Friday toking to kick off the weekend
Category: Tokers | Posted on Fri, March, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
2 Medical Marijuana Efforts Underway In Ohio
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Backers of a medical marijuana amendment in Ohio say they aren't deterred by a separate ballot effort already under way to legalize the substance for medical purposes.
The Ohio Medical Cannabis Association was recently cleared by state officials to circulate petitions for their amendment to appear on fall ballots.
The proposal would allow authorized vendors to make and distribute the otherwise illegal drug and set up a state oversight commission. It also spells out patients' privacy and confidentiality rights.
A separate measure cleared last year by officials specifies how much marijuana people could possess, and it doesn't set up a commission.
Both amendments need about 385,000 valid signatures to appear before voters in November.
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana's medical use to treat certain illness.
1,000 pounds of marijuana worth $3.7 million seized
Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
Authorities are calling it the biggest marijuana seizure in county history.
More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana packed in white plastic bags was seized at two different locations Wednesday.
Officials say the street value of the marijuana tops out around $3.7 million.
Berley O’Brian Greene, 37, 1575 Birch Dr., Orangeburg, has been charged with trafficking marijuana. Orangeburg County authorities say they are speaking with federal authorities, who may adopt the case.
Greene was in court Thursday with his attorney seeking a bond while authorities had what they say is half a ton of marijuana stacked up outside the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Law Enforcement Complex.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Willie Robinson set bond at half of a million dollars and granted a state motion for electronic monitoring.
“After hearing from the state and the defense, the court finds an appropriate bond would be $500,000,” Robinson said.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Investigator Riley Godwin had petitioned the court for a denial of bond, a seizure of Greene’s passport, electronic monitoring, or at the very least a high surety bond.
“If you were to set a cash or surety bond, we would ask for a million-dollar bond,” Riley said.
Riley told the court Wednesday’s arrest during a traffic stop wasn’t the first time Greene has faced a drug-related charge.
In 2008, Greene pleaded guilty to a manufacturing, distribution or possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Defense attorney Marion Moses told the court his client, a lifelong resident of the county, would not dispute electronic monitoring.
“He’s been in Orangeburg his whole life,” Moses said. “I don’t feel he is a flight risk. We ask that you set a reasonable bond.”
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said both Greene and the marijuana were seized Wednesday after an ongoing investigation with Lexington County authorities pointed to Orangeburg.
Officers with both agencies raided a home and a business before seizing Greene near the intersection of Five Chop Road and U.S. Highway 21, Ravenell said.
“It’s an ongoing investigation, so the information we have today will be limited,” the sheriff said.
Cops illegally terrorizing a dispensary in Long Beach
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, March, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
Plainclothes officers not providing identification as members of the Long Beach Police Department, along with Long Beach Department of Finance employees, initiated what attorney Matthew Pappas called an "illegal raid" against NatureCann Non-Profit Patient Group last week.
On March 21 at 4:41 p.m., acting without a warrant or a court order, the officers forcefully broke into the collective where three patient volunteers were assisting fellow patients. An observer recording the raid outside of the collective was knocked down by an officer, who told him the police "can do whatever they want."
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