Friday, March 30, 2012

Man is robbed by Ninjas for medical marijuana

Medical marijuana growers and distributors will have to be extra careful these days, they are being targeted, by ninjas.

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

Landlord faces prison for tenants' medical marijuana

Just when you thought the unconstitutional acts of the federal government against medical marijuana states couldn't get any worse, they cross a seemly uncrossable line yet again. Now, if you rent out property, you can be subject to imprisonment if your tenant is a legal and licensed medical marijuana grower.

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.

Under state law Jonathan Janetski can rent to whom ever he wishes, as long as his property is up to code, maintained and he isn't knowledgeably harboring illegal activity. Two of Janetski's properties were rented out to state approved legal medical marijuana growers legally, but the two men were raided last year, arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

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

Man arrested after stealing marijuana, police returns property

Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man in connection with a burglary in Eureka, this after he was chased by armed neighbors last Thursday.

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.
 
The descriptions and information gathered lead to the arrest of 44-year-old Jack Mathew Roy, he was hiding under his bed when police found him at his home. Roy's arrests was a violation of probation for another past robbery. He is being held at the Humboldt County jail without bail.

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

Father rats out son's marijuana grow to police

If your a curious high school student with very conservative parents, then growing marijuana in your bedroom probably isn't a good idea. A Clarksville teen learns that the hard way, when he is arrested after his father discovers marijuana plants growing in his bedroom.

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.
 
The homeowner then contacted the 17-year-old's juvenile court officer and then reported him to the police. The marijuana plants and grow equipment were confiscated, and the teen was removed from school and taken to juvenile court where he will be charged.

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

Overwhelmingly support from Costco customers for marijuana legalization

In the March 2012 edition of the Costco Connection (which is a publication sent out to Costco Club members) they dedicated a page to the marijuana legalization debate. That's right, not to 5 gallon buckets of pickles, or 20 pound blocks of cheese, but rather a discussion on whether or not marijuana should be out right legalized.

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 poll was simple, it asked, “Should Marijuana Be Legal?” with a yes or no option. Visitors weren't required to be Costco members to vote, but who else other then mainly customers are going to visit the website? As of March 11th the polls were staggering on pro side of the debate, with over 89% in favor of legalizing marijuana and only 10% against it. The polls of course has no official reflection on the matter, however it shows that marijuana supporters are among all types of customers, voters, demographics and political origins, and not just couch potheads.

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.

Alex Webb
NewsFlash420

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Judge dismisses marijuana charge against man with pot in vehicle

Should individuals be subject to criminal charges for simply being present during someone else's criminal acts? Regardless of what we ourselves believe, thousands have been criminally processed due to a "Guilt by Association" type circumstance, but one St. Lawrence County judge disagrees with that old myth and makes a shocking decision that backs a citizens rights for a change.

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.
 
A decision made by Judge Jerome J. Richards states that prosecutors failed to prove Mr. Armstrong knew there was marijuana in the vehicle. He also sited that neither Border Patrol agents nor state police could testify that Armstrong confessed to knowing about the marijuana. Judge Richards then dismissed the indictment against Benjamin Armstrong.

“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.

 Judge dismisses marijuana charge against man with pot in vehicle - Phoenix Cannabis Culture | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/cannabis-culture-in-phoenix/judge-dismisses-marijuana-charge-against-man-with-pot-vehicle#ixzz1pGCh1eVN

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Marijuana Legalization rocking Nov ballots

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.

4 marijuana dispensaries robbed, police looking for suspect

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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