Virginia

Fri
19
Jun

Crude trail leads police to largest outdoor marijuana grow ever found in Virginia

PATRICK COUNTY, Va. — More than 30,000 marijuana plants were discovered after investigators followed a trail in a remote area of Bull Mountain in Patrick County, Virginia. Wednesday’s discovery was largest of its kind in Virginia history, law enforcement indicated.

“There were crude trail systems cut throughout the mountain side, each one was hand cut by the suspects to avoid detection,” Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said. “At some points, we had 25 officers from our agency, the Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in the grow area at once counting and recovering plants.”

Fri
19
Jun

Deputies: 30000 marijuana plants found in Patrick County

More than 30,000 marijuana plants were seized during a search in Patrick County earlier this week, deputies said.

The plants were found in 35 different grow areas in a remote area of Bull Mountain, Patrick County deputies said in a news release. Deputies believe it was the largest outdoor marijuana grow ever found in Virginia.

The search began around 6 a.m. Wednesday, and all 30,255 plants had been brought down the mountain by 1 p.m. Thursday, deputies said.

The plants were found amongst a network of makeshift terraces at least 2 miles from the nearest public road, deputies said. The plants ranged from 8 inches to 2 feet tall, deputies said.

Deputies said they also found trail systems throughout the mountainside that were cut by hand to avoid detection.

Fri
19
Jun

Largest outdoor marijuana grow ever found in Virginia busted in Patrick County

PATRICK CO., Va. -

The largest outdoor marijuana grow ever found in Virginia was discovered in Patrick County on Wednesday morning, according to the Patrick County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities found the vast network of makeshift terraces in a remote area on the southeast side of Bull Mountain around 6 a.m. after conducting surveillance.

There were 35 different grow areas, yielding a total of 30,255 plants. Deputies estimate the street value at $30 million to $105 million.

The plants were located about two miles from the nearest public road.

Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said there were crude trail systems cut through the mountain side.

Thu
18
Jun

Deaths From Drug Overdoses Rise Across America

What will slow the increase in overdoses?

Deaths by drug overdose have been on the rise in the United States, with a majority of states recording increases from 2009 to 2013, according to a study released on Wednesday. 

Across the country, 44,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2013, more than double the number in 1999, the study by the non-profit group, Trust for America’s Health found. Nearly 52 percent of the deaths were related to prescription drugs. The number of overdose deaths increased in 26 states in the four years to 2013, the study found, and decreased in only six states.

Mon
15
Jun

Dateline - Growing Hope

Dateline covers the fight for medical marijuana in Virginia, following the families who brought their plea to the state legislature, and beyond to lobby for change at the federal government level.
Wed
10
Jun

The Medical Cannabis Institute Expands Global Reach and Patient Audiences Through New ...

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Medical Cannabis Institute (TMCI) launched its new affiliate program today, expanding the reach of its educational programming to new audiences within the patient community, as well as to new global markets in Central and Southern Europe. The three initial TMCI Affiliates are My Compassion, based in Taylor, Mich., NeoHerbal, located in Europe, and United Patients Group (UPG) of Greenbrae, Calif.

Mon
08
Jun

Growing Hope: The Fight for Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Kids

(NBCNEWS.com) - January 22nd 2015 was a brisk, cold day. All the trees in Richmond, Virginia were bare from a harsh winter. As the chill blew up the hill in the city's historic Shockoe Slip district, several families began to emerge from a hotel in the shadow of the State Capitol.

Fri
05
Jun

Growing Hope: The Fight for Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Kids

Harry Smith touring CW Botanicals laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Bear Reel, the lead botanist.

Because of stories like Charlotte's, people with profoundly ill children, mostly with these extreme cases of epilepsy, have flocked to Colorado for treatments. In many ways, Colorado has become something of a "new Lourdes" for people looking for a "miracle." The Stanley brothers helped to form Realm of Caring, an organization that assists people who move to Colorado and provides support services and resources for those using Cannabinoid products.

Fri
05
Jun

Missing link found between brain, immune system -- with major disease implications

Implications profound for neurological diseases from autism to Alzheimer's to multiple sclerosis

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer's disease to multiple sclerosis.

Tue
02
Jun

The Most Peaceful Place on Earth

This is where I get my energy to go out and help other Veterans.

Army Veteran Ron Whitcomb thought the Viet Cong were surrounding his house — many years after he came home from Vietnam. Treatment helped him turn a threatening place into a sanctuary.

In observance of PTSD Awareness Month this June, VA’s National Center for PTSD introduces a Veteran who is living with PTSD and is turning his life around with treatment.

“I built my own home — I built it for me,” Whitcomb said. “This is my place to come and rejuvenate. It’s the most peaceful place I know on Earth. This is where I get my energy to go out and help other Veterans.”

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