Hornsby Cannabis Bust

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 8th 2010 by THCFinder

Marijuana plants worth almost $1m were found in a home in Hornsby this morning along with a carpet python and several other animals allowed to live in disgusting conditions. Police officers arrived in Noble St at 7.30 in the morning where they found 185 cannabis plants being grown in a make shift hydroponic facility under a dilapidated home. They also found an amount of dry cannabis but the plants themselves are estimated by police to be worth roughly $925,000 street value.

Hornsby Council have also condemned the house which police said was covered in faeces from dogs and cats left to live in appalling conditions. Energy Australia attended and will prosecute the owner for bypassing the electrical grid to steal electricity.

The house at the end of a small cul-de-sac was run down and overgrown but had Christmas lights erected. A large amount of music equipment was piled up inside the open garage. It is thought the owner had been working as a DJ. A 24-year-old man will face Hornsby Local Court later today charged with cultivating a commercial amount of cannabis and supplying a prohibited drug.


Michigan Ave. Becoming Medical Marijuana Row

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 7th 2010 by THCFinder

More than 60 medical marijuana businesses are registered with the city of Lansing, and 11 of them are on Michigan Ave. between US-127 and the river.

And that's not sitting well with many who live in the neighborhoods nearby.  The Eastside Neighborhood Organization is made up of a handful of groups that represent all of Lansing's east side.  The group sent Lansing City Council a letter last week, urging members to vote in favor of a ban on new medical marijuana establishments.

"I don't think they should all be clustered together, when we're trying make Michigan Ave. better," said Nancy Mahlow, the Eastside Neighborhood Organization president.

James Lerma opened Evolve Medical Marijuana Services two months ago, rushing to beat the moratorium.  He vows to be a good neighbor, and plans to open his space to artists and bands.

"I hope the community embraces me, because I'm embracing them," Lerma said.

But neighborhood groups aren't happy about Michigan Ave., the gateway to the Capitol, turning into Lansing's medical pot capital.

"What does it say to our visitors, when they drive up and down, and all they see is medical marijuana?" Mahlow asked.




Full Court Press against marijuana growing

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 6th 2010 by THCFinder

That's what Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman is orchestrating on the Mendocino National Forest --- which is odd, if you think about it. Shouldn't that be the feds' job?

The effort aims to include Tehama and Trinity counties --- where the Mendo's northernmost reaches sprawl. Here's the Lake County Record-Bee's report:

UKIAH -- Mendocino County Sheriff-Coroner Tom Allman introduced the plan for a six-county, multi-agency operation to eliminate marijuana growth in the Mendocino National Forest publicly for the first time Thursday during a two-day symposium in Ukiah.

The operation, which will be called "Operation Full Court Press," will coordinate the efforts of the six affected counties (Lake, Mendocino, Trinity, Tehama, Colusa and Glenn) with state and federal agencies to reclaim the public lands, Allman said.

"We're not going into this without partners," Allman said Thursday to more than 50 symposium guests at the Hampton Inn Ukiah. "This program is going to be highly successful."

The operation would include coordinated intelligence gathering, organized eradication and reclamation of the federal lands from illegal growers of marijuana, Allman said.


Colorado medical marijuana making way into Nebraska

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 5th 2010 by THCFinder

Dude, you're not in Colorado anymore.

So you can put your license for legal marijuana away. Because that stopped being legal, oh, about the time you passed Julesburg and crossed the Nebraska border.

A gap in Colorado law is allowing growers to produce far more medical marijuana than patients can legally possess. And some of the surplus is finding its way into Nebraska.

"We've seen it here in the city of Scottsbluff, and we've seen it in the southern Panhandle, and we've seen it around the Sidney area," said Scottsbluff Police Chief Alex Moreno, also a coordinator of an 11-county drug task force.

It's showing up during traffic stops, in drug busts and in cases a prosecutor won't yet discuss. And while it's not pouring over the border, there is enough for law officers to take notice.

"It's not like it's a tidal wave, but it's here and there based on reports I received from officers assigned to the drug task force," Moreno said.

Colorado is making national news for its efforts to regulate the production of medical marijuana, considering, for instance, whether the pot's potency should be tested and labeled. It's also considering standards for pesticide use and rules for organic labeling.

But none of that addresses the legal loophole leading to surplus supplies of medical marijuana.

Licensed patients -- and there were more than 90,000 of them this summer, according to the state of Colorado -- are allowed to have 2 ounces of usable marijuana and up to three mature plants.

The problem? A single mature plant can produce up to a pound of usable marijuana under ideal conditions, according to Colorado's I-News Network.

And even if each plant produced just 3 to 8 ounces, the statewide surplus could reach 64 tons.

Which has to go somewhere.

So why not Nebraska's Panhandle?

"I know there's actually medicinal marijuana that's come into our county," said Scotts Bluff Deputy County Attorney Scott Blaha. In fact, he's getting ready to prosecute a case involving Colorado pot, but that's all he'll say about that.

Officers are finding it on the highway, too.

"They'll have a card that says they can possess it in Colorado," said Lt. Lance Rogers of the Nebraska State Patrol. "But we don't have that law, so we cite them. Does it happen on a regular basis? Sure."

And by regular basis, he said, he means sometimes once a week, sometimes twice a month.

Because of the small amounts, his troopers typically seize the pot, write a ticket and send drivers on their way.

"They're not smugglers," Rogers said. "It's mainly for personal use."

Moreno, the Scottsbluff chief, said his officers are seeing Colorado pot on two fronts -- small amounts intended for personal use, and larger amounts intended to be sold.

And in at least one case, it might not be the higher grade medical marijuana at all.

In July, investigators searched a Scottsbluff trailer and found more than 100 Ecstasy tablets, a bag of illegal mushrooms and several bags of marijuana in so-called smelly-proof bags, according to court documents.

Sgt. Dana Korell of the Nebraska State Patrol said an informant told officers the pot was medical marijuana.

But the prosecutor wasn't so sure. One of the bags was simply labeled "medical" with a black Sharpie.

Maybe just a dealer's attempt, said Blaha, to upsell his lower-grade pot.



Lawmaker mulls measure that establishes pot driving impairment level

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 5th 2010 by THCFinder

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A state lawmaker is considering introducing a measure that would establish a marijuana driving impairment level similar to the 0.08 blood alcohol level.

The Denver Post reports that Boulder Democrat Rep. Claire Levy plans to sponsor a measure that sets the threshold for the active ingredient of marijuana in the bloodstream at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

Vagueness in current state law plus concern over the rising use of medical marijuana prompted the ColoradoCommission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to draft a proposal.

Several states have zero-tolerance policies for THC or its metabolites, while Pennsylvania and handful of other states have established a 5 nanogram per milliliter of blood limit.


Spanish Cannabis Club May Have A Hard Future

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 5th 2010 by THCFinder

A Spanish club that allows members to smoke marijuana joints has opened in Madrid, but its future is uncertain due to imminent anti-smoking laws. The Private Cannabis Club opened last month within a Madrid bar and restaurant and is run by an association that argues it is within the bounds of a law that allows consumption of cannabis if it is in private.




“We do not allow the public in, it is strictly a private association so we only allow in members,” Spokeswoman Alicia Mendez said from the club located near the Spanish airport. She continued to say that “We do not sell drugs nor do we promote the consumption of drugs. We are simply a place where people with a shared interest meet.”


Personal consumption of marijuana in private was legal, however, mendez said, and members were allowed to do so inside the private club, which had been registered as an association. “The consumption of cannabis is not only for recreational but also therapeutic,” she said. So this is just one step closer to true legalization as all we can do is wait to see what the Spanish authorities to if they even do anything.



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