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Oregon Supreme Court bans police officers from asking random questions during traffic stops

A trial court and the Oregon Court of Appeals had previously rejected the argument. Both courts cited precedent that officers could go off-topic during an “unavoidable lull” in the interaction, which usually occurs while the driver was busy searching for their license and registration.  The Oregon Supreme Court saw it differently.  “Put simply, an ‘unavoidable lull’ does…

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…remove cannabis from the controlled substance act[?]

The way the Controlled Substance Act is set up is meant to keep the average American out of the game. Essentially the document states that the Pharmaceutical Industry is responsible for all of the drugs in America. Anything outside of their reach is deemed “illegal”. Politicians and activists alike are arguing for cannabis to be…

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Colorado Supreme Court rules convicts can use medical [cannabis] while on probation

The Colorado Supreme Court just ruled that denying a criminal defendant the right to use medical marijuana while serving probation is a violation of the state’s constitution. According to the state’s medical marijuana statute, a defendant cannot be prevented from using medical marijuana unless the prosecution can supply evidence showing that this prohibition is necessary. In…

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Oregonians could see 3 votes on psilocybin [mushrooms] in 2020

Initiative PDX-01 has been filed to decriminalize five substances the measure defines as “psychedelic plant medicines.” Psilocybin mushrooms, mescaline cacti and DMT-containing plants… [15-1-2. No Law Shall Regulate Personal Use or Possesion of Psychedelic Plant Medicines. (a) The City of Portland shall adopt no law prohibiting or regulating the personal use or possession of psychedelic plant medicines…

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…USDA hemp rules announcement

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), another vocal advocate for hemp, also weighed in on USDA’s interim rule. “I’ve long said that if you can make and sell hemp products in America, you should be able to grow hemp in America,” he said in a statement. “Congress passed my bipartisan Hemp Farming Act, and now federal regulations must…

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Chicago… [beginning the first step in the process of decriminalizing] psychedelic plants [and fungi]

As the third-largest city in the United States… …the resolution in Chicago will likely be viewed as a major milestone to scientists, drug policy reformers, and psychedelic and entheogenic plant… [decriminalization] advocates. Original Article (Psychedelic Review):Chicago follows Oakland, decriminalizes psychedelic plants Artwork Fair Use: Ruth Hartnup

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Synthetic drugs… global drug trade

Manufactured anywhere, from DIY bathroom labs to huge chemical factories, synthetic drugs are cheaper and easier to make… because there is no reliance on the cultivation of plants. Drug policy experts and law enforcement have all recorded a boom time for synthetic drugs, which are made entirely in labs that often mimic the effects of…

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Denver… minors… mushroom possession

…details of the arrests [of two minors] indicate that the department didn’t violate the spirit of the decriminalization ballot initiative. The decriminalization initiative only covers personal possession, growth and consumption for people 21 and older; juveniles aren’t protected. Original Article (Westword):Denver police arrest two minors for mushroom possessionArtwork Fair Use: lite

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