Protesters tell drug czar to 'Get with The Times

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 4th 2011 by THCFinder


Pro-marijuana protesters in Seattle are telling White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske to "get with The Times."

The group rallied outside as Kerlikowske met Friday with the editorial board of The Seattle Times, which recently endorsed marijuana legalization.

Kerlikowske is the former Seattle police chief who now heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He says chronic marijuana use is linked to mental illness and other health problems, and argues that legalizing cannabis would not be the cure-all proponents make it out to be because the black market would adapt to offer tax-free marijuana.

The Washington Legislature is considering whether to allow marijuana sales through state liquor stores. Proponents argue that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and that prohibition has cost taxpayers exorbitantly while doing nothing to reduce the drug's availability.



The DEA Pretends to Have Fake Pot Under Control

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder

The Drug Enforcement Administration's "emergency" banon five chemicals used to make ersatz marijuana took effect on Tuesday. The Drug War Chroniclereports that the ban, which was originally scheduled to begin in December, was delayed because of legal challenges by fake-pot retailers. The DEA says it is trying to "avoid an imminent threat to the public safety," as reflected in "an increasing number of reports from poison control centers, hospitals and law enforcement regarding these products." Reported side effects include "anxiety attacks, dangerously elevated heart rates, increased blood pressure, vomiting, and disorientation." (As the Chronicle notes, these are similar to the symptoms reported by a small percentage of marijuana users.) DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart adds:

Young people are being harmed when they smoke these dangerous "fake pot" products and wrongly equate the products' "legal" retail availability with being "safe." Parents and community leaders look to us to help them protect their kids, and we have not let them down.

Leonhart is right that it would be foolish to think there is anything especially dangerous about the intoxicants the government chooses to ban, or especially safe about the ones it tolerates. But if parents expect the DEA's edict to make fake pot disappear, they may be disappointed. The DEA's order covers five chemicals that have been detected in "incense" products like K2 and Spice: JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol. But the scientist who created three of these compounds says there are many legal substances that can simulate the effects of THC, and last fall the Associated Press reported that manufacturers already had substitutes lined up. The makers of K2boast that "our new blends are 100% legal everywhere and not covered by the new bans!"

Even if the DEA's ban had not been so blatantly pre-empted, Leonhart's sense of her own power in these matters would border on the delusional. The headline over the DEA's press release says the "chemicals used in 'Spice' and 'K2' type products" are "now under federal control and regulation." Just like real marijuana?



Huskies tailback Johri Fogerson arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder

Washington tailback Johri Fogerson was arrested for investigation of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest early Thursday morning. He has since bailed out of the Snohomish County Jail.

Fogerson originally eluded State Patrol troopers on foot but turned himself in to police less than four hours later.

Fogerson was stopped in Mill Creek around 12:25 a.m. Thursday because a headlight was out on the black Lexus he was driving, according to State Patrol spokesman Trooper Keith Leary. After a State Patrol trooper saw what appeared to be "a baggie" of marijuana inside the car and attempted to place handcuffs on him, Fogerson took off running, Leary said.

Fogerson ran east on 164th Street. Troopers searched for him, but were unable to find him.

Around 3:30 a.m., the State Patrol dispatch center received a phone call from someone saying that Fogerson wanted to turn himself in, Leary said. The caller said Fogerson had been in contact with his mother and she would be present with him when he turned himself in. Shortly before 4 a.m., Fogerson met with troopers at 164th Street Southwest and Meadow Road, Leary said.

"We are aware of an arrest of a member of the UW football team," Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement released by the school. "We are still gathering information and, if and when any action is taken on our part, we will have further comment."

Fogerson, 21, was The Associated Press state player of the year as a senior at O'Dea in 2007 as a running back and safety.

He played safety for the Huskies as a true freshman in 2008, then moved to tailback as a sophomore in 2009, appearing in nine games.

He played in just one game last season, the opener against BYU, before suffering a hip injury that held him out the rest of the season. He had one carry for six yards.

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian had said the school was attempting to get a medical redshirt year for Fogerson so he could regain the year of eligibility.

If healthy, he was expected to contend for a spot in the tailback rotation behind returning starter Chris Polk.



Teens In Custody After Medical Marijuana Dispensary Break-In

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

Two teens are in custody after police say they broke into a medical marijuana dispensary.

Officers say that an employee with the business saw the teens inside the Easy Natural Alternatives dispensary when watching a surveillance video, and called police around 1 a.m. Wednesday. When an officer arrived to the dispensary on the 3000 block of Pine Tree Square in Colorado Springs, he noticed a vehicle leaving the premises. The driver refused to stop, but the officer was able to track down the vehicle after getting the license plate number.

When found and questioned, police say that both teens confessed to the burglary. All of the stolen merchandise was returned.



Texas could make Marijuana possession a simple fine.

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder

Austin. TX - There's been a big push lately from California to Washington to legalize marijuana, but one Texas State Representative is looking to reduce the penalties on those caught in possession of relatively small amounts of marijuana.

Rep. Harold Dutton Jr. (D-Houston) is planning on bringing House Bill 458 to legislature that would reclassify possession of less than one ounce of marijuana from a Class B Misdemeanor to a Class C Misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor would be issued for those with 2 ounces or less, but more than one ounce. A Class A Misdemeanour would be issued to those in possession of 4 ounces or less but more than 2 ounces. And a state jail felony would be issued to those in possession of five pounds or less but more than four ounces.

A Class B Misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine and/or six months in jail, while a Class C Misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine. Currently, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a Class B Misdemeanor.

Many organizations pushing to legalize marijuana in the state of Texas say that a small bill like this could help down the road in the fight for legalization.

Full version of House Bill 548



Hockey coach jailed after allegedly attempting to send marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, March, 1st 2011 by THCFinder

MEDFORD, Ore.-- A local hockey coach is arrested on suspicion of possessing and distributing marijuana Saturday.

Eric Hamlet turned himself into authorities after allegations of possessing large amounts of weed. Police say Hamlet and his hockey team were on their way to a game in Vancouver, Washington when he stopped the bus at a Post Office in Albany. That's when he attempted to mail a box that post office employees found suspicious.

"What made it kind of suspicious was just somebody coming to pay a large amount of cash to get this box shipped overnight, no signature required," said Albany Police Captain Eric Carter.

Police inspected the package to discover 20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of about $65,000. Twelve hours into the investigation, 37-year-old Erica Hamlet turned himself in and was arrested for the possession and distribution of marijuana.

Hamlet was the assistant coach for the Southern Oregon Spartan Hockey team all year. Co-owner Forest Sexton says he would have never suspected Hamlet to be involved in such a crime.

"We were just shocked and saddened-- worried for the boys," he said.

Spartan Fans say they hope what happened this weekend does not affect the team's image.

"The team has come a long way, I'd hate to see something like this tare the team apart," said longtime fan Buddy Lawruk.

Hamlet was released from jail Sunday after posting bail. He is suspended from the team without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.




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