The Reporter, 13 May 2015 - Last month, New Mexico approved a bill banning the law-enforcement procedure allowing the seizure and sale of property alleged to have been used for criminal activities, where the property owners are not convicted or even charged with a crime, commonly known as civil asset forfeiture. The bill, HB560, requires a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited to the state, and passed both chambers with robust support from both Democrats and Republicans. Additionally, any proceeds from actual criminal convictions would be transferred to the state's general fund. Civil forfeiture (different than criminal forfeiture) ignores the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Once property is taken, it's up to the owner to prove that the property was not used in, or acquired with, criminal activity in order to get it back in expensive litigation with the government.
Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2015 - On-demand transportation company SideCar has partnered with Meadow, a self-described "full-service cannabis concierge," to deliver medical marijuana to patients in the Bay Area, the two San Francisco start-ups announced Tuesday. Under the arrangement, when medical marijuana card-holding patients order cannabis from one of Meadow's partner dispensaries, some of the deliveries will be made by SideCar drivers.
Seattle Weekly, 13 May 2015 - As states open up to marijuana, let's not forget those still serving hard time for possessing a plant. When I talk to my friends about the marijuana movement, most think it's a fun idea that's basically run its course.
Metro Times, 13 May 2015 - It was a smart bit of positioning the MI Legalize team has been doing in relation to the whole Michigan roads and infrastructure funding argument. They were smarter than Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican-controlled legislature were in parsing the mood of state voters on raising the sales tax by 1 percent - something Snyder went all in on before failing spectacularly. One of the cornerstones of the MI Legalize plan, which hasn't been finalized or registered with the state for petitioning, is that 40 percent of the taxes raised will go to fixing the roads. Voters didn't want to pay the sales tax, but they may well decide to let the stoners pay for it.
Colorado Springs Independent, 13 May 2015 - Expo coming soon You've got five weeks to empty your schedule for June 19 and 20. That's when the U.S. Cannabis Expo (uscannabisexpo.com) hits the Colorado Springs Event Center (3960 Palmer Park Blvd.) for an event full of speakers, seminars and more.
The Telegram, 12 May 2015 - Charges laid after RNC-RCMP team seizes cocaine, marijuana, MDMA and shatter Among a huge amount of illegal drugs seized last week in St. John's by a joint RNC-RCMP drug team is a drug known as "shatter," a derivative of marijuana, but much more toxic.
The Reporter, 12 May 2015 - So the Vacaville City Council stopped short of banning all marijuana growing in Vacaville. I'm surprised. Previously, the Council has made its opposition to marijuana very clear, unanimously banning the sale of marijuana or marijuana products in the city. So I expected this 'no-grow' proposal from the police department also to be endorsed by the Council.
Penticton Herald, 12 May 2015 - Ontario parents of epileptic girl using same treatment that has worked so well for Summerland family THORNHILL, Ont. - Gwenevere Repetski turns three next month and she is finally able to crawl, a milestone her parents thought they would never see. She was just an infant when she was diagnosed with epilepsy, a debilitating neurological disorder that has left her developmentally delayed.
Buffalo News, 12 May 2015 - Human, Financial Toll High As Tens of Thousands Linger INSIDE COLEMAN PRISON, Fla. - Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a suspected heart condition and sometimes experiences vertigo.
Albuquerque Journal, 12 May 2015 - Thanks to a contract with a Florida-based software company, New Mexico's medical marijuana retailers will be able to scan a photo-ID smartcard from each of the state's 14,000 or so authorized pot patients and see how much state-sanctioned weed they have purchased, and from whom. Patrick Vo, co-CEO of BioTrackTHC, says his firm's work "is going to be a huge protection to the dispensary to make sure they don't unintentionally break regs by over-dispensing to a patient." The DOH has cut what could be a $58,000 deal with BioTrackTHC for a "seed-to-sale" inventory system designed to track each plant through the production cycle. Vo says, "We have now married the inventory to the patient tracking. ... It prevents black-market product from getting into the system. It prevents product from getting out so that it doesn't get into the hands of kids. It keeps the federal government comfortable."
Dayton Daily News, 12 May 2015 - Ohio Lawmaker Calls Ballot Initiative Bad Public Policy. State lawmakers are discussing political strategies to blunt ResponsibleOhio as the campaign gets closer to putting a constitutional amendment before voters this fall to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational uses.
It was a quiet weekend on the drug policy front, except for the Million Marijuana Marches in cities around the world, and all the news was marijuana-related.
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Colorado Parolees and Probationers Can Now Use Medical Marijuana. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) Friday signed into law a bill allowing medical marijuana by people under criminal justice system supervision. Now, such people will not be charged with parole or probation violations for using it.
Ohio Politicians Look to Undercut Legalization Initiatives. Faced with as many as three looming marijuana legalization initiatives, some Buckeye State legislators are seeking to take the air out of the movement by pushing more incremental reforms, such as a CBD cannabis oil bill or a legislatively initiated medical marijuana ballot issue. But it remains unclear that even if such a measure should pass, it would reduce the pressure for full-blown legalization.
Washington State Had $25 Million in Recreational Marijuana Last Month. Recreational pot sales were $24.8 million in April, nearly double the January figure of $12.7 million and a dozen times higher than the $2 million in July 2014, the first month of legal marijuana sales. So far this year, pot sales have totaled $119.7 million, with $29.9 in projected retail excise tax revenues.
Montana Appeals Judge's Ruling Blocking Parts of Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law. The attorney general's office last Wednesday appealed rulings by District Judge James Reynolds that blocked provisions of the law prohibiting advertising and the commercial sale of medical marijuana, as well as provisions limiting caregivers to three patients and subjecting doctors who recommend medical marijuana to extra scrutiny. Those provisions have never taken effect because of Reynolds' rulings.
Marijuana Legalization Actions Take Place Around the World. Thousands showed up in Rome, thousands more in Prague. Also, Paris and Berlin, and various Brazilian cities, among others.
Victoria, BC, to Regulate Pot Shops Like Vancouver. British Columbia's capital and second largest city is set to follow Vancouver down the path toward regulating -- instead of prohibiting -- marijuana shops. Local police are not opposed, the move could better control who enters the shops, and provisions can be made for nonprofit collectives that have operated for years, city officials said.
Los Angeles Daily News, 11 May 2015 - QUESTION OF THE WEEK - Has the time come to legally light a joint and inhale deeply without fear of penalties? Or is pot a detrimental, mind-altering drug ripe for abuse? That's at the heart of our question of the week: Should California legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Metro, 11 May 2015 - A member of the Royal Canadian Legion club in Parksville has filed a B. C. human rights complaint, alleging he has been discriminated against because he was banned from the club after smoking medical marijuana in the club's designated smoking area. Jonathan Starnes claims he is prescribed medical marijuana for pain and alleges that on July 1, 2014, while smoking pot in the Legion Branch 49's designated smoking area, he was verbally insulted, assaulted, threatened and harassed by other members, then was asked to leave the premises.
The Western Star, 11 May 2015 - Gwenevere Repetski turns three next month and she is finally able to crawl, a milestone her parents thought they would never see. She was just an infant when she was diagnosed with epilepsy, a debilitating neurological disorder that has left her developmentally delayed.
Globe and Mail, 11 May 2015 - B.C. communities are submitting a resolution for discussion at Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention next month Lower Mainland municipalities want the support of other Canadian jurisdictions as they push for a national debate on the regulation of marijuana dispensaries.
The Daily Courier, 11 May 2015 - Ontario parents of epileptic girl using same treatment that has worked so well for Summerland family THORNHILL, Ont. - Gwenevere Repetski turns three next month and she is finally able to crawl, a milestone her parents thought they would never see. She was just an infant when she was diagnosed with epilepsy, a debilitating neurological disorder that has left her developmentally delayed.
The Record, 11 May 2015 - THORNHILL - Gwenevere Repetski turns three next month and she is finally able to crawl, a milestone her parents thought they would never see. She was just an infant when she was diagnosed with epilepsy, a debilitating neurological disorder that has left her developmentally delayed.
New York Times, 11 May 2015 - BALTIMORE - Some do it because there are warrants for their arrest. Others because they possess drugs, are seeking a thrill, or are just plain scared. Sometimes people do it even when they have done nothing wrong. Young men in the heavily policed neighborhood where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was chased by the police - and suffered fatal injuries in custody - say running from officers is a way of life with its own playbook, passed down on the streets in much the way a young girl learns double dutch by watching others on the block.
Appeal-Democrat, 11 May 2015 - Now that Yuba County's marijuana cultivation ordinance - at least for now - has moved from public hearings to the courtroom, its fate will rest more on judges than county supervisors. There still is a possible third front in the opponents' fight - that being voting booths. The process has already started for a would-be recall election against Supervisor Andy Vasquez, there have been threats against others and opponents still have the option of trying to place an initiative on the ballot.