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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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Man in SC Dies in Custody of Narcotics Officers

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

A man in South Carolina died recently in the custody of narcotics officers after selling an undercover officer some cocaine.

 

According to officers, the suspect was in the front seat of the police car. He proceeded to down a bottle of water, followed by a bottle of Gatorade. Then he went into a seizure.

 

All of that sounds a bit shady. Since when are coke dealers allowed to sit un-hancuffed in the front of a police car? Since when are people under arrest allowed to “chug” anything?

 

The 46 year-old suspect’s family said he had no history of seizures.  An autopsy said the man’s only injuries were two cracked ribs, which are consistent with the application of CPR. The coroner is awaiting toxicology reports.

 

According to Stopthedrugwar.org this man - Rodney Andrew Haymon – is the 26th person to die during domestic drug enforcement operations in 2012.

 

It’s hard to say whether Rodney would have died if he were not in police custody. But what really is the point of him being in custody at all? He sold cocaine to an undercover cop? Why? To make money.

 

Since cocaine is illegal, it is worth much more than it would be in a legal market. If it were legal the sale would be regulated, the black market would dry up and tax money could be used to build rehabs and deal with the real problem of drug addiction.

 

While in some areas this is not a popular opinion, you have to wonder at the logic of prohibition of any product when all it does is create a massive black market filled with violent criminals getting rich.

 

Why should anyone has to die during law enforcement operations when they are enforcing a failed policy?

 

Source: http://stopthedrugwar.org


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Marijuana DUI bill clears big Colorado hurdle

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
DENVER (AP) — A marijuana blood standard for drivers appears headed for approval in Colorado — thanks to a single vote change from a Republican senator.
 
Sen. Nancy Spence of Centennial voted Tuesday in favor of the plan to consider drivers impaired if they test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, per milliliter of blood.
 
Spence's decision gave the bill the support it needed to advance on a vote of 18-17 after an emotional debate.
 
Driving while impaired by marijuana or any drug is already illegal, but supporters of the THC blood limit say law enforcement needs an analogous standard to the blood-alcohol standard to keep stoned drivers off the road.
 
Spence, who voted last year with critics who said there needed to be more study of the driving-high problem, said after the vote that she's become convinced that the time has come for a bright-line standard to determine legal impairment.
 
"I'm just sick of the abuse that the state of Colorado has taken from the medical marijuana industry," Spence said.
 
Spence's vote put her in agreement with sponsoring Sen. Steve King, a Grand Junction Republican who argued that the explosion of pot use in Colorado since the state approved medical marijuana in 2000 made it past time to have a driving blood limit.
 
"We are well are on our way to a doped-driving epidemic that will match the DUI epidemic that we had 15 and 20 years ago," King argued. He said that the legality of medical marijuana here has led to people thinking it's OK to smoke and drive.
 
Opponents included lawmakers from both parties. A handful of Democrats and Republicans rose in vain to try and stop the DUI blood standard. Sen. Pat Steadman, a Denver Democrat, made the point that marijuana users who legally use the drug could be unfairly deemed impaired. Unlike alcohol, THC is fat-soluble, so blood limits can remain above the legal limit even when a user is not stoned.
 
"Some of these people wake up in the morning and roll out of bed at 5 nanograms," said Steadman, who tried and failed to amend the bill to exempt card-holding medical marijuana patients.
 
The measure now awaits one more formal vote in the Senate, though chambers seldom change course after their initial debate. After a final Senate vote, the bill heads to the Republican House, where a 5-nanogram blood limit was approved last year by a comfortable margin of 51-14.
 
This year's pot DUI bill originally included other drugs, including some legal mind-altering prescription drugs such as sleep aids. But the bill was pared down to deal only with marijuana. That meant a big drop in how much the state estimated it would cost to enforce.
 
The White House has urged all states to set a blood-level drugged driving standard, though the federal government hasn't specified what the amount should be.
 
The fact that Colorado would allow any amount of THC in a driver's blood when marijuana remains illegal under federal law posed a dilemma for some lawmakers. One of the Senate's most conservative members, Berthoud Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg, pointed out the dilemma before he voted against the blood standard.
 
"It's not that simple a situation in a state where we do, constitutionally, provide for medical marijuana," Lundberg said.
 

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