Judge Weighs Question of MJ Hash Oil Legality
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Judge Weighs Question of MJ Hash Oil Legality
Posted by CN Staff on January 08, 2015 at 06:09:14 PT
By John Ingold and Jordan Steffen, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Denver -- A court hearing Wednesday to determine the legal status of marijuana hash oil in post-legalization Colorado resulted in the judge turning up his hands and shrugging his shoulders in exasperation.The hearing in Denver District Court was to decide whether a man named Paul Mannaioni, who was one of three people charged after an explosion at a southwest Denver warehouse, can be prosecuted for the crime of manufacturing marijuana concentrate. The man's attorney, Rob Corry, who helped write Colorado's marijuana-legalization law, said Mannaioni can't be charged because Colorado's constitution now protects the personal possession of marijuana and the processing of marijuana plants.
"The court system is not to be used for marijuana regulation anymore," Corry said.The Colorado attorney general argues Mannaioni can be charged because  by virtue of a curiously placed comma in Amendment 64, the legalization measure  the protection for marijuana does not cover cannabis "oil," like hash oil. The measure says its definition for marijuana, "does not include industrial hemp, nor does it include fiber produced from the stalks, oil, or cake made from the seeds of the plant. ... "The attorney general's office, which weighed in on Mannaioni's case even though it is not prosecuting the case, has made a similar argument in a case in Mesa County.By the end of Wednesday's hearing, Denver District Judge A. Bruce Jones had concluded both sides were wrong, although it was still unclear how he ultimately would rule. Jones said he plans to deny Corry's motion to drop the charge, meaning the case against Mannaioni can proceed.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold and Jordan Steffen, The Denver PostPublished: January 7, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews   -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by PatrioticDissension on January 08, 2015 at 07:50:23 PT
What the heck is wrong with these sadistic prosecutors? These people remind me of the various "trickster" characters and "jinn" in various legends like Pan where whatever you say or wish for gets completely twisted into something evil. Seriously all this because of a "curiously placed comma" Geeze even laws are not immune to bad grammar and punctuation. I think they need to look at the intent of the law not how poor punctuation can technically change the meaning. Just my 2 cents.
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