Federal agents raid Oaksterdam University
Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
Federal agents on Monday raided a San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana training school at the heart of California's pot legalization movement.
The doors to Oaksterdam University in downtown Oakland were cordoned off by yellow tape and blocked by U.S. marshals. Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration carted trash bags of unknown materials out of the school to a waiting van.
Arlette Lee, an IRS spokeswoman, told reporters that agents were serving a federal search warrant but said she could not otherwise comment on the purpose of the raid.
"What we are doing here today is under seal," Lee said.
About a dozen protesters upset over the raid gathered out front of the multistory building adorned with a large mural that makes the school one of the neighborhood's most visible landmarks. Some of them smoked marijuana openly.
The demonstrators held signs demanding an end to federal crackdowns on medical marijuana.
Ryan Hooper, 26, of Oakland, wearing an Oaksterdam hat and sweatshirt, said he had finished taking courses at the school in February.
"This is not in the best interest of the city," Hooper said. "If they close the dispensaries, all of this stuff is going to go back underground."
Oaksterdam University was founded by Richard Lee, the main backer of the California ballot measure defeated in 2010 that would have legalized marijuana in the state for recreational use. The neighborhood has also been home to several medical marijuana dispensaries, including one founded by Lee.
Lee did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
The city of Oakland has long allowed four medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate under city ordinances and recently awarded permits that would allow four more to open.
At the same time, federal prosecutors across California have been working for months to shut down dispensaries by threatening to seize landlords' property if they did not evict marijuana retailers.
1,000 pounds of marijuana worth $3.7 million seized
Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 30th 2012 by THCFinder
Authorities are calling it the biggest marijuana seizure in county history.
More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana packed in white plastic bags was seized at two different locations Wednesday.
Officials say the street value of the marijuana tops out around $3.7 million.
Berley O’Brian Greene, 37, 1575 Birch Dr., Orangeburg, has been charged with trafficking marijuana. Orangeburg County authorities say they are speaking with federal authorities, who may adopt the case.
Greene was in court Thursday with his attorney seeking a bond while authorities had what they say is half a ton of marijuana stacked up outside the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Law Enforcement Complex.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Willie Robinson set bond at half of a million dollars and granted a state motion for electronic monitoring.
“After hearing from the state and the defense, the court finds an appropriate bond would be $500,000,” Robinson said.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Investigator Riley Godwin had petitioned the court for a denial of bond, a seizure of Greene’s passport, electronic monitoring, or at the very least a high surety bond.
“If you were to set a cash or surety bond, we would ask for a million-dollar bond,” Riley said.
Riley told the court Wednesday’s arrest during a traffic stop wasn’t the first time Greene has faced a drug-related charge.
In 2008, Greene pleaded guilty to a manufacturing, distribution or possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Defense attorney Marion Moses told the court his client, a lifelong resident of the county, would not dispute electronic monitoring.
“He’s been in Orangeburg his whole life,” Moses said. “I don’t feel he is a flight risk. We ask that you set a reasonable bond.”
Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said both Greene and the marijuana were seized Wednesday after an ongoing investigation with Lexington County authorities pointed to Orangeburg.
Officers with both agencies raided a home and a business before seizing Greene near the intersection of Five Chop Road and U.S. Highway 21, Ravenell said.
“It’s an ongoing investigation, so the information we have today will be limited,” the sheriff said.
Marijuana lab sues City Hall over license
Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 28th 2012 by THCFinder
CITY HALL — The owner of a Santa Monica marijuana testing facility filed a lawsuit Tuesday to force City Hall to issue him a business license, which officials have thus far refused to do because the facility is not an approved use in the city.
Richard McDonald applied for a business license on Dec. 16 for Golden State Collective, a scientific laboratory that tests medical marijuana for levels of its active ingredient known as THC as well as contaminants like mold, bacteria and pesticides.
Growers and dispensaries use his services to make sure their product is free of unsafe chemicals, and also to tailor strains of marijuana to specific patients, depending on their needs.
Though the collective is not a dispensary and does not sell marijuana to patients, City Hall dragged its feet in issuing the license, and McDonald chose to open his facility without one in March, at which point he was informed that his business could be fined.
McDonald and his attorney, Roger Diamond, filed suit on March 19.
Diamond argued that the lab's activities were fully within the limits of California law, which legalized marijuana for medical use in 1996, and in fact were fully different from a medical marijuana dispensary because the tests conducted on the pot destroyed the product completely.
Cannabis Science Reports Its First Documentary Release Date of April 5, 2012 "CHRONIC FUTURE - KILLING CANCER"
Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Mar 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cannabis Science, Inc. a pioneering U.S. biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis (marijuana) products, is thrilled to announce that Muse Productions out of SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - announced today the Premier date of CHRONIC FUTURE - KILLING CANCER. The first of many Documentaries’ centering on the successful cancer treatments Cannabis Science has been reporting.
CHRONIC FUTURE - KILLING CANCER will premier on April 5th, 2012, at the Harkins Theater on Shea and Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Media are invited to the 5:00pm airing (limited seating) with a Q & A to follow. A VIP airing will start at 7:00pm. CRONIC FUTURE will remain in rotation through the month of April at this Harkins Theater.
CHRONIC FUTURE is a documentary created by Henry Miller and Cory Pritchard. It tells the story of Arizona’s Governor, Janet Brewer’s attempt to close down medical marijuana dispensaries and Allan Sobol, along with advocate attorney Tom Dean, fight to keep them. After the win in court, the story continues as it introduces patient after patient with debilitating ailment where medical marijuana healing ingredients have successfully treated the disease.
Perhaps the biggest revolution to this story is the apparent success and healing power that cannabis has when used to treat cancer patients. Cannabis Science (nasd otcbb:CBIS) is a pioneering US biotech company that is developing pharmaceutical cannabis products. Cannabis Science has worked with 4 patients who administered Cannabis Science approved extracts to self-treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas (skin cancer).
The film covers everything from seed to success in the political and medical arena. As the unfortunate dark side the film also illuminates and exposes the story of how the government has avoided and covered up the successful medicinal use of marijuana, and decades of hypocrisy and misdirected messaging.
Photo-documentation on the Cannabis Science website ( www.cannabisscience.com ), shows that concentrated marijuana extract, topically applied to skin cancer, dramatically reduces the tumor burden and in some cases appears to have eliminated the cancer as confirmed by biopsy.
Dr. Melamede comments, "Chronic Future is a very important film. It highlights the extent to which prohibitionists are willing to impede the voice of American Citizens as expressed at the ballot box. How is it possible that our representatives in the various levels of government are allowed to get away actions that are undemocratic, and in fact treasonous. The documentary should outrage every American.”
LA marijuana dispensary workers join labor union
Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana dispensary workers in Los Angeles have joined a labor union to fight for their jobs in an industry that the federal government considers illegal.
Workers at 14 pot shops have formed the "medical cannabis and hemp division" of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 770. The 35,000-member union also represents grocery clerks, pharmacists and health care workers.
"This is the next step in professionalizing and stabilizing this new sector of the health care industry," Local 770 President Rick Icaza said at a news conference Thursday. "This is a positive step towards successfully integrating compassionate care into our system of health care."
Los Angeles currently caps the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, but the City Council is considering a full ban in light of a court decision that limits its ability to regulate them.
Icaza said the union would use its considerable political weight to pressure officials to find an alternative to a total ban.
That help will be welcome, said Yamileth Bolanos, president of the Greater Los Angeles Collectives Alliance, which represents dispensaries.
"It's time to bring in some big guns," she told the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/GQqPfS). "Not only are they threatening access for patients, they're also trying to take jobs away from our employees."
Judge caught with marijuana in his hotel room plans to resign
Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
SEGUIN, Texas - Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins announced Tuesday morning he will resign from his position.
Wiggins was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after an incident at a College Station hotel. Police reports show Wiggins was attending a conference at the Hilton Hotel when a bellman reported smelling what seemed to be burning marijuana on the fifth floor Monday night. Security traced the smell to the room where the 58-year-old Wiggins was staying. Police say Wiggins consented to a search, which turned up a grinder, rolling papers and a plastic bag of what appeared to be marijuana. He was released on $3,000 bond.
The retirement announcement was made during a regularly scheduled Commissioner's Court meeting. Wiggins told the court he would provide his official letter of resignation on Monday, March 26th.
For weeks people in Guadalupe County have been asking for Wiggins to step down from office. Jeremiah Arevalo and his group have been protesting in downtown Seguin for the past several weekends.
"We decided to name the rally 'Wiggins Out,'" said Arevalo.
Arevalo told News 4 WOAI he attended Tuesday's meeting where Wiggins announced he would step down.
"Were happy that David defeated Goliath. The people rose in small numbers and we got the victory," Arevalo went on to say.
Some people said Judge Wiggins should not have to resign from office.
"I'm on his side, telling him to resign that's not enough to say I'm going to retire, it should be his decision," added Michael Price.
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