6. CHRONICLE AM: HOUSTON COPS DROP FAULTY FIELD DRUG TESTS, AK POT CLUBS COMING, MORE... (7/17/17)
Houston police will quit using faulty field drug tests that sent
hundreds of innocents to jail, a Colorado appeals court rules a drug dog
alert on marijuana in a vehicle is not sufficient grounds for a vehicle
search, the Massachusetts high court sides with an employee fired for
medical marijuana use, and more. http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/jul/17/chronicle_am_houston_cops_drop_f
While many states (http://ij.org/report/policing-for-profit/) allow
police to keep the cash they seize, others have enacted legislation
directing that forfeiture funds go to the general fund or some other
specified fund, depriving law enforcement of a revenue stream to which
it had become accustomed. Police in such states evade such laws by
turning over seizures to federal law enforcement, which then returns 80%
of it to the local law enforcement agencies. The feds and the cops get
their money; other state purposes that would have benefited do not.
"As Justice Thomas has previously said, there are serious constitutional concerns regarding modern civil asset forfeiture practices," Lee said.
"The Department has an obligation to consider due process constraints in crafting its civil asset forfeiture policies."
But Attorney General Sessions gave no indication he's going to be slowed
down by such considerations. Between his embrace of asset forfeiture,
his threatening comments about legal marijuana, and his call for a
return to harsh federal drug sentencing practices, Sessions is turning
out to be just as bad as reformers thought he would be.
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"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of cacao that the thoughts acquire speed,
the thighs acquire girth, the girth become a warning.
It is by theobromine alone I set my mind in motion."
--from Someone else's Dune spoof ripped to my taste.