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Fri
25
Dec

Feds Lift Medical Marijuana Prohibition

The federal government quietly ended its prohibition of medical marijuana last Friday as President Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed earlier in the day by Congress.
Section 538 of 1,603-page document states that none of the funds made available for the Department of Justice may be used to prevent states from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.

Fri
25
Dec

Pot shots: The long war over marijuana legalization

 

By 1971, marijuana’s scent hung over most of Canada. Some 1.5 million folks had taken at least one drag on a joint. Hundreds of thousands were regularly firing up, grooving to Three Dog Night and learning from the leaked Pentagon Papers that the U.S. administration had lied about the Vietnam War.

Convictions for simple pot possession exploded: from 431 in 1967 to 5,399 in 1970 and 8,389 in 1971. More than half were against otherwise law-abiding baby boomers under 21 who would now carry criminal records along with their university degrees.

Fri
25
Dec

NDLEA Intercepts Cannabis-Laden Truck In Ogun, Nabs Two

The Ogun State command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has impounded a truck load of cannabis sativa packaged as biscuits and cheese balls.

The 3,542.25kg bags of banned narcotics were intercepted by officials of the NDLEA at the Odeda axis of Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government in Ogun State.

Two suspects – Ihenacho Chinweuba (27) and Uche Enuosa (33) – were arrested in connection with the seizure.

The Ogun NDLEA Commander, Bala Fagge, said the shipment was meant for consumption in Ogun and Lagos states.

“A white Mercedes Benz Truck with registration No: Lagos KJA132XN was intercepted at Odeda axis of Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government.

Fri
25
Dec

Domestic situation leads police to pot plants, illegal firearm

SPRINGFIELD, Mich. — What started as a domestic situation Thursday evening eventually lead Calhoun County Deputies to discover and seize over a pound of marijuana, several plants, and a firearm.

Around 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Deputies were called out to the 200 block area of 24th Street for a domestic problem, where several “unwanted subjects” were reportedly present.

The person who had originally called in the complaint had told dispatchers that one of the people there was involved in selling illegal drugs.

When Deputies arrived on scene they observed what they say was evidence of said illegal drugs. They then obtained a search warrant for the residence and performed a more thorough search.

Fri
25
Dec

$1.1 Trillion Budget to Impact People in Pain, Medical Marijuana, Veterans and Medical Device ...

When President Obama signed a huge tax and spending law to keep the government running and avoid a year-end budget showdown, there were a few things tucked into the $1.1 trillion law that directly impact people in chronic pain – namely medical marijuana, veterans who need opioids, and tax breaks for medical device manufacturers.

DOJ to Back-Off on Medical Marijuana Criminal Action

The bill blocks the Department of Justice from taking criminal action against individuals and organizations that are licensed in states that have passed medical marijuana laws.

Fri
25
Dec

Council directs staff to prohibit marijuana

Yucaipa City Council gave direction to staff to prohibit marijuana cultivation in all zones in the city in a special study session held Monday, Dec. 14.

The study session was held as a result of Governor Brown’s recent Medical Marijuana Reg­ulation and Safety Act, which essentially establishes state licensing requirements for the cultivation, distribution and transportation of medical marijuana. It allows for local control by cities.

If, by March 1, 2016, a city choses not to establish its own set of regulations or prohibits cultivating marijuana, then the state will become the licensing authority.

Fri
25
Dec

Two Arrested while Selling 295 Bags of Cannabis Worth N35m for Christmas

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Ogun State have arrested two suspected drug peddlers
while attempting to sell 295 bags of cannabis estimated at N35m.
 
 
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects, Ihenacho Chinweuba, 27 and 33-year-old Uche Enuosa, were on Monday taking the narcotic to some parts of the state and Lagos for marketing when officials of the agency swooped on them in the Ijebu Igbo area.
 
It was gathered that the suspects had loaded a truck with bags of the drug, and covered them with some cartons of biscuits to evade arrest.
 
Fri
25
Dec

Cannabis grow house on wheels busted by breath test

A random breath test and a familiar odour have revealed a cannabis grow house being lugged around in a rental truck.

Police made the discovery at a breath-testing site on Longfield Street in Stawell about 8.10pm on Thursday.

After intercepting the truck a suspicious smell prompted police to search the vehicle.

Inside they found 50 cannabis plants, all about a metre tall, 50 transformers and other crop-growing equipment.

The driver, a 25-year-old Elizabeth South man, was charged with drug offences and will face the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

 

Thu
24
Dec

Raising minimum wage, marijuana may end up on 2016 ballot in Ohio

Issues such as marijuana legalization and raising the minimum wage may end up on Ohio ballots in November 2016, impacting presidential election turnout.

Political operators in swing state Ohio are eyeing hot-button ballot issues that could drive voter turnout for their candidates, similar to a tactic used successfully in 2004 when a gay marriage ban propelled conservative voters to the polls and helped Republican George W. Bush win Ohio and the White House.

The race in Ohio was one of the closest in the nation in 2004, where George W. Bush defeated John Kerry, 51-49 percent.

Thu
24
Dec

Federal Health Company Makes MJ Scheduling Suggestion

The U.S. Department of Health and Person Services (HHS) has obviously weighed in on where marijuana ought to appear on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of controlled substances– a significant issue for the marijuana industry.

However it’s not yet clear exactly what position the firm took.

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