Cops Fired For Supporting Marijuana Legalization
Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
PHOENIX — Border Patrol agents pursue smugglers one moment and sit around in boredom the next. It was during one of the lulls that Bryan Gonzalez, a young agent, made some comments to a colleague that cost him his career.
Looking for signs of smugglers near Nogales, Ariz., alongside the fence that now marks part of the nation's border with Mexico.
Stationed in Deming, N.M., Mr. Gonzalez was in his green-and-white Border Patrol vehicle just a few feet from the international boundary when he pulled up next to a fellow agent to chat about the frustrations of the job. If marijuana were legalized, Mr. Gonzalez acknowledges saying, the drug-related violence across the border in Mexico would cease. He then brought up an organization called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition that favors ending the war on drugs.
Those remarks, along with others expressing sympathy for illegal immigrants from Mexico, were passed along to the Border Patrol headquarters in Washington. After an investigation, a termination letter arrived that said Mr. Gonzalez held “personal views that were contrary to core characteristics of Border Patrol Agents, which are patriotism, dedication and esprit de corps.”
After his dismissal, Mr. Gonzalez joined a group even more exclusive than the Border Patrol: law enforcement officials who have lost their jobs for questioning the war on drugs and are fighting back in the courts.
Wisconsin Medical Marijuana Opponents Are Heartless Idiots
Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
OREGON--(ENEWSPF)--December 5, 2011. People like Rep. Scott Krug (R-Wisconsin Rapids) need to do basic research before they talk to the media about medical marijuana policy in Wisconsin. Avoidance tactics and anti-medical marijuana catch phrases might work for people in Wisconsin that aren’t educated on the topic of medical marijuana. However, to those in Wisconsin that have done some research, people like Mr. Krug look like neo-con puppets that would rather perpetuate pain and suffering in Wisconsin than take a sensible approach to medical marijuana policy.
Admittedly, I am not from Wisconsin, and I’ve never been there before. But, as a long time medical marijuana patient from Oregon, and someone that has fought for medical marijuana nationwide since 1998, I know first hand the need for medical marijuana in Wisconsin. My reasoning is very simple. Marijuana has been proven to help alleviate pain and suffering for certain medical conditions such as HIV, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, etc. If there are people in Wisconsin (or any state for that matter) that are suffering from these conditions, they should be allowed to SAFELY AND LEGALLY consume medical marijuana to alleviate their pain and suffering. I’ve never been able to understand why neo-cons can’t agree with that reasoning.
However, Wisconsin conservatives are using their classic maneuvers to try to sideline the issue. Let’s breakdown a quote from Rep. Krug. In an article that was recently published in the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, Rep. Scott Krug said, “I don’t think the science is there yet…” This is a standard defense mechanism that has been used for decades by idiots like Rep. Krug.
Here is a quote from Dr. Donald Abrams, a cancer specialist at San Francisco General Hospital, taken from an article cited in the link. “Every day I see people with nausea secondary to chemotherapy, depression, trouble sleeping, pain,” he says. “I can recommend one drug [marijuana] for all those things, as opposed to writing five different prescriptions.” The article goes on to quote very reputable scientific studies touting the benefits of medical marijuana.
'Blunt' joke at drive-through leads to arrest of Burger King customer
Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
A Deltona man may have thought he was being funny when he asked for "a blunt and some herbs" – slang for marijuana – at the drive-through lane of a restaurant, but the cashier and Volusia County deputy sheriffs got the last laugh.
Shawn Porter, 32, is being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail near Daytona Beach with bail set at $1,000 on a charge of felony possession of marijuana.
It began with a late-night visit to the Burger King at 2790 Elkcam Blvd. in Deltona, Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.
Porter and another man were in a white Saturn that pulled into the drive-through lane just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday and when it came time to order, one of them yelled that he wanted "a blunt and some herbs," Davidson said.
"When they drove up to the window, the cashier said she could smell the scent of marijuana coming from the car," Davidson said.
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One of the store's managers could also smell marijuana. She told a 911 operator she was outside in the store's playground when the car passed by.
"I could smell the scent of weed – marijuana," she told the operator.
She then learned about the "blunt" order and said she decided to call with a description of the car and its tag number.
"It's not that it's a major emergency," she told the operator. "It's more of a nuisance than anything.
"I wanted to report their tag number because they are smoking drugs in the car," she said.
A responding deputy ran the tag number through his computer and learned the owner lived less than two miles from the Burger King on Sky Street in Deltona, Davidson said.
He drove to the area and minutes later watched as the car pulled into the driveway and two men got out carrying Burger King bags, he said.
"The deputy also could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the car," Davidson said. "That's when Porter admitted smoking marijuana while in the vehicle."
A search of the car turned up a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray and two plastic bags containing about 28 grams of the drug.
Porter admitted that the drugs were his and was arrested but the other man denied any knowledge of the marijuana and was released, Davidson said.
US governors seek federal marijuana clearance
Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON — A pair of US governors have filed a petition asking the US federal government to allow wider use of medical marijuana by authorizing doctors to prescribe it and pharmacies to provide it.
The petition to reclassify the drug was filed Wednesday by the governors of the western state of Washington and the northeastern state of Rhode Island, which are among the 16 states that have legalized medical marijuana use.
The current federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug means it cannot be prescribed by doctors, putting states that allow medical marijuana use at odds with federal law.
"Sadly, patients must find their way along unfamiliar, uncertain paths to get what their doctors tell them would help -- medical cannabis to relieve their suffering," said a statement by Washington governor Chris Gregoire.
"People weak and sick with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases and conditions suddenly feel like -- or in fact become -- law breakers."
The US Drug Enforcement Agency considers marijuana to have no medicinal value, and the FDA five years ago declined to approve it for medical use.
The Institute of Medicine in 1999 "emphasized that smoked marijuana is a crude drug delivery system that exposes patients to a significant number of harmful substances."
But Gregoire said some medical groups have since changed their minds, such as the American Medical Association which two years ago "reversed its position and now supports investigation and clinical research of cannabis for medicinal use."
Others such as the American College of Physicians, the Washington State Medical Association, Washington State Pharmacy, and Rhode Island Medical Society also support a reclassification.
Gregoire said her petition will require the government agencies to "conduct a new scientific review and analysis of recent advances in cannabis research since the last time the FDA reviewed the matter in 2006."
Report shows fewer traffic fatalities after states pass medical-pot laws
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
The passage of state medical-marijuana laws is associated with a subsequent drop in the rate of traffic fatalities, according to a newly released study by two university professors.
The study — by University of Colorado Denver professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University professor D. Mark Anderson — found that the traffic-death rate drops by nearly 9 percent in states after they legalize marijuana for medical use. The researchers arrived at that figure, Rees said, after controlling for other variables such as changes in traffic laws, seat-belt usage and miles driven. The study stops short of saying the medical-marijuana laws cause the drop in traffic deaths.
"We were pretty surprised that they went down," Rees said Tuesday.
The study was posted this month on the website of the Bonn, Germany- based Institute for the Study of Labor and has not yet been peer-reviewed.
Rees said the main reason for the drop appears to be that medical-marijuana laws mean young people spend less time drinking and more time smoking cannabis. Legalization of medical marijuana, the researchers report, is associated with a 12-percent drop in the alcohol-related fatal-crash rate and a 19-percent decrease in the fatality rate of people in their 20s, according to the study.
The study also found that medical- marijuana legalization is associated with a drop in beer sales.
"The result that comes through again and again and again is (that) young adults . . . drink less when marijuana is legalized and traffic fatalities go down," Rees said.
There's DNA in that weed you're smoking, and people are tracking it
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Warning: The dope you are smoking can now be identified by its DNA.
Heather Coyle’s new marijuana DNA database at the University of New Haven can tell if a particular fragment of pot is the “White Widow” strain, “Skunk Number One,” “Super Silver Haze” or another of the more than 25 types of marijuana that she’s genetically mapped.
The DNA analysis can let cops and federal agents trace the marijuana from a single bud or seed found in Connecticut back to its source, as long as they can get ahold of samples to match.
They can find out whether it was grown in Mexico and formed part of a drug cartel’s shipment. Or maybe the dope was part of a crop from northern California’s “Emerald Triangle” and sold at a freewheeling Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary.
Coyle says this system of genetic fingerprinting could also be used to offer states a foolproof way to control and regulate medical pot programs.
And it just so happens that Connecticut officials are right now wondering about exactly that sort of issue as they consider passing a medical marijuana law here.
Coyle is a 46-year-old “forensic botanist” and an associate professor at UNH since 2005. Before arriving at the university, she spent seven years working at the Connecticut state forensics lab in Meriden.
A forensic botanist helps cops solve cases by identifying and analyzing samples of plants taken from crime scenes. If this sounds like the cool shit that happens in TV crime dramas, you’re exactly right. It’s not much of a surprise to learn that Coyle is a fan of those shows.
“’NCIS’ is one of my favorites,” she says, smiling.
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