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Pot grows, but Calif judge rules it's not a crop

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
And the stupidity continues with stupid decisions like this going on. Who knew a plant wasn't a plant apparently?
 
It grows in the ground, requires sunshine and water to blossom and earns California growers an estimated $17 billion a year. But don't call marijuana an agricultural crop in Tulare County.
 
The Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/pwDIGg) reports that a judge ruled this week against a medical marijuana-growing collective that wanted to operate on land zoned for agriculture.
 
Tulare County Counsel Kathleen Bales-Lange says it's the first time that courts have addressed whether marijuana can be classified as an agricultural crop. California voters legalized pot for medicinal purposes in 1996.
 
The case began when the county Board of Supervisors sued the Foothill Growers Association, which operated in an agriculture-zoned building.
 
In a ruling finalized Tuesday, Judge Paul Vortmann said the act of growing a controlled substance is not an agricultural use of property.
 
 

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Thieves created fake pot dispensary, robbed marijuana courier

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Fullerton police are looking for three men who allegedly set up a fake medical marijuana dispensary in an office building, placed a large order of marijuana from a courier and then robbed him.
 
“They set up a ruse,” said Sgt. Andrew Goodrich. “Kind of like calling for Domino's and then robbing the pizza driver.”
 
The men taped a green cross -- an identifying symbol adopted by many medical marijuana dispensaries -- on the front door of a building in an industrial part of town, Goodrich said. When the deliveryman arrived carrying several pounds of medical marijuana, the three men attacked and pistol-whipped him.
 
The three eventually got away with about nine pounds of marijuana worth around $20,000 -- about half of what the deliveryman had with him.
 

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Cops Find Marijuana Plants After Roommates Fight

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 10th 2011 by THCFinder
Dumb and Dumber just went at it and screwed theirsevles with the stupidity.
 
An East Hampton man is being held on $40,000 bond and $20,500 cash after he was arrested on charges he menacing his roommate with a metal pipe and was growing marijuana at his house.
 
On Aug. 3 at 12:10 p.m., town police were called to Alejandro Fernandez's house on Tub Oarsman Road by the alleged victim who said he been in fight with Fernandez. The man accused Fernandez of punching him in the face and chasing him around the backyard with the pipe.
 
Fernandez, who is 30, had left the house by the time police arrived. 
 
Police asked the roommate to point out where the incident took place and was brought onto a large deck overlooking the backyard. The "officer noticed several orange pots with cannabis plants growing in them along the side fence," a report said.
 
Meanwhile, Fernandez returned to the house and as another police officer went over to his pick-up truck and reportedly saw marijuana branches next to a pile of top soil in the back of the truck. 
 
He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction, a felony, second-degree menacing with a weapon, a misdemeanor, unlawfully growing cannabis under the Public Health Law, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation. 
 
Following an arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court, Fernandez was turned over to the Suffolk County sheriff's office in lieu of bail. 
 

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Drug Catapult: Video of Mexican smugglers sending pot across US border

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 8th 2011 by THCFinder

 


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Teen Turns In Father On Marijuana Growing Charges

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
When you can even trust your own kids, who can you trust?
 
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Murfreesboro father is in trouble after his own son turned him in for growing marijuana.
 
Police went to the family home after the 15-year-old called to report allegations of physical abuse. When officers arrived the teen handed them a marijuana plant growing in a small flower pot.  Inside the home, police found several plants in two illegal grow operations and arrested the father.
 
"The juvenile went inside and came out with a marijuana plant that was part of a grow operation inside the house," said Kyle Evans with Murfreesboro Police.
 
In an exclusive interview the teen's father told NewsChannel 5: "I could not believe my son would turn against his father like that."
 
The father denied physically abusing his son and said the teen and his three siblings were never exposed to the marijuana.  The father said he grew the drug to use himself for pain from severe burns he suffered years ago.
 
Police did not find any evidence of physical child abuse. However, the father does face felony drug charges.
 
In addition to the marijuana plants and grow lights, Murfreesboro police also confiscated scales and supply of processed marijuana from the home. There's no indication the suspect was growing the marijuana to sell.
 

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Department of Justice Tells AZ Governor Jan Brewer To Dismiss Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
Arizona governor, Jan Brewer, has been dragging her feet ever since medical marijuana was legalized last year, using a lawsuit against the Department of Justice as an excuse not to authorize the 100 dispensaries that by rights should be up and running in the state. It looks like even the DoJ thinks this is absurd:
 
A funny thing happened on Monday. The Department of Justice filed a brief regarding state medical marijuana laws in Arizona . . . and it was a good thing, and was met with appreciation from the medical marijuana movement! Seriously. After the disappointments of the vague, not very helpful Cole memo, and the expected but still disappointing DEA denial of marijuana’s medical value, it was great to see the Department of Justice (DoJ) doing the right thing regarding medical marijuana, even if it was only in a limited way.
 
As you may know, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, last seen promoting states’ rights and vowing to fight on when it comes to illegal immigration, and her Attorney General, Tom Horne, had filed a suit as plaintiffs against the federal government, requesting permission to move ahead with Arizona’s medical marijuana program implementation. This was ridiculous, since no other governor has needed federal permission to move ahead with medical marijuana implementation, even though some others have also tried to use the red herring threat of federal action to slow implementation. Apparently, the DoJ also thinks Brewer’s claims are ridiculous, and it said as much in its withering Motion to Dismiss brief, in which it took apart each of the state of Arizona’s arguments, urging the court to dismiss the case. If the court dismisses the case, Brewer’s logical course of action would be to fully implement Arizona’s medical marijuana law, including licensing more than 100 dispensaries, though given her intransigence, that course of action is sadly not a given.
 
So will Arizona have medical marijuana soon? If the courts agree with the DoJ, then yes. Whether Brewer and Horne find some other way to drag this out, however, remains to be seen.
 

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