Vt. woman won't be tried for growing pot for son
EAST WALLINGFORD, Vt.—A woman charged with felony drug charges for growing marijuana for her sick son won't go to trial.
Prosecutors have agreed to refer Sue Thayer, of East Wallingford, to court diversion. If she completes it, the charges against her will be dismissed.
In 2007, the 65-year-old Thayer was charged with possessing more than 25 pot plants. She said she grew the plants out of necessity because the marijuana improved the appetite and general condition of her son, who suffered from chronic wasting.
Last August, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled against her use of the so-called "necessity" defense.
Vermont Public Radio reports that Deputy Rutland County State's Attorney Peter Neary referred Thayer's case to court diversion last month, calling it a welcome compromise.
Cops Bust $1.2M Marijuana Grow-Op
Marijuana plants worth more than $1 million were seized on Friday in a massive grow-op bust in Winnipeg. Winnipeg police executed a search warrant at a home at about 6:30 p.m., where they discovered a sophisticated marijuana grow operation. Close to 1,100 marijuana plants were seized, which have an estimated value of $1.2 million. Also seized was roughly 40 grams of dry cannabis marijuana, worth about $400 and assorted growing equipment worth $25,000. "When we get that amount of drugs off the streets of Winnipeg, it's certainly something I think that these investigators should be proud of," Winnipeg police Const. Natalie Aitken said.
This is the fourth major grow-up bust in southern Manitoba since the new year began. "The ones that we've had recently have been quite elaborate," Aitken said. "They have ... perfected the manner in which they are doing business and as a result are definitely producing a high level of product." Dihn Luan Nguyen, 51, has been charged with the production of a controlled substance, possessing a substance for the purpose of trafficking and theft of services over $5,000. Nguyen was wanted on an outstanding warrant from a similar incident in March 2005. "All attempts to locate him were unsuccessful until this time," Aitken said. Nguyen has been detained in custody.
Woman Charged Over Cannabis Find
A woman has been arrested by local police officers and has been charged with possession of a controlled drug and intent to supply. The police officers arrested the 48 year old woman after they discovered more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of cannabis plants in her home in Sydney’s south west.
Police say they found the quarter of a million dollars worth of marijuana when they executed the search warrant at the 48 year old woman’s home in punchbowl yesterday afternoon. The 48 year old woman was charged with the enhanced cultivation of commercial quantity of drugs, conducting drug premises and altering the installation of electricity. She is currently awaiting her day in court where she will face her charges and finally be sentenced for the crimes she has committed.
Tip Leads To Massive Marijuana Bust
An anonymous tip that was given to police has lead to possibly one of the biggest marijuana discoveries in Clarksville history. Police are still unsure of where or whom the tip came from but I believe that they are very thankful that it was made. The anonymous tip led the police to a home located at the 600 block of Fairfield Drive on Friday afternoon. When the police arrived at the scene they could smell the distinct odor of cannabis coming from inside the home.
They began to search the home after a search warrant was obtained. Upon executing the search warrant police discovered roughly 250 pounds of pure cannabis. Police also found 5 pounds of Hashish, loaded firearms and of course drug paraphernalia, all of which were seized as evidence. The lead investigator of this report is Agent Steve Hamilton. Agent Steve Hamilton and local police authorities are urging the public to come forward with any knowledge so that they can finally make an arrest.
Michelle Whitmire Accused Of Distributing Pot To High School Students
Canada's War on Marijuana Expanding on All Fronts
Canada is escalating its war on cannabis and the casualties are piling up on several fronts across the nation. It seems like it was just a few years ago that Canadian marijuana users were feeling hopeful about the future of the country's drug laws. The turn of the century ushered in significant reform to Canada's medical marijuana laws, allowing patients access to cannabis through a federal medical licensing program. In 2002, after interviewing hundreds of experts and studying the issue for two years, the Senate of Canada recommended that marijuana be completely legalized. Activist entrepreneur Marc Emery sold cannabis seeds openly and toured the country during the "Summer of Legalization". And a Liberal Prime Minister promised country-wide decriminalization of marijuana, but half-jokingly cautioned, "don't start to smoke yet".
His words would turn out to be foreshadowing of things to come in Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Canada, where delays in medical marijuana licenses are now turning sick Canadians into criminals; where Marc Emery has been arrested and exiled to a run-down US prison; and where the Senate of Canada has passed legislation making non-violent cannabis crimes punishable by American-style mandatory minimum sentences – in preparation for a massive expansion of the country's prison system. Health Canada Delays Turn Medicine into Contraband Though Canada has a functioning medical marijuana program; there is growing debate over just how well it actually functions. Report after report after report has exposed Health Canada's inability to get medical marijuana users their licenses and renewals on time, but the government has done little to fix the problem and stands silently by as formerly-legal medical marijuana users are raided, arrested and left without electricity for the winter.
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