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Judge: Looking Stoned Doesn’t Equate to Impaired Driving

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

A Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court judge has determined that just because a motorist appears to be stoned doesn’t mean they have been operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana.

Central District Court Judge Andrew M. D’Angelo said last week during an evidentiary hearing that while he acknowledges the consumption of marijuana can lead to impairment, there is “no evidence” that characteristics such as “red eyes and drowsiness” are “equated with impaired driving.”

D’Angelo went on to say that a police officer could not measure how a person’s marijuana use has hindered his or her ability to drive.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/judge-looking-stoned-doesnt-equate-to-impaired-driving/


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You Can Now Apply to Grow Medical Marijuana in Australia

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

We’ve been so wrapped up with election coverage in the US the past few weeks, we almost forgot to share the great news happening around the world! Medical cannabis providers may now apply to grow medical marijuana in Australia.

Australia opened up the cultivation of medical marijuana on October 30 by voting after passing new legislation allowing licensed cultivation and production of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes early this year.

“Until now, it has been difficult for patients to access medicinal cannabis products from overseas sources,” Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley said.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/apply-grow-medical-marijuana-australia/


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Texas Will Consider Decriminalization in 2017

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 16th 2016 by THCFinder

Texas lawmakers will push to eliminate the criminal penalties associated with small time marijuana crimes in the 2017 legislative session.

According to a report from the Texas Tribune, legislative forces walked up to the steps of the State Capitol on Monday to submit a number of cannabis-related bills, one of which aims to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana all across the Lone Star state. The goal of the measure, according to Dem. State Rep. Joe Moody, the lawmaker responsible for drafting the bill, is to simply make this offense a civil infraction, punishable with a $250 fine—no jail time, no criminal record.

While not a perfect plan, the scope of House Bill 81 would be a relatively solid reform for Texas, especially considering the current charge for this offense is a criminal misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to a 180 days in the slammer and a $2000 fine.

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Does Donald Trump Support Marijuana Legalization?

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

As with figuring out his stance on anything, it’s difficult to nail down exactly whether or not Donald Trump supports marijuana legalization. Not only are there a plethora of contradicting statements, but deciphering the context of his statements adds another layer to wade through.

With legalization becoming more of a bipartisan issue – especially after eight out of nine states passing new marijuana policies in November 2016 – and with Congress allowing medical marijuana to be prescribed to veterans, the likelihood of the president-elect dismantling the state laws already enacted seems incredibly unlikely.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/donald-trump-support-marijuana-legalization/


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Smoking Pot, No College May Not Bar You from Police Work

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police departments are relaxing age-old standards for accepting recruits, from lowering educational requirements to forgiving some prior drug use, to try to attract more people to their ranks.

The changes are designed to deal with decreased interest in a job that offers low pay, rigorous physical demands and the possibility of getting killed on duty all while under intense public scrutiny. There’s also the question of how to encourage more minorities to become police officers.

“We have a national crisis,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a former New York City police officer and now a lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. “For the first time in my life, I would say I could never recommend the job. Who’s going to put on a camera, go into urban America where people are going to critique every move you make? You’re going to be demonized.”

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/smoking-pot-no-college-may-not-bar-you-from-police-work/


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When does Nevada's marijuana law go into effect? These are the key dates to know.

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

Marijuana advocates in Nevada celebrated on Tuesday as the state officially approved recreational marijuana use with 54.5% of the vote. But residents can't take advantage of the new measure just yet.

The Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative — also known as Question 2 — will officially take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. On that date, it will become legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, as well as grow up to six marijuana plants per person (12 per household) in an enclosed space.

Read More:https://mic.com/articles/159288/when-does-nevada-s-marijuana-law-go-into-effect-these-are-the-key-dates-to-know#.Gh2t8Dwjh


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