Justice Department to Rule on Colorado & Washington Marijuana Legalization

Eric Holder Photo by Flickr User David Valdez

Attorney General Eric Hodler

In a recent speech to the National Association of Attorneys General, US Attorney General Eric Holder opened the floor to questions. The first question to be asked dealt with the the Colorado and Washington’s recent legalization of marijuana this past November.

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Harvesting Hemp In Kentucky?

evil weed by Flickr user aeroSoul, licensed by Creative Commons

Grow it. Hey, why not? Could boost the economy.

Is there a simple way to create more jobs and boost the economy?  Kentucky Republicans believe that growing cannabis is now the answer.  U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer have been campaigning to allow hemp to grow on their Kentucky soil.

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University of Colorado Students “Drug” Teacher

Brownies by flickr user Cristiano Betta, licensed by Creative Commons

Yummy! *May consist of marijuana

The University of Colorado is no stranger to drug related controversy.  For many years Boulder has been the center of media attention regarding marijuana use, especially on April 20th.  However, just one month ago Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, which allows Colorado citizens to enjoy the recreational use of marijuana.  But even with this new law passed, Boulder can’t seem to stay out of the headlines for marijuana related crimes.  Recently 2 students from the University of Colorado at Boulder were arrested on suspicion of bringing pot brownies to class.  Several students as well as the teacher unknowingly indulged in the deliciously mellow treat which undoubtedly made for a very interesting class.  A prank that many people (especially from Boulder) would find hilarious, led to 3 hospitalizations due to intense side effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  This irresponsible demonstration of marijuana use couldn’t come at a worse time for those who recently contributed to passing Amendment 64.

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Police K-9 Searches Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

"Prescott Valley Police Dept. K-9 Units" by Flickr User VPI Licensed Under Creative Commons

Knock, Knock. Who’s there?

Imagine you are sitting in your home enjoying some television when all of a sudden you see a group of policemen stroll down the street with a K-9 unit.  This specialized drug hunter barks in the direction of your house indicating there may be illegal substances in your dwelling.  The police have the right to break down the door and search your home because that may now be considered probable cause.  The United States Supreme Court heard two cases back to backFlorida v. Jardines and Florida v. Harris,  that will decide just that.

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Camden Man Slits Throats on PCP

Bloody Water 4, by Flickr user Link.Q, licensed by Creative Commons

Phencyclidine also known as PCP is a hallucinogenic drug that when smoked can cause violent outbursts and thrashing.  Oswaldo Rivera, from Camden, New Jersey has learned this the hard way after smoking the drug “wet”; “Wet” is the street term used to describe the combination of PCP and marijuana.  Rivera is being charged with murder and attempted murder after he broke in to an apartment and slit the throats of two young children.  The 6 year old boy passed away and his 12 year old sister was sent to the hospital in critical condition.  Cops linked the murder to Rivera after they had found footprints on the scene that had matched his bloody shoes.  The hallucinogenic drug does not normally produce such violent effects, users are usually incoherent and spaced-out.

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