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South Carolina Bill to Legalize Marijuana Faces Uphill Battle
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By Brandon Turbeville In a sign that the tide is beginning to turn in terms of public opinion of marijuana, there is now a new push to legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina. Never known for its reasonable drug laws even the Palmetto state is being forced to admit that not only does marijuana not cause ax-murders and terrorism, but that it has a substantial amount of benefits. The bill, H4037, is being examined this congressional session and will focus specifically on THC. There are three state representatives sponsoring the legislation: Peter McCoy, John King and Jenny Horne. There are some medical uses for marijuana that would be beneficial not only for kids with epilepsy, but for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, fibromyalgia, terminal cancer,” said [...]
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Federal Court strikes down ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot
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Ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot struck down by Federal Court A Federal Court judge has struck down federal regulations restricting the rights of medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis and given the Liberal government six months to come up with new rules. Judge Michael Phelan ruled Wednesday in Vancouver that the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations were an infringement on charter rights and declared they have no force and effect. But the judge also suspended his declaration for six months to give the federal government time to come up with new rules. Read the full decision (PDF) The judge was careful to point out that the ruling does not change other laws that make it illegal for Canadians to use marijuana recreationally. The judge also ordered that an earlier injunction remains in effect, allowing thousands of Canadians with prior authorization to use medical marijuana to continue to grow it at home. 'Some fell through the cracks' Lawyer John Conroy, who co-represented the plaintiffs in the case, noted the ruling did not automatically include all medical marijuana users. He said the ruling applied only to about 28,000 Canadians who had the proper licences in place at the time of the injunction. And he noted there remain thousands of other medical users not covered by the original injunction, who will still have to wait six months to legally grow their own medical marijuana themselves. "We will be heading back to court to fine-tune that injunction," said Conroy on Wednesday afternoon in Vancouver. In addition, many people who had to change the address of their production site no longer have valid licences registered with Health Canada, and that issue needs to be addressed, he said. He also cautioned users who have possession licences to make sure they are updated. "Hopefully within six months we'll have a reasonably regulated system in place that solves the problems for everyone," he said. Conroy noted that if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wanted to move quickly on the issue, cabinet could simply issue an order-in-council that would remove marijuana from Schedule 2 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. "The next fight is making sure the dispensaries are legal," he said. 'It was a complete victory' Lawyer Kirk Tousaw, the co-counsel for Neil Allard, who launched the court challenge, was clearly pleased with the decision. "Basically we won, and it was a complete victory," said Tousaw, shortly after reading the decision. "[The Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations] were declared to be unconstitutional and violate the charter rights of medical cannabis patients." Medical Marijuana A Federal Court threw out a ban Wednesday on medical marijuana users growing their [...]
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8,000 suspected pot cookies found in White Rock, B.C. home
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An armed home invasion in White Rock on Thursday led to the discovery of thousands of cookies believed to be laced with marijuana. Just before noon, RCMP were called to a house near Earl Marriot Secondary School on North Bluff Road after reports two males were trying to break into a home. Police say the intruders fled by foot, forcing the school into a brief lockdown. While officers were at the home, they discovered 8,000 cookies believed to contain marijuana. earl marriot secondary White Rock RCMP Const. Janelle Shoihet said it was a shocking discovery. "I've never seen anything like [...]
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Taking Down the Drug War : A Drug War Resistance Fantasy
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The holidays brought a slight twinkle of hope to the scourge that is America’s 100-year drug war. No, the ex-hippies, now that they’re in charge haven’t reverted back to their peace-loving consciousness-expanding selves. It’s a money issue. The ridiculously named Department of Justice can’t, for the time being, make payments under the “equitable-sharing” asset forfeiture program, due to budget cuts. The war on drugs has turned into policing for profit by giving police the option of prosecuting asset forfeiture cases under federal instead of state law. “Federal forfeiture policies are more permissive than many state policies, allowing police to keep up to 80 percent of assets they seize — even if the people they took from are never charged with a crime,” the Washington Post reported a couple days before Christmas. Of course, law enforcement was not happy with the suspension and fired off a letter to the President and his Attorney General, squealing, “This shortsighted decision by Congress will have a significant and immediate impact on the ability of law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to protect their communities and provide their citizens with the services they expect and deserve.” Protect communities and provide services? That service being the barring of individuals from controlling their own consciousnesses. It isn’t enough that we physically toil an ever greater part of each year for the state, but it demands our minds as well? What if after decades of this persecution someone fought back? That’s the question Vin Suprynowicz explores in his latest novel The Miskatonic Manuscript, the second installment of the book sleuthing adventures of Matthew Hunter and his comely companion, the sharp-shooting and sharp-tongued Chantal Brothers. For those who enjoyed The Testament of James, Miskatonic starts in the same sleepy “Books on Benefit” Providence, Rhode Island bookstore. However, Suprynowicz kicks up the genre from mystery to science fiction leaving the store’s cats, Mr. Cuddles and Tabbyhunter, to mind the store while Chantel and Matthew fight for their lives in another dimension against flesh craving dinosaurs and giant spiders. The author challenges readers to amp their imaginations up to his level: the drug war to dinosaurs and back, with a few naked warrior goddesses thrown in to keep all your senses stimulated. And if that’s not enough, Suprynowicz drops in a Murray Rothbard and Austrian Business Cycle mention. All of this happens between just two covers, one of which, the front, was censored by one puritanical Miskatonic reviewer. In Suprynowicz’s tale, Windsor Annesley, the leader of the Church of Cthulhu, is on trial for how he and his church use mind-enhancing plants and chemicals as sacraments. We’re not talking stale wafers and grape juice. The Cthulhu psychedelic sacraments take their followers places they never imagined and just happen to be classified as narcotics by the nation [...]
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Colorado Celebrates Legalization Anniversary: Massive Drop in Arrests and Millions in Tax Revenue
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Colorado Celebrates Legalization Anniversary: Massive Drop in Arrests and Millions in Tax Revenue More than three years have passed since Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana, which immediately allowed adults to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. This past New Year’s Day marked the two year anniversary of adults being able to legally buy marijuana in Colorado. The policy is still in its formative stage, but the first year after marijuana sales started in Colorado went very well and we continue to see the good shape of things to come. The destruction imagined by opponents of legalization in 2012 never came true and is unlikely to materialize. Public safety benchmarks are under scrutiny in a manner never seen under prohibition and there is no real cause for panic in the foreseeable future. In short, the current state of legalization is more reflective of the world imagined by proponents – legalization works! Of course that doesn’t prevent many from making broad assumptions and speculating about dangers associated with legalization. What’s important for the world to know is the policy is growing under the guidance of a family of state regulators, reform advocates, health practitioners and responsible industry affiliates.As we mark the Jan 1st anniversary of marijuana legalization in Colorado, let’s take a look at some unquestionable characteristics this policy is starting to reveal in its first couple of years. 1) Thousands Not Arrested for Marijuana in Colorado This initial and foundational aspect of marijuana legalization is often [...]
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Legalization works!: Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago and the sky didn’t fall, after all
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Opponents of legalization predicted destruction that hasn't come to pass. Here's what's working than three years have passed since Colorado residents voted to legalize marijuana, which immediately allowed adults to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. This past New Year’s Day marked the two-year anniversary of adults being able to legally buy marijuana in Colorado. The policy is still in its formative stage, but the first year after marijuana sales started in Colorado went very well and we continue to see the good shape of things to come. The destruction imagined by opponents of legalization in 2012 never came true and is unlikely to materialize. Public safety benchmarks are under scrutiny in a manner never seen under prohibition and there is no real cause for panic in the foreseeable future. In short, the current state of legalization is more reflective of the world imagined by proponents – legalization works! Of course that doesn’t prevent many from making broad assumptions and speculating about dangers associated with legalization. What’s important for the world to know is the policy is growing under the guidance of a family of state regulators, reform advocates, health practitioners and responsible industry affiliates. As we mark the Jan. 1 anniversary of marijuana legalization in Colorado, let’s take a look at some unquestionable characteristics this policy is starting to reveal in its first couple of years. 1) Thousands Not Arrested for Marijuana in Colorado This initial and foundational aspect of marijuana legalization is often overlooked – marijuana arrests in Colorado have plummeted. We’ve seen possession, cultivation and distribution charges for marijuana cumulatively drop over 80 percent. Thousands of people in the state are no longer facing the immediate or collateral impact of a marijuana arrest. These thousands we speak of are disproportionately young black and brown men who now face one less obstacle of the many they endure in this country. We’ve also seen all drug-related charges drop by 23 percent on a judicial district level since the passage of Amendment 64. 2) Revenue Allocation for Important Services Colorado is projected to have brought in more than $125 million in taxes for 2015. These monies are put into a fund to improve local public schools or are collected by the state to be divvied up via the governor’s allocation plan. The governor’s plan provides a snapshot as to what a public health approach to marijuana looks like—funds are distributed to public education, behavioral health, law enforcement and youth prevention. The governor’s plan in [...]
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Hillary Clinton: We Can’t Legalize Drugs Because ‘There Is Just Too Much Money in It’
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(Jacob Sullum) Last week, while visiting Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Denise Maerker of Televisa, who asked her opinion of proposals to address black-market violence by repealing drug prohibition. Clinton’s response illustrates not only the intellectual bankruptcy of the prohibitionist position but the economic ignorance of a woman who would be president (emphasis added): Maerker: In Mexico, there are those who propose not keeping going with this battle and legalize drug trafficking and consumption. What is your opinion? Clinton: I don’t think that will work. I mean, I hear the same debate. I hear it in my country. It is not likely to work.There is just too much money in it, and I don’t think that [...]
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Entire Florida Police Dept Busted Laundering Tens of Millions for International Drug Cartels
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Bal Harbour, FL – The village of Bal Harbour, population 2,513, may have a tiny footprint on the northern tip of Miami Beach, but its police department had grand aspirations of going after international drug traffickers, and making a few million dollars while they were at it. The Bal Harbour PD and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office set up a giant money laundering scheme with the purported goal of busting drug cartels and stemming the surge of drug dealing going on in the area. But it all fell apart when federal investigators and the Miami-Herald found strange things going on. The two-year operation, which took in more than $55 million from criminal groups, resulted in zero arrests but netted $2.4 million for the police posing as money launderers. Members of the 12-person task force traveled far and wide to carry out their deals, from Los Angeles to New York to Puerto Rico. Along the way, the small-town cops got a taste of luxury as they used the money for first-class flights, luxury hotels, Mac computers and submachine guns. Meanwhile, the Bal Harbour PD and Glades County Sheriffs were buying all sorts of fancy new equipment. Besides these “official” uses of the money, confidential records obtained by the Miami-Herald show that officers withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars with no record of where the money went. “They were like bank robbers with badges,” said Dennis Fitzgerald, an attorney and former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who taught undercover tactics for the U.S. State Department. “It had no law enforcement objective. The objective was to make money.” The operation, which was not fully reported to federal authorities, funneled millions of dollars to overseas criminals and interfered with investigations being carried out on known money launderers. The latest revelations show that at least 20 people in Venezuela were sent drug money from the Florida cops, including William Amaro Sanchez, the foreign minister under Hugo Chavez and now special assistant to President Nicolas Maduro. They wired a total of $211,000 to Sanchez, even while the U.S. government was investigating Venezuelan government leaders involved in the drug trade. Instead of reporting their knowledge of Sanchez to federal agencies, the cops went on laundering money, taking their cut, and all the while aiding Sanchez in his machinations, which likely included political corruption. Four other Venezuelan criminals and smugglers were major recipients of the millions being wired from the Bal Harbour PD and Glades County Sheriff’s Office, including a figure tied to one of the largest drug cartels in the hemisphere. These actions violated strict federal bans on sending illegal money overseas, and the Florida cops never investigated the backgrounds of the people receiving their laundered drug money. “I can’t think of a more podunk town than Bal Harbour — not in a bad way. But in the sense that these cops would have otherwise been stopping traffic [...]
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Paradigm Shift ” Unusually High Number of Cops Quitting to Join the Push for Legal Weed
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Illinois recently joined the list of more enlightened states by enacting a Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, with the legal sale of medical cannabis commencing on November 9. While the first week garnered $210,000 in sales at the few dispensaries currently open, another statistic is proving to be very interesting. The Illinois medical cannabis business is attracting an unusually high number of former law enforcement officials, with a wide range of backgrounds, from homicide detective to judge to Secret Service agent. Doing business with former drug war enforcers might make the average cannabis enthusiast a bit concerned, but many of them “describe dramatic conversions borne from seeing the benefits of marijuana for the sickest of patients, including children with epilepsy or cancer-stricken relatives.” “I’ve done a total about-face on my views,” said Ben Percy, who worked as an Illinois State Police officer for 27 years and says they “took quite a bit of money, drugs and criminals off the road.” Percy is now general manager of Trinity Compassionate Care Center in Peoria. Terrance Gainer was a Chicago homicide detective, Illinois State Police director, assistant police chief in Washington, D.C., U.S. Capitol police chief and U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms. Now he advises Green Thumb Industries on its security needs. Gainer says, “the sea change in society and our attitudes” toward cannabis, along with the potential for big profits, drew him to the Illinois medical cannabis business. Former judges, prosecutors, U.S. Marshals, and DEA agents are now opening grow operations and dispensaries, advising on regulatory compliance, advising on security and providing armored transportation. The HCI Alternatives dispensary is [...]
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Politician Who Profits from Mass Incarceration, Only One to Vote Down Legal Pot
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Weed warBy William N. Grigg If you’re a homeless person in Wichita, Kansas, City Councilman Pete Meitzner and his associates at The Lord’s Diner will feed you. If you’re caught with a joint and locked up at the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, Meitzner and his political associates will feast on you – and any relatives who try to call you while you’re incarcerated. Three decades ago, recalls the investigative website Kansas Exposed, Meitzner co-founded a telecommunications company now known as Securus Technologies, which provides telephone and video visitation service — at extortionate rates. Sedgwick County “receives a 71% commission on the gross sales generated by these inmate conversations” in the county jail, notes Kansas Exposed. When Meitzner first ran for the District II City Council seat in 2011, a profile depicted him as the product of a deeply religious and civic-minded family. He is the former Chairman of Directors at The Lord’s Diner, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita that has the admirable mission of serving “a nutritious meal with dignity and respect to anyone who is hungry.” It’s worth considering whether he has given serious thought to Matthew 23:14, in which Jesus is quoted as condemning “hypocrites” who “devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers.” His prison telecommunications cartel charges the families of people cattle-penned in government cages hundreds of dollars a month to talk to their loved ones. Last year, Securus’s corporate earnings vaulted from $87 million to $114.6 million, most of it extracted from poor but desperate relatives of jail and prison [...]
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‘Adorable’ Drug Trafficking Daughter Of DEA Chief Released With Her White Privilege Intact
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The mainstream media has been having a field day with a young woman named Sarah Furay, who is the daughter of the DEA’s top man in Beaumont, Texas. After an illustrious career of drug dealing came to an end with an arrest for A LOT of contraband, Furay was dubbed the “adorable drug kingpin” by the press. Her mug shot is the epitome of white privilege. She didn’t just grin. This spoiled little brat’s mugshot is of a young, foolish girl who knows she’s going to face little to no consequences for her actions. Her father may be tough on drugs, but already her privilege is showing as her bail was set and paid almost immediately after her arrest, freeing her from custody in time for morning coffee. Furay’s stash included: “31.5 grams of coke packaged for sale, 126 grams of some chronic marijuana, 29 ‘ecstasy’ tablets, methamphetamine and 60 doses of a drug similar to LSD.” That’s an awful lot of drugs. One can only imagine what a young black or Hispanic girl would face in a similar circumstance. A lot of that has to do with her father. Bill Furay is known as a stickler. He’s tough on drugs, he pushes for harsh sentences and he makes no bones about it. When Sarah was arrested it only makes sense that his legal connections are what had her dismissed so quickly. If you’ve ever either been arrested or [...]
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