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As we all know, Snoop Dogg smokes weed and enjoys getting high. It’s not very shocking to hear that drug sniffing drugs were aware of the marijuana that was being held on his tour bus when they were crossing a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas. What I am shocked to find out is that he was arrested this time. I mean, how often must this man smoke and the police be aware of it? I’m sure that he has been let go and multiple occasions because of who he is and the persona he has built around this ‘medication’.
The performer (real name: Calvin Broadus) was busted by Texas cops Saturday after several joints were found on his tour bus. The weed was discovered by a drug-sniffing dog during a routine inspection at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, the same town whereWillie Nelson was popped in November 2010.
Like Nelson, Snoop Dogg claimed ownership of the marijuana found on his bus, which was searched by the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office. The rapper, cited for misdemeanor pot possession, was not booked or made to pose for a mug shot like Nelson.
This town must be needing some tourism money or something to continue busting performers for such small petty crimes. Sadly, this bust came after Snoop Dogg mentioned he’d like to discuss the legalization with the President, who is opposed to legalizing marijuana. I doubt Mr. Obama would be willing to sit down and hear him out after this arrest. Not that I really believed he’d do so before the arrest either.
- Snoop Dogg Arrested For Weed Possession In Texas (hiphopwired.com)
- Snoop Dogg — Arrested for Weed in Texas (tmz.com)
- Snoop Dogg imagines meeting Obama, discussing marijuana (politico.com)
- Snoop Dogg Wants to Get High With President Obama and Convince Him to Legalize Weed [Notable/quotable] (jezebel.com)
- Snoop Dogg on ‘The Price Is Right’ (dangerousminds.net)
Three Houston, Texas police officers are being investigated after apparently getting high from a teenager’s batch of marijuana brownies that they confiscated. After indulging themselves in some munchies, they arrested Nicholas Hill, 19, as well as two other teens.
The two officers went down to their patrol cars and typed in some ‘memos’ into the computer system.
At 2.44 in the morning, one officer allegedly typed: ‘So HIGH…Good munchies.’
Another writes back: ‘Everything should be open when we get done.’
First officer: ‘Two hours, max.’
- Cops Accused of Eating Evidence in Pot Brownies Case [Video] (gawker.com)
- Silly policemen, pot brownies are for kids [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- General Mills Marketing Goes Up in Smoke With Pot-Linked Brownie Pitch (adage.com)
- Edible Cannabis (dickstersrandomthoughts.com)
A man was killed Saturday near the Chicago suburb of Lockport when a car crashed into his home, leading authorities to discover a marijuana grow operation inside–and charges against his grieving roommate.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Zachary Isenberg, 28, was playing video games in his home when a neighbor’s accelerator apparently stuck, causing the vehicle to slam into Isenberg’s home, killing him.
Isenberg’s roommate was apparently able to jump off the couch to safety.
When fire crews arrived, they checked the rest of the home for other victims, but ended up finding a room filled with about 30 marijuana plants, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Isenberg’s longtime friend and roommate, Thomas J. Micucci, 27, was hospitalized after the accident, but arrested on drug charges shortly after being released, according to the Sun-Times. Aside from the marijuana, officers reportedly found cocaine, guns and cash in the home.
The son of the 63-year-old woman who lost control of her car told ABC Chicago that the incident was a “pure freak thing” and that it was unfortunate that the grieving roommate now faces jail time.
Although I was dead set on defending his right to grow marijuana, the cocaine, guns and cash are much harder to defend. And while the roommate is mourning, he was still in a house that was equipped with much more than marijuana. Although this was a freak accident, the occupants were in possession of much harmful drugs as well as weapons and the police can’t simply ignore those findings because someone has died.
When Clearwater, FL resident, Danielle Rae Shockey, 27, was pulled over by police officers, she obviously had something to hide. Unfortunately, instead of hiding it, she handed over a bag of marijuana, along with her driver’s license.
Shockey was sitting in her vehicle, in a motel parking lot, at 3 O’clock in the morning, when police deemed it suspicious and decided to take a closer look. After asking for her ID, they received her ID and a bag of marijuana. Due to this mistake, police were able to search the vehicle and found that she was, in a sense, a pharmacy.
Apparently, the marijuana was the least of her worries. Inside her vehicle, authorities found:
57 oxycodone pills, seven methadone pills as well as smaller amounts of sedatives Valium and clonazepam.
Wow. If you’re going to be carrying drugs, you should try to at least conceal them so that they aren’t accidentally handed over, while simply grabbing your ID. The fact that she wasn’t drunk is impressive. Although, I don’t know if I would even do this drunk.
Lifeguards at Huntington State Beach spotted the small, ramshackle fishing boat approaching the shore at around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Orange County Register reported.
After the three men realized they’d been spotted, they turned around and raced back out to sea, throwing packages overboard, authorities said.
Orange County sheriff’s boats intercepted the smugglers about a mile offshore, the paper said.
The men told deputies they were fishing, but a GPS device found aboard showed that they had been at sea for three days and had come from Catalina, an island about 22 miles off California.
One of the men had methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia on him, the Register said.
The three were arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling and attempting to enter the U.S. illegally.
The bust took place as crowds were forming to watch the final day of the U.S. Open of Surfing, a week-long event that attracts the sports biggest names from around the world.
Renowned American pro Kelly Slater won the competition.
The Weed Blog – “In an unprecedented ruling, a Los Angeles court denied a motion by plaintiff & DPFCA member Susan Soares to return her medical marijuana on the grounds that her doctor had not specified a dosage amount or frequency in her recommendation. Soares, who was growing for a local collective, had her medicine seized by hostile police last March, and had petitioned the court for it to be returned after charges against her were dropped.
It is generally the practice of most medical cannabis specialists never to prescribe a dosage quantity. The California Medical Association recommends that physicians never do so, because no dosage guidelines for cannabis have ever been established. Effective dosage varies greatly according to the potency and delivery form of the medication. Patients regularly control their own dosage through self-titration.
In the court’s decision, Judge Antonio Barreto, Jr. declared that ‘as a matter of law’ any recommendation that Soares’ doctor made that does ‘not involve frequency and dosage both is insufficient, period, and does not lead to any lawful possession of any amount of marijuana.’ The judge mysteriously stated that his ruling was based on the Tripett decision. Soares had been growing for several patients, but the court declined to return even six plants for her own individual use.
Soares is seeking legal aid to appeal Barreto’s unprecedented decision.”
NPR- July 21, 2011: “For Ana Isela Martinez Amaya, May 26 began like any other school morning.
Martinez got up at 5:45 a.m. and got her 6-year-old daughter ready for school. At 6:30, the two of them left their house in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in a tan 2003 Ford Focus. They headed toward the Stanton Street Bridge crossing into Texas.
Martinez is a teacher at a bilingual charter school in El Paso. She had just been named the Teacher of the Year at her school.
By the end of the day, the 35-year-old mother of two would be under arrest, accused of attempting to smuggle more than 100 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
Because Martinez crossed daily into the U.S., she had applied for a SENTRI pass from the Department of Homeland Security. The pass costs $122 a year and pass holders must submit to a rigorous background check. In exchange, they can use the SENTRI Express Lane at the border, where travelers generally are processed much faster.
Because of her SENTRI pass and because of her regular commute, Martinez unwittingly had fallen victim to a new scheme by a local drug smuggling gang.
‘This Is Not Happening To Me’
As Martinez drove onto the bridge on the morning of May 26, her daughter was strapped into a car seat in the back. Newspaper vendors wandered through the traffic, waving the latest edition of El Diario. Filthy young men with squirt bottles threatened to wash commuters’ windshields. Mexican soldiers were randomly inspecting vehicles on the Mexican side of the bridge.
When I saw the two suitcases in my trunk, I thought it was like a bad dream. I thought, ‘This is not real. This is not happening to me.’
- Ana Isela Martinez
“They asked me to pull over,” Martinez says. “They also asked me to open my trunk.”
One of the requirements of the SENTRI pass program is that users must keep their personal belongings visible to the customs agents. So on her morning commutes, Martinez would put her purse and her daughter’s schoolbag on the front passenger seat. She says she never put anything in her trunk.
“So when I saw the two suitcases in my trunk, I thought it was like a bad dream,” she says. “I thought, ‘This is not real. This is not happening to me.’ Of course, you know already that something bad is inside.”
Inside was more than 100 pounds of marijuana.
Martinez immediately declared that she’d never seen the two bags before. She begged the soldiers to let her call her husband to come pick up their daughter, but they wouldn’t let her.
“I had to keep myself calm because I wanted her to remain calm,” Martinez recalls.
“She was looking at me,” she says of her 6-year-old. “She was looking at the military all around us, with their weapons. … She was very mature for a little girl at that age. Very calm.”
Martinez saw one of her co-workers driving by and she frantically waved for her to stop. Martinez tried to give her daughter to the co-worker but again the military officers wouldn’t allow it. Eventually the soldiers took Martinez and her daughter together to the local prosecutor’s offices.
“We stayed there a couple of hours. Finally, they let me give my daughter to my husband,” she says. Martinez was sent straight to a Mexican jail.”
A few years back in 1973, a project was put together to try and study Chimpanzees and see if they could act like humans and use American Sign Language to communicate. Nim, the chimp that was taken from his mother early on and raised in a human household died in 2000 after being shuffled around due to his aggressive behavior that became more apparent over the years.
Nim Chimpsky started this process with Stephanie LaFarge in upper Manhattan. LaFarge had other children that were raised along side Nim and she truly grew attached to him. Unfortunately, after some years he was biting the other children and acting out, much like a wild animal. Jenny Lee was one of LaFarge’s children, who was 13 at the time that Nim was brought to them. She recalls good memories, but she also recalls the biting and aggressiveness.
NPR – “While Jenny and her siblings went to school, Nim learned sign language with researchers at Columbia University. The goal was to open up a window into Nim’s thoughts and to see if he could develop real language skills. When he came home each night, Nim would play with the Lee children and mimic their behavior. But as he aged, he became more aggressive — and no one knew what to do.”
Eventually he was moved to private grounds at the University of Oklahoma, where he met Bob Ingersoll. Mr. Ingersoll quickly became attached to Nim and the two became quick friends. In fact, “While taking long walks around the grounds of the primate facility, Ingersoll occasionally smoked pot with Nim, who had been introduced to marijuana in New York City and even appeared in the magazine High Times in 1975.” Ingersoll had said that Nim “actually signed ‘stone smoke time now’ to us first”.
After spending nearly nine years with Nim, Ingersoll had to see him be moved to a research facility, which he eventually helped rescue him from. Here, Nim was living in a cage, which this human-like chimp was never accustomed to (not that any animal should be). After the rescue, he was moved to another facility, but this time the ranch was for abused animals.
The FULL STORY can be found here.
So just a few days after the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) deems that there is no medical value to cannabis, the White House has chosen to contradict that fact, somewhat. This is what was said in the report:
“While there may be medical value for some of the individual components of the cannabis plant, the fact remains that smoking marijuana is an inefficient and harmful method for delivering the constituent elements that have or may have medicinal value.”
The method by which you choose to use marijuana should have no effect on whether it is legal or illegal. To me this just seems like an easy way for them to get away with keeping marijuana classified as an illegal drug, but having to admit the facts that there are medical advantages.
You would think that with how far we’ve come on the research of marijuana and medical advantages for patients with pain, that the government would feel more obligated to use the facts of the matter to make a LOGICAL decision. But, of course, we’re depending on the corrupted American government for this.
Marijuana has been approved by California, many other states and the nation’s capital to treat a range of illnesses, but in a decision announced Friday the federal government ruled that it has no accepted medical use and should remain classified as a dangerous drug like heroin.
The decision comes almost nine years after medical marijuana supporters asked the government to reclassify cannabis to take into account a growing body of worldwide research that shows its effectiveness in treating certain diseases, such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis.
Advocates for the medical use of the drug criticized the ruling but were elated that the Obama administration had finally acted, which allows them to appeal to the federal courts, where they believe they can get a fairer hearing. The decision to deny the request was made by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and comes less than two months after advocates asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to force the administration to respond to their petition.
“We have foiled the government’s strategy of delay, and we can now go head-to-head on the merits, that marijuana really does have therapeutic value,” said Joe Elford, the chief counsel for Americans for Safe Access and the lead counsel on the recently filed lawsuit. Elford said he was not surprised by the decision, which comes just after the Obama administration announced it would not tolerate large-scale commercial marijuana cultivation. “It is clearly motivated by a political decision that is anti-marijuana,” he said. He noted that studies demonstrate pot has beneficial effects, including appetite stimulation for people undergoing chemotherapy. “One of the things people say about marijuana is that it gives you the munchies and the truth is that it does, and for some people that’s a very positive thing.”
DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart sent a letter dated June 21 to the organizations that filed a petition for the change. The letter and the documentation that she used to back up her decision were published Friday in the Federal Register. Leonhart said she rejected the request because marijuana “has a high potential for abuse,” “has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States” and “lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”
This is the third time that petitions to reclassify marijuana have been spurned. The first was filed in 1972 and denied 17 years later. The second was filed in 1995 and denied in 2001. Both decisions were appealed, but the courts sided with the federal government.
Are you kidding me?! As a person with a neurological disorder that once had me immobilized, I am absolutely appalled by the federal government’s decision! This is clearly an economic and political judgment call. The tobacco and alcohol industries want to monopolize, and the government is letting this happen because they’re greedy little shit heads. I apologize for getting so heated over this, but I just don’t understand how a MEDICINE, such as cannabis, is compared to a drug like heroin. Tobacco and alcohol can cause death, along with multiple other problems. This is proven. Marijuana does the opposite and gets people feeling alive again when they once thought they had nothing to live for.
I remember having to medically withdraw from college, laying (immobile) on my couch for weeks at a time, taking up to 15 pills a day, feeling depressed and not knowing if it would ever end. When I tried using marijuana for my disorder (I’m not gonna lie, I used it recreationally before I was diagnosed), it completely changed my perspective and life. Today, I use Marijuana to keep my disorder under control. I have a full timejob, my moood swings aren’t as bad, my pain is manageable and my disorder no longer controls my life.
But you’re right, I suppose it has no medicinal benefit. I’ll just stick to smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol since those are my legal options.