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Cannabis factories in posh homes

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

Looks like more and more people are turning to the Cannabis industry when times are tough.

MIDDLE-CLASS families are making up to £3,000 a month by turning their spare bedrooms into CANNABIS factories, a shock investigation found.
White-collar workers hand over space in their homes to criminal gangs for up to 12 weeks a time to grow huge crops of harmful "skunk" — which can cause psychosis and other mental health problems.
 
In return, they receive huge cash sums from dealers desperate to avoid being caught.
 
The new tactic is believed to have begun after cops started to crack down on large-scale drugs factories by using heat-seeking helicopters to detect unusual surges caused by the lighting systems necessary to grow cannabis quickly.
 
Now gangs prefer renting just one room and believe there is less chance of "respectable" families in affluent areas being busted, say reporters from BBC 5 Live Investigates.
 
One female grower in her 40s, from posh Alderley Edge in Cheshire, admitted: "I live in a very nice house with three bedrooms. This is a very middle-class area.
 
"I think my neighbours would be really shocked."
 
 

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Marijuana Extract Might Help Prevent Chemotherapy-Related Nerve Pain

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Newswise — San Francisco, CA. (September 23, 2011) – Cannabidiol—a compound derived from marijuana—may be a promising new treatment to prevent the development of painful neuropathy in patients receiving the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, according to animal experiments reported in the October issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).
 
"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.
 

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Governor vetoes marijuana dispensary distance bill

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

A bill that could of possibly shut down dozens and dozens of dispensaries and cause even more headaches down the road was vetoed yeseterday afternoon.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have put strict limits on how close to schools medical marijuana dispensaries can operate.
 
Senate Bill 847 goes in the opposite direction of legislation he already signed that gave cities and counties authority to regulate dispensaries, he said in the veto message.
 
The bill tried to prohibit a dispensary from locating within 600 feet of a school unless a local entity enacts an ordinance that specifically regulates the medical marijuana business.
 
Brown signed Assembly Bill 1300 on Aug. 31, which allows local governments to regulate the location, operation or establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries.
 
“Decisions of this kind are best made in cities and counties, not the State Capitol,” Brown said in the SB 847 veto message.
 
 

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RAND Study Finds No Link Between Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Crime

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
Oakland, CA -- The RAND Corporation issued a report today dispelling the myth that there are inherent links between medial marijuana distribution centers and crime. The study on which the RAND report is based claims that crime was as much as 60 percent greater around medical marijuana dispensaries that had been shut down by the City of Los Angeles compared to those areas with open dispensaries. "[W]e found no evidence that medical marijuana dispensaries in general cause crime to rise," said Mireille Jacobson, the study’s lead author and a senior economist at RAND.
 
RAND's study, which challenges the common wisdom that medical marijuana dispensaries promote criminal activity, affirms the findings of patient advocates. "We have reached the same conclusions as RAND using a qualitative study of public officials with firsthand experience of how dispensaries reduce crime in their neighborhoods," said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group. "Unfortunately, law enforcement has largely ignored or refuted these findings."
 
According to a statement from RAND, the study "examined crime reports for the 10 days prior to and the 10 days following June 7, 2010, when the city of Los Angeles ordered more than 70 percent of the city’s 638 medical marijuana dispensaries to close." Researchers analyzed crime reports within a few blocks around dispensaries that closed and compared that to crime reports for neighborhoods where dispensaries remained open. In total, RAND said that "researchers examined 21 days of crime reports for 600 dispensaries in Los Angeles County -- 170 dispensaries remained open while 430 were ordered to close."
 
 

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Study: LA pot clinics shut down, crime went up

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 21st 2011 by THCFinder

Dispensary shuts down, crime goes up...hmmm

LOS ANGELES - A new study released Tuesday showed that when hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries were closed last year in Los Angeles crime rates rose in surrounding neighborhoods, challenging claims made by law enforcement agencies that the storefronts are magnets for crime.
 
The report by the nonprofit RAND Corp. reviewed crime reports for the 10 days prior to and the 10 days after city officials shuttered the clinics last summer after a new ordinance went into effect. The analysis revealed that crime increased about 60 percent within three blocks of a closed dispensary compared to the same parameters for those that remained open.
 
"If medical marijuana dispensaries are causing crime, then there should be a drop in crime when they close," said Mireille Jacobson, a RAND senior economist and the study's lead author. "Individual dispensaries may attract crime or create a neighborhood nuisance, but we found no evidence that medical marijuana dispensaries in general cause crime to rise."
 
Crime was among the concerns that prompted the City Council to pass the ordinance that put strict guidelines on the pot clinics and forced many of them to close. Law enforcement authorities have long argued collectives attract crime because they often handle large amounts of cash and thieves can resell marijuana.
 
Two workers at different dispensaries were killed during robberies in June 2010.
 
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca went one step further last September when he said nearly all dispensaries operate as criminal enterprises, a claim that infuriated medical marijuana supporters who have said law enforcement officials have resorted to scare tactics to advance their agenda.
 
"They have perpetuated this myth that there is more crime associated with collectives," said James Shaw of the Union of Medical Marijuana Patients, an advocacy group for medicinal marijuana users. "This council should be emboldened to revise the ordinance so it's not so draconian to the patients and their associations."
 
Researchers looked at crime reports for 600 dispensaries in Los Angeles County — 170 that remained open and 430 ordered to close. They found that the further away from the clinics the less crime there was: within six blocks of a closed dispensary crime rose by 25 percent and by 10 blocks there was no perceptible change in crime.
 

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Cops Arrest Roughly 90 People an Hour for Marijuana PossessioN

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
Marijuana users are still being arrested in record numbers every single day!
 
�It's hard sometimes to get a handle on raw numbers, likr the large figures dished out by the U.S. Census and other fact-issuing agencies.
 
The FBI's annual Crime in the United States is a good example. To say that 13.1 million people out of a population of 308 million were arrested is nebulous; so, too, is to say that the highest number of arrests -- 1,638,846 -- were for drug-abuse violations.
 
Digging deeper, 52 percent of the drug-abuse violators were arrested on marijuana offenses, and 88 percent of them, or 750,591, were jailed for simple possession. 
 
In other words, every hour, more than 90 people are arrested for possessing cannabis in the United States, among the highest totals on record. 
Marijuana-related arrests have been rising steadily since 1992's 300,000 busts, or 33 per hour, according to NORML. And even then, there are still far fewer Americans arrested for marijuana than for driving under the influence (1.4 million) and simple theft (1.2 million).
 
But marijuana users are by far the most arrested -- and it's users, not dealers or distributors, who serve the time. About 82 percent of drug arrests were for possession -- and more marijuana growers and dealers (6.3 percent) are arrested than heroin or cocaine sellers, who make up 6.2 percent of the total, according to the report.
 
 

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