Tallahassee truck incident under investigation
They’re demanding justice after three officer-involved shootings in Tallahassee over the last three months. State Attorney Jack Campbell said the incident is still under investigation as authorities comb through dozens of video clips for evidence. That would raise a possible self-defense claim.”The cases of the three officer-involved shootings are at a standstill. That’s because they must be reviewed by a grand jury, and the virus has put grand juries on hold until at least July. No one was seriously injured during the incident with the truck.
Feds take over marijuana prosecutions amid hemp legalization
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - After multiple state attorneys across Florida announced the legalization of hemp would delay or even halt some marijuana prosecutions, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida has announced the feds will take the reins. The legalization of hemp, marijuanas non-psychoactive identical twin, propped state attorneys like Jack Campbell to re-evaluate how they handle cases involving marijuana. In the meantime, Campbell and many other state attorneys have decided to delay or drop marijuana cases. The Legislature is still very clear that marijuana is illegal in this state, Campbell said. Campbell said the federal cases will establish standards for pot prosecutions in the age of hemp.
Tennessee executes double murderer by electric chair
Mike Simons/Getty Images(CNN) - A double murderer who chose to die by electrocution was executed Thursday night, the Tennessee Department of Correction said. Stephen West was convicted in 1986 of fatally stabbing a mother and her 15-year-old daughter, CNN affiliate WKRN reported. Witnesses to West's death in the electric chair said he sobbed before he died. In Tennessee, a person who was on death row before 1999 can choose electrocution or lethal injection, which is used for other capital offense inmates. In 2018, Tennessee used the electric chair for two executions.
Councilman's push to decriminalize pot takes spotlight at meeting
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville City Council member is continuing his push to decriminalize marijuana, and on Monday night, Garrett Dennis held his second public meeting to hear from potential voters. During the meeting, some wanted to know how to contact other City Council members about the issue, while others just wanted to learn about Dennis' proposal. Just about all of the people who attended the meeting were in favor of Dennis' push. Whether it's through smell or appearance, some say old methods of identifying marijuana don't show the difference between pot and hemp. "You might be able to smell and tell there's alcohol, but you couldn't look or smell and say what the proof of it is."
Hemp poses legal conundrum for Florida law enforcement
Not technically, but state attorneys and law enforcement agencies throughout the state are facing a difficult question: How to tell the difference between the two? State and federal law defines industrial hemp as cannabis that has 0.3 percent or less tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC; cannabis plants that have more than that amount of euphoria-inducing THC are marijuana. Is it a piece of candy, a legal hemp product infused with CBD or an illegal high-THC marijuana edible? The State Attorney of Floridas 2nd Judicial Circuit Jack Campbell said old methods of identifying marijuana, such smell or appearance, cant distinguish marijuana from hemp. Until a test is available, Campbell predicts the legal conundrum will likely be handled differently throughout the state.