Roommates arrested for growing, selling marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, January, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder

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.




Do College Girls Smoke Marijuana?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

Marijuana is everywhere these days: the news, on TV, in ardent political discussions about medicinal pot. Then, of course, there is the popular stereotype about college students and pot - you know, that all college kids do is smoke.

But what about college girls? Do they use marijuana as much as their male peers? In an article for Her Campus, Amanda First investigates about the relationship between female college students and the most popular illicit drug.

Marijuana. Weed. Grass. Bud. Mary-Jane. Cannabis. Whatever you call it, you've probably seen it, smelled it, or smoked it at some point. Marijuana is, after all, far and away the most commonly used illicit drug in the world, with about 4 percent of all adults consuming it regularly and 0.6 percent on a daily basis. Humans have used the drug as far back as the third millennium B.C. for recreational, spiritual, and medicinal purposes, and in recent years a very public debate on weed's legality has caused many to question how harmful it really is.

And just as marijuana has pervaded our national culture, so too is its skunky smoke as much a part of the air in our college campuses as the smell of Easy Mac. At my school, weed is so common that the university barely gives you a slap on the wrist for being caught smoking--a violation results in a brief alcohol education class and a mark on your record, while in high school it meant immediate expulsion. But even though it's all around us, weed is still illegal--and still dangerous in many ways.

But how bad is it, really? HC talks to college girls, both users and non-users and Deb Lewis, Cornell's alcohol and drug expert, to get the low-down on getting high.



Amsterdam's pot "coffee shops" could go up in smoke

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 16th 2010 by THCFinder
A new ruling by Europe's highest court may help pave the way for a ban on foreign tourists buying marijuana at free-wheeling "coffee shops" in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities.
The European Court of Justice announced Thursday that the mayor of Maastricht -- a southern town near the German and Belgian borders and not far from France -- was right to close down a coffee shop that had been selling cannabis to non-residents, says Reuters.
"A prohibition on admitting non-residents to coffee shops ... constitutes a measure capable of 
substantially limiting drug tourism and, consequently, of reducing the problems it causes," the Luxembourg-based court said in its judgment.
Flooded by pot-smoking foreigners arriving at the rate of 10,000 a day, Maastricht passed a law in 2005 to prohibit marijuana-selling selling coffee shops from admitting non-residents.
The Dutch supreme court asked for an EU ruling after a coffee shop owner sued when he was forced to close for breaking the "no foreigners" rule.
The ruling is seen as an important precedent because a new Dutch government is planning to use the model to restrict the sale of marijuana and hashish by creating a "grass pass" that will be only be given to Dutch adults, reports the London Telegraph.
While marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, it has been sold openly for decades in designated cafés and police make no arrests for possession of small amounts.
Marc Josemans, owner of the Easy Going coffee shop in Maastricht who initiated the legal fight, told the Associated Press that coffee shops are a successful way of regulating the drug market and preventing marijuana users coming into contact with drugs like heroin.
"All these people who visit coffee shops, they want to use and buy cannabis in a safe haven where they are not being contacted with hard drugs or hassled for other things," he said. "That place is called the coffee shop."


Medical marijuana in the work place; get your questions answered

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 15th 2010 by THCFinder

PHOENIX - The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act is bringing up a lot of questions, among them; how will prescription holders be dealt with in the work place?

Wednesday at 10am, Mountain States Employers Council is holding a webinar to help employers better understand the law. The webinar costs $129 and you can still register by .

Attorney Dave Smith with Mountain States says they are suggesting employers review their employee handbooks now.

Employers can restrict the usage of medical marijuana at work. They can discipline those who are under the influence. They can also restrict possession of medical marijuana on the work premises.

The question is how they will determine who is under the influence, because testing positive is not an indicator of being “high.”

Employers cannot decide not to hire a person based on the fact that they are a medical marijuana prescription holder. They also cannot fire a person based on their prescribed medical marijuana use.

Smith suggests employees that believe they will get a medical marijuana prescription educate themselves on the law and make sure they carry their medical marijuana card.

Friday the Arizona Department of Health Services will release the preliminary regulations for the Medical Marijuana Act. The rules are scheduled to be finalized by March 29th. 



Jolts of Perception - Joe Rogan

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 14th 2010 by THCFinder

"As people, we like to avoid SHIT that bugs us" - Joe Rogan


Is Miley Cyrus' Salvia Worse Than Marijuana?

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 13th 2010 by THCFinder
A Miley Cyrus salvia video hit the Net last week as reported at sites such as Pop Crunch. It was a sight that put to rest any doubt that Miley Cyrus is no longer Hannah Montana. 
Although salvia is currently legal in most states, it's a hallucinogenic herb that is becoming a cause for increasing concern, and it's not a drug intended for minors. Salvia causes "intense, but 
 short-lived, effects, including visual distortions, hallucinations, intense dissociation and disconnectedness from reality, physical or visual impairment, disorientation and dizziness." The drug takes hold within 30 seconds when smoked. You want to stay away from a drunk driver, and you'd want to stay away from a driver who has just smoked salvia. 
Many parents of celebrities choose to ignore or deny the fact that their child has a problem with substance abuse. Lindsay Lohan's mother, Dina Lohan, comes to mind. But Billy Ray Cyrus has taken an honest approach about his feelings. He recently wrote on his Twitter, after viewing the infamous video, "Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. I'm so sad. There is much beyond my control right now." It's not an easy time for the Cyrus family as Billy Ray and his wife Tish deal with divorce. We can only imagine how difficult the divorce must be for Miley, too.
The famous Dr. Drew is worried about the young singer, as well. "Adolescents don't get depressed the way adults do. They don't get sad and cry and withdraw. They often act out and become irritable, they act out with drugs and... get in trouble and she seems to be suffering," Dr. Drew said. "This cat is out of the bag. This is a child who is in trouble and who is suffering and this is her way of trying to manage that. Get professional help."
Currently, Cyrus is able to maintain her responsibilities, show up on time, entertain her fans. Was Miley Cyrus in the salvia video just having fun, and that's it? She may be sexier in her attire, but she's not a Lindsay Lohan. Not yet. 



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