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Bakersfield Man Sentenced For Role In Marijuana Business

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Israel Cavazos, 38, of Bakersfield, was sentenced Monday by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii, to 42 months in prison to be followed by a term of three years of supervised release. On January 25, 2011, Cavazos pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana.
 
This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Bakersfield Police Department, Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Task Force, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen A. Servatius is prosecuting the case.
 
According to evidence introduced at the sentencing hearing, Cavazos worked as a manager for Nature’s Medicinal Inc., a business engaged almost exclusively in distributing marijuana. Cavazos was charged by indictment along with other defendants, including David Chavez Jr. and David Chavez Sr., who are currently scheduled for trial.
 
Three other Bakersfield defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana and have been sentenced: Timothy Glenn Doolittle, 42, was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by a five-year term of supervision; Jennifer Diane Brown, 37, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release; and John Shanks, 62, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison and a three-year term of supervised release.
 
John Wayne Wyatt, 32, and Jonathan M. Chapman, 31, both of Bakersfield, have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute marijuana. Wyatt will be sentenced on May 31, 2011. Chapman is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20, 2011.
 

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The Illegal Herb that Fights Cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 9th 2011 by THCFinder

Rick Simpsons True Life Story - The Cure For Cancer? Watch and decide for yourself!

 


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All Healing, No High: San Jose Medical Cannabis Collective Offers High-CBD Medicine

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
San Jose, CA
Medical marijuana is known as an effective treatment for many ailments, but it's also known as a psychoactive agent. For people who could benefit from the medicinal properties, but need to stay alert and focused, San Jose medical cannabis collective, Elemental Wellness has good news: high cannabidiol (CBD) strains deliver the benefits without the buzz.
 
The most powerful medicinal compound in marijuana is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has been shown to be helpful for a range of diseases such as glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and side effects of chemotherapy and AIDS treatment such as nausea and loss of appetite. But THC is also responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, and while many patients benefit from a sense of reduced anxiety and mood elevation, other users experience drowsiness, altered perception of space-time, sensory alterations, and disorientation.
 
Luckily, another compound found in cannabis, CBD, has many of the same healing effects of THC, but doesn't have its psychoactive effects. Studies have demonstrated CBD's effectiveness in relieving pain, convulsion, inflammation, anxiety, and nausea; inhibiting cancer cell growth; and treating schizophrenia, among other things. Many breeders are creating strains of medical cannabis with higher CBD content for patients who need the medical benefits, but don't want the high.
 
"We want to provide our patients with as many treatment options as possible, and the advancement of CBD strains allows us to do just that," says Elemental Wellness Executive Director, Ariel Loveland.
 

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Need for weed: Seniors smoking marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  --  There is a growing trend of seniors lighting up and smoking marijuana because they believe it is better than their prescription drugs, with less dangerous side effects.
 
"I call it the new don't ask, don't tell," said Amy Cavinaugh.
 
Cavinaugh started using marijuana five years ago after having a double mastectomy from breast cancer. She used the illegal drug to fight off nausea from chemotherapy.
"I did find it to be very effective," said Cavinaugh.
 
At the time she was living in a retirement community in Ocean Ridge called Crown Colony, and behind the gates, she says more seniors are using pot than you might think.
 
"I knew people who were 90-years-old and 70-years-old and were getting it from their children or grandchildren," said Cavinaugh.
 
The topic of medical marijuana is taboo. Those who use it usually bake with it. Smoking is too smelly and obvious and rarely is it discussed openly.
 
"It's very common and if they are sitting around having a cocktail hour they will talk about it amongst themselves," said Cavinaugh.
 
"I have the dubious honor of being America's longest serving prisoner in federal prison for a non-violent marijuana offense," said 68-year-old Robert Platshorn.
 
Platshorn served a nearly 30 year sentence. He was released three years ago and moved into the 55-and-over community of Golden Lakes in West Palm Beach.
 
"After a week or two playing tennis and meeting people, they began to come to me one by one," said Platshorn.
 
People would tell him they use medical marijuana to help with everything from arthritis to terminal illness. One 72-year-old man asked Robert for help because his wife was suffering from MS.
 
"He begged me, he said please I don't want to go to the street, if I go to the streets to find marijuana and I get arrested who is going to take care of my wife," said Platshorn.
 
Platshorn felt helpless, so he's now creating the Silver Tour. It is a seminar targeting seniors teaching them about medical marijuana. His goal is to create a large voting block that will support it at the polls.
 
However, attitudes are already changing. Last month the Pew Research Center asked people about medical marijuana, overall 73 percent are in favor of legalizing it. 77 percent of 50 to 64-year-olds support it and 63 percent of 65-and-older want it legal.
 
"I have met people from all different walks of life using it," said Platshorn.
 

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Delaware House OKs medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 6th 2011 by THCFinder

DOVER -- The Delaware House on Thursday approved use of marijuana for medical purposes, but tacked on additional restrictions requiring the drug be distributed in tamper-proof containers and prohibiting smoking cannabis in buses and vehicles.

The House voted 24-17 on Senate Bill 17, which now must go back to the Senate for the upper chamber to consider the House's changes.
 
Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry, the bill sponsor, said a final vote could happen as early as Tuesday. "They're fine," Henry said of the amendments. "It's not a problem."
 
The legislation allows Delawareans with cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and other debilitating diseases to get a doctor's recommendation to use marijuana to treat their pain, nausea or illness. Qualified patients would be issued a state identification card.
 
Three state-regulated not-for-profit dispensaries would be established in each county to sell and distribute medical marijuana to qualified patients and caregivers. Only licensed dispensaries would be allowed to grow marijuana; home cultivation would remain prohibited under the bill.
 
Patients would have to get a doctor's recommendation to smoke, ingest or use a marijuana vaporizer after other medical treatment or prescription drugs failed to treat their illness, said Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington West.
 
"Whether you are diagnosed with cancer, whether you are diagnosed with MS, you must have tried other drugs," Keeley said. "Those drugs must fail first."
 

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Colorado medical marijuana company ordered to stop raising capital on Craigslist

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
A cease and desist order has been entered against a Colorado medical marijuana company that allegedly sought to raise capital from investors on Craigslist.
 
Colorado Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph said the target of his order is Colorado Wellness Providers, LLC, and its owner and manager, Charles E. Perry, both of Fort Collins.
 
The Colorado Division of Securities alleged that Perry sought to raise capital from investors for the medical marijuana industry and, in particular, Perry's company, Colorado Wellness Providers.
 
The state alleged that Perry placed several advertisements on Craigslist seeking $50,000 to finish his project.
 
The division of securities alleged that the ad promised "excellent returns on a short term investment." The ad also allegedly claimed the investment was to be collateralized by a marijuana crop insured by Lloyds of London.
 
Perry also allegedly published an Internet article entitled "The Great Startup Game: Colorado's Marijuana Economy: An Explosion of Ganjapreneurship." Perry then solicited potential investors for his company in a comment following the article, promising a great return on the investment.
 
The division alleged that Perry failed to register his security offering. It also said that by taking the investment opportunity to the public through the ads on Craigslist and the Internet, Perry was unable to take advantage of any private offering exemption.
 
Joseph's order - which the company and Perry have agreed to - orders the company to immediately and permanently cease offering or selling any security in or from the state of Colorado.
 

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