Police Seize $4.1m Of Cannabis
Police said today the raids in the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command (LAC) take their total haul in the Strike Force Unwin cannabis eradication program to $21.7 million. Strike Force Unwin comprises detectives from the Drug Squads Cannabis Team, the NSW Police Air Wing, Dog Squad and Coffs Clarence LAC.
This latest raids from Monday to Friday targeted areas including Repton, Boambee, Korora, Sandon District, Woombah, Ashby, Tyndle, Billys Creek and Dorrigo. Police seized 2057 plants, up to 3m high. They plan more raids in coming months. Drug Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham warned drug cultivators they wouldn't know where or when police would strike. "Our aim is to detect and destroy cannabis crops across the state," he said in a statement. "Whether it's a semi-rural crop or on a steep mountainside in a remote part of the state, there's a very high chance police will find it."
Canadian Auto Insurance Company Ordered To Pay For Marijuana
Quebec’s auto insurance protection agency has been ordered to pay a man $5,000 so that he may grow cannabis to treat his lingering ailments from a car crash in 1986. The tribunal judges decided that all previous medications prescribed to the man to treat the back spasms that resulted from the crash had not worked, and since marijuana does help, the insurance company must pay for his rehabilitation.
This is an unprecedented decision; since the man is a legal medical marijuana patient in Canada, his cannabis use is recognized by the federal government to be legitimate therapy, and the judges decided the insurance agency must pay for him to grow and smoke marijuana to treat his back pain.
This is yet another example of medical marijuana’s acceptance as a viable alternative to prescription pills and “regular” therapies. Canada seems to be ahead of the U.S. in this acceptance, but hopefully we aren’t far behind.
Medical Merijuana, Pot Of Gold
A statement that Globe Farmacy expects to charge $450 for an ounce of medical marijuana prompted one planning and zoning commission member to ask the obvious question. “Four- hundred-fifty dollars? That’s a lot of money,” said Palmer Lund. “It looks to me there will be no demand for medical marijuana.” At this time, there is no medical insurance program that will cover the cost of the product.
Dr. Mark Siegel, whose proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility is expected to be approved in Globe, said the contrary is true based on experience in other states. “There are no facilities who can keep up with the demand,” Siegel said. He explained that Arizona is allowing 124 dispensaries in the state and some of those dispensaries will not have their own grow site. Although an ounce of marijuana costs approximately $75 to $100 in an illegal sale, Siegel said the product they will be selling is of a different quality.
“The stuff we are manufacturing is a different strain from what people are growing in their back yard,” he said. He added that people who will be purchasing medical marijuana are looking for its pain relieving qualities. “It makes all the difference in a person’s quality of life,” Siegel said. “We want to educate people that this is truly a medicine.” Even though the dispensary is required by state law to be a not-for-profit organization, the attorney general has ruled that medical marijuana is taxable. City manager Kane Graves said any tax collected will most likely be applied to Globe’s general fund.
Tractor Trailer Was Loaded With Tomatoes And 600 Pounds Of Pot
Two men were arrested Monday on drug charges after the tractor-trailer they were in was stopped by Illinois State Police for a safety inspection. The occupants of the vehicle gave police permission to search their truck after they were stopped on Interstate 55-70 near mile marker 15, said Joe Beliveau, commander of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois.
During the search of the truck, which was loaded with tomatoes and bound for Maryland, ISP troopers uncovered nearly 600 pounds of marijuana. Beliveau said. Charged in the case were Jose A. Martinez, 25, from Glendale, Ariz., and Manuel Medrano, 26, of Merced, Calif.
Martinez and Medrana both were charged by the Madison County state's attorney's office with unlawful possession of marijuana trafficking and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Both men are being held at the Madison County jail with bail set at $150,000 for each of them, Beliveau said.
Cannabis Factory Found On Farm Belonging To Horse Racing Mogul Lord Derby
Police swooped on sprawling Hatchfield Farm, in Newmarket, Suffolk, and discovered a drugs factory with 87 cannabis plants. Lord Derby whose family gave their name to the world famous Epsom horse race is not being treated as a suspect.
A spokesman for Suffolk Police said the farm building was rented to tenants by the racehorse owner. And he added:”It appears a building at that location has been used by tenants for a cannabis factory. It was discovered by the owner. ”No one has been arrested at this time and investigations are continuing.”
Police raided the farm building at 11am on Saturday and found 60 cannabis plants in one room and 27 in another. The Derby at Epsom was started in 1780 by the 12th Earl. Lord Derby, 47, known as Teddy is the 19th Earl. His family seat is Knowsley Hall in Merseyside, alongside Knowsley safari park, which the family opened in 1971. Lord Derby has recently launched controversial plans to build 1,200 homes on his land in Newmarket.
Chilean Miners Smoked Cannabis And Craved Sex Dolls While Underground
After more than two months underground, the men became so desperate for sex that they requested blow-up dolls be sent down to them, claimed New York Times writer Jonathan Franklin, author of the book 33 Men. However, the authorities denied this request, reportedly allowing families to send down porn, cigarettes, pills and dope instead, through the pipes used to ship supplies to the men.
Miner Samuel Avalos said in the book that he grew suspicious of the actions of his colleagues while they were underground. 'They were peeling away from the group in small cliques, wandering towards the bathroom, to smoke a joint. They never even offered me a toke,' he said. 'When you saw five of them headed up to the bathroom, you knew what they were doing.' Mr Franklin wrote: 'Having small amounts of drugs circulating in the community created more tension than it relieved.'
As well as a book detailing their experiences, the miners are likely to become even more famous if rumours Brad Pitt is interested in making a big-screen version of their story are true. The actor's production company, Plan B, is reportedly considering makinga movie about the ordeal of the Chilean men and their families.
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