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Canadian Legal Expert Calls Cannabis Breathalyzers “Flawed Approach” to Legalization

By | August 17th, 2018|canada, Driving, News, Police|

This story was originally published in Straight Cannabis. Changes to impaired-driving laws in preparation for cannabis legalization are not only proving flawed but are threatening the charter rights of all drivers on the road, even those who have never consumed pot. Since amendments to Bill C-46 passed in June—adding more cannabis-specific laws to the Impaired Driving [...]

Canada Launches Online Cannabis Training Course for Police Force

By | August 14th, 2018|canada, featured, News, Police|

Back in May, Canada’s law enforcement officials were anxiously eyeing June’s vote on cannabis. While many eagerly awaited Canada’s Cannabis Act to pass, police departments worried about running out of time to train officers for a Canada with legalized marijuana. But a new online cannabis training course is aiming to speed up the process for [...]

NYPD Watch Group Says 93 Percent of Weed Arrests in 2018 Were People of Color

By | July 27th, 2018|featured, new york, News, NYPD, Police|

So far this year in New York City, the NYPD has made 6,604 arrests for weed. In fact, marijuana arrests are the third most common type of arrest for the NYPD. And those thousands of arrests aren’t impacting all New Yorkers equally. Rather, they vastly, disproportionately impact Black and Latinx New Yorkers. That’s according to [...]

Ex-Police Chief Used Misleading Stats to Lobby Against San Diego Dispensaries

By | June 29th, 2018|California, News, Police, San Diego|

Former Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman presented misleading data to the San Diego City Council last year in an effort to sway them against approving cannabis businesses, an investigation has revealed.  Zimmerman retired from the San Diego Police Department in March of this year. At a meeting in September 2017, the council was considering proposals [...]

Atlanta Police Officer Arrested During $30K Drug Bust

By | June 18th, 2018|Atlanta, Busted, Georgia, News, Police|

Two years into her service with the Atlanta Police Department’s mobile patrol unit, officer Iris Rowe has found herself on the other side of handcuffs. Rowe was arrested on multiple drug charges after an afternoon raid that turned up over $30,000 in drugs, cash, and weapons in a College Park apartment. Officers arrested two other [...]

Maryland Police Visit Man’s House After He Posted Photos of Mushrooms

By | June 4th, 2018|featured, mushrooms, News, Off the Wall, Police|

John Garrison and Hope Deery were stoked to find a trove of morel mushrooms while foraging in the woods near their home in Darlington, Maryland. The delicate fungi only sprout for a few weeks each spring, and dedicated mushroom hunters keep the whereabouts of their morel spots a closely-guarded secret. Garrison, who studies wildlife and [...]

After Police Crackdowns, Copenhagen’s Weed Dealers May Be in Peril

By | May 30th, 2018|Denmark, News, Police, raids, World|

Copenhagen’s weed dealers may be in peril after five straight days of police crackdowns. Every day since Friday of last week, law enforcement officers have raided the infamous Pusher Street in Denmark’s capital. The well-known but illegal cannabis market is located in an alternative community known as Christiania. Squatters founded the hippie enclave on a [...]

Canadian Police Under Time Crunch For Drug Detection Training

By | May 23rd, 2018|canada, Driving, News, Police|

In Canada, adult-use cannabis legalization is right around the corner. And according to law enforcement officials and public safety analysts, the fast-approaching deadline means Canadian police are running out of time to train officers to detect drug-impaired drivers. With incidents of drug-related crashes on the rise in Canada, officials are concerned that cannabis legalization will worsen [...]

NYPD Sergeants Union Criticizes Mayor’s Orders Against Cannabis Arrests

By | May 22nd, 2018|featured, new york, News, NYPD, Police|

New York City has been relatively slow to change when it comes to cannabis laws, but recent activity from the mayor’s office could be shaking things up. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to make potentially significant alterations to how the city enforces weed laws — and, unsurprisingly, not everyone is happy about it. [...]

De Blasio orders NYPD to Stop Arresting People for Smoking Weed

By | May 21st, 2018|criminal justice, new york, New York City, News, Police, Race|

To say that Mayor Bill de Blasio is under a lot of pressure to reform policing in New York City would be an understatement. Among the myriad issues and complaints against the NYPD, a recent report shows that New York’s finest has arrested a disproportionate number of minorities for marijuana possession. In response to public uproar, [...]