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Australia: Ex-police officer Amanda Boughen jailed for hiding boyfriend’s $40M cannabis crops

A former South Australian police officer will spend at least nine months behind bars after she was found guilty of concealing her boyfriend's $40 million drug syndicate and allowing him to grow cannabis in her apartment.

Senior constable Amanda Boughen, 41, created a fake tenant for her investment property so her boyfriend could use the property in the hills north of Adelaide to grow cannabis.

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25
Jun

Paraguay deploys anti-narco top guns to combat economic need for weed

Néstor was 14 when a local drug trafficker first hired him to help bring in the harvest. “They need 20 to 30 people, because you have to harvest an entire hectare in two or three days while there’s a gap in the rains,” he says. “When the marijuana’s ready, you can’t leave it for long.”

Growing up on the outskirts of Pedro Juan Caballero, a lawless town on Paraguay’s north-eastern border with Brazil, wasn’t easy. His father, a ranch manager, was away from home for three months at a time. His mother washed clothes to put food on the table.

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25
Jun

Health Minister Rona Ambrose responds to Vancouver city council regulating marijuana dispensaries

The office of Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose released the following statement on June 24 in response to the City of Vancouver passing a council motion that provides for the regulation of stores selling medicinal marijuana:

As Health Minister, I am deeply disappointed by the City of Vancouver’s decision to 'regulate' illegal marijuana storefronts across the city.

Thu
25
Jun

Oregon marijuana regulation bill easily clears House and heads for Senate

A sweeping bill that sets up the framework for Oregon's upcoming legal marijuana market was handily passed by the state House on a 52-4 vote Wednesday.

The measure would put new limits on medical marijuana growers, make it easier for 15 eastern Oregon counties to prohibit retail sales of the drug and reduce penalties for many of the state's remaining marijuana-related crimes.

In addition, House Bill 3400 lays out new testing and packaging requirements covering marijuana and other cannabis-infused products.

Thu
25
Jun

U.S. Senators Press Feds To Remove Political Barriers To Medical Marijuana Research

At a hearing Wednesday, Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand pressed federal officials to eliminate political barriers that are preventing research on the potential medical benefits of marijuana. The hearing, “Cannabidiol: Barriers to Research and Potential Medical Benefits,” was held by the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control.

Officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) echoed the senators’ concerns and expressed support for removing barriers to research that have been created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Thu
25
Jun

Legitimate medical-marijuana use should not get you fired

NEARLY two-thirds of Americans now live in a state that allows medical marijuana in some form. Just this year, five Southern states, including Texas, allowed limited access to therapies based on cannabis. The revolt against the blanket federal marijuana prohibition has now spread to at least 29 states.

Yet using marijuana as medicine — and it clearly can be useful medicine — can get you fired in most of those states (and the District of Columbia), even if the use is off the clock. The Supreme Court of Colorado affirmed that last week, echoing similar cases in Washington, Oregon and California, where there are no mandatory workplace accommodations for therapeutic use of cannabis.

Thu
25
Jun

Watch: How to smoke weed in a business setting

Now that 23 states and the District of Columbia have embraced the legalization of marijuana there are legitimate weed-related companies that are open for business. By 2020, big data shop New Frontier Financials estimates that the marijuana industry will reach $15.2 billion.

But, when it comes to smoking weed during a business meeting, don't expect the invitee to roll you a joint. Bring your own.

Wed
24
Jun

Raid of the decade underway in America’s pot-growing epicenter

An estimated 100,000 marijuana plants are expected to be eradicated this week at an enormous, multi-farm bust in remote Northern California — the heart of the famed Emerald Triangle.

Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies — with no federal involvement — began serving search warrants Monday in a remote area at the intersection of the three counties.

Wed
24
Jun

UK: Lords' amendments introduce evidence requirements to legal highs bill

By Ian Dunt

The psychoactive substances bill will easily pass a vote in the Commons, but it will be given a kicking in the Lords.

Peers won't vote it down – although they could if Labour changed its tune. There's no government majority in the Lords, so Labour and Lib Dems together could do it. It's just very unlikely Labour will do so. But, at the very least, peers will debate the bill properly and a few campaigning members will get duff it up a bit and point out the full extent of its idiocy.

Wed
24
Jun

Marijuana smuggler dies after 40 years on the run

Crime does not pay, unless you are good at it.

Looking at today’s jail population, it’s hard to believe that in the 1970s the maximum sentence for possessing tractor-trailer loads of marijuana was five years in prison.

Now, it’s possible to get life for selling $20 worth of weed.

It wasn’t always this way.

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