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Man picks the wrong guy "an undercover officer" to offer a puff of marijuana; receives $100 ticket

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
A 27-year-old man was issued a citation this afternoon after he allegedly offered an undercover police officer a puff of marijuana, MBTA Transit Police said.
 
Around 1:30 p.m., transit police detectives and officers were at the Andrew MBTA station “as a direct result of community complaints of drugs and related issues,” according to a report filed after the incident.
 
While seated on a bench in the busway closest to Dorchester Avenue, an undercover officer was allegedly approached by Damon Coston, of East Boston. According to transit police, Coston sat down next to the officer, removed what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette from his jacket pocket, and began to smoke it.
 
Coston then offered the undercover officer a “toke” of the cigarette, which, according to the report, the officer declined. Other officers were notified, and they approached Coston.
 
Transit police said Coston was cooperative and turned over two bags of marijuana, which he had in his jacket. Officers issued Coston a $100 citation and confiscated the marijuana.
 
Possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is a civil, not a criminal offense in Massachusetts.
 

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Marijuana lands 3 students in jail

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
Burleson police officers arrested three students for marijuana delivery and possession last month.
 
The Burleson High School principal called a Burleson resource officer in the mid-afternoon hours of April 19 to report that Jared Michael Levy, 18, had allegedly sold marijuana to two female students, Autumn Dawn Bullock, 18, and Kristin Torrices Achoy, 19. 
 
According to police reports, school administrators searched Levy’s student lockers and vehicle and discovered six small, clear plastic bags of marijuana, a pipe and syringe. 
 
He reportedly admitted to selling one bag of marijuana for $20 to Bullock and two bags to Achoy for $40. 
 
Levy was arrested for possession and delivery of marijuana, and the two female students were arrested for possession, according to police reports.  
 
The next day, a student was arrested behind Hughes Middle School for possession. The student’s name and age weren’t release because he was a minor. 
 
The case was cleared by arrest, according to the police report. 
 
 

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Rough Housing Market Creating More Indoor Marijuana Grows

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

It seems the suppressed housing market and the glut of cheap housing it has created is responsible (along with prohibition-era marijuana prices) for a recent trend of suburban indoor marijuana growing.

 

For the most part the growers blend in to these communities by keeping a normal outside routine and no one in the neighborhood knows that marijuana is being grown.

 

Fans of the hit TV show “Weeds” might have seen this concept in one of the early seasons of the show as the characters used an empty suburban house for a large indoor grow operation.

 

With helicopters and other agents of technology being used to sniff out growing operations, it makes sense that more growers are moving their large outdoor grows away of the prying eyes of those who wish to do them harm.

 

The internet is full of videos and articles with advice for this need breed of grower. For instance, odor control and maintaining a reasonable electricity bill are essential elements of not getting caught.

 

In other words, everything must give the impression that nothing illegal is happening in the house.

 

As we should have learned during alcohol prohibition last century, one of the main reasons prohibition doesn’t work is because people will always find a way to make a profit. The more illegal something is, the more it is worth. The more it is worth, the more people who try to get into the market.

 

That’s why people making alcohol in their bathtubs was common in the 1920’s and would seem ludicrous today when you can go to just about any store and buy some beer. Hell, the CVS’ and Walgreens’ in my area sell liquor now less than 200 feet from where they sell the Percocets.

 

As long as marijuana is illegal, people will figure out new ways to grow it and conceal it. Prohibition is pointless.

 

Source: http://www.nytimes.com


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Zero Tolerance Policy At Cruise Terminal

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 7th 2012 by THCFinder
Over the past week 7 cruise passengers at the Baltimore Cruise Terminal were each fined $500 after officers found personal use quantities of marijuana in their bags, according to Customs and Border Protection.
 
Steve Sapp, with Customs and Border Protection, says all of the 7 cruise passengers were allowed to board their ship and they were not criminally charged.
 
He says the fines were issued as part of the zero tolerance policy at the Baltimore Cruise Terminal.
 
Each person had to pay the fine in-full before they were allowed to board their ship.
 
"We've seen cases in the past where cruise ship passengers and airline passengers may have been taking more than we consider for personal use amount would then be prosecuted criminally," Sapp tells WBAL's Scott Wykoff.  "What we typically do is we turn folks over to either federal prosecution or local prosecution."
 
Source: http://wbal.com

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World Anti-Doping Agency Asked to Dump Marijuana From List of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
Among the Drug War's finer ironies is the treatment of marijuana by the world of sport, which has taken a deliciously schizophrenic view on the miracle/devil plant: It's a gateway drug that dooms its users to a lifetime of apathy, ignorance, and nonproduction. It's also a performance-enhancer, in the same category as steroids, and subject to the same bans by the World Anti-Doping Agency -- the body that, eventually, stripped BALCO alums of their awards.
 
While cannabis' benefit to athletes is suspect (if a drug has no medical value, how can it help high-performance bodies?),  it's no secret pot can damage an athletes' career. Openly using medical cannabis -- and testing positive for marijuana use -- has derailed the career of UFC fighter Nick Diaz; another MMA fighter, who once spoke freely to us about cannabis' benefits to elite athletes, found himself marginalized afterward. And few can forget Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps losing sponsors after someone photographed the gold medalist pulling a giant bong rip, or NFL running back Ricky Williams' demonization as a weirdo and druggie for using cannabis.
 
This week, Australian sports leagues -- Aussie-rules football, rugby, and the smokers' favorite, cricket -- petitioned WADA to get real and drop marijuana from the list of substances that can earn athletes a two-year ban. And, perhaps surprisingly, WADA President John Fahey promised it would be considered.
 
Under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules, a substance is "matchday banned" -- meaning any athlete testing positive for it on a day of competition is cheating -- if it meets two out of three criteria: It's performance enhancing, it's against the "spirit of sport," or it's dangerous to athletes' health.
 
Marijuana, the Australian athletes' representatives argue, doesn't fit the two-out-of-three threshhold. Or if it does, the science simply isn't there.
 

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The Worlds Most Expensive Weed-Pullers

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder

 

 
 
The World’s Most Expensive Weed-Pullers
 
Watch the video linked below closely, and try to forget the way you have been indoctrinated to
the “normalcy” of the scene.
 
What you see is grown men – many of them, all making good salaries – carrying plants out of a house.
You hear a helicopter hovering overhead. A local news team is there to cover the event. But what is
being covered? What is all that money and manpower being used for?
 
Grown men carrying plants out of a house. And the expense is not over. Someone was arrested so they
have to be put through the system and prosecuted.
 
Look at these people. Some of them are wearing hazmat suits like they are handling anthrax instead
of one of the safest substances known to humankind. In essence the scene resembles the set of some
bizarre sci-fi movie.
 
But it’s not. This is real life, with real money being wasted and real people going to jail. That’s a real
news crew covering what is essentially a large gardening operation performed by the world’s most
expensive weed-pullers.
 
What are we doing? When did this become normal? What good comes from people who grow a non-
toxic plant in their house going to jail?
 
When will it all end?
 

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