In Defense of Jolly Rancher Green Apple Candy, or Green Tongue as Grounds for Arrest or Detention in Marijuana Case
Can a green tongue be cause to expand a traffic stop, or to conduct further search of an automobile?
The answer is no. There is no scientific evidence to indicate that marijuana use causes a green tongue. However, please be aware that there are a number of police officers, deputies, and state patrol officers who subscribe to this erroneous belief, through their training.
This is one of those areas that we must attack, as it impermissibly expands the nature of a stop, and turns ordinary fellows into felons.
Thank you for your consideration. Calvin P. Johnson
p.s. Sucking on Jolly Rancher green apple candy does not constitute a crime.
Many of you have been charged with Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle. WARNING: It goes on your driving record for the rest of your life. It says: “Sale or Possession of a Controlled Substance” (Minnesota Statute 152.027, Subd. 3)
Oftentimes, people are lured into pleading guilty to this matter, because it is listed as a Petty Misdemeanor. The Prosecutor may even imply that it doesn’t go on your record. Nothing is further from the truth.
Remember, it is easier to deal with it before you plead guilty than after. Please be sure you are aware of this impediment.
The difficulty that I see, in this particular matter, is that our soldier is not able to use his best medicine while he is on probation with his Stay of Adjudication of sentence.
Again, I will remind everyone that people using marijuana as medicine continue to live, and do not die. No other medication, including over the counter pain relievers like Aspirin and Ibuprofen, can make the same claim.
Texas House Committee Okays Full Marijuana Legalization Bill
“A proposal seeking full legalization of marijuana on religious grounds has cleared an unlikely legislative hurdle.
Republican state Rep. David Simpson of Longview argues marijuana comes from God and therefore shouldn't be banned by government.
The tea party stalwart has repeatedly championed what he calls the "Christian case" for legalization.
Simpson's bill (HB 2165) languished for weeks before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.
Three committee Democrats and two Republicans surprisingly voted to support it Wednesday, though, and it passed 5-2.
That makes Simpson's bill eligible for consideration to reach the House floor before the legislative session ends June 1, although that's still highly unlikely.
State law currently makes no exceptions even for medical marijuana, making outright legalization unthinkable.
Still, advocates hailed the committee vote as "unprecedented progress" for Texas marijuana rights.
Nearly three out of five Texas voters (58%) support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol, according to a statewide survey conducted by Public Policy Polling in September 2013.
Four states have adopted laws that regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. Two of them, Colorado and Washington, have established regulated systems of marijuana cultivation and sales.
Alaska and Oregon are in the process of implementing similar systems.
Statement from Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project:
“Marijuana prohibition’s days are numbered in the Lone Star State. Texas voters recognize that punishing adults for consuming a substance that is safer than alcohol is a waste of law enforcement resources and an affront to individual liberty. It appears most of the committee members agree.
“State officials are increasingly becoming fed up with the failed federal government policy of marijuana prohibition, and they’re taking action. Like most Americans, most Texans are ready for a more sensible, fiscally sound.”
If Texas can do it, so can Minnesota. However, I happen to be biased in my belief that Minnesota is the better place to start, as our creative nature will form and fashion incredible new products from this plant that has been with us, since recorded history. Remember, the plastics and paper industry benefit when marijuana is a prohibited drug. We as a citizenry can dramatically impact the power of these incredible corporations by allowing the farmer to grow what he/she has always grown.