With apologies to Fraternity of Man, passing it over might be the best idea now. County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg issued a reminder yesterday that as of today, small amounts of marijuana no longer are reccommended as Missoula County’s lowest priority for prosecution.
As outlined in today’s Missoulian:
Under the new law, [...]
Here’s a thought-provoking story from the Associated Press:
Federal prosecutors pursuing drug charges against Montana medical marijuana operators want to keep jurors from hearing any evidence at trial about the state’s medical pot law or whether the operators were complying with it.
U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have made motions in at [...]
There was so much news on the Cops and Courts front yesterday that we’re resorting to a roundup today.
Campus shooting was accidental: One University of Montana student was charged with misdemeanor negligent assault after accidentally shooting another in the hand. Today’s story looks at the shooting itself and the university’s response.
Michael Claude Urziceanu remained true to colorful form yesterday when he appeared in person, as requested, in Missoula County Justice Court.
Bonjour!” he greeted Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech. “Ca va?”
And, immediately after inquiring how things were going, he asked – this time in English – “Where’s my attorney?”
Court hearings – especially initial appearances – are usually pretty dry. Not so yesterday in Missoula County Justice Court, when a couple of accused marijuana growers got into a spat about the plants in question. As the Missoulian’s Jamie Kelly tells it:
Andrew Allestad scarcely got a word out in court Monday afternoon [...]
We’re straying pretty far afield from Montana with this story, but given the continuing controversy here over medical marijuana, this story in the Philadelphia Daily News caught my eye.
Writer William Bender says that Philadelphia’s new district attorney, Seth Williams (in photo) gets it – and that Philly’s taxpayers are the beneficiaries:
Things in the Legislature shifted so fast and so often last week when it came to medical marijuana that it was hard to keep up. This column by Missoulian State Bureau chief Chuck Johnson explains where things stand as of this brief moment in time:
With just three weeks left in the [...]
Smoke dope. Feed grizzlies. Get mauled. Collect worker’s comp.
That’s pretty much the Twitter version of a Montana Supreme Court decision, as reported by the Associated Press:
The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a Workers’ Compensation Court ruling that about $65,000 in medical bills incurred by a man who was mauled while [...]
“How do I carry out the wishes of Missoula County and at the same time enforce state law as a result?”
Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg, testifying before a legislative committee in favor of a bill to overturn Missoula County’s 2006 initiative that declared marijuana to be local law enforcement’s lowest [...]
The 2006 Missoula County voter initiative that makes low amounts of marijuana the lowest priority for law enforcement is just a suggestion.
Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg and members of law enforcement say that’s a problem because the guidelines are so fuzzy.
But with the exception of medicinal use, pot is still [...]