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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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Colorado veteran faces jail after using marijuana to treat PTSD

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
After returning from combat duty with post-traumatic stress disorder, a former US Navy Corpsman in Colorado now faces prison for using marijuana to cope. A court said it would violate his probation after a string of run-ins with the law.
 
Jeremy Usher uses marijuana medicinally to deal with insomnia, anxiety, depression, flashbacks and a speech impediment developed as a result of the disorder, the Greeley Tribune of Greeley, Colorado reports.
 
Colorado is one of two US states where residents can legally possess marijuana, the other being Washington.
 
But as Usher, 31, has been convicted three times of driving drunk, his use of marijuana is a probation violation, which means he could end up in jail as a result.
 
Usher served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, returning home in 2003, after being shot in the head while working as a medic. That injury caused brain damage that led to many of the symptoms he exhibits.
 
Read more: http://rt.com

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Marijuana DUI: Police face challenges in determining who is too high to drive

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
As state legislators consider adopting a new blood-level standard that would determine who is too high to drive, neither Aspen police nor the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office could specify whether they have issued any tickets for driving under the influence of marijuana.
 
Driving under the influence of drugs is just as illegal as getting behind the wheel after drinking, but in the case of pot, it can be difficult to determine who has consumed and how much. However, in the wake of Colorado voters passing Amendment 64 in November, which legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for people over the age of 21, state officials are trying establish a clear protocol for handling stoned drivers. 
 
Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office records manager Charlie Matthews couldn’t point to any DUI-pot charges from the local agency.
 
“I wouldn’t say it’s so much a policy as that there isn’t a definitive test for being under the influence of marijuana,” Matthews said. “Other agencies may handle things differently, we just don’t see any objective testing for it.”
 

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Coast Guard Seizes 600 Pounds of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 4th 2013 by THCFinder

All that Weed is going to get burned wihtout anyone enjoying it.

The U.S. Coast Guard has offloaded 600 pounds of marijuana and transferred one suspected drug smuggler to federal agents in Key West.
 
A press release says that the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk was diverted to the scene after a suspicious boat was seen in the Caribbean on Saturday. Crew members saw one person throw several packages overboard.
 
The Coast Guard says 68 packages were recovered from the water — and all tested positive for marijuana. Four suspected drug smugglers were transferred to Jamaican officials.
 
A fourth person was taken to agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration in Key West, along with the 68 bales of marijuana that had an estimated wholesale value of more than $500,000.
 

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