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Coast Guard Seizes $6.2 Million Worth of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
MIAMI — More than 6,500 pounds of marijuana seized during a joint effort between the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk and crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma was offloaded in Key West, Fla., October 16.
 
A joint crew, made of the Tahoma's crew along with six crewmembers from the Mohawk, were operating aboard the Mohawk as the Tahoma undergoes a nine-month overhaul at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore as part of Coast Guard’s Mission Effectiveness Project. The crews are working together under the Coast Guard Atlantic Area's MEP multi-crewing program.  
 
Seventh Coast Guard District command center watchstanders received notification that the Jamaican-flagged fishing vessel Captain Richard was disabled and adrift in the Caribbean Sea, without fuel to operate its engines, more than 200 miles from the nearest port. Watchstanders then tasked the Coast Guard crew to provide assistance to the Captain Richard.
 
Shortly after arriving on scene, the combined crew took the 60-foot Captain Richard in tow. The Coast Guard received permission from the Government of Jamaica to conduct a law enforcement boarding of the vessel. Using advanced Coast Guard training, the boarding team discovered several hundred packages wrapped in plastic wrap and tape. The contents later tested positive for marijuana.
 
Upon discovering the contraband, the crew of the Captain Richard were taken into custody and transferred to the Mohawk along with approximately 6,500 pounds of marijuana with an estimated wholesale value of $6.2.
 

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Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 16th 2012 by THCFinder


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Feds raid Coos Bay marijuana-related businesses

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
Federal agents executed search warrants on two locations in Coos Bay this morning.
 
Special Agent Jodie Underwood said the warrants — which were served at South Cost Compassion Coalition and Anthony’s Garden and Lighting Supply — were marijuana related.
 
The undercover operation is part of an ongoing investigation that involved the IRS and numerous state and local agencies.
 
Underwood said the operation is run by the DEA, and agents had been at both locations for “several hours.”
 
On its website, SCCC says it is a nonprofit organization that helps people in the medical marijuana community.
 
“While providing necessary medical relief, our goal also is to promote local help, support and provide care services to our elderly and less fortunate, because we believe we need to give to those that need help most,” the website states.
 
SCCC also says on the site that they are not advocates for the legalization of marijuana.
 
Anthony’s Garden and Lighting Supply is a hydroponics supply store that sells grow lights and nutrients, among other materials.
 
Underwood said the search warrants were federal warrants and agents should be continuing to investigate throughout the afternoon.
 
 

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Aaron Sandusky Convicted: G3 Holistic Medical Marijuana Shop Owner Faces 10 Years To Life In Prison

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
A Southern California man faces ten years to life in prison for operating a medical marijuana dispensary, despite the fact that such businesses are legal in the state of California.
 
Rancho Cucamonga resident Aaron Sandusky was convicted in a federal court Friday of two marijuana-related counts. The first is conspiracy to manufacture marijuana plants and maintain a drug-involved premises. The second count is possession of marijuana plants with intent to distribute -- which essentially means he was running a pot shop, notes LA Weekly. On each count, the jury found that Sandusky had worked with at least 1,000 marijuana plants.
 
Sandusky, 41, faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison. He was taken into custody after the trial and the sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 2013.
 
The charges stem from Sandusky's three medical marijuana collectives, known as "G3 Holisitic," in the Inland Empire cities of Upland, Colton and Moreno Valley. The U.S. attorney's office had sent Sandusky letters in Oct. 2011 warning him that the stores were violating federal law, and in response Sandusky closed two of them.
 
The next month, federal agents raided the remaining store, in Upland, twice. They seized marijuana plants and $11,500 in cash, effectively wiping out Sandusky's entire business.
 
The conviction at the federal court level is a blow to the medical marijuana community in California, some of whom have been supporting Sandusky through a website raising money for his legal defense.
 
His case also underscores the contrast between California -- which recognizes the medicinal properties of pot and protects marijuana dispensaries -- and federal law, which classifies marijuana as an illegal controlled substance with no accepted medical use.
 
 

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City of Oakland Files Suit Against Federal Government Over Harborside Health Center

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 11th 2012 by THCFinder

The city of Oakland, CA filed a complaint in United States District Court Wednesday in an attempt to stop the feds from shutting down Harborside Health Center - the state's largest medical marijuana dispensary.

 

The dispensary is legal by Oakland and state standards, but the feds are nonetheless trying to seize the building that houses it. The city seeks to stop the attacks from the feds against the second-largest retailer in the city.

 

"The federal government has acted beyond its authority by initiating the forfeiture action outside of the statute of limitations," said Cedric Chao, the attorney representing Oakland in this case. "Moreover, the government has indicated for many years by its words and actions that so long as dispensaries and medical patients acted consistently with state law, the dispensaries would be allowed to operate. Oakland has reasonably relied on these assurances, and the government should be prohibited from disrupting Oakland's medical cannabis program."

 

"This lawsuit is about protecting the rights of legitimate medical patients," City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement released today. "I am deeply dismayed that the federal government would seek to deny these rights and deprive thousands of seriously ill Californians of access to safe, affordable and effective medicine."

 

Many are dismayed at the inexplicable attacks from the federal government against the medical supply of tens of thousands of patients in states like California, Colorado, Montana and Washington. And the fact that the attacks are coming from a “progressive” Democrat administration makes the whole thing even more bizarre.

 

But politics is ruled by money, and there is a lot of money in marijuana prohibition and there are many powerful people who want to see prohibition continue. And so it does.

 

Source: http://blogs.sfweekly.com


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Historic Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Seeks to Relax Federal Policy

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

Later this month, Michael Krawitz, who suffered a car accident while serving in the U.S. air force which left him permanently disabled and in chronic pain, and other advocates for medical marijuana will go before the U.S. court of appeal in Washington D.C. as part of a historic lawsuit that they hope will challenge the federal government's classification of marijuana.

 

Michael is a legal medical marijuana patient, and he has found that it helps him greatly with his pain in conjunction with other treatments. But when the department of veteran affairs found out about his cannabis prescription, they asked him to undergo a drug test, which he refused. They have now denied him further treatments.

 

Advocates behind the lawsuit seek to get marijuana reclassified under The Federal Controlled Substances Act, allowing federal agencies to recognize the medical value of cannabis.

 

"Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court," said Joe Elford, chief counsel with Americans for Safe Access. "This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana's medical efficacy."

 

Oral arguments begin on October 16th.

 

"At the heart of this issue of the scheduling of marijuana and the federal government's refusal to look at the research that's out there every day is a bigger gap growing between patients and doctors and the federal government,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of ASA.

 

"The definition of cannabis as schedule I has caused my fellow patients to be imprisoned, denied work, housing, right to own a firearm, a place on a transplant list, and of greatest concern to me, is the latest casualty of the drug war, my VA doctor,” Krawitz said.

 

A rescheduling of cannabis would also go a long way toward taking the teeth out of the federal medical marijuana crackdown currently underway.

 

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com


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