Hornsby Cannabis Bust
Marijuana plants worth almost $1m were found in a home in Hornsby this morning along with a carpet python and several other animals allowed to live in disgusting conditions. Police officers arrived in Noble St at 7.30 in the morning where they found 185 cannabis plants being grown in a make shift hydroponic facility under a dilapidated home. They also found an amount of dry cannabis but the plants themselves are estimated by police to be worth roughly $925,000 street value.
Hornsby Council have also condemned the house which police said was covered in faeces from dogs and cats left to live in appalling conditions. Energy Australia attended and will prosecute the owner for bypassing the electrical grid to steal electricity.
The house at the end of a small cul-de-sac was run down and overgrown but had Christmas lights erected. A large amount of music equipment was piled up inside the open garage. It is thought the owner had been working as a DJ. A 24-year-old man will face Hornsby Local Court later today charged with cultivating a commercial amount of cannabis and supplying a prohibited drug.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Banned in Parts of LA County
As of the start of the new year, medical marijuana dispensaries will be banned in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to approve the ban by 4 to 1, given a 4-1 vote in favour of the ban two weeks ago a ban hasbeen in the works for several months.
The ban was proposed by Michael Antonovich, who believes having dispensaries in the area will create more crime and pose a safety threat to residents. Currently no permits have been authorized for medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in unincorporated areas, so if there are any such businesses operating right now, they are doing so illegally.
Those objecting to the ban could file suit against the County to block the ban. Ahead of the Board's vote there were protesters outside chanting "safe access now" and carrying signs. Inside the meeting, the ban was passed without comment and "no advocates appeared inside the hearing room" to speak on behalf of dispensaries.
Draft of Colorado Pot Rules Is A 90 Page Tome
Medical marijuana advocates and government representatives on Monday hammered out the final details of proposed new rules that would give Colorado the most comprehensive seed to sale cannabis business regulations in the nation. The rules would govern everything ranging from how a state regulates marijuana cultivation to how dispensary owners keep track of their sales, what makers of marijuana infused pastries should put on their labels.
Several of the rules would place Colorado in unprecedented territory, for instance, requiring marijuana growers to fit cameras at their growth operation so that state auditors can view their crop remotely.
The drafts were put together during more than 60 hours of meetings by the state Department of Revenue's medical marijuana rules work group, a collection of state officials, law enforcement officers, local government representatives and medical-marijuana business owners and patients. So this is just one step closer to all of our dreams that marijuana can become legal as it is a real stepping stone, after all we can’t really legalize marijuana without any state laws in place.
The Best Way To Grow Weed Indoors Using a Nutrient Film Technique
In this method, the plants grow through light-proof plastic films placed over shallow, gently sloping channels. A steady flow of nutrients is maintained along the channel, and the roots grow into dense mats, with a thin film of nutrient passing over them (hence the name of the technique). A downside of the technique is that it has very little buffering against interruptions in the flow eg power outages, but overall, it is probably one of the more productive techniques.
The basic kit that you will need to start off your home made growth ops are listed below. It is up to you to set it all up properly to ensure that the marijuana plants stay healthy. Now be warned this method is perfect for getting high grade cannabis but be warned it will take a lot of your time to care for the plants.
You will need the following:
A High Pressure Sodium Lamp (600 watt is the most efficient but a 400 watt may suit a smaller space).
A Fan running 24 hours a day if possible and oscillating.
A NFT tank with pump and spreader mat (these come with the tank), Rockwool cubes.
A 24 hour timer to control light periods. This should be used with a high power switch known as a contactor or relay switch as grow lamps can easily burn out regular timers used on their own.
A pH tester to test water and nutrient feed solutions.
A pH adjuster such as phosphoric acid to adjust water and feed solution to around pH 5.2 – 6.0.
Nutrients, ones aimed at growing the plant you want to cultivate are best.
And Matt white paint or white plastic to cover the walls of the grow space.
Also useful is a measuring bucket, measuring jug, large syringe and pea netting or string to support top heavy plants. If you can afford it a great help is a Total Dissolved Solids meter. These allow you to check the nutrient levels of feeding.
State appellate panel finalizes pot ruling
A state appeals panel says an Orange County judge must hear a lawsuit challenging the city of Anaheim's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.
City News Service says the Fourth District Court of Appeal finalized the ruling Monday, after the California Supreme Court refused to hear Anaheim's appeal of the decision it first handed down in August.
The justices ruled that Superior Court Judge David Chaffee wrongly dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Qualified Patients Association in 2007 based on the argument that federal marijuana laws trump state law.
They did not rule on whether state laws allowing medical marijuana pre-empt the Anaheim ordinance, and the city prevailed in its arguments that the ordinance does not violate civil rights.
Chaffee will now take up an amended version of the lawsuit.
Wyoming's medical marijuana decision spawns threat of City Council recall effort
WYOMING — Marijuana advocates want to kick the entire City Council out of office for enacting a ban on the drug that state law permits for medicinal use.
The council Monday reaffirmed a November vote, giving the ban a second and final reading that makes medical marijuana illegal within city limits.
Mayor Jack Poll, a pharmacist, and his peers said the voter-approved state law is dangerous because it does not regulate distribution of marijuana through typical medical channels.
Now Wyoming voters may be asked to choose which they stand behind: The 2008 statewide marijuana proposal or the elected seven-member council?
A lawyer who has sued the city now also plans a campaign to recall all seven elected officials: Sam Bolt, Dan Burrill, Kent Vanderwood, William Ver Hulst, Joanne Voorhees, Richard Pastoor and Poll.
John Ter Beek said he was scheduled to meet today (12-7) with the American Civil Liberties Union to pursue an injunction on Wyoming’s ban. He also is recruiting volunteers to circulate recall petitions.
“If I have to be recalled because I vote on preserving safety in our community, then so be it. Move somebody else into my chair,” Pastoor said. “The only way to handle (medical marijuana) is like we handle any other drug.”
In line with statewide results, voters in 27 of 28 Wyoming precincts supported the marijuana proposal in 2008.
“They went against the will of the voters,” Ter Beek said of the council’s actions on Monday.
Lynette Brunink, manager of Grand Rapids Alternative Care, a Grand Rapids Township clinic that certifies a patient’s medical need for marijuana, said the ban “is just like taking insulin from a diabetic.”
Dan Van Dussen, a marijuana patient from Holland, feared the decision may set precedent for other communities exploring regulation of medical marijuana.
“They’re making a knee-jerk reaction from a pharmacist’s point of view,” Van Dussen said. “What they do here, Holland is going to look at it and say ‘Wyoming did this.’”
The medical marijuana law permits licensed caregivers to grow up to 60 plants and distribute the drug to as many as five licensed patients, who can possess up to 2.5 ounces at a given time.
Ver Hulst said the medical marijuana proposal “sounded good (in 2008), just like apple pie and motherhood.” But “I guess I assumed it would be properly controlled by medical dispensaries,” he said.
He and his colleagues said medical marijuana should be dispensed through pharmacies. There’s also concern that enforcing the state law would burden city police at a time when Wyoming’s budget is strapped.
Jazmin Valencia, a recovering alcoholic, agreed with city leaders, saying odor from a marijuana patient who lives in her Wyoming apartment building creates unwanted temptation to break her sobriety.
“I feel I should be safe at home and I don’t feel that I am,” Valencia said. “We should push for more regulations. There is a better way to do it.”
Poll said he is “not at all” fearful of being recalled because the 2008 marijuana proposal was passed “without full knowledge of the ramifications.” Voters would not endorse the same proposal today, he said.
“I have a major problem with the way this is being dispensed,” Poll said. “This is not a vote against the people that need this medication. This is a vote against the way it’s being dispensed.”
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