No change in marijuana laws coming, White House says
Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
(CNN) – President Barack Obama isn't looking to change current federal laws dictating the classification of marijuana, his spokesman explained Wednesday.
Josh Earnest, the deputy press secretary, said Obama "does not, at this point, advocate a change in the law" that places marijuana in the same class of drugs as heroin, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms, and which deems cannabis to have no medical use.
Responding to a question from CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin, Earnest described the Obama administration's position on marijuana as mainly focused on prosecuting drug traffickers rather than individual users.
"The administration's position on this has been clear and consistent for some time now," he said. "While the prosecution of drug traffickers remains an important priority, the president and the administration believe that the targeting of individual marijuana users, especially those with serious illnesses and their caregivers, is not the best allocation of federal law enforcement resources."
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SWAT raids organic farm for marijuana, instead seize blackberry, okra and tomatillo plants
The police department in Arlington, Texas, essentially destroyed an organic farm when SWAT “showed up unannounced, uninvited, raped the land and held captive every human present at gunpoint,” according to a statement by The Garden of Eden.
Authorities eventually claimed that they were there to infiltrate an illegal marijuana growing and drug trafficking operation, but absolutely no evidence of any such activity was discovered on the property.
The SWAT team raided the farm on the morning of Aug. 2, after a search warrant had been signed the day before. The city claims that they received a number complaints that marijuana was being grown on the property, in addition to ongoing complaints about conditions on the property including “grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises.”
When authorities did not discover any pot plants on the property, they issued additional citations for code violations instead and hauled off several trailer loads of materials which the farm used for various purposes in maintaining the operations on the premises.
The eight adults who were at the farm during the raid claim that officers came in and immediately detained them by handcuffing them and holding them at gunpoint. This included the mother of a 22-month-old and a two-week-old baby who were separated from their mother during the raid. The city however, states that they only detained them for 30 minutes, as is standard procedure during a narcotics investigation, and that after half an hour anyone who was on the property was free to leave if they so wished.
Quinn Eaker, who lives at the farm, told reporters, “I think every single right we have was violated, every single one.”
However, the raid was not a total waste, as officers did discover that Eaker had outstanding traffic violations and was subsequently arrested.
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Three out of four doctors would prescribe marijuana, survey finds
Three quarters of the world's doctors would prescribe marijuana under certain circumstances, according to a new survey by The New England Journal of Medicine.
The journal presented 1,446 physicians in 72 countries with the case study of Marilyn, a 68-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer. Opposing expert viewpoints were presented to the doctors, including one that argued marijuana should be used only when other options fail, and another saying there was “little scientific basis” to endorse marijuana for therapy.
In the case of Marilyn, the cancer had spread to her lungs and thoracic and lumbar spine. She was undergoing chemotherapy and had substantial pain and nausea that other drugs (including opiates) hadn’t relieved.
Among the doctors surveyed worldwide, 76 percent said they would prescribe marijuana. The same percentage also applied for North America. But support for medical marijuana varied significantly by region, from 1 percent of the Utah doctors surveyed, to 96 percent of their counterparts in Pennsylvania.
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Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol
The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an eyebrow-raising statement to PolitiFact on Monday, denying that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol.
"Claiming that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol cannot be substantiated since each possess their own unique set of risks and consequences for a given individual," wrote the institute. NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health, funds government-backed scientific research and has a stated mission "to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction."
The statement was in response to a declaration by the pro-pot policy group Marijuana Policy Project that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol –- a claim that was the centerpiece of a controversial pro-marijuana commercial aired during a NASCAR race last month.
PolitiFact took the claim to task, comparing marijuana-related deaths to alcohol-related deaths and toxicity levels of the two substances.
As noted by PolitiFact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics reported 41,682 alcohol-related deaths in 2010. The center had no reports listing marijuana as a cause of death.
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Gun Safe Sent to Ohio Man Filled With Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Sun, August, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Authorities in Ohio say a man who ordered a gun safe online opened it up only to discover 280 pounds of marijuana inside.
Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart in western Ohio says the safe was made in Nogales, Mexico and that it was sent by truck to Ohio.
He says the marijuana has a street value of $420,000.
Federal authorities who are investigating say the truck driver who brought the shipment into the United States is now missing.
The Ohio sheriff says that truck was carrying a full shipment of safes, but none of the others contained any drugs.
He says the safe with the marijuana was delivered to Ohio in June, but authorities have kept quiet about it while they looked into how the safe got into the U.S.
Texas Cops Raid Farm for Marijuana, Only Find Tomatoes
Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
ARLINGTON, TX — A small, sustainable organic farm in South Arlington, Texas was raided by a SWAT team in search of marijuana, and all they found were vegetables.
Arlington police and city Code Enforcement officers raided The Garden of Eden and the six adults who live and work of the farm were handcuffed while officers searched the property for drugs.
Police say handcuffs were removed within 30 minutes, and tactical officers left the premises within 45, but the raid itself lasted some 10 hours according to the Garden of Eden website.
“We live a very peaceful life here,” said 30-year-old resident Quinn Eaker, who was arrested during the raid for an unrelated warrant outstanding over unpaid parking tickets.
“We’ve never hurt anybody,” Eaker said. “This is our land. We have the right to be secure in our person and our property. Period. That’s undebatable.”
According to the search warrant, an undercover narcotics agent had visited the farm to investigate an anonymous tip that Eaker was growing marijuana in a garden surrounded by bamboo.
A Texas Department of Public Safety aircraft conducted aerial surveillance of the Garden of Eden property on July 30, according to the warrant. Photographs of the garden surrounded by bamboo, police stated in the warrant, were “consistent with marijuana.”
But they were tomatoes.
“They can’t even tell the difference between tomato plants and a marijuana drug cartel; that’s just really bad intel,” Eaker said. “I think they were hoping that was true. And I think that they made a mistake and I think that they know they made a mistake.”
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