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Marijuana: One pot bust every 42 seconds, FBI stats show

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has been one of the national organizations most active in promoting Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. No surprise, then, that the group puts an election-oriented spin on just-released crime statistics from the FBI for the year 2011. According to LEAP, the data shows that one marijuana arrest is made every 42 seconds.
 
Moreover, the vast majority of these busts are for possession alone -- an issue a LEAP spokesman believes Amendment 64 would address.
 
Here are some general highlights of the FBI's "Persons Arrested" stats. They show, among other things, that more people were arrested in the U.S. for drug-related crimes during 2011 than for any other offense:
 

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Study Shows Over 200,000 Marijuana Arrests in Colorado Over Past 25 Years

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 26th 2012 by THCFinder
In the 25 years from 1986 to 2010, police and sheriffs’ departments in Colorado made 210,000 arrests for the crime of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project.
 
The study finds that cannabis arrests have risen sharply in the state, from 4,000 in 1986 to 10,500 in 2010, and that young people are most likely to among those arrested. According to the report, eighty-six percent of those arrested for cannabis offenses were age 34 or younger; 79 percent were 29 or younger, and 69 percent were 24 or younger.
 
The report also finds that African Americans and Latinos are arrested at greater rates than Caucasians despite being less likely to consume cannabis. African Americans residing in Colorado are arrested at three times the rate of whites, while Latinos are arrested at 1.5 times the rate of whites. The report is first study to document arrest rates of Latinos in Colorado.
 
Proponents of Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, believe that the arrest data emphasizes the need for passing the measure this November. If approved, A-64 would immediately amend state law to allow for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants by adults.
 
According to the latest statewide polling data, 48 percent of Colorado voters support A-64. Forty-three percent of likely voters oppose the initiative and nine percent are undecided. Women voters oppose A-64 by a margin of 48 percent to 40 percent. NORML and the NORML Women’s Alliance are coordinating phone banking efforts in support of the Campaign here.
 
 

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Big Rapids medical marijuana caregiver to get federal prison sentence

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Big Rapids man who was registered as a medical marijuana caregiver faces at least five years in prison when sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in U.S. District Court.
 
John Clemens Marcinkewciz II had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and manufacture of 100 or more marijuana plants.
 
Both carry mandatory minimum sentences.
 
Marcinkewciz believed he acted legally, but recognizes that the medical marijuana law doesn't protect him against federal prosecution, his attorney said.
 
"John has always made a good living in various lawful business enterprises and never entered the medical marijuana arena to make a profit," attorney Leon Weiss said in a sentencing memorandum.
 
"Indeed, there is no evidence in this case that would indicate he ever made any profit. John truly believed in the medical marijuana law and wanted to help people get the necessary product."
 
Weiss added: "Whatever the court may believe about the wisdom, or lack of same, of the Michigan law regarding medical marijuana, John believed he was acting within the four corners of that law and thought it would afford him some protection from criminal prosecution."
 
 

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Accidentally Rent Your House Out To A Marijuana Grow Lab? Get Ready To Pay Big Time

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
In early May, Inverness residents John and Pat Wade got a call from their son Darryl with distressing news. Miami-Dade Police had just found a full-scale marijuana grow lab with 49 plants in the detached garage of their three-bedroom Redland ranch.
 
The couple's 59-year-old tenant, Andres Landin, told the cops the ganja was his. It was a shock for the Wades. But with Landin taking responsibility for the crime and police hauling him off to jail, they figured they'd soon get on with their lives.
 
Six months later, they're still dealing with the fallout of their tenant's crime. Their ordeal exposes the frustrating bureaucratic red tape homeowners have to slice through after accidentally renting to one of the tens of thousands of pot-growing criminals who have made Dade a capital of mary jane cultivation.
 
"I feel like I've been victimized by the tenant and the county," Pat Wade says. "They don't do anything to help you."
 
First, the residence -- which had been the Wades' home for four decades until they migrated north three years ago -- was condemned by the county's Permitting, Environment, and Regulatory Affairs Department, even though the grow operation was only in the garage. That's because the permitting department automatically declares any home where police find a grow house as an "unsafe structure" because growers usually rip out walls, install water pipes, and illegally reroute electricity.
 
The county has condemned 605 properties that were used as grow houses since last year, says Miriam Rossi, a department spokeswoman.
 
To reverse that declaration, property owners must pass four inspections for plumbing, electrical, mold and structural engineering. However, Darryl says the county does a terrible job of explaining what the Wades actually need to fix to get their house back in order. For instance, the county made them go through all the permitting departments, including planning and zoning, not just the four inspections on the instruction sheet.
 
Darryl says he was also told he could get a power of attorney from his mother so he could go directly to the permitting agencies without his parents. But after he got the legal document, he was told that it only works if his parents were deceased.
 
"They need to have a step-by-step process," Darryl says. "Right now, you have to figure it out on your own."
 
Dealing with a condemned grow house can also be a costly endeavor. The Wades have already spent $5,000 on permit fees and contractors. Rossi says a typical case related to a grow house incurs about $1,875 in fees.
 
 

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Ariz. marijuana law to be tested in court

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
PHOENIX (AP) — The validity of an Arizona law permitting medical marijuana will be tested in court.
 
The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/R8h57t ) reports a Maricopa County Superior Court judge is set to hear arguments Friday afternoon from state and county prosecutors that the voter-approved law interferes with federal drug law.
 
The hearing stems from a company suing Maricopa County over its refusal to provide zoning clearances for a medical marijuana dispensary in Sun City.
 
The American Civil Liberties Union and its Arizona affiliate have also joined the suit.
 
Attorneys for the ACLU and White Mountain Health Center say the state is allowed to make policy decisions on medical marijuana.
 
Arizona is one of 17 states that have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
 
 

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Indonesian court gives 17-year-old Japanese boy 6 months for possessing marijuana in Bali

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 18th 2012 by THCFinder
BALI, Indonesia — A 17-year-old Japanese boy was sentenced to six months in prison Thursday for possessing a small amount of marijuana while vacationing with family on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.
 
The teen could have received 12 years under Indonesia’s tough narcotics laws. Judge Gunawan Tri Budiono said in Denpasar district court that although the boy “spoiled the image of Bali as tourist destination,” he showed leniency because the boy is young and bought the drugs for personal use.
 
The teen, who cannot be named under Indonesian law because of his age, admitted buying 2.6 grams (0.09 ounces) of marijuana for personal use. He has been detained in a police cell since Aug. 8, after buying the marijuana near popular Kuta beach while vacationing with his mother.
 
He will be credited for time served. The judge said the boy would be freed in February and immediately deported.
 
Last year, a 14-year-old Australian boy avoided prison after serving two months in an Indonesian detention center for buying drugs. The court also showed leniency after he expressed remorse and able to prove it he bought the drugs for personal use.
 
 

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