Ganja Legal di California, Tapi Tak Bisa Dibawa Melalui Bandara

first_imgIlustrasi ganja dengan pesawat (Boing Boing) Ketika berbicara mengenai ganja yang terpikir adalah narkoba atau obat-obatan terlarang dan melanggar hukum. Namun, apa jadinya jika beberapa negara saat ini sudah memperbolehkan membawa tanamana ganja ini dan menjadi buah tangan saat menggunakan sebuah penerbangan?Baca juga: Mau Bawa Snow Globe Selama Penerbangan? Sebaiknya Kemasi di Dalam KoperPada Januari 2018 kemarin, California terdaftar sebagai salah satu Negara Bagian di Amerika Serikat yang melegalkan adanya ganja. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari laman usatoday.com (7/2/2018), dikabarkan bahwa saat ini satu diantara lima orang Amerika membawa ganja dalam pot sebagai buah tangan. Tapi jika Anda masih ragu untuk mebawa ganja, baiknya hati-hati bahkan tidak perlu dibawa. Sebab ganja atau mariyuana ini masih merupakan obat ilegal dibawah undang-undang federal dan daerah pasca keamanan di bandara yang diperintah oleh badan-badan federal.Seperti di Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska dan Nevada, membawa ganja dalam pot serta dibeli secara legal dan melewati pos pemeriksaan keamanan di negara bagian yang paling padat penduduknya masih dapat memicu respon penegak hukum. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mengatakan, petugas pemeriksa tetap berfokus pada keamanan, mendeteksi senjata, bahan peledak dan ancaman lain yang bisa menganggu penerbangan dan tidak mengendus obat terlarang.Kampanye tentang ganja legalMemang mereka tidak terlalu memeriksa terkait ganja, tetapi jika petugas TSA menemukan ganja serta zat ilegal lainnya selama pemeriksaan bagasi, kebijakan akan berlaku dan akan menghubungi penegak hukum bandara setempat.“Bawaan penumpang dan tujuan penumpang tidak diperhitungkan. Respon TSA terhadap penemuan ganja sama di setiap negara bagian dan di setiap bandara, terlepas dari apakah ganja telah atau akan dilegalisir,” kata juru bicara TSA Lorie Dankers.Menurut polisi bandara Los Angeles, pihaknya yang berada di bandara Los Angeles dan Southern California lainnya, untuk penumpang yang dihentikan oleh pihak TSA dengan aduan masalah ganja, mereka tidak akan meminta apapun. Sebab membawa ganja bukanlah suatu kejahatan. Hal ini juga berlaku di bandara John Wayne di Orange County.“Jika TSA memanggil ketika menemukan ganja, kami akan naik dan memastikan jumlahnya sesuai dengan hukum. Jika begitu, kami hanya akan berdiri sementara penumpang memutuskan apa yang harus dilakukan dengan hal itu. TSA mungkin tidak menginginkannya terbang, tapi bukan berarti itu ilegal di California,” ujar Letnan Mark Gonzales, Kepala Dinas Kepolisian Bandara departemen Sheriff.Dia mengatakan, hingga saat ini, timnya belum pernah ada yang dipanggil ke pos pemeriksaan bandara oleh pihak TSA untuk menangani masalah ganja. Gonzales berujar, sepertinya penumpang tahu dan membaca peraturan, apa yang harus mereka lakukan saat melewati pos pemeriksaan.Sedangkan di bandara yang tidak melarang membawa ganja, penegak hukum setempat di panggil oleh pihak TSA untuk menjelaskan pilihan pada penumpang dan mungkin termasuk membuangnya ke tempat sampah. Tak hanya itu, penumpang juga bisa mengembalikan ke dalam mobil atau bisa dikatakan ganja tersebut tidak bisa dibawa dalam sebuah penerbangan meski legal.Bulan November 2017 lalu, Organa Brands memasang iklan mereka pada baki di pos pemeriksaan Bandara Internasional Ontario. Dengan pesan yang berbunyi “Ganja legal. Tetapi tidak bepergian dengan membawa itu. Biarkan saja di California.”Juru bicara Organa Brands, Jackson Tilley mengatakan, pihaknya yakin, jika pesan yang ada di baki tersebut adalah postif. Meskipun dia mengatakan, perusahaan tersebut tidak terlalu terkejut ketika sebulan setelah kampanye pesan-pesan tersebut dilepas.Saat ini di San Francisco, Long Beach atau bandara California lainnya sudah tidak ada lagi iklan dibaki pemeriksaan terkait ganja. Tetapi di Nevada yang mana ganja menjadi legal sejak Juli 2017 lalu memiliki cerita berbeda. Bandara Internasional Reno-Tahoe memiliki tanda di area merokok yang mengingatkan pelancong bahwa penggunaan ganja tidak diperbolehkan.“Secara umum, kami belum melihat dampak yang besar dari undang-undang baru ini di bandara. Namun, kami mengamati dengan seksama bandara lain dan bagaimana penanganannya dengan situasi unik ini,” kata juru bicara bandara Heidi Jared.Di Bandara Internasional McCarran di Las Vegas, ada larangan bandara secara resmi bagi yang memiliki ganja, dengan pemberitahuan tentang keputusan Komisi County Clark yang dimuat di situs bandara. Mulai bulan depan, tanda-tanda tentang kotak kebijakan dan amnesti untuk ganja serta produk ganja lainnya akan dipasang di lokasi-lokasi utama di McCarran, termasuk di fasilitas penyewaan mobil bandara.“Kotak pembuangan ini akan berada di luar gedung, bukan di pos pemeriksaan. Tujuannya agar produk ganja tidak diijinkan di manapun di dalam gedung, baik itu sebelum atau sesudah keamanan,” kata juru bicara McCarran Chris Jones.Baca juga: Larangan Dilonggarkan, Maskapai Cina Kini Izinkan Penumpang Aktifkan Smartphone di PesawatSementara itu, di Colorado, pada tahun 2014 adalah negara bagian pertama yang melisensikan toko untuk menjual ganja, tetapi Bandara Internasional Denver masih mempertahankan kebijakannya untuk melarang ganja di manapun pada properti bandara.“Polisi meminta penumpang yang ditemukan dengan mariyuana atau ganja untuk membuang obat tersebut. Tapi kita sudah memiliki beberapa contoh sehingga kita tidak bisa melacak kontak ini lagi,” kata juru bicara bandara Heath Montgomery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDi Kanada Bawa Ganja Legal di Penerbangan Domestik18/10/2018In “Bandara”Ganja Legal, San Diego Adakan Tur Keliling Kebun31/05/2018In “Darat”Nyeleneh! The Potland Experience Bus Siap Bawa ‘Pelesir’ Anda Bersama Lintingan Ganja di Tangan16/05/2018In “Bus dalam kota”last_img read more

Georgia ending Richt’s 15 years as coach with compliments

first_imgATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia is presenting Mark Richt’s exit as coach as a mutual decision, and Sunday’s announcement came padded with tributes usually reserved for retiring legends.Glowing compliments for Richt came from University of Georgia president Jere Morehead and athletic director Greg McGarity. Richt has been allowed to remain as coach through the team’s bowl game. New home pages for the athletic department’s Web site were constructed to pay tribute to Richt.All of Sunday’s warm and fuzzy tributes couldn’t overshadow the fact Richt insisted one day earlier he had plans to be on the job for the immediate and long-term future.McGarity met with Richt on Sunday morning. Soon after, Georgia announced the news that Richt was out as coach.McGarity said in a statement released by the school the two “mutually agreed that he would step down as head coach.”Richt has been offered a chance to remain at Georgia in a new role that McGarity said would include helping former Georgia players and fundraising.McGarity had generous praise for Richt, who ranks second in all-time coaching wins at the school.“Mark has touched thousands of lives over the past 15 years,” McGarity said. “He has a huge heart and his positive influence has affected many people, young and old. We will never actually know how many people were positively impacted by a comforting phone call, a sympathetic or uplifting note, an autographed football or photo — he had the unique ability to shine a bright light on others when they needed it most.”Morehead said Richt “has been an outstanding coach and mentor to our student-athletes.”“I am deeply grateful for his many years of dedicated service to the University of Georgia, and I particularly appreciate the positive way he has represented UGA,” Morehead said.Richt had a short meeting with his players Sunday night. A news conference was scheduled for Monday.“I wish the best for him,” said senior fullback Quayvon Hicks before the meeting. “I enjoyed my four years here with him. … We have to understand it is part of the business.“We’ve got to make sure we stay together and our minds are right. It’s bigger than us.”Several players declined comment following the meeting.Fans set up a small tribute for Richt outside the team’s football facility. The words “Thanks Coach Richt” were written on a white poster board, situated near a burning candle. A smaller sign said “Fire McGarity.”Georgia (9-3) ended its regular season with Saturday’s 13-7 win over Georgia Tech. The win left Richt 13-2 in the state rivalry.It was clear following the game Richt had no plans to step down. He said he planned to begin recruiting “and getting prepared for the future at Georgia.”Richt had only a short statement in the announcement released by Georgia.“I appreciate the opportunity of serving the University as well as considering any other options that may present themselves in the future,” Richt said.There has been speculation about Richt’s future since losses to Tennessee, Alabama and Florida ended the Bulldogs’ hopes for a Southeastern Conference championship. Georgia closed the regular season with four straight wins, but that was not enough to make up for failing to land a spot in the title game. The Bulldogs were the preseason pick in the SEC East.Richt, 55, acknowledged Saturday the team “came up short of our goal” to win the SEC championship.“That’s the standard here,” Richt said. “Win the SEC and hopefully go beyond that. From that point of view, we fell short of our goals.”Alabama coach Nick Saban reacted to the news with shock.“I don’t know what the world’s coming to in our profession,” Saban said. “Mark Richt’s been a really good coach and a really positive person in our profession for a long, long time. I think when you win nine games, that’s a pretty good season, especially with the body of work that he’s been able to put together there for however many years he’s been there.”Richt is 145-51 with two SEC championships. Only Vince Dooley (201) won more games at Georgia.___AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.orglast_img read more

Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

first_img In a Thursday, June 25, 2015 file photo, Jada Pinkett-Smith arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Magic Mike XXL” at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of mostly white nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday, Jan. 17, 2016, that they will not attend this year’s ceremony. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File) FILE – In a Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 file photo, Spike Lee attends the premiere of “Chi-Raq” at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of mostly white nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday, Jan. 17, 2016, that they will not attend this year’s ceremony. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK | Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year’s ceremony.In a lengthy Instagram post, Lee said he “cannot support” the “lily white” Oscars. Noting that he was writing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lee — who in November was given an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards — said he was fed up: “Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all,” he wrote. “We can’t act?!”In a video message on Facebook, Pinkett Smith also said she wouldn’t attend or watch the Oscars in February. Pinkett Smith, whose husband Will Smith wasn’t nominated for his performance in the NFL head trauma drama “Concussion,” said it was time for people of color to disregard the Academy Awards.center_img “Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power,” she said. “And we are a dignified people and we are powerful.”She added: “Let’s let the academy do them, with all grace and love. And let’s do us differently.” The video had amassed 4.5 million by mid-Monday afternoon.Last year’s all-white acting nominees also drew calls for a boycott, though not from such prominent individuals as Lee and Pinkett Smith. Whether it had any impact or not, the audience for the broadcast, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was down 16 percent from the year prior, a six-year low.This year, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs has made a point of presenting a more inclusive show. The Feb. 28 broadcast will be hosted by Chris Rock and produced by “Django Unchained” producer Reginald Hudlin and David Hill. On Saturday, Rock, unveiling a new promotion for the broadcast, called the ceremony “The White BET Awards.”The academy didn’t respond to messages left Monday.When Oscar nominations were announced Thursday, Isaacs acknowledged she was “disappointed” that all 20 acting nominees were again white. Isaacs has worked to diversify membership for the academy, which a 2012 study by the Los Angeles Times found is overwhelming white and male.Many awards handicappers expected nominations for Idris Elba of “Beasts of No Nation” and Benicio Del Toro for “Sicario.” The N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” also failed to earn a best picture nomination, despite some predictions it would. Ryan Coogler’s acclaimed Rocky sequel “Creed” scored only a nomination only for Sylvester Stallone. (Lee’s own movie, the Chicago gang violence hip-hop musical “Chi-Raq” — celebrated by some and scorned by others — also went unnoticed.)The hashtag “OscarsSoWhite,” created last year, was quickly resurrected online following the nominations. Rev. Al Sharpton — who last year met with former Sony head Amy Pascal following leaked emails that some viewed as racist — on Friday lambasted the academy.“Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets and this year’s Academy Awards will be yet another Rocky Mountain Oscar,” said Sharpton.In his post, Lee made it clear the Academy Awards is only part of the problem in an industry with deep-rooted diversity issues. In his Governors Awards speech, Lee said “It’s easier to be the president of the United States as a black person than be the head of a studio.”“The Academy Awards is not where the ‘real’ battle is,” wrote Lee on Tuesday. “It’s in the executive office of the Hollywood studios and TV and cable networks. This is where the gate keepers decide what gets made and what gets jettisoned to ‘turnaround’ or scrap heap. This is what’s important. The gate keepers. Those with ‘the green light’ vote.”Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more