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Here’s a lesson for you: if you want to get away with marijuana posesion, be a cop.
A Richmond, California police officer busted with about five pounds of pot he picked up at a UPS store won’t face any charges, even though he failed to follow even the most basic protocol.
K-9 Cop Joe Avila picked up the pot at the UPS store on Nov. 25 and radioed in to dispatch that he was going to file an incident report. He never did that, though. Instead, he took the pot home with him instead of to a station to lock up as evidence. It’s not the first time Avila hasn’t written a report, either. In fact, it’s his complete lack of competency and failure to write reports for more than 36 incidents that led to his bust.

Sorry, Pennsylvanians in need of pain relief, suffering from seizures, wasting away from chronic nausea and dying of cancer or AIDS, you’re going to wait until next year at least for your state to allow you to access medical cannabis.
The State House of Representatives yesterday made it clear they aren’t going to vote on a medical marijuana proposal that has already been approved by the state Senate. House leaders say they have too many issues with the bill and need to hold hearings to iron things out – things they can’t accomplish by the end of today, when the legislature adjourns.

Update 4/18/14: Sorry Rhode Island, no pot legalization – no matter how limited – for you this year. After meeting yesterday, the state House Judiciary Committee decided to table seven marijuana-related bills until next year.
Lawmakers were apparently not swayed by public testimony earlier this week in favor of legislation that would have legalized sales of up to an ounce of cannabis at a time to adults 21 and up as well as the personal cultivation of one plant at a time.

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Sen. Mike Stack, a Democrat from Philly, isn’t a big marijuana supporter, but he’s sick of seeing an “expensive, ineffective and misguided” marijuana policy ruin the lives of people in his state. As such, he’s introduced legislation that would make marijuana possession of 30 grams or less a ticketable offense on-par with “crimes” like jaywalking as well as another bill that would allow people to have past pot crimes taken off their record.
Currently, 30 grams or less is a misdemeanor charge with a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail. More than 30 grams is a misdemeanor with up to a year in jail and $5,000.
“These bills are not intended to be a commentary on the wisdom or health of marijuana use,” Stack said release this week. “These bills are a challenge to those who walk these halls and profess their support for smaller government at a lower cost to taxpayers.”
Senate Bill 1307 would make the first and second offense or the possession of 30 grams of ganja or less would be a fine no more than $500. Third and subsequent offenses could revert back to the existing misdemeanor charges, though the bill leaves room for judges to levy lighter sentences. Judges could also order people into “Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition” (rehab). The bill does not address paraphernalia possession or hash possession – possession of both would remain a misdemeanor.
Senate Bill 1308 would allow people busted on misdemeanor pot charges in the past to expunge their record so long as five years has passed.
Stack, who is also running for lieutenant governor, may face an uphill battle with his would-be boss, Gov. Tom Corbett. The guv, who is also running for office, has repeatedly said he wouldn’t be dropping his guard when it comes to the state’s pot laws – even when it comes to medical cannabis. He’s one of those old-school drug war sheep who still calls marijuana a “gateway drug”.
Both bills have been referred to the state judiciary committee for discussion.

John Morgan.

Orlando attorney John Morgan has become the face of a growing grassroots medical marijuana ballot initiative campaign in Florida.
Morgan, who has recently taken to radio airwaves to get his message across, has also put his money where his mouth is by donating more than a quarter-million dollars to the People United for Medical Marijuana campaign.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t sympathetic to severely sick children.

Yesterday was the original deadline for a New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to sign a bill increasing access for medical marijuana for sick and needy children in his state, and here we are today with no signature.
Thankfully, Christie has been given an extension of sorts until August 19. We say thankfully, but every day that this asshole holds off on signing the bill is one day longer that children have to suffer and pushing the signing back by even an hour is despicable at this point.

The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled earlier today that cities and municipalities in that state can outright ban medical marijuana dispensaries.
The decision centers around the Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center, which was shut down by the city last year after the city declared the dispensary a public nuisance. The court today ruled the city was within it’s legal rights to do it, opening the doors for all other cities in the state to ban medical marijuana shops if they want.

For the second time this month: Congrats, Rhode Island. Your medical marijuana patients now have somewhere to purchase medical marijuana if you they grow their own.
The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center opened Friday, just in time for the 4/20 weekends that celebrates – among other aspects of cannabis culture – medical marijuana. According to store employees, there was a constant flow of patients.

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