Almost Got Tricked

November 1, 2012
  This past Halloween brought out a range of characters in Texas. Some of the characters were dressed up as their favorite comic book character and others were dressed up as more traditional characters like witches or a ghost. Regardless of the character, the police were aware of various activities that occurred that night. Amongst all of the Halloween characters, the Texas police were still on duty and made an unusual arrest based on  drug charges .
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Big Pot Dispensaries Win

October 31, 2012
Rejecting the argument by prosecutors that California’s marijuana law only protects small collectives where most or all members take part in cultivating marijuana for their own medical use, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal recently ruled that a  nonprofit dispensary can legally sell marijuana to members of its collective even if they played no part in growing it. The ruling in  People v.
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HPD Getting Body Cameras

October 30, 2012
  The Houston Police Department says police officers will soon be testing small cameras attached to their shirts or even their glasses. This, they say, is an attempt to bring down officer complaints and to provide clear evidence for use in criminal cases. But if other cities are any indication, the cameras may bring out the best behavior in everyone. “This is something that can make a difference when officers are complained on.
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National registry of Exonerations

October 29, 2012
  The Universi ty of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law School have launched a new project called the  National Registry of Exonerations . Its purpose is to raise public awareness about exonerations, those who have been exonerated, and  reasons other than DNA for exonerations . “The era of DNA post-conviction exoneration is going to end because all DNA testing will be done prior to trial,” says Rob Warden, executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions.
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Big Pot Dispensaries Win

October 26, 2012
  Rejecting the argument by prosecutors that California’s marijuana law only protects small collectives where most or all members take part in cultivating marijuana for their own medical use, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal recently ruled that a  nonprofit dispensary can legally sell marijuana to members of its collective even if they played no part in growing it.
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Honey Badger in Police Spotlight Again

October 25, 2012
The Honey Badger is in the spotlight again- too bad it's the police spotlight, again.  Tysan  Mathieu and three former LSU players were arrested Thursday on drug charges after police searched his apartment, with Mathieu’s permission no less, and found “10 bags of high-grade marijuana” and other sales paraphernalia such as grinders and scales.   The Honey Badger is presumed innocent in court and perhaps his strange willingness to let the...
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Fake Drug Checkpoints

October 24, 2012
  Just in case you are ever driving and see a sigh that reads, “Drug checkpoint 1 mile K-9 enforced” just know this:There isn’t exactly such a thing as a drug checkpoint. In  City of Indianapolis v. Edmond , the Supreme Court found random drug checkpoints unconstitutional in 2000. Since then, police (particularly in the mid-west) have gotten into the habit of putting signs up warning drivers of upcoming drug checkpoints and then detaining and searching drivers...
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Marijuana: Dividing Issue Among Republicans

October 23, 2012
  As a testament to how dividing the issue of marijuana is, even the top two Republicans right now - Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan, have differing takes on the issue. Ryan was recently interviewed by a local Colorado television station on the issue of medical marijuana and stated that he personally feels such matters should be left to the states to decide.
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CMA Calls For Legalization

October 22, 2012
  There are 35,000 medical physicians in the California Medical Association.  The California Medical Association (CMA) has come out in favor of legalizing marijuana in the state so that more research can be done to determine if strong medical benefits exist.    There are many doctors that would want to prescribe medical marijuana if it was legalized, but they are caught between a rock and a hard spot because marijuana is federally illegal in states that have passed legislation.
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Little Czar Heading to Prison

October 19, 2012
  A teenager convicted of selling up to $20,000 worth of high-grade marijuana a month to high school students in southwestern Ohio was sentenced Monday to serve six months to three years in a juvenile prison by a judge who called him "a pretty fine young person that went down a bad trail."   Authorities say Pagenstecher was one of the most prolific drug dealers in the Cincinnati area, a "little czar" in charge of six teenage lieutenants who helped him sell the marijuana to well-to-do students at two high schools.
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