Pot brownies shut down prom in Boston suburb

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Marijuana brownies put a premature end to the junior prom at one Massachusetts high school.
The dance for students of North Andover High School was shut down early Friday night after four students were hospitalized because they ate the pot-laced brownies before attending the prom, according to CBS station WBZ.
As many as eleven students consumed the baked goods at the school before going to the prom itself. The brownies were handed out by another student, reports the North Andover Patch newspaper.
"In the course of the investigation, it was determined that 19 brownies had apparently been distributed by a student earlier in the day before arriving for the evening at the high school," North Andover Superintendent Chris Hottel said.
The prom was held at the Atkinson Country Club in southern New Hampshire.
All four of the students that went to the hospital were sent home. While they're doing fine, the school said they will face disciplinary action, WBZ reported.
North Andover police are investigating, too. 


Cannabis that kills pain with no high is possible

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
A new U.S. study has paved the way for cannabis that relieves pain but doesn't get you high.
"The psychoactive effects of marijuana is the major issue that limits, across the country, the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of different diseases," said Li Zhang, who headed up the research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland.
The study, published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, claims to debunk the long-held belief that the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of pot are mutually exclusive.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) is the key ingredient in marijuana that makes people high, said Zhang. It works by binding to molecular anchors on cells called cannaboid type-1 receptors.
It was thought that this process also relieved pain, but Zhang says marijuana has over 400 chemical compounds that provide therapeutic relief for a number of disorders, such as chronic pain, seizures, depression and muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis.
These compounds, he says, could target different receptors in the brain. Figuring out what compounds target which receptors is the key to crafting cannabis-based medicine for different disorders, but without the usual side-effects associated with recreational pot smoking.
The study found the glycine receptor might be the primary target for pot's painkilling effects. When Zhang's team blocked glycine receptors on mice dosed with cannabis, the animals still felt pain.
The next step is to test his theories on different animals using different strains of marijuana. The goal is to find the strain that has the strongest pain-relieving component.


FBI Agents Conduct Marijuana Raid in North Hollywood and Other Valley Locations

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 31st 2011 by THCFinder
The FBI raided multiple locations in the San Fernando Valley today, uncovering pot growing warehouses, according to FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller.
“Multiple search warrants were executed,” Eimiller said.  “It involved multiple agencies including the FBI, DEA, LAPD and the ATF and ICE.”
No arrests were made.  The operation was part of an ongoing criminal investigation into “illicit marijuana cultivation”.
The raids happened in six locations; two in North Hollywood, one in North Hills, Sherman Oaks, Canoga Park and Palmdale.  Authorities targeted warehouses and residences.
“Thousands of plants were recovered,” said Eimiller.  But, she said, it’s not known if the locations are connected.
The largest number of pot plants were taken from a warehouse in the 16700 block of Schoenborn Street according to City News Service. FBI agents were seen hauling plastic bags of contraband out of the building.
While California laws recognize the legal use of marijuana as medicine, federal law does not provide for any legal use of the plant.


Montana Man Faces Possible Life in Prison for 3 Grams of Pot

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 31st 2011 by THCFinder
(The Missoulian) [I]n a Missoula County courtroom… an eight-woman, four-man jury found Matthew Otto, 27, guilty of a single charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs – in this case, 3 grams (well under an ounce) of marijuana. Otto faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Well under an ounce?  How about close to a tenth of an ounce?  Regardless, Montana law defines sales or distribution (giving) any amount of marijuana as a felony and allows for a one year to life prison sentence and $50,000 fine.  Otto is lucky he wasn’t within 1,000 feet of a school or an additional three years minimum would be added.
Otto stood accused of sharing a bowl of his medical marijuana with two friends in a car traveling down Reserve Street, where the trio passed a Missoula County Sheriff’s detective on his way home from work last November.
How many times do I have to tell you people to not smoke pot in your freakin’ car?!?  Even if parked but especially if moving!
Both [Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew] Paul and [Public Defender Chris] Daly questioned potential jurors closely as to their experiences with and attitudes toward marijuana – medical and otherwise. Roughly half the 24 people from whom the eventual jury was chosen raised their hands in response to a question as to whether they’d smoked marijuana. While none had medical marijuana cards, five had family members with “green” cards.
Yes, because over half of US adults aged 50 or younger have tried marijuana.  If that’s going to be a disqualification for jury duty, you’re going to find it increasingly hard to seat juries (as happened in Montana last year).
Samantha and Jordan Lambert, who was driving the car, originally told Missoula County Sheriff’s Detective Jon Gunter that they’d gotten the marijuana from Otto, according to court papers. Wednesday, they testified they didn’t remember who lit the bowl or where the marijuana in it came from.
Daly repeatedly pointed out that neither of the Lamberts was charged with possessing or distributing marijuana, even though the bowl was shared among the trio.
“The detective told me if I was honest with him about taking a hit off the pipe, I would not be in trouble,” Jordan Lambert testified.
[Missoula County Sheriff's Detective Jon] Gunter testified that as a narcotics investigator, he felt it was more important to home in on the source of the drug.
So this terribly dangerous 3g of medical marijuana that Otto distributed to Jordan Lambert wasn’t so dangerous that we needed to charge the pot-smoking non-medical-marijuana-patient driving the car; it was “more important to home in on the” legit medical marijuana patient who was “the source of the drug”?  Otto didn’t hold a gun to Lambert’s head and force him to take hits while driving by an off-duty sheriff.  Lambert made a choice to endanger other drivers on the road but the police feel the real danger is the patient medicating in the back seat?


Govt to crack down on 'legal cannabis'

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
The Government plans to restrict access to legal cannabis substitutes but says they cannot be legally banned.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said yesterday the Government would restrict access to the products and make it illegal to sell them to under 18-year-olds.
He was following the advice of the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs, which concluded it was unacceptable for the products to be available without controls on their packaging, marketing and sale.
However, an Invercargill mum who spoke to The Southland Times about the effects the product Kronic had on her 17-year-old son last year said that would hardly change the situation.
Most companies had voluntarily imposed an R18 classification and the sale of the product in pre-rolled joints to under-18s was already an offence under the Smoke Free Environment Act.
"That's not going to stop anybody getting it who isn't already getting it," she said.
She wanted it banned.
Mr Dunne's press secretary, Mark Stewart, said that any restrictions so far had been an act of goodwill and this step would give clear legal boundaries.
Mr Dunne would not seek to have the substance banned.
The Invercargill woman said parts of the Government's move were a step in the right direction and she hoped producers would be forced to list the ingredients.
" I want to know what's in it that makes his eyes look like they're black holes looking at me."
Mr Dunne said an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2005 was required to impose the planned restrictions.
He expected the changes to come into effect next year.
The products: Spice, Kronic, Aroma and Dream and others.
What they contain: Vegetable matter treated with synthetic cannabinomimetic substances.
What they do: Produce psychoactive effects similar to those of cannabis when smoked.
What will change: Cannabinomimetic substances will be added to the restricted substances schedule.


Cannabis Industry Matures: Angel Investor Network Launched

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Today, on the heels of the release of the first U.S. market data report putting the size of the domestic medical marijuana market at $1.7 billion, The ArcView Group announced the formation of the cannabis industry's first angel investment network. The ArcView Angel Network will facilitate seed and early stage investment in federally legal enterprises within the medical cannabis industry, and will host the Cannabis Investment Forum Series (CIF), a groundbreaking series of events exclusively for the top ancillary cannabis business entrepreneurs and qualified investors.
"Extraordinary rewards await investors with the courage and vision to be a part of building the new cannabis industry," said ArcView Group President, Stephen DeAngelo, also Executive Director of Harborside Health Center - the nation's largest model medical cannabis collective. "The ArcView Angel Network will open the door to the most promising business opportunities.
"There are many interested investors and investment-worthy entrepreneurs in the cannabis sector. But so far, that has not resulted in much investment. The lack of market data, industry knowledge and access to opportunities contributed to investor's perception of unacceptable risk.



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