The Senate Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing Wednesday on the "The Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013," in response to the disturbing ongoing snooping of innocent Americans by the federal government.
Pot legalization in Colorado and Washington in 2012 was a cultural lightning strike that touched down on a legal fault line. Ever since, deep, powerful forces in the legal landscape have begun sliding and grinding. The Baltimore Sun records one such aftershock — judges are dipping below established sentencing guidelines when punishing Americans for weed crime.
The Transportation Security Administration recently made changes to their policies regarding marijuana, according to a report from NY Daily News.
The government may be shut down but the crackdown on medical marijuana in California will roll on.
The sweeping shutdown does not include about 87 percent of the staff at the Drug Enforcement Administration, reports Reason.com, which has a copy of the Justice Department's contingency plan.
That is because "DEA investigations need to continue uninterrupted so that cases are not compromised and the health and safety of the American public is not placed at risk," Justice states.
If you're a medical marijuana patient, and you are in the middle of a nasty divorce, and you live in a cultural backwater like Michigan or inland California - beware. Government workers will seize your kids over your lawful medical cannabis use, and it'll be a long fight to get them back. Lawyers.com relates the latest in a long string of such incidents:
Has there ever been a bigger example of the failure of pot prohibition than the island nation of Jamaica?
Lawmakers on the island synonymous with Bob Marley and grass again brought up the topic of decriminalizing weed Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.
The idea has been batted about for decades, the AP reports.
A group of die-hard drug warriors who plan to gather Monday for a stop-pot conference in Southern California have decided to move their event because they claim they're worried about supposedly crazed, violent pedophile potheads. According to organizers of the 2013 National Marijuana Policy and Strategy Conference, a planned protest by drug-law reformers "threatens kids and safety."
When former police officer Gregg Daly stood up to speak at the San Leandro City Council meeting this week regarding medical cannabis dispensaries, many pro-marijuana activists feared the worst. Instead, Daly resoundingly endorsed dispensaries in San Leandro and blasted - nay, nuked - the ongoing prohibition of marijuana in this country.
"I am a 16 year resident of San Leandro, a small business owner running an IT consultancy, and I live with my wife and three children in Bay-O-Vista. ... I have extensive law enforcement experience. I was a US Army Military Police sergeant with duties which included working with MPI and the Criminal Investigation Division Command (CIDC) and working undercover in anti-narcotics, anti-terror, and firearm/explosives/weapon investigations. I am also a retired California peace officer, retiring from the Monterey Police Department in 1996. I worked street patrols and was the department’s subject-matter-expert on intoxication and DUIs, not just with alcohol but with pharmaceuticals and recreational drugs as well. ...
"I am a medical marijuana patient and have been for more than five years. Since the city can’t be bothered constructing a properly lit and visible crosswalk, a car ran me down in front of Starbucks on MacArthur. The injuries and subsequent problems are too vast to list, but I’m sure some of you have noticed a large portion of my forehead is missing and horribly scarred. That’s from the accident along with a crushed rib cage, injured spine and neck, and various serious tissue damage. How I survived the accident is unknown to my doctor or my surgeon. I died after emergency surgery and had to be revived. I live in severe pain from this accident. Medical marijuana has been a savior for me. ...
The US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California — which has conducted an almost two-year long crackdown on state-legal medical cannabis businesses — strongly indicated today that the office's anti-pot efforts will continue on their current course, despite a historic White House posture-change with regard to medical and recreational marijuana.
The White House said Thursday that the Department of Justice will not sue to stop the implementation of pot legalization in Colorado and Washington, adding that prosecutors should not spend their time working to dismantle lawful medical cannabis systems in the twenty states where it is legal.
“Financial institutions and other enterprises that do business with marijuana shops that are in compliance with state laws are unlikely to be prosecuted for money laundering or other federal crimes that could be brought under existing federal drug laws, a senior Department of Justice official said Thursday,” according to the Huffington Post.