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Alabama activist Loretta Nall: “I wonder how that judge would feel if he were made to piss in a cup because one of his kids got in trouble?”

​A court in Shelby County, Alabama is drug testing the parents of juvenile children on probation, according to activist Loretta Nall.

“I got an email from a parent in Shelby County last night who has a juvenile child enrolled in drug court,” Nall writes on her blog. “This parent informed me that the judge (Kramer) forced a drug test on the spouse under threat of arrest ‘to prove the parents are good role models’ and that this is a standard procedure in Shelby County drug court.”
According to Nall, she had trouble believing her eyes.
“The parents of the juvenile haven’t violated any laws, they are not under the rule of any courts, no custody battles, no DHR or anything like that,” Nall said. “One of the the parents is a teacher. So how can they be forced to submit to court-ordered drug testing?”
“I wonder how that judge would feel if he were made to piss in a cup because one of his kids got in trouble?” Nall commented on her Facebook wall. “You’d see an uproar if that were the case.”

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It was a Tuesday morning in San Diego, just over a month ago on November 7th, when SDPD received reports of broken glass at a local business, with a possible burglary having had occurred overnight. Police investigators arriving on the scene quickly determined that the business in question was a medical marijuana dispensary, and the focus of their investigation quickly shifted from aiding possible burglary victims, to persecuting law abiding citizens and shuttering a legitimate business.
You see, San Diego was home to nearly 300 storefront medical marijuana dispensaries as recently as two years ago, but an intense crackdown by joint task forces, combining the might of local and federal authorities, led to nearly every single brick and mortar storefront being closed by the end of 2011.

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Look folks, if we’re going to responsibly legalize recreational cannabis for adults, then be responsible with it. And it’s sad that it even has to be said, but being responsible means not feeding it to unknowing children (among many other things).
By that (very minimum) standard, Denver’s Davirak Ky is not an example to follow. Ky is accused of giving unsuspecting people weed edibles — specifically, marijuana cookie dough. And because the diners in his case were juveniles, he faces child abuse charges and more according to the Denver Westword which has the full story.

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An angry mother confronts scumbag Judge Mark Ciavarella. The corrupt former judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison this week for taking almost $1 million in bribes to fill up a private, for-profit juvenile detention center with children.

Former Judge Took $1 Million In Bribes From Builder Of Private, For-Profit Juvenile Detention Centers

Should anyone really be surprised when a private, for-profit correctional system results in abuses like this?
A long-serving judge in Pennsylvania has been ordered to spend 28 years in prison for his role in a bribery scandal that resulted in thousands of juvenile convictions — many of them for marijuana — being overturned by the state supreme court.
Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr., 61, was sentenced on Thursday for taking $1 million in bribes from the builder of two juvenile detention centers in a case that became known as “kids for cash,” reports the Associated Press.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned about 4,000 convictions issued by Judge Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008, ruling that he violated the rights of the juveniles, including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea.

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​​​Connecticut’s lawmakers voted on Tuesday to make Connecticut the 14th state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, and Governor Dannel P. Malloy has promised to sign the bill.

After about three hours of debate, it passed the House 90 to 57. Over the weekend, the 18-18 tie in the state Senate had been broken by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, her first and only vote during the session, reports Mary E. O’Leary at the New Haven Register.

Supporters argued that treating the possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana as in infraction with a $150 fine, rather than as a criminal misdemeanor, will free up prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers and other court officials to deal with serious crime.
Connecticut is only the second state to enact decrim legislatively in the past decade, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). (Massachusetts enacted a similar law via ballot initiave in 2009.)

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​It’s usually best not to text the sheriff with a marijuana purchase request. That may seem obvious, but a Helena, Montana teen sent a text message last week looking for pot — and instead of contacting the dealer, he hit a wrong humber and accidentally sent the message to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

“Hey Dawg, do you have a $20 I can buy right now?” the text read.
At first, the sheriff thought somebody was just messing with him, but then he realized it was a real request from a cannabis consumer, reports Alana Listoe at the Helena Independent Record.
“I’m thinking, ‘Hey, this is odd,’ ” Dutton said. “I was looking around to see if there was someone outside my window playing a prank.”

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If you live in Washington, you may get a chance to vote on legalizing marijuana this November.

​Five marijuana activists have filed a ballot initiative that would legalize adult cannabis possession in Washington state.

Its sponsors include two Seattle lawyers as well as Vivian McPeak, director of the annual Seattle Hempfest, probably the largest marijuana gathering on the planet.
The group, calling itself Sensible Washington, said it is time that Washington’s state government stop wasting tax money on police, court and jail costs for people who use or grow marijuana.
Douglas Hiatt, a lawyer who represents medical marijuana patients, told The Associated Press after filing the initiative Monday that the bill would remove all state penalties for adult possession of marijuana.