Medical Marijuana Patient Stabbed & Charged With Possession
Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
On October 8th of 2013, Scott Waselik, 24 was stabbed in his home by his roommate, Kevin Rios, 22. Suffering a stab wound to the chest, Waselik managed to drive his car to the police station in his town of Sparta, New Jersey, and tell the police about the attack. Reluctantly, Waselik gave his address to police in order to get custody of his roommate. While Waselik was transported to the hospital for treatment, police headed to his house. When the cops arrived at the house, the saw Rios standing near his car, with a bag of cannabis in the open trunk, the report said. After cuffing Rios, one of the officers at the scene went in to the house to “clear” it and saw more marijuana and paraphernalia. After leaving the scene and coming back with a warrant, cops returned and seized the plant and the paraphernalia.
Both Waselik and Rios had cards, allowing them to consume the plant in allowance with their state’s law. The police, however, said that the marijuana found wasn’t from a state approved dispensary, as is required by the law in New Jersey. Waselik, a patient who suffers from Crohn’s disease, wasn’t even given a chance to defend himself before being slapped with the possession charge. For the last year, he has been arguing his case that he had a right to have the marijuana found in his home.
On Friday, Waselik caught a break and the judge hearing the case did him a huge favor. The judge ruled that the police had no authority to enter the house in the first place. Which means that both the cannabis (totaling at 74 grams) and the paraphernalia can’t be used as evidence. But the judge ruled that the police had no emergency need to enter the house, seeing as how Rios was already in custody and Waselik was on his way to the hospital.
Targeting a medical marijuana patient is a low blow by the police. With the judge throwing out the evidence of the plant and the paraphernalia, Waselik will be able to consume his marijuana in peace. As a patient dealing with Crohn’s, he is definitely someone would could benefit from using the plant as a medicine. Those patients that need the plant should not be targeted, especially when they are complying with the laws regarding possession.
Supplying Marijuana Grow Equipment Now Illegal In The Netherlands
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 12th 2014 by THCFinder
I remember when I was a teenager growing up in the 90’s, Amsterdam (and the Netherlands in general) was the Mecca of marijuana. I always wanted to come visit there, visit their stores, and smoke their world class marijuana. While marijuana has technically been illegal in the Netherlands since that time, back then it was very loosely enforced. Things have changed quite a bit since then, with the Netherlands taking a harder stance against marijuana, while some states in the U.S. have loosened their marijuana laws.
It sounds like it is now illegal to even supply marijuana growing equipment in the Netherlands. Per The Stoned Society:
Today a majority of the Dutch Senate voted for the so-called growshop law, essentially prohibiting the supply, preparation and facilitation of illegal cannabis grows. Growshops will now have to operate more discretely if they want to continue their business.
It is already illegal to grow cannabis in the Netherlands, but now also supplying (even water cans and regular soil) and preparations (electrical construction for example) is illegal and punishable, depending on the size and personal vs commercial grows, by jail sentences up to 3 years.
Have you been the the Netherlands lately? How is the ‘cannabis scene’ there? If you have visited there in decades past, how has it changed? Is Amsterdam still considered to be the Mecca of marijuana to you?
FBI: Marijuana Arrests Down, Enforcement Still Wastes Over 457 Million Annually
Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
New arrest data has been released by the F.B.I., which shows that marijuana arrests have declined, but an enormous amount of money is still being wasted on enforcing failed policies. Below is a reaction from NORML and StopTheDrugWar.Org:
By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director
The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report was released this morning and provides an updated look at the total number of marijuana arrests law enforcement made across the country in 2013.
The good news is that numbers are down slightly from 2012’s arrest figures. In 2012, there were about 749,825 marijuana arrests (compared to 757,969 in 2011).
The new report shows a modest decrease in arrests. In 2013, there was a total of 693,481 arrests made for marijuana charges, with the overwhelming majority of these being for simple possession. Law enforcement made about 609,423 arrests for possession alone, a decrease of 48,808 arrests compared to 2012. While we may be seeing slight decreases due to the growing number of states who have begun to reform their marijuana policies, the fact that over 600,000 individuals are still being arrested for a non-violent act shows how much work we have left to do in ending our disastrous prohibition of marijuana.
Using the ACLU low-level estimate of cost per arrest ($750), the minimum enforcement cost for the 609,423 individuals put in handcuffs for just marijuana possession in 2013 would be in excess of $457,067,250.
E-Cigarette Firm Eyes Emerging Cannabis Oil Market
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an Oklahoma-based electronic cigarette retailer is looking to build a national franchise.
Marijuana is illegal under federal drug laws. But voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., approved ballot measures Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining Washington state and Colorado. And in more than a dozen other states, medical marijuana is available.
The growing availability of legal pot opens the door for Tulsa-based Palm Beach Vapors to market a method for producing a cannabis oil product that can be inhaled through a common e-cigarette, according to CEO and co-founder Chip Paul.
"This is a wave that's kind of sweeping the nation," said Paul, whose company is looking to patent the method and has already signed licensing deals in California and Colorado for what it calls the M-System. He said he intends to set up franchise locations in other states.
The use of marijuana is currently illegal in Oklahoma, but the market for cannabis products is projected to grow as more states move to legalize it. Advocates plan a big push for legalization initiatives on 2016 ballots in California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada, according to Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
Paul was one of the organizers of an Oklahoma initiative petition calling for the legalization of medical marijuana, an effort that ended in August when volunteers failed to gather the needed signatures of more than 155,000 registered voters. The failed petition sought voter approval of classifying marijuana as an herbal drug that would be regulated by the Oklahoma Department of Health. Doctors would have been authorized to prescribe it for a variety of medical conditions.
Cannabis has a history of medicinal use to treat pain or alleviate symptoms such as nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients and people with AIDS. Paul plans to launch another petition drive in August 2015.
But Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, says the agency is concerned about the inhalation of cannabis oils via e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes work by heating liquid nicotine into an inhalable mist; cannabis oils and waxes work much the same. Palm Beach Vapors does not buy, sell or ship marijuana but licenses the preparation method and additive that produces a vegetable glycerin base in which cannabis oils remain evenly distributed, which is key to labeling concentrations, similar to the nicotine measurements in e-cigarettes, Paul said.
The company has applied for a patent, and expects the M-System to account for 30-40 percent of its annual revenue by 2018, provided the country continues its march toward wider legalization, Paul said.
Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana, but Nate Renschler, who has a Palm Beach Vapors franchise in Newburgh, Indiana, said that sentiment could change when state officials realize the tax benefits of legalization.
Read more: http://abcnews.go.com
NYPD to stop arresting for low-level marijuana charges, will issue tickets instead
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
It’s high time for a change in how the NYPD deals with pot possession.
City cops will stop arresting people on low-level marijuana charges and issue tickets instead, a police source said Monday.
The change in policy is expected to be announced by Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton at an afternoon press conference, the source said.
There has been a growing pressure on law enforcement to curb arrests for small amounts of marijuana because they are disproportionately made in black and Hispanic communities.
According to the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, blacks and Hispanics represented 86% of those arrested for marijuana possession in the city in the first eight months of the year. Studies have shown that whites are equally as likely to use the drug.
The reform policy was embraced by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson during his 2013 campaign for office. He promised to fine those arrested with small amounts of marijuana rather than put them in cuffs and charge them.
"Too many young people are being arrested for low-level drug charges that leave a permanent stain on their records for what should be a violation," Thompson had said.
The de Blasio administration has been slow to warm up to the policy, but Bratton has spoken recently about handling some minor criminal offenses without making arrests.
Bratton has come under criticism in the wake of a Staten Island suspect’s death as cops arrested him for selling untaxed cigarettes. Critics said it showed the flaws in the Broken Windows policy of aggressively targeting low-level crime. Eric Garner died in a police chokehold on July 17 and the city medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.
It wasn’t immediately clear exactly how much pot would be considered criminal.
Wild Growing Pot Plant Gets Axed
Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
Cannabis is a weed. By definition, weeds are plants that are considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one that grows where it is not wanted. Weeds spread fast or take the place of desired plants. They grow naturally and without human interaction. A few examples are dandelions, crabgrass, and vines (which can kill plants and even trees with their brutal grip). The name “weed” appropriately fits cannabis, as the cannabis plant can grow where ever, when ever. It grows quickly and without help from humans. But even when growing in the wild, on it’s own, cannabis isn’t safe from human tyranny.
In Britain, a two-foot-tall cannabis plant was found growing at the mouth of the River Doon, Ayr. A horseback rider came across the plant one day and couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Since the summer, the plant has been growing and thriving due to the nutrition from seaweed and weeks of dry heat. Police said that they haven’t ever seen anything like this, which kind of shows how in the dark the authorities are of the fact that this plant is what it is; a WEED.
The horseback rider took a photo of the plant and showed it to everyone she knew. All of the people she showed it to knew what it was immediately. The single pot plant stood alone on the beach, leading people to believe that it was dropped there possibly by a bird that had either gotten one of the seeds in it’s food or the lucky bird had recently visited a cannabis farm. Unfortunately for the not-so-little trooper, the location of it’s grow was given to the police so that the plant could be destroyed.
There was recently another incident in which an older woman asked a BBC radio show to help her identify a strange plant that she found growing in her garden. What was the plant? A five foot tall marijuana plant that had taken root in her backyard. Patricia Hewitson was informed of the type of plant on air, with her only response being a shocked, “Oh dear.”
Hewitson, 65, was confused as to why the plant was giving off such a pungent odor and even put a photo on Facebook, asking her friends what the mystery plant was. No one knew and the plant was eventually named by the radio show as being a marijuana plant.
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