Burnt Marijuana Odor Not Enough To Suspect Criminal Activity

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Burnt Marijuana Odor Not Enough To Suspect Criminal Activity

By Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) — The odor of burnt marijuana alone is not enough for police to suspect criminal activity and order a person to get out of a car, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday, citing a state law that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of the narcotic.

The Supreme Judicial Court cited a 2008 ballot question in which voters agreed to make possession of 1 ounce or less a civil, rather than a criminal, violation.

“We conclude that, to order a passenger in a stopped vehicle to exit based merely on suspicion of an offense, that offense must be criminal,” Chief Justice Roderick Ireland wrote for the court in the 5-1 ruling.

The court found that the new law “provides a clear directive to police departments handling violators to treat commission of this offense as noncriminal.”

“Ferreting out decriminalized conduct with the same fervor associated with the pursuit of serious criminal conduct is neither desired by the public nor in accord with the plain language of the statute,” Ireland wrote.

The court said that there must be additional reasons for police to suspect criminal activity to justify ordering someone to get out of a car. Read more of this post

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Big Pharma Set to Take Over Medical Marijuana Market

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Big Pharma Set to Take Over Medical Marijuana Market

By David Edwards, Raw Story
Posted on April 21, 2011, Printed on April 24, 2011
Just as the federal government is clamping down on medical marijuana dispensaries, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) may be set to give Big Pharma the clearance to take over the market.

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Feds Remove Anti-Tumor Cannabis Info After Just Days Online

Feds Remove Anti-Tumor Cannabis Info After Just Days Online

By Steve Elliott

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Just 11 days after adding a section on medical marijuana to its treatment database, the National Cancer Institute has altered the new page, removing any mention of the evidence that marijuana can diminish and even reverse tumor growth.

In an edit appearing Monday afternoon, NCI replaced a sentence about marijuana’s direct anti-tumor effect with one saying that it is prescribed mainly to control nausea, pain and insomnia for cancer patients, reports Kyle Daly at The Colorado Independent.

The original language, published to the Web on March 17, had read:

The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.

After being changed Monday, it now reads:

The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. Though no relevant surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients who prescribe medicinal Cannabis predominantly do so for symptom management.

Information which acknowledges that marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years was left on the site, as were statements regarding cannabinoids and their benefits in ameliorating the side-effects of conventional cancer treatments.

Was Big Pharm behind the changes?

Were the pharmaceutical companies protecting their profits derived from harsh and often ineffective chemotherapy?Do we live in a free, science-based society or one where medical research can be deleted and ignored for political reasons?

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