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Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, May, 12th 2015 by THCFinder


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DEA Steals $16K From Innocent Man, Leaves Him Without a Way Home

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Uncle Sam continues to use the War on Drugs to profit from the misfortune of average citizens.

Earlier last month, 22-year-old Joseph Rivers boarded a train bound for Los Angeles in hopes of one day having a career in the entertainment industry. Unfortunately, federal authorities chopped the man’s bright-eyed enthusiasm off at the neck, long before he ever crossed over into California, by stealing his life savings. 

According to The Albuquerque Journal, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration accosted Rivers at an Amtrak station during a short layover in New Mexico. It was here that agents began giving him and several other passengers the third degree in hopes of establishing evidence to suggest that someone, anyone, might be using the great American rail system to traffic illegal narcotics. 

Witnesses say the shakedown began as a series of typical law enforcement-type questions: "Where are you going… and why?" However, Rivers, the only black man at the scene, was reportedly singled out by an agent and asked for consent to a search of his bag. Hoping to avoid any further hassle, Rivers complied with the DEA’s request.

During the search, agents found an envelope from a Michigan bank containing River’s life savings$16,000 in cash. Although there was nothing in the bag to suggest involvement with the illegal drug trade, agents decided to seize all of the cash based on possibility that Rivers earned it slinging dope.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/dea-steals-16k-innocent-man-leaves-him-without-way-home


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Hundreds Of Entities Applying For Medical Marijuana Business Licenses In New York

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

new york medical marijuanaPeople trying to get into the marijuana industry, or people that are already in the marijuana industry, have always had their eyes on New York. New York has such a massive population that the potential for success in New York’s medical marijuana industry is obvious. New York recently opened up the application process, and there are already several hundreds of applicants. PerMarijuana Business Daily:

So far, at least 300 would-be cannabusinesses have lined up to submit a business license application and a corresponding $10,000 non-refundable fee to the state health department, according to the New York Post. The application period runs until May 29, so that number could easily double.

Those hundreds are competing for just five permits to grow, process and dispense medical cannabis in the state, and each of the five will be allowed to open at least five dispensaries (though advocates say the law allows for the health commissioner to increase that number).

The stakes are very high in New York. By the time the application window closes at the end of this month, there could be double the amount of applicants that there are now, or possibly even more than that. Five companies are going to essentially win the lottery when they get approved. Everyone else will be left on the outside looking in. I just hope that the five companies that win licenses are good stewards of the industry, and put patients above all else. I’d hate to see nothing but greedy people win the licenses. If so, profits would be put before patients, at which point the industry would never reach its full potential in New York, and patients would likely go back to the black market.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/hundreds-of-entities-applying-for-medical-marijuana-business-licenses-in-new-york/


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Maryland Man Gets 20 Years for 6 Grams of Weed

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

Although more judges across the United States have changed their opinion in regard to dealing with small-time marijuana offenders, many have not.

Perhaps the latest casualty in the War on Drugs is Ronald Tyrone Hammond Jr., who was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession of less than six grams of marijuana.

According to a report in The Baltimore Sun, Hammond got popped in 2012 after an argument with his girlfriend ended up being settled by a couple of local cops. During a frisk, officers discovered a small baggie of weed in his pocket, barely enough for a joint, and took him to jail for misdemeanor possession.

When Hammond showed up in court to answer the charges, District Judge Askew Gatewood stared deeply into the eyes of prosecutors and essentially called them fools for wanting to lock a man up for less than a joint.

"Why would I want to spend taxpayers' money putting his little raggedy butt in jail—feeding him, clothing him, cable TV, Internet, prayer, medical expense, clothing—on $5 worth of weed?” Gatewood asked. It was here the judge urged Hammond to take a plea of “guilty” and a $100 fine in order to get the ridiculous case out of both of their lives as quickly as possible.

He took the deal.

Unfortunately, the full scope of Hammond’s cutthroat situation was not realized before he was persuaded to bargain with the court. Because of a 2009 conviction over a $40 crack deal, he was thrown under the judicial bus and sent off to serve the next two decades behind bars.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/maryland-man-gets-20-years-6-grams-weed


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