Maine Medical Marijuana Patients Rush to Register with State
A new law was recently passed that states that medical marijuana patients must register with the state in order to continue using medical marijuana, This has led to hundreds of applications which must be processed by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services. The law went into effect January 1, and the state has already received more than 400 applications and they are continuing to expect to give out over 1,000 registration cards by this spring alone. Medical marijuana is not new to Maine as voters approved the use of medical marijuana in the late 1990’s, however patients that obtained medical marijuana with a simple doctor’s prescription now have to apply for and receive a state registration card, This card will cost the patients roughly $100 per year.
There are concerns about the flood of applications leading to delays in patients receiving their cards. The State Attorney General is advising police to check with the Department of Health if a patient does not have their card, as their application may still be pending. Other patients are wary of registering with the state and hope the legislature will overturn the rule in 2011. There is a downside to this new law though; the new law states that patients must obtain their medical marijuana from one of eight medical marijuana dispensaries that will open where as previously patients could either grow their own or obtain it from a designated caregiver. The dispensaries will provide a third option for patients and could lead to an increase in applications. However, the opening of the voter-approved dispensaries has been delayed and officials don’t expect the first to open until March or April 2011.
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Marijuana Concealed in Tomato Shipment
Local authorities have uncovered nearly 5,000 pounds of Cannabis hidden in a tomato shipment, their last major seizure of the year. Customs and Border Protection officials in Nogales say the load was being smuggled across the Mexican border in a tractor trailer on Thursday evening.
During a standard X-ray inspection of the cargo officers found anomalies and called for a narcotics detection dog. The dog alerted to drugs as the tomato pallets were being unloaded for inspection. 210 bales of marijuana, worth an estimated street value of $4.2 million were seized. The driver, a 48 year old man from Mexico was arrested and turned over to ICE where he shall be processed and await his day in court.
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Roommates arrested for growing, selling marijuana
Police have arrested three roommates for allegedly growing and selling marijuana out of their Iowa City residence.
According to criminal complaints, Iowa City Police Street Crimes officers served a narcotics search warrant at 2151 Keokuk St., No. 14 on Sept. 30. Police identified the occupants as 20-year-old Christopher J. Reasoner, 21-year-old Simon R. Olesen and 18-year-old Taryn M. Stroud.
Police said they obtained the search warrant after purchasing marijuana from Reasoner on Sept. 21 using a cooperating individual. Stroud participated in the sale and also bragged about their marijuana grow operation, police said. The transaction was monitored by Street Crimes detectives.
When officers served the warrant they allegedly found plants being grown and cultivated plants, police said. Police said they also found items used in the manufacturing and selling of marijuana, including grow lights, packaging materials, a digital scale and cash.
At the time the warrant was served, there were other people in the residence using drugs, police said. The roommates admitted to growing and selling marijuana, according to police.
All three roommates were charged with controlled substance violation, Iowa drug tax stamp violation and keeping a drug house. Reasoner and Stroud face an additional count of controlled substance violation and gathering for use of drugs.
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