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William Kurtz's Wheelchair Doesn't Save Him From Marijuana Manufacturing Conviction

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 29th 2010 by THCFinder

Considering that symptoms ranging from trouble sleeping to slight appetite loss can be grounds for obtaining a medical marijuana prescription in Washington, William Kurtz's hereditary spastic paraplegia that left him wheelchair-bound should have been a shoe in for a weed 'script. Unfortunately, Kurtz forgot to actually get the prescription before he got caught with 42 pot plants in his house.

The Olympian reports Thursday that despite a spirited fight by Kurtz's lawyers to prove that the crippled man needed the pot for his medical condition, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy wasn't having it. She prevented the defense from presenting evidence like a doctor's note that said his condition was indeed pot worthy, because it wasn't obtained until after he got popped for the plants back in March.

She fined the 58-year-old Olympia man $4,000 and sentenced him to 20 days of home confinement.

Prosecutors had no evidence that Kurtz was growing the weed for anything other than smoking it himself. And Washington state law allows prescriptions to be written for conditions including "multiple sclerosis and other spasticity disorders."

Still, even if he had the prescription, the law also says that patients can only have up to 15 plants at a time, unless they can prove they need more. 

Kurtz's lawyers appear to be confident that their "he could have had a license, he just never got around to it" defense will exonerate him upon appeal.

No word if they'll let Kurtz avoid paying them their legal fees until after he wins as well.

 

(Source: seattleweekly.com)


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Teen Girls Hospitalized After Marijuana Brownie Binge

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

Two scofflaw teens were busted for selling cupcakes and other baked goods in a public park without a license earlier this month. The latest incident kicked the criminality up a notch; a 16 year old was arrested last week for selling marijuana brownies to two 13 year old girls who ended up in the hospital. Police say a suburban New York teenager has been arrested for trying out his own interpretation of the term high school. Officials at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua called police at 1:30 p.m. on November 16th to report that the two girls were feeling dizzy and nauseated. "It was determined that two girls ate a brownie that had been laced with marijuana," Detective Sgt. James Wilson said. "They ate it at the school, knowing there was marijuana in it, and felt sick shortly afterward."

 

 

 

The girls were rushed by ambulance to a Westchester Hospital, and were treated and released. The unidentified baker was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of criminal sale of marijuana. It's unclear whether the brownies were made improperly or if this was just a case of two inexperienced teens who didn't know enough to balance out their mellow with a little Four Loko.


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Rules may bar lawyers from aiding in setup of medical marijuana shops

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

Patients, doctors and dispensaries seeking legal help navigating the state’s new medical marijuana law could find themselves up the creek without a lawyer.

The ethics counsel for the State Bar of Arizona said it is a violation of the rules laid out by the Arizona Supreme Court for attorneys to help clients break the law.

Patricia Sallen acknowledged that the new medical marijuana law permits individuals with a doctor’s recommendation to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. And it also sets up procedures for the state to license nonprofit corporations to sell the drug.

But she pointed out it remains illegal under federal law to sell or possess marijuana.

Sallen said that could keep attorneys from helping Arizona corporations set up a dispensary. And it also could mean no help going to court for any company that believes it was unfairly or unlawfully denied a dispensary license — or even for an individual who claims to be entitled to a medical marijuana card.

 

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DEA Bans Fake Pot

Category: News | Posted on Sun, November, 28th 2010 by THCFinder

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said it is temporarily banning the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana. The ban goes into effect sometime in the next 30 days and will last for at least one year while the federal government weighs the possibility of permanently controlling the substances, ABC News reported Wednesday.

 

 

 

The synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, is a mixture of readily available herbs sprayed with chemicals. It allegedly mimics the effects of marijuana, a naturally growing, unprocessed weed. "Makers of these harmful products mislead their customers into thinking that 'fake pot' is a harmless alternative to illegal drugs, but that is not the case," acting DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart wrote in a statement.

 

 

 

"Today's action will call further attention to the risks of ingesting unknown compounds and will hopefully take away any incentive to try these products." The DEA reported preliminary tests found synthetic marijuana, which has been banned by at least a dozen states, has dangerous long-term and short term side effects, ABC News said.


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Kentucky King of Pot, on the run for two years after giant marijuana bust

Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 27th 2010 by THCFinder

With every "Run Johnny Run!" posted on his Facebook fan page, John Robert Boone, a marijuana-growing outlaw, is becoming more and more of a folk hero.

Boone, a Kentucky fugitive who resembles Santa Claus, vanished like a puff of smoke two years ago as authorities closed in on his farm to seize 2,400 pot plants.

Dubbed the "King of Pot" and the "Godfather of Grass," Boone, 67, has been on the run ever since.

The Facebook page set up for him has more than 1,700 fans.

"He was just a good ol' country boy - a farmer," Joe Pendleton, whose Kentucky shop sells "Run, Johnny, Run" T-shirts, told the Associated Press. "He's not robbing banks or nothing."

But Boone is facing a life sentence in prison if caught and convicted of growing pot for a third time.

Boone was convicted in the 1980s of taking part in what prosecutors called the "largest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history."

The group was accused of growing 182 tons of marijuana and labeled the "Cornbread Mafia." Boone, described as the group's leader, served more than a decade in prison.

Federal authorities aren't calling him violent, but his record dates back to the 1960s and includes charges of wanton endangerment and illegal firearms possession.



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/


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Colorado Weighs Difficulties Of Pot Regulations

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 26th 2010 by THCFinder

Colorado is working toward becoming the first state to regulate production of medical marijuana. Regulators say pot consumers deserve to know what they're smoking, and producers should have safety regulations such as pesticide limits for plants destined for human use.

 

Right now, patients have no way to verify pot shop claims that certain products are organic, or how potent a specific strain might be Minor of Full Spectrum Laboratories is in Denver, which currently does voluntary marijuana analysis for about 100 growers and dispensaries. Minor and others in the pot business say industry standards are needed. But Colorado officials are having a tough time writing regulations for a product that's never been scrutinized or safety tested before. 

 

 

 

New Mexico requires marijuana products to be labeled by strain and potency, and is planning by the end of the year to allow health inspectors to review samples. But currently none of the 14 states that allow medical marijuana regulate how it's grown. But it's a daunting task. Physicians, pot shop owners and state regulators all say standards are needed but guidelines don't exist. 


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