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$770,000 Cannabis Crop In Sydney House

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder

A woman has been charged with cultivating cannabis valued at more than three-quarters of a million dollars in a small town southwest of Sydney. Police searched the house on Wynyard Avenue in Rossmore on Wednesday and allegedly found seven rooms set up for cultivation of the drug.

 

 

 

They seized 348 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $774,000. A 39 year old woman was arrested at the scene and later charged with large commercial cultivation of prohibited plants. She was refused bail and is due to appear at Liverpool Local court on Thursday.


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Man grew cannabis in shed to combat ex-wifes arthritis

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

A FATHER who grew cannabis worth £2,800 in a garden shed has avoided jail.

Michael Barber, of Granville Close, Billericay, told Southend Crown Court he cultivated 43 plants to help his ex-wife cope with her arthritis.

The 48-year-old bought expensive hydroponics equipment and diverted mains electricity to power his mini drugs factory.

However, Judge John Lodge ruled he had learnt his lesson and allowed him to walk free.

He said: “People who cultivate yields of that size usually get prison sentences.

“However, in your case that sentence will be suspended.”

Barber was handed an eight-month sentence, suspended for a year. He was also banned from leaving his home between 9pm and 4.30am for three months.

The court heard he decided to grow the cannabis after reading about the pain-relieving effects it can have for arthritis sufferers.

His former wife, with whom he has three children, lives in The Fremnells, Basildon.

Barber set up the hydroponics equipment in a shed at the bottom of her garden and routed the mains electricity so it bypassed the meter for the house.

Police discovered the drugs factory when they raided the home in September.

Experts estimated the plants they found would have been worth £2,800 at street prices.

Barber pleaded guilty to growing Class B drugs and illegally taking electricity.

Judge Lodge said: “While this was an error of judgment, it was a fairly sophisticated one.

“It was not simply the growing of cannabis by splashing a few seeds in a garden pot.”

In addition to the suspended sentence, Barber was told to pay £500 in prosecution and defence costs.

The judge also ordered the confiscation and destruction of the hydroponics equipment and cannabis.

(Source)


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San Bernardino Moves Toward Shutting Out Marijuana Dispensaries Entirely

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, February, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

Looks like unincorporated L.A. County isn't the only place pot shops are feeling unwelcome these days.

San Bernardino County officials are considering a similar ban on marijuana dispensaries in their unincorporated areas. The county Planning Commission will likely vote on the deal Thursday before, er, passing it on to the county's supervisors for final consideration.

Pot shops are virtually shut out in the San Bernardino's cities and towns, so this move would prevent a rush to unincorporated areas.

"Most of our cities and the other surrounding counties have banned dispensaries, and if the county doesn't follow suit, that could create havoc," county spokesman David Wert told the San Bernardino Sun.

If the county approves this, it looks like San Bernardino will be a dry county when it comes to weed.

Unincorporated L.A., Orange and Riverside counties have approved similar measures.

Medical cannabis patients, of course, can always come to the city of L.A.,which still has plenty of dispensaries


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Michigans medical pot law takes center stage in federal court

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

As most of the state was preparing for the blizzard that buried much of the state in snow Tuesday, advocates for the state medical marijuana law’s confidentiality provisions were in federal court in Grand Rapids trying to quash a federal subpoena for medical information in the possession of the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Both state and federal authorities were in court on Tuesday as well as advocates for Michigan Association of Compassion Clubs arguing over whether the MDCH can release information about seven patients/caregivers without violating the law’s confidentiality clause. The Medical Marijuana Act makes it a crime to release information contained in the confidential records turned over to the Michigan Department of Community Health as part of getting a patient card.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette has said he will release the information if the federal courts issue an order directing the records be released and preventing officials from being held liable for the release under Michigan law. Schuette opposed the 2008 ballot initiative which created the law.

Jamie Lowell from MACC had this to say to the Grand Rapids Press about the potential impact of releasing confidential medical records.

“When you get the application, you are under the impression all of the information will remain confidential,” he said Tuesday, outside of U.S. District Court. “People aren’t going to have that peace of mind, and they’ll think twice.”

Federal officials, however, say MACC has no business in a legal dispute between the state and federal governments.

[Assistant U.S. Attorney John] Bruha said that medical-marijuana advocates have built a case based on “rather vague confidentiality provisions,” in the law. The federal government could legally obtain the information on specified patients through a third party, or the state, which does not violate constitutional rights against self-incrimination because “the target is not being forced or compelled to do anything,” he said.

(Source)


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Striking against the city!

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

Medical-marijuana advocates are aiming to pull a Walmart. That is, they want to collect enough signatures to avoid what they describe as a de facto ban.

When the San Diego City Councilpassed an ordinance that could have threatened the development of new supercenter stores, Walmart fought back with a signature drive to give San Diegans the chance to vote on it. Faced with a special election, the council backed down and repealed the ordinance on Tuesday.

At a meeting of the California Cannabis Coalition on Monday, attorney Jessica McElfresh said the San Diego Planning Commission’s decision last week to approve a restrictive ordinance came months faster than anticipated. Marijuana collectives and patients’ best hope, she said, is to pursue a ballot initiative—one that she co-wrote—that would enact the more flexible recommendations of theSan Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force.

The initiative, filed with the City Clerk in December, is titled “Citizens for Safe Access Ordinance,” and the coalition is establishing a political action committee, San Diegans for Patients’ Rights. They need 62,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Thenext ballot—as early as June if Gov. Jerry Brown gets his way—the coalition hopes to pressure the City Council to reject the Planning Commission’s ordinance the same way Walmart did. If the council passes the restrictive ordinance anyway, the initiative would serve to repeal and replace it.

The Planning Commission’s ordinance contains 1,000foot distance restrictions from everything from parks to universities, the limitation of collectives to a few industrial and commercial zones and a stringent permit requirement. With these rules, McElfresh expects only five or so dispensaries will exist within the city limits. Her proposed initiative contains 500- and 600-foot restrictions and allows for dispensaries in all industrial and commercial zones. This, she says, will more or less maintain the status quo.

San Diegans may yet vote on a big-box ordinance. But this time it would be big-box dispensaries.

The Planning Commission’s ordinance would cut the number of collectives in San Diego, but it would have little impact on the number of medical-marijuana consumers. As a result, San Diegans may be faced with an oligopoly of large collectives. Oakland, as a precedent, has a small number of dispensaries, but among them are the 48,000-member Harborside Health Center and the franchise weGrow, which is often referred to as the “Walmart of Weed.”

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Can Employers Fire a Medical Marijuana Patient for Lighting Up California

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

 

It looks like California has backed itself into a bit of a smoke-filled corner again. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but one state senator says that legality is worthless to about half the residents there. That’s because it’s currently legal for any California company to fire any employee who tests positive for pot. California Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno says that his state’s legalization of marijuana was never meant to apply only to the state’s unemployed which at face value, seems to make a lot of sense. Do medical-marijuana patients have a right to work or not?

 

 

 

This is not the first time that Leno has introduced a bill that bans employers from firing medipot smokers. His 2007 bill was very similar, and it even passed the legislature. But then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed it, saying employment protection was not a goal of Prop. 215, which legalized marijuana in California. Schwarzenegger also said he was concerned about allowing marijuana to affect the decisions that employers make.

But can you really have it both ways? If medical marijuana is so therapeutic, then should only those who do not work be able to benefit from it? How do the rights of legitimate medipot smokers compare to disabled people who require certain accommodations? Yes, much of this boils down to what type of job a person is performing. And Leno’s bill addresses this. The bill states that jobs that are “safety sensitive,” such as those performed by doctors and heavy equipment operators, would not be covered.


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