Ga. Supreme Court fires pot-smoking, door-smashing judge

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
The state Supreme Court today ordered that a north Georgia magistrate be immediately and permanently removed from office, upholding a recommendation from the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
A just-issued summary of what the court said about Anthony Peters of Catoosa County includes this:
Today’s seven-page opinion details the findings of the commission’s investigation, which include Peters’ weekly use of marijuana during a two-month period in 2010, an incident in which he kicked in the doors at the house of his sister-in-law’s estranged husband, another time when he pointed a gun at himself and told another judge he was not afraid to die, and his appearance in 2010 on a local cable television show in which he called the chief magistrate judge “spineless” and revealed the identity of a confidential informant of the Catoosa County Sheriff’s office. The next day, while the sheriff was being interviewed on a TV talk show, Peters called in and, disguising his voice with various foreign accents, called the sheriff a “spineless jelly spine.”
Peters’ conduct violates the Code of Judicial Conduct, the opinion says, and under the Georgia Constitution of 1983, “[a]ny judge may be removed, suspended, or otherwise disciplined for willful misconduct in office,…or for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brings the judicial office into disrepute.”
Peters admitted much of the misconduct at a hearing in April before the Judicial Qualifications Commission but said he felt he’d been disciplined “enough” by having been placed on paid administrative leave since June 16, 2010.
“Notwithstanding Judge Peters’ personal belief that he has already received appropriate discipline, the record reveals that Judge Peters has not sought treatment for his admitted drug problems and has done nothing to show that he has any ability to live up to the high standard of conduct expected of members of the judiciary in Georgia,” the opinion says.
“Instead, he spent his time while on administrative leave publicly disparaging the Chief Magistrate Judge and the Sheriff of Catoosa County and endangering the life of a confidential informant by exposing his identity. Such willful misconduct is clearly ‘prejudicial to the administration of justice [and] brings the judicial office into disrepute.’”
“The public deserves much more from its judicial officers,” today’s opinion says, “and those judicial officers who cannot give the public what it deserves – confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary – do not deserve to continue to hold judicial office.”


Man gets 14-year imprisonment for marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
Wow, another sad day for our industry when we see someone sentenced to 14 years in jail for having less than an ounce of weed on them. There are people who murder, rape, rob and so much worse that don't get 14 years in jail for their crimes. Why are we still prosecuting people and giving them sentences so long their lives will forever be ruined over a simple plant that is not harmful at all.
A 33-YEAR-old man from Panabo City was sentenced to 14 years in jail for possession of 18 grams of marijuana more than four and a half years ago.
Tagum City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 30 presiding Judge Rowena Adlawan on August 5 sentenced Dave Martinez, of Purok 1, Barangay San Antonio, Panabo City of 12 years and one day to 14 years of imprisonment after finding him guilty of possessing six packs of dried marijuana leaves wrapped in a newspaper weighing 18 grams.
Adlawan also ordered Martinez to pay a penalty of P300,000.
Martinez was arrested by Senior Police Officer 1 Richie Nala, Police Officer 3 Divina Agocoy and Police Officer 1 Dexter Odi on January 24, 2007.
Martinez was one of three persons chased by the three policemen that day for riding a motorcycle without helmets.
The policemen cornered the respondents at DJ Cinema along Osmeña Extension, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
When Nala asked for a driver's license, the one driving the motorcycle failed to present any, thus their arrest.
When the police frisked the three men, they found six packs of dried marijuana leaves wrapped in a newspaper in Martinez's possession. 


Mom accidentally gives office pot brownies

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

This is one sure fire way to get your office buzzing about you, but then again I guess giving pot brownies to your coworkers without them knowing about it can go either way.  I'm guessing half of the office workers or more were probably flying high and enjoying their day while the other few couldn't stand the high and had to be taken to the hospital.


The employee's dopey son had baked the intoxicating treats, stashed them in his family's freezer and forgotten all about them.


When his mother came across them one year later, she had no idea they were pot brownies and unwittingly took them to work for colleagues in Victoria, British Columbia, to enjoy.


After savoring the chocolate-flavored cakes they soon reported feeling dizzy and disorientated, the CBC said.
Three workers were taken to the hospital where doctors revealed they were under the influence of marijuana.
An investigation quickly led back to the brownies, which were still sitting in the office refrigerator.
Police chose not to prosecute the employee for the mishap but her son was ordered to attend a restorative justice program, the state broadcaster added.


Truck tips, spills marijuana onto street. Guess what happens next

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
SAN JOSE, CALIF.—It was a pothead's dream: bags of free marijuana lying on the street for the taking, without a cop in sight.
San Jose police say a truck illegally carrying marijuana crashed and ended up on its side near Oakridge Mall early Wednesday, sending large bags of pot throughout the intersection as the frightened driver ran away.
Several motorists and pedestrians who happened to be passing through the area ran out and grabbed most of the marijuana bags and took off before police arrived.
Officers eventually collected the remaining bags of weed left at the scene. They also found a loaded handgun inside the white truck. They're still looking for the driver and all the people who snatched up the loose bags of pot. They don’t, however, have any descriptions of the suspects.
It is unclear how the truck crashed in South San Jose. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.


Ohio troopers seize cereal treats laced with pot

Category: News | Posted on Mon, August, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) — Ohio troopers say they found 4.5 pounds of cereal treats laced with marijuana in a car that had just been involved in a crash.
The State Highway Patrol said Monday that troopers investigating Thursday's accident in the Youngstown area noticed that one of the drivers reeked of marijuana. The patrol says officers searched the man's vehicle and discovered individually-wrapped rice cereal-type treats that smelled strongly of pot and were found to have been laced with a liquid form of marijuana.
Twenty-two-year-old Patrick Altier of Boardman has been charged with felony counts of drug trafficking and drug possession. He's also charged with operating a vehicle under the influence.
Altier is jailed awaiting a hearing on Tuesday. Court records don't list his attorney.


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.



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