The Georgian Constitutional Court has ruled that implementing prison time as a punishment for possessing or purchasing up to 70 grams of cannabis, for personal use, is unconstitutional. The court clarified that this decision does not decriminalize marijuana, and it does not apply to cases where the obvious purpose of possession, regardless of its amount, is to sell it.
Previously, possession of 70 grams of cannabis in the European nation of Georgia was punishable by jail time. The application that withdrew prison time as a punishment was filed by Beka Tsikarishvili, a man facing charges for a possession of 69 grams of marijuana.
After reviewing the application, Georgia’s Constitutional Court repealed imprisonment as punishment in such cases, deeming it “inhuman and cruel treatment that infringes upon human dignity.” Any punishment defined as such conflicts with the second part of article 17 of the country’s constitution.
“For those, who have already been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in similar cases, the Constitutional Court’s ruling represents a legal basis for appealing common court for the purpose of reviewing their cases,”
Stated the Tbilisi-based Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center which provided legal counsel for the case.
The legalization of weed in Washington has brought an onslaught of marijuana delivery services, and none of them are legal. This is why Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement through his policy manager last Wednesday vowing to take action against them.
Jason Kelly is a spokesman for the mayor’s office. He said that the new actions against these illicit delivery services will, “ensure minors don’t have access to marijuana and to ensure medical marijuana operations are serving patients that have appropriate medical authorizations.”
According to the Mayor’s Policy Manager David Mendoza, this issue is spiraling out of control for the city. He says that between 7 and 10 marijuana delivery services advertise in The Stranger each week, many of them targeting tourists and buyers without medical cards. A quick Craigslist search confirms that there are an abundance of the services (some of them open 24 hours) still operating without remorse. Mendoza says, “They’re continuing to grow. There is no provision for them. We feel we should close them down.”
Even with the legality of cannabis in the state, the city will begin a well-measured approach to shut down illegally operating services. David Mendoza said that the first strike and would mean they seize your product and tell you to close. Subsequent infractions would result in arrests according to the Mayor’s office.
It seems evident that the Seattle Mayor is only aiming to curb the spread of the delivery services, and not shut down weed in the city. However, with the very limited amount of licensed recreational stores currently operating it is likely that many consumers will turn to ‘grey market’ delivery services that operate without proper licensing.
Improvements to the regulatory system in Washington state are coming, but not quickly enough. There are still some bumps in the road ahead for Washington State as their first full year of legalization unfolds. Presumably they will learn from each bump in the road.
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Thanksgiving is a holiday for feasting with family and friends while giving thanks for a good harvest, and all the good from the year passed. According to Urban Dictionary, Danksgiving is similar but different because heavy cannabis use is required. With that in mind, here are 5 things to be thankful for this Danksgiving!
1. Vape is the word of the year!
Vape was awarded the title, Word of the Year, by the Oxford English Dictionary. According to Oxford, vape was triumphant because today, “You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.” Whether you are using a Volcano, plug-in vape, or a vape pen, the point is you are vaping.
2. Cannabis Critic is an official job now!
The New York Times confirmed that Denver is home to the first weed critic in the United States. This has been a dream job for many Americans for decades, and its finally real.
3. Three revolutionary grandmothers took bong rips on camera to show the world what it is like to get high for the first time!
Click here to watch the video. If grandmas can do it, anyone (over the age of 21) can!
4. Four legal states (and one district)!
Voters approved laws allowing the recreational use and retail sale of cannabis in Oregon and Alaska. In the District of Columbia, voters legalized recreational use without retail sale. Add in Colorado and Washington, and 8 percent of the United States (and one district) have, officially, legalized marijuana. Ending cannabis prohibition is something worthy of many thanks.
5. J-O-B-S, jobs!
The cannabis industry is creating jobs in states where the plant is legalized, be it for medical or recreational use. WeedHire determined that this budding industry has the highest job availability and growth potential.
Happy Danksgiving! Celebrate responsibly.
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Today, New York City’s new marijuana laws for marijuana have taken effect. No longer will simple possession cost you a trip to the big house. Rather, possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana will be punishable by written citations starting at $100 for the first offense.
Funny or Die put their own unique spin on the ticketing system, producing this gag marijuana citation. Have a good laugh at some of the required fields of this written ticket, including “level of chilling.”
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While marijuana law reform seems to be sweeping across the United States, very little has been heard on the subject from state legislators in Virginia, until now. Senator Adam Ebbin has changed that by proposing a bill to amend the current marijuana possession laws in the state. The bill, SB686 Marijuana; decriminalization of simple marijuana possession, is expected to be addressed when the state legislature reconvenes in January 2015.
This bill, which is expected to be a tough sell for Senator Ebbin, will decriminalize possession of personal amounts of marijuana by reducing the charges, fines, and punishments associated. The current cost of the civil penalty associated with simple marijuana possession is $500. SB686 would reduce that price to $100. Currently, possession of cannabis could result in a sentence of up to thirty days in jail, but SB686 would remove jail time completely. This bill even goes as far as to understand that personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants is not enough to assume the grower intends to illegally distribute, so personal cultivation would be decriminalized, as well.
For Senator Ebbin, this bill is not about making strides toward legalizing retail marijuana in the state, but it is intended to reduce the potentially life-ruining repercussions experienced by people who otherwise would not be considered criminals. Ebbin told CBS 6,
“I think criminalizing marijuana, disrupting careers and families, does more harm than the drug itself does.”
CBS 6 out of Richmond, VA posted a poll for viewers on the news article about proposed bill, 686, asking, “Should Virginia lawmakers decriminalize marijuana?” Currently, according to the poll results, 93.41 percent of people have answered yes, supporting the bill to decriminalize marijuana possession. Only 6.59 percent of people polled have responded against the proposed amendment.
These views may not be aligned with the conservative views the bill will face in the Virginia state legislature, so it will be interesting to see how far this marijuana decriminalization bill makes it in January.
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