Coast Guard Seizes $6.2 Million Worth of Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
MIAMI — More than 6,500 pounds of marijuana seized during a joint effort between the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk and crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma was offloaded in Key West, Fla., October 16.
A joint crew, made of the Tahoma's crew along with six crewmembers from the Mohawk, were operating aboard the Mohawk as the Tahoma undergoes a nine-month overhaul at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore as part of Coast Guard’s Mission Effectiveness Project. The crews are working together under the Coast Guard Atlantic Area's MEP multi-crewing program.
Seventh Coast Guard District command center watchstanders received notification that the Jamaican-flagged fishing vessel Captain Richard was disabled and adrift in the Caribbean Sea, without fuel to operate its engines, more than 200 miles from the nearest port. Watchstanders then tasked the Coast Guard crew to provide assistance to the Captain Richard.
Shortly after arriving on scene, the combined crew took the 60-foot Captain Richard in tow. The Coast Guard received permission from the Government of Jamaica to conduct a law enforcement boarding of the vessel. Using advanced Coast Guard training, the boarding team discovered several hundred packages wrapped in plastic wrap and tape. The contents later tested positive for marijuana.
Upon discovering the contraband, the crew of the Captain Richard were taken into custody and transferred to the Mohawk along with approximately 6,500 pounds of marijuana with an estimated wholesale value of $6.2.
Maine Man Gets Stolen Marijuana Plants Returned by Police
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
If you happen to grow Marijuana in the United States and it is stolen, what do you do? There isn’t anything you can do. You’ve been robbed and someone is getting high or making money off of all your hard work and your customers/patients will suffer. It puts you months behind in plant growth and you have to start all over again. I’ve known of this happening to growers and it is devastating to them and their consumers. It is the same as if you had broken into a pharmacy and stolen all the pain killers.
In the case of licensed medical marijuana caregiver Thomas Davis of Maine, you call the Police and report it! Surprisingly, after one of his greenhouses was robbed, he phoned the local police to report it. Seems when Davis reported his stolen crop (17 plants in all), the police already had in custody his thief and his crop. But there was a problem.
Police in Ellsworth, Maine had never had to RETURN Marijuana to someone before. But that is exactly what they did. Since Davis is a licensed medical marijuana grower and caregiver of other medical marijuana patients, he had the 17 stolen plants returned, which unfortunately, had gained mold from being out of their greenhouse too long. The theft did exactly what would have happened if he hadn’t gotten them back. He and his patients will have to find their medication elsewhere until Davis can get new plants going.
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Melrose makes preemptive strike against marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, October, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
Melrose is joining a growing list of communities throughout the Commonwealth in a preemptive push to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within the city.
Melrose, Reading, Saugus, and Wakefield are simultaneously pushing for a change in zoning ordinances that would effectively outlaw the dispensaries, said Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan. A similar control is set for consideration in Malden, and a Melrose public health official said efforts are also underway in Hudson.
If passed, the law would establish a maximum of 35 nonprofit treatment centers that would be licensed with the state Department of Public Health and capable of cultivating and selling marijuana to qualified patients who obtain a prescription from their doctor.
The prohibition of the facilities springs from what Dolan said are dubious standards that could unwittingly allow abuse of the law, which defines a qualifying patient as someone diagnosed by their doctor with a debilitating medical condition, and who would derive a benefit from medical use of the substance.
"Due to these poor standards there could be crime and quality of life issues," the mayor said. "Our Planning Board believes that this is the right piece of legislation for Melrose."
The push comes less than a month before voters in Massachusetts are expected to overwhelmingly pass the measure, also known as Question 3, at the Nov. 6 election.
Ruth Clay, the director of the regionalized Board of Health for Melrose, Wakefield, and Reading, said other states that have medical marijuana laws have seen vast abuse.
"In the experiences of these other states the primary purchaser of marijuana in these stores are not people with chronic debilitating illnesses in great pain," Clay said. "The average purchaser in California is a 32-year-old white male with no other underlying medical conditions."
For instance, Clay said, the law allows for a qualified patients to keep a 60-day supply of the substance, but does not define a specific quantity. There is also no age minimum for recipients, she said.
"There are a lot of issues still to be addressed."
Next for the measure, which has already received preliminary Planning Board approval, is a joint meeting between the Board of Aldermen and the Planning Board. A public hearing also will be necessary, and must be scheduled within 65 days of Planning Board approval.
"The problem with doing nothing is the uncertainty of how its going to be interpreted," said Denise Gaffey, Melrose city planner. "And if it is defined as closely to one of the medical uses in our zoning ordinance, it could be allowed."
Gaffey said surrounding communities will be notified of the hearing, and that anyone with strong opinions should speak out.
"We want everyone to be aware of it, and if there are issues or concerns, or if you support it or opposed to it, come and say why," Gaffey said.
In Massachusetts, all town bylaws come under review by the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley for compatibility with other state laws. But city ordinances do not face the same process, giving those such as Melrose freedom to pass ordinances as they see fit, according to Coakley's office.
Coakley's office declined to speculate on the legality of bylaws not yet passed at town meetings. In general, laws passed by cities are only reviewable once a legal challenge is filed, and Coakley's office did not comment on the potential legality of the Melrose ordinance.
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