enforcement

  1. Ron Strider

    MI: Medical Pot Enforcement Higher Ahead Of New Law

    County sheriffs across Michigan are using excess state revenue from medical marijuana patient and caregiver fees to beef up enforcement as the state prepares to license dispensaries and related pot businesses in communities that want them. Law enforcement agencies in 54 of Michigan's 83...
  2. Ron Strider

    California Law Enforcement Readies For New Marijuana Laws

    Licensed businesses around California can begin legally growing and selling marijuana for recreational use Monday, and a hodgepodge of enforcement agencies will be trying to make sure they adhere to a slew of new pot laws. Since no single agency has overarching responsibility, supporters and...
  3. Ron Strider

    CA: Hundreds Of Illegal Pot Houses Close After Sacramento Cracks Down

    Sacramento police broke up more than 600 illegal marijuana growing operations over a two-month period this year, arresting 10 people, issuing millions of dollars in fines and seizing nearly 5,000 plants. In response to concerns from multiple City Council members, a team of SWAT officers...
  4. Ron Strider

    Attorney General Sessions Says Marijuana Still Illegal

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown. "I've never felt that we should legalize...
  5. Ron Strider

    WA: WSU Researchers Pursue Methods To Detect Marijuana DUI

    Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington state four years ago and lawmakers and law enforcement are still in search for the best ways to detect and deter drivers under the influence of the drug. Marijuana DUI enforcement is tricky because chemically, THC is much different than...
  6. Ron Strider

    CA: Humboldt County Sheriff Speaks To Illegal Marijuana Priorities

    The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office wants to make clear how changes in the law affect enforcement of illegal marijuana cultivation in the county. "I am tired of these people hiding behind medical marijuana. The time is now to come out from the shadows. The state and the county have provided...
  7. Ron Strider

    CA: Medical Marijuana Shops Could Start Opening In Long Beach As Soon As July

    About a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries could begin opening their doors as early as July under a new law enacted by Long Beach voters in the fall. Those on the cusp of receiving final approval from the city include a list of priority applicants, comprised of former medical marijuana...
  8. Ron Strider

    California Could Be A "Sanctuary State" From Federal Pot Laws, Thanks To Thin Vote

    California moved a step closer Thursday to becoming a "sanctuary state" where local and state police would not assist federal enforcement of marijuana laws. The state Assembly approved a bill Thursday barring state and local law enforcement officers, absent a court order, from helping federal...
  9. Ron Strider

    AK: Thinking About Moonlighting In Marijuana? You Can't If You're A Cop

    The marijuana industry is off limits to Alaska law enforcement officers, says the state council that oversees police. The Alaska Police Standards Council wrote Thursday that all marijuana conduct is "incompatible with the law enforcement profession." The decision was made at a May 3 meeting...
  10. Ron Strider

    Alabama City Considers Decriminalizing Some Marijuana Offenses

    Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has introduced a potential city ordinance that would decriminalize several minor marijuana offenses. First brought forward at last night's City Council meeting, the vote on the measure has been pushed back in order to ensure it complies with state law...
  11. Ron Strider

    No Sanctuary For Marijuana In California

    When Californians approved Proposition 64 to legalize marijuana in California last November, it was no secret that the drug would remain illegal under federal law. But that fundamental contradiction seemed manageable at the moment because the federal government had largely taken a hands-off...
  12. Ron Strider

    Some Progressives Are Cheering Trump's Plans To Kill A "Drug War Dinosaur"

    The Trump administration’s proposal to effectively eliminate the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the main agency coordinating federal drug policy, has earned some unlikely backup from drug-policy advocates who view it as part of the problem. The plan, which leaked in a 2018 budget memo...
  13. Ron Strider

    It's Nearly Impossible To Test For Weed In DUI Cases

    While cannabis is still stigmatized in parts of the United States, its use has generally become less taboo. Despite our current administration's inaccurate claims about marijuana in relation to the opioid crisis, it seems that Americans are moving toward legalization on a national level. But...
  14. K

    $1.1M From Maine Pot Bust Goes To 8 Law Enforcement Agencies

    BANGOR, Maine - Federal officials are set to announce how $1.1 million in forfeited money from a massive marijuana grow operation will be distributed to Maine law enforcement agencies. The marijuana operation was concealed in the woods and bogs in Washington County. Drug agents in 2009 seized...
  15. K

    CO: Marijuana Home Grows Busted In Metro-Area Raids

    DENVER – Law enforcement in the Denver metro area served numerous warrants as part of a multicounty illegal marijuana grow and distribution bust on Thursday morning, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said. Raids at about 20 locations began early in the morning in Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas...
  16. K

    Nevada Pot Plans Firm After White House Avows Enforcement

    Carson City - Nevada officials are pressing ahead with a summer launch of recreational marijuana in spite of statements from the Trump administration implying an impending crackdown on the drug. Any sale or possession of marijuana is illegal under federal law. But Nevada voters decided in...
  17. K

    This Technology Could Be A Game-Changer For The Marijuana Industry

    The marijuana industry is scorching hot right now, and it's no wonder that investors are seemingly champing at the bit to get their hands on a company, or series of companies, with strong double-digit growth potential. According to cannabis research firm ArcView, the legal marijuana market...
  18. K

    NV: Compliance Is Key In The Marijuana Industry

    In the United States, 25 of 50 States permit some form of legalized marijuana use. However, business owners and operators in this industry face the frustrating and risky morass of conflicting government regulations. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but it is legal under Nevada law. And...
  19. K

    AB: Impaired Driving Laws Continue To Be Speed Bump In Future Marijuana Legalization

    Without a reliable roadside test to conclusively prove a driver is impaired by marijuana, avoiding wrongful convictions when weed is legalized in Alberta could be a problem. That was one of the take-aways for Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley after her trip to Denver, Colo., last week...
  20. K

    NC: Communities Look To Weed Out Marijuana Enforcement From Police Priorities

    Raleeigh, NC - Community groups across the country are urging police departments to de-prioritize marijuana enforcement, arguing that pursuing criminal charges for small amounts of the drug wastes both taxpayers' money and law enforcement resources and disproportionately targets blacks. The...