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Drugs Raid Uncovers £1M Cannabis Haul

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

Police have seized a number of cannabis plants with an estimated street value of more than £1million after executing a search warrant for a house at Thornwood near Epping. Upon executing the search warrant police found a variety of plants at different stages of growth when they went to an address in Woodside at roughly 1PM on Friday the 14th January. Police had seized up to 3,000 marijuana plants at the time of the search.

 

 

On discovering the plants officers said that the growers had developed a “sophisticated hydroponics setup” to harvest drugs. A 26 year old man from Epping was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and a 41 year old man from Waltham Abbey was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and abstracting electricity. They were both bailed to return to Harlow police station on 1 April.


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Cannabis Grower Avoids Jail Sentence

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

A Southampton man was spared an immediate prison sentence after a judge heard he had health problems and would lose his accommodation that had taken him four years to get. Police had gone to the home of David Thomas, 45, on an unrelated matter when they discovered a tray of small cannabis plants in a cupboard and another 17 more mature plants in another room.

 

 

 

Mary Aspinall Miles the prosecution at Southampton Crown Court, said if the latter had been harvested, they would have been has a street value of approximately £1,700. Thomas, of Queenstown Road, Freemantle, admitted producing cannabis and allowing premises to be used for its production. Judge Jane Miller QC, who gave him a four-month suspended sentence, described his health problems as unenviable. She added that the risk of reconviction was low and there had been a reduction in his offending.


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Access to medical marijuana delayed

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

D.C. residents seeking medical marijuana are unable to obtain a prescription in the city, despite the legalization of the drug last summer.

Difficulties in regulating the drug have caused delays in dispensaries being set up, D.C. Department of Health spokeswoman Mahlori Isaacs said.

"Due to legal litigation, it is unclear when medicinal marijuana will make it to Washington, D.C. depositories," Isaacs said.

Medical marijuana became legal in the District July 27, 2010, after Congress' allotted 30-day review period expired. If Congress does not touch a bill passed by the D.C. Council in that 30-day period, it automatically becomes law.

The D.C. health department is responsible for establishing the regulations needed to ensure the legal distribution of the controversial drug. Proposed rules for the cultivation and distribution of the drug are expected to take effect once they are published in the D.C. Register. Though this is expected to happen soon, there is no official date set at this time.

GW Hospital spokeswoman Heather Oldham said the hospital is unable to comment on whether or not it will be allowed to distribute medicinal marijuana.

Oldham said the hospital's lawyers are still attempting to figure out what changes the hospital would need to make in order to accommodate the law.

D.C. hospitals will be able to distribute the drug if they submit a dispensary registration application and are approved by the D.C. Board of Health, similar to any other dispensary, Issacs said. She added that hospitals will probably not qualify as cultivation centers due to difficulties in ensuring the security of the facility.

GW Hospital physicians will be able to recommend marijuana treatment for patients who qualify.

A medical marijuana certification provider, according to proposed rules, must certify businesses or individuals who want to distribute medicinal marijuana. To be certified, distributors must submit an application detailing facility's staffing, security, cultivation and product safety plan.

As of now, no dispensaries have been qualified by the DOH, Issacs said.

Only individuals with a recommendation from a Department of Health-registered physician will be able to use medical marijuana in D.C. Anyone who wants to obtain the drug for medicinal purposes must also provide a social security number and proof of residency in the District to be approved by the DOH.

Only D.C. residents will be able to obtain the drug here, so students who are not permanent residents of the District won't be able to purchase marijuana from D.C. dispensaries, even if they have permission to obtain the drug in states that already allow the use of medicinal marijuana.

(Source)


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Medical Marijuana Ads Help Sagging Media Profits

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana advertising is taking off, propping up the fortunes of ailing media companies that have seen income from other business sectors plummet in the recession.

Advertisements offering free edibles for new patients and products such as “super silver haze” are helping to keep the San Francisco Bay GuardianSF Weekly and East Bay Express in business. Similar ads have even started cropping up — tentatively — in more staid publications, such as the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ads for pot are growing so fast in part because they face fewer regulations and restrictions than marketing materials for cigarettes and alcohol. The only real regulation is one requiring the ads to warn customers that they need a doctor’s recommendation.

“Marijuana advertising is a small percentage of our total advertising — we wish that we had more,” said Mina Bajraktarevic, advertising sales manager at the Bay Guardian, whose back page has become a wall of green with medical marijuana advertising.

 

“We’ve been involved in this for years,” said Bruce Brugmann, publisher of the Bay Guardian. “We haven’t heard    any complaints.”

Not all media companies are comfortable with pot ads, and some have equivocated about whether to accept them. Some advertisers were waiting to see the outcome of the vote Nov. 2 on Proposition 19, the state pot legalization bill, before agreeing to take money from the burgeoning industry.

Ten years ago most medical cannabis clubs were intentionally low-key and relied only on word of mouth. Being illegal, they were inconsistently tolerated by the authorities.

Now, with rapidly liberalized enforcement policies, the most successful medical cannabis businesses are the ones that get their brand name out to the public. Dozens of the businesses are racing to capture the pot-smoking community’s mindshare, and are pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into local media this year to do so.

“We probably spend around $2,500 to $3,000 a month on advertising,” said Kevin Reed, president of the Green Cross, a medical cannabis dispensary on Market Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. “We’re in a world where you’re competing with all these fly-by-night businesses who don’t have to follow the rules — they’re not regulated.” Until recently, more than half a dozen dispensaries had failed to register their businesses with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

One of the pioneers of pot advertising was KUSF Radio. Four years ago, the station, run by the University of San Francisco, had a Green Cross-underwritten public-service announcement that ran on 90.3 FM.

But sometimes it’s hard for pot clubs to buy ads; several have lined up ad agreements only to have them retroactively rejected.

In May, Facebook canceled the Green Cross’ existing advertisements on the site. MediCann, a group of clinics specializing in medical marijuana evaluations, also had its Facebook ads snuffed.

In August, the Green Cross paid in full for a slot on a huge electronic billboard on Interstate 280 at the Serramonte Shopping Center in Daly City — only to see it taken down a day later.

The circumstances surrounding that reversal were not quite clear. SF Weekly ran a blog post suggesting the ad was taken down because its content was objectionable. But a spokeswoman for the mall, Cherie Napier, said that the real reason was that the billboard was only permitted to run ads for products or services sold at the mall. The marijuana ad, she said in an e-mail, “would have been a violation and could have resulted in a $10,000 fine from the state.”

Aside from the weeklies, the medical pot business supports a whole genre of “cannabis friendly” magazines, such as West Coast Leaf and Kush.

“We don’t do general newspapers or anything like that,” said Adrian Moore, director of operations at 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center in Richmond.

Bigger news outlets don’t appear ready to take advertisements for marijuana, at least not yet.

To what extent can marijuana be advertised? Kris Hermes, executive director of the Oakland-basedAmericans for Safe Access, called advertising for the drug a First Amendment issue.

“Our rough position is that we’re in favor of patients finding out how to access medical marijuana,” Hermes said. “We encourage local governments to figure out ways of allowing advertisements that aren’t counterproductive to [get to] the members of the community.”

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Wait Six Hours After Smoking Marijuana To Drive

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

Patients who use marijuana for medical purposes must wait six hours after smoking the drug to drive a car, the Health Ministry is set to announce soon.Up to now, the issue of driving and medical marijuana use had not been clarified formally, and this lacunae caused several police-related incidents, including the investigation in November 2010 of scriptwriter Ran Sarig, who uses marijuana for medical purposes, after he was seen on a television program driving with a marijuana cigarette in his mouth.

 

 

The new regulation will completely prohibit drivers of public or commercial vehicles from smoking the drug for medicinal purposes. In recent months, the use of medical marijuana has risen in Israel, according to Health Ministry figures. Up to now, some 4,000 permits have been given for marijuana use for medical purposes. The mini1stry believes that after final regulations are ironed out for the use of medicinal marijuana, some 40,000 patients in Israel will use the narcotic. Authorization for marijuana use covers the holding of 200 grams of the drug at any one time. The drug is grown and supplied for medical purposes by an authorized list of persons.


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Melanie Soliz Gave Marijuana Pipe To Her Baby To Suck On, SoCal Police Say

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 18th 2011 by THCFinder

Video showing a baby putting its mouth to a pot pipe put SoCal authorities on alert, and when they visited the Hesperia home of mom Melanie Soliz over the weekend, they say they found enough evidence to prove that the imagery wasn't lying.

The 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty. Her self-described fiance, Blake Hightower, 24, later turned himself in and faced the same allegation.

Both were medical marijuana patients, according to the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.

The pair was being held on $100,000 bail each, Roxanne Walker of the sheriff's department told the Weekly Tuesday.

According to sheriff's officials, the childrens services officials tipped off a deputy about an informant who had video of Soliz's 23-month-old toddler sucking on a pipe that had marijuana residue in it.

The deputy, Lisa Guerra, tracked Soliz down at the home of the baby's paternal grandparents, arrested her, and obtained a search warrant for her home, where the pipe in question was allegedly found.

The baby was taken by childrens services officials and was scheduled to be placed in foster care.

The sheriff's statement notes that "... both parents had medical marijuana cards."

(Source)


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