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Could California's Medical Marijuana Crop Be Tainted by Japanese Radiation?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, March, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

This passes for a serious concern in California.

 

Our precious multi-billion-dollar marijuana crop could possibly maybe be threatened by radiation from Japan.

And who wants their green glowing, well, green?

It's a question posed with a sober voice in the 420 Times, a publication that explores the finer points of cannabis politics.


Actually, if you smoke weed everyday and you don't want your lungs looking like a glow-stick light show at a rave, maybe you should consider it.

420 Times brings up the question of whether -- if the situation at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station continues to smolder -- we'll have to consider the safety of outdoor marijuana and turn to hydroponic-only.

The publication goes on to seriously doubt your bud will turn into a radioactive dud this far away from Japan.

But if you're, um, paranoid (and we know you are), it offers these tips for the medically dependent:

So unless somehow you happen to be growing and ready to harvest outdoor crops in the next two weeks and an amount of radiation escapes that's huge enough to affect us here in California, you don't really have to worry. But if you want to be extra careful, you should wash off the leaves and buds of any plant that grew in contaminated conditions, and you'd still probably want to do a water cure for the safest result.

Now enjoy your spring crop in peace.

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Cannabis supplying student gets community sentence

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

A KENDAL student who helped supply cannabis to one of his friends has landed before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court on a drug dealing charge.

Mark David Langhorne, 20, was arrested after a drugs raid on his flat in Well Ings on May 4 last year.

He was found with a small package of cannabis, while “incriminating” text messages were found on his mobile phone, prosecutor David Dunk told the court.

These showed he had been regularly contacted by a man known as “Josh W” about the supply of cannabis, he said.

Langhorne pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

But he did so, defence advocate Chris Evans said, only on the basis that, being a regular drug user, he knew where to get cannabis, while his friend “Josh W” did not.

So, Mr Evans said, for a few days Langhorne acted as a go-between between the drug dealers and his friend.

He made no financial profit from it, he said, but received small amounts of cannabis from the dealers for his trouble.

Mr Evans said Langhorne had now “distanced himself” from his drug-using friends after realising that his use of cannabis was “just a complete waste of time”.

The judge, Recorder Kevin Talbot, told Langhorne that unless he stopped committing such offences he would end up in prison.

“That would be nothing short of a disaster for you and your family,” he said.

Langhorne was put under probation supervision for a year and made to do 200 hours unpaid community work.

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Grow Weed, Get Your Wrist Slapped Under Proposed California Marijuana Law

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, February, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

‚ÄčSmoking weed? fairly legal, especially if you have a doctor's recommendation. Having personal-use weed? Same deal. Growing weed? Not so much.

Strange, because, if medical marijuana is legal in California, and it's sold at hundreds of outlets in L.A., the pot-shop capital of American, someone has to grow it, right?

A bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano seeks to address this strange gray area when it comes to California pot law. It would ...

... change the cultivation charge in California from an automatic felony to an optional one, giving district attorneys across the state the option of going for a lesser, misdemeanor violation.

Bill co-sponsor David Eyster, the D.A. of Mendocino County, states:

"When it comes to marijuana cultivation, one size does not fit all. The proposed change affords local District Attorneys the charging discretion to determine, for example, that a home gardener with a few non-medical marijuana plants will not be prosecuted at the same level as a profiteer operating a major marijuana plantation.

"It makes no sense that unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is an infraction, that possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor, that possession of methamphetamines may be charged as a misdemeanor, but that growing any amount of marijuana must be charged as a straight felony punishable by prison."

 

Of course, as our friends at SF Weekly note, not all D.A.'s are cannabis friendly. And that would certainly be the case in L.A., where Steve Cooley has said that most dispensaries here are illicit because, he says, they operate on a for-profit basis contrary to state law.

So, growers in L.A., good luck, even if this thing passes.

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Too high to drive? CO considers pot DUI law

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, February, 21st 2011 by THCFinder

Colorado could soon have some new rules affecting marijuana users who may be driving under the influence.

Lawmakers are considering a driving under the influence blood-content threshold for marijuana.

Under the proposal, drivers who test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, would be considered too impaired to drive.

One of the bill's sponsors is trying to assure medical marijuana users that they're not going to be stopped if they're driving appropriately.

 

While it's already illegal to drive while impaired by drugs, states have taken different approaches to the issue. Twelve states, including Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Rhode Island, have a zero-tolerance policy for driving with any presence of an illegal substance, said Anne Teigen, policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Minnesota has the same policy but exempts marijuana.

Nevada, which is among the 16 states that allow medical marijuana, and Ohio and have a 2 nanogram THC limit for driving. Pennsylvania has a 5 nanogram limit, but that's a state Health Department guideline, which can be introduced in driving violation cases, Teigen said.

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Oklahoma Mom Gets 10 Years for Selling $31 of Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, February, 21st 2011 by THCFinder

An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling $31 of marijuana.

Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow, a 25-year-old mother of four, and her mother, Delita Starr, 50, sold an $11 dime bag to a police informant in Oklahoma on Dec. 31, 2009. The informant returned two weeks later to buy $20 of marijuana. Spottedcrow, who worked in nursing homes before her arrest, told The Oklahoman she did it to get some extra money.

The women were charged with drug distribution and possession of a dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, because Spottedcrow's children were in the house during the transaction. They were offered plea deals of two years in prison but decided to enter a guilty plea instead, a gamble they took because neither had prior convictions and because the amount of drugs sold was so small.

The gamble did not pay off. Spottedcrow was given sentences of 10 years in prison for distribution and two years for possession, to run concurrently. When she was picked up to be taken to prison, she had marijuana in her jacket pocket, which led to another two-year concurrent sentence and a fine of nearly $1,300.

Starr received a suspended sentence of 30 years with no incarceration and five years of drug and alcohol assessments.

Spottedcrow began her sentence at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center three days before Christmas.

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Cannabis protester prepared to starve

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, February, 19th 2011 by THCFinder

A TIMARU cancer patient facing a jail term for growing cannabis he uses to alleviate pain says he will go on a hunger strike if he gets locked up.

Peter Davy, 51, has pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis and to other related drug charges, but says he uses the drug only for medicinal purposes for himself and his partner, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

It is not the first time he has been before the courts on drug charges and the judge indicated that when Davy is sentenced on March 16 he can expect to receive a jail term.

But Davy is refusing to go quietly.

"I will be going on a hunger strike the moment I am given a prison sentence and I absolutely do not want to be force-fed under any circumstances. I will also be refusing all cancer medication.

"I am 100% committed to continuing with a hunger strike until I am dead," said Davy. "I hate confrontation and I hate publicity, but I have nothing to lose and somebody has to make a stand... or nothing ever changes."

Davy, who has done extensive research into the medicinal benefits of cannabis, says he started smoking cannabis only after he was diagnosed with a pituitary tumour 10 years ago and discovered it helped alleviate the symptoms better than any drugs the doctors could prescribe him.

"Not one legal drug had the slightest beneficial effect. They turned me into a zombie, slowed my brain to a standstill and made it feel like mush, made me suicidal," he said. In desperation he tried cannabis, and it helped.

He did not support the use of cannabis as a recreational drug and accepted its potentially dangerous side, but he believed that for people like himself and his partner, who were in constant pain because of terminal illnesses, cannabis use should be permitted.

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