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  • IRS Hits Oakland Pot Shop With $2.4M Tax Bill

    10/05/2011 11:58:47 AM PDT · by Smogger · 48 replies
    My Fox New York ^ | uesday, 04 Oct 2011, 8:30 PM EDT | Ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal government has found a new weapon in its war on marijuana — the tax man. A San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana dispensary that promotes itself as the world's largest has been hit with a $2.4 million tax bill following an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, the dispensary founder said Tuesday. The back taxes, penalties and interest levied against Harborside Health Center came after the IRS examined its returns for 2007 and 2008 and determined a 1982 tax code prohibiting cost deductions for businesses that traffic in illegal drugs applies to the dispensary....
  • Troopers: Fatal Crash Exposes Pot Operation

    10/02/2011 4:32:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Car Plows Into House Where Marijuana Plants Grew CORYDON, Ind. -- Indiana State Police said a fatal crash near Corydon late Friday led to the discovery of a large indoor marijuana-growing operation. Troopers said a 2006 Chevrolet heading south on Old Highway 135 ran off the road and crashed into the side of a house and caught fire. The driver, whose name has not been released, was killed. Investigators said they went into the house to make sure no one was injured and found a large indoor marijuana grow site. After making sure the fire was out, investigators said they...
  • 4 Americans Get Pot From US Government

    09/28/2011 7:00:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    EUGENE, Ore. -- The U.S. government considers marijuana among the world's most dangerous drugs, classifying it as a highly-addictive substance that has no medical use. But there's a catch: The government also supplies four people with 300 marijuana cigarettes each month. They are patients in the government's Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program. The program began when a Washington, D.C., man sued the government in order to get access to marijuana to treat his glaucoma. He won, and the program was born. The pot is grown in Mississippi as part of the government's research into marijuana. It's then sent to a...
  • Petition to legalize pot is first to hit White House threshold; ET proposal close

    09/23/2011 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/11 | Brendan Sasso
    Petition to legalize pot is first to hit White House threshold; ET proposal closeBy Brendan Sasso - 09/22/11 06:33 PM ET A proposal to legalize marijuana is the first idea on the White House's online petition site to gather enough signatures to break the threshold required to receive an official response. The White House has promised to evaluate and issue a formal response to any idea that receives more than 5,000 signatures within 30 days. Visitors are free to offer their own proposals. The first proposal to reach that limit asks, "Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in...
  • City councilman killed after finding CA pot field

    08/29/2011 3:23:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2011
    FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California town was reeling Monday after the death of a well-respected city councilman and former mayor who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation. As authorities searched the rugged forest terrain for a suspect in the shooting, Fort Bragg Councilman Jere Melo was remembered as a community leader who led efforts to build firehouses and a first-class high school football stadium in the coastal town of about 7,000 people.
  • $25M pot farm found in Oregon forest

    08/27/2011 8:30:12 AM PDT · by Baynative · 36 replies ^ | 8/28/11 | staff
    WALLOWA, Ore. - Police plucked $25 million worth of marijuana plants from an illegal plantation on privately owned forest land in northeastern Oregon on Wednesday. With the upcoming bow hunting season, law enforcement officals asked hunters to keep their eyes open for illegal pot grows - and to be careful when encountering suspicious people in the woods. Two men, ages 50 and 25, were arrested and jailed after police raided the grow site. The investigation started a week ago when a helicopter spotted the marijuana plants from the air.
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich is headline speaker at Seattle's "Hempfest"

    08/19/2011 9:00:38 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 24 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 8-19-2011 | Sabrina Eaton
    Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich is making yet another trip to the left coast over the weekend - this time to be a headline speaker at Seattle's "Hempfest," which advertises itself as "The World's Largest Protestival." Kucinich is scheduled to address the event on Saturday afternoon, right after Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. Other luminaries slated to address the three day gathering at Seattle's Myrtle Edwards Park include Wayward Bill of the United States Marijuana Party, representatives of "Moms for Marijuana" and "Gramma's for Ganja," as well as someone from High Times Magazine who goes by the name "Stinkbud." According to...
  • “Medical Marijuana” Sends Mixed-Messages To Teens

    08/01/2011 8:07:05 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 11 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | July 22, 2011 | -TWR-
    While Colorado’s soft on marijuana laws, were welcomed by adults-first libertarians, so-called unexpected costs are being felt. “The dark side of the issue, however, is the unintended consequences on Colorado’s young people,” reports Our Colorado News. “Since the state legalized marijuana for medical use, treatment centers are treating more teens for marijuana addiction, according to a report from Thomas Crowley, director of the Division of Substance Dependence at the University of Colorado.” The consequences are alarming: “Denver Health Medical Center reports that treatment referrals have tripled, with 83 percent of the teens that smoke marijuana daily saying they obtained it...
  • Police: Man Driving To Drug Deal Causes Crash While Texting

    07/12/2011 5:49:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies ^ | 7/12/2011 | Jay Ditzer/
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville man is facing criminal charges after police said he caused a severe car crash by texting while driving to sell marijuana. According to arrest records, an officer saw 20-year-old Tyler M. Harris cause a collision by failing to yield the right of way to another vehicle. The officer saw Harris texting while driving, according to arrest records. Police said Harris and his car smelled strongly of marijuana. Harris admitted to police he was texting another person directions to meet him so Harris could sell him $60 worth of marijuana, according to arrest records.
  • It's now easier to get medical marijuana than a Starbucks coffee in Denver

    07/10/2011 2:54:46 PM PDT · by dennisw · 74 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 6th July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    There are now more medical marijuana dispensaries in the Mile High city than there are branches of Starbucks. In Denver, Colorado, there are nearly 300 locations where patients with a prescription from a doctor can legally buy medical marijuana, reports The Daily. New patients are often treated to a free joint, and have their choice of an ever growing array of strains of marijuana, many with colourful names like Golden Goat and Romulan Cotton Candy. Besides Colorado, 15 other states plus Washington, D.C., have laws that allow use of medical marijuana. This does not trump federal law, but the Obama...
  • Dutch Admission: Marijuana Isn’t So Soft Kids!

    06/28/2011 4:10:38 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 23 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | June 29, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Okay. So it’s too late for some fried brains – but better late than never. From Reuters: Now, a Dutch commission has found that hashish and marijuana on sale in the Netherlands contain around 18 percent of THC, the main psychoactive substance, and advised the health minister that anything above 15 percent put drugs on a par with heroin or cocaine. “I've been very worried for years about the THC concentration, especially if it is so high. We will take a serious look at it," Health Minister Edith Schippers told public broadcaster NOS. “The addictive consequences are much stronger and...
  • Dr. Paul clarifies marijuana bill on Kudlow—doesn’t “endorse” use

    06/23/2011 3:33:06 PM PDT · by Crush · 87 replies
    The US Report ^ | June 23, 2011 | Kay Day
    Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) clarified details on the marijuana bill he will introduce with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and others. Paul talked to Larry Kudlow on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report on Wednesday. The bill is not a blanket legalization bill as numerous media have suggested. Paul's position relates to the Tenth Amendment. Paul said the bill would return marijuana to the status that existed in 1937. The legislation, he said, would remove it “from the jurisdiction of the federal government.” The states that chose to legalize it for personal use or for medical purposes would regulate marijuana in a manner...
  • Legalize cannabis? Not so fast, say medics

    06/22/2011 11:34:42 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 325 replies
    Bermuda Sun ^ | June 22, 2011 | Raymond Hainey
    Government Senator Marc Bean recently called for a debate on the merits of decriminalising drugs in the wake of a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy. A distinguished panel that wrote the report said the war on drugs had failed and recommended partial legalization as a solution to the blight of the illegal drugs trade on communities around the world. Not so fast, warn medics. Side effects of marijuana can include a heightened risk of psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia, depression, damage to memory and judgement and heart problems. Neurologist Dr Keith Chiappa said: “The use of marijuana, especially...
  • Decision-Making Processes Blunted in Chronic Marijuana Smokers

    06/23/2011 1:20:37 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 26 replies
    Newswise ^ | June 21, 2011 | Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C... Smoking marijuana affects peoples’ impulsivity, attention, memory, cognition and decision-making abilities. That’s been scientifically proven. Recent research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center draws on the findings of previously published studies to further understanding about how marijuana affects the brains of chronic users, with specific focus on how the drug affects the decision-making process. These findings are important because they demonstrate a potential, negative side effect of chronic marijuana use. “Understanding how marijuana influences the perception of what is ‘negative’ may help explain continued marijuana use and aid in the development of effective strategies for treatment therapies,” said...
  • Seized pot’s value estimated at almost $1M

    06/10/2011 4:33:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    TUCSON — In three separate incidents over a 24-hour period, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,940 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $970,000. Yesterday morning, Ajo station agents working northwest of Lukeville discovered 11 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the desert. The narcotics, weighing 569 pounds with an estimated value of $284,500, were seized and transported to the Ajo station for processing. Early Thursday, the Ajo station All Terrain Vehicle Unit discovered 14 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the desert northeast of Lukeville with assistance from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter. The narcotics,...
  • TPD: Mom beat kid for eating her pot

    05/31/2011 12:14:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    WTSP ^ | May 30, 2011
    A Tampa mother is behind bars Monday after beating her one-year-old child for eating her marijuana. Tampa Police say India Couch, 22, faces drug and felony child abuse charges. Investigators say the child was left unsupervised, found the pot in her mother's purse, and ate an undisclosed amount of the drug. That's when police say Couch beat the child with a sandal and then hit the one-year-old hard enough to leave welts. TPD also says this mother attacked her live-in partner with a dumbbell.
  • Oklahoma Woman Sells $30 Worth of Weed, Gets 12 Years In Prison

    05/20/2011 10:03:23 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 135 replies · 1+ views
    Reason ^ | May 19, 2011 | Mike Riggs
    In January 2010, Dee Starr and her grown children William Lamebull and Patricia Spottedcrow* were arrested in an early morning raid after selling $31 worth of marijuana to undercover police. According to Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV, it was their first felony arrests. Each was held on $100,000 bond. Each pled guilty. Here's what that got them: William Lamebull faced the least serious charge, possession of marijuana around children. He pleaded guilty and got two years probation, no jail time. Dee Starr, who was facing more serious charges, two felony counts for dealing drugs and for having drugs in front of children,...
  • 30 students arrested in Palm Beach County drug sting that had cops posing as teens

    05/10/2011 8:13:27 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | May 10, 2011 | Alexia Campbell
    An undercover drug sting that nabbed 30 Palm Beach County students last week is just the beginning of a long-term drug investigation that will expand to more high schools in the district, police said Monday. The students arrested last week face expulsion, and most will be charged as adults for allegedly selling marijuana to kids near school campuses. The nine-month investigation, dubbed "Operation D Minus," began in the fall at Park Vista, Royal Palm Beach and Jupiter high schools, School District Police Chief Jim Kelly said. Undercover officers posed as students, attending classes for most of the school year and...
  • Could Legalized Marijuana and Prostitution Save Detroit?

    04/17/2011 8:45:42 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 68 replies
    Conclub ^ | 04-17-11 | The Rat
    PROGRESSIVE WANTS TO RESCUE MOTOR CITY WITH SEX AND DRUGS Could Detroit become America’s version of Amsterdam? As far as oft-mayoral candidate Geoffrey Fieger is concerned, why not give it a shot? Feiger, who gained notoriety as Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian’s attorney, believes that legalizing pot and prostitution would attract young people to Detroit, which would turn the decaying city around “in five minutes.” “I could turn it around in five minutes. I’d shovel the snow and I’d clean the streets and parks. Then, I’d tell the police department to leave marijuana alone and don’t spend one dime trying to...
  • Man Caught Smuggling Pot Across Border In Wheelchair

    04/09/2011 5:36:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies ^ | April 8, 2011
    <p>SAN DIEGO, California ~ Border authorities report that a man was caught trying to smuggle marijuana through a US-Mexico crossing with marijuana stashed under the seat of his wheelchair.</p> <p>Officers working the San Ysidro port of entry claim that 19-year-old Donte Jonae Damas was crossing the border into the United States on March 28th in a wheelchair. Damas looked nervous as a drug-sniffing dog approached him at the port of entry’s pedestrian processing area. During a search, three packages of weed were discovered under the seat. US Customs and Border Protection then seized the smoke and the wheelchair and turned Damas over to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement.</p>