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Marijuana penalties too harsh

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

For some reason we are going backwards with the fight on marijuana when it comes to Canadas idea of punishment for simple posession. 

Within the next several weeks, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will very likely pass their omnibus crime bill. Within this bill, is the Organized Drug Crime Act (formerly Bill S-10).
 
Among other items, the bill states that if you are caught with six or more marijuana plants, there is a mandatory, minimum six-month prison sentence. The maximum sentence will increase from nine months to 14 years with the passing of this bill. Now let's think about that for a minute, and look at the facts:
 
Marijuana is one of the safest drugs available today. It is not possible to consume a lethal amount of marijuana.
 
Alcohol is more addictive, more toxic to the brain and liver, and more closely associated with violence (domestic abuse, sexual assault, homicide, suicide).
 
Acetaldehyde, the major byproduct of alcohol metabolism, is toxic and carcinogenic. Thirty-five thousand Americans die yearly as a direct result of alcohol use. Cigarettes kill 1,200 Americans every day, and 5.4 million a year worldwide. (Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD).
 
There has never been a death directly associated with marijuana. Marijuana has many medicinal uses. Patients with multiple sclerosis, gliomas, brain injury, Tourettes Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, and many other ailments, have found that marijuana helped them with their symptoms, or slowed the progression of the disease. There is also strong evidence that marijuana kills cancer cells with no harm to healthy surrounding cells (See "Can Cannibus cure Cancer" on DVD).
 
So, why are we enforcing such harsh penalties for growing a plant that has so many medicinal uses, and so little (if any) side effects?
 
I'm stumped.
 
 

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Cops use drug forfeiture money to pay for prostitutes, marijuana and alcohol

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 28th 2011 by THCFinder

Cops getting down and dirty as usually showing their true corrupt side after getting busted for stealing money, paying for drugs, alcohol and even prostitutes while on the job.

Detroit— The former Romulus police chief, his wife and five Romulus officers were charged today with running a scheme in which drug forfeiture money was used to pay for prostitutes, marijuana and alcohol.
 
The charges are the culmination of a nearly three-year investigation by Michigan State Police into what Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy called "a culture of corruption and greed at its core."
 
Former police chief Michael St. Andre, 50, faces 10 charges, including conducting a criminal enterprise and acquiring or maintaining a criminal enterprise. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the most serious charges.
 
His wife, Sandra Vlaz-St. Andre, 50, also faces up to 20 years for her alleged role. She was charged with acquiring or maintaining a criminal enterprise and a charge of conspiracy criminal enterprise.
 
Detective Sgt. Richard Balzer, 50, and detectives Richard Landry, 39, and Donald Hopkins, 38, face felony racketeering charges that carry up to 20 years in prison. Detectives Jeremy Channells, 35, and Larry Droege, 32, face charges of misconduct in office that carry up to five years in prison.
 
All seven defendants were arraigned Tuesday afternoon in 34th District Court in Romulus before Judge Brian Oakley and waived the formal reading of charges. None spoke during the hearing.
 
Michael Rataj, an attorney for Balzer, said after the hearing, "I can't speak for the others, but on behalf of my clent, he's very confident he'll be cleared."
 
 

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ATF: Illegal to sell guns to med marijuana users

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Talk about a complete Joke and ripping apart our constitution! Since when do medical patients no deserve the same rights as everyone else? Shit you can buy a guy and go drink all night long, but if you have cancer and need medical marijuana now you shouldn't be allowed to buy a gun? What kind of nonsense is this? What idiot thinks up these things, they need to be fired!
 
(AP)  HELENA, Mont. — Federal authorities say firearms dealers in states where medical marijuana is legal can't sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug.
 
Licensed gun dealers already can't sell guns to buyers who answer "yes" when a required form asks them if they are "an unlawful user of, or addicted to," marijuana or other controlled substances.
 
A Sept. 21 letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also says dealers can't sell a gun or ammunition if they have "reasonable cause to believe" the buyer is using controlled substances, even if the state allows it.
 
U.S. attorney's spokeswoman Jessica Fehr says the memo reiterates existing policy.
 
Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association says the policy denies constitutionally protected gun rights to individuals who are following state law.
 
 

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Dope DNA: Scientists tracking marijuana's family tree

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
There is a new tool in the ongoing war on drugs and it comes from a forensic scientist at the University of New Haven.
 
Heather Miller Coyle, an associate professor in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, is setting up a national databank that will allow law enforcement to track marijuana DNA.
 
Most people probably didn't even know marijuana had DNA, but Coyle, who specializes in forensic botany, has developed a new method for collecting the drug's genetic fingerprint, making it easy for officers to collect the samples at crime scenes.
 
"Plant DNA is like the DNA found in humans - it retains its lifelong genetic profile," says Coyle.  "If one person has a suitcase of marijuana and another person has bags of it, we will be able to tell if it came from the same batch," she said in a news release.
 
The DNA databank will be similar to one the FBI runs human DNA, the Combined DNA Index System or CODIS.
 
CODIS allows DNA samples from crime scenes to be compared against a computerized database to help identify suspects.
 
The marijuana version will help law enforcement track where the drug came from and link it to criminal drug trafficking organizations in Mexico, growers in Canada or gangs in the U.S.
 
Coyle's project has been funded with more than $100,000 from the National Marijuana Initiative and the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program. 
 
The groups work together with federal, state and local law enforcement in the detection, disruption and investigation into marijuana trafficking.
 
 

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Judge OKs Vegas medical pot case

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

The state authroizes what these people are doing, yet a Judge who admits himself that the laws are very vague still agrees to move forward and let these innocent people face criminal charges for wanting to help medical marijuana patients.

In a decision destined for appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, a state court judge on Tuesday rejected a challenge of the state's medical marijuana laws and ruled that the owners of a storefront pot dispensary in Las Vegas can face trial on felony conspiracy and marijuana sale and possession charges.
 
In a brief, 80-word decision posted electronically, Clark County District Court Judge Doug Smith allowed an indictment to stand against six people arrested in a police raid of a dispensary called Jolly Green Meds, and also hinted at the difficulty he had reaching a decision following oral arguments Sept. 16.
 
The state's medical marijuana laws aren't too vague, Smith said. But he also noted that state law fails to provide a way for patients with a doctor's prescription to legally obtain marijuana.
 
Attorney Michael Cristalli, representing Jolly Green Meds owner Daniel Kinshella, and attorney Robert Draskovich, representing co-defendant Kimberly Simons, immediately promised an appeal to the state high court.
 
"How can someone be placed on notice that they're committing a crime if the Constitution of the state authorizes what they're doing?" Cristalli asked.
 
He referred to a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2000 letting medical cardholders grow and possess small amounts of marijuana. Other state and federal laws make it illegal to buy or sell marijuana.
 
Smith's ruling came the same month another Clark County District Court judge reached a different conclusion in a separate but similar medical marijuana criminal case.
 
 

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Marijuana cuts nerve pain post chemotherapy

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

A recenty study shows hope to help Chemotherapy patients with pain when going through their treatments.

A marijuana extract called 'Cannabidiol' could help prevent painful neuropathy in patients receiving the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, according to new animal experiments .
 
"Our preliminary findings...indicate that cannabidiol may prevent the development of paclitaxel-induced allodynia in mice and therefore be effective at preventing dose-limiting paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in humans," according to the report by Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D., and colleagues of Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia.
 
Paclitaxel-commonly used in the treatment of advanced breast or ovarian cancer-can cause nerve damage (neuropathy), leading to symptoms like pain, numbness, or tingling.
 
Cannabidiol is a marijuana extract that has pain and inflammation-reducing effects, while avoiding the psychoactive side effects of marijuana and other "cannabinoid" compounds.
 
In the new study, male and female mice were treated with paclitaxel and monitored for evidence of neuropathy.
 
The results showed that paclitaxel induced abnormal pain responses (allodynia) mainly in female mice-less so in males. Allodynia was more likely to develop at higher doses of paclitaxel.
 
When female mice were treated with cannabidiol before paclitaxel, it effectively prevented the development of allodynia. Abnormal pain responses to both cold and mechanical pressure were prevented by cannabidiol.
 
The preventive effect was permanent, with no evidence that nerve damage developed after cannabidiol treatment was stopped, the report said.
 
The study has been published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.
 
 

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