Striking against the city!

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

Medical-marijuana advocates are aiming to pull a Walmart. That is, they want to collect enough signatures to avoid what they describe as a de facto ban.

When the San Diego City Councilpassed an ordinance that could have threatened the development of new supercenter stores, Walmart fought back with a signature drive to give San Diegans the chance to vote on it. Faced with a special election, the council backed down and repealed the ordinance on Tuesday.

At a meeting of the California Cannabis Coalition on Monday, attorney Jessica McElfresh said the San Diego Planning Commission’s decision last week to approve a restrictive ordinance came months faster than anticipated. Marijuana collectives and patients’ best hope, she said, is to pursue a ballot initiative—one that she co-wrote—that would enact the more flexible recommendations of theSan Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force.

The initiative, filed with the City Clerk in December, is titled “Citizens for Safe Access Ordinance,” and the coalition is establishing a political action committee, San Diegans for Patients’ Rights. They need 62,000 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Thenext ballot—as early as June if Gov. Jerry Brown gets his way—the coalition hopes to pressure the City Council to reject the Planning Commission’s ordinance the same way Walmart did. If the council passes the restrictive ordinance anyway, the initiative would serve to repeal and replace it.

The Planning Commission’s ordinance contains 1,000foot distance restrictions from everything from parks to universities, the limitation of collectives to a few industrial and commercial zones and a stringent permit requirement. With these rules, McElfresh expects only five or so dispensaries will exist within the city limits. Her proposed initiative contains 500- and 600-foot restrictions and allows for dispensaries in all industrial and commercial zones. This, she says, will more or less maintain the status quo.

San Diegans may yet vote on a big-box ordinance. But this time it would be big-box dispensaries.

The Planning Commission’s ordinance would cut the number of collectives in San Diego, but it would have little impact on the number of medical-marijuana consumers. As a result, San Diegans may be faced with an oligopoly of large collectives. Oakland, as a precedent, has a small number of dispensaries, but among them are the 48,000-member Harborside Health Center and the franchise weGrow, which is often referred to as the “Walmart of Weed.”



Man grew cannabis in shed to combat ex-wifes arthritis

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

A FATHER who grew cannabis worth £2,800 in a garden shed has avoided jail.

Michael Barber, of Granville Close, Billericay, told Southend Crown Court he cultivated 43 plants to help his ex-wife cope with her arthritis.

The 48-year-old bought expensive hydroponics equipment and diverted mains electricity to power his mini drugs factory.

However, Judge John Lodge ruled he had learnt his lesson and allowed him to walk free.

He said: “People who cultivate yields of that size usually get prison sentences.

“However, in your case that sentence will be suspended.”

Barber was handed an eight-month sentence, suspended for a year. He was also banned from leaving his home between 9pm and 4.30am for three months.

The court heard he decided to grow the cannabis after reading about the pain-relieving effects it can have for arthritis sufferers.

His former wife, with whom he has three children, lives in The Fremnells, Basildon.

Barber set up the hydroponics equipment in a shed at the bottom of her garden and routed the mains electricity so it bypassed the meter for the house.

Police discovered the drugs factory when they raided the home in September.

Experts estimated the plants they found would have been worth £2,800 at street prices.

Barber pleaded guilty to growing Class B drugs and illegally taking electricity.

Judge Lodge said: “While this was an error of judgment, it was a fairly sophisticated one.

“It was not simply the growing of cannabis by splashing a few seeds in a garden pot.”

In addition to the suspended sentence, Barber was told to pay £500 in prosecution and defence costs.

The judge also ordered the confiscation and destruction of the hydroponics equipment and cannabis.



Millions worth of marijuana seized in Southern Arizona

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Agents seized more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $2.8 million in three separate incidents.

In the first incident on Friday, United States Border Patrol agents near Ajo say they spotted footprints from a group who illegally entered the country.

They say as they were tracking the footprints, they saw the group flee the area.

Agents were able to catch up to two suspects.

In the area, they found 24 bundles of marijuana, weighing 1,157 pounds with an estimated value of $925,600.

Later on Friday, agents assigned to the Ajo Station's All Terrain Vehicle Unit found 34 bundles of abandoned marijuana, weighing 1,556 pounds with an estimated value of $1.2 million. 

On Sunday, agents working in Patagonia discovered an abandoned truck with marijuana bundles in the cabin and bed, weighing 809 pounds with an estimated value of $647,000.

A check of records revealed the truck had been reported stolen.

"Each interdiction of illegal drugs puts additional pressure on drug trafficking organizations," stated Division Chief Manuel Padilla. "Our agents maintain their vigilance and strive to continue disrupting the smugglers' ability to operate and transport contraband within the Tucson Sector."

Agents say the public continues to be a valuable source of information regarding illegal activity. 



Arkansas Razorbacks: Hogs receiver facing marijuana possession charges

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 31st 2011 by THCFinder

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas Razorbacks receiver Lance Ray is facing marijuana possession charges after an arrest Saturday night.

University police say 19-year-old Ray had a brown rolled cigarette containing a green leafy substance.  Police say the substance was marijuana.  Ray also faces a minor in possession of alcohol charge.  Each charge is a misdemeanor.  Arkansas Head Coach Bobby Petrino has yet to comment on the arrest.

The red-shirt freshman from Havana, Florida played mostly on special teams in the 2010 season, returning kickoffs.  He caught one pass for six yards



Cannabis Factory Raided

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 31st 2011 by THCFinder

A squad of police recently raided a cannabis factory which was housing up to 209 marijuana plants. Dried cannabis leaces and a hydroponics set up were also found by the police at the raided property in Hamilton Road, Little Canfield near Dunmow, on Friday.



The police officers who raided the property arrested a 38 year old Harlow man and a 41 year old man from Matchin Green. They were charged with one count of producing cannabis and appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford yesterday. The pair were remanded without bail and are to appear via video link at the Harlow Magistrates Court on the 7th of February 2011 where they will face sentencing.


Cannabis Abuse 'May Be A Factor Behind High Crime Rate'

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 31st 2011 by THCFinder

CANNABIS abuse could be one of the factors behind the high rate of crime in the Bahamas, according to a local psychiatrist. Dr Kirk Christie, of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, said taking into account the disinhibiting effects of cannabis and the fact that its use is widespread, the drug could be fuelling deviant behaviour. In a meeting with Social Service Hotline councillors yesterday, Dr Christie stressed the dangers of substance abuse, and in particular cannabis abuse. He said the fact that cannabis is culturally and socially accepted, cheap and readily available in the Bahamas, encourages the false perception it is not a dangerous drug.




However, Dr Christie said despite the "general overvalued idea that there are no effects of cannabis use," like any other form of substance abuse, it is "a health nightmare." He said studies have shown that abuse of the drug can have very serious consequences. Physiological effects of cannabis use include: hypertension (high blood pressure), shortness of breath, decreased co-ordination and reaction times, ataxia, impaired memory and perception, sensory distortion such as hallucinations, paranoid disorders, mood alteration, and depersonalisation. In men, it can also cause a decrease in libido (sex drive), lower testosterone and sperm counts, and shrinking of the scrotum. One study, performed in the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre among 120 patients in the substance abuse treatment programme, found the median age for the onset of cannabis disorders was 21, and usually ranged between 17 and 26.


Dr Christie added that a new study completed in Europe found marijuana use makes a person seven times more likely to lose touch with reality. The treatment programme for substance abuse normally lasts about two years and includes detoxification, rehabilitation, relapse prevention and maintenance. Dr Christie stressed the importance of education and relaying of correct information. "The aim of education is to provide students, teachers and families with accurate information about drug abuse and addiction and the association with high-risk sexual behaviour," said Dr Christie. "Those under the influence take more irresponsible risks." While not everyone who uses drugs becomes addicted, for many what starts as casual use leads to drug addiction, he added.



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