Ohio mom who gave pot to 2-year-old gets probation
CINCINNATI -- An Ohio woman who admitted giving her 2-year-old daughter marijuana and using her cell phone to record the child smoking it has avoided prison.
A Hamilton County judge on Friday placed 21-year-old Jessica Gamble, of suburban Cincinnati, on two years of probation with plans to reunite the mother and child.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Gamble has been in the county jail since September and must remain there for two more months to complete a program for drug treatment, job readiness and parenting skills. She also must spend three months in an inpatient drug rehabilitation facility and undergo outpatient drug treatment.
Gamble could have received up to 6 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to corruption of another with drugs and tampering with evidence.
Police officer accused of taking seized marijuana
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- A Winter Haven police officer is accused of pilfering a "marijuana bud" following the department's seizure of marijuana plants from a home.
Authorities say 36-year-old Ricardo Flores was just ending his shift about 7 p.m. Wednesday as detectives were unloading marijuana plants from a truck. As the evidence was being processed, an officer saw Flores take a marijuana bud from a plant and conceal it.
When the officer reported what he saw, Flores was called back to the department. Officers recovered the stolen marijuana and Flores was charged with burglary of a conveyance, petit theft and possession of marijuana.
Flores was suspended pending an internal investigation.
Winter Haven Police Chief Gary Hester commended the officer who reported the incident, saying "no one is above the law."
Phoenix Woman Arrested In Border Pot Bust
A Phoenix woman was taken into custody after border officers found 560 pounds of marijuana hidden in a vehicle she was driving. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officers selected the woman's 2003 Ford Expedition for screening at the Douglas Port of Entry Monday morning where they found a double floor had been built into the entire floor area of the Expedition.
There they found the marijuana with an estimated street value of $256,000. The 31 year old woman, identified as a U.S. citizen, was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and prosecution. The vehicle and marijuana were seized by CBP officers.
Chandler Set To Begin Hearings On Medical Pot
Chandler begins hearings this week on the rules surrounding the dispensing of medical marijuana. Public hearings on possible amendments will he held by the planning and zoning commission Wednesday and the City Council on Feb. 10. Arizona voters approved Proposition 203 last November which allows the sale of medical marijuana.
The East Valley Tribune reports an initial draft of amendments calls for Chandler facilities to be at least 1,300 feet from a school, church, daycare center, hospital, park or library. Dispensaries would be located in retail areas and cultivation sites in industrial areas. There will be a limit of 120 dispensaries statewide. It is unclear how many will be located in Chandler.
Cannabis Grower Avoids Jail Sentence
A Southampton man was spared an immediate prison sentence after a judge heard he had health problems and would lose his accommodation that had taken him four years to get. Police had gone to the home of David Thomas, 45, on an unrelated matter when they discovered a tray of small cannabis plants in a cupboard and another 17 more mature plants in another room.
Mary Aspinall Miles the prosecution at Southampton Crown Court, said if the latter had been harvested, they would have been has a street value of approximately £1,700. Thomas, of Queenstown Road, Freemantle, admitted producing cannabis and allowing premises to be used for its production. Judge Jane Miller QC, who gave him a four-month suspended sentence, described his health problems as unenviable. She added that the risk of reconviction was low and there had been a reduction in his offending.
Drugs Raid Uncovers £1M Cannabis Haul
Police have seized a number of cannabis plants with an estimated street value of more than £1million after executing a search warrant for a house at Thornwood near Epping. Upon executing the search warrant police found a variety of plants at different stages of growth when they went to an address in Woodside at roughly 1PM on Friday the 14th January. Police had seized up to 3,000 marijuana plants at the time of the search.
On discovering the plants officers said that the growers had developed a “sophisticated hydroponics setup” to harvest drugs. A 26 year old man from Epping was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and a 41 year old man from Waltham Abbey was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and abstracting electricity. They were both bailed to return to Harlow police station on 1 April.
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