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April 2nd 2007
A 60-year-old Traralgon man will face court today charged with a string of drugs offences. Harold Willis was remanded in custody over the weekend after police searched a house in Little Crescent, Traralgon on Friday. It is alleged police found $30,000 in cash and three plastic bags cannabis heads at the house. Police allege the cannabis has a street value of $16,000. The defendant is charged with trafficking, using and possessing drugs and possessing the proceeds of crime. He will face the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court at Morwell today.
The biggest U.S. threat: dying marijuana users
Rocky Mountain Collegian
March 22nd 20007
Reading The Denver Post last Thursday, I noticed a small blurb about Angel Raich, a 41-year-old mother of two from Oakland, Calif., who suffers from scoliosis, a brain tumor, chronic nausea and other ailments. According to her doctor, medical marijuana is the only thing keeping her alive.
Sadly, a federal appeals court ruled last Wednesday that she can still be charged with federal drug charges.
It’s very unfortunate, especially for people who are suffering like Angel Raich, that the government chooses to ignore the evidence that marijuana can actually help people. One study done by the Institute of Medicine in 1999 found that ‘’the accumulated data indicate a potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for symptoms such as pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation.'’
Numerous other reputable organizations have also endorsed the use of marijuana for medical purposes (see www.drugwarfacts.org).
Opponents of medical marijuana still claim there hasn’t been enough research on the subject to legitimize making marijuana available to patients. Ironically, this is because marijuana is categorized by the government as a ‘’Schedule I Substance,'’ which defines marijuana as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. It’s sort of a Catch-22. Because marijuana is a Schedule I Substance, many restrictions are placed on research, and because there are these restrictions, it’s exceedingly difficult to provide ‘’sufficient'’ evidence to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category.
At any rate, the federal government has chosen to use its rather limited resources to charge Angel Raich with drug charges. The federal government has many purposes and duties, but investigating, arresting and trying dying mothers using our tax dollars certainly shouldn’t be one of them. Moreover, the federal government’s involvement in medical marijuana cases in California raises questions of Constitutional validity.
The United States was founded as a federal system, meaning that states are granted some manor of autonomy from the national government to make their own laws. In California, where Raich resides, medical marijuana is legal (the same is true in Colorado). However, it is illegal under federal law. Under the U.S. Constitution, the national government only has powers granted to it expressed in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Under the 10th Amendment, all other powers are granted to the States. The federal appeals court involved in this case cited Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Commerce Clause, to justify the national government’s interference in the affairs of California. The Commerce Clause says that the national government has the power to regulate commerce between states, but applying this to a person who gets her cannabis from private care-givers from inside California, as Raich did, is questionable at best.
Whatever the federal government’s reasons for its involvement, this woman is dying, and the government is taking away the thing that can help her live. I remember when Terry Schiavo was going to be taken off life support. There were protests, huge amounts of media coverage, and the involv ement of various elected officials on her behalf, including President Bush.
So where are the religious leaders now, preaching about the sanctity of life and the duty to help those in need? Where are the politicians introducing new legislation and condemning acts of heartlessness? But I suppose in the war on drugs, enemies like Angel Raich pose one of the biggest threats to the United States, right?
The couple’s school-age children were placed in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families...
March 16th 2007
A married couple sought in connection with a marijuana grow-op on Uplands Drive have turned themselves in. A 46-year-old Nanaimo man and his 33-year-old wife both showed up within hours of each other at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment over the night of March 8-9. RCMP are recommending charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and cultivation of cannabis. No names were released.
The two will make their first court appearance June 5. RCMP pulled 265 marijuana plants and a quantity of growing equipment and supplies from their Uplands Drive home March 8. The couple’s school-age children were placed in the care of the Ministry of Children and Families.
It isn’t known whether the children have been reunited with their family – privacy legislation prevents the ministry from commenting on specific cases.
'an illegal drug laboratory'
March 8th 2007
Three men have been charged with a string of drug offences after a series of police raids across the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Police swooped on several properties in Kenilworth yesterday and allegedly discovered about 60 cannabis plants, an illegal drug laboratory and items used to produce large quantities of amphetamines. A 27-year-old Kenilworth man and a 40-year-old New Farm man are due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today on numerous drug charges. A 19-year-old man was also charged with assaulting police.
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
March 8th 2007
Pune,India: Five more people were arrested Wednesday in connection with a rave party held near this city over the weekend and a large quantity of prohibited drugs and cash were seized from them.Seven kilograms of cannabis leaves and four kilograms of marijuana, besides Rs.350,000 in cash and five mobile phone handsets, were seized from the three held in Yervada. The prohibited drugs, albeit in a smaller quantity, 10 china clay cigars and two mobile phones were found with the women.
While three of the five accused - Ankush Babiya Singh, Anil Suresh Abhange and Deepak Gaikwad - are residents of Yervada, the two women - Zora Mustaq Sheikh and Ashrafi Fazal Mehboob Sheikh - are slum-dwellers from the Kondva Khurd area in city outskirts.
Singh has already spent 10 years in the Yervada jail after a conviction under the same Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that he faces again. He apparently took to drug peddling again after his release in 2003, More Psychotropic Substances.....
"I am disappointed in the attitude of the court"
March 7th 2007
A grandmother who advocates cooking with cannabis was found guilty of growing and possessing the drug by a jury who deliberated for just 15 minutes today.
Patricia Tabram, 68, was in breach of a six-month suspended jail sentence when police, acting on a tip-off, found four plants growing in a wardrobe at her bungalow in Humshaugh, Northumberland, in September 2005. They also found powdered cannabis in a jar next to her cooker.
The jury heard Tabram's claims that she used cannabis to ease her depression, as well as aches and pains she still suffers from two car crashes.
The jury of six men and six women came back with unanimous guilty verdicts for the two counts, one of possessing the drug and one of cultivating it. Judge Barbara Forrester postponed sentencing to a later date so reports can be prepared. Tabram, who is defending herself, told the court: "I am old and I am tired, and I am disappointed, not in the result by the jury.
"I am disappointed in the attitude of the court regarding someone my age with my health problems and the way I deal with it. Full Disappointed....
'clearly under the influence of drugs'
March 8th 2007
A young chap who grew cannabis on his parent's Shelbourne property trafficked 15pounds of the
drug within one year, a court heard yesterday. Daniel Webb, 21, pleaded guilty to nine charges in the Bendigo Magistrates Court, including trafficking, cultivating and possessing cannabis. Police found a hydroponic growing room in a tool shed when they raided his family's Nixons Road property on September 5 last year. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mark Snell said police found three mature cannabis plants,
They also found seven separate amounts of cannabis, cannabis seeds, scales and tubs of cannabis butter when they searched a unit Webb shared with his brother. It was claimed a variety of weapons, including swords, double-edged knives, a slingshot and baton, were also found.
While police were conducting the search, a man Webb knew arrived at the property and police established he was there for the purpose of purchasing cannabis, said Sen-Constable Snell. The court heard Webb was interviewed at the Bendigo Police Station the following day and was clearly under the influence of drugs...Full Influence....
'it takes about Rs 5,000 to grow 15-20 plants'
March 5th 2007
Krishnagar, March 5th: Weeks after stumbling upon hundreds of schoolteachers who had cannabis growing on their land, Nadia police have arrested one of them.
Police said Prahlad Mondal of Dhananjaypur Upper Primary School in Nakashipara, 130 km from Calcutta, did not pay any heed to the warnings of the district administration, which has been running an awareness campaign against the cultivation of cannabis.
The Telegraph had reported on February 14 that the police had found cannabis plants in the backyards of at least 500 primary school teachers. Ganja worth over Rs 20 crore has been destroyed during the crackdown launched in January. The cultivation is banned under the Prevention of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Many of the teachers had pleaded ignorance about the crop being cultivated on their land by hired workers or sharecroppers. But the police said many were into it for fast money. A full-grown hemp plant fetches between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000. It takes about Rs 5,000 to grow 15-20 plants, Full Grow......
Punjab is emerging as the new hub for smuggling
March 6th 2007
New Delhi, Punjab is emerging as the new hub for smuggling drugs into the country, a development attributed by the report of a UN body to the increase in cross-border movement between India and Pakistan.
Most of the drugs, particularly heroin, that are smuggled into India through Punjab are subsequently taken to New Delhi or Mumbai, traditional trafficking hubs, before being ferried further to other countries, the report said.
"Evidence suggests that Punjab has been emerging as a new hub for smuggling drugs into India," the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said in its annual report for 2006 on drug abuse.
"This recent development appears to be connected with the increase in the licit and illicit cross-border flow of goods and persons between India and Pakistan," INCB, an independent and quasi-judicial body of the UN international drug control committee, said. This accounts for over one-third of India`s total volume of cannabis seizures of 144 tonnes, it said. More Movement..
‘rave’ is to ‘talk wildly, as in delirium.’
March 6th 2007
The dictionary meaning of the word ‘rave’ is to ‘talk wildly, as in delirium.’ For a younger crowd, substitute dance, for talk. Though the rave party concept is old, even prehistoric by today’s standards, since it began in the 1960s, it continues to appeal to the hip youngsters of today for its mixture of a mood of abandon, electronic music and sadly, drugs.
Rave parties are quite common in parts of Goa, and in and around Mumbai too and occasionally, when the police gets to know of them, they get busted, as happened over the weekend. The Pune cops walked in, disguised as party goers, and arrested nearly 300 youngsters from different parts of the country.
It’s interesting to note that the cyber and economic crimes cell of the police picked up information on the party, since the word on the rave had been spread through a website. Even more intriguing is the fact that the party took place on Holi weekend, when Indian revelers traditionally imbibe bhang, a derivative of the cannabis or hemp plant.
As it always tends to happen, whenever a rave party is raided, reports tell us that among those who were arrested were call centre employees, air hostesses and students. The sub-text is clearly that these are the ‘types’ who routinely go in for such degenerate events and take drugs.
Let us look at the big picture here. The main drugs caught were marijuana, hashish, charas and ganja, all derivatives of hemp. A few synthetic party drugs were also found, Full Rave....
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