Arizona set to sue Federal Government over recognition of medical marijuana initiative

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

Tom Horne, The Arizona Attorney General, will file a federal lawsuit Friday asking for federal recognition of Arizona’s new voter-approved medical marijuana laws.


A letter sent by U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke is what initially sparked the lawsuit into action. In the letter Burke said, “Compliance with Arizona laws and regulations does not provide a safe harbor, or immunity from federal prosecution”.


Horne filled the suit in hopes to get federal ruling in his favor as well as get the Federal Government to recognize state’s medical marijuana laws. You can’t have people subject to two competing sovereignties – the state sovereignty that says it’s OK [and] the federal sovereignty that says it’s not OK, we’ll prosecute it,” said Horne.


Some states have halted their medical marijuana program all together in fear of threats by the U.S. Government. Arizona has chosen to take a neutral stance; not wanting to undo the will of the voters. The Arizona Department of Health believes that Burke’s threat of prosecution may deter people from participating in the medical marijuana program.



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Smash-And-Grab Invasions at Whittier Pot Shops Involved ... Police?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
​Medical marijuana is legal in California. But what happens when a pot shop isn't following the local rules? Is it a matter for a threatening letter, or should the cops move in and treat the retailer like a street-corner dope peddler.
Some pot shop owners in Whittier are claiming that the latter was the case last week when Whittier police moved in on a pair of out-of-compliance shops.
Officers smashed glass, took pot from patients and moved in with guns drawn, according to witnesses who complained to the Whittier Daily News.
According to Whittier police, the dispensaries at 14430 Whittier Boulevard #A and 8645 Greenleaf Avenue were hit on Wednesday with the help of other law agencies.
Laura Kaplanian, owner of GreenReleaf Healing Center on Greenleaf, told the Whittier paper:
They broke in the glass door and shattered it when they came in. They trashed our place. They took all of the patients' medicine (marijuana) from their hands. It was inhumane. We're not animals.
Michael McGehee, owner of the Apex - Alternative Patient Dispensary on Whittier Blvd:
They had all of their guns pulled, screaming, 'Get down.' The patients didn't even know what was going on.
Cops who claim they got at least about $50,000 worth of drugs total out of both places say the shops were operating against state law -- as for-profit drug ventures instead of as nonprofit caregivers for the seriously ill.
Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper told the Whittier Daily News "... they were acting as for-profit organizations essentially selling drugs."


Man receives prison sentence for marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
A Plainfield man has been sentenced to a year in prison for possessing nearly a half-pound of marijuana last summer in Naperville.
Michael R. Frederiksen, 23, pleaded guilty in Will County Circuit Court to a felony charge of unlawful possession of marijuana, according to court records. Judge Carla J. Alessio-Policandriotes May 13 accepted the plea, sentencing Frederiksen to a year in prison and fining him just over $1,272, court records indicated.
Molly M. Schubert was Frederiksen’s accomplice in the crime. She last lived on the 900 block of Greensboro Court, in the Fontenaix neighborhood on Naperville’s east side.
Schubert, 20, pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, court records showed. Alessio-Policandriotes sentenced her to a day in jail, placed her on two years of probation and ordered her to perform 30 hours of community service work, according to court records.
Undercover Naperville police investigators arrested Frederiksen and Schubert Aug. 17, as they sat inside Schubert’s Ford Escape in a strip mall parking lot near 111th Street and Route 59 on the city’s far southwest side.
Sgt. John McAnally said last year the arrests came after police learned the pair would be in the area that afternoon trying to make a drug sale.
McAnally said police discovered several packages inside the vehicle. They were found to contain a total of just under 220 grams of marijuana with an estimated street sale value of $3,200, McAnally said.


President Of Hemp And Cannabis Foundation Pleads Guilty

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon man who describes himself as the nation's largest broker of licenses for medical marijuana has pleaded guilty to reduced tax-evasion charges.
Paul Stanford, the 50-year-old founder of the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, was charged in March with failing to file personal income taxes in 2008 and 2009.
"Paying taxes is not optional," said Oregon's Attorney General John Kroger.
Stanford had asserted that he would be cleared of guilt, but tells The Associated Press that he instead took a "sweetheart deal" from prosecutors and accepted a misdemeanor charge of personal income tax evasion.
Stanford was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 160 hours of community service.
The organization, founded in 1999, operates offices in nine states. It has helped more than 100,000 patients obtain state permits for medical marijuana. It lost its federal tax-exempt status last year.


Supreme Court Upholds Exigent-Circumstances Search of Apartment that Smelled of Pot

Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
Police who thought they heard sounds of evidence being destroyed after knocking on the door of an apartment that smelled of marijuana were entitled to knock down the door and search the place, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled.
The Supreme Court upheld the warrantless search of an apartment in Lexington, Ky., in an 8-1 decision (PDF), ruling the search was permissible because of the “exigent circumstances.” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for the majority.
The Kentucky Supreme Court had ruled the search was not allowed under the exigent-circumstances rule because police should have foreseen that knocking on the door and announcing their presence would lead those in the apartment to try to destroy evidence. The Supreme Court disagreed, saying the rule can justify the search when police acted lawfully before entering the apartment.
Police had entered the apartment building while following a suspect who had sold drugs to an undercover informant. A door slammed, indicating the suspect had entered one of two apartments. Police assumed (wrongly, it turns out) that the suspect was in the apartment that smelled of marijuana. They knocked and announced themselves, and kicked in the door when they heard sounds of things being moved in the apartment. Once inside, they found marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
“Where, as here, the police did not create the exigency by engaging or threatening to engage in conduct that violates the Fourth Amendment, warrantless entry to prevent the destruction of evidence is reasonable and thus allowed,” Alito wrote.
Alito said the occupants of the apartment could have refused to open the door or to speak with the officers. Or they could have talked to police, but refused to allow them inside. “Occupants who choose not to stand on their constitutional rights but instead elect to attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame for the warrantless exigent-circumstances search that may ensue,” Alito said.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented. “The court today arms the police with a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement in drug cases,” she wrote. “In lieu of presenting their evidence to a neutral magistrate, police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, nevermind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant."


Marijuana cuts lung cancer tumor growth in half, Harvard study shows

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 13th 2011 by THCFinder
The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy. 
THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.



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