Law Enforcement & Crime

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Life in Prison for Hash Brownies? Gotta Be Texas

by David Downs
Wed, May 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

A nineteen-year-old Texas youth, Jacob Lavoro, is looking at life in prison for making a plate of brownies with concentrated cannabis, KEYE-TV reports this week.

Officials in Round Rock, Texas are charging Lavoro with a first-degree felony because he used hash in the brownies instead of pot. The police are also counting the entire weight of the brownies — 1.5 pounds — as all hash. If found guilty, sentencing ranges from five years to life in prison.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FBI Looking For A Few, Good (Albeit Stoned) Hackers

by David Downs
Tue, May 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM

There goes that stereotype.

The FBI is publicly softening its hiring stance with regard to marijuana use, in order to attract the nation's brightest, most talented computer programmers.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Drug Cops Sting Autistic Boy; School Sues

by David Downs
Tue, May 6, 2014 at 10:25 AM

A Southern California school district is suing the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department after undercover officers ran a marijuana sting on an autistic teen — in yet another example of America’s disgusting, out of control war on weed.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Ambition of the Apollo Program Applied to Caging 2.2 Million Human Beings

by David Downs
Thu, May 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

A major national advisory body said this week that America’s extremely high prison population cannot “be justified by social benefits” and “has reached a level where these high rates of incarceration themselves constitute a source of injustice and social harm.”

The National Resource Council - which is the working arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering - released ‘The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences (2014)’ online and in print Wednesday, and it is destined to become a go-to resource in the incarceration debate.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

LA Con: Deputies Planted Guns in Dispensary, Prosecutors Say

by David Downs
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

As police make historic moves to seize control of California’s billion-dollar medical marijuana industry by citing public safety concerns, readers are learning that law enforcement can be part of the problem.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sober DUIs for Pot Are 'Absurd,' Arizona Supreme Court Affirms

by David Downs
Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The Arizona Supreme Court slapped down a dumb law that criminalized driving while sober in the medical marijuana state.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Martinez To Ban Outdoor Medical Marijuana Growing This Week

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Patients are mobilizing to stop the East Bay city of Martinez from banning outdoor cultivation of medical cannabis this Wednesday at a city council meeting that is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez.

The ban would shred California’s Prop 215, which voters passed in 1996. Prop 215's stated goal was “to ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate”

State law finds that qualified patients can grow as many plants as is medically necessary, though state guidelines call for no more than six mature or 12 immature plants per patient.

But Martinez is planning to ban all outdoor growing, based on a California Supreme Court ruling from 2013, which found that cities can ban dispensaries. That ruling is now being applied to the cultivation of even a single pot plant in places like Fresno. Such cultivation bans are being challenged in court.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Grand Closing: America’s Pot Farmers Are Putting Mexican Cartels Out of Business

by David Downs
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM

For the first time in generations, farmers in central Mexico have stopped planting marijuana.

Due to ample supplies up north, courtesy of medical and recreational cannabis legalization, cartel farmers can’t make any money off pot anymore, they told the Washington Post this week. The price for a pound of Mexican marijuana has plummeted 75 percent from $100 per kilogram to less than $25.

"'It’s not worth it anymore,'" said 50 year-old Rodrigo Silla, a lifelong cannabis farmer. He also told the Post he couldn’t remember the last time his family and others stopped growing mota. “'I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.'”

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Medical Marijuana Linked to Crime Drop, Research Indicates

by David Downs
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The public safety argument for pot prohibition is taking yet another blow this spring with another study that concludes that crime does not increase as a result of legalizing medical cannabis, and, in fact, it may go down when states embrace medical weed.

Reason reports that “Robert G. Morris and three other University of Texas at Dallas criminologists looked at trends in homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny, and auto theft in the 11 states that legalized marijuana for medical use between 1990 and 2006. While crime fell nationwide during this period, it fell more sharply in the medical marijuana states, even after the researchers adjusted for various other differences between states.”

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Schizo: Feds Imprisoning, Protecting Dispensary Workers

by David Downs
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union stated in a news release that the National Labor Relations Board is moving to protect workers’ rights at a medical cannabis dispensary in Maine.

The action underscores the federal government’s schizophrenic policy on weed, as dispensary workers in a number of states are serving federal prison sentences for the same occupations the NLRB is now seeking to protect.

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