marijuana possession as a misdemeanor. He also said it would interfere with his responsibilities as county prosecutor.
 
Even before Sullivan's ruling today, Grand Rapids Police began following the charter amendment on May 1 and started writing civil infractions.
 
In his ruling, Sullivan wrote: "The voters of Grand Rapids had the power to amend the city charter and plaintiff has failed to show that any section of the charter amendment necessarily conflicts with state law."
 

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Have a Heart Cafe opens to medical marijuana patients

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
At first glance, the menu of Have a Heart Compassion Care Cafe (Have a Heart CC) seems no different from that of any other restaurant. But its burgers, fries, and smoothies come with a twist: They can be custom-ordered to contain medical marijuana.
 
The cafe opened its doors to the community April 20 as the first fully functioning medical marijuana restaurant in Washington state. Located on 9th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, it provides restaurant services as well as a medical marijuana dispensary and vapor lounge. 
 
The goal of this new restaurant-dispensary is to provide a community center for medical marijuana patients. Though the restaurant section of Have a Heart Cafe was initially open to the general public for a few days, it is now open exclusively to medical marijuana patients.
 
“We decided that we really wanted to create an atmosphere that was safe and available for medical patients to utilize … [and to] create this one-stop, all-inclusive safe space for medical patients,” said Gail Tsai, general manager of the cafe.
 
This is the third Have a Heart CC dispensary but the first to provide restaurant services. The other two locations are in North Seattle and Fremont.
 
The Have a Heart CC company started two years ago to bring a new style to the traditional medical marijuana access point.
 
“A lot of places would prepackage their items … [Patients] wouldn’t have a lot of options as to look, see, and smell, touch the medicine. They would just have to take someone’s word for it,” said Ryan Kunkel, co-owner of Have a Heart CC. “Essentially, what we did is went away from the prepackage model and put our medicine in jars, so they could come in and see it for themselves.”
 
Kunkel said they allow their patients to examine the different types of medication, particularly the smell of the marijuana, up close before purchasing. 
 
“Everybody’s a little bit different, so that’s a better way to pair people with their medicines that will work,” he said.
 
Read more: http://dailyuw.com

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Colorado Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Legalization

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
Senate Bill 241, a measure which would enable the state’s Department of Agriculture to license farmers to cultivate hemp beginning this year, has passed out of the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, as well as the House Appropriations Committee, both unanimously. In addition, the measure was approved through its 2nd reading in the full House of Representatives. The bill now awaits one more House vote, where its expected passage will send it to the governor for final approval, given that it’s already passed the Senate with a 34-1 vote.
 
Under the proposal farmers would have the option of applying for a 10-acre plot in order to study the viability of various hemp varieties, or they could apply for a larger, full-scale hemp farm - one that wouldn’t be limited by the number of plants, but rather by the THC content in said plants.
 

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Are Cigarettes the real Gateway drug?

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
Smokers who rationalize their use of cigarettes by saying, "At least, I'm not doing drugs," may not always be able to use that line.
 
New research to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, supports the theory that cigarettes are a gateway drug to marijuana.
 
"Contrary to what we would expect, we also found that students who smoked both tobacco and marijuana were more likely to smoke more tobacco than those who smoked only tobacco," said study author Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP, an investigator at Seattle Children's Research Institute and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington.
 
Dr. Moreno and her colleagues randomly selected incoming college students from two universities -- one in the Northwest and one in the Midwest -- to participate in the longitudinal study. Students were interviewed prior to entering college and again at the end of their freshman year regarding their attitudes, intentions and experiences with substances.
 

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N.Y. Jets Cut 2 Players after Marijuana Arrests in Morristown

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
New York Jets cut defensive end Claude Davis and cornerback Cliff Harris a day after they were arrested in Morristown and charged with possession of marijuana. They will go through the waiver process before becoming free agents. 
 
On Monday night, Davis and Harris—both from Parsippany—were with another man, Morristown resident Daniel Godfrey, who faces gun charges as well.
 
Police said they found them in a smoke-filled SUV with a loaded handgun parked on Clyde Potts Drive.
 
Officer Roberto Rosado approached an rented 2013 Chevy Tahoe around 9:20 p.m. after noticing that the car seemed like it was filled with smoke, said police.
 
When Rosado walked up to the car, Davis, the driver, rolled down the window and Rosado smelled burnt marijuana, said police.
 

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Federal Suit Claims Police Distort Marijuana Searches to Create Misdemeanors

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
One man was walking home with groceries. Another was on a break from his job at a meat market. A third was walking down the street listening to headphones.
 
That is when the men say police officers confronted them, sometimes violently, searched their clothing and discovered small amounts of marijuana, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit that is expected to be filed on Thursday in United States District Court for the Southern District, in Manhattan.
 
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of five Bronx men, contends that New York City police officers routinely stop black and Latino men without cause and then charge them with low-level misdemeanors when their pockets are emptied and small amounts of marijuana are found.
 
In each of the cases, the amount of marijuana found on the men would have amounted to little more than noncriminal violations punishable by a fine of up to $100 for first-time offenders. But the lawsuit contends that the charging officers falsely claimed the marijuana was in public view, making it a low-level misdemeanor under Section 221.10 of the New York Penal Code, which allows for sentences of up to three months in jail.
 
Critics of the Police Department say the practice, which they call manufactured misdemeanors, is widespread. The arrests are often the outgrowth of the department’s stop-and-frisk program, which is being challenged in federal court for, among other things, disproportionately targeting black and Hispanic men.
 

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