Can A Cannabis Farm Be Classified As A Sovereign State?
An illegal cannabis farmer in Australia may have taken an episode of Family Guy too seriously. After police discovered his illegal cannabis farm, the defendant claimed he did not need to follow the laws of the land because he was not a part of it. Instead, he claims that he is a “sovereign person” and his property is a sovereign state “totally outside the territory of Australia.” However, he probably should have made sure Australia was in agreement with his declaration of independence.
Did His Excuse Work?
As you may have guessed, claiming to be a “sovereign person” does not actually make you one. Nor does it make you free from following the laws in Australia.
Similarly, Peter Griffin declared his home to be an independent nation in Season 2, Episode 18 of Family Guy. Perhaps that is where Arnfried Duden, a 60-year-old cannabis farmer, got the idea. However, it seems like he didn’t watch the whole episode because, by the end of it, Peter faced repercussions for breaking United States law.
When the police arrived at Duden’s remote property north of Kyogle in April of 2015, he told them to leave the premises because his Roseberry Creek farm was a sovereign state and they had no right to enter.
Hawaii Gives Medical Marijuana Gun Owners 30 Days to Surrender Arms
HONOLULU – Police in Hawaii have sent out letters advising any medical marijuana patients who own guns that they must turn them in to police. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that owners have 30 days to surrender their guns voluntarily.
The Honolulu Police Department’s new chief of police Susan Ballard signed the letter that stated “you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms. Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition.” The letter also quotes Hawaii Revised Statutes, Section 134-7 (a), which says that “No person who is a fugitive from justice or is a person prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal law shall own, possess, or control any firearm or ammunition therefor.” The Honolulu Police Department have been mailing the disqualification letters since the beginning of the year.
These Texas Cities Are Making Headway On Marijuana Reform
Law enforcement officials in Dallas, Texas are adopting a new program with a name that might resonate with anglers in the Lone Star state, even though it has nothing to do with fishing. Instead, Dallas’ new plan aims to help first-time marijuana offenders off the hook. Elsewhere, in El Paso, city representatives are looking to reduce penalties for first-time misdemeanor marijuana offenses. Are these programs signs that Texas cities are making headway on marijuana reform?
“Cite And Release” Gets Petty Pot Offenders Off The Hook in Dallas
On Friday, December 1, Dallas will implement a program called “cite and release.” The program aims to eliminate the immediate consequences for anyone caught in possession of a misdemeanor quantity of cannabis.
In Texas, cannabis possession of up to four ounces is considered a misdemeanor offense. Possession under two ounces carries a penalty of 180 days incarceration and a $2,000 fine. Quantities between two and four ounces carry a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Jamaica wants in on the booming marijuana market. But will farmers be able to cash in?
Most of the time farmers are proud of their crops and are happy to talk about them. But ask a certain kind of farmer what they grow and they might seem a little evasive.
“I farm goats and cows and cabbage in the bush,” says Baxter, a middle-aged farmer in Jamaica.
Inquire further and he starts to laugh.
Baxter isn’t his real name. He doesn’t want to use it because one of his biggest crops is marijuana.
Baxter wears black plastic sunglasses and khaki cargo shorts torn off below the knee. His teeth are stained from the cigarettes he seems to be rolling constantly. He’s standing in the center of a small, rural town on the edge of a bustling street. Goats, chickens and dogs wander through, trying to avoid brightly colored motorbikes.
Illegal Marijuana Advent Calendars Have Experts Worried
The Marijuana Advent Calendar was thought up by Lorilee Fedler of Coast to Coast Medicinals. She admitted to getting the idea from an advent calendar she saw full of beers.
“We just wanted something fun and different for adults,” Fedler told the Financial Post.
Her company is unlicensed, but that hasn’t stopped them from selling 150 calendars—with 300 orders ready to be processed and a waiting list of about 1,500 people.
Each calendar is guaranteed to be filled with only cannabis flowers or edibles that fit the holiday theme, like infused-gingerbread men. The price of each calendar is between $200 and $230.
Jeff Sessions Could Use Federal Law to Prosecute Legal Marijuana
WASHINGTON, D.C - On December 8, the deadline for Congress to decide if their federal funding bill will include the Rohrabacher-Farr Act will arrive. The government’s bill provides funding for the subsequent fiscal year, and the Rohrabacher-Farr Act is a law that prevents the Department of Justice from prosecuting legal state medical marijuana cases with federal money.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that he met with other U.S. Department of Justice officials to debate changing federal policy on prosecuting marijuana, signaling the bill will not include the law.
He told reporters that “We’re working on that very hard right now. We had meetings yesterday and talked about it at some length. It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental, and we should not give encouragement in any way to it. And it represents a federal violation which is in the law and is subject to being enforced, and our priorities will have to be focused on all the things and challenges that we face.” Sessions was speaking at a press conference to reveal his new plan to fight the opioid epidemic.
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