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Louisiana Man Gets Life for Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
Louisiana Man Gets Life for Marijuana
 
It was not the first time Cornell Hood II had gotten in trouble with the law.
 
He had previously just gotten off probation after three marijuana convictions in New Orleans.
 
However, he met a much harsher punishment after moving to St. Tammany Parish. A single conviction on the North shore sentenced the 35-year-old man to life in prison, according to the Times-Picayune.
 
On Thursday in his Covington courtroom, State Judge Raymond S. Childress was able to sentence Hood to life in prison under Louisiana’s repeat-offender law. Court records reveal that on a jury in February, Hood was found guilty of possessing and distributing marijuana from his home in Slidell.
 
Hood had just moved from eastern New Orleans, to the Slidell area, after admitting on December 18, 2009, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. For that convicted charge, he received a prison sentence and five years of probation, which was exactly the same penalty he got in 2005 for his first charge.
 
When Hood made the move to Slidell and switched homes, he also requested for a new probation officer. Just as Hood requested, a new probation officer was assigned to him, and that’s when the officer, Dustin Munlin, drove to Hood’s new home for a regular visit on September 27, 2010.
 
Not surprisingly, Munlin found almost two pounds of pot scattered around the house, according to court records. Munlin instantly told Sheriff’s Office deputies. Hood was then arrested.
 
Later, prosecutors charged Hood with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, the exact charges Hood has previously faced.
 
Hood’s trial only lasted one day. The evidence presented against him consisted of a digital scale and about a dozen bags containing marijuana, along with $1,600 in cash and a student-loan application with Hood’s name on it.
 
The Times-Picayune revealed it only took jurors less than two hours to deliberate before convicting Hood of a reduced charge, which normally wouldn’t consist of more than fifteen years on imprisonment. However, Assistant District Attorney Nick Noriea, Jr. upped the ante when he used Hood’s past convictions to argue Hood was a career criminal, worthy of an even worse punishment.
 
Drug criminals in Louisiana are subject to life imprisonment after they have been convicted three or more times of a crime that exceed a sentence of ten years, as Hood had been.
 

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Jail sentence for man who grew marijuana to help cancer-stricken wife

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
Another sad story of someone trying to help another human being. No good deed goes unpunished with our screwed up system.
 
Gary Burton must serve 60-days behind bars for growing two pot plants in Chippewa Lake. He will also serve 30 days house arrest and will undergo drug testing for two years.
 
Burton says he was growing the plants for medicinal purposes, to help ease his wife's pain due to her breast cancer treatments.
 
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Grannies arrested in cannabis bust

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
Two grandmothers have been arrested accused of running a huge cannabis growing operation in California.
Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Chan Pon, 65 - who deny all allegations - were held after neighbours called police to report a burglary in San Mateo County.
 
When officers arrived they found 800 cannabis plants, thousands in cash and a bypass that allowed the women to tap into a power line to steal electricity.
 
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said: "This has not happened in the 34 years that I've been here."
 
Lam and Pon have pleaded not guilty to cultivation of cannabis, maintaining a house for the sale of cannabis, possession of cannabis for sale and unlawful theft of electricity.
 

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Calif pot doctor heads to prison; advocates rally

Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana advocates are hailing a California physician and her attorney husband as heroes as the couple begin serving five-year prison sentences for pot trafficking.
 
Marion "Mollie" Fry and Dale Schafer surrendered to authorities at the federal courthouse in Sacramento on Monday as dozens of supporters gathered to decry their imprisonment.
 
The Sacramento Bee reports that protesters demanded President Barack Obama pardon the couple, who were convicted in 2008 for conspiring to produce and distribute marijuana.
 
Fry ran a medical practice in the rural town of Cool where she issued marijuana recommendations. Schafer counseled pot patients.
 
Prosecutors say the couple exploited Fry's status as a breast cancer survivor to garner sympathy as they built a $1 million pot business. Advocates say the two were acting within California's medical marijuana laws.
 

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F1 vehicles will face closer custom checks

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
Lorries belonging to motorsport teams will suffer more vigorous checks at customs in the UK as they enter the country at Dover.
 
The clampdown follows the discovery of 8kg of cocaine, 71kg of amphetamine tablets and more than 100kg of cannabis, plus a handgun - all of which was left lying on a table in a lorry belonging to the Kawasaki team competing  in the Superbike World Championship.
 
Four technicians from the team, ran by Paul Bird Motorsport based in Lancashire, were arrested for the offences, but later bailed.
 
A UK Border Agency source told the Telegraph that motorsport vehicles, including Formula One, will face closer checks.
 
"Our intelligence analysts will be looking much more closely at motorsport vehicles from now on, including Superbikes and even Formula One.
 
"They have been pulled over very rarely and that will now change."
 
This will have an impact on all the teams, as those based in the UK, Red Bull, McLaren, Renault, Mercedes, Force India, Team Lotus, Williams and Virgin, drive to all European races, whilst those outside of the UK will only be affected during the British GP weekend.
 

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Obama DOJ Conducts Aggressive Medical Marijuana Raids in Spokane as Bill Hits WA Governor's Desk

Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
Olympia, WA -- The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted aggressive SWAT-style raids yesterday on at least three distribution facilities in Spokane, Washington, that provided medical marijuana to qualified patients.
 
Earlier this month, numerous facilities shut down after U.S. District Attorney Michael Ormsby threatened numerous landlords in Spokane with seizure of their property if they keep letting their tenants provide medical marijuana to state-compliant patients.
 
These actions come as the state is trying to pass Senate Bill 5073, which modifies its current medical marijuana law to set up a licensed distribution system.
 
"The governor should not buckle to federal pressure," said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which is currently holding raid preparedness trainings across Washington, and will host a stakeholders meeting in Seattle Saturday to discuss next steps for safe access in the state.
 
"Hundreds if not thousands of patients in Washington are now terrified and don't know where to get their medication," Sherer continued. "It's incumbent upon Governor Gregoire to stand up for the patients in her state and provide them with a means to safely obtain medical marijuana."
 

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