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Mississippi: Former Blazers Forward Travis Outlaw Arrested For Felony Marijuana Possession

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Travis Outlaw, formerly a player for the Portland Trailblazers, has been arrested in Starkville, Mississippi for a felony marijuana charge.

Local newspaper The Dispatch reports that Outlaw's indictment states that on July 15, he "did unlawfully, willfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally possess a controlled substance, marijuana, in an amount greater than 250 grams but less than 1 kilogram." the amount stated is the equivalent of less than two pounds.

He turned himself in to authorities, and was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Outlaw played as small forward for the Portland Trailblazers from 2003 to 2010, when he was traded to the Clippers. Outlaw has been playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, but was released after posting his bond.

Oregon: Feds Dropping Charges Against Teenager Facing A Year In Prison For Cannabis Possession

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Federal prosecutors are going to drop charges against a Native American teenager who was facing a year in prison for possession of one gram of marijuana.

The agreement, filed in federal court today, says that the federal misdemeanor charges against Devontre Thomas, 19, will be dropped as long as he stays in school or keeps a job and obeys the law for 60 days.

"I think it's a fair resolution of the case," says Ruben Iniguez, Thomas' public defender. "I would sincerely hope that no one else, adult or minor, has to be faced with the same sort of dilemma — the heavy hand of the government."

The U.S. Attorney's Office has confirmed that it is abandoning the prosecution.

"Procedurally the case remains pending," says spokeswoman Gerri Badden, "however, the motion correctly states the terms of the diversion agreement. Assuming Mr. Thomas completes the agreement, the United States will move to dismiss the case on October 4, 2016."

Thomas found himself in trouble with the federal government in March 2015, after a search of another student's backpack at Salem's Chemawa Indian School turned up a gram of marijuana. The student told authorities later that he paid Thomas $20 for the gram.

Oregon: Teen Facing Federal Drug Charges Over One Gram Of Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

A teenager in Oregon is facing federal drug charges and up to a year in prison for possession of one gram of marijuana, his lawyer said. Federal authorities have not prosecuted a marijuana case in Oregon since 2011.

Devontre Thomas, 19, is a recent graduate of Chemawa Indian School in Salem with plans to attend college this fall. But first he'll have to appear at the federal courthouse in Portland to fight the charge, the result of an incident in March 2015.

Recreational marijuana use by adults was legalized in 2014 in Oregon, but the substance remains illegal under federal law, where it is classified as a Schedule I drug. Heroin and LSD are considered Schedule I, drugs with no medical value but with an extreme potential for abuse. The Justice Department has officially backed off from interfering with state-level marijuana laws, since the issuance of a memo 1n 2013 by then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole. But the memo states that U.S. attorneys should continue to prosecute cases involving "the distribution of marijuana to minors."

Many are saying that it's a case of the federal government going too far, considering the small amount of pot Thomas was found with, enough for a couple of joints.

New Jersey: Newark Marijuana Proposal Headed For Ballot

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Voters in Newark, New Jersey will have the opportunity in November to vote to eliminate penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Currently under state law, anyone caught with under 100 grams of marijuana or paraphernalia face a maximum fine of $150 and loss of driving privileges.

Under Newark's current law, however, possession of under 100 grams of marijuana is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and up to 60 days in jail. Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is punishable by a $250 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

The discrepancy between Newark’s law and state law for marijuana possession is part of the reason organizers sought to get the proposal on the ballot.

The new proposal would remove penalties for possessing less than 200 grams of marijuana in the city. Under the initiative, possessing less than 200 grams would constitute a minor misdemeanor, and no fines, incarceration, probation or “any other punitive or rehabilitative measure” would be imposed.

Board of Elections Director Gloria Carson said Tuesday that the Licking County Board of Elections validated 1,107 signatures supporting the measure, surpassing the 1,063 signatures that were needed to get on the ballot.

Organizers say the new proposal will allow law enforcement officers more opportunity to focus on serious problems in the community.

New Jersey: Police Sergeant Accused Of Selling Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A New Jersey cop has been charged with dealing marijuana; the officer's father is a captain in the same police department in the city of Linden.

Sgt. William Turbett III has been suspended from the police force due to an unrelated case involving Internal Affairs, but now the 30-year-old faces marijuana possession and distribution charges, according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office, reports Anthony Johnson at ABC 7.

There was police activity on Wednesday night at the South Amboy home of Sgt. Turbett, according to neighbors, with multiple agencies involved in the investigation.

Sayreville police and the Prosecutor's Office Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant on Turbett's home and reportedly found a small amount of marijuana, according to prosecutors, reports CBS New York.

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