D.C. Police Chief: Cannabis Decriminalization Makes Job ‘Easier for Us’

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Tuesday that the decriminalization of cannabis has made life easier for police.

“[Decriminalization] saves us from having to charge someone for small amounts of marijuana now, because it really never was productive to begin with”, Chief Lanier told NewsChannel 8 on Tuesday. “It’s a little bit easier for us”.

The comments mark a significant change in tone from Lanier’s response to decriminalization before it was enacted. In June, 2013, Lanier told DCist that she has issues with decriminalization due to “the risk to children with increased access, the health impact of increasingly potent plants, and conflict with federal laws.”

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Two Former California Sheriff’s Deputies Charged With Planting Guns At Cannabis Dispensary

Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have been charged with multiplelacounty felonies, including conspiracy and altering evidence, in connection with planting guns inside a medical cannabis dispensary in 2011 to justify two arrests.

Julio Cesar Martinez and Anthony Manuel Paez were both booked Friday and released on $50,000 bail; they’re scheduled to be arraigned on June 17th. They’re being charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to obstruct justice as well as altering evidence as a peace officer. Martinez was also charged with two felony counts of perjury and one of filing a false report.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Arizona Police Must Return Cannabis to California Patient

In a ruling handed down without comment, the United States Supreme Court has refused to overturn prior court rulings stating that the Yuma County Sheriff gavelmust return cannabis that was seized from a California patient. Arizona’s medical cannabis law is one of the only in the country that legally recognizes patients from other states.

The ruling came as a response to a case where Valerie Okun, a qualified medical cannabis patient in California, had cannabis seized by a border patrol agent in Yuma County, in 2011. She was charged with cannabis possession, with the charges eventually being dropped when she provided proof of being a medical cannabis patient. However, police refused to return the seized cannabis, even after an Arizona Supreme Court ruling.

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Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter for Killing of Unarmed Marijuana Suspect

A New Orleans police officer who shot and killed a 20-year-old man last year during a marijuana raid has pleaded guilty to manslaughter; he’ll be serving a 4-year sentence.

Wendell Allen was shot to death by then-officer Joshua Colclough while unarmed during a 2012 drug raid.
An unarmed Wendell Allen was shot to death by then-officer Joshua Colclough during a 2012 drug raid.

The man who committed the shooting, Joshua Colclough, resigned from the force the day before his guilty plea.

According to officials, Wendell Allen, the victim, was standing at the top of the stairs in his New Orleans home when police began a drug raid. Allen, who was shirtless and entirely unarmed, was quickly shot to death by then-officer Colclough.

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