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Canada: Toronto Police Raiding Marijuana Dispensaries For Non-Medical Sales

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Toronto police are currently raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, charging people for trafficking non-medical cannabis.

The drug squad is reportedly working with several police divisions, along with the Toronto Licensing and Standards division in conducting the raids, reports 680 News.

The dispensaries which have been raided are:
• 600 Church St.
• Eden Medicinal Society (Queen Street location)
• Cannabis Connoisseur
• The Green Room (Spadina and Nassau)
• Weed, Glass and Gifts
• Cannawide in Kensington Market

Toronto police claim this is a criminal investigation. The drug squad officers claim they are enforcing Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Police claim they handed out cautions on May 18, and if the dispensaries were still operating illegally, they will be fined.

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.

Maine: Police Department's Post About Misplaced Marijuana Goes Viral

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

"If you've lost a baggie of marijuana at the Rite Aid store, please give us a call. We would like to speak with you."

This brief statement, which the Madawaska Police Department posted on its Facebook page on Sunday, hasn't led to anyone coming forward, but it had been Liked more than 1.3 million times, generated 756 shares, and triggered a storm of comments.

With no other evidence, there hasn't been any further police investigation, according to Office Jamie Pelletier, who was on duty at the time, reports Tory Jones Bonenfant at the Fiddlehead Focus.

When employees opened the Madawaska Rite Aid pharmacy on Sunday, March 20, they found a small baggie near the cash register and entryway. It contained a couple of marijuana buds.

The department claimed it posted the information to "raise awareness," but also to shed some police-style "humor" on the situation.

The Facebook post stirred up a discussion about drug use, parenting, legal growing and medicinal use, current federal laws, community drug awareness, and police priorities and resources.

Even if no charges arise from the incident, Madawaska Police Chief Carroll Theriault said, it is still good that people are discussing drug use in the community.

Oregon: Police Sergeant Accused of Selling Marijuana While On Duty

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An Oregon police sergeant has been fired after being accused of setting up a marijuana sale through text messages on his cellphone while in uniform and on duty in the department's squad room, according to federal court records.

Lonny McEwen, 44, a 20-year employee of the Warm Springs Police Department who was promoted to sergeant in 2010, made his first appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland, reports Maxine Bernstein at The Oregonian. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and distribution of a controlled substance.

McEwen on January 20 arranged a marijuana sale by text messages, seemingly unaware the prospective buyer was a police informant, according to a federal affidavit supporting a criminal complaint. McEwen told the informant he had four ounces of weed for sale, and asked if the informant was interested, the affidavit alleges.

In a series of text messages, McEwen told the informant he was selling marijuana to "help out a friend" and that it was "31 percent THC" and $200 an ounce," FBI Agent Daniel Baringer wrote in the affidavit.

While in the presence of Warm Springs police detectives in the squad room, McEwen agreed to sell the cannabis for $100 an ounce in texts sent just before the start of his shift, according to the affidavit.

The sale happened last Thursday after the buyer agreed to meet McEwen at his Warm Springs home, according to court records.

Arizona: ACLU Releases Mobile App To Help Hold Law Enforcement Accountable

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Mobile Justice AZ available free starting today through Apple and Google

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona on Friday launched Mobile Justice AZ, a free smartphone app that allows Arizonans to record video of law enforcement activity and automatically submit those videos to their local ACLU for review if it appears someone’s rights may have been violated.

The same app is also being launched today in nine other jurisdictions: Minnesota, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Mobile Justice App is already in use in Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, California, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina and Oregon.

New York has the ACLU’s original app to record police, known as the Stop and Frisk app. In all, residents of 18 states and D.C. now have access to an ACLU mobile app for recording police interactions with the public.

Mobile Justice AZ is available for use on Android and iOS phones and can be downloaded free through Apple’s App Store or Google Play. It enables users to record, witness and report interactions with law enforcement and offers educational information on individual rights.

Videos captured on the Mobile Justice AZ app will be transmitted to the ACLU of Arizona and preserved even if the user’s phone is later seized or destroyed.

California: Perris City Council Approves Improper Raids of Medical Marijuana Coops

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Perris Code Enforcement on Wednesday, Oct. 7, served a municipal code abatement warrant using what can only be described as a small army of armed Riverside Sherriff deputies to affect the improper forced eviction of eight to nine medical marijuana cooperatives.

"A municipal code is different than a penal code, with municipal codes locally governing anything from business zoning to lawn abatements," said former Marine infantry sergeant and Perris-based attorney at law Joshua Naggar. "While Perris has a municipal code prohibiting medical cannabis cooperatives, it does not have any summary abatement codes on its books for dispensaries; therefore Perris City had no legal authority to use police force to summarily evict medical marijuana cooperatives without due process of law (no hearing, no due process, just police using force to remove citizens from their land)."

"The due process owed to a lawful business is one of civil law and civil process, and violations of local municipal codes are remedied through due process of law; which may include summary abatement if such a code exists on the books, but in this case it does not," Naggar said. "Therefore, facts indicate the City of Perris, under color of law, and supported by Riverside Sheriffs’ deputies, executed a summary abatement/forced eviction without due process of law.

U.S.: Controlled By Prison Lobby? Hillary Clinton Unlikely To End War On Drugs

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

More and more Americans have come to realize that the War On Drugs is a colossal failure -- but presidential contender Hillary Clinton doesn't seem to be one of those. Hillary seems unlikely to end that futile war and the mass incarceration which results from it, due to her ties to the prison lobby.

The pattern of mass incarceration triggered by the Drug War has resulted in the arrests of millions of otherwise law-abiding Americans, and has unfairly targeted the economically disadvantaged and people of color, reports Romain Bonilla at Marijuana Politics.

Clinton has stayed mostly silent on the failures of current drug policies during her presidential campaign. She has historically been opposed to marijuana decrim, and despite voters confronting her on multiple occasions, has failed to clarify her current stance on cannabis policy.

The the 1990s, Hillary favored harshly punitive sentences to deter people from violating drug laws, including "Three Strikes" measures which proved both disastrous and unconstitutional.

Indonesia: Police Burn 3 Tons Of Marijuana, Accidentally Get Entire Town High

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Police in Palmerah, Indonesia, a sub-district of West Jakarta, accidentally got an entire town stoned when they burned a 3.3-ton pile of marijuana.

A number of residents and journalists in the Indonesian neighborhood reported feeling disoriented, dizzy and stoned when heavy plumes of smoke wafted through their streets, reports Dangerous Minds.

Some of the police wore masks as they first set the cannabis ablaze, but neglected to mention to onlookers and residents in the surrounding community that the smoke could affect them, too.

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U.S.: New Guide Covers Issue of Drug Use at Music Events

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"Managing Drug Use at Your Event" Aimed at Event Producers, Focuses on Improving Health and Safety of Festival Attendees

Guide Calls for Drug Education, Onsite Mental Health Services and Drug Checking

In response to an increasing number of deaths at music festivals and other events in the U.S. and a rising emphasis on use of police and enforcement tactics, a new guide aims to give event producers an alternate approach that places health first when it comes to drug use. The recommendations in the guide include onsite drug education, mental health services and drug checking.

The guide states that alcohol and other drug use is “the norm at almost all events” while acknowledging that addressing illicit drug use is challenging. Drug war-era policies, such as the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act -- passed in 2003 and commonly known as the RAVE Act -- have loomed large.

The RAVE Act has been misinterpreted by many event producers as grounds to shut down their business if they take any approach to drug use beyond zero tolerance. “We know it’s a tricky subject, but it’s time to get real,” the guide states, concluding that, “The fact is, a pragmatic approach to managing drug use at events saves lives.”

As detailed by the guide, a pragmatic approach to managing drug use includes both improving practices event producers already employ, like use of security and medical teams, as well as adding new services, like onsite drug education and mental health spaces.

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