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Man checks into jail with joints sewn in underwear, police say

Category: News | Posted on Sun, January, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.  — Police said a man checking into jail had 15 marijuana cigarettes sewn into his boxers.
According to WLKY's news partner the News and Tribune, Dontas Marshall, 41, was sentenced Jan. 5 to 15 years in prison for possession of cocaine.
Marshall, who was out of jail on bond, turned himself in to authorities at his sentencing hearing and was booked in to the Clark County Jail.
According to police reports, a corrections officer noticed Marshall smelled of marijuana.
Jail personnel found nothing in a pat-down search but said that Marshall was clenching his buttocks.
Officers then prepared to strip-search Marshall, who then admitted he had a joint in his boxers, police said.
Officers cut open the boxers and found 15 joints, according to police reports.
Police said, because of the amount, Marshall will face criminal charges.


Drugs Found After Car Stopped On M1

Category: News | Posted on Sat, January, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

Drugs with a street value of more than three-quarters of a million euro have been seized on one of the country's busiest motorways. Detectives uncovered the cannabis in a Northern Ireland-registered car stopped on the M1 near Drogheda. The driver and only occupant were arrested and is being held at Balbriggan Garda station under the Drug Trafficking Act.




The arrest was part of a joint Garda and PSNI operation into drug trafficking. Detectives from the Garda National Drugs Unit stopped the car as it was travelling northbound near the Drogheda toll plaza. Some 30 kilos of cannabis herb and 75 kilos of cannabis resin have been sent for forensic analysis. The haul is believed to have a street value of 810,000 euro.


Medical Cannabis Symposium

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

About 50 community members attended a recent seminar sponsored by Ukiah's three cannabis dispensaries: Compassionate Heart, MJ's Place and Reflections of Avalon, for an afternoon of presentations and discussion - the first of what sponsors hope will be many future events. MediCann is the nation's largest provider of medical marijuana recommendations - more than 230,000 to date. MediCann founder Dr. Jean Tallerand presented the history of marijuana - discussing the etymological meaning of cannabis and its usage dating from Persia in 8000 B.C. to the present. "Cannabis is the oldest nonfood crop cultivated by humans," said Tallerand. Citing research from Ukiah Daily Journal archives, Dr. Tallerand drew chuckles quoting a 1907 edition of the Ukiah Dispatch Democrat reporting that the "queer smokes gave one a desire to caress one's feet." A Garden Club report in a 1934 Redwood Journal article quoted a member who "gave a reading on marijuana, a most interesting and lovely plant." Tallerand says "our dualistic history with cannabis" continues unabated, noting as a federally classified Schedule I drug, cannabis has no accepted medical use. "Yet drug companies developed a synthetic version of THC- marinol," said Tallerand, demonstrating the discontinuity between federal regulations and the FDA's acceptance of synthesized cannabis as medicine. 




Tim Blake, proprietor of Laytonville's Area 101 and founder of thebannual Emerald Cup outdoor cannabis competition discussed challenges for outdoor growers. "Today we grow all the outdoor cannabis we need but can't get it to the marketplace. Mendo's crop was four times larger than last year, but we retain less than 18 percent of market share. We have a whole generation that doesn't like outdoor cannabis. It's a tough market to break," he noted. Blake feels the future of the cannabis industry is producing strains high in "CBDs" - molecular compounds providing patients with more health and less "high." He emphasized his success with the 9.31 program and encouraged growers to join. "If you're not an inlaw, you're an outlaw," Blake cautioned.

Dr. Mark Rabe, MediCann's director of patient services, reviewed cannabis and patient health. "MediCann patient profiles include the elderly suffering from osteoporosis, hospice patients, glaucoma, chronic pain, insomnia, arthritis, migraines, cancer, HIV and MS," he said. Rabe discussed the role of CBDs and the brain's endocannabinoid receptor sites. "Cannabis binds to these receptor sites located on cell membranes. This causes intracellular reactions resulting in relief from pain and nausea, lowering of intra-ocular pressure in glaucoma patients, changes in the gastrointestinal system and reduction of inflammation and blood pressure." Ukiah's MediCann physician Dr. John Lovejoy discussed cannabis use during pregnancy and breast feeding, citing four years of county public health statistics from 1,261 pregnant mothers.


Chris Bartkowicz Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 28th 2011 by THCFinder

A Denver-area marijuana grower who was controversially arrested last February was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison on Friday.

Chris Bartkowicz of Highlands Ranch, Colorado was arrested at his home in February, 2010 after DEA agents saw a segment about his medical-marijuana grow operation on local news.

"Whether it's a small grow or a big grow, I don't think the average person realizes how close to their front door it is," Bartkowicz told KUSA in Denver during a segment on Colorado's burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

Days later, DEA agents arrived at Bartkowicz's house, confiscated the marijuana plants he had been growing in his basement, and charged him with felony Marijuana Possession with Intent to Sell, a crime punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

The arrest send shockwaves through the medical marijuana community, as Bartkowicz was a licensed medical marijuana caregiver in Colorado.

Marijuana-rights activists pointed to a guidance the Obama administration issued shortly after taking office that directed law federal enforcement officials "not to focus federal resources in your States on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws."

The DEA says that it had reasonable evidence that Bartkowicz was not in "clear and unambiguous" compliance with Colorado law, as the number of plants he was growing exceeded the amount he was allowed under state law.

In August, a federal judge ruled that Bartkowicz could not use state law as a defense.

In October, Bartkowicz pleaded guilty in exchange for a sentence of 60 months on prison. District Court Judge Philip Brimmer accepted the deal on Friday.



California woman gets Nebraska prison time for pot

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 28th 2011 by THCFinder

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 63-year-old California woman has been given three-to-eight years in a Nebraska prison for the 66 pounds of marijuana found in the back of her sport utility vehicle.

Cynthia Bruckner, of Fountain Valley, Calif., was convicted of a drug-delivery charge in November. The Lincoln Journal Star says Bruckner was sentenced on Thursday.

She had sworn she didn't know the marijuana was secreted in the SUV she was driving along Interstate 80 last February when it was pulled over. A drug dog soon led state troopers to the hidden pot.

Troopers arrested Bruckner and her son, who was traveling with her. He is 43-year-old Scot Christensen, and he lives with her in Fountain Valley.

Christensen was convicted earlier this week and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 31.



Colorado: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Not Associated With Increased Crime

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 28th 2011 by THCFinder

An analysis of Denver crime statistics for 2010 contradicts claims that the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries are associated with elevated incidences of criminal activity.

According to a Denver Post story published this week: "A Denver police analysis completed late last year of areas around dispensaries showed that the number of crimes in those pockets dropped in the first nine months of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009. The drop, 8.2 percent, was marginally less than the city's overall drop in crime of 8.8 percent, according to police."

A separate Denver Post analysis of citywide crime crimes committed in the first 11 months of 2010 found that "some Denver neighborhoods with the highest concentration of dispensaries per capita saw a bigger decrease in crimes than did some neighborhoods with no dispensaries."

Over 800 state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries presently operate in Colorado. The highest concentration of these facilities is in Denver.

Previous analyses have also failed to find any association between the proliferation of medical cannabis dispensaries and elevated crime rates. For example, a 2010 review by the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper reported, "[P]olice have yet to find a correlation between the city's approximately 175 pot shops and increased crime."

A similar 2009 review of Los Angeles crime data also failed to establish a positive link between medical marijuana facilities and crime.




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