Police in California City are continuing to crack down on illegal marijuana grows in the city; in total, over 21,000 plants have been seized.
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As more states legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use, anti-drug education programs struggle to stay relevant. Particularly, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)—a popular school program—isn’t sure how to adapt to new, sensible drug policies across the United States.
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Yesterday, DEA agents, detectives from the local sheriff’s office, and Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne police raided 23 Rutherford County businesses accused of selling candy products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound derived from the cannabis (and hemp) plant. Law enforcement claims that the products were of particular concern because they were seemingly being marketed towards minors.
Who gets to profit from Canada’s booming weed industry? Researchers at The Weekly found that nearly 40 former politicians and police officers are involved in medicinal marijuana companies, set to make retail sales as soon as it becomes legal.
The Association of German Criminal Officers (BDK) has spoken out in favour of ending the ban on cannabis and has called for the decriminalization of all use of the drug.
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.
MEDFORD, Ore., Sept. 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission today met with law enforcement officials, local district attorneys and US attorney’s office officials to announce policy changes and partnership efforts.
Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation President Sergeant Demetrick Pennie on whether the legalization of Marijuana will put the lives of police officers at risk.
A Bay Area company says it has successfully measured marijuana impairment in drivers. The test could provide law enforcement with a much-needed tool to identify people driving while stoned.
There’s no breathalyzer for marijuana, so catching high drivers is the job of Drug Recognition Evaluators. See how it’s done in Canada.
Israel’s cannabis decriminalization policy, approved by the government in March, officially came into effect Sunday, commencing a new legal approach towards the recreational use of marijuana in the country.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
A Washington Goodwill donation center received the most generous of contributions over the weekend: 3.75 pounds of marijuana.
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.
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.
New proposed laws in Idaho could loosen the current marijuana restrictions on prospective police officers.
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.
On Jan. 20, 2017, marijuana activists in Philadelphia staged a peaceful protest and community outreach event in Rittenhouse Square.
On Jan. 11, 2017, the Pew Research Center released the results of a national survey of law enforcement officers, finding that 68% of police officers think America’s marijuana laws need to be relaxed.
Toronto police are investigating an alleged armed robbery at the medical marijuana dispensary Canna Clinic on Ossington Avenue which the shop’s owners never reported.
On Dec. 16, 2016, the Montreal police raided six newly opened Cannabis Culture dispensaries, arresting the “Prince of Pot,” Marc Emery, along with nine other individuals.
MONTREAL, Québec, /Weed Wire/ — The officers of the Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM) conducted today in operations to six cannabis outlets in the Montreal area.
Briana Domjen from News Corp Confidential joins the Studio 10 panel to discuss recreational marijuana in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Controversy is stirring in Massachusetts after state law enforcement raided the home of an 81-year-old grandmother for a single marijuana plant.
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.
On Oct. 3, 2016, the Niagara Regional Police Service seized more than 4,000 illegal cannabis plants from one of Health Canada’s licensed producers in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
On Sept. 2, 2016, residents of Christiania, a Danish free town in Copenhagen, started tearing down stalls selling cannabis on the town’s main street.
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.
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.
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.
On July 8, 2016, Robert Turbin, a running back for the Indianapolis Colts, was cited for marijuana possession by the Logan City Police Department in Utah.
On July 11, 2016, the Arizona Supreme ruled that police may search a person’s home or vehicle based solely on the smell of marijuana.
The marijuana legalization initiative that will be on the November ballot in California is a disappointment to many in the cannabis decriminalization movement.
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.
Toronto police raided several marijuana dispensaries across the city on Thursday, charging people for trafficking non-medical marijuana.
In the war on crime, the causes of violent crime are innumerable and inexorably intertwined, but if New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is to believed, one major contributor is marijuana.
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.
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.
According to ESPN, NFL linebacker Jonathan Newsome has been released from his contract with the Indianapolis Colts due to a marijuana-related arrest.
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.
The lush valleys of India’s northern state Himachal Pradesh are filled with verdant farms. Apple trees cascade mountainsides, massive cauliflower blooms soak up the sun on terraced hillsides, and clusters of cannabis plants weave through the landscape.
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.
A Michigan attorney is claiming that prosecutors pressured state crime labs to alter the way THC is reported in tests.