Law Enforcement & Crime

Friday, August 30, 2013

Marijuana Banking Troubles Could Improve Under New Federal Guidelines

by David Downs
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

“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.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Feds Encourage Pot Club Robberies

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Marijuana remains a federally illegal drug, a fact that the Drug Enforcement Administration is re-stating to national armored car companies that service dispensaries in states where the plant is legal for medical use.

Consequently, armored car services are cutting off service to dispensaries, who are already holding too much cash because the Department of Treasury has cut off banking services to clubs.

The Chronicle's Bob Egelko reported Saturday:

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

CoCo County DA Mark Peterson Calls Richmond Dispensaries Illegal

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The District Attorney of Contra Costa County recently sent a pretty intimidating letter to the Richmond City Council reminding them they could technically be charged with a federal (and possibly state) crime for facilitating permits for the town's four, regulated medical cannabis dispensaries. In a letter to Richmond July 25, DA Mark Peterson said marijuana is a federally illegal drug and no city officials who facilitate its distribution should feel immune.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

California Police Leaders Defeat Medical Cannabis Regulations

by David Downs
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Legislators — under pressure from law enforcement groups who believe there is no such thing as medical marijuana — withdrew a bill this week that would have codified the rules of the road for medical cannabis collectives in California. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s SB 439 would have given the Califoria Attorney General's medical pot guidelines the force of law. Currently, the guidelines are not legally binding, meaning certain law enforcement agencies and medical pot groups just ignore them entirely.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Daily Show: Stop and Frisk Doesn't Go Far Enough

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

This week, a federal judge ruled that New York City's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional and tantamount to institutional racism. New York Mayor Bloomberg and law enforcement leaders had some laughable responses to the verdict.

So take it away, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Judge: NYC Stop-And-Frisks Are Unconstitutional

by David Downs
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

A police policy in the Big Apple that ensares tens of thousands of people for cannabis possession has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal district judge, Reuters reports.

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Monday that New York's notorious stop-and-frisk policy constitutes "indirect racial profiling."

"No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," Scheindlin wrote in her opinion.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske Out - Questions Loom

by David Downs
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske will leave his post in the White House to become the likely head of US Customs, various news sources report today. Kerlikowske will be remembered for campaigning against Prop 19 in California in 2010, yet staying out the 2012 battles to end cannabis prohibition in Washington and Colorado.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

For-Profit Prison Company Tells Investors: Economy Recovery Will Put More People In Prison

by David Downs
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Business Insider Australia writes July 18 that "as the U.S. economy improves, people are going back to work, investing in their homes, and preparing to make new purchases. They’re also going to spend a lot more time in prison."

That assessment is based on an investor guide from Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private imprisoner in the US, which notes that the economic recovery will result in more prisoners.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Partnership For A Drug-Free America Has Moment of Clarity: Concedes Marijuana War Is Lost

by David Downs
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The Partnership for A Drug-Free America — a government-funded Drug War advocacy group — is backing away from supporting the arrest of 800,000 Americans every year for marijuana. The 28 year-old New York group of advertising executives funded by major alcohol, tobacco, nicotine and pharmaceutical interests released a new survey this week called "Marijuana: It's Legal, Now What?" Now, we don't trust anything coming from a bunch of failed "this is your brain on drugs" propagandists, but we're intrigued when they admit:

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Monday, July 15, 2013

George Zimmerman Used Reefer Madness To Help Him Beat Murder Rap

by David Downs
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Florida jurors heard that Trayvon Martin was aggressive and paranoid due to marijuana intoxication the night he was murdered. But was he?

Carl Hart, a neuropsychopharmacologist who spent fifteen years studying the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana, finds this line of reasoning "laughable" in The New York Times.

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