'Blunt' joke at drive-through leads to arrest of Burger King customer
Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
A Deltona man may have thought he was being funny when he asked for "a blunt and some herbs" – slang for marijuana – at the drive-through lane of a restaurant, but the cashier and Volusia County deputy sheriffs got the last laugh.
Shawn Porter, 32, is being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail near Daytona Beach with bail set at $1,000 on a charge of felony possession of marijuana.
It began with a late-night visit to the Burger King at 2790 Elkcam Blvd. in Deltona, Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.
Porter and another man were in a white Saturn that pulled into the drive-through lane just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday and when it came time to order, one of them yelled that he wanted "a blunt and some herbs," Davidson said.
"When they drove up to the window, the cashier said she could smell the scent of marijuana coming from the car," Davidson said.
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One of the store's managers could also smell marijuana. She told a 911 operator she was outside in the store's playground when the car passed by.
"I could smell the scent of weed – marijuana," she told the operator.
She then learned about the "blunt" order and said she decided to call with a description of the car and its tag number.
"It's not that it's a major emergency," she told the operator. "It's more of a nuisance than anything.
"I wanted to report their tag number because they are smoking drugs in the car," she said.
A responding deputy ran the tag number through his computer and learned the owner lived less than two miles from the Burger King on Sky Street in Deltona, Davidson said.
He drove to the area and minutes later watched as the car pulled into the driveway and two men got out carrying Burger King bags, he said.
"The deputy also could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the car," Davidson said. "That's when Porter admitted smoking marijuana while in the vehicle."
A search of the car turned up a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray and two plastic bags containing about 28 grams of the drug.
Porter admitted that the drugs were his and was arrested but the other man denied any knowledge of the marijuana and was released, Davidson said.
US governors seek federal marijuana clearance
Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON — A pair of US governors have filed a petition asking the US federal government to allow wider use of medical marijuana by authorizing doctors to prescribe it and pharmacies to provide it.
The petition to reclassify the drug was filed Wednesday by the governors of the western state of Washington and the northeastern state of Rhode Island, which are among the 16 states that have legalized medical marijuana use.
The current federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug means it cannot be prescribed by doctors, putting states that allow medical marijuana use at odds with federal law.
"Sadly, patients must find their way along unfamiliar, uncertain paths to get what their doctors tell them would help -- medical cannabis to relieve their suffering," said a statement by Washington governor Chris Gregoire.
"People weak and sick with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases and conditions suddenly feel like -- or in fact become -- law breakers."
The US Drug Enforcement Agency considers marijuana to have no medicinal value, and the FDA five years ago declined to approve it for medical use.
The Institute of Medicine in 1999 "emphasized that smoked marijuana is a crude drug delivery system that exposes patients to a significant number of harmful substances."
But Gregoire said some medical groups have since changed their minds, such as the American Medical Association which two years ago "reversed its position and now supports investigation and clinical research of cannabis for medicinal use."
Others such as the American College of Physicians, the Washington State Medical Association, Washington State Pharmacy, and Rhode Island Medical Society also support a reclassification.
Gregoire said her petition will require the government agencies to "conduct a new scientific review and analysis of recent advances in cannabis research since the last time the FDA reviewed the matter in 2006."
Report shows fewer traffic fatalities after states pass medical-pot laws
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
The passage of state medical-marijuana laws is associated with a subsequent drop in the rate of traffic fatalities, according to a newly released study by two university professors.
The study — by University of Colorado Denver professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University professor D. Mark Anderson — found that the traffic-death rate drops by nearly 9 percent in states after they legalize marijuana for medical use. The researchers arrived at that figure, Rees said, after controlling for other variables such as changes in traffic laws, seat-belt usage and miles driven. The study stops short of saying the medical-marijuana laws cause the drop in traffic deaths.
"We were pretty surprised that they went down," Rees said Tuesday.
The study was posted this month on the website of the Bonn, Germany- based Institute for the Study of Labor and has not yet been peer-reviewed.
Rees said the main reason for the drop appears to be that medical-marijuana laws mean young people spend less time drinking and more time smoking cannabis. Legalization of medical marijuana, the researchers report, is associated with a 12-percent drop in the alcohol-related fatal-crash rate and a 19-percent decrease in the fatality rate of people in their 20s, according to the study.
The study also found that medical- marijuana legalization is associated with a drop in beer sales.
"The result that comes through again and again and again is (that) young adults . . . drink less when marijuana is legalized and traffic fatalities go down," Rees said.
There's DNA in that weed you're smoking, and people are tracking it
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Warning: The dope you are smoking can now be identified by its DNA.
Heather Coyle’s new marijuana DNA database at the University of New Haven can tell if a particular fragment of pot is the “White Widow” strain, “Skunk Number One,” “Super Silver Haze” or another of the more than 25 types of marijuana that she’s genetically mapped.
The DNA analysis can let cops and federal agents trace the marijuana from a single bud or seed found in Connecticut back to its source, as long as they can get ahold of samples to match.
They can find out whether it was grown in Mexico and formed part of a drug cartel’s shipment. Or maybe the dope was part of a crop from northern California’s “Emerald Triangle” and sold at a freewheeling Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary.
Coyle says this system of genetic fingerprinting could also be used to offer states a foolproof way to control and regulate medical pot programs.
And it just so happens that Connecticut officials are right now wondering about exactly that sort of issue as they consider passing a medical marijuana law here.
Coyle is a 46-year-old “forensic botanist” and an associate professor at UNH since 2005. Before arriving at the university, she spent seven years working at the Connecticut state forensics lab in Meriden.
A forensic botanist helps cops solve cases by identifying and analyzing samples of plants taken from crime scenes. If this sounds like the cool shit that happens in TV crime dramas, you’re exactly right. It’s not much of a surprise to learn that Coyle is a fan of those shows.
“’NCIS’ is one of my favorites,” she says, smiling.
Move Over Mary Jane, UCI May Unlock The 'Bliss Molecule'
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
No inhaling necessary—your brain produces a marijuana-like chemical with the ability to reduce pain, anxiety, and depression, and scientists are uncovering more about how this neurotransmitter works.
Sometimes called “the bliss molecule,” the brain chemical anandamide is one of the compounds produced by the endocannabinoid system. These compounds are very similar to the active ingredient in marijuana, THC.
A new study by UC Irvine researchers reveals that a protein in the brain ferries anandamide to sites in brain cells where enzymes break down and inactivate the “bliss” chemical. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, shows that blocking this protein increases the potency of anandamide, and may unlock new possibilities in pain control.
The revelation about anandamide transport and breakdown opens up the potential to develop pain medications that don’t produce sedation, addiction, or other central nervous system effects associated with opiates, which are often used to control severe and chronic pain.
UCI professor of pharmacology Daniele Piomelli led the team that interpreted how the protein, called FLAT, binds with anandamide and escorts it to cell sites where it is broken down by fatty acid amide hydrolase, or FAAH, enzymes. This process inactivates the “bliss” effect of anandamide.
ESA satellite to search for marijuana plantations
Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Does anyone else see a problem here? Using satelite technology to find Marijuana plants? Don't these goverment have more important things to waste their time and Tax payer money on than finding plants with a freaking satelite?
The European Space Agency ESA and the police are joining forces to spot marijuana plantations hidden in sweet corn fields in Limburg, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.
The experiment is due to begin in early 2012.
Using high-resolution satellite imagery, researchers can now read a 'spectral signature' from a marijuana plant and distinguish it from other crops.
The technique has been used with success in Canada since 2007, a spokesman for Venlo town council told the paper.
The trial is taking place within the context of the government's crackdown on illegal plantations in rural areas.
Some 8,000 professional plantations are found in private homes, in commercial properties and in farm sheds every year.
In September 2009 alone, police in Limburg found seven large and 87 small plantations hidden in sweet corn fields after police flew over the region in a helicopter. The biggest had 15,000 plants.
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