Keep The Marijuana In The Trunk, Colorado Law Enforcers Say

COLORADO:  When it comes to a new Colorado law that covers having marijuana in vehicles, lawyers and law enforcement officers have some advice: Don’t try to decipher it. Just keep the weed in the trunk.

The new law, SB-283, goes into effect Wednesday when recreational marijuana becomes legal, but some of those charged with enforcing the law or representing those who might break it, have yet to unravel its fine points and, for now, are recommending the trunk as the easiest way to avoid problems.

“It’s not a functional ordinance. It’s got some problems,” said Christian Sederberg, a Denver attorney who has served as co-chair of the Consumer Safety and Social Issues working group of the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force.

The law was put together during the last legislative session after Amendment 64 passed, making recreational marijuana legal in Colorado. It was modeled on the open container laws governing alcohol in vehicles.

How To Assert Your Rights When You Encounter The Police

If you use pot you are a criminal.

This is true even in Colorado and Washington, where the feds continue to outlaw cannabis. This is also true in California and other states that provide medical protection. This means the police not only have the right, but the obligation to try and stop you (though state police cannot enforce federal law). Fortunately, you do not have to help them. The United States Constitution gives you rights that protect you during police encounters. It is the job of the police to find evidence of a crime. It is not your job to confess or help them. They get paid quite well, so please do not do their job for them. Your job is to do and say the right things to protect yourself and defend your rights. [Read more…]

Sanity On Pot And Stop-And-Frisk

NEW YORK: Two of the big legal stories of the past few weeks seem, on the surface, to have almost nothing to do with one another. Attorney General Eric Holder gave a tentative acquiescence to the marijuana-legalization programs in the states of Colorado and Washington. A federal judge declared that the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department violated the Constitution. [Read more…]