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Nebraska, Oklahoma AGs File Lawsuit To Overturn Colorado Marijuana Legalization

(Hemp News)

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning on Thursday announced that he has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of overturning Colorado’s laws that legalize, regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. He said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also joining the lawsuit, which alleges the state constitutional amendment approved by Colorado voters and the implementing legislation approved by state lawmakers is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“We agree with the Colorado Attorney General’s opinion that this suit is without merit,” said Mason Tvert, the Denver-based communications director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) who co-directed the 2012 Colorado marijuana initiative campaign. “This is a classic case of a solution in search of a problem.”

“They are wasting Nebraska and Oklahoma taxpayers’ dollars by filing this suit, and they’re forcing Coloradans to pick up the bill for defending ourselves against it,” Tvert ssaid. “Colorado’s top law enforcement officials have better things to do, and you’d think their counterparts in Nebraska and Oklahoma would as well.”

 

Teen Marijuana Use Down After Legalization, National Survey Finds

(Hemp News)

A national survey released on Tuesday found teen marijuana usage rates decreased from 2013 to 2014 — a period marked by heightened national debate regarding marijuana policy and implementation of the nation’s first marijuana legalization laws.

According to the annual Monitoring the Future Survey, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), rates of annual, monthly, and daily marijuana use dropped among 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders.

Teens’ perception of ‘great risk’ in marijuana use also decreased among students in all three grades, contradicting the often-heard claim that public dialogue about the benefits of ending marijuana prohibition — including discussion of the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol and other substances — will result in more teens using marijuana.

 

California Cop Takes Home 4 Pounds Of Marijuana; Won’t Be Charged

(Hemp News)

If you’ve ever doubted the existence of police privilege, it may be time to reassess. A police officer in California who was caught redhanded with marijuana in his home earlier this year — more than 4 pounds of it — “probably” won’t be charged with a crime due to “lack of evidence.”

K-9 Officer Joe Avila has been on paid leave since September, pending results of an internal investigation, according to the Richmond Police Department, reports Rick Hurd at the Contra Costa Times.

The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office has been “investigating” but “is not inclined to file charges,” said Robin Lipetzky, the county’s chief public defender. That decision “likely” comes from “evidence not strong enough to produce a conviction,” according to Lipetzky (remember, they caught this cop with between 4 and 5 pounds of weed in his house).

 

Washington Liquor Control Board Chairwoman Uses Marijuana For Pain

(Hemp News)

Washington State Liquor Control Board chairwoman Sharon Foster
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Washington State Liquor Control Board chairwoman Sharon Foster

The soon-to-retire chairwoman of the Washington State Liquor Control Board — which is in charge of recreational marijuana in the state, and perhaps soon medicinal cannabis as well — has admitted she used medical marijuana this week to control pain after a knee replacement surgery.

Sharon Foster said her doctors sent her home with heavy painkillers, reports The News Tribune of Tacoma. “I have enough oxycodone to go on the black market,” she said.

But Foster decided opioids weren’t for her. She opted instead this week to use marijuana, which she’s been in charge of regulating for two years now. She obtained some cannabis-infused brownies for that purpose.

“By the time I went to bed, which was maybe an hour and a half or two hours after I ate this brownie — piece of brownie — I didn’t feel anything,” Foster told the News Tribune’s statehouse reporter. “So all I know is, I was relaxed enough to go to sleep. So if I was high, I don’t know it,” she claimed.

Maine: Former Top Drug Prosecutor Gets 16-Year Prison Sentence For Child Pornography

(Hemp News)

The former top drug prosecutor in Maine — who fled out of state after he was convicted of child pornography charges — is going to federal prison for almost 16 years.

James Cameron, convicted in 2010 of 13 counts of child porn, had posted bail and was released pending an appeal, reports Catherine Pegram at WABI TV.

He took off out of state in November 2012, and was caught in New Mexico a month later.

Cameron’s lawyer was pushing for a 6-1/2 year sentence.

Cameron was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Bangor to 15 years and 9 months in prison.

 

South Carolina: Police Oppose Expanding Sick Children’s Access To Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

South Carolina state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort), author of a bill which made it legal for parents to possess the marijuana derivative cannabidiol (CBD) oil to control their children’s seizures, plans to introduce another bill on January 13, the first day of the upcoming legislative session, to allow low-THC marijuana to be grown in the state. But state law enforcement has already expressed opposition to the plan.

Davis said he first heard about CBD oil from a constituent whose granddaughter in Charleston was having 80 to 90 seizures an hour, reports Steve Jones at The State. Within two weeks of his constituent’s granddaughter getting CBD oil, Davis said, the seizures were reduced by 80 percent.

After researching, Sen. Davis learned that CBD oil had helped people in other states, so he introduced a bill which passed and was signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley last summer. The new law made legal the possession of CBD oil to treat children with uncontrollable epileptic seizures, as long as it was authorized by a physician.

 

Texas Lawmaker Introducing Bill To Reduce Penalties For Marijuana

(Hemp News)

Texas state Rep. Joe Moody introduced a bill Monday morning that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in Texas. The bill would remove the threat of arrest, jail time and a criminal record for possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, reducing the penalty to a $100 civil fine.

Rep. Moody announced the details of the bill at a news conference hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy at 11:30 a.m. CT at the Texas State Capitol.

Rep. Moody was joined by retired Texas District Court Judge John Delaney, Matt Simpson of the ACLU of Texas, Ann Lee of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, Heather Fazio of the Marijuana Policy Project, and other representatives of the coalition, including the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.

“Our current marijuana policy in Texas just isn’t working,” Rep. Moody said. “We need a new approach that allows us to more effectively utilize our limited criminal justice resources. This legislation is a much-needed step in the right direction.”

 

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