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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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Hawaii Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Dies Without House Vote

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
HONOLULU, HI — Lawmakers in the Hawaii House have killed a bill for this year that would have reduced minor marijuana possession offenses to a non-criminal, fine-only offense. The bill, which had previously passed unanimously in the Senate, was put on hold after House leaders realized there would not be enough votes  to push the bill through.
 
Instead of sending the bill to the floor of the House for a vote, House leaders decided to “recommit” the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee, allowing the bill to return for possible discussion in 2014.  The Hawaii legislature operates on a two-year biennial legislative session.
 
Rep. Karl Rhoads, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said there just weren’t enough votes in the House to push the bill through this year.  Because of Hawaii’s  biennial Legislature, the House could consider bill again next year without the Senate having to pass it again.
 
But because the bill has been amended by the House, the Senate would need to vote on those changes if the bill were to pass a House vote in 2014.
 
In it’s current form,  SB 472 SD1 HD1, would have reduced the penalties of marijuana possession of 20 grams or less for anyone over 18 to a $100 fine.  The bill has seen several revisions since its introduction.
 

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Rhode Island is making it happen!

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder


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Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Hearings Begin Today

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
MONTPELIER, VT – Hearings on bills to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Vermont will be held by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, April 3 and the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, April 4.
 
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, and Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan are scheduled to testify in support of the bill at the House hearing. Flynn and Donovan are also scheduled to testify in support of the bill at the Senate hearing.
 
House Bill 200, introduced by Rep. Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) with a tripartisan group of 38 co-sponsors, and Senate Bill 48, introduced by Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) with a tripartisan group of eight co-sponsors, would remove criminal penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of up to $100, similar to a traffic ticket.
 
Those under age 21 would be required to perform community service and to attend a drug awareness and safety program. Under current state law, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail for a first offense and up to two years in jail for a subsequent offense.
 

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Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled While Bongs Ban Advances

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Eighteen states and D.C. have passed medical marijuana legislation but in Florida, the "Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act" can't even get a hearing in the state Senate or House.
 
The bill has stalled in Tallahassee despite the fact that seven out of 10 Floridians support legalizing medical marijuana. Meanwhile a bill banning bongs was unanimously approved by a Senate committee.
 
"Shame on us as a Legislature for not taking the opportunity to hear this bill this year," House bill sponsor Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Plantation) said at a press conference on Monday.
 
Edwards introduced the bill after getting sick herself last year and speaking with cancer patients about how marijuana alleviated their suffering.
 

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