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Colorado medical marijuana making way into Nebraska

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 5th 2010 by THCFinder

Dude, you're not in Colorado anymore.

So you can put your license for legal marijuana away. Because that stopped being legal, oh, about the time you passed Julesburg and crossed the Nebraska border.

A gap in Colorado law is allowing growers to produce far more medical marijuana than patients can legally possess. And some of the surplus is finding its way into Nebraska.

"We've seen it here in the city of Scottsbluff, and we've seen it in the southern Panhandle, and we've seen it around the Sidney area," said Scottsbluff Police Chief Alex Moreno, also a coordinator of an 11-county drug task force.

It's showing up during traffic stops, in drug busts and in cases a prosecutor won't yet discuss. And while it's not pouring over the border, there is enough for law officers to take notice.

"It's not like it's a tidal wave, but it's here and there based on reports I received from officers assigned to the drug task force," Moreno said.

Colorado is making national news for its efforts to regulate the production of medical marijuana, considering, for instance, whether the pot's potency should be tested and labeled. It's also considering standards for pesticide use and rules for organic labeling.

But none of that addresses the legal loophole leading to surplus supplies of medical marijuana.

Licensed patients -- and there were more than 90,000 of them this summer, according to the state of Colorado -- are allowed to have 2 ounces of usable marijuana and up to three mature plants.

The problem? A single mature plant can produce up to a pound of usable marijuana under ideal conditions, according to Colorado's I-News Network.

And even if each plant produced just 3 to 8 ounces, the statewide surplus could reach 64 tons.

Which has to go somewhere.

So why not Nebraska's Panhandle?

"I know there's actually medicinal marijuana that's come into our county," said Scotts Bluff Deputy County Attorney Scott Blaha. In fact, he's getting ready to prosecute a case involving Colorado pot, but that's all he'll say about that.

Officers are finding it on the highway, too.

"They'll have a card that says they can possess it in Colorado," said Lt. Lance Rogers of the Nebraska State Patrol. "But we don't have that law, so we cite them. Does it happen on a regular basis? Sure."

And by regular basis, he said, he means sometimes once a week, sometimes twice a month.

Because of the small amounts, his troopers typically seize the pot, write a ticket and send drivers on their way.

"They're not smugglers," Rogers said. "It's mainly for personal use."

Moreno, the Scottsbluff chief, said his officers are seeing Colorado pot on two fronts -- small amounts intended for personal use, and larger amounts intended to be sold.

And in at least one case, it might not be the higher grade medical marijuana at all.

In July, investigators searched a Scottsbluff trailer and found more than 100 Ecstasy tablets, a bag of illegal mushrooms and several bags of marijuana in so-called smelly-proof bags, according to court documents.

Sgt. Dana Korell of the Nebraska State Patrol said an informant told officers the pot was medical marijuana.

But the prosecutor wasn't so sure. One of the bags was simply labeled "medical" with a black Sharpie.

Maybe just a dealer's attempt, said Blaha, to upsell his lower-grade pot.

(Source: journalstar.com)


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Lawmaker mulls measure that establishes pot driving impairment level

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 5th 2010 by THCFinder

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A state lawmaker is considering introducing a measure that would establish a marijuana driving impairment level similar to the 0.08 blood alcohol level.

The Denver Post reports that Boulder Democrat Rep. Claire Levy plans to sponsor a measure that sets the threshold for the active ingredient of marijuana in the bloodstream at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

Vagueness in current state law plus concern over the rising use of medical marijuana prompted the ColoradoCommission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to draft a proposal.

Several states have zero-tolerance policies for THC or its metabolites, while Pennsylvania and handful of other states have established a 5 nanogram per milliliter of blood limit.


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Spanish Cannabis Club May Have A Hard Future

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 5th 2010 by THCFinder

A Spanish club that allows members to smoke marijuana joints has opened in Madrid, but its future is uncertain due to imminent anti-smoking laws. The Private Cannabis Club opened last month within a Madrid bar and restaurant and is run by an association that argues it is within the bounds of a law that allows consumption of cannabis if it is in private.

 

 

 

“We do not allow the public in, it is strictly a private association so we only allow in members,” Spokeswoman Alicia Mendez said from the club located near the Spanish airport. She continued to say that “We do not sell drugs nor do we promote the consumption of drugs. We are simply a place where people with a shared interest meet.”

 

Personal consumption of marijuana in private was legal, however, mendez said, and members were allowed to do so inside the private club, which had been registered as an association. “The consumption of cannabis is not only for recreational but also therapeutic,” she said. So this is just one step closer to true legalization as all we can do is wait to see what the Spanish authorities to if they even do anything.


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Willie Nelson Charged with Misdemeanor for Marijuana Possession

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 4th 2010 by THCFinder

After Willie Nelson's arrest last week (Nov. 26) for marijuana possession, the country star managed to steer clear of felony charges and walked away with a misdemeanor. 

The southern superstar was originally suspected of carrying six ounces of the narcotic, which was found on his tour bus while traveling from California to Texas. Nelson faced felony charges with a maximum sentence of two years in prison plus a $10,000 fine. Officials later determined the amount of marijuana to be four ounces, earning the 77-year-old a $4,000 fine and maximum one-year prison term. However, according to TMZ.com, Nelson will not be jailed.

In an interview with 'Rolling Stone,' Mickey Raphael, a harmonica player for Nelson, revealed that the 'Country Music' performer was in high spirits since he was arrested and subsequently released. "He said he feels great - he lost six ounces," Raphael said. 

Dick DeGuerin, a Texas criminal defense lawyer, questioned the lawfulness of the search. DeGuerin pointed out that officials searched the vehicle 100 miles from the Mexican border. 

"It's supposed to be a checkpoint only for aliens, and [agents] overstep their authority all the time," explained DeGuerin, who recently represented former politician Tom Delay and country singer Billy Joe Shaver. "I've had several cases from that checkpoint and they just use the opportunity to check out anybody they want to. If you have long hair, if you're driving a van or it looks like you're from California or you look like a hippie, they do profiling."

 


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Dutch cities to start crackdown on marijuana cafes

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 3rd 2010 by THCFinder

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands' justice minister and five southern Dutch cities say they will implement new restrictions on marijuana cafes after a wave of drug-related gangland violence.

They said Friday the measures include shutting down many cafes, using tax and accounting laws to seize criminal assets, and introducing a "members only" pass system for remaining cafes.

The government has previously floated the idea of a nationwide pass system that would make it difficult for tourists to buy marijuana, despite the country's famed tolerance policy, which allows sale and possession of small amounts of weed.

Last week, a home in Eindhoven was hit with machine gun fire and the mayor of Helmond went into hiding because of death threats. Police say both matters are drug-related.


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San Diego drug tunnel discoveries, seizures of 50 tons of marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 3rd 2010 by THCFinder

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent walks in a tunnel which authorities found Nov. 25, and say was used to carry drugs into the United States to an Otay Mesa warehouse Thursday, Dec. 2, in San Diego, Calif. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are seeking help from Otay Mesa warehouse owners and tenants after the discovery of two major cross-border drug tunnels last month that resulted in seizueres of about 50 tons of marijuana.

 

An ICE agent looks into the entrance of a tunnel Thursday, Dec. 2, in San Diego, Calif., which authorities found Nov. 25, and say was used to carry drugs into the United States. At right are bags of dirt from the tunnel.

 

A member of the Mexican Army guards the tunnel discovered by Mexican and U.S. authorities, the second found this month, in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 26. The tunnel goes from a house in Tijuana to a store in the industrial area in Otay Mesa, Calif., and is about 800 meters long,according to first reports.

 

An ICE agent stands guard in front of blocks of marijuana in an industrial building near the Mexican border in Otay Mesa, Calif.. U.S. border police have found a sophisticated smuggler's tunnel the length of six football fields linking Southern California with Mexico and believed to have been used by drug traffickers


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