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High Robbery: Canada’s Violent Cannabis Dispensary Raids

High Robbery: Canada’s Violent Cannabis Dispensary Raids

High Robbery: Canada’s Violent Cannabis Dispensary Raids

With weed legalization on the horizon, dozens of grey-market dispensaries remain open in Toronto. VICE offers a glimpse into the violent cannabis dispensary robberies that are creating a rift between shop owners and police.

Standards Council: Cops Cannot Participate in Alaskan Marijuana Industry

Standards Council: Cops Cannot Participate in Alaskan Marijuana Industry

On May 18, 2017, the Alaska Police Standards Council announced that state and local law enforcement officers are not allowed to participate in the Alaskan marijuana industry, stating that it is “incompatible with the law enforcement profession.”

Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) Addresses Possession, Distribution, and Cultivation of Marijuana by Officers

JUNEAU, Alaska, May 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – In February of 2015, following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Alaska, the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) examined the applicable state regulations prohibiting certified police, correction, probation/parole, and municipal corrections officers from using or consuming marijuana and determined by a unanimous vote that the regulations should and would remain unchanged.

US Capitol Police Arrest Eight for Possession of Marijuana

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — At approximately 12:18 p.m. today, United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers began arresting several individuals after witnessing them distributing marijuana in public view to passersby at First and Constitution Avenue, NE.

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Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board Enforcement Officers seize marijuana from illegal grow

OLYMPIA, Wash., April 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) officers served a search warrant April 14, 2017 on a Tacoma residence that was growing marijuana without a license. The illegal grow was located at 5018 North 9th Street, Tacoma WA, less than three blocks from Wilson High School.

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

Houston-Area District Attorney Reduces Penalty For Marijuana Possession

If law enforcement officers in Harris County, Texas, find someone in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, the officers will take the marijuana and require the possessor to sign a contract to attend a drug-education class. Kim Ogg, the District Attorney of Harris County, Texas, has decided as of March 1, 2017, she will no longer prosecute most marijuana cases.

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Liquor and Cannabis Enforcement Officers Shut Down Illegal Marijuana Grow

OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 24, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), working with Tacoma Police Department officers (TPD) served a search warrant February 23, 2017 on a residence that was growing marijuana without a license.

Colorado Supreme Court: Cops do Not Have to Return Confiscated Pot From Failed Cases

Colorado Supreme Court: Cops do Not Have to Return Confiscated Pot

When a drug case fails in Colorado, law enforcement officers do not have to return confiscated marijuana because doing so would be a violation of federal law, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 23, 2017. The decision overruled the Colorado Court of Appeals, which had said Colorado Springs police must return marijuana to Robert Crouse, who was arrested on drug charges on May 5, 2011.

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Endorses (LEAP) FL Medical Marijuana Initiative

MEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 7, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals advocating for marijuana reform, endorses Amendment 2.

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Maryland Panel Mulls New Policy For Prospective Cops Who Smoked Pot

Maryland’s Police Training and Standards Commission has recommended reducing restrictions on prospective officers who have smoked pot, according to The Baltimore Sun. The Police Training and Standards Commission was created by the state legislature last year following concerns about officer accountability.

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Endorses Question 2, The Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Nevada

MEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals, today announced its endorsement of Nevada’s ballot Question 2.

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LEAP endorses MA marijuana legalization, Question 4

Oct. 12, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals advocating for marijuana legalization, announced it has endorsed Question 4, a measure legalizing marijuana.

Progress in Tennessee: Memphis Decriminalizes Marijuana

Progress in Tennessee: Memphis Decriminalizes Marijuana

On Oct. 4, 2016, the Memphis City Council voted to approve a city ordinance that would allow city police the discretion of issuing civil fines for the possession of marijuana, making Memphis the second city in Tennessee to decriminalize marijuana.

Court: Legal Cannabis State Residency Doesn't Justify Police Search

Court: Legal Cannabis State Residency Doesn’t Justify Police Search

On Aug. 23, 2016, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that law enforcement officers cannot stop and search motorists based solely on the fact that they live in a legal cannabis state, with the decision applying to motorists in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

Nashville

Nashville Could Decriminalize Possession or Exchange of a Half-Ounce of Pot

Some city officials in Nashville, Tenn., the country music capital of the world, are considering the decriminalization of a half-ounce or less of marijuana, according to an Aug. 10, 2016, article in The Tennessean. The decriminalization would apply to the amount whether it is possessed or exchanged.

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Throws Support Behind Maine Marijuana Legalization, Ballot Question 1

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit organization of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals advocating for marijuana legalization, endorses the measure as a means of refocusing the justice system on more serious matters and improving the relationship between communities and police.

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New Study Finds Racial Disparity in New Orleans’ Pot-Related Arrests

A new study finds African-Americans are arrested far more than other groups for marijuana-related crimes in New Orleans. The Vera Institute of Justice looked at police statistics from 2010 to 2015. The study found 85 percent of those charged with marijuana-related crimes other than distribution were African-American.

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Weekly CannaBit: Dramatic Decline in Marijuana Arrests in Washington, DC

Weekly CannaBit for the week of April 4, 2016: Arrests for marijuana-related offenses in Washington, D.C., began falling in 2011, but since city residents legalized adult use in 2014, the decline has been dramatic. Total arrests have fallen 95% since 2011, and arrests for possession alone have fallen 99% over the same period.

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Retired Police Officer Opens Dispensary in Vegas

The Apothecarium, a medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, opened for business on Feb. 20, 2016. At the helm of the operation is co-owner Dave Kallas, a retired Las Vegas police officer who had 21 years on the force.

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OLCC Announces Public Safety, Education & Enforcement Committee

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 17, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The OLCC is sponsoring a Public Safety, Education & Enforcement Committee, to gather law enforcement professionals from around the state to discuss public safety-related issues and coordination needs in implementing OLCC’s recreational marijuana program.

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DC Not Buying Kush Gods’ Donations for Marijuana

On Dec. 22, 2015, Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department arrested Nicholas Cunningham and Evonne Lidoff for misdemeanor distribution of marijuana, through Kush Gods, Cunningham’s enterprise that exchanges marijuana for donations.

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7 Denver Dispensaries Found Selling Marijuana to Minors

On Sept. 25, 2015, members of the Denver police department and the Marijuana Enforcement Division conducted compliance checks on 30 Denver dispensaries. Out of the 30 dispensaries, seven have been cited for selling marijuana to minors.

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Crime & Punishment: The Story of Marijuana and Militarized Police

The combat between sovereign authorities on the one hand and the people who pursue the drug trade on the other—inclusive of the marijuana trade—where it remains criminal, has become frighteningly militarized in recent decades.


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