Spanish Town Votes On Pot For Debt
Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 11th 2012 by THCFinder
Can you imagine if our government got smart and realized the same thing...we could help pull this country out of debt by legalizing a simple little plant that has been with us for ages!
MADRID -- An adviser to a Spanish village that had considered growing marijuana to pay off debt may still do so, even though 'yes' votes in a referendum prevailed but fell short of the minimum set by the mayor.
The people of Rasquera in the northeast Catalonia region voted 56 percent in favor and 44 percent against in Tuesday's referendum.
The mayor had set 75 percent as the minimum level of support, and said he would resign if this were not achieved. Now he is apparently backtracking.
Mayor Bernat Pallisa said Wednesday he is delaying any decision. The adviser, Jose Maria Insausti, said meetings of the seven-member town council over the next two days should determine if Rasquera leases land as planned for the growing of pot to pay off its (EURO)1.3 million debt.
Feds: Sick not in our sights, but growers are
Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 9th 2012 by THCFinder
Cancer patients don’t have to fear a knock on the door from feds toting guns and search warrants should the Massachusetts Legislature or voters legalize medical marijuana this year — but White House and U.S. Department of Justice officials tell the Herald they won’t turn a blind eye to others who break federal laws, including doctors and state-sanctioned treatment centers.
“Marijuana is against federal law and, as you know, that is what we enforce,” said Kevin Lane, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division. “DEA has never targeted the sick or dying. Cultivation of marijuana is against federal law and if organizations or groups choose to cultivate marijuana they will be subject to arrest.”
President Obama, criticized for recent federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries in California, believes “that while the prosecution of drug traffickers is a core priority, targeting individuals with cancer and serious illnesses is not the best allocation of federal law enforcement resources,” said a White House official. Republican front-runner Mitt Romney’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said, “While this office does not intend to focus its limited resources on seriously ill individuals who use marijuana as part of a medically recommended treatment program in compliance with state law, individuals and organizations who are in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, will be in violation of federal law and be subject to federal enforcement.”
Judge won't order Santa Monica business license for medical marijuana test lab
Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A judge has refused to order a Santa Monica business license for a medical marijuana test laboratory.
Golden State Collective owner Richard McDonald sued the city last month because he couldn't get a business license.
The collective tests pot for THC levels as well as mold, bacteria and pesticide content. Growers and dispensaries use his service to make sure their marijuana is safe and potent.
It isn't a dispensary and doesn't sell pot.
The Santa Monica Daily Press (http://bit.ly/HlH9cq ) says the judge dismissed the suit on Tuesday, saying it shouldn't have been filed until the city denied the business license on appeal.
The court also says McDonald sought the license on the basis that California law allowed him to do so, even though the 1996 law doesn't mention testing facilities.
Marijuana Users Are Safer Drivers Than Non-Marijuana Users, New Study Shows
Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 6th 2012 by THCFinder
In a recent study, 4AutoinsuranceQuote.org, a national quote provider for online car insurance quotes, cites a strong correlation between traffic-related accidents and marijuana use. The study, which looks at statistics regarding accidents, traffic violations, and insurance prices, seeks to dispel the thought that "driving while stoned" is dangerous.
In the study, 4AutoInsuranceQuote.org points out that the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving. 4AutoInsuranceQuote.org says, while referencing a study by the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), that driving slower "is arguably a positive thing" and that driving under the influence of marijuana "might even make you a safer driver." A similar study by the NHTSA shows that drivers with THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in their system have accident responsibility rates below that of drug free drivers.
$2.1 Million Of Marijuana Seized During Traffic Stop
Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 5th 2012 by THCFinder
CLINTON COUNTY, Ohio --
A man from Mexico is facing felony drug charges after troopers seized 538 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Clinton County.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, troopers stopped a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country minivan for a registration violation on Interstate 71 north in Clinton County at 4:07 p.m. Wednesday.
Criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle.
A search revealed 24 bundles of marijuana, worth more than $2.1 million.
The driver, David A. Gutierrez, 25, of Chihuahua, Mexico, was charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.
The suspect was taken to the Clinton County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.
Oaksterdam University Pledges to Re-open After Federal Raid on Marijuana Leader
Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
What many saw as the inevitable hit Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee on Monday, when federal agents came knocking at the home and businesses of the man who has become the marijuana movement's de-facto figurehead.
After Lee revived a moribund part of downtown Oakland with a school dedicated to the pot trade and used proceeds from the business to try and legalize marijuana with Proposition 19 in 2010, U.S. Marshals and agents from the IRS and DEA raided all of the downtown Oakland businesses connected to "General" Lee: Oaksterdam University, medical marijuana dispensary Coffeeshop Blue Sky, and a plant nursery connected to the dispensary.
"We sort of expected this in 2010 -- not 2012," said Jeff Jones, Lee's co-proponent on Prop. 19 and proprietor of the nearby Patient ID Center. Following Prop 19's historic defeat, federal prosecutors had forced Blue Sky to relocate once, and IRS agents had audited Lee, who spent over $1 million of his own money to put Prop. 19 on the ballot.
Lee was detained at his home and released. No arrests were made, and federal agents said the search warrant and reasons for the raid are sealed by a judge.
The school will attempt to hold final classes for the semester as scheduled on Wednesday, even though the final project -- a crop of marijuana ready for harvest, intended for an MS patient -- was seized by authorities. Whether Blue Sky will reopen -- and what chilling effect the raids will have on the movement -- is still unclear.
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