Marijuana’s status as a Schedule I Drug, or a dangerous drug with no medicinal uses, is slowly crumbling as state after state passes medicinal marijuana laws or outright legalization. In a recent ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals, the court held that an employee fired for legal marijuana use cannot be denied unemployment benefits.
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At first glance, California’s Proposition 47 does little to further the cause of marijuana decriminalization/legalization. In fact, the only mention of marijuana is in the provision making it a misdemeanor for first-time possession of concentrated cannabis for personal use, whereas before it was a “wobbler” (capable of being charged as a felony or a misdemeanor at the discretion of the district attorney).
On Oct. 13, police responded to a Santa Rosa home due to a report from a witness that shots were fired. The police raided the home and discovered an estimated 230 lbs of marijuana in various stages of processing and several firearms. As it turned out, there was no evidence of a shooting. Rather, there was a dispute between the witness and the pot operation about payment and, unbelievably, the witness may have called the cops in retaliation.
An arrest can be among the most traumatic and confusing experiences in one's life. Not only for the person being accused of a crime, but also for the arrestee's worried family members. As far as the police are concerned, they have no interest in keeping these people informed. Depending on the type of offense, two things can happen: you can receive a citation with a future court date or you will be transported to jail. If you are transported to jail, you will go through a long and tedious intake process, which begins when they place you in the back of the cop car.