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#OpCannabis: Anonymous Pushing Marijuana for 4/20

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
Not every innocuous schoolboy joke becomes a worldwide cultural phenomenon, but this one -- 4/20, 4-20, four twenty -- has had legs since it began 41 years ago at San Rafael High in Marin County.
 
This year, the universal code for marijuana use is being co-opted by everyone's favorite "hacktivist" collective, the masked men and women at Anonymous. The group announced an "operation" for this Friday called Operation Cannabis, stylized as #OpCannabis.
 
Thus far, websites have been hacked, YouTube videos have been uploaded, and cannabis smokers have been asked to turn their social media profiles green. But what else can we expect?
 
 
 
 
 
It may be worthwhile to note that #OpCannabis first appeared on the web last summer, when a pair of YouTube videos claiming association with Anonymous appeared in August. Since then, Anonymous announced Phase 1 of Operation Cannabis last week, with some website hacking announced as Phase 2 over the weekend.
 
In its latest OpCannabis video, Anonymous decries marijuana's subjugation by the corporate and political establishment, and urges participants in the operation to go visible with turning their social media profiles green. That's not quite like hacking into government websites or shutting down a few BART trains -- two actions Anonymous has been associated with recently.
 
But it may be enough. And what can the general citizenry do to assist, aside from attend drum circles, visit a favorite medical cannabis dispensary, or flaunt the magic plant?
 
Some might call this slacktivism -- to sign a petition demanding President Barack Obama undo the War on Drugs, reschedule marijuana, and halt the attacks on state-legal medical marijuana as well as turn their Facebook profiles green for the day. But consider this: Even with the full legal protection offered by medical marijuana states, this is a substance that can get a person removed from employment, disqualify them from housing, and otherwise wreck a life if the authorities so decree. 
 

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Police Say Grandmother Is Marijuana Ring Dealer

Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 13th 2012 by THCFinder
CRAIG COUNTY, Oklahoma - A 73-year-old woman was arrested after sheriff's deputies searched her home and found marijuana and $278,000 in cash. A four-month investigation led investigators to what they say is the biggest player in the Grand Lake area drug trade. "We feel like this is a really big operation," said Sheriff Jimmie Sooter. 
 
The money was seized along with four pounds of marijuana from a house and vehicle belonging to Darlene Mayes, a 73-year-old grandmother. "It was just like shock. I can't believe this. This is a lady my grandmother's age, and I could never in a million years picture my own grandmother doing this," said Bobby Floyd, Vinita Police Chief. 
 
Investigators say older folks are becoming more active in drug trafficking. They don't raise as much suspicion and more are turning to drugs as a way to make extra money in their golden years. "Don't put an age limit on the investigation, because anything can happen," Floyd said. 
 
In this case, it goes well beyond supplementing retirement. That's clear by all the cash. "It's hard to imagine anyone having that much cash just laying around the house," Sooter said. 
 
Investigators say the 73-year-old grandmother is likely responsible for 40 percent of the marijuana trade in the Grand Lake area, which has gotten worse in the last couple of years. "She was one of the tops of the totem pole in this area for northeastern Oklahoma," said Vinita Police Chief Bobby Floyd. "I think she was a big factor in the drug trade." 
 
Darlene Mayes is being held on several drug complaints and will likely be charged with drug trafficking.
 

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NFL Bans Marijuana Yet Strong, Dangerous Painkillers Okay

Category: News | Posted on Thu, April, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
We’ve reported on various NFL players who have been fined and suspended for their marijuana use. The latest player to be punished is Detroit Lions’ running back Mikel Leshoure:
The Detroit Lions running back, who missed his entire 2011 rookie season with a torn Achilles tendon, was arrested twice in less than a month on charges of marijuana possession in Michigan this offseason. In the latest incident, Leshoure failed to show for arraignment on Monday. Police reports indicate he tried to eat the marijuana he had on him during a traffic stop.
 
But Leshoure has been in trouble for marijuana use before. As the NFP’s Dan Pompei reported a year ago, Leshoure was suspended for a game at Illinois in 2009 after he tested positive for marijuana. Then Illini coach Ron Zook suspended Leshoure for the 2009 season opener against Illinois State. Hat tip to Philip Zaroo of MLive.com for not letting this sneak by.
 
Of course, Leshoure is just one of three 2011 draft picks for the Lions to be caught with marijuana this offseason. First-round draft pick Nick Fairley was arrested on Tuesday in Mobile, Ala. But Leshoure now has three strikes on him with the drug and will clearly be a target for the NFL after the court system finishes with Leshoure. Because this is his second arrest, he’s currently facing a felony charge.
 
Given the punishment these men’s bodies must endure, maybe marijuana use ought to be mandatory.  It would certainly be a safer option than getting these athletes hooked on prescription opiates:
 
A study commissioned by ESPN and assisted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows retired NFL players misuse painkillers at a rate of 4-to-1 compared to the general public.
 
Miami Dolphins tight end Dan Johnson’s teammates called him “King of Pain” because of the myriad injuries he suffered throughout his career from 1983 through 1987. He became addicted to painkillers after two back surgeries.
 
“I was taking about 1,000 Vicodins a month,” Johnson told ESPN. “People go, ‘That’s impossible. That’s crazy.’ No, it’s exactly what I was taking. I mean, believe me, I’d love to be off medications. That’s my worry every day, to make sure I have medication.”
 
More than half of the surveyed former players reported using prescription painkillers during their playing days. Of that same group, 71 percent admitted misusing the drugs during their time in the NFL.
 

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Boat full of marijuana washes up on Palm Beach

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 11th 2012 by THCFinder

Why can't i find boats full of Marijuana around me?

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A boat packed full of marijuana has washed ashore on Palm Beach.
 
Palm Beach Police say the boat was spotted at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday across from the Palm Beach Country Club.
 
The 22-foot fishing boat was loaded with 80 to 100 bundles of marijuana. A police spokesman tells The Palm Beach Post ( http://bit.ly/IFkNAk) the entire haul could be worth up to $2 million.
 
A Fort Lauderdale man is in custody in connection with the incident. He told police he had nothing to do with the boat.
 

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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.
 

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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.”
 

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