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68,500 Marijuana Plants, Worth $205 Million, Found In California

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
The news first broke late last week and now the Ventura County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department has made more information about the bust public.
 
On the north slope of Pine Mountain in the Los Padres National Forest, investigators discovered nearly 68,500 marijuana plants — the "single largest cultivation" ever found in the county. Estimated street value of the pot: $205,464,000, according to the sheriff's department.
 
It was a big operation, authorities say:
 
"After being airlifted to various sites on the mountain, investigators discovered several campsites used by the growers. These consisted of several hundred pounds of equipment including tents, propane stoves, sleeping bags, fertilizers, pesticides, along with and an enormous amount of trash. Detectives located a 9mm handgun, a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition for a variety of other handguns and rifles. There was evidence of poaching as the remains of deer and other small animals were located near the camps.
 
"Several water reservoirs, lined with plastic tarps, were found dug into the terrain. These reservoirs were supplied by water diverted from their natural course. Gravity fed irrigation lines led to the cultivation locations. Several thousand feet of irrigation hose was spread throughout the hillside to provide water to the plants.
 
"Huge sections of land had been terraced and the underbrush removed, leaving only a thin canopy to hide the growing marijuana. Bags of fertilizer, pesticides and poisons were found within each of the cultivation areas."
 
What they didn't find, were the growers. "No suspects have been arrested at this time, however, the investigation is continuing," the sheriff's department adds.
 

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Mexican soldiers find biggest ever marijuana plantation

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
Mexican soldiers have found a 300-acre marijuana plantation, the largest ever discovered in the country
 
The plantation was hidden in the Baja California desert 150 miles south of Tijuana, across the US border from San Diego.
 
It was twice as large as the previous record discovery in Mexico, and was hidden under black screen cloth which made it difficult to detect from the air. Soldiers stumbled across the plantation while on foot patrol.
 
Army General Alfonso Duarte said: "It is the largest marijuana plantation in Mexican history. We estimate that in this area approximately 60 people were working. When they saw the military personnel, they fled." He said drug traffickers could have harvested about 120 tons of marijuana from the site, which would have been worth about $160 million (£99 million.)
 
It will now be burned.
 
It was not known which drug cartel was operating the plantation, the Mexican army said.
 
Video footage from the site, in an area best known for growing tomatoes, showed a sophisticated system of piped-in irrigation to support the plants.
 
Last October, Mexican authorities made their largest-ever seizure of marijuana packaged for sale when they found 148 tons of the drug in Tijuana.
 
The following month they found two long, sophisticated tunnels under the border between Mexico and San Diego.
 
The tunnels ran for 2,000ft and were equipped with lighting, ventilation and a rail system for drugs to be carried on a small cart.
 

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Dutch to ban 'no toking' signs

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
AFTER an only-in-the-Netherlands legal reverse, the city of Amsterdam says it will likely have to stub out the "no toking" signs it introduced in a crackdown on marijuana-smoking youth.
 
The Dutch government's top legal adviser has ruled that the city had no right to establish official zones where smoking weed is banned, since it's already theoretically illegal in the Netherlands.
 
In practice possession of small amounts is allowed and the drug is sold openly in designated shops.
 
When the signs first went up in 2007 they were stolen so often the city started selling them itself as collectors' items.
 
City spokeswoman Iris Reshef conceded the overnight ruling likely means the signs must go, but the city can still fine young smokers who cause problems.
 

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Five Arrested in Hollywood Boulevard Marijuana Bust

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
Five Arrested in Hollywood Boulevard Marijuana Bust
 
Police accuse the five individuals with a variety of charges including marijuana possession, keeping a drug house, and child endangerment.
 
Iowa City police say they executed a drug search warrant Monday morning on Hollywood Boulevard and have charged five individuals in relation to a marijuana selling operation.
 
After searching the house at 1111 Hollywood Boulevard at 8:30 a.m., police say they found marijuana, packaging materials, drug paraphernalia, a scale and money they suspected came from marijuana sales.
 
According to criminal complaints, the officers on the scene felt it was clear that marijuana had been sold and used in the apartment where children also lived. The complaint stated that there was "a lot" of drugs found on the floor in baggies, as well as in a glass jar, and some of it was found in what appeared to be a child's backpack in another room.
 
As a result, police charged four people who all live in the residence with crimes:
 
Darnell Young, 19, with keeping a drug house, a drug tax-stamp violation, felony marijuana possession, and child endangerment with no injury -- two aggravated misdemeanors and two felonies. Police say Young admitted a small amount of marijuana found near him was his, and that he had bought it in Mississippi.
 
Dalesha Barton, 18, was charged with knowingly allowing drug possession in a house and child endandgerment. Police say Barton's two-year-old was present at the time of the arrest.
 
Devin Smith, 20, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, keeping a drug house, marijuana possession with intent to deliver and child endangerment -- three misdemeanors and a felony.
 
Martarius Junious, 20, was charged with felony marijuana possession, keeping a drug house, and child endangerment. Junious allegedly told the police that the marijuana was not his, but that his finger prints would be on some of the marijuana baggies because someone else gave the marijuana to him.
 
A fifth man, Jakari Smith, of Coralville, was also found in the bedroom of the residence with marijuana although he did not live there. He was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. 
 

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Marijuana Advocates Sue Feds After DEA Rejects Weed as Medicine

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
Although 16 states recognize marijuana as a drug with important medicinal properties, the DEA has shot down a petition to reclassify marijuana as such, citing that it has "no accepted medical use." The result is that marijuana will remain within the strictest categorization of restricted substances, alongside heroin and LSD.
 
"As a doctor and medical researcher, I find the DEA's decision unfortunate," said Dr. Igor Grant, a neuropsychiatrist and director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California-San Diego. "It looks like they underplayed what positive information there is in the literature about marijuana. This policy is guided more by certain kinds of beliefs in the dangers of marijuana, at the expense of advance of medical knowledge for patients."
 
The DEA's refusal, laid out in a June 21 letter from DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart to the organizations who filed the petition back in 2002, marks yet another bump in the road for patients, doctors and activists fighting for improved access to what they deem a vitally therapeutic medication.
 
"The statement 'it has no accepted medical use' is simply wrong as a statement of fact," said Rob MacCoun, psychologist and professor of Law and Public Policy at University of California Berkeley Law School. "There is now considerable evidence showing medical benefits, at or exceeding standards of evidence for many other pharmaceuticals. Prescribing physicians in over a dozen states clearly see an accepted medical value for their patients."
 
Americans for Safe Access, one of the organizations petitioning the DEA, already has plans to appeal the decision, taking the federal government to court, and if necessary, the Supreme Court, in order to argue for the medicinal value of marijuana.
 
"Frankly, we're ready to go head to head with the Obama administration on this issue," said Kris Hermes, spokesman for Americans for Safe Access. "We have science on our side and we're hopeful the court will see it that way."
 
Calls made to the DEA for comment were not returned.
 

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Feds won't give assurance on medical pot

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department says that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws.
In a policy memo to federal prosecutors obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said a 2009 memo by then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden did not give states cover from prosecution.
 
Starting in February, 10 U.S. attorney's offices have asserted they have the authority to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws. Prosecutors, the states complained, are not even willing to declare that state employees who implement such laws are immune from prosecution.
 
State officials say that following a two-year period in which federal prosecutors gave breathing room to state medical marijuana laws, the Justice Department is now toughening up its position as more states move toward opening facilities to dispense marijuana.
 
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of marijuana, with programs in various phases of development. The states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
 

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