Four Men Quizzed After Drug Raids
Four men are being questioned after detectives smashed a suspected cannabis-growing operation. Nearly half a million euro-worth of the drug was seized during a raid on a "grow house" in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, and a follow-up search in Dublin. Two men, aged 23 and 30, were arrested when gardai uncovered the makeshift cannabis factory and plants with an estimated street value of 144,000 euro around noon on Thursday.
In follow-up searches, another two men, aged 25 and 36, were detained in Wicklow and west Dublin. More herbal cannabis, believed to have a street value of 312,000 euro, was also seized. All four men are being held at Garda stations in Baltinglass, Carlow, and Kevin Street, Dublin. They are being questioned under section two of the Drug Trafficking Act.
The raids were carried out by gardai in Baltinglass, the Tallaght Drugs Unit and the Kevin Street Drugs Unit, as part of Operation Nitrogen. The Garda National Drugs Unit is co-ordinating the operation. The cannabis has been sent for forensic analysis.
Arizona Sheriff Arpaio forms squad in response to medical marijuana law
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is forming a special squad to target people use Arizona's new medical marijuana law to violate other drug laws.
Arpaio says he wants to be prepared for criminals who believe the voter-approved law will give them cover to deal marijuana with impunity.
The measure will allow patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other chronic or debilitating diseases to buy 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks or grow a limited number of plants themselves if they live 25 miles from a marijuana dispensary.
Patients could begin buying pot with a doctor's recommendation in the state this summer.
San Francisco Medical Marijuana Dispensary Further Elevates Patient Clients with Rewards Program
San Francisco medicinal marijuana dispensary Lifted Health and Wellness is making it even easier to obtain their products and relief. The medicinal marijuana company that delivers its products to their patients on electric scooters within the hour has introduced a reward program that allows their patient clients to earn and spend points on merchandise, marijuana, edibles, and hash.
In an economy where every dollar counts, the Lifted Loyalty Rewards program is an attractive way to save money. Patient clients earn points for every dollar spent, and with these points, patients can buy everything from medicinal marijuana to T-shirts.
Patient clients earn points for every dollar spent, every re-tweet, every "like" on Facebook, every friend referral, and more. When a patient client returns a container, they receive 5 points. Liking Lifted on Facebook or following them on Twitter earns a patient client ten points. For participating in an online survey, a patient client gets 50 points. Reviewing a product or service gives patient clients 125 points. Finally, if a patient client either refers a friend or blogs about Lifted, they receive 250 points.
There are other ways to earn points as well, such as posting pictures or retweeting about Lifted. The points that patient clients accumulate allow them to buy a variety of medicinal marijuana products and Lifted merchandise. For example, a debowler is 100 points, an edible is 225 points, and a hoodie is 400 points. Get a free gram of hash for 600 points or an eighth ounce of marijuana for 1000 points.
Lifted Health and Wellness is a San Francisco mobile medicinal marijuana dispensary that prides itself on consistent compassion, quality, and efficiency in all of its services. They deliver affordable goods to client patients via environmentally friendly electric scooters.
School Won't Allow Student With Seizures to Take Marijuana Pill
Judge Dismisses Millie Elder's Drug Case
A judge has thrown out the drugs case against Paul Homes' daughter Millie Elder after police prosecutors failed to prove basic elements of the case. Elder was charged with obstructing police and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis after her Mercedes was searched in December 2009. The vehicle was searched after a passenger in her car was seen by police drinking alcohol.
However, police prosecutors in the Auckland District Court today neglected to present evidence that the area was covered by the liquor ban. Judge Philippa Cunningham said the rest of the case flowed from that search and as the evidence was therefore unlawfully obtained, the rest of the case had to fail. A "no case to answer" submission by Elder's lawyer Kim Holden was upheld. The obstruction charge remained as it was not a consequence of the search, the judge said. Elder pleaded guilty to the charge and was discharged without conviction She was fined $150 for an earlier charge she had admitted of possession of cannabis in January 2010.
Dutch council rejects 'marijuana pass'
The city council of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands has rejected the idea of a pass system for buyers of marijuana. Local politicians in nearby Den Bosch and Maastricht have already come out against introducing ‘weed-passes’, the aim of which would be to bar the sale of cannabis to other than Dutch residents.
In the Netherlands, outlets called ‘coffeeshops’ can be licensed to sell small amounts of marijuana. In recent years, ‘drugs tourists’ from across the border in Belgium and Germany have caused increasing trouble in southern Dutch towns where they come to buy pot.
More recently still, towns including Eindhoven have been hit by a wave of violent crime connected to the supply of cannabis to the outlets. While the sale of marijuana is permitted, the supply of the soft drugs to licensed coffeeshops remains illegal and is controlled by criminal networks.
Under the pass system being proposed by the government, coffeeshops would become clubs with membership only open to local people. Eindhoven Mayor Rob van Gijzel is not convinced, arguing the government should get tough with the criminals involved in the supply of cannabis, and not penalise the customers.
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