Tourists Can Still Get High in Dutch Pot Cafes

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 30th 2011 by THCFinder

(CN) - The mayor of one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands should not have shut down a marijuana café for serving non-Dutch patrons, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled. Maastricht, just across the border from Belgium and Germany, has a number of cannabis bars or "coffee shops" that serve marijuana and hashish.

Although cannabis is technically not legal in the Netherlands, the country tolerates small-scale consumption. Around 70 percent of customers at Maastricht coffee shops are not Dutch, however, so the city adopted a "residency criterion" bylaw to prevent drug tourists from patronizing such establishments. After hearing two reports that the Easy Going coffee shop had admitted nonresidents, the mayor of Maastricht shut it down for three months in 2006. Owner Marc Josemans challenged the closure, bringing the case before the EU's high court. Last December, that court said the local law may be justified to combat drug crimes, even though it contravenes a principle guaranteeing the freedom of services.

But Wednesday, the Dutch court - based in The Hague - ruled that the local bylaw is preempted by the national Opium Act. The Dutch high court agreed that it does not violate EU law or the Dutch Constitution. Preventing non-Dutch from patronizing coffee shops is compatible with its Constitution's ban on discrimination, since such discrimination is apparently reasonable, according to the ruling. But under the Opium Act, local authorities may order coffee shops to stop selling narcotic drugs altogether, according to the decision. Passed in 1919, the Opium Act made highly addictive opiates such as heroin illegal. The law was amended in 1976 to regulate "soft drugs" such as cannabis, which the Dutch government tolerates, so long as it is offered in relatively small amounts to persons age 18 and older.

The lower house of the Dutch Parliament has approved measures to set a membership system in place for the consumption of cannabis, which would be restricted to Dutch nationals. Some local Dutch authorities reportedly fear that this may push the cannabis trade onto the black market.



Man Buys 'Fake' Weed With Fake $1M Bill

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- Police say a western Pennsylvania stole a kind of "fake" marijuana while using a fake $1 million bill.
Police in Sharpsville on Monday charged 23-year-old Joseph Lombardi with trying to "purchase" a bag of herbal potpourri called "Space Cadet Flight Risk" using the bogus bill at a FoodMart store.
The Sharon Herald reports the substance is sold as incense but mimics the effect of marijuana when smoked, which is why the ersatz pot is included in a bill outlawing such substances that Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law last week. The ban takes effect in August.
Police have charged Lombardi with theft by deception and retail theft because they say he took the herbs and ran after putting the bogus bill on the counter.


Fed-up Utah teens turn over dad, and his pot stash

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 29th 2011 by THCFinder

Kids these days.....

It was not a good day for a 44-year-old Cottonwood Heights man going through a separation from his wife, and when he apparently sought solace in booze and marijuana, things got much worse.

Cottonwood Heights police Sgt. Scott Peck said Tuesday that the man’s two children, a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, decided they had enough shortly after they arrived for a visit Monday and smelled the alcohol and marijuana.
The girl called police, meeting them outside her father’s home — with his bag of pot in hand.
The father was called outside, arrested and booked into Salt Lake County jail for investigation of possession of drugs and child endangerment.
Bob Mims


Did Shakespeare smoke Cannabis?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
A team of South African scientists want to exhume the Bard's remains and confirm rumors that he was an avid toker of "noted weed" 
"To dig, or not to dig? That's the latest question," says Alec Liu at Fox News. Paleontologists from South Africa have filed a formal request to exhume the remains of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) from his burial site in Stratford-upon-Avon. By examining the Bard's corpse, the group hopes to find clues to the kind of life Shakespeare led, and, among other things, confirm or deny the rumor that he avidly smoked marijuana. How will this all go down? Here, a brief guide:
How will they examine his body?
Team leader, anthropologist Francis Thackeray, claims he'll employ "incredible techniques" that won't be too intrusive. "We don't intend to move the remains at all," he says, as quoted by Fox News. Instead he intends to perform a forensic analysis by digitally scanning the playwright's bones, then "rendering a 3-D image reconstruction" of the Bard that could offer insights into his full health history, says Asawin Suebsaeng at Mother Jones. Thackeray also wants to take DNA samples to confirm Shakespeare's age and gender. 
What does the team hope to find?
The new technology could reveal the cause of Shakespeare's death, which is currently unknown. "Growth increments in the teeth will reveal if he went through periods of stress or illness," says Thackeray, "a plague, for example, which killed many people in the 1600s."
And the weed?
Ten years ago, Thackeray was among a team of South African scientists who claimed to have found evidence that Shakespeare was fond of Mary Jane. In 2001, several 17th-century smoking pipes were found in the garden of Shakespeare's English home. The pipes revealed traces of cannabis, suggesting that a reference to "noted weed" in one of Shakespeare's sonnets "may have been the Bard's way of extolling the effects of cannabis," says Shaun Semille at National Geographic News. Digital analysis of the playwright's remains could shed new light on the decade-old suspicion. "If we find grooves between the canine and the incisor, that will tell us if he was chewing on a pipe as well as smoking," says Thackeray.
Can they do this?
Thackeray formally submitted the application to the Church of England, which oversees the local church where Shakespeare is buried. The Church, so far, is denying that it received the request — which may be for the best. Shakespeare's grave makes a clear threat to anyone who digs it up, says Ujala Sehgal at The Atlantic Wire. The tomb reads: "Bleste be the man that spares thes stones / And curst be he that moves my bones."


First charges filed June 2010 marijuana dispensary raids

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
The first charges have been filed against one of the Butte County medical marijuana dispensaries raided in June 2010.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey announced Wednesday that three Forest Ranch residents have been arrested on three felony counts of sales of marijuana and one count of possession for sale of marijuana.
Jason Allen Anderson, 35, Michael Franklin Anderson, 46 and Kaitlin Christine Sanchez, 23, operated the "Mountainside Patient Collective" at 3330 Highway 32 west of Chico.
The Anderson brothers are also charged with cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, relating to a grow on their property in Forest Ranch.
Ramsey said charges will follow involving the other 17 marijuana "stores" raided June 30, 2010, after undercover agents made multiple purchases that spring and summer.
California voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996 to allow seriously ill Californians to grow marijuana for their own personal medicinal purposes, with a doctor's recommendation. Patients' primary caretakers could grow marijuana for patients too sick to grow their own.
Later legislation allowed patients to join together and grow marijuana cooperatively or collectively.
Although not authorized by law, dispensaries begin appearing under the legal argument they were "primary caretakers." That defense rejected two years ago the California Supreme Court.
Ramsey said dispensaries then began to change their names to "collectives" or "cooperatives," claiming customers were part of a group formed to collectively or cooperatively grow marijuana.
However, Ramsey said, patients could join at any time just by buying marijuana.
Owners of two other stores were found to have child pornography on their computers. One of those individuals was referred to the FBI and faces federal charges.


Minister sent to prison on drug charges

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
Before being sentenced to prison Wednesday on a felony drug conviction, Robert Henry told a Franklin County judge that he is being persecuted for his religious beliefs.
The 51-year-old minister of a cannabis-based church, Henry was sentenced to between 6 1/2 and 13 years in state prison for operating a marijuana growing operation from his jail cell in early 2010.
Judge John Walker also ordered him to pay $50,500 in fines, undergo a drug treatment program and avoid contact with his co-defendants in the case.
"I liken what the government is doing to me to the way the Nazis treated the Jews during World War II," Henry said.
He called the matter on which he was convicted "a political issue" and pointed out that a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana last year in California nearly passed, and said he believes legalization will happen soon.
"Unfortunately, you're not in California," Walker said. "Unfortunately, It's against the law."
A jury convicted Henry on two counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He reportedly wore a T-shirt emblazoned with a pot leaf and the words, "I am not a criminal" and "legalize marijuana" to the April 14 trial.
He appeared at the hearing Wednesday in an orange jumpsuit and shackles. It was the second sentencing hearing scheduled in his case, since he didn't show up for the first one on May 18. Henry has been in Franklin
County Jail since June 8, when he was arrested in Lurgan Township. He was allegedly found camping in the woods with a stockpile of canned food, tending to over 200 marijuana plants.



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