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Fresno PD turns down large donation for kids from a medical marijuana dispensary

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A $5,000.00 donation to the Fresno Police Activities League has been returned. The donors say it's because the money is from a Medical Marijuana collective.
 
The donation was presented to the police department Wednesday morning by the owners of Buds 4 Life, but by Thursday the collective says the check was sent back.
 
Chief Jerry Dyer Tells Action News, while the donation was made with good intentions & He, nor the city supports Medical Marijuana, and he says it would send the wrong message to the city's youth.
 
Buds 4 Life Owner, Brian Cooper said, "That's all we were hoping to do was to just help some of these kids. Get them off the streets where the real problems lay, the gangs, the hardcore drugs."
 
Chief Jerry Dyer said, "We do not believe it sends a good message to our youth to accept monies to support their activities from an organization that is using marijuana and distributing marijuana."
 
Sadly I would be willing to be money the police departments would happily accept donations from alcohol and tobacco companies in a second.....
 

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Cannabis Science Provides Physicians Documentation That Confirms Successful Treatment of Skin Cancer

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTCBB: CBIS), US biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis products. On March 9, 2011 Cannabis Science announced that we would follow up our press release with medical documentation regarding the effectiveness of our cannabis extracts for treating skin cancer as was documented photographically in our earlier press release of February 22, 2011. We are pleased to announce that we have physician’s documentation that confirms the successful treatment of basal cell carcinoma that resulted from the application of a topical cannabis extract.
 
Please visit www.cannabisscience.com to view the “Breaking News” of the successful results and images of the self-administered cancer treatments along with the physician's documentation after 4pm EST., today.
 
Currently, there is a tremendous amount of controversy with respect to the effects that cannabinoids have on cancers. Endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids have demonstrated cancer killing and anti-metastatic properties in tissue culture and in animal models. While formal, proper, FDA approved clinical trials that would prove or disprove the therapeutic potential of cannabis extracts for treating cancers; trials have not been carried out. Nevertheless, a significant number of anecdotal observations have accumulated that suggest people suffering from a variety of cancers appear to have been cured by ingesting what is known as “Rick Simpson's hemp oil”.
 
There is widespread ignorance regarding the endocannabinoid system by medical professionals and laymen alike. The first hint that an endocannabinoid system existed resulted from an experiment published in 1988. Because of the endemic political and social bias against medical cannabis, nurtured by decades of misinformation, Cannabis Science has chosen a path that we feel will have the greatest probability of successfully traversing the FDA approval process. Our initial test product will only be topical, and will be formulated to reduce any internal consumption and thus reduce any abuse potential. With these considerations in mind, we will initially seek FDA approval for topically applied cannabis extracts for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.
 

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Pot brownies shut down prom in Boston suburb

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Marijuana brownies put a premature end to the junior prom at one Massachusetts high school.
The dance for students of North Andover High School was shut down early Friday night after four students were hospitalized because they ate the pot-laced brownies before attending the prom, according to CBS station WBZ.
 
As many as eleven students consumed the baked goods at the school before going to the prom itself. The brownies were handed out by another student, reports the North Andover Patch newspaper.
 
"In the course of the investigation, it was determined that 19 brownies had apparently been distributed by a student earlier in the day before arriving for the evening at the high school," North Andover Superintendent Chris Hottel said.
 
The prom was held at the Atkinson Country Club in southern New Hampshire.
 
All four of the students that went to the hospital were sent home. While they're doing fine, the school said they will face disciplinary action, WBZ reported.
 
North Andover police are investigating, too. 
 

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Cannabis that kills pain with no high is possible

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
A new U.S. study has paved the way for cannabis that relieves pain but doesn't get you high.
 
"The psychoactive effects of marijuana is the major issue that limits, across the country, the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of different diseases," said Li Zhang, who headed up the research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland.
 
The study, published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, claims to debunk the long-held belief that the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of pot are mutually exclusive.
 
Tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) is the key ingredient in marijuana that makes people high, said Zhang. It works by binding to molecular anchors on cells called cannaboid type-1 receptors.
 
It was thought that this process also relieved pain, but Zhang says marijuana has over 400 chemical compounds that provide therapeutic relief for a number of disorders, such as chronic pain, seizures, depression and muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis.
 
These compounds, he says, could target different receptors in the brain. Figuring out what compounds target which receptors is the key to crafting cannabis-based medicine for different disorders, but without the usual side-effects associated with recreational pot smoking.
 
The study found the glycine receptor might be the primary target for pot's painkilling effects. When Zhang's team blocked glycine receptors on mice dosed with cannabis, the animals still felt pain.
 
The next step is to test his theories on different animals using different strains of marijuana. The goal is to find the strain that has the strongest pain-relieving component.
 

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FBI Agents Conduct Marijuana Raid in North Hollywood and Other Valley Locations

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 31st 2011 by THCFinder
The FBI raided multiple locations in the San Fernando Valley today, uncovering pot growing warehouses, according to FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller.
 
“Multiple search warrants were executed,” Eimiller said.  “It involved multiple agencies including the FBI, DEA, LAPD and the ATF and ICE.”
 
No arrests were made.  The operation was part of an ongoing criminal investigation into “illicit marijuana cultivation”.
 
The raids happened in six locations; two in North Hollywood, one in North Hills, Sherman Oaks, Canoga Park and Palmdale.  Authorities targeted warehouses and residences.
 
“Thousands of plants were recovered,” said Eimiller.  But, she said, it’s not known if the locations are connected.
 
The largest number of pot plants were taken from a warehouse in the 16700 block of Schoenborn Street according to City News Service. FBI agents were seen hauling plastic bags of contraband out of the building.
 
While California laws recognize the legal use of marijuana as medicine, federal law does not provide for any legal use of the plant.
 

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Montana Man Faces Possible Life in Prison for 3 Grams of Pot

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 31st 2011 by THCFinder
(The Missoulian) [I]n a Missoula County courtroom… an eight-woman, four-man jury found Matthew Otto, 27, guilty of a single charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs – in this case, 3 grams (well under an ounce) of marijuana. Otto faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.
 
 
Well under an ounce?  How about close to a tenth of an ounce?  Regardless, Montana law defines sales or distribution (giving) any amount of marijuana as a felony and allows for a one year to life prison sentence and $50,000 fine.  Otto is lucky he wasn’t within 1,000 feet of a school or an additional three years minimum would be added.
 
Otto stood accused of sharing a bowl of his medical marijuana with two friends in a car traveling down Reserve Street, where the trio passed a Missoula County Sheriff’s detective on his way home from work last November.
 
 
How many times do I have to tell you people to not smoke pot in your freakin’ car?!?  Even if parked but especially if moving!
 
Both [Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew] Paul and [Public Defender Chris] Daly questioned potential jurors closely as to their experiences with and attitudes toward marijuana – medical and otherwise. Roughly half the 24 people from whom the eventual jury was chosen raised their hands in response to a question as to whether they’d smoked marijuana. While none had medical marijuana cards, five had family members with “green” cards.
 
 
Yes, because over half of US adults aged 50 or younger have tried marijuana.  If that’s going to be a disqualification for jury duty, you’re going to find it increasingly hard to seat juries (as happened in Montana last year).
 
Samantha and Jordan Lambert, who was driving the car, originally told Missoula County Sheriff’s Detective Jon Gunter that they’d gotten the marijuana from Otto, according to court papers. Wednesday, they testified they didn’t remember who lit the bowl or where the marijuana in it came from.
 
Daly repeatedly pointed out that neither of the Lamberts was charged with possessing or distributing marijuana, even though the bowl was shared among the trio.
 
“The detective told me if I was honest with him about taking a hit off the pipe, I would not be in trouble,” Jordan Lambert testified.
 
[Missoula County Sheriff's Detective Jon] Gunter testified that as a narcotics investigator, he felt it was more important to home in on the source of the drug.
 
 
 
So this terribly dangerous 3g of medical marijuana that Otto distributed to Jordan Lambert wasn’t so dangerous that we needed to charge the pot-smoking non-medical-marijuana-patient driving the car; it was “more important to home in on the” legit medical marijuana patient who was “the source of the drug”?  Otto didn’t hold a gun to Lambert’s head and force him to take hits while driving by an off-duty sheriff.  Lambert made a choice to endanger other drivers on the road but the police feel the real danger is the patient medicating in the back seat?
 

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