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Over Federal Objections, Maryland Senate Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
The Maryland Senate approved decriminalizing of possession of small amounts of marijuana over the objections of federal law enforcement Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.
 
Maryland joins other states and cities across the country decriminalizing pot. Colorado and Washington, for instance, have legalized marijuana.
 
Unlike like full legalization in those states, Maryland makes it a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of small amounts of pot, the Post repots.
 
Federal authorities have been debating how do deal with marijuana laws that conflict with federal law.
 

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NYPD Spent 1 Million Hours Over Last Decade On Marijuana Arrests

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
New York Police Department officers have spent 1 million hours making 440,000 marijuana arrests between 2002 and 2012, according to a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance. DPA put together the data in response to a request from New York City and New York State, as they consider measures to decriminalize marijuana. Each of these arrests can cost $1,000 to $2,000, according to a 2011 DPA estimate, costing New York City $75 million in just a single year (2010). The report explains:
 
In our ongoing research about marijuana possession arrests in New York, we have found that a basic misdemeanor arrest for marijuana possession in New York City varied from a minimum of two or three hours for one officer, to four or five hours or even longer for multiple officers. [...]
 
We multiplied 2.5 hours by the number of lowest‐level marijuana possession arrests (charged under NYS Penal Law 221.10) for each year since 2002 when Mayor Bloomberg took office. […] That is the equivalent of having 31 police officers working eight hours a day, 365 days a year, for 11 years, making only marijuana possession arrests. [...]
 
Two officers for five hours equals four million hours of police time. This does not include the time spent by police supervisors or by corrections, court, and prosecutor staff, nor the time officers spent searching for people to arrest.
 

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Senate OKs Fine For Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has voted to eliminate potential jail time for people who possess less than 10 grams of marijuana.
 
The Senate voted 30-16 on Tuesday for the measure, which would fine people $100 in civil court, if they possess the equivalent of about two joints or less.
 
Supporters say the measure will save the state money by relieving the strain such crimes put on the criminal justice system. Opponents worry that decriminalization could increase drug use among youth.
 
Meanwhile, the Maryland House Judiciary Committee is also scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a measure to legalize limited amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and older.
 
The bill would remove all penalties for private possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and cultivation of up to three plants.
 
The measure also would direct the Maryland comptroller to license marijuana retail stores, wholesale facilities and testing facilities.
 

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Breaking: $18m cannabis bust in vineyard

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
THE biggest North East cannabis crop in a decade has been  found in a vineyard at Cheshunt Monday morning.
 
Police, who are still at the scene, estimate between 4000 and 6000 plants were discovered growing under wines of the Upper King River Road property.
 
The crop could be worth up to $18 million.
 
Two men, aged 38 and 66, were taken into police custody at Wangaratta for questioning.
 
It was not a commercial vineyard.
 

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New Mexico passes bill that lowers penalties for Marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
SANTA FE —Adults possessing less than 8 ounces of marijuana in New Mexico would no longer receive any jail time under a bill passed Monday by the House.
 
The House voted 37-33 in favor of House Bill 465, sponsored by Rep. Emily Kane, D-Albuquerque. The bill would reduce penalties for possession of up to 4 ounces to a civil penalty with increasing fines while eliminating the potential for jail time for any amount up to 8 ounces.
 
"Spending $5 million a year to arrest people with small amounts of marijuana is a waste of resources," Kane said during the three-hour debate on the bill. "We could put that money to better use."
 

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Elementary students rushed to hospital after eating marijuana-laced brownies

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Seven elementary school students are recovering in Costa Mesa after they took a bite of a marijuana brownie that a boy brought to school.
 
The kids are all aged 10 to 12.
 
Now, parents, school officials and police want to know where the boy got the pot-laced brownie.
 
Costa Mesa police say they’re talking with the parents of all seven kids who got sick from that brownie, including the parents of the boy who brought it to school.
 
Most of the children who went to the hospital with dizziness, vomiting and nausea, have been released to go home from the hospital.
 
Now begins an investigation into how that 5th-grader got a marijuana-laced brownie, which he shared with six other kids.
 

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