Cannabis Fueling Bay Crime
Bay of Plenty police fear the onset of warmer weather will create a boom in the region’s illicit cannabis industry, which they say fuels other crime in the area. Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow of the Bay of Plenty Organized Crime Squad says “cannabis is still the most widely used drug in New Zealand”. “The impact of cannabis in Bay of Plenty communities is wide reaching and beyond the individual user, and it often translates into other areas of crime such as burglary, stolen cars, serious violence and intimidation.” “This is why targeting organized criminals making a living from the manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs is an ongoing focus for Bay of Plenty police.”
A group of four youths aged 12to 14 were apprehended following a spate of vehicle break-ins just outside the CBD. “These kids had been stealing to pay for cannabis for their own use. This is a particularly a sad example, because it illustrates that young kids are already using cannabis and in addition, are committing crimes in order to do so.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow of the Bay of Plenty gave a statement informing residents around the area how to detect growers and or farmers of the crop. This is just one more move in the Bay of Plenty to help crack down on the crime which is unfortunately being associated with marijuana.
Smoking Marijuana As A Teen May Have Lasting Brain Effects
Recently Scientists have been conducting tests on different drug responses in teenagers and in adults. Now it’s a known fact that teenagers will experience different side affects to taking drugs than adults would. Recently the tests though have been revolving around marijuana where speculations say that smoking pot may lead to lasting brain effects in teenagers rather than in adults.
A study presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, in San Diego last week, shows people who start using marijuana at a young age have more cognitive shortfalls. Also, the more marijuana a person used in adolescence, the more trouble they had with focus and attention. Staci Gruber the study author quoted the following “Early onset smokers have a different pattern of brain activity, plus got far fewer correct answers in a row and made way more errors on certain cognitive tests”.
Her study evaluated 29 non-smokers and 35 chronic marijuana smokers 20 began smoking pot regularly before age 16 while 15 started smoking after age 16. All were about 22 years old when the study was conducted. They were asked to perform a card-sorting task where they were shown four cards that differed in color, shape, and number. While the smokers performed tasks quickly, they did not learn from their errors when corrected. We do not encourage people to smoke marijuana but for all of you who are underage smokers, try to take a break before turning “Chronic” smokers as it may just take it toll on you later on in life.
Dozen People Arrested In Polk For Selling 'Fake Pot
The products, with names like K2, Cloud Nine, Black Mamba and Kryptonite, are marketed as incense and available in convenience stores, tobacco shops, and on the Internet. It's legal to sell K2 in Florida except within the jurisdiction of Polk County. On Thursday Sheriff Judd held a press conference to announce that his deputies had arrested 12 people for selling K2 or similar products in the Polk County Region. The undercover sting marks the first time in Polk and possibly Florida where people were arrested for hawking the mixture of herbs, spices and other plant material.
At the press conference Sheriff Judd commented that "The sellers clearly know it is being smoked with the purpose of getting high". Sheriff Judd continued to say that "K2 is not simply some incense. It's not some little flower plant. It's a chemical compound on that flower."
The dried plant matter is sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids before being packaged and sold. The dozen store owners or clerks arrested this week were charged with selling an imitation controlled substance, a third degree felony. Law enforcement agencies typically use that charge to arrest people who, for example, sell baking soda as cocaine. Judd submitted the cases for review before undercover detectives checked stores selling K2. Both agencies agreed selling the products "was a violation of the law," the sheriff said. Prosecutors said they think the charges will hold up in court.
Going Dutch! Marijuana Cafes Could Close To Foreigners
For many of years now Holland and mainly Amsterdam has been thought of to be the weed capital of the world, In Amsterdam you can find every possible strain of cannabis that you could possibly dream of. Amsterdam itself attracts more then a million British tourists each year alone all of them seeking the legal high that they could not possibly get in their own country, But all of this could possibly change within the near future. There has been talks now that the Dutch Justice Minister is thinking about turning all of the coffee shops in Amsterdam to be Dutch only which could possibly be terrible news for Holland.
The Dutch Justice Minister Mr. Ivo Opstelten said that "Of course tourists are welcome to visit the Netherlands but not only to visit the coffee shops," he also further commented "In the near future, if we work out the processes, the coffee shops will not be accessible to tourists." The justice ministry confirmed the intention to implement the new coalition government's manifesto pledge within the run of the current parliament. For years Britons wishing to sample such herbal offerings that Amsterdam has to offer have been served by bus companies such as Dam Express. A local coffee shop owner quoted that 99% of all of his clients were in fact foreigners and such bans would literally destroy his business.
Driver In Fatal Crash Had 150 lbs Of Marijuana In Car
A man who was arrested last week after a high speed chase on Interstate 10 was accused of having more than $84,000 worth of marijuana in his vehicle, authorities said. Joel O. Morando, 25, was arrested Nov. 11 after he led Arizona Department of Public Safety officers on a 30-mile chase down Interstate 10 before rear ending a pickup truck and crashing near the Avra Valley exit. The driver of the pickup truck, Ronald Papanikolas aged 31 from Magna, Utah, was thrown from the cab of the truck and died at the scene.
The incident reportedly started after a K9 officer pulled Morando over on westbound Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak for following too closely. The officer walked the exterior of the vehicle with the dog before the dog alerted to the vehicle’s trunk. Morando reportedly ran to his vehicle and fled while the officer was waiting for backup units to arrive. The suspect sped down interstate 10 towards Tucson with the officer in pursuit before hitting the pickup truck. There was approximately 153 pounds of marijuana in Morando’s vehicle. Morando is facing charges of first degree murder, felony endangerment, criminal damage, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of marijuana.
2 Convicted In Record Marijuana Bust
Two florida men have recently been arrested on federal charges for one of the largest marijuana busts in state history. It is reported that the two men Stanley Narcisse Aged 36 from Winter Garden and Eric Emmanuel aged 35 from Pemmbroke Pines were in possession of roughly 6,500 pounds of Cannabis. This amount holds a street value of roughly 6.5 Million dollars. The two men were arrested after they failed to pull into a weighing station on East Hanover Township on January the 31st.
After having been pulled over and arrested on felony drug possession and intent to distribute it was later realized that the two men had been driving a stolen truck from the Atlanta area. The trucks goods were loaded onto the trailer in Tuscon, Arizona and were being transported to Connecticut. At the time of the stop Narcisse was on bail for similar charges in Arizona after a tractor trailer he was operating in May 2009 was found to contain about 1,000 pounds of Marijuana. Both men are serving life imprisonment and a sentence date has not yet been scheduled.
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