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.


SWAT team makes Walla Walla medical marijuana bust

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
WALLA WALLA -- A SWAT team arrested a Walla Walla man with a medical marijuana permit Wednesday night for having too much pot in his home.
Police spokesman Tim Bennett says 58-year-old Terry Knapp has a permit that allows him no more than a pound-and-a- half of harvested marijuana.
KONA reports officers found six pounds of marijuana plus 15 small marijuana plants. They also seized $1,500 in cash.
Bennett says an informant made several large purchases of marijuana over the past couple of weeks.
Knapp is jailed for investigation of delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school zone.


Raided pot providers sue government

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two medical marijuana providers are suing the government over what they are calling unconstitutional raids of their Montana businesses as federal prosecutors threaten to crack down on medical pot operations across the nation.
The owners of Montana Caregivers Association and MCM Caregivers claim the March 14 raids exceeded the federal government's authority, pre-empted Montana's medical marijuana law and violated the pot providers' civil rights.
In their lawsuit against the government, the Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney for Montana Michael Cotter filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Missoula, the plaintiffs claim the aim is to shut down the medical pot industry.
"The federal government has made clear its intent to threaten and eventually eliminate any business or enterprise related to the medical use of marijuana," Christopher Williams of the Montana Caregivers Association and Randy Leibenguth of MCM Caregivers say in the lawsuit.
The Department of Justice did not have an immediate comment when contacted Wednesday. Also, Cotter's office did not comment on the lawsuit.
Federal agents executed 26 search warrants against pot businesses in Montana on March 14, seizing drugs, cash, weapons and vehicles in what Cotter said part of a drug-trafficking investigation. No charges have been filed and Cotter's office has since refused to comment on the investigation.
Since then, agents have raided two Washington state dispensaries and federal prosecutors have sent letters of warning to leaders in California, Colorado, Montana and Rhode Island.



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