200 pounds of marijuana found at north Phoenix home
PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating a large scale marijuana bust in north Phoenix.
Police were called to a townhouse complex near 20th Street and Beardsley Road just after 3 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a fight.
When they arrived, police reportedly found dozens of bails of marijuana inside a garage.
Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said officers found five males bound with zip ties inside the house. One of the men had been struck and injured.
Police on scene estimated the marijuana was around 200 pounds worth. Martos referred to it as a "stash house."
Martos said between six and 10 Hispanic males forced their way into the townhouse, loaded up three vans, and fled the scene. He said one of the suspects was wearing a police "raid" shirt, posing as an officer. Two of the vans were white, the third was gray, Martos said.
Martos said investigators believe the packages taken contained marijuana.
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Low doses of marijuana component can protect brain against injury
Though marijuana is a well-known recreational drug, extensive scientific research has been conducted on the therapeutic properties of marijuana in the last decade. Medical cannabis is often used by sufferers of chronic ailments, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, to combat pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, and other symptoms.
Now Prof. Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University's Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine says that the drug has neuroprotective qualities as well. He has found that extremely low doses of THC—the psychoactive component of marijuana—protects the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), seizures, or toxic drugs.
Brain damage can have consequences ranging from mild cognitive deficits to severe neurological damage. Previous studies focused on injecting high doses of THC within a very short time frame—approximately 30 minutes—before or after injury. Prof. Sarne's current research, published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research, demonstrates that even extremely low doses of THC—around 1,000 to 10,000 times less than that in a conventional marijuana cigarette—administered over a wide window of 1 to 7 days before or 1 to 3 days after injury can jumpstart biochemical processes which protect brain cells and preserve cognitive function over time. This treatment, especially in light of the long time frame for administration and the low dosage, could be applicable to many cases of brain injury and be safer over time, Prof. Sarne says.
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Microsoft Manager Becomes Marijuana Mogul, Plans To Import Drugs From Mexico
With the sale of marijuana legal in Washington State, one former Microsoft manager hopes to turn his budding pot business into the Coca Cola of cannabis.
Former Microsoft Corporate Strategy Manager Jamen Shively hadn’t even smoked pot 18 months ago, but he now hopes to launch the first retail brand of marijuana to sell in outlets throughout the Evergreen state. Named after Shively’s great-grandfather and former vice governor of the Island of Cebu in the Philippines, Diego Pellicer, Inc. is poised to become the first name brand marijuana sold in the U.S.
But first Shively, who says he’s now a casual marijuana smoker, and the company have to get past some touchy legal hurdles.
“What we’re all about is making it extremely professional and having the highest quality and efficiencies,” Shively told the Seattle Times.
Shively has purchased a number of pot dispensaries in both Washington and Colorado, has plans to sell in both the medical and adult-recreational pot markets and announced plans to partner with Mexican growers to import marijuana for sale in the U.S.
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Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons suspended for season opener after marijuana incident
Georgia starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has been suspended for the season opener against Clemson after he was implicated in an incident involving marijuana possession and use in a Georgia dorm room on May 15.
Coach Mark Richt announced the suspension during SEC spring meetings on Monday.
Harvey-Clemons, who played in 14 games last season and won the starting role this spring, was in a dorm room with teammate Ty Flournoy-Smith, a sophomore tight end, when a resident hall assistant walked by and smelled marijuana coming out of the room. He called police, who found both players inside, but little evidence of marijuana after a search of the area.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who obtained the police report, Harvey-Clemons and Flournoy-Smith “exhibited signs of marijuana ingestion” and had bloodshot eyes. Officers found a plastic bag with remnants of what looked like marijuana and a digital scale. Players did admit they had “smoked a blunt.” But other than they’re admission, not hard evidence was found to detain them.
However, the incident was reported to the UGA’s Office of Student Conduct and police informed coach Mark Richt, who has yet to make a decision on punishment.
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The IRS Is Also Abusing 'Marijuana'
By Rob KampiaExecutive director, Marijuana Policy Project:
Many people were shocked by recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted organizations it perceived to be critical of the government.
I wasn't shocked in the least.
Long before the IRS began singling out groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names, "marijuana" was a political buzzword that elicited special attention from the IRS. Specifically, nonprofit organizations that contest the federal government's anti-marijuana policies and propaganda are the organizations that appear to experience more scrutiny than most.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), of which I am executive director, presents a perfect example. In 2000 and again in 2006, MPP was subjected to grueling audits, despite no evidence of faulty accounting or violations of the IRS' rules governing nonprofits.
The first stemmed from a letter sent to the IRS in 1998 by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who has spent a good part of her career advocating for the criminalization of marijuana users, including me.
Her reason for questioning MPP's tax-exempt status? She received a letter from a single constituent who wrote this to her: "The idea that a bunch of pot purveyors can raise money like this on a tax exempt basis is offensive."
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How Colorado plans to regulate the pot market
Colorado made history Tuesday when Governor John Hickenlooper signed six bills into law that will govern the cultivation, sale, and taxation of recreational marijuana, creating the first legal framework in the U.S. for recreational marijuana use.
Last November, Coloradans voted to approve a constitutional amendment on recreational marijuana. The measure, Amendment 64, will allow Colorado adults–21 and older–to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use from specialty marijuana dispensaries (which could open as soon as January) and to grow up to six marijuana plants–with only three flowering at a given time–in their homes.
Video surveillance of pot growing will become established by an agency that will oversee seed-to-sale tracking next year.
The measure also limits possession up to an ounce for personal use. And selling marijuana without a license, purchasing marijuana from a party who is not licensed as well as public use of marijuana will remain illegal.
For the first few months, Colorado’s marijuana industry be restricted to individuals and shops licensed to sell or produce medical marijuana. Licenses will be granted only to residents of two years, and investors will also need to meet the residency requirements.
The new regulations also establish a legal limit to how much marijuana an individual can have in his or her system while driving–comparable to blood-alcohol levels. Drivers would violate the law if their bloodstream contains more than 5 nanograms per milliliter of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.
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