Mom Brings Bags of Marijuana Into Juvenile Probation Camp on Visit to Son

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 16th 2012 by THCFinder

And the idiot of the year award goes to...

​Bringing the love only a mother could provide, authorities claim that Rhonda J. Gonzales had several packages of marijuana with her when she visited her son this weekend at an L.A. County juvenile probation camp, authorities say.
How kind. Unfortunately for the chap, she wasn't able to share her medicine.
Sheriff's deputies had embarked on a crackdown after finding marijuana in the dorm rooms in recent months. And so they targeted Gonzales' purse on Saturday at Camp Glenn Rockey on Sycamore Canyon Road in San Dimas.
The place gets as many as 70 visitors on weekends, according to sheriff's officials.
In recent months, because of the weed infestation, they've been targeting the cars, pockets and purses of loved ones who've come to see the juveniles at camp. Signs warn visitors that they're subject to searches.
Well, bingo. According to a sheriff's statement, deputies found bud wrapped in "bindles" on Gonzales, a 44-year-old from Pomona, after they asked to look through her bag:
The contraband included multiple bindles of marijuana along with a falsified medical marijuana card.
Nice try.
Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of trying to bring drugs into a lockup, deputies said. She also had an arrest warrant from Bellflower, they said. The mom was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Next time, do what all loving mothers do: Bake a pie (with an awesome surprise at the center).


Marijuana Dispensary Ban For L.A. Weighed by Council Committee Today

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
​Boy have we got an investment opportunity for you. It's called legal weed, and it could soon be a very limited commodity in the Los Angeles area.
That's because L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar has proposed banning all medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.
The day of reckoning could come sooner than you thought, as the council's Public Safety Committee will begin hashing out the details today:
The Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance is, well, a bit paranoid. And maybe it should be.
It states:
Moving with uncustomary speed, and skirting propriety in their haste, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will address The Safety Committee in closed session tomorrow, January 13, 2012, to recommend a total ban on Medical Cannabis Facilities. If the Safety Committee chooses to do so, they may vote for a ban, and send the motion to the City Council for approval.
Of course, one person's uncustomary speed is another's years and years: The L.A. City Council has been trying to get a grip on the town's 500 or so dispensaries since at least 2007.
It has been a spectacular FAIL, so far.
The body tried to whittle down the number of dispensaries to 100 using a lottery system, but a California appeals court ruling said you couldn't do that. In the meantime, lawlessness seems to reign in dispensaryland and, instead of closing as ordered, many seem to have opened.
The court ruling, Pack v. City of Long Beach, makes it harder for cities to regulate dispensaries. It rules out a lottery system and says permitting schemes are not kosher.
That seems to have inspired former pot-shop supporter Huizar to throw up his hands and call for a complete ban.
The Alliance will be out in force outside City Hall's Public Safety session at 8:30 this morning. Yami Bolanos, its president and founder:
The health and safety of the sick and dying in Los Angeles may be at risk, and that is unacceptable to us.


Court: Marijuana use cause to deny workers compensation

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
LITTLE ROCK — Two workers who tested positive for marijuana after being injured in an explosion when they tried to use a blow torch to open a 55-gallon drum that had contained flammable liquid were rightly denied workers’ compensation, the state Court of Appeals ruled today.
In a split decision, the court affirmed a state Workers’ Compensation Commission ruling against Matthew Edmisten and Greg Prock in a case stemming from a November 2007 accident at Bull Shoals Landing on Bull Shoals Lake in North Arkansas.
Three dissenting judges said there was no evidence that the accident occurred because of marijuana use.
According to the majority opinion, Edmisten held the barrel, which had contained marine oil, while Prock applied an acetylene torch to it in an attempt to cut it open. The resulting explosion caused both men to be engulfed in flames, from which they escaped by jumping into the lake.
At a hearing on their claims, the men testified that they had not used marijuana on the day of the accident, though they had used it in the past. A co-worker testified he had seen the men on the day of the accident and they did not appear to be impaired.
Edmisten and Prock also testified that they had not been warned against using a torch to open barrels. Prock testified that he had used that method previously.
Steve Eastwold, co-owner of Bull Shoals Landing, testified that he had shown Prock how to use a pneumatic air chisel to open barrels. He said he had never seen Prock use an acetylene torch for that purpose and had never approved that method.
An administrative law judge ruled that the injury was the result of an attempt to finish a task quickly, not the result of drug use. The commission overturned that ruling, finding that the men’s testimony was not credible.
The commission also said the testimony of a co-worker that the men did not appear impaired was not persuasive because about 90 minutes transpired between when the co-worker saw the men and the accident, and the men could have smoked marijuana during that time.
In its majority opinion today, the Court of Appeals said the commission weighed the credibility of the witnesses and reached a reasonable conclusion.
“We affirm because the commission’s decision displays a substantial basis for the denial of relief,” Judge Doug Martin wrote in the majority opinion in Prock’s appeal.
Judges David Glover, John Pittman, John Robbins, Waymond Brown and Jospehine Linker Hart joined Martin in voting to uphold the commission. Judges Larry Vaught, Raymond Abramson and Cliff Hoofman voted to overturn the commission.
“The commission had to resort to speculation or conjecture to conclude that the use of marijuana caused the accident because there was no evidence of impairment and no evidence that drug use caused this accident,” Abramson wrote in the minority opinion in Prock’s appeal.


Pot Dispensary Judge 'Made a Mistake'

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 12th 2012 by THCFinder

Biased Judge does the right thing last minute...probably to save his own ass!

A Long Beach judge recused himself today from the case of two men convicted of illegal marijuana sales at their dispensaries in Long Beach and Orange County, saying he wrote a glowing letter about the trial prosecutor prior to his sentencing of them.
Frankly, I made a mistake,'' Long Beach Superior Court Judge Charles Sheldon told attorneys in the case of Joseph James Byron and Joe Matthew Grumbine of Lake Elsinore, who were convicted Dec. 21 and were awaiting sentencing by Sheldon.
The attorney for Grumbine and Byron had asserted throughout the trial that the judge was overtly biased in favor of the prosecution and had successfully appealed one of his rulings that was overturned.
A courtroom audience packed with supporters of the two men applauded loudly after the judge announced that he was voluntarily recusing himself from the case. In the "mistake" letter dated Jan. 4, the judge wrote to Deputy District Attorney Jodi Castano's supervisor, Sally Thomas, that the prosecutor ``was unflappable, composed, steady, organized, and totally professional from beginning to end.''
The judge also wrote in the letter that he wanted to let Thomas know that ``you chose the right lawyer to handle this difficult case.'' The judge also forwarded a copy of the letter to attorneys for Byron and Grumbine on Jan. 5, noting in a letter to them that their clients' sentencing was ``coming up soon'' and that he felt they were entitled to know that the letter had recently been sent to the District Attorney's Office and the prosecutor.
``It's pretty obvious who was favored in this case and who wasn't,'' said Grumbine's attorney, Christopher M. Glew. ``To send a letter like that before sentencing, even he said, is a mistake ... Their (judges') job is to be neutral.''


Don't Ban Medical Cannabis in Los Angeles

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 12th 2012 by THCFinder

Some City Councilmembers in Los Angeles want to ban medical cannabis (marijuana) patients' cooperatives and collectives outright.


Patients and other community members have been working with the City Council to promote, develop, and implement sensible regulations for the city since 2005.


Banning patients' associations now means the City Council is turning its back on the large majority of local patients who rely on cooperatives and collectives for safe access to medicine.


Tell the Los Angeles City Council to live up to the promises they made to legal patients and the community over the years.


Fill in the form below and click "send your message" today. You can customize the letter if you wish.





Marijuana doesn't harm lung function, study found

Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 11th 2012 by THCFinder
CHICAGO (AP) -- Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn't harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn't do the kind of damage tobacco does.
The results, from one of the largest and longest studies on the health effects of marijuana, are hazier for heavy users - those who smoke two or more joints daily for several years. The data suggest that using marijuana that often might cause a decline in lung function, but there weren't enough heavy users among the 5,000 young adults in the study to draw firm conclusions.
Still, the authors recommended "caution and moderation when marijuana use is considered."
Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law although some states allow its use for medical purposes.
The study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham was released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The findings echo results in some smaller studies that showed while marijuana contains some of the same toxic chemicals as tobacco, it does not carry the same risks for lung disease.
It's not clear why that is so, but it's possible that the main active ingredient in marijuana, a chemical known as THC, makes the difference. THC causes the "high" that users feel. It also helps fight inflammation and may counteract the effects of more irritating chemicals in the drug, said Dr. Donald Tashkin, a marijuana researcher and an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Tashkin was not involved in the new study.
Study co-author Dr. Stefan Kertesz said there are other aspects of marijuana that may help explain the results.
Unlike cigarette smokers, marijuana users tend to breathe in deeply when they inhale a joint, which some researchers think might strengthen lung tissue. But the common lung function tests used in the study require the same kind of deep breathing that marijuana smokers are used to, so their good test results might partly reflect lots of practice, said Kertesz, a drug abuse researcher and preventive medicine specialist at the Alabama university.
The study authors analyzed data from participants in a 20-year federally funded health study in young adults that began in 1985. Their analysis was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.



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