Thursday, January 24.
Is it unconstitutional to restrict marijuana sales to CO residents? “…Mason Tvert, one of the law’s proponents, says there shouldn’t be a debate at all, arguing it would be unconstitutional to prohibit out-of-state adults from buying pot. He believes it would also be bad public policy. ‘It’s entirely unconstitutional and it’ll just subject the state to costly litigation,’ says Tvert, a Marijuana Policy Project and critic of Project SAM, an organization that opposes legalization. ‘The constitution now includes language saying that these stores have the ability, the right, to sell to consumers 21 and older. ‘Consumer’ is also now defined within that as someone who is simply 21 and older.’ ” Sam Levin at the Denver Westword
MARTIN: Why is Bellevue still charging marijuana possession cases? “Last May, a Bellevue police officer found seven grams of marijuana in the car of a 26 year-old tech-industry worker… At least nine county prosecutors dismissed such pending cases after the election, citing the “will of the people,” and acknowledging the difficulty of getting a jury to convict. But the case against MacPhee continues. On Tuesday, his attorney, Scott Leist, is arguing for a dismissal in the Bellevue division of King County District Court. He cites a 1934 U.S. Supreme Court ruling from end of alcohol prohibition, which tossed a criminal case against apparent bootleggers because prohibition was “deprived of force” by the end of prohibition. The analogy with marijuana prosecutions today is spot on, said Leist, a former Seattle police officer and prosecutor.” Jonathan Martin at the Seattle Times