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.
Mom Brings Bags of Marijuana Into Juvenile Probation Camp on Visit to Son
Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
And the idiot of the year award goes to...
Bringing the love only a mother could provide, authorities claim that Rhonda J. Gonzales had several packages of marijuana with her when she visited her son this weekend at an L.A. County juvenile probation camp, authorities say.
How kind. Unfortunately for the chap, she wasn't able to share her medicine.
Sheriff's deputies had embarked on a crackdown after finding marijuana in the dorm rooms in recent months. And so they targeted Gonzales' purse on Saturday at Camp Glenn Rockey on Sycamore Canyon Road in San Dimas.
The place gets as many as 70 visitors on weekends, according to sheriff's officials.
In recent months, because of the weed infestation, they've been targeting the cars, pockets and purses of loved ones who've come to see the juveniles at camp. Signs warn visitors that they're subject to searches.
Well, bingo. According to a sheriff's statement, deputies found bud wrapped in "bindles" on Gonzales, a 44-year-old from Pomona, after they asked to look through her bag:
The contraband included multiple bindles of marijuana along with a falsified medical marijuana card.
Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of trying to bring drugs into a lockup, deputies said. She also had an arrest warrant from Bellflower, they said. The mom was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Next time, do what all loving mothers do: Bake a pie (with an awesome surprise at the center).
Marijuana Dispensary Ban For L.A. Weighed by Council Committee Today
Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
Boy have we got an investment opportunity for you. It's called legal weed, and it could soon be a very limited commodity in the Los Angeles area.
That's because L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar has proposed banning all medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.
The day of reckoning could come sooner than you thought, as the council's Public Safety Committee will begin hashing out the details today:
The Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance is, well, a bit paranoid. And maybe it should be.
Moving with uncustomary speed, and skirting propriety in their haste, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will address The Safety Committee in closed session tomorrow, January 13, 2012, to recommend a total ban on Medical Cannabis Facilities. If the Safety Committee chooses to do so, they may vote for a ban, and send the motion to the City Council for approval.
Of course, one person's uncustomary speed is another's years and years: The L.A. City Council has been trying to get a grip on the town's 500 or so dispensaries since at least 2007.
It has been a spectacular FAIL, so far.
The body tried to whittle down the number of dispensaries to 100 using a lottery system, but a California appeals court ruling said you couldn't do that. In the meantime, lawlessness seems to reign in dispensaryland and, instead of closing as ordered, many seem to have opened.
The court ruling, Pack v. City of Long Beach, makes it harder for cities to regulate dispensaries. It rules out a lottery system and says permitting schemes are not kosher.
That seems to have inspired former pot-shop supporter Huizar to throw up his hands and call for a complete ban.
The Alliance will be out in force outside City Hall's Public Safety session at 8:30 this morning. Yami Bolanos, its president and founder:
The health and safety of the sick and dying in Los Angeles may be at risk, and that is unacceptable to us.
Court: Marijuana use cause to deny workers compensation
Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
LITTLE ROCK — Two workers who tested positive for marijuana after being injured in an explosion when they tried to use a blow torch to open a 55-gallon drum that had contained flammable liquid were rightly denied workers’ compensation, the state Court of Appeals ruled today.
In a split decision, the court affirmed a state Workers’ Compensation Commission ruling against Matthew Edmisten and Greg Prock in a case stemming from a November 2007 accident at Bull Shoals Landing on Bull Shoals Lake in North Arkansas.
Three dissenting judges said there was no evidence that the accident occurred because of marijuana use.
According to the majority opinion, Edmisten held the barrel, which had contained marine oil, while Prock applied an acetylene torch to it in an attempt to cut it open. The resulting explosion caused both men to be engulfed in flames, from which they escaped by jumping into the lake.
At a hearing on their claims, the men testified that they had not used marijuana on the day of the accident, though they had used it in the past. A co-worker testified he had seen the men on the day of the accident and they did not appear to be impaired.
Edmisten and Prock also testified that they had not been warned against using a torch to open barrels. Prock testified that he had used that method previously.
Steve Eastwold, co-owner of Bull Shoals Landing, testified that he had shown Prock how to use a pneumatic air chisel to open barrels. He said he had never seen Prock use an acetylene torch for that purpose and had never approved that method.
An administrative law judge ruled that the injury was the result of an attempt to finish a task quickly, not the result of drug use. The commission overturned that ruling, finding that the men’s testimony was not credible.
The commission also said the testimony of a co-worker that the men did not appear impaired was not persuasive because about 90 minutes transpired between when the co-worker saw the men and the accident, and the men could have smoked marijuana during that time.
In its majority opinion today, the Court of Appeals said the commission weighed the credibility of the witnesses and reached a reasonable conclusion.
“We affirm because the commission’s decision displays a substantial basis for the denial of relief,” Judge Doug Martin wrote in the majority opinion in Prock’s appeal.
Judges David Glover, John Pittman, John Robbins, Waymond Brown and Jospehine Linker Hart joined Martin in voting to uphold the commission. Judges Larry Vaught, Raymond Abramson and Cliff Hoofman voted to overturn the commission.
“The commission had to resort to speculation or conjecture to conclude that the use of marijuana caused the accident because there was no evidence of impairment and no evidence that drug use caused this accident,” Abramson wrote in the minority opinion in Prock’s appeal.
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