Friday, March 30, 2012
During a medical marijuana delivery late Friday night around 10 p.m. in West Covina, a man is approached by two men with batons. The men weren't your typical street thugs, they were dressed in ninja costumes.
The robbery took place in the 800 block of South Sunset Avenue, the 'Ninjas' chased after the delivery man with their batons raised. Frightened, the man dropped a package containing medical marijuana and money. That's when the ninja suspects grabbed the package, then fled the scene on foot, vanishing into the night.
Sgt. Travis Tibbets of the West Covina Police Department says the suspects are described to be in their early to mid 20s, thin stature and about 5 feet 8 inches in height. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Covina Police Department.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Jonathan Janetski is a landlord of several properties, he owns property in Montana where medically approved marijuana is legal, and where licensed growers are needed to grow and harvest medication. It just so happens that two of Janetski's tenants (Michael Kassner and Tyler Roe) where licensed medical marijuana care takers and they rented from Janetski for their legal medical marijuana operation.
Janetski, who has no criminal record and has never been involved in criminal activity, was arrested and charged along with his tenants Tyler Roe and Michael Kassner with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, simply because he rented them the property. Janetski is now facing up to three years in prison, and he nor his tenants did anything illegal.
"Janetski didn’t grow marijuana, he didn’t sell it, he didn't use it, he was the landlord." said Todd Glazier, Janetski's lawyer. "He has no criminal history, He just rented to some people.”
All three men were forced to make plea agreements for their charges. Janetski is due to be sentenced April 19 for maintaining drug-involved premises. His charges has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and $500,000 in fines.
God bless America.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A 19-year-old woman (who wishes to be nameless) contacted the sheriff's office about 3 p.m. when she noticed a man breaking into her shed. The shed was used to dry medical marijuana, she also kept a laptop in the shed for business proposes. The burglar grabbed both her computer, and a large amount of dried medical cannabis.
The woman then called her father and a neighbor, they then grabbed their firearms and came to the rescue. They chased the robber to his vehicle, which then resulted in a car chase. Sheriff's deputies told the neighbors to cease pursuit of the suspect, and note as much information as possible.
As for the women's property, Sheriff's deputies found both the laptop and dried medical marijuana ditched close to the scene, police immediately returned her stolen property.
Monday, March 19, 2012
The Leaf Chronicle reports, the father discovered the marijuana after a power outage in their home in St. Bethlehem. After noticing the breaker was tripped, he began to track down the source of the problem, that's when he found 6 small marijuana plants growing in cups under a heat lamp behind a chair in his 17-year-old's room.
Clearly the father was right in being disappointed, his child was experimenting with substances and was manufacturing it in his home. But is this really an offense to turn him in to police and to the court to process him as a criminal? Experimenting with substances at such an impressionable age is bad and destructive, but an outrageous drug related criminal record, large fines and possible jail time is far more damaging on someone, especially when their a victim of being at a curious, hormone driven and self finding age.
Marijuana use among teens is a family and a society issue, not a court or law issue. We need to have more faith in ourselves and find a more productive, educational, social benefiting, responsible and caring way to deal with the issue of drugs and our children. Tossing them jail and giving them criminal records that haunt their future only creates more criminals, and damages the futures of those who could have been very valuable to society.
The outrageous myths and laws regarding marijuana has lead to numerous arrests, criminal activity, unnecessary fear, broken families and even turning in loved ones to the police. How long are these myths over a harmless plant going to destroy us?
The extreme action against this teen, just shows us that even the adults in our society, need to finish growing up.
Friday, March 16, 2012
The article outlines a debate on the topic between Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance arguing the pro marijuana side, and founding director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Robert DuPont on the con side. The article directed readers to view more details about the debate online which included an online poll about the topic.
The time to mature past the "Reefer Madness" perspective of marijuana is now, and we must continue to fight for marijuana rights to make the step towards restoring our freedoms. Be sure to check out the poll on the Costco website and make your vote.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
24-year-old Benjamin Armstrong of Salamanca was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Christopher Bomberry when they were pulled over on Route 3 in June of last year. But what Armstrong didn't know, was that Bomberry was transporting 4 pounds of marijuana in a spare tire.
The men were stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol and a drug sniffing canine alerted agents to the marijuana. Despite Armstrong's claims of having no knowledge of the pot, both men were arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a charge that literally haunts a person for life. Armstrong feeling like a victim of guilt by association feared for his future, and felt the charges were unfair while claiming his innocents, and apparently the judge deciding his case felt the same way.
“The charge that Armstrong acted in concert with Bomberry is based on nothing more than his physical presence in the vehicle,” Judge Richards wrote in his decision.
Charges against Bomberry will not be dismissed, and will stand.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
A controversial bill stirred up media and government attention last month when it was announced that a proposition to legalize recreational use of marijuana has made Washington's November ballot. The law will be the the first stepping stone to legalizing marijuana in the US if passed.
Washington's prop I-502 will allow voters to decide whether marijuana will be completely legal for citizens to use much like alcohol and tobacco is, and 502 is seeing huge support as supporters of the legalization referendum outnumbered opponents 48% to 45%. Petitioners collected over 355,000 signatures to get I-502 on the ballot, and recent polls show a majority of citizens in support of 502. But Washington state isn't walking this road alone. (Legal Recreational Marijuana may become reality in 2012)
Last Monday a similar bill qualified for Colorado's November ballot taking this first step for the United States a little further. Much like Washington's 502, the Colorado initiative will allow all citizens over the age of 21 to legally possess limited amounts of marijuana for all purposes. The motions of these bills mark a revolutionary era for pro marijuana supporters sending a message to the federal government about our want for marijuana rights, as supported by a recent Gallup poll which reports over 50% of Americans are for legalization.
The mass support behind the issue of legalizing cannabis and medical marijuana is so vest that presidential candidates and even the President himself are being forced to address the issue. Now voters hope to educate officials on their wants and rights by putting marijuana to the vote, regardless of what federal law says. Many agree whether their pro marijuana or not, that it's relieving to see voters push the issue of states rights.
The recreational use of marijuana was defeated in California and will not be on Novembers ballot, but other states like Michigan, Montana and even Arizona are working on doing their part to join the revolution. Many other states are working on their versions of the bill for 2016, the marijuana revolution is not going away.
Overnight four marijuana dispensaries were burglarized in Colorado Springs, and police need your help to catch the suspects.
All the locations were hit within a four hour time span, and police are not as of yet sure if all the robbery's are connected. The only information police have is from the robbery at Total Health Care which occurred at 2:30 am, two suspects forced their way inside, they then ransacked the business and emptied the cash register. The men did not take any of the medical marijuana or accessories.
The locations that were robbed were:
Total Health Care, 1635 West Uintah Street
We Grow Colorado, 2502 E. Bijou St.
Rocky Mountain Miracles, 2316 East Bijou St.
Happy Buddha Wellness Center, 3612 Galley Rd.
A fifth robbery also occurred at a dialysis facility within the same time frame, but again police aren't sure if the robbery is connected to the others, but police feel it is quite possible. That location is, Liberty Dialysis at 2508 Airport Road.
Police ask anyone with any information about these burglaries, to call Colorado Springs police at 719-444-7000, tips can also be text to 847411.
Please spread the word.
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