California cuts could slash marijuana campaign
Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
It's sad that it comes down to this before the state stops wasting more money on a loosing fight against Marijuana in general. The war on drugs has failed and is pointless when you look at the facts of the overall benefits Marijuana can bring.
The California Department of Justice had its budget cut by $36 million to $732 million in fiscal year 2011, with another $35 million cut expected next year.
Responding to the new budget, Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a press release, "These budget cuts handcuff the state Department of Justice's ability to fight gang violence and disrupt the flow of drugs, guns and human beings across our border.
"The cuts will likely eliminate 55 state-led task forces that coordinate the response to our growing gang problem. The Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence and Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement also will likely be eliminated, as will the investigative capacities of the newly formed Mortgage Fraud Strike Force."
The Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force is one of the task forces likely affected by the shutdown of the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. This includes an estimate $1 million for the annual Campaign Against Marijuana Planting program, with federal grants historically funding the rest.
This year's budget for the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement is $51.07 million, and the cost for the Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence budget is $37.13 million.
Although similar cuts were proposed during former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term, they were never approved. Whether opposition to the cuts by most law enforcement agencies across the state can restore the funding is still unclear at this time.
Parents' Marijuana Possession Gets Their Kids Taken Away
Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 19th 2011 by THCFinder
The state is once again crossing the line and in our opinion comitting unconstitutional crimes by taking away kids from their parents over a harmless plant!
It was a small amount of marijuana, but it cost a Bronx parent dearly.
The New York Times has a story about New York City caseworkers taking away the son and niece of Penelope Harris, after police found 10 grams of marijuana in her apartment (which is less than the limit threshold for a misdemeanor) according to her lawyer.
The piece is only the latest controversial story involving New York marijuana policy.
In February, it was reported that the NYPD arrested 50,383 people for having marijuana in 2010. That made it the number one reason for arrest in the city.
In March, news broke that New York spent $75 million last year putting people in jail for pot possession.
Last spring, drug policy reform advocates and two members of the City Council gave New York City a satirical award for having the most marijuana arrests in the world.
Genetic code of cannabis reported unlocked
Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
(CBS News) A small Massachusetts-based company says it has successfully sequenced a marijuana plant, paving the way for more research into the therapeutic effects of Cannabis - including its potential for treating cancer and inflammatory diseases.
Medicinal Genomics published the raw sequence strings at midnight. The company's findings have not yet undergone peer review. Medicinal Genomics put the data up on Amazon.com's EC2 cloud- computing system.The more than 131 billion bases of sequence, which is believed to constitute the largest known gene collection of the Cannabis genomes so far, will be made available to the scientific public sometime this fall.
The breakthrough also raises the possibility that researchers will eventually be able to weed out - no pun intended - the psychoactive effects pot smoking has on people while enhancing the medicinal aspects of Cannabis.
It's only happenstance but Medicinal Genomics is headquartered both in Marblehead, Mass. and Amsterdam, where the company's research facilities are found.
"This is the beginning of a more scientific approach to the genetics of the species," Richard Gibbs, director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, told Bloomberg. "This is not really about marijuana; it's about pharmacology."
Florida Keys Woman Called Sheriff's Deputy and Tried to Sell Him Weed, Police Say
Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
If you're running low on people to sell your weed to, you might as well try selling it to the cops.
At least that's what 39-year-old Jennifer Knopp ended up doing, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
MCSO Deputy Christian Galls was hanging out at the po-lice substation in Marathon last night around 9:15 p.m. when Knopp -- whom the deputy had known from a previous case -- called him and said she "had the stuff he was looking for."
The cops did want the weed but presumably didn't intend to buy it or smoke it.
MCSO Deputy Becky Herrin says Knopp offered to sell some marijuana to Deputy Galls and asked where he wanted to meet.
Galls said he'd call her back, whereupon he phoned up the narcotics detective, then called Knopp to set up a meeting behind a movie theater, Herrin says.
When Galls and another deputy rolled up to the movies, that's apparently when Knopp realized she just tried to sell weed to the cops and attempted to drive away, police say.
The deputies got back in their patrol car and pulled her over and, naturally, asked her why the hell she was trying to sell weed to sheriff's deputies.
Knopp's brilliant plan, she told the deputies, was to sell some weed to the cops because he was hoping that Galls "would help her get away from the man who was in the car with her," according to police.
Well, it worked -- she went to jail, and the man in the car was released without any charges.
The deputies found 24.5 grams of weed in Knopp's purse and also seized the $309 she had for possible forfeiture for banking off of pot sales, Herrin says.
Knopp faces charges of possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana, possessing drug equipment, and selling narcotics.
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.
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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