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Nov

Cannabis valued at more than $1m found inside two neighbouring inner-Sydney homes

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of more than $1 million have been found growing inside two homes in Sydney's inner-west, police say.

Police said officers raided two neighbouring properties on Bland Street at Ashfield about 10:00am today.

The inside of the houses had undergone extensive modifications to cultivate the cannabis indoors.

In one of the homes, police found 173 cannabis plants, and in the other, 182 plants were discovered.

The combined estimated potential street value of the plants is $1,046,000 police said.

No-one was home at the time of the raids and police said investigations are continuing.

Fri
13
Nov

FL Supreme Court cancels hearing on medical marijuana

The Florida Supreme Court is cancelling a Dec. 8 hearing it had scheduled to consider a measure to legalize medical marijuana.The court announced the decision on Friday. The move comes a few days after Attorney General Pam Bondi said she will not ask the court to block the latest medical marijuana amendment.The Supreme Court is currently reviewing the ballot initiative. Justices must decide whether or not the amendment is misleading and whether it complies with single-subject requirements.Supporters tried to pass a similar amendment during the 2014 election. That ballot measure failed because it did not meet the 60-percent threshold needed to pass.Backers of medical marijuana will need to collect more than 683,000 signatures by next February in order to go before voters in 2016.

Fri
13
Nov

Border Patrol agents nabbed 700 lbs of marijuana, 20 roosters

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas -- An all-terrain vehicle sits empty now that U.S. Border Patrol agents nabbed 700 pounds of marijuana and 20 roosters from the Rio Grande Valley early Wednesday morning where the drugs were found.

Agents say it all started when they spotted an ATV driving north from the Rio Grande. That's when Border Patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers approached the area only to find the ATV abandoned. They say the ATV was loaded with 700 pounds of marijuana and 20 roosters.

Border Patrol agents seized an ATV carrying 700 pounds of marijuana and 20 roosters from the Rio Grande Valley. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol)

The marijuana is worth $550,000, agents said.

Fri
13
Nov

Medical marijuana initiative won't need hearing

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

With Attorney General Pam Bondi declining to launch a challenge, the Florida Supreme Court on Friday called off a hearing scheduled for next month on a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana.

Justices still need to sign off on the wording of the ballot initiative before it could go to voters in November 2016. But without opposition to the wording, backers of the amendment appear likely to clear a key hurdle in the initiative process.

Fri
13
Nov

Missouri marijuana group rallies around sick vet facing drug charges

WAYNESVILLE, MO (KTVI) - A Missouri group trying to legalize marijuana rallies around a sick veteran who is facing a drug charge. The vet says hemp helps him cope with his Leukemia.

Members of the Missouri Cannabis Restoration and Protection Act gathered in front of the Crocker Police Department on Friday. They`re here to support Delpert McKinnon, he`s has leukemia and says he uses marijuana to feel better, that led to a felony charge against him.

"I get dizzy sometime, and I smoke a little bit, I get dizzy." said Delpert McKinnon.

While several states have approved weed for use as a medicine, these folks want every Missourian to be able have it.

Fri
13
Nov

Cannabis: Weeding out big deficits

What does our nation’s capital Washington D.C., Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Colorado have in common? Their economy is rapidly growing due to a huge spark in the use of recreational marijuana. Among the most common, Colorado, there are four other areas where the recreational use of the plant is legal. Since then, four out of the five areas discluding Alaska, fall onto MSN’s top ten best economies in the country. There are also 18 other states that have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis as well.

Fri
13
Nov

Prosecutors say federal DOJ law doesn't protect Colorado pot lawyer

 

Federal prosecutors say a Colorado attorney charged in connection with major raids on state-licensed medical marijuana businesses is not protected by a new law that tells the feds to back off.

Attorney David Furtado was one of four men charged after sweeping raids two years ago targeting the VIP Cannabis dispensary and related businesses. The men were ultimately indicted on charges of money laundering and trying to deposit money from an illegal enterprise into a bank account.

Last month, Furtado raised a novel legal argument: That a federal budget amendment passed last year means the U.S. Justice Department is prohibited from spending money on prosecutions like his. He asked the judge to throw out the case against him.

Fri
13
Nov

Colombia to legalize commercial sale of medical marijuana

Colombia's government plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, officials said Thursday in a surprise shift by the longtime U.S. ally in the war on drugs.

 

The change is coming in an executive decree that President Juan Manuel Santos will soon sign into law. It will regulate regulating everything from licensing for growers to the eventual export of products made from marijuana, Justice Minister Yesid Reyes said.

Fri
13
Nov

Nevada Marijuana Legalization 2016: Latest on Initiative to Legalize Pot Next Year

Nevada, home of the casino kingdom that is Las Vegas, could join the growing list of states legalizing recreational marijuana when the state on Election Day 2016 votes on an initiative that would legalize and regulate recreational pot in the state.

Fri
13
Nov

New Zealand: Cannabis Party 5th most popular party

According to the latest Roy Morgan poll, the Cannabis Party is ranked as New Zealand's 5th most popular political party behind National, Labour, The Greens and NZ First.

The September 28 - October 11 poll showed that Maori Party, ACT NZ, United Future, Conservatives, Mana Party and Internet Party were all on or below 0.5%.

While the 'Other' section which included the Cannabis Party as well as Ban1080, Democrats for Social Credit, NZ Independent Coalition and Focus New Zealand was up to 1% support.

Party leader Julian Crawford said the majority of the 'Other' section was support for the Cannabis Party.

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