Pot Payout: City pays woman $3,100 after cops ruin her marijuana plants

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
This was a bust and buy operation.
Officials in Albuquerque, N.M., were forced to pay a medical marijuana patient $3,100 after police destroyed her pot crop.
“You can’t just go into somebody’s house, and destroy their property, and come back and say, ‘Oops, my bad,’” Toni Armijo told KOAT-TV after the settlement.
The woman said she was considering further legal action against the town over the weed-whacking officers.
The incident occurred in August 2010, when a neighbor of Armijo — concerned that the woman was suicidal — asked police to check on her.
Cops arrived to find the woman was gone. But her marijuana plants were front and center inside the house, sprouting beneath a grow light.
The officers pulled the pot from her pots and held the weed as evidence. By the time Armijo convinced police that she was licensed to grow medical marijuana, her crop — stuffed inside a paper bag — was ruined.
“Everything was gone,” she told the television station. “It was complete destruction.”
Albuquerque city Risk Manager Peter Ennen said it was a routine settlement distinguished only by the drug element.
“It’s something out of the ordinary that it’s a claim for medical marijuana plants,” Ennen told KOAT-TV.


L.A. man busted for smoking medical pot on Newark-bound flight

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 24th 2012 by THCFinder

Trying to Join the mile high club in a whole new way.

A 43-year-old man was arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana in the bathroom of a JetBlue flight from Florida to Newark this morning, officials said.
Adam D. Blumenkraz, who gave authorities a Los Angeles address, was in the bathroom when the flight from Orlando began its approach to Newark Liberty International Airport, said Al Della Fave, a spokesman for Port Authority police. A flight attendant knocked on the bathroom door, and when Blumenkranz emerged, the attendant smelled a strong odor of pot, Della Fave said.
Blumenkranz later told police who met him at the gate in Terminal A that he was permitted to use marijuana for medical reasons, and produced a bag of marijuana and a glass pipe for smoking it, Della Fave said. He was promptly arrested.
"You just can’t do that on a commercial airliner," Della Fave said. "You cannot smoke anything, regardless what the issue is."
Blumenkranz was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and then released, Della Fave said.
Blumenkranz could not be reached. The Willshire Boulevard address he gave authorities is an office where a company official said Blumenkranz used to receive his mail but no longer had any connection to the company.


NJ Supreme Court Agrees: MS Patient Needs 5 Years in Prison

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 24th 2012 by THCFinder

Where is the Love NJ?

TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey multiple sclerosis (MS) patient John Ray Wilson is preparing to resume his 5-year prison sentence after the state Supreme Court denied certification, refusing to hear his appeal, on January 20, 2012, according to his lawyer, William Buckman.  Buckman called the Appellate Court decision that the Supreme Court let stand, “wrongheaded and a vicious travesty.”
Wilson was arrested on August 18, 2008 and was charged with “manufacturing” 17 marijuana plants that he used to treat his MS.  Wilson faced 20 years in state prison for this crime.  At trial, Superior Court Judge Robert Reed would not let the jury hear the reason that Wilson grew the marijuana plants, essentially removing Wilson’s only defense.  Many members of the community felt this was an injustice and protested outside the court house in Somerville.  In December 2009 Wilson was acquitted of the most serious charge, but he was convicted of a second degree charge of manufacturing marijuana.  He was sentenced to five years in prison on March 19, 2010.    
On July 26, 2011, an Appellate Court affirmed the conviction and sentencing.  The Appellate Court agreed with the trial judge that there was no “personal use” exemption to the charge of manufacturing over ten marijuana plants.  It did not matter that Wilson was using the marijuana to treat his MS, the Appellate Court ruled.  They agreed that five years in prison for this crime was an appropriate sentence.
Governor Chris Christie has so far ignored appeals from State Senators Scutari and Lesniak for a pardon for Wilson.  Ken Wolski, RN, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey (CMMNJ) said, “This is further proof that there is no justice for medical marijuana patients in New Jersey.”


Marijuana-Based Painkiller Seeks FDA Approval

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university scientists.
A British company, GW Pharma, is in advanced clinical trials for the world’s first pharmaceutical developed from raw marijuana instead of synthetic equivalents — a mouth spray it hopes to market in the U.S. as a treatment for cancer pain. And it hopes to see FDA approval by the end of 2013.
Sativex contains marijuana’s two best known components — delta 9-THC and cannabidiol — and already has been approved in Canada, New Zealand and eight European countries for a different usage, relieving muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.
FDA approval would represent an important milestone in the nation’s often uneasy relationship with marijuana, which 16 states and the District of Columbia already allow residents to use legally with doctors’ recommendations. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes pot as a dangerous drug with no medical value, but the availability of a chemically similar prescription drug could increase pressure on the federal government to revisit its position and encourage other drug companies to follow in GW Pharma’s footsteps.


Woman sold pot to minor, police say

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder

It's stupid people like this who do so much harm to our industry!


A 19-year-old woman was arrested after Irvine police watched her sell medical marijuana bought from a Costa Mesa dispensary, authorities said.
Irvine police said they learned of the woman when a concerned parent notified authorities that she was allegedly selling marijuana to high school students, the Daily Pilot reported.
Irvine detectives began surveillance of Yvette Ordaz, and watched her pick up pot at the Marijuana County Collective on Redhill Avenue in Costa Mesa, they said.
According to police, officers watched Ordaz sell the drug to two adult men and then meet a 16-year-old high school student at a gas station convenience store to make a third transaction.
Police arrested Ordaz at the scene. The minor was issued a citation and released to his parents. The other buyers were also cited for possession of marijuana, police said.
Ordaz was booked at the Orange County Jail on charges of transportation and sales of marijuana, and a third charge for selling marijuana to a minor. She has since been released.


Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson indicted on felony marijuana charge

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
COVINGTON, Ky. - Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson is facing a criminal charge four months after a package of marijuana was allegedly delivered to his Northern Kentucky home.
A Kenton County grand jury on Thursday indicted Simpson on one felony count of trafficking marijuana. The charge carries a prison sentence between one and five years. However, since he does not have a criminal record, Simpson could be eligible for diversion, according to the prosecutor's office.
Simpson has been under investigation after 2.5 pounds of marijuana was allegedly delivered to his home in Crestview Hills on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Authorities say Simpson's girlfriend signed for the package, which originated in Eureka, California.
The package was part of the so-called Emerald Triangle, the state's vaunted pot-growing region, and was discovered by a drug-sniffing dog in Sacramento, according to California Department of Justice spokesperson Michelle Gregory. The address label bore the name of Jason Snider, but Gregory said it's not unusual for people to use false names when sending illegal drugs through the mail.
The agents then alerted law enforcement in Kentucky who intercepted the package and monitored its delivery. Barb Schempf, a spokeswoman for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, confirmed that airport police participated in the controlled delivery, but declined further comment.
A search of Simpson's home also turned up 6 more pounds of marijuana, smoking pipes and scales, authorities said. The North Carolina native was not arrested.
"We don't believe it (the package) was for personal use," said Gregory. "We believe there's some sort of distribution or sales out of his home."



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