Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Every 42 seconds in U.S. there's a marijuana arrest

A new report released by the FBI shows someone is arrested for marijuana every 42 seconds in the United States. A large percentage of the arrests are for possession alone.

It's just a week away from voters in Colorado, Washington and Oregon making a decision on legalizing and regulating marijuana for all purposes. With elections coming so soon, it's interesting that the FBI released a report that doesn't seem to favor their four decade long "War on Drugs".

The report shows that every 42 seconds a civilian is arrested for marijuana, and approximately 87% of those arrests are only for possession. Just like the failed prohibition of alcohol, one can clearly argue that the war on drugs is doing more harm then good, Americans want marijuana. The report also shows that there were more then 750,000 marijuana arrests in 2011, which increases crime and creates harder criminals.

According to Salem-News.com, the organization known as Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), which is a group of current and former police officers, judges and other law enforcement officials, are pointing at these findings as proof that this ridiculous war can never be won. Continue Reading...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Police needlessly kill 3 dogs in marijuana bust

One dog lover in Detroit is upset after a marijuana bust turns into the murdering spree of his dogs. The dogs were shot from behind as they fled and one was even safely secured.

Detroit resident James Woods plead with police to not hurt his dogs, but they had a different agenda, murder, according to the Motor City Muckraker.

All three of Woods' dogs where shot and killed during the raid for an alleged marijuana operation. According to the publication a witness described seeing Detroit police shoot the first young pitbull in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun blast. The dog was confined to a locked fence outside and posed no threat to anyone.

Witnesses also report police were chasing and firing on the other two dogs as they tried to flea from the armed officers. The female dog "Janey" continued to crawl to safety after being fatally wounded.

“They shot her four times as she was trying to get away,” Woods said.

After the massacre on his beloved dogs, Woods was taken to jail where he spent the next two days moarning behind bars. Continue Reading...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Couple arrested after child eats marijuana

A couple from Tahlequah were arrested and charged last week with felony child neglect after their 1-year-old baby ate marijuana.

23-year-old James Cosby and his wife 23-year-old Ashley Cosby brought their 1-year-old baby into a local hospital after he started acting sick, but hospital personal quickly discovered that the parents may be to blame.

Hospital staff contacted Tahlequah police and informed them that the child's symptoms suggested he possibly ingested marijuana.

According to the Tahlequah Daily Press, the child was transferred to a Tulsa hospital shortly after police arrived, and there he tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psycho active chemical in marijuana.

Detective Thomas Donnell with the Tahlequah police department arrived with an official from the Department of Human Services to the Cosbys' home early the next day. Donnell reported that the house had a strong odor of marijuana, however James Cosby denied their was any in the home at first, then later came clean and showed Donnell the package of marijuana under the bathroom sink.

Later that day Ashley Cosby arrived with the child, but DHS would not allow the young boy back into the residence. The 1-year-old was then placed into his grandfathers care. Continue Reading...

Dispensary busted for marijuana beer sell

Cases of "cannabis enriched" beer were seized from a compassion club in Tacoma after they reportedly sold the beer to a minor.

The Seattle Times reports the Washington state Liquor Control Board organized an undercover buy with the aid of the Pierce County sheriff's office. They sent an underage informant into the Hashford Compassion club to purchase some of their advertized “Cannabis Enriched Honey Beer”. The operation was set into motion after receiving a complaint that a minor was sold alcohol.

The informant left the medical marijuana outlet after successfully obtaining three bottles of the beer. Officials then seized the remaining cases of the beer Friday as evidence. Continue Reading...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

ACLU supports Arizona marijuana law; Joins lawsuit

A lawsuit against an Arizona county over the zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries in Sun City gains support from The American Civil Liberties Union. Now the ACLU is pushing for full implementation of Arizona's medical marijuana law.

Last month White Mountain Health Center Incs' attorney filed a lawsuit against Maricopa county for neglecting to provide zoning clearances for a Sun City location, which are needed under the medical marijuana law. Now they have gained more support from the national ACLU and its Arizona affiliate to join forces in the lawsuit against the County.

But this case isn't the only goal the ACLU have in their sights, lawyers with the organization are pushing for full implementation of the medical marijuana law in Arizona. Thursday they filed a response stating Arizona is allowed to make policy decisions on medical marijuana.

The voter approved state medical marijuana law has been fought all the way by state officials and even the governor since it was made legal in 2010. Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery head the fight against voters and the states' marijuana law. The prosecutors claim the voter approved law is illegal and conflicts with federal drug laws which trumps states law.

"Possession, distribution and cultivation of marijuana are all forbidden by federal law, and state authorization of these activities is pre-empted (by federal law)," Horne said.

In May of last year Arizona Governor Jan Brewer along with Tom Horne Continue Reading...