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Man gets 10 years for growing marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Another sad story of a person getting a harsh jail sentence for growing Marijuana, a plant that has been proven time after time to have medicinal properties that can save peoples lives!
 
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA — A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for growing marijuana.
 
Fifty-four-year-old Floyd Everett Harshman was sentenced Thursday for growing marijuana in 19 greenhouses along the Elliott Highway.
 
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/hbseRB) says the sentence is the minimum for the crimes that Harshman pleaded guilty to. He admitted operating a more than 100-plant marijuana grow and having a firearm while committing a drug crime.
 
Harshman has been unsuccessful in withdrawing his guilty plea. Federal District Court Judge Ralph Beistline told Harshman that he got a good deal and has been treated fairly by the courts.
 

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3,000 pounds of marijuana found in shipment of cucumber

Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
CALEXICO, Calif. (KSWT News 13) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 2,791 pounds of marijuana hidden in a shipment of cucumbers.
 
An officer working at the Calexico cargo facility on January 17 asked a man to pull over for a more in-depth inspection of his tractor, which was pulling a trailer full of cucumbers.
 
During the inspection, a narcotics detecting dog alerted officers to the boxes of cucumber. 
 
Officers searched the boxes and found 336 wrapped packages of marijuana mixed in with the cucumbers. 
 
CBP says the drugs are valued at about $1.7 million.
 
The drug smuggler, who is a 36-year-old resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.
 

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Marijuana Possession Arrests Exceed Violent Crime Arrests

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
Americans are shifting on marijuana. More than half of them think it should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes, 18 states have passed legislation approving it for medical use and Washington State and Colorado have legalized it for recreational use, but it remains illegal under federal law. And the arrests continue — one every 42 seconds, and 86 percent of those are simply for possession, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.
 
In 2011, marijuana possession arrests totaled 663,032 — more than arrests for all violent crimes combined. Possession arrests have nearly doubled since 1980, according to an FBI report, while teen marijuana use recently reached a 30-year high.
 
President Obama said last month that going after recreational pot users in states where it is legal is not "a top priority" for his administration, which echoes a promise he made in 2008 not to interfere with states' medical marijuana laws. Since then, his administration has aggressively targeted dispensaries that are in compliance with state law.
 
Taxpayers have shouldered the cost of arresting and incarcerating hundreds of thousands of people for the possession of marijuana, often in small quantities for personal use. Some national estimates put the annual cost of marijuana arrests above $10 billion, and low-level arrests for marijuana possession cost New York City alone $75 million in 2010. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed decriminalizing possession of 15 grams or less — even when flashed in public view — last week in his State of the State address.
 

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Montana police seek marijuana impairment test for drivers

Category: News | Posted on Thu, January, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
HELENA - Lawmakers on Thursday were considering a renewed effort to test drivers suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana - a measure law enforcement agents said is necessary to deal with an increase in such cases.
 
Republican Rep. Doc Moore of Missoula said his House Bill 168 provides a legal limit for the amount of THC - an ingredient of marijuana - that can be in a person's blood while operating a motor vehicle.
 
He argued the measure is just aimed at enduring streets are safe, not at the debate over medical marijuana.
 
"No one of us has the right to take a chemical, alcohol or anything and drive impaired," he told the House Judiciary Committee. "We need to set some standards and level to protect the citizens of Montana."
 
There was no immediate action on the proposal, which died the last time the Legislature met in 2011. House Judiciary Committee chairman Kreyton Kerns said he needs to see scientific proof this time around that there is a connection between THC levels and impairment.
 
"This bill died last time because we were getting the Legislature ahead of the science," Kerns told backers of the bill. "I am going to need to see that science."
 
Sarah Braseth, a forensic toxicologist at the state crime lab, acknowledged there is still controversy about marijuana impairment.
 
The state crime lab already tests blood samples in drunk driving and other cases for levels of THC. County attorneys and others argued it is time to use the information and set a threshold of impairment for pot just as there is with alcohol.
 

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G3 medical marijuana co-defendants all facing prison time

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 15th 2013 by THCFinder

Another sad story of the failed war on drugs and the horrible outcome that comes from this ridiculous fight.

Aaron Sandusky, the former owner of the G3 Holistic medical marijuana dispensary, was sentenced Jan. 7 to 10 years in prison for operating facilities in Upland, Colton and Moreno Valley.

Sandusky was convicted in October on federal charges of conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
 
Five other defendants in the case pleaded guilty before the trial began.
 
Here's an update on their cases:
 
 
Name: Paul Neumann Brownbridge, 30, of Upland
 
Plea: Guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Admitted that the scheme involved more than 1,000 plants.
 
Faces: 10 years to life
 
Sentencing date: April 15
 
Bio: Worked at G3's Ontario warehouse.
 
 
 
Name: Brandon Anton Gustafson, 31, of Yucaipa
 
Plea: Guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises
 
Faces: Maximum sentence of 20 years
 
Sentencing: Jan. 28
 
Bio: Worked at G3's Ontario warehouse
 
 
 
Name: Richard Irwin Kirchnavy, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga
 
Plea: Guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Admitted the scheme involved more than 1,000 plants.
 
Faces: 10 years to life
 
Sentencing date: Feb. 25
 
Bio: Worked at G3's Ontario warehouse.
 
 
 
Name: John Leslie Nuckolls II, 32, of Rialto
 
Plea: Guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Admitted that the scheme involved more than 1,000 plants.
 
Faces: 10 years to life
 
Sentencing date: Jan. 28
 
Bio: Founder and owner of G3 Holistic and called himself its chief financial officer.
 
 
 
Name: Keith Alan Sandusky, 45, of Rancho Cucamonga
 
Plea: Guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Admitted that the scheme involved more than 1,000 plants.
 
Faces: 10 years to life
 
Sentencing date: March 18
 
Bio: Aaron Sandusky's brother was in charge of the day-to-day marijuana distribution of G3 Holistic.
 

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Marijuana link to lower IQ is disputed

Category: News | Posted on Tue, January, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
NEW YORK -- A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ.
 
The author of the new paper says pot might not have anything to do with the mental decline seen in the original study, and that other factors may be to blame.
 
The original study included more than 1,000 people who'd been born in the town of Dunedin, New Zealand. Their IQ was tested at ages 13 and 38, and they were asked about marijuana use periodically between those ages.
 
Participants who said they were dependent on pot by age 18 showed a drop in IQ score between ages 13 and 38, according to researchers at Duke University and elsewhere. Their report, which got wide attention last August, suggested pot is harmful to the adolescent brain.
Not so fast, says the new analysis, published online Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
Ole Rogeberg of the Ragnar Frisch Center for Economic Research in Oslo, says the IQ trend might have emerged from differences among the study participants in socioeconomic factors like income, education and occupation.
 
He based his paper on a computer simulation. Drawing on results of earlier research, It traced the potential effects of those socioeconomic factors on IQ. He found patterns that looked just like what the Duke study found for smoking marijuana.
In an interview, Rogeberg said he's not claiming that his alternative explanation is definitely right, just that the methods and evidence in the original study aren't enough to rule it out. He suggested further analyses the researchers could do with their data.
 
The Duke scientists, who learned of Rogeberg's paper late last week, say they conducted new statistical tests that ruled out his explanation.
 
Rogeberg says they need to do still more work to truly rule it out.
 

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