Did Shakespeare smoke Cannabis?
Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
A team of South African scientists want to exhume the Bard's remains and confirm rumors that he was an avid toker of "noted weed"
"To dig, or not to dig? That's the latest question," says Alec Liu at Fox News. Paleontologists from South Africa have filed a formal request to exhume the remains of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) from his burial site in Stratford-upon-Avon. By examining the Bard's corpse, the group hopes to find clues to the kind of life Shakespeare led, and, among other things, confirm or deny the rumor that he avidly smoked marijuana. How will this all go down? Here, a brief guide:
How will they examine his body?
Team leader, anthropologist Francis Thackeray, claims he'll employ "incredible techniques" that won't be too intrusive. "We don't intend to move the remains at all," he says, as quoted by Fox News. Instead he intends to perform a forensic analysis by digitally scanning the playwright's bones, then "rendering a 3-D image reconstruction" of the Bard that could offer insights into his full health history, says Asawin Suebsaeng at Mother Jones. Thackeray also wants to take DNA samples to confirm Shakespeare's age and gender.
What does the team hope to find?
The new technology could reveal the cause of Shakespeare's death, which is currently unknown. "Growth increments in the teeth will reveal if he went through periods of stress or illness," says Thackeray, "a plague, for example, which killed many people in the 1600s."
And the weed?
Ten years ago, Thackeray was among a team of South African scientists who claimed to have found evidence that Shakespeare was fond of Mary Jane. In 2001, several 17th-century smoking pipes were found in the garden of Shakespeare's English home. The pipes revealed traces of cannabis, suggesting that a reference to "noted weed" in one of Shakespeare's sonnets "may have been the Bard's way of extolling the effects of cannabis," says Shaun Semille at National Geographic News. Digital analysis of the playwright's remains could shed new light on the decade-old suspicion. "If we find grooves between the canine and the incisor, that will tell us if he was chewing on a pipe as well as smoking," says Thackeray.
Can they do this?
Thackeray formally submitted the application to the Church of England, which oversees the local church where Shakespeare is buried. The Church, so far, is denying that it received the request — which may be for the best. Shakespeare's grave makes a clear threat to anyone who digs it up, says Ujala Sehgal at The Atlantic Wire. The tomb reads: "Bleste be the man that spares thes stones / And curst be he that moves my bones."
First charges filed June 2010 marijuana dispensary raids
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
The first charges have been filed against one of the Butte County medical marijuana dispensaries raided in June 2010.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced Wednesday that three Forest Ranch residents have been arrested on three felony counts of sales of marijuana and one count of possession for sale of marijuana.
Jason Allen Anderson, 35, Michael Franklin Anderson, 46 and Kaitlin Christine Sanchez, 23, operated the "Mountainside Patient Collective" at 3330 Highway 32 west of Chico.
The Anderson brothers are also charged with cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, relating to a grow on their property in Forest Ranch.
Ramsey said charges will follow involving the other 17 marijuana "stores" raided June 30, 2010, after undercover agents made multiple purchases that spring and summer.
California voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996 to allow seriously ill Californians to grow marijuana for their own personal medicinal purposes, with a doctor's recommendation. Patients' primary caretakers could grow marijuana for patients too sick to grow their own.
Later legislation allowed patients to join together and grow marijuana cooperatively or collectively.
Although not authorized by law, dispensaries begin appearing under the legal argument they were "primary caretakers." That defense rejected two years ago the California Supreme Court.
Ramsey said dispensaries then began to change their names to "collectives" or "cooperatives," claiming customers were part of a group formed to collectively or cooperatively grow marijuana.
However, Ramsey said, patients could join at any time just by buying marijuana.
Owners of two other stores were found to have child pornography on their computers. One of those individuals was referred to the FBI and faces federal charges.
Minister sent to prison on drug charges
Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
Before being sentenced to prison Wednesday on a felony drug conviction, Robert Henry told a Franklin County judge that he is being persecuted for his religious beliefs.
The 51-year-old minister of a cannabis-based church, Henry was sentenced to between 6 1/2 and 13 years in state prison for operating a marijuana growing operation from his jail cell in early 2010.
Judge John Walker also ordered him to pay $50,500 in fines, undergo a drug treatment program and avoid contact with his co-defendants in the case.
"I liken what the government is doing to me to the way the Nazis treated the Jews during World War II," Henry said.
He called the matter on which he was convicted "a political issue" and pointed out that a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana last year in California nearly passed, and said he believes legalization will happen soon.
"Unfortunately, you're not in California," Walker said. "Unfortunately, It's against the law."
A jury convicted Henry on two counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He reportedly wore a T-shirt emblazoned with a pot leaf and the words, "I am not a criminal" and "legalize marijuana" to the April 14 trial.
He appeared at the hearing Wednesday in an orange jumpsuit and shackles. It was the second sentencing hearing scheduled in his case, since he didn't show up for the first one on May 18. Henry has been in Franklin
County Jail since June 8, when he was arrested in Lurgan Township. He was allegedly found camping in the woods with a stockpile of canned food, tending to over 200 marijuana plants.
Man sought to buy pot on Craigslist, police say
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
Genius of the day award goes to....
GLASTONBURY— A Vernon man was arrested Thursday after police said he placed an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy marijuana.
Michael Krebes, 31, of 56 Mount Vernon Drive, was charged with criminal attempt to possess less than 4 ounces of marijuana after officers with the East Central Narcotics Task Force set up a sting operation at the McDonald’s restaurant on Main Street, police said.
Officers responded to Krebes’ Craigslist ad and specified a location for the transaction, where surveillance units waited for Krebes to arrive, police said.
Marijuana advocate chooses prison over giving up Cannabis
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
Joel Castle would rather go to prison for nine months than spend the next three years on probation. That’s how serious he is about his medicine. He will be serving a 9 month prison sentence instead of taking the probation offer.
Castle, who was found guilty last month of two felonies associated with a guitar-for-pot trade back in January 2010, was sentenced earlier this month. First, Judge Robert Glusman offered three years’ probation. Castle refused, made a bit of a stink in court, and was sentenced instead to two years, eight months in state prison.
I was offered probation a year ago. I didn’t take it then; why would they think I’d take it now?” he said, referring to a proposed deal with the prosecution last year that would have required he plead guilty, something he would not do.
“On probation, the ‘D.A.’s conditions,’ not laws, that I consider illegal, apply,” Castle explained in a letter to this reporter. Those conditions “take away my Prop 215 rights for three years, which I have and will always refuse as the medical cannabis advocate of Butte County.
Altitude Organic Corp Sponsors Playboy Mansion Liberty Belle Ball Benefiting the Cannabis Industry
Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
PHOENIX, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Altitude Organic Corporation (Pinksheets:ERBB.pk - News), a leading national, publicly-traded medical marijuana company, is pleased to announce it will be a gold sponsor of the Marijuana Policy Project's Liberty Belle Ball held at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles on July 7th.
The annual ball is a fundraising benefit for Washington DC-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) (http://www.mpp.org/). The Marijuana Policy Project has been on the frontlines of marijuana reform for over 15 years, working diligently to change policies and laws at both federal and state levels. The event will be attended by cannabis industry luminaries, dedicated reform activists, business owners, and celebrity supporters.
CEO Brian Cook stated, "We are obviously dedicated supporters of the legally-regulated marijuana industry that is being born around the country today. Supporting the cannabis industry's growth and expansion requires donating time and money toward the cause. The Marijuana Policy Project continues to be visionary leaders helping implement state medical marijuana programs through their dedicated lobbying efforts.
The MPP is looking to raise additional money for its operating budget where they heavily invest in the goal of expanding legal medical marijuana programs to 24 states and Washington DC by the end of 2012. Altitude Organic Corp stands fully behind their efforts to help bring about solid economic benefit and common sense regulation with cannabis."
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