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Fri
22
May

Marin supervisors propose tough medical marijuana ordinance

An ordinance allowing up to three not-for-profit medical marijuana facilities in Marin’s unincorporated areas is under consideration by county officials, but it imposes so much red tape that only those who could comply with rigorous restrictions would qualify.

A top Marin medical marijuana attorney called the tentative proposal a step in the right direction, but several entrepreneurs in the medical marijuana “delivery” business called it far too restrictive.

“This is just the county’s way of doing nothing,” because no one would be able to qualify, a San Rafael marijuana purveyor said, speaking on condition his name not be used.

Fri
22
May

4 charged in marijuana manufacturing operation in Suffolk

Investigators say they found 129 marijuana plants, heroin, about $25,000 in cash and approximately $26,000 in gold bullion.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police say they arrested four people for a marijuana manufacturing operation after a narcotics search warrant was served at a Suffolk home.

Investigators say they found 129 marijuana plants, a significant amount of heroin and items related to the distribution of marijuana at the home located in the 2000 block of Meadow Country Road, Thursday.

Fri
22
May

RCMP seize marijuana and $35K cash from Igloolik home

RCMP seized more than 400 grams of marijuana and $35,000 cash from a home in Igloolik, Nunavut, on Wednesday. (RCMP)

Three people have been arrested in Igloolik, Nunavut, after RCMP seized more than 400 grams of marijuana and $35,000 cash from a home in the community.

Police​ executed a search warrant on Wednesday.

Drug paraphernalia were seized along with the marijuana and cash. Police say the drugs were meant for resale in Igloolik.

One woman and two men were arrested. The woman has been released and will appear in court. The two men remain in custody in Iqaluit.

Fri
22
May

Ecuador could become first country in hemisphere to legalize all drugs

Add Ecuador to a growing list of countries pushing back against the U.S. “war on drugs.”

A ruling party lawmaker recently introduced legislation that would make Ecuador the second country in the world — and the first in the Americas— to decriminalize the personal use of all drugs, from marijuana to cocaine to heroin.

The bill, presented by a lawmaker allied with President Rafael Correa, would regulate the consumption of over 100 substances and create a state agency to control the importation, exportation, production and cultivation of illegal drugs. Anyone interested in using or obtaining drugs would have to register with the agency.

Fri
22
May

RCMP dismantle marijuana grow-op in "hazardous" operation

RCMP have raided a commercial garage in Alonsa, west of Lake Manitoba, and dismantled a marijuana grow operation in a two-stage operation.

An RCMP statement described conditions inside the garage as "hazardous" and said officers from nearby Ste. Rose du Lac first had to vacate the building on Wednesday and disconnect power to ensure it was safe to go inside. 

Officers, bolstered by the RCMP Federal and Serious Organized Crime Unit, entered the property on Thursday and dismantled the grow-op, seizing 65 plants and drug paraphernalia.

A 45-year-old man from Alonsa, was arrested and charged with production of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. He has been released from custody and will appear in Dauphin Provincial Court on September 15.

Fri
22
May

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Moves Forward At Illinois State Level

The Illinois legislature is moving forward with a much-anticipated bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, but it still has a few steps to clear before arriving on the governor's desk.

The bill cleared the House last month, and the Senate voted 37-19 to approve the legislation Tuesday afternoon. But Sen Michael Noland, D-Elgin, one of the bill's sponsors, say they're still tweaking the language of it.

The possession of a small amount of pot—up to 15 grams, or about 25 joints—would go from a crime with a $2,500 fine and the potential for a year in jail to a penalty similar to a traffic ticket. That means offenders would face no court time and be fined closer to $125.

Fri
22
May

PTSD Pot Study Could Force Uncle Sam to Eat Crow

While Uncle Sam is still not convinced there is enough applicable science behind the healing theories of medical marijuana to allow veterans suffering from debilitating mental conditions to have access to the herb, researchers are finally moving forward with a federally approved study that could result in cannabis being used as an acceptable treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fri
22
May

Stakeout ends marijuana cookie drive-thru business

An unemployed chef came up with a recipe to make some cash, baking marijuana-laced cookies and then using the Internet for promotion and his own version of the fast-food industry’s drive-thru window for distribution.

Sebastian P. Kujawa made a habit of leaving his Brinton Street house in North Buffalo with a fresh batch of cookies and crossing through Minnesota Linear Park, an old right of way, to the dead end of Nicholson Street and wait for customers to drive up and purchase their orders, Buffalo police said.

Neighbors watched these nocturnal transactions, a man leaping out of the bushes with a package in hand and darting up to cars that had just parked. It was an unnerving sight.

What the heck was going on?

Fri
22
May

Southwest baggage handlers accused of running marijuana smuggling ring

Baggage handlers working for Southwest Airlines out of the Oakland airport, have been accused of running a marijuana ring, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

A total of 14 people were charged in the Northern District of California for criminal conspiracy. Three of them — Kenneth Wayne Fleming, 32; Keith Ramon Mayfield, 34; and Michael Herb Videau, 28 — were Bay Area natives working as baggage handlers for the airline.

Thu
21
May

Anchorage Assembly chair wants to treat marijuana smoke like tobacco smoke

Anchorage Assembly Chair Dick Traini is proposing to treat marijuana smoke like tobacco smoke when it comes to public facilities, workplaces and schools.

A measure that Traini plans to introduce next week at the Assembly meeting would incorporate marijuana and marijuana products into the city’s secondhand smoking law. That means smoking marijuana would not be allowed in public places, workplaces, child care centers, outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters and municipal facilities, including schools.

People also would not be allowed to smoke within 5 feet of the entrance to a place licensed to serve alcohol, or within 50 feet of a hospital or medical clinic entrance.

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