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Man gets life in prison for trafficking marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
prison-for-mmjA Gordon man received life in prison after he pleaded guilty to trafficking $300,000 worth of marijuana in Houston County.
 
District Attorney Doug Valeska said 41-year-old Steven Craig Hooven pleaded guilty to a felony trafficking marijuana charge in front of Circuit Court Judge Brad Mendheim.
 
Valeska said Hooven received an enhanced sentence, of life in prison, because of three prior felony convictions out of Tennessee.
 
Houston County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Hooven on Aug. 16, 2012, on the marijuana trafficking charge.
 
The charge stemmed from a patrol deputy making a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Hooven for speeding on State Line Road near Cottonwood and US 231 South.
 
The traffic stop led investigators with the Houston County Sheriff’s narcotics unit to get a search warrant for Hooven’s home where they discovered a large indoor marijuana growing operation.
 

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Marijuana raids in Humboldt County: 16,100 plants, enough poison to kill 750 bears

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
humboltd-raidsMore than 16,000 marijuana plants and enough poison to kill more than 750 black bears were found this week during eradication efforts in Humboldt County, officials announced Thursday.
 
”What they're finding is pretty astounding,” Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said. “Growers are using vastly more than what would be needed. It's enough to kill armies of rodents.”
 
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office deputies, U.S. Forest Service agents, Hoopa Valley Tribal Police officers and the Cannabis Eradication and Reclamation Team investigated and eradicated multiple grow sites this week near Willow Creek, Hoopa Valley and Orleans, alongside three civilian researchers with backgrounds in wildlife, toxicology and ecology.
 
Officers removed 17 pounds of anticoagulant rodenticide bait from three sites, according to a sheriff's office press release. Researchers reported the amount of poison found could kill the equivalent of 2,753 wood rats, 14 Pacific fishers or five spotted owls.
 
At one site, deputies and researchers located carbofuran, a pesticide banned in the U.S. Using conservative numbers, the 32 ounces recovered could kill more than 750 black bears, according to the release.
 
Officers also found nearly 2,000 pounds of dry fertilizer and 58 pounds of liquid fertilizer.
 
Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Knight said investigations into all three sites are underway, and the office currently does not have any suspects.
 
”There were signs they were there recently,” Knight said.
 
Knight said the officers witnessed environmental damage at all the sites, citing clear cutting, creek damming and multiple truckloads of plastic pipe removed from the ground.
 
Deputies found 7,521 growing plants, 4 to 6 feet tall, on U.S. Forest Service land below the Brushy Mountain Lookout on Friday Ridge in Willow Creek on Monday morning.
 

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Marijuana Entrepreneur Plans $100 Million 'Marlboro of Weed' Brand

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
marlboro-of-weedIt looks like the kind of late-night commercial meant for people taking bong rips between "Family Guy" reruns. To a Seattle weed entrepreneur, however, the two-minute ad above is the first step toward building a $100 million marijuana empire.
 
Brian Laoruangroch, 29, is president of Prohibition Brands, a company that wants to mass-produce marijuana cigarettes and cigars and sell them as a standardized product. The company is little more than an idea at the moment, but Laoruangroch is telling potential investors he envisions his brand as “the marijuana version of a Marlboro cigarette.”
 
In the commercial, Laoruangroch takes on the guise of a stereotypical cowboy to woo financiers. Aided by two skimpily clad female models and a puppet horse, he discusses the “green rush” of investment in marijuana.
 
“I thought that the two most important things for an ad were to make something comical, number one, and number two, it’s no secret that sex sells,” Laoruangroch told The Huffington Post. “So we found two really comical girls and a really sexy cowboy.”
 
Laoruangroch said he owns intellectual property that covers the design specifications for a filtered marijuana cigarette. He said he hopes to turn that, along with a polished website and a personal pitch, into at least $5 million worth of investment before the end of the year.
 

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Paralyzed MMJ patient's last Supreme Court pitch over DISH firing

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
dish-worker-fired-for-mmjLast year, Brandon Coats, a paralyzed medical marijuana patient fired by DISH for failing a drug test, filed a complaint over the issue in Arapahoe District Court. When he lost there, attorney Michael Evans brought the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, where jurists also rejected Coats's argument. But Evans hasn't raised the white flag quite yet. He's submitted what he describes as the final document in an effort to get the Colorado Supreme Court to take on the matter. See it and get details about the potentially groundbreaking case.
As we've reported, Coats, who's in his thirties, is paralyzed over 80 percent of his body. At age sixteen, he was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a tree.
 
Since then, Coats has used a wheelchair to get around, but he's fully capable of working -- and in 2007, he was hired by DISH as a customer service representative. Over the years that followed, his original lawsuit contends that prescription medicine Coats took to treat involuntary muscle spasms began to fail. When searching for a way to deal with these symptoms, his physicians recommended that he supplement his regimen with medical marijuana. He received his state-issued license for MMJ in August 2009 and found that cannabis helped alleviate his spasms. However, the complaint stresses that he never used marijuana at work, during work hours or anywhere on the company's premises.
 

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Expected Soon: More Decriminalized Marijuana In Michigan

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-decrim-miAs part of an ongoing cannabis law reform effort in Michigan, voters in three more Michigan cities will soon have the chance to do what their elected officials regularly fail to do: pass laws that decriminalize a small amount of cannabis for personal adult use.
 
The Detroit Free Press reports today that three Michigan cities-Ferndale, Jackson and likely Lansing-will have binding voter initiatives that effectively decriminalize cannabis possession in these three municipalities.
 
Numerous other cities in Michigan have already adopted decriminalization, as have 17 other states overall, and as former MI NORML president and current chair of Coalition for Safer Michigan Tim Beck notes in the article that passing these three decriminalization ballots will likely be the ‘tipping point’ for state legislators in Michigan to pass state-wide reforms.
 
Let’s hope so!
 

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Marijuana Legalization in Missouri: Rep. Rory Ellinger Plans Bill to Regulate Pot Like Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
miss-marijuanaMissouri is one step closer to legalizing marijuana.
 
State Rep. Rory Ellinger, a Democrat from University City, plans to introduce legislation next session to legalize pot in the state, modeled after the successful reform effort in Colorado. It will definitely be a long shot here, but this will be the first time a lawmaker in Missouri has introduced a proposal of this nature.
 
"I expect there will be a lot of good people that feel marijuana is wrong, that it leads down a path of worse drugs and trouble and so on," he tells Daily RFT. "I respect their opinion, but I think that it can all be disputed."
 
He continues, "I don't know anyone who has ever died of a marijuana overdose."
 
Ellinger was behind the proposal this past legislative session to decriminalize marijuana, which simply meant reducing the punishments for low-level pot possession charges. Pot, under that initiative, would still be illegal. That bill advanced further than it ever has in the past with a formal hearing in the House of Representatives on the very last day of the session in May.
 
Ellinger says he plans to reintroduce this decriminalization proposal again and also a separate bill to legalize pot altogether.
 

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