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Over $1 mil in marijuana plants seized in Queen Anne's County

CHESTERVILLE, Md. -

Investigators in Queen Anne's and Kent County say they have seized over a million dollars worth of marijuana from a farm in Chesterville.

The Maryland State Police say around mid-August, they found a possible outdoor marijuana growing operation on Chesterville Bridge Road, and started an investigation. MSP, along with the Queen Anne's County Drug Task force and the Kent County Narcotics Task Force, spearheaded the investigation. Investigators said they found that the 15 acre overgrown property had been abandoned several years ago, and included a large home that had been entirely covered in plywood, and several out-buildings. The property was apparently only occasionally visited by Delaware family members.

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New UW School of Law group to study marijuana regulation for state of Washington

A new group at the University of Washington School of Law will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying existing and emerging markets for marijuana, to assist and inform the state as it prepares to blend current medical and recreational markets for cannabis.

It’s called the Cannabis Law and Policy Project, and is overseen by law professor Sean O’Connor and funded by an $185,000 grant through the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

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UK Cannabis Laws Similar To US Refusal To Ban Guns, Says MP

The British government's attitude towards cannabis is the same as the American refusal to introduce strict gun controls, a Labour MP has said ahead of a parliamentary debate on the drug.

Paul Flynn said the UK had been "left behind" by many other countries, including many US states, which had decriminalised medicinal cannabis.

"We are in a position rather like America is on gun laws. Most of the rest of the world is baffled by our refusal to reform," he told The Huffington Post UK.

 

Today parliament will debate the legalisation of cannabis after over 200,000 people signed an online petition calling for MPs to address the issue.

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Buckingham Palace soil used in Tate exhibit 'could grow marijuana'

Topsoil from Buckingham Palace could soon be growing marijuana as Tate Modern director Chris Dercon admitted visitors had already begun to "guerrilla garden" the new Turbine Hall exhibition.

Artist Abraham Cruzvillegas's Empty Lot features 240 wooden planters holding soil from 34 London parks and gardens - but visitors have begun throwing their own seeds onto the plots even before the sculpture officially opens.

Asked if visitors might throw the drug's seeds onto the soil, Curator Mark Godfrey said: "As to what grows - you mentioned marijuana - people might throw seeds in. We don't know."

Director Chris Dercon said that although throwing seeds will not be actively encouraged, the Tate has accepted that such plants might grow.

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High debate: MPs to weed out pros and cons of legalising cannabis

They will spend a whopping three hours discussing the highs and lows of legalising the production, sale and use of the drug in a Parliamentary debate.

Government bowed down to pressure to mull over the great pot debate following a 221,000 signature petition.

Drug experts will consider how a legal market for cannabis could work in Britain.

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SIGNATURES: The great pot debate follows a 221,000 signature petition

“We must end the hypocrisy of senior politicians admitting to using cannabis in younger years – and describing it as ‘youthful indiscretions’”

Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb

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Issue 3 gray areas worry some

 

ith 23 days left for Ohio voters to make up their minds on legalizing marijuana, there are a lot of complicated issues to consider.

State Issue 3 on the ballot Nov. 3 would amend the Ohio Constitution to allow adults 21 and older to possess an ounce of marijuana and get a permit to grow four flowering plants and keep 8 ounces of homegrown pot.

It also would allow anyone of any age to use marijuana for medical reasons — with a certificate from a licensed Ohio physician.

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Man grew his own cannabis after having gun pointed at him while buying on street

A 33-YEAR-OLD man who used cannabis to self-medicate decided to grow his own after having a gun pointed at him while buying on the street.

Blackburn magistrates heard Stefan Golec had been terrified by the incident.

Golec, 33, of Wordsworth Close, Oswaldtwistle, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Imran Hussain, for Golec, said his client had been involved in a serious road traffic accident six years ago which resulted in his face having to be rebuilt with metal plates. 

“He still has pain from that and uses cannabis in a medical way for pain relief,” said Mr Hussain. “When he was buying on the street he didn’t feel safe.

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Detroit Public hearing to discuss plans to regulate medical marijuana

Detroit city leaders will meet today to discuss new plans to regulate medical marijuana.

Currently, there are no regulations as to where a medical marijuana dispensary can set up shop. City leaders are looking at changing this by putting regulations in place, and creating a zoning plan to keeping certain areas, like near schools, off limits.

A new report released by Loveland Technologies shows that there are a total of 152 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Sixty-two of those are located within 1,000 feet of an active school.

The public is invited to listen and voice their concerns about the proposed zoning effort. The hearing is happening at 10:00 a.m. on the 13th floor of City Hall.

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UK: Experts consulted on legalizing cannabis

Ahead of a debate in Parliament on legalizing cannabis in the UK, the Liberal Democrats have announced a new independent panel to investigate how a legalized market could work.

The party, which was part of the last Coalition Government, say they want to examine evidence from Colorado, Washington State and Uruguay to see if lessons can be learned here.

Lib Dem Health Spokesman Norman Lamb, who was a leadership contender for the party earlier in the summer, made the announcement this morning.

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Icelandic Ringleader of Major Marijuana Plantation

A 58-year-old Icelander is believed to be one of the ringleaders of a major marijuana plantation in Molina de Segura, Spain, RÚV reports. He rented a warehouse in which the drugs were produced. The facility produced at least ten tons of cannabis a month, valued at up to ISK 30 billion (USD 241 million, EUR 210 million).

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