This Week’s Marijuana News Round-Up: Kansas Man Facing Felony Murder Charge for Telling Acquaintance Where to Buy Marijuana; These Men Are Serving Life Sentences for Pot; The DEA Paid Millions in Worker’s Comp Benefits to Confidential Informants; More Americans Than Ever Say They’ve Tried Marijuana; Michigan Father Killed in Marijuana Child Removal Incident; California City Creates Marijuana Innovation Zone; and more.
Legal/Political Marijuana News
Kansas Man Facing Felony Murder Charge for Telling Acquaintance Where to Buy Marijuana — For being the middle man in small drug deal that went wrong, a Kansas father is now facing felony murder charges that could land him a life sentence.
These Men Are Serving Life Sentences for Pot — Fifteen years ago, Beth Curtis’ brother, John Knock, was sentenced to die in prison. His crime? Selling weed. Knock along with Paul Free, Craig Cesal, and others like them continue to rot in federal prisons over a substance that is largely legal in much of the country.
The DEA Paid Millions in Worker’s Comp Benefits to Confidential Informants — Confidential informants have been receiving millions of dollars in workers’ compensation benefits for their service to the Drug Enforcement Administration. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General released an infuriating report that tells the tale of federal dope sniffers spending obscene amounts of the taxpayer’s money over the past 40 years to pay degenerates injured or killed while collecting evidence against the black market drug trade.
More Americans Than Ever Say They’ve Tried Marijuana — More than 40 percent of Americans admit trying marijuana, the largest percentage in more than four decades of polling, a Gallup survey found Wednesday. “The changes over time may reflect either an increase in the percentage who have tried the drug, or an increased willingness to admit to having done so in the past,” Gallup explained.
Meet My Prison Mates: The Absurdity of Criminal Sentencing in America — Chris Williams, serving time in federal prison for being a state legal medical marijuana provider, reflects on the injustice in the Department of Justice and the absurdity criminal sentencing in the United States.
International Marijuana News
Budding Marijuana Plants Found in Public Planters — Summer is a good time to grow and show off those carefully-tended-to plants and flowers. Swift Current RCMP found a different and unusual kind vegetation in one of the city’s planters. Officers were called to the 200 and 300 block of Central Avenue North on Monday. They found several marijuana plants growing amongst other flowers, turning the plant holders into pot holders.
Marijuana News State by State
Michigan Father Killed in Marijuana Child Removal Incident — A prosecutor in northern Michigan has cleared the police officer who shot and killed William Reddie, 32, as police and Child Protective Services (CPS) employees attempted to seize his three-year-old. The attempted removal of the minor child came after a police officer who came to the scene on a call earlier that same day reported that he smelled marijuana and reported the incident to CPS authorities, who decided the child needed to be removed.
Obama’s Clemencies Ignore Marijuana Prisoner Weldon Angelos, Utah’s Poster Boy for Prison Reform — President Barack Obama’s sweeping action last week commuting the prison sentences of 46 drug offenders was hailed as a signal for the need to reform draconian sentencing guidelines that prevent judges from using their discretion in individual cases. But a number of people, including high-profile Utahns, were stunned that the man many call the poster child for such reform was left off the list.
California City Creates Marijuana Innovation Zone — The city of Arcata is addressing a different side of the marijuana economy. It has just become the first jurisdiction in the country to embrace not just the distribution of medical cannabis but also its production. In May, the Arcata City Council approved, on a 5-0 vote, the creation of a “Medical Marijuana Innovation Zone.” City officials believe it may be the country’s first-ever land use designation specifically meant to promote and regulate the production of marijuana and cannabis-related products.
South Carolina Cops Paralyze Man Over Pot — Regardless of marijuana being legal for recreational purposes in four states—with several others expected to follow suit in 2016—drug enforcement officers continues to terrorize neighborhoods stuck in prohibitionary times. South Carolina resident Julian Betton, one of the latest calamities of the domestic drug war, understands this all too well. Earlier this year, a SWAT team kicked down the door to his Myrtle Beach apartment and showered him with bullets as he emerged from the bathroom. Betton was shot at least 9 times, which by all accounts should have put him in an early grave, but instead the 30-year-old was hospitalized only to wake up from a coma several weeks later paralyzed from the waste down.