73-year-old faces jail for growing pot, smoking 25 bowls a day
Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
On June 6, Ray Martin McFeters, 73, was charged in Aitkin County District Court with distribution or possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana and failure to attach tax stamps to the marijuana.
McFeters is also charged with felony possession of “not a small amount of marijuana” as stated in the criminal complaint filed with the Aitkin County District Court.
McFeters is a retired computer programmer who lives with his wife Patty on the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake. He learned to write code while serving four years with the United States Air Force in crypto maintenance during the Cuban missile crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
“Yeah, I grew a few plants,” McFeters said. “I thought I was doing good by not supporting the cartels and everything like that.”
According to the complaint, McFeters had 22 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.
Aitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Guida first heard there was a marijuana grow at the McFeters’ residence in early 2013 through an anonymous tip. According to the complaint, Guida stopped by the house several times but never found anyone home. On April 13, Guida stated that he saw fresh tracks in the snow near McFeter’s mailbox.
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Marijuana fed pork becoming highly successful
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
SEATTLE, Washington (KING) – It’s a different kind of head shop found just down the stairs from the Pike Place market.
It’s the BB Ranch selling something that’s even better than bacon. It’s marijuana fed pork.
“The pig farmer has been feeding them marijuana for the last two and a half months of their life and they’ve been happy as hell,” said William Von Schneidau, owner of the butcher shop.
This is all thanks the voters of Washington who legalized marijuana in the last election. That’s when Von Schneidau saw the opportunity wasn’t just blowing smoke.
“And then all of a sudden marijuana, you know, became legal a few months ago and somehow, I don’t know how, I met the commercial growers and they needed to get rid of some of their stuff. So rather than going into the compost pile we said, ‘Lets try it out.’ So here we go,” said he said.
The pigs are raised in a farm about an hour outside of Seattle. In fact, these pigs are on the rock star diet. The mix contains drugs and alcohol, the booze coming by way of the spent grains from Woodinville’s Project V Vodka.
The pot pigs grow to be extra fat and really happy according to the farmer who wants to be anonymous.
Here’s the tough part of the story. The pigs love eating weed, and what gives me pleasure is BBQ pork.
So I brought some pot pork belly to my buddy Steve Freeman at Celtic Cowboy BBQ in Edmonds. And we decided to smoke it.
Steve rubbed the belly, which is basically the part that bacon comes from, with spices and tossed it into the smoker for about 45 minuets. He then seared it on a skillet.
Steve says the results are stunning.
Read more: http://www.ksn.com
Rand Paul: Marijuana users lose IQ points and lack motivation
Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
I guess the Senator never met this guy...
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said Monday he did not support the legalization of marijuana, though he did support some form of decriminalization.
“What I think is that if your kid or one of his friends goes out and gets caught with marijuana, sticking them in prison is a big mistake,” he told Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution. “So I don’t really believe in prison sentences for these minor non-violent drug offenses, but I’m not willing to go all the way to say it is a good idea either. I think people who use marijuana all the time lose IQ points, I think they lose their drive to show up for work.”
Paul, however, added that he believed individual states should be allowed to decide whether they wanted to legalize marijuana or not.
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Eric Holder Urged to leave states with recreational Marijuana alone
Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
Seven congressional Democrats from Washington have asked Attorney General Eric Holder for assurance the Justice Department won't punish those who sell and smoke marijuana under the state's new recreational pot law.
Last November, the voters in the Evergreen State approved legislation that legalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. But it is still illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
In a letter released Tuesday, Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and Reps. Adam Smith, Jim McDermott, Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, and Derek Kilmer, asked Holder to assure marijuana users and sellers that they won't be prosecuted, The Seattle Times reports.
"We hope that you will exercise your significant discretionary authority by choosing not to . . . prosecute our residents and state employees acting in compliance with these laws," the letter states.
Marijuana could be sold in stores in Washington as early as next year and will be supervised under the auspices of the state's Liquor Control Board.
The drug will be taxed with revenues going towards healthcare and programs for the prevention of substance abuse.
Florida: Having A Marijuana Pipe Is A Felony, But Illegally Pushing Millions Of Oxycontin Is A Fine
Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Florida has a massive problem with its “Oxycontin Express”. The state is home to more “pill mills” where addicts get their “hillbilly heroin” than any other. Walgreen’s, the national pharmacy chain, has been under DEA investigation for distribution of millions of Oxycontin sales where thousands of sales should be expected. Yet the drug Florida’s legislature can’t stop trying to control isn’t Oxycontin, it’s cannabis.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law the “bong ban” bill this weekend. Under this statute, someone caught owning or selling a pot pipe twice in the state is a felon, which in Florida means losing the right to vote virtually for life. Drug convicts must wait seven years after fulfillment of all prison, probation, and parole to apply to a clemency board to consider restoring voting rights in Florida. This has meant 10% of all voting-age Floridians – and a shocking 23% of black Floridians – cannot vote. (Note to bitter Democrats: Those votes would have given us President Gore in 2000.)
The law is fairly toothless at the retail level. You can still sell a corn cob pipe for any purpose, you can still sell hookahs, and you can sell any pipe so long as it is “for tobacco use only” (wink wink, nudge nudge) and 75% of your sales are tobacco-related. But at the consumer level, if you’re caught with a used marijuana pipe, it’s going to be hard to argue it was for tobacco use. You’ll get a first degree misdemeanor and face one year in prison the first time you’re caught and a third degree felony and face five years in prison if you’re caught again.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Researchers say Marijuana Smoking Not Linked To Cancer or Lung Damage
Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
Donald Tashkin's is a tale cannabis pushers like to repeat. The physician and professor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine set out to prove -- via a study funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse -- that marijuana is bad for you. Instead, a long-term study found no solid link between marijuana use and lung cancer, in sharp contrast to tobacco terrible effects on health.
Similar findings were repeated all over the world. In a collection and review of studies on marijuana's effect on the lungs, published in the June issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Tashkin concludes that compared to tobacco smoking, heavy marijuana use has "relatively small and far lower" risks.
This despite an average joint marijuana having four times the tar of a typical American Spirit. How can this be?
It's worth remembering that this is not a new development -- Tashkin's long-term study was published in 2006. And well before that -- as in the 19th Century, when cannabis tinctures and other marijuana medicines were sold in pharmacies -- doctors were prescribing marijuana as a treatment for asthma patients.
There's more similarities between tobacco and marijuana that most cannabis advocates would like to admit. There are similar levels of ammonia and other carcinogens, and marijuana smokers inhale about four times the tar, Tashkin notes.
Yet several long-term studies found no positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer. And others -- judging lung function and health by lung capacity, function, and things like levels of sputum and phlegm -- found no positive link between marijuana use, even heavy, long-term use, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Marijuana use does have deleterious effects, but they are short-term. Other than bronchitis that goes away after the pipe is put away, it appears there's not much else long term harm done to the lungs by marijuana.
Read more: http://blogs.sfweekly.com
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