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William Breathes.
Girl Scout Cookies grown in Colorado.

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a federal lawsuit against Colorado, urging the feds to shut down Colorado’s marijuana industry that they say is bleeding over into their state and costing their taxpayers millions.
Which would be valid if cops in those states weren’t bringing it on themselves by profiling Colorado drivers, pulling people over for made-up infractions and busting people for minor amounts that they probably wouldn’t have searched for in the past. Oh, and don’t think for a second that these cops – all of which are milking their department overtime pay for court appearances – mind the busts at all. Basically: they’ve brought the “problem” on themselves, are personally reaping financial benefit for it, and now want Colorado taxpayers to chip in to pay for their scam.

This week’s asshole prohibitionist award goes to Kent County (Michigan) Prosecutor William Forsyth, who single-handedly has challenged the will of voters in Grand Rapids after they decided in 2012 to decriminalize up to 2.5 ounces of pot.
He’s failed so far, but now the case is in the hands of the state Court of Appeals.
Forsyth first challenged the law in 2013, saying voters have no right to pass a measure that makes city laws conflict with state laws. But his challenge was shut down when a county circuit court judge said voters did have the authority.

Voters in Santa Fe and Bernalillo County yesterday approved measures that call for the decriminalization an ounce of weed or less at the state level yesterday. The move didn’t actually change any laws, though. It’s more of a proclamation from voters to elected officials.
Oh, and it doesn’t actually hold the lawmakers to any promises either. Thankfully, there’s enough momentum that New Mexicans can expect several decriminalization and legalization measures to come their way in 2015.

Nebraska cops lining their pockets doing a roadside check.

Nebraska cops still pissed about Colorado legalizing marijuana are pushing for increased monetary penalties for cannabis possession as well as increased funding to pay for the overtime they are all milking. Police Chief B.J. Wilkinson of Sidney, Nebraska (population 7,000) says he’s written more marijuana tickets in five months than he did in all of last year. “Five out of every ten” stops results in a marijuana arrests, he says. They’ve already run through their yearly allotment of overtime pay to pay for cops to go to court for the marijuana cases. It’s “deteriorating a quality of life here” in his town, he says.
We bet. Your cops are too busy shooting fish in barrels to deal with any actual crime in their town.

This year, 10/20 is the new 4/20. At least, in Philly where Mayor Michael Nutter says he will have the bill signed by that soon-to-be stoney Monday.
We reported earlier this week that the Philadelphia City Council reconvenes this week to a proposal making 30 grams of pot or less a civil infraction that has been sitting on lawmakers desks all summer break. Council comes back today and will get the measure on the fast track to becoming law.

Remember the itty-bitty pot raid that Santa Ana PD carried out on July 31st? September 2nd was the arraignment for some 123 total marijuana misdemeanor violations. And so far it seems only one out of this smorgasbord of arrestees plead guilty and swallowed the $500 fine. That’s right folks. A large number of them waived their right to a speedy trial and are opting to fight the charges.
Meanwhile the judge is none too happy with the local prosecutors.

In May, we shared a Complete Colorado report featuring video evidence that Colorado drivers in Idaho were being pulled over for extremely minor infractions — at which point law enforcers would search their vehicles for marijuana.
Now, in a followup, Complete Colorado shares a new clip suggesting that vehicles with Washington license plates are also being pot-profiled as a pretext for weed rousts. Moreover, the state trooper in question says he pulled the driver over because his driving might have endangered a goat had it been walking along the highway — even though no goats were present. Details, images and the aforementioned video over at the Denver Westword.

Over the past several years, we’ve told you about alleged marijuana profiling — drivers of cars with Colorado plates being pulled over by troopers in other states for what are often extremely minor infractions as an excuse to search for cannabis.
A lot of these stops come to nothing — but every once in a while, cops hit the jackpot, as it were. Take this week’s arrest of Aurora’s Santiago Adame-Melchor and Anahit Conejo-Galicoa, who were allegedly caught with 99-plus pounds of weed. Westword has the full story.

Live in Santa Fe, New Mexico? Use cannabis? Well, this November you should vote to make your life just a little easier and stress-free by voting to abolish laws making the possession of up to 28 grams a misdemeanor charge worth up to 15 days of your life in jail and $100 in fines.
Under the proposed changes, marijuana possession of up to 28 grams would be a civil infraction punishable by a $25 fine. Read it below.

Seattle police officer Randy Jokela apparently missed the memo that marijuana possession and use is now legal in Washington state, largely citizens people were sick of people like Jokela abusing his power.
This week, Seattle police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced that Jokela was responsible for 80 percent of the 82 marijuana-related citations issued between January 1 and June 30 of this year – with 37 percent of those tickets going to blacks and about half going to the city’s homeless. To say he was still abusing his power is an understatement.

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