Chavis Carter from his Facebook page
Twenty one year old Chavis Carter died Saturday from a gunshot to the temple. He died while in handcuffs, and he died while in handcuffs AND sitting in the back of a police cruiser. The police have launched their own investigation into his death that officers at the scene reported as a suicide.
The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit have agreed to hear the oral argument in the lawsuit, “Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration”. The present lawsuit challenges the federal government’s schedule one classification of marijuana, which defines it as something dangerous with no medicinal value.
Nearly 15,000 pounds of marijuana that has been seized this year, was destroyed by authorities by a large bon-fire that burned through the weekend. The marijuana seized was from ramped up marijuana raids that Jamaican authorities have been conducting since the end of 2010. Police on the Caribbean island say along with the 15,000 pounds of weed, they also burned over 75 pounds of hash oil.
Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana in the November elections. The Oregon Secretary of State has certified the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, or OCTA, has enough signatures to make the ballot. The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, if passed, would set up a distribution system where adults could buy cannabis for personal and private use only, through state-licensed stores.
The appeals judges wrote in the decision that the “Defendant still has one more hurdle to overcome to be entitled to immunity from prosecution; he must also establish that at the time of his arrest he was engaged in the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the (Michigan Medical Marihuana Act).”
Nelson has just received his conviction so far. His sentencing will be held on August 13th, but he was ordered held pending the sentencing, so he he has already begun serving his time, whatever it turns out to be, somewhere between five years, the minimum sentence he can receive, up to 40 years. The jury also found that his house in a rural area of Grants Pass should be forfeited as part of an illegal drug operation.
A grieving mother who lost her 19 year old son when he was shot and killed by a Border Patrol Agent is now suing the Agency claiming that the shooting was “an appalling use of excessive force”. Guadallupe Guerrero’s son, Carlos La Madrid was shot in the back twice and once in the leg as he climbed a ladder on the US side of a Mexico border fence.