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Berkeley first city in nation to become a 'sanctuary' for cannabis - Berkeleyside

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:30

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Berkeley first city in nation to become a 'sanctuary' for cannabis
Berkeleyside
Worse, the enforcement of marijuana and other drug laws has had a disproportionate impact on people of color. Ending this misguided policy is long overdue.” The idea of calling Berkeley a sanctuary city for cannabis was so uncontroversial that the item ...
Berkeley becomes a sanctuary city for marijuana usersThe Japan Times
Berkeley declares itself a sanctuary city for recreational cannabis — and it may be the first to do soLos Angeles Times
Berkeley says it is sanctuary city for marijuana usersThe Hill
The Mercury News -Daily Californian
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Tory senators not inclined to rush debate on bill to legalize cannabis - CTV News

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:22

CTV News

Tory senators not inclined to rush debate on bill to legalize cannabis
CTV News
OTTAWA -- Conservative senators are balking at an attempt to speed up consideration of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, which the Trudeau government hopes to have in place this July. Sen. Larry Smith, who leads the Conservative caucus in the ...

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Ten students treated for ingesting marijuana in San Francisco - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:47

The Independent

Ten students treated for ingesting marijuana in San Francisco
The Independent
A container labelled “medical cannabis” had been confiscated, the district said. It was unclear how the cannabis made its way to the students, but some students told KTVU they had eaten rainbow-coloured candies. The district noted that bringing drugs ...
Officials say students sickened at San Francisco school ingested cannabisKGO-TV
School Daze: 10 SF students got sick from consuming cannabis, District saysSFGate

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£6000-worth of marijuana served at California couple's wedding - and it was in everything from the cotton candy to ... - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:38

The Independent

£6000-worth of marijuana served at California couple's wedding - and it was in everything from the cotton candy to ...
The Independent
Dani Geen said “I do” to Zak Walton in front of 70 of their closest friends and family this past summer in a picture perfect wedding set on a California beach. However, there was just one slight shift from tradition; the newlyweds sealed their ...

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My Valentine's Day: 33 Years Ago Today I Was Sentenced to 15-to-Life

Alternet - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:26
Click here for reuse options! My wife held her face in her hands, tears streaming down her cheeks: the vision would haunt me for years to come.

Today I heard a piece on National Public Radio about the Rockefeller drug laws. It struck me hard – real hard. That's because 33 years ago today, on Valentine's Day, I blew trial and was sentenced to 15 years to life under the Rockefeller drug laws.

I had delivered four ounces of cocaine for $500 straight into the hands of undercover narcotic officers in Westchester County. A bowling buddy had set me up in a sting operation when he noticed my car kept breaking down and I was arriving late for my bowling league. He knew I was desperate for cash. It was the biggest mistake I ever made.

I remember my last day as a free man as clear as a bell. I sat in the back of the courtroom with my wife Marylou. Our six-year-old daughter was not there because we did not want to put her through the shit we were going through. I had been on bail for a year and was facing hard time.   

After the final arguments, Judge Marasco briefed the jury on deciding a verdict. I sat there, dry-mouthed, the world spinning out of control, catching only snippets of what he was saying: “…must prove…beyond a reasonable doubt…consider the evidence…agree on a verdict…should be as follows….”

I tried to focus, but part of me already knew I’d lost.

“ …the first count, criminally selling a controlled substance in the first degree, either guilty or not guilty. On the second count, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, either guilty or not guilty….”

The jury left the courtroom at 2:43pm. A half-hour later, the jury sent a note to the judge asking to hear an inaudible tape that was the main piece of evidence against me. They also relied on a transcript that the undercover cops created from the tape, putting words in my mouth. It was unreal, like a nightmare. They did this four times, concentrating mainly on the tape. Some jurors even timed the alleged transaction, opening and closing an imaginary envelope and smelling its contents. At the end of a grueling day, the judge recessed until the following morning. I knew it was my last night as a free man.

I thought about running. I called up Johnny Payne, who was a bowling buddy. “You gotta lend me some money,” I said, my voice cracking. “I gotta run away.” He tried to discourage me, told me I was overreacting. And besides, he said, did I want to spend the rest of my life as a wanted man? It seemed like a better choice than 15 years in prison, I said.

I stayed up all night. My wife and daughter lay on each side of me in our bed. I clutched them tightly and stared at the religious candles my wife had lit, praying for strength and guidance. I had no money, no place to go. My only real choice was to go back to court and pray for the best. My wife and daughter needed me. It wouldn’t do them any good if I ran.

The next day, deliberations on People vs. Papa continued until 3:30pm, when a verdict was finally made. At the time, I was sitting with my wife in the hallway. The doors of the courtroom swung open and two court officers came out.

“If you have a wallet,” one of them said, “you better give that and any other personal belongings to your wife.”

“Standard procedure,” assured the other, when he saw the look of panic on my face.

I was scared. I handed over my house keys and wallet. Now, I wanted to run. I sized up the two armed court officers and looked at the exit. The officer must have read my mind. He put his hand on the gun sitting in its holster. His gesture made my legs wobble. I was too weak to struggle. I knew it was the end.

The officers escorted me into the courtroom and steered me into my chair, each of them placing a hand on my shoulders.

Judge Marasco addressed the jury. “Ladies and gentlemen, I have your note, which reads as follows: ‘We have reached our decision.’” He then turned to the clerk. “The clerk will please read the verdict.”

The clerk nodded and addressed the leader of the jury. “Madam Forelady, please rise. Members of the jury, have you agreed upon a verdict?”

“Yes we have,” she said. It seemed ridiculous that none of the jurors knew that I was facing 15 years to life. The judge told them that they should only be concerned with whether or not I was guilty, not with the terms of punishment. On some occasions, I’d ridden the elevators up to the courtroom with members of the jury. I’d been tempted to shout: Do you know what I’m facing? But the judge had given me a direct order not to speak to them.

The clerk continued reading my fate:

“Members of the jury, as I read each count of the charges, please tell me how you find the accused under each count.” The forelady nodded.

“One, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first degree.”

“Guilty.”

“Count two, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree.”

“Guilty.”

It was over. Prison.

“Sorry, pal,” George, my lawyer, said, laying a hand on my shoulder. His other hand wiped a crocodile tear from his eye.

The court officers grabbed hold of my arms and told me to follow them. I was so shocked that fighting and running were the last things on my mind. As they pulled me away, I turned to Marylou. She was crying. That last vision of her, holding her face in her hands, tears streaming down her cheeks, was one that would haunt me for years to come. Through choking sobs, she told me she would never leave me. As I walked away, I told her I loved her and wished her a Happy Valentine's Day. She reached forward to embrace me, but the guards blocked her. I was handcuffed and taken away. It was the end of my life as I knew it.

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Why California's Marijuana Taxes Are Much More Than Beer and Wine, But Less Than Cigarettes

Alternet - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:07
For every buck you spend on weed there, add in 35 cents in taxes. Why California's cannabis taxes are much more than wine and beer, but less than cigarettes

Bummer! For every dollar you spend on cannabis in California, you may have to pay another 35 cents to the government. The tax man's grab on ganja proceeds has come into full focus since legal sales started in January, and the sticker shock over the price of pot has filled social media with a mix of outrage and confusion over just what's driving up the cost of cannabis

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California Poised To Become Largest Jobs Creator - For Marijuana - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:48

Forbes

California Poised To Become Largest Jobs Creator - For Marijuana
Forbes
California is poised to become the largest recreational cannabis market in the world. It's also a great place to get a job helping marijuana growers, processors, and sellers or work in adjacent services including legal advice, marketing and security ...
Bay Area lawmaker's bill would protect medical marijuana patients from losing their jobsThe Mercury News
Workplace discrimination against California medical cannabis patients may endGreenState

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6 cannabis growers to provide 62 tonnes of pot to Quebec's legal ... - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:47

CBC.ca

6 cannabis growers to provide 62 tonnes of pot to Quebec's legal ...
CBC.ca
Quebec's bill to legalize recreational cannabis has yet to pass in Quebec City, and the federal legislation is still stuck in the Senate, but the province has already signed tentative deals with suppliers — including five based outside the province.
Six marijuana companies announce deals to supply Quebec with cannabisToronto Star
Six companies announce deals to supply Quebec with cannabisCTV News
SAQ signs deals with 6 firms to supply Quebec marijuana market ...Montreal Gazette
Financial Post
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FL: Ex-All Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza to face drug charges - WFTV

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:51
wftv.com (US) Denied allegations Wednesday that he is a cocaine dealer. (Wed Feb 14 18:51:46 2018 PST)
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FL: Travel writer Rick Steves pushing for marijuana legalization - WFTV

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:51
wftv.com (US) He was a sponsor of the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana use for adults in Washington state in 2012. (Wed Feb 14 18:51:46 2018 PST)
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OR: Sheriff: Man in van attempted to grab girl in Aloha after offeri - KPTV - FOX 12

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:50
kptv.com (US) Sheriff: Man in van attempted to grab girl in Aloha after offering cigarettes, marijuana The teen said the two men in the van offered her cigarettes and marijuana, which she declined. A 19-... (Wed Feb 14 21:50:30 2018 PST)
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FL: WFLX Fox 29 News: Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, Boca Raton - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news and weather

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:48
wflx.com (US) State and federal authorities in Tennessee have padlocked 23 stores and indicted 21 people they accuse of selling candy and other products containing a form of marijuana. (Wed Feb 14 18:48:48 2018 PST)
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OR: PolitiFact California: How Much Privacy Do You Have When You Buy Marijuana In California? - Jefferson Public Radio

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:44
ijpr.org (US) PolitiFact California: How Much Privacy Do You Have When You Buy Marijuana In California? ! Jefferson Public Radio PolitiFact California: How Much Privacy Do You Have When You Buy Marijuana In California? 010518Marijuana (P) Pot 101 The measure legalized recreational pot sales statewide on Jan. 1. (Wed Feb 14 21:44:59 2018 PST)
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OR: 2-13-18: THREE CHARGED IN MARIJUANA EXTRACT EXPLOSION. - KMED-AM - Turning up YOUR voice - AM 1140 KMED

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:43
kmed.com (US) THREE CHARGED IN MARIJUANA EXTRACT EXPLOSION. - KMED-AM - Turning up YOUR voice - AM 1140 KMED THREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH CRIMES. (Wed Feb 14 21:43:29 2018 PST)
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OR: KLDR - Local News

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:41
kldr.com (US) Large Theft from Legal Marijuana Grow Site Reported to Josephine County SO (Wed Feb 14 21:41:06 2018 PST)
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OR: Good News: Willamette Week's Weed Plant Has Survived Its Third Intern Transition - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:19
wweek.com (US) This is the third year WW has grown pot on the roofs of the office. (Wed Feb 14 22:19:32 2018 PST)
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OR: Good News: Willamette Week's Weed Plant Has Survived Its Third Intern Transition - Willamette Week

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CANADA: Attacker gets maximum jail time - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:18
thewhig.com (Canada) Then Johaneman got upset with the young woman over her use of marijuana with their host's girlfriend. ... (Wed Feb 14 02:18:49 2018 PST)
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OR: Deschutes County examines medical marijuana challenges; County commission invites OHA official to unlock OMMP 'locked box'

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:16
bendbulletin.com The meeting was part of the commissionb s effort to meet with state and local agencies that deal with different aspects of cannabis oversight. (Wed Feb 14 21:16:37 2018 PST)
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CANADA: N.S. judge throws out cocaine evidence after Ontario man's rights breached - The Chronicle Herald

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thechronicleherald.ca N.S. judge throws out cocaine evidence after Ontario man's rights breached ! The Chronicle Herald N.S. judge throws out cocaine evidence after Ontario man's rights breached N.S. judge throws out cocaine evi... (Wed Feb 14 02:15:31 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(60%), $propaganda_theme2(60%), $propaganda_theme3(55%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $cocaine(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(50%)]
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