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Tomato Grower Wrongly Caught Up In Marijuana Roundup

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Hundreds of marijuana plants were seized by police officers on 4/20, a day celebrated in the drug culture to use marijuana. But when Independence, Mo., police showed up at one man's door looking for marijuana, they found something else.
 
Independence police found a growing operation Wednesday afternoon: a tomato growing operation.
 
"What I saw today was not protection," the man told KMBC's Cliff Judy. "That was harassment, all because of where I made a purchase."
 
Independence police said the Missouri Highway Patrol monitors stores that sell hydroponic growing equipment, and they use those sales to track down illegal marijuana growing operations. That information is what led them to the man's door.
 
"The last time I checked, it wasn't illegal to grow a tomato plant, but it makes you wonder," the man said.
 
 
The man asked KMBC News not to identify him because he is an emergency responder and his job would be put at risk for speaking out.
 
"What is anybody going to think now?" the man asked. "I'm probably going to be pegged now as a person who was growing something, but they couldn't figure it out."
 

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Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Burnaby; Emery denied transfer to Canada

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
On the same day that Burnaby saw the gala opening of its first dispensary for medical cannabis, and in the wake of a recent Ontario court ruling that struck down Canada’s pot prohibition as unconstitutional, supporters of Vancouver pot activist Marc Emery, imprisoned for selling mail order marijuana seeds, learned that the United States government had denied his application for a transfer from the US to the Canadian prison system.
 
"This is a sad day for everyone," Jacob Hunter, of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation told the Tyee on Friday, speaking from the opening day of Burnaby’s first medical marijuana dispensary at 4927 Kingsway on Friday, April 15. "Mark Emery is looking at five years in a US prison for selling seeds, which ought to be legal."
 
Five new users had registered at the Burnaby facility by mid-afternoon, when the Tyee spoke with Hunter. He said that a government funded survey estimates that there are over a million Canadians using marijuana for medicinal purposes, with only 6,000 of them holding Health Canada permits and only 30,000 registered with dispensaries across the country.
 

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Feds raid medical marijuana facility, 3 other Oakland County properties

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
Federal agents raided at least four properties in Oakland County this morning.
 
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents were at Caregivers of America, a medicinal marijuana facility in Walled Lake, a home in Commerce Township and an office building in Novi and the Bayside Sports Grill in Walled Lake. 
 
DEA Group supervisor Andrew Eiseman said sealed federal search warrants were executed at all three locations, but few other details were released. 
 
He would not say why the warrants were issued or provide more details about the investigation. He did not say if any arrests have been made and would not comment on whether the raids were connected.
 
The home raided is located in the 3300 block of Benstein Road and is owned by Romel and Ban Casab, according to the Oakland County Assessor’s Office. Romel Casab is listed as the resident agent of Caregivers of America L.L.C. on state records. He has said in a lawsuit that he is one of the owners of the former Packard plant in Detroit. 
 
A neighbor who lives across the street from the home said she first saw agents at the home shortly after 7 a.m. today. A black convertible was taken out of the garage and driven out before it was towed away, neighbor Annette Winberg, 66, said. Another car was also taken, she said. 
 
About 10 agents were at the home this morning with four or five cars when a Free Press reporter arrived. 
 

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Government may move to allow prescribed cannabis into Ireland

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
THE DEPARTMENT OF Health has indicated it is to consider adopting certain portions of European agreements that would see Ireland allow people to bring medicinal marijuana into the country if they were prescribed it.
 
Briefing notes for new ministers James Reilly and Frances Fitzgerald, released by the Department of Health last week and documented in today’s Irish Times, have indicated that Ireland could adopt certain parts of the Schengen Agreement, the accord that removes internal borders within most EU states.
 
Ireland and the UK are not parties to the agreement, but the briefing notes says the Department of Health had been told by the Department of Justice and Law Reform that it should take whatever measures were necessary to give effects to a certain article of the agreement.
 
That provision, Article 75, allows persons “travelling within the EU to carry their legally prescribed narcotic or psychotropic drugs for medical use” – a move that would see persons given prescribed medicinal marijuana elsewhere in the EU being allowed to bring it into Ireland.
 
The document notes, however, that implementing the Article would require Ireland to put in place some kind of legal mechanism which still retained the current prohibition on importing cannabis, while permitting EU travellers to bring their own prescribed drugs with them.
 
The Department says it would examine making such arrangements later in the year.
 

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Experts say Cannabis Leaves may Reduce Seizures in Epilepsy

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
It has been reported that the British government is growing cannabis plants in huge industrial-sized greenhouses with the hope of producing a new treatment for epilepsy, owing to the discovery of certain compounds in the plant by scientists which can reduce and control seizures related to epilepsy. Using tests in animals, they have been able to detect how effective the compounds preventing the seizure are and when compared to other epilepsy drugs, it's said to have fewer side effects.
 
However, the cannabis plant, owing to its recreational use in the 60s and 70s, it has not been view as a healing plant by people according to reports.
 
Epilepsy is caused by a sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain, that disrupts the normal way in which messages are being transmitted, which can lead to debilitating seizures and fits where sufferers injure themselves during the seizure, in Britain alone, it has been reported to be suffered by 500,000 people.
 
Although, the cannabis plant is used to treat multiple sclerosis and for pain relief in cancer patients, two compounds from the plant called cannabidiol and GWP42006, have been used to control seizures in animals effectively and the researchers intend to start testing these compounds in humans in the next 3-years. In addition the characteristics “high” related to the cannabis plant is not produced by either of the compounds.
 

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Fresno PD turns down large donation for kids from a medical marijuana dispensary

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A $5,000.00 donation to the Fresno Police Activities League has been returned. The donors say it's because the money is from a Medical Marijuana collective.
 
The donation was presented to the police department Wednesday morning by the owners of Buds 4 Life, but by Thursday the collective says the check was sent back.
 
Chief Jerry Dyer Tells Action News, while the donation was made with good intentions & He, nor the city supports Medical Marijuana, and he says it would send the wrong message to the city's youth.
 
Buds 4 Life Owner, Brian Cooper said, "That's all we were hoping to do was to just help some of these kids. Get them off the streets where the real problems lay, the gangs, the hardcore drugs."
 
Chief Jerry Dyer said, "We do not believe it sends a good message to our youth to accept monies to support their activities from an organization that is using marijuana and distributing marijuana."
 
Sadly I would be willing to be money the police departments would happily accept donations from alcohol and tobacco companies in a second.....
 

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