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Cannabis Sniffing Canines Needed No More

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director February 2, 2015

    Need another prime example of cannabis prohibition coming to pass in these United States? Look no further than the states of Alaska and Oregon where the voters have ended cannabis prohibition and instead replaced the failed prohibition with tax-n-regulate policies, both states are canceling the use (and expense) of maintaining and employing cannabis sniffing canines.pot_civil_rights

    Up next in states that have jettisoned cannabis prohibition: Canceling law enforcement overflights looking for once illegal cannabis plants.

     

     

    8 Responses to “Cannabis Sniffing Canines Needed No More”

    1. When will these states begin releasing prisoners that have been convicted of cannabis related offenses that are no longer illegal?

      [Editor’s note: Yes, this too is part of the institutional deconstructing of cannabis prohibition that is inevitably taking place as keeping citizens in cages for cannabis-related offenses under prohibition, when cannabis is legal and taxed by the government, becomes too great a financial and political burden–as well as painfully ironic.

      One can envisage the most immediate rally cry for cannabis reformers post prohibition: Free All The Pot Prisoners! Pronto!!]

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      Holy shit! Maybe useless government programs can be ended after all.

    3. Eric K. Johnson says:

      Patients throughout the state celebrated, except perhaps Michelle DiGiacomo, an activist suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and spinal stenosis. Michelle’s medical conditions easily qualify for an Illinois medical marijuana card but she is excluded from qualification because she used medical marijuana in Illinois before it was legal.

      Michelle had been one of the leading activists on this issue, testifying before the Illinois legislature on the need to pass the medical marijuana bill. She brought the letters from her rheumatologist and her back surgeon explaining the sincerity of her medical use. Her testimony and others helped Rep. Lou Lang, the bill’s long-time sponsor, secure the votes he needed to pass the law.

      But Michelle hadn’t waited on the law to pass to choose cannabis to relieve her suffering. She had been making cannabis tinctures and butters for some time. Unfortunately for Michelle, one day last September her 1.5 pound shipment of cannabis from a California grower got sniffed out by a drug dog and Chicago police were waiting as she picked it up at her UPS box. When she got back to her apartment, the cops followed, raided and tossed her apartment, and hauled her out in handcuffs as her 14-year-old daughter cried in fear. After friends raised $1,000 to bail her out, Michelle found her landlord had given her a 30-day eviction notice and the police had seized her car.

      Now to add insult to injury, the law that Michelle fought so hard for leaves her a criminal if she uses cannabis medically. Illinois’ medical marijuana law excludes anyone from getting a card if he or she has “a violation of a state or federal controlled substance law that was classified as a felony in the jurisdiction where the person was convicted,” and Michelle’s pound-and-a-half was certainly a felony. The law does provide that “the registering department may waive this restriction if the person demonstrates to the registering department’s satisfaction that his or her conviction was for the possession, cultivation, transfer, or delivery of a reasonable amount of cannabis intended for medical use;” however, as Illinois’ law only recognizes two-and-a-half ounces as “reasonable,” she probably can’t meet that standard, either.

      Illinois is not the only medical marijuana state with such restrictions. In states that allow for home grows, many deny that right to anyone previously convicted of growing marijuana. Others maintain exclusions for any patients and caregivers convicted of felony possession or sales. So throughout America, some of the best cannabis growers remain criminals instead of legally supplying patients and some of their most deserving patients remain criminals now because they were criminals before.

      Here at HIGH TIMES, we wonder, isn’t keeping sick and disabled people from being criminals the whole point of medical marijuana laws? -High Times

      All cannabis “criminals” should be immediately released.

      I wonder if the Federal Government will reimburse me for the years I spent in prison?…I imagine not…but…it would be life changing to be protected under the New Law that protects those who did not get CAUGHT, which I imagine to be the majority of people who won’t be able to read my free speech comment because of Norml Editor censorship…especially after decades of tax paying and not having even a traffic ticket since being released in 1993…but why would Norml care if I have safe access to medicine I need for neuropathic pain…there’s no money in it!

      P.S. Dan Riffle asked me to be the gimp he could trot out in order to achieve his goal…all the while (he and Karen O’Keefe) of MPP knew I would be excluded ,while both simultaneously knowing I did NOT know!

      I’m glad I was too ill to travel the thirty minute ride to Springfield.

      Hustler’s …ALL!

      Anyone who says differently is lying through their greedy teeth!

    4. Voice of the Resistance says:

      Yes yes!

    5. Bud Tender says:

      Jeb Bush admitted prior exposure to cannabis.
      Can hardly working Americans believe the man?

    6. Julian says:

      Even the police dogs are probably like “Bout @$#%ing time you dip$#!+ I just let four murderers go away while we we’re sniffin out some naked hippy parked in the woods. Great job boss.”
      Who knows; maybe now we can use police dogs to solve murders.

    7. Mark I says:

      These animals have no idea of how many lives they destroyed doing what they were trained for. LEO do know and understand what they have become…

    8. shon says:

      Finally, we are making progress and moving away from being a police state. Let freedom ring. Legalize pot and prostitution. Decriminalize all other small amounts of drugs.

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