States Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Laws

States Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Laws

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The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma have asked the United States Supreme Court to issue a declaratory judgment finding that Colorado’s laws regulating the state-licensed production and sale of marijuana to adults violates the US Constitution.

The suit, filed by Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt, alleges that marijuana is being diverted into their states from Colorado, causing “irreparable injury.”

The Attorneys General contend in their suit: “Plaintiff States are suffering a direct and significant detrimental impact – namely the diversion of limited manpower and resources to arrest and process suspected and convicted felons involved in the increased illegal marijuana trafficking or transportation.”

They are asking the Supreme Court to strike down Colorado’s law on the basis that it is “fundamentally at odds” with the federal Controlled Substances Act. They allege, “The diversion of marijuana from Colorado contradicts the clear Congressional intent, frustrates the federal interest in eliminating commercial transactions in the interstate controlled-substances market and is particularly burdensome for neighboring states like Plaintiff States where law enforcement agencies and the citizens have endured the substantial expansion of Colorado marijuana.”

They seek “a declaratory judgment stating that Sections 16(4) and (5) of Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution are preempted by federal law, and therefore unconstitutional and unenforceable under the Supremacy Clause, Article VI of the US Constitution.” The US Attorneys are also asking the State of Colorado “to pay the Plaintiff States’ costs and expenses associated with this legal action, including attorneys’ fees.”

The suit does not ask for the Supreme Court to enjoin any other states’ laws regulating the production or dispensing of cannabis for either social or therapeutic purposes, though it is possible that the Court’s actions may have implications for those laws going forward. To date, four states have approved measures allowing for the regulated production and sale of cannabis to adults. Twenty-three states have approved measures allowing for the use of the plant for therapeutic purposes.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers responded to the suit, stating: “[I]t appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado. We believe this suit is without merit and we will vigorously defend against it in the US Supreme Court.”

Commenting on the suit, NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup said, “This suit is more political theater than a serious legal challenge. These two conservative state attorneys general know they are losing this fight in the court of public opinion, so they are hoping the Supreme Court will intercede.”

Stroup further noted that in recent days a majority of Congress approved language limiting the ability of the federal government to interfere in the implementation of state-sponsored marijuana regulatory schemes. He added: “The majority of Americans, including 55 percent of Colorado voters who endorsed this policy in 2012, support regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. The attorneys general pushing this lawsuit are not only out-of-step with existing public opinion and emerging political opinion, but they are also clearly on the wrong side of history.”

Article from: www.hightimes.com

States Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Laws

A Stoners Best Way To Deal With Cops

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A Stoners Best Way To Deal With Cops

The constant rivalry between potheads and cops has been around since the government made weed illegal. We’re always hearing about cops treating stoners unfairly and obviously stoners are usually friendly people that have no problem communicating with most people.

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Cops stereotype people daily and no stoners likes being arrested for puffing on a joint. Is there a way to stay below the cops radar enough to avoid interaction completely?

Growing up with cops as parents meant they were extremely strict and I was always scared that they would find out that I smoked and arrest me. But I feel like now, it helped me out. I know the laws and I know how to deal with cops. It’s really quite simple. Most cops are on a power trip and you just have to know how to act without being a twerp to get them to leave you alone. When my parents used their cop attitudes on me, I began to learn that the more you just let them puff out their chests, the better.

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The basic rule; if you act like a jerk, they’re going to give you trouble. If you get pulled over when you’re stoned and the cop is asking you questions, answer them. Don’t be a smartass. Be as honest as possible without screwing yourself over. The majority of cops will not treat you badly if you don’t give them serious attitude. Give them your license and registration right when they walk up to your window. I’ve had a cop pull me over and ask me if I had pot. That was the first thing he said to me. Didn’t ask for my license or anything. He just claimed that my car smelled like weed. For the record, it did. I had just hit my one hitter before getting on the highway. Besides the point. That cop only pulled me over because he had stereotyped my lowered car as a punk’s vehicle.

Cops are doing their jobs. They might not agree with the laws but they are there to attempt to uphold them. I’ve also had cops in my apartment with a quarter pound on my living room table and they didn’t give a single care. And seeing as how I’m not in a legal OR medical state, that’s a huge deal. If you’re not violent and rude with them, chances are they’re not going to give you trouble. Every single time I’ve had a run in with the police, I have been stoned or in possession of a large amount of visible weed. Acting like a knowledgeable, intelligent person will deter the police from attempting to arrest you over the roach that’s still smoking in your car’s ashtray.

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Someday, the cops will be smoking joints with us but until then, we have to respect each other. If you live in an illegal state, you have to realize that you’re going to run in to cops, especially if you like to broadcast that you enjoy pot by wearing weed clothing. There are police that are just out for blood and will give you trouble no matter how nice you are to them. I realize that it’s difficult to speak to them sometimes and attempt to comprehend the reasoning behind their rude ways. You just have to remember that there will be a day when you can smoke a joint with the cop who might have once confiscated your bud! 🙂

A Stoners Best Way To Deal With Cops

Rally To Save Medical Cannabis In Washington State June 19

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Rally To Save Medical Cannabis In Washington State June 19

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[Cannabis Action Coalition]

[Cannabis Action Coalition]

The Washington State House and Senate have both added budget amendments that, if passed, will turn control of medicinal cannabis in the state over to the Liquor Control Board — which has said that medical marijuana is the biggest external threat to the success of the recreational pot stores created by legalization measure Initiative 502.

“The goal of the legislation is to ‘bring medical cannabis laws into compliance with I-502,’” said Seattle activist Steve Sarich of the Cannabis Action Coalition. “That’s a solution that just won’t work for patients.”

 

Steve Sarich, Cannabis Action Coalition: "Quote" [The Stranger]

Steve Sarich, Cannabis Action Coalition:
“It is not the fault of medical cannabis patients, nor their access points, that the Legislature has failed to work with us to come up with common sense regulations”
[The Stranger]

If the WSLCB is really serious about bringing medical marijuana “into compliance with I-502,” then here’s what that could mean to patients, according to Sarich:

• If patients must “conform” to I-502, they will be limited to one ounce, just like recreational users, rather than the 24 ounces currently allowed for patients.

• Patients will pay the same 25 percent + 25 percent + 25 percent + 10 percent tax rate as recreational users.

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[Cannabis Action Coalition]

• They will lose their right to personal grows.

• They will lose their right to collective growing, which will also eliminate all the current access points for those who don’t grow, leaving them without safe access.

Doctor MMJ recommendations for patients would be further restricted, making it nearly impossible for most patients to get legal recommendations, according to Sarich.

Additionally, a 21-year-old age limit for patients would be set, according to Sarich, leaving thousands of sick young people without access to medication and forcing them to choose between driving or complying with I-502′s “zero tolerance” policy for DUID cases with drivers under 21.

“It is not the fault of medical cannabis patients, nor their access points, that the Legislature has failed to work with us to come up with common sense regulations,” Sarich said. “Turning control of our medicine over to the state’s liquor distributor and taxing our medication is certainly not an acceptable solution.

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Wes Abney, The Northwest Leaf:
“I didn’t care when NORML labeled me a prohibitionist for opposing I-502. But for that same marijuana lobby to say that medical cannabis should be controlled by the Liquor Control Board shows the lobby’s true colors”

“We must convince our legislators to work with patients, not the LCB, to come up with solutions that will work for everyone and will not punish patients simply for their choice of medicine,” Sarich said.

John Davis said that turning medical over to the LCB is the only way to save medical,” Sarich said. “Then, by that reasoning, getting arrested is the only way to stay out of jail. How can you write regulations for medical cannabis if using the word ‘medical’ is a crime (according to the LCB)?”

Scars in Washington’s cannabis community still run deep, with last fall’s acrimonious I-502 still a source of division. Many within the medical marijuana community still wonder why Washington NORML and other organizations were so quick to endorse the measure when there were clearly serious concerns — from the beginning — about its impact on safe access for patients.

“I didn’t care when NORML labeled me a prohibitionist for opposing I-502,” commented Northwest Leaf publisher Wes Abney. “But for that same marijuana lobby to say that medical cannabis should be controlled by the Liquor Control Board shows the lobby’s true colors.”

“If you can’t attend the rally, please contact your two Representatives and your Senator,” Sarich said. Here’s where you can go to find out who they are and how to contact them: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

You can also express your concerns to your lawmakers by calling the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000.

“The message is simple,” Sarich said. “We don’t want the Liquor Control Board, the state’s liquor distributor, writing rules for controlling medical cannabis and we want that provision stricken from the state budget bill.”

“They have characterized the medical patient community as ‘over 90 percent fakers’ and stated that most have no qualifying medical conditions,” Sarich said.

“An article in the Seattle Times on Friday stated that ’39 percent of all Seattle high school students are getting their pot from medical dispensaries,’ ” Sarich said. “It makes no difference that these are obvious lies; a tremendous number of readers, including our legislators, will believe what the newspaper publishes.

“Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, an I-502 sponsor, has also come out in the Seattle Times this week calling for an end to medical cannabis dispensaries,” Sarich said.

“If you don’t take action, this could very well be the end of medical cannabis.”

For more information on the June 19 rally in Olympia, including how you can help, call (206) 612-9044 or email [email protected]

RALLY TO SAVE MEDICAL CANNABIS

When: June 19, 2013, 12 noon

Where: The State Capitol Campus, Olympia

State Capitol Campus Parking Information:
http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Parking.aspx

Campus Map: 
http://www.des.wa.gov/SiteCollectionDocuments/campus-map.pdf