Auto insurance agency must pay for marijuana
MONTREAL – Quebec’s auto insurance protection agency has been ordered to pay $5,000 to a Quebec man so that he can grow and smoke marijuana in his home.
The man, whose name is protected under provincial law, suffered injuries after a car crash in 1986.
The man, in his 40s, initially requested insurance coverage for marijuana to help treat back spasms, as he said traditional medication did not work.
It was refused.
But in an unprecedented decision made by administrative
tribunal officials in Quebec, which hears appeals from citizens for decisions of provincial departments, said necessary steps must be taken to help with the rehabilitation of citizens injured in car crashes.
That means paying $5,000 for a hydroponic greenhouse in the man’s home, as well as covering water, electricity, plants and soil expenses.
The tribunal judges said this case was “special.”
In their decision, the two judges wrote that all previous medication prescribed for this man was ineffective, particularly for his spasms.
The man’s spine was badly damaged in the crash.
“The tribunal is well aware of the controversial attitudes regarding the therapeutic use of marijuana,” the judges wrote. “There is no medical consensus for this type of treatment. Therefore, we have to rely on the personal experiences of the people involved in order to appreciate the benefit of marijuana use.”
Officials from Quebec’s insurance regulator said smoking pot is not recognized by the medical community for its therapeutic use.
“This decision is essentially a first,” said a spokesperson for the agency. “We are studying the possibility of appealing the judgement.”
The man used to smoke marijuana illegally, which led to several arrests and criminal charges. He has since received a license from Health Canada to grow and smoke marijuana for personal use.
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Man reports theft of marijuana to police
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A California man reported the theft of 25 pounds of marijuana from his home to police, claiming the drugs were legally grown, authorities said.
Police in Newport Beach responded to a call from a resident about two men breaking into a neighbor's home, the Newport Beach Daily Pilot reported Friday.
When police located the homeowner, he reported boxes packed with marijuana worth about $50,000 were taken and that he had a permit allowing him to grow marijuana, police Sgt. Steve Burdette said.
Authorities said they would not identify the man because at this point he's considered the victim of a residential burglary.
Newport Beach does not have any kind of license or permit that allows people to grow marijuana, city attorney David Hunt said.
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Would-be smugglers planned to catapult drugs over border
The U.S. National Guard spotted would-be drug smugglers on video Jan. 21 near the Naco Border Patrol station along the Mexico-Arizona border setting up a catapult, which was probably intended to be used to launch marijuana over the border.
“This is definitely an unusual find,” U.S. Border Patrol agent Jason Rheinfrank told the Star on Thursday. “It’s definitely something new.”
The border agency released a clip of a video that shows the suspects setting up the catapult and testing it without putting anything in the catapult.
The National Guard then contacted the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, who contacted Mexican authorities. Mexican authorities arrived and “nothing was actually launched across the border,” Rheinfrank explained.
Officials seized an SUV, which was attached to the catapult on a trailer-like vehicle, and approximately 45 pounds of marijuana.
The suspects fled the area before they could be captured.
Police: Business cards led to drug bust
NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- New York police said they arrested two men accused of running a high-end cocaine and marijuana business they advertised with business cards.
Investigators said an informant found the business cards advertising the drug-dealing services of Thomas Zenon and Miguel Guzman in a New York University dorm, and undercover officers made 12 buys during a three-month period, the New York Daily News reported Friday.
Police said Zenon and Guzman, who were arrested Wednesday, had more than 200 customers in the Manhattan borough. The men were scheduled to be arraigned on drug charges Friday.
Officers said Guzman was en route to a delivery when he was arrested Wednesday and was holding 16 grams of cocaine, more than $1,600 cash and four cellphones. Zenon was arrested at a restaurant with more than $600 in addition to 20 bags of marijuana found in his car.
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