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When a Judge uses Marijuana is the Trial Unfair?

What do you get when you combine a dope-smoking judge, a romantic interlude between a prosecutor and defence counsel, a “psychic tip” which leads police to the murderer and a “functionally retarded” defendant with an explosive personality disorder?

The case that led a federal appeals court to overturn death sentences in Arizona was described in the ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as “the raw material from which legal fiction is forged:

“A vicious murder, an anonymous psychic tip, a romantic encounter that jeopardised a plea agreement, an allegedly incompetent defence and a death sentence imposed by a purportedly drug-addled judge.”

The facts of the crime are brutal. But the legal proceedings that followed caused the court to quote Mark Twain, who observed that “truth is often stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense.”

Warren Summerlin was convicted of the 1981 killing of Brenna Bailey, a 36-year-old finance company administrator who had come to his house to discuss money owed on a loan. Her partially nude body was found about a mile away from the Summerlin home in Tempe, Arizona, a day after she disappeared.

Before the body was discovered, a police tip line received a call from Summerlin’s mother-in-law accusing him of murder based on her daughter’s psychic abilities.

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Branson wants to turn NZ into the Silicon Valley of Pot

“You should legalise it, grow it, tax it, regulate it,” he told Newshub.

“I think that would be wonderful because obviously the amount of dairy cows that New Zealand has is damaging the rivers, if you could put some of that land over into growing cannabis would be just as profitable for them, if not more profitable.”

He said he envisaged that in 10 years time cannabis will be as socially acceptable as a glass of wine.

It’s already socially acceptable.  The problem is that it is illegal.   Read more »

This is why I support medicinal marijuana

Marijuana is an effective medicine and it is a crime that we can’t use it as a medicine in NZ. We use morphine which is highly addictive but we can’t use marijuana? I have seen how it helped a little girl who suffered from epileptic seizures every few minutes to live a normal almost seizure free life. It is a drug with many possibilities.

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Government takes teeny, tiny, step towards cannabis reform

It’s a start, nowhere near good enough but it is at least a start on cannabis reform.

The Government will announce tomorrow that it is removing a significant hurdle to getting access to medicinal cannabis in New Zealand.

It is understood doctors will be given the right to approve patients’ requests for cannabis products, rather than Government ministers.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman strongly hinted at the change today.   Read more »

Britain now looking at legalisation of cannabis

The whole world is moving towards decriminalisation of cannabis, the latest to start the move is the United Kingdom:

Cannabis should be legalised to bring Britain up to speed with a growing number of Western countries and end the “embarrassment” of domestic drugs policy, a cross party group of MPs have said.

Former deputy prime minster Nick Clegg and former health minister Norman Lamb joined Labour and Tory figures to back a new report which claimed legalisation could net the Treasury more than £1 billion a year in tax revenue.

The Adam Smith Institute and Volteface study argued that the UK should follow the lead of the United States, where four further states legalised marijuana in this month’s elections.

It came as Germany gets ready to legalise cannabis for medical purposes and Canada prepares for all-out decriminalisation.

The Netherlands effectively decriminalised cannabis decades ago while Portugal legalised it in 2001.   Read more »

Three more states voted to legalise cannabis

The news that three more states, California, Nevada and Massachusetts, all voted to legalise cannabis kind of slipped under the radar as Donald Trump surged victory.

For many years now, the American people have been fighting for the widespread legalization of marijuana. While at times it appeared as though they were fighting a losing battle – thanks to the ridiculous fact that the federal government refuses to acknowledge the truth – the freedom-loving members of the American public never gave an inch to the opposition, and now their commitment is paying off.

Last night, America got a whole lot greater, and that has nothing to do with the presidential election (we can discuss that at another time). No, how America got a whole lot greater last night has nothing to do with the presidency, and everything to do with the fact that the recreational use of cannabis was legalized in three more states across the country.

Residents of California, Nevada and Massachusetts will now be able to use cannabis as they see fit – for recreational or medicinal purposes – without the fear of being unreasonably imprisoned. Anyone who has been paying attention and knows anything about politics or marijuana knows that the only reason this was happening is because the federal government profits off Big Pharma, which loses money every time someone wakes up to the fact that marijuana provides a natural alternative to their chemical-ridden pills.    Read more »

The inconvenient truth about US Marijuana legalisations

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November 2012 voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives that legalized marijuana for recreational use. Two years later, Alaska and Oregon followed suit. As many as 11 other states may consider similar measures in November 2016, through either ballot initiative or legislative action. Read more »

Dopeheads not welcome in Marijuana debate

Marijuana plants grow under artificial sunlight in one of the many climate-controlled rooms at Tweed Marijuana in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Tweed is one of about 20 companies that are licensed to grow medical marijuana in Canada. Credit Dave Chan for The New York Times

Marijuana plants grow under artificial sunlight in one of the many climate-controlled rooms at Tweed Marijuana in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Tweed is one of about 20 companies that are licensed to grow medical marijuana in Canada. Credit Dave Chan for The New York Times

 

Nichola Smith is a nurse from the ‘Naki who loves animals and looks for everyday blessings.

Kat Le Brun, by her own admission, is a “grumpy” Christian student teacher from Nelson, and Jacinta, a tiger mother with a quickfire voice.

What do they have in common? Pain. Not bang-your-thumb-with-a-hammer pain, but the sort of pain that lasts as long as you do.

Chronic pain. The sort of pain that you have to accommodate.

Like a bad marriage choice in a country without divorce. It’s there last thing at night and when you wake up in the morning.

They don’t much like it. They don’t believe it should be used recreationally.

They don’t want it universally legalised. God forbid.

If they had the choice they would never smoke it themselves. No way. What would they say at prayer meetings or the PTA. They could be the most unlikely bunch of cannabis campaigners ever. Read more »

The government should replace tobacco tax with cannabis tax

The case is building for the legalisation of cannabis.

Of course, once things are legal you can tax them, and as NZ has a dwindling supply of readily addicted tobacco users to pay wads of tax they should look at the potential for revenue from a cannabis tax.

Is marijuana the new sin-tax gusher for the states? It sure looks that way.

In November, voters in five US states will decide on whether to allow recreational use of the drug, while citizens in four other states have the option of legalising medical marijuana.

Unlike the fierce battles of the past over decriminalisation, resistance by governors, law-enforcement groups and state medical associations is down (though not entirely gone). The ability to collect mountains of new taxes could be a reason, judging from the experience of Colorado, where voters approved medical marijuana in 2000 and legalised its recreational use in 2012.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, Colorado collected $157 million in marijuana taxes, licenses and fees, up 53 percent from a year earlier and almost four times what it has collected in alcohol excise taxes this year. Thanks to marijuana smokers, Colorado’s public schools will receive $42 million, and local governments will get $10 million of the amount collected.   Read more »

Which one is the most harmful, tobacco, marijuana or alcohol?

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We asked Whaleoil readers whether tobacco, marijuana or alcohol was the most harmful to society overall. Alcohol was the hands down winner at 73%

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