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."
Should NCAA Sanction Universities for Marijuana Use by Their Student-Athletes?
Category: News | Posted on Wed, January, 18th 2012 by THCFinder
Marijuana is obviously not a player enhancing type of drug so who cares if these guys are "relaxing" after working their asses off for their team, coaches, and school year round!
It wasn't long ago that we heard about the three LSU football players who were suspended for a game against Auburn because of synthetic marijuana use.
It seemed unbelievable at the time, especially because LSU was undefeated and looking forward to its November 5th showdown with archrival Alabama. It was the story of the week around the SEC and all of college football.
But the story picked up more momentum when it was reported that one of the three players was Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu. The question remains today as to whether the story hurt his chances in this season's Heisman race.
Then it was Auburn's turn when the Tigers suspended running back Michael Dyer, who won the 2011 BCS Championship Game Offensive MVP. To this day, the stories are unconfirmed as to the exact reason for his sudden exit from the Tigers squad, but it has been reported that he allegedly tested positive for marijuana.
But, wait, it isn't over yet. Now, Dre Kirkpatrick from the BCS Champion Alabama Crimson Tide has been arrested on a marijuana charge.
Has this become a college football problem?
Is it just an SEC problem?
The real question is whether the NCAA should step in to keep order at individual schools. We have seen the NCAA on top of USC and Ohio State for violations that do not necessarily involve criminal activity.
The NCAA could decide that schools with student-athletes who continue to have problems with the law lack institutional control.
At the same time, however, there is an argument that these are simply kids who are making bad decisions. Or is their behavior even bad?
Marijuana use is legal under California law with a license from a medical professional. So, it is a possibility that marijuana use might be legal for some collegiate athletes in the Golden State.
Is this fair for the rest of the country's athletes?
Liberal party to smoke joint in parliament
Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
The liberal Palikot Movement party will be testing laws introduced in December last year that gave prosecutors the choice as to whether to charge someone, or not, who is found to be in possession of soft drugs for personal use.
“We want to invite representatives of the Free Hemp society, a group that we are on friendly terms with, to smoke a joint in this room, to see whether the law that already decriminalised [personal use] really did do so: or whether there is a need for the amendment that we are presenting on Friday,” MP Janusz Palikot has said.
However, Palikot, who wants total decriminalization, faces an uphill struggle in his bid for more lenient laws.
Prior to the 9 October general election, Prime Minister Donald Tusk declared that he was against the legalisation of soft drugs.
Following this reasoning, he ruled out any possible coalition with the recently formed Palikot's Movement, which won a surprise ten percent share of the vote in the election.
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