Clinic manager gets prison for selling medical pot
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The manager of a medical marijuana clinic in Southern Oregon has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for growing and selling pot.
Josephine County Circuit Judge Pat Wolke told Brenda Thomas on Monday that he was imposing the sentence to show people that using the Oregon medical marijuana law to cover up illegal drug dealing will be punished.
"The majority of people in the Medical Marijuana Program are obeying the law," Wolke said. "There is a substantial minority who are not. They are overgrowing, and they are selling. ... I think the Medical Marijuana Program is hurt by people who thumb their nose at the law."
Thomas was led away in handcuffs and in tears to begin serving her sentence immediately. She called out to supporters to arrange for someone to take her roommate to the doctor.
Thomas was the manager of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation office in Grants Pass, part of a chain of medical marijuana clinics owned by marijuana activist Paul Stanford.
After turning down a plea bargain with an offer of probation, she went to trial, trying to throw the blame on grower Thomas Bletco, who had turned state's evidence. She was convicted in July of possessing, manufacturing and selling marijuana.
Police raided Thomas' home in the rural community of Wilderville in October 2009 after a Las Vegas couple pulled over in a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Ashland told investigators that they bought the pound of marijuana found in their car from Thomas.
According to testimony from Bletko, he and Thomas had a deal to grow marijuana for money, not just for patients, and were careful to have enough medical marijuana cards to cover the 72 plants in the ground.
But when police raided the property, they found drying plants and processed marijuana amounting to 200 pounds, far more than the 19.5 pounds of processed pot authorized by holding medical cards for 13 patients.
Under Oregon's medical marijuana law, patients can have someone else grow pot for them, but growers cannot charge patients for the marijuana they produce. They can only collect for expenses, such as electricity and fertilizer.
National Study Reveals Native and White Kids Most Likely to Abuse Drugs
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
A recent study lead by Duke University based on a large sample of teens from across the 50 states reveals that Native kids are the most likely to abuse or become dependent on drugs and alcohol. “The prevalence of disorders was by far highest among Native Americans, at 15 percent,” reported McClatchy Newspapers.
After American Indians, white kids are the most likely to develop a drug habit—much more so than black or Asian kids, the study revealed. “There is certainly still a myth out there that black kids are more likely to have problems with drugs than white kids, and this documents as clearly as any study we’re aware of that the rate of . . . substance-related disorders among African American youths is significantly lower,” Dr. Dan Blazer of Duke’s Department of Psychiatry, a senior author of the study, told McClatchy.
Across all racial and ethnic groups, 37 percent reported drug or alcohol use in the past year. Nearly 8 percent exhibited signs of a substance abuse disorder.
Marijuana was the most prevalent choice among kids who abused illegal drugs, followed by prescription opioids such as oxycodone. Of the marijuana users in the study, 26 percent had issues with abuse or dependency on the drug.
Blazer also notes substance-abuse problems vary greatly from one tribe to another, and a shortcoming of the cross-cultural study is that it wasn’t broken down into smaller subsets, such as tribes. Also, Asians were not distinguished from Pacific Islanders, thus making it more challenging to dig deeper into the questions raised by the study, he told McClatchy.
Students rally for legal marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
Fed up with the Governments idiocracy, local students have had enough and want to see some changes being made.
The Obama administration has denied an online petition with more than 70,000 supporters calling for the legalization of marijuana.
Jordan Shepherd, a 19-year-old psychology junior, said the White House's response hasn't hurt the movement toward legalization. Rather, it has done the opposite.
"I think by actually completely ignoring the movement, he's made it stronger," said Shepherd, president of the UF chapter of NORML, a national organization that aims to repeal marijuana prohibition.
The petition, "Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol," has 74,169 signatures. It is one of eight marijuana-related petitions the White House responded to on its "We the People" website.
Online petitions need 25,000 signatures within 30 days to elicit a response from the administration.
Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, wrote the response to the marijuana petitions.
Shepherd said he was surprised the administration chose Kerlikowske to respond.
"It's legally written in his job description that he is forced to oppose legalization," he said.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998, Kerlikowske's responsibilities as director include taking any actions necessary to oppose the legalization of certain controlled substances, including marijuana.
He wrote that, according to the National Institutes of Health, marijuana use is associated with cognitive impairment, addiction and respiratory disease.
Kerlikowske also wrote the administration is interested in researching the drug's potential medical uses, but that the Food and Drug Administration and the Institute of Medicine have not found that smoked marijuana meets standards for safe and effective medicine.
Alcohol Is More Than Twice As Harmful As Cannabis
Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
If Alcohol is twice as bad as Cannabis then why have we not legalized it yet?
Alcohol consumption causes far greater harms to the individual user and to society than does the use of cannabis, according to a new review published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the journal of the British Association of Psychopharmacology.
Investigators at the Imperial College of London assessed “the relative physical, psychological, and social harms of cannabis and alcohol.” Authors reported that cannabis inhalation, particularly long-term, contributes to some potential adverse health effects, including harms to the lungs, circulatory system, as well as the exacerbation of certain mental health risks. By contrast, authors described alcohol as “ a toxic substance” that is responsible for nearly five percent “of the total global disease burden.”
Researchers determined, “A direct comparison of alcohol and cannabis showed that alcohol was considered to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to [individual] users, and five times more harmful as cannabis to others (society). … As there are few areas of harm that each drug can produce where cannabis scores more [dangerous to health] than alcohol, we suggest that even if there were no legal impediment to cannabis use, it would be unlikely to be more harmful than alcohol.”
They concluded, “The findings underline the need for a coherent, evidence-based drugs policy that enables individuals to make informed decisions about the consequences of their drug use.”
The researchers’ findings should hardly come as a revelation. Last week, a just-published study that was completely ignored by the mainstream media reported that alcohol consumption increased lung cancer risk by 30 percent.
Eating Disorders Tied to Absence of Brain Cannabinoids
Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
New research suggests that a brain malfunction that leads to deficits in endocannabinoids may contribute to anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
Endocannabinoids are substances made by the brain that affect brain function and chemistry in ways that resemble the effects of cannabis derivatives, including marijuana and hashish.
These drugs are often used recreationally and are well known to influence appetite, i.e. causing hunger or the “munchies.”
Accordingly, deficits in this brain system would logically be associated with reduced appetite.
Former owner of 420 Highways dispensary, arrested on marijuana charges
Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder
Veronica Carpio, former owner of 420 Highways, a dispensary we reviewed last year was busted Tuesday for an alleged $30,000 marijuana deal intended to send Colorado herb out of state.
She also faces charges of using the U.S. Postal service to ship ganja to less green places.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Carpio was targeted by the Boulder County Drug Task Force after an informant told police she was sending pounds of marijuana out of state using the USPS as a currier.
Apparently that same informant met with Carpio twice to buy marijuana by the pound, telling her both times that the ganja was headed out of state to Missouri. For a third meeting, the informant was accompanied by an undercover cop and worked out a ten-pound/$30,000 deal set to go down a few days later at a residence on Baseline Road in Boulder. According to police reports, Carpio also bragged about having sent pot out of state in the past as well as talking about mailing large amounts of cash.
Carpio seems to have been good on her end of the deal, as police say they found ten pounds of green in the house when they swooped in to arrest her on Tuesday at her home in Boulder. The 33-year-old allegedly said she had pot leftover from her from her dispensary, which was forced to close when Lafayette banned dispensaries entirely. She admitted to selling off surplus, but said it was always just a few ounces and never to anyone from or intending to sell out of state. She also contends that the ten pounds of buds police found during the bust were not hers.
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