Marijuana backers ask investors for $28 million – Columbus Dispatch

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Marijuana backers ask investors for $28 million
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Backers of the push to legalize marijuana in Ohio are seeking $28 million from investors to bankroll their campaign and buy property for growing facilities. And a video has emerged from a key supporter saying that Roger Blackwell — convicted in 2005 ...
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Marijuana backers revising petition – Toledo Blade

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Marijuana backers revising petition
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Revisions to its proposed amendment include new provisions allowing people 21 and older to get a license to grow four marijuana plants; changing one of the 10 growing sites from Montgomery County to Delaware County, and lowering a state tax on retail ...

15 Tons Of Marijuana Seized At California Border – Huffington Post

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15 Tons Of Marijuana Seized At California Border
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LOS ANGELES, Feb 27 (Reuters) - U.S. customs officers at a California border crossing seized more than 15 tons of marijuana hidden inside a tractor-trailer shipment designated as a cargo of mattresses, the biggest narcotics bust ever at that port of ...
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Marijuana oil now allowed in Virginia for victims of severe epilepsy – Washington Post

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Marijuana oil now allowed in Virginia for victims of severe epilepsy
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed legislation Thursday allowing the use of medical marijuana oil for people suffering from severe epilepsy. As marijuana becomes legal in the District, advocates in neighboring Virginia said they thought even this ...
Virginia Governor Signs Law Protecting Patients Who Use Marijuana Oils For ...Huffington Post
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Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

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TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes.

Nigeria: NDLEA Arrests Two For Smuggling 66 Kilos Of Cannabis

February 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Kano State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested two ex-convicts for allegedly smuggling substances that tested positive to cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp).

The ex-cons, Ejike Martins, 53, and ThankGod Obums, 35, were caught along Emir Road, Sabon Gari, in a dark green Mercedes Benz Car with registration number AA809AJG containing compressed 104 blocks of Cannabis sativa weighing 66 kilogrammes.

“We responded swiftly to an intelligence report on the duo and when we got to their location at Emir Road, they were found to be in possession of compressed cannabis with a total weight of 66kg,” Ahmadu Garba, the NDLEA Kano Commander said in a statement Thursday.

“They have claimed ownership of the drugs stating that it was a joint business. They both contributed the start-up capital with which they invested in cannabis smuggling”.

Kano State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested two ex-convicts for allegedly smuggling substances that tested positive to cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp).

The ex-cons, Ejike Martins, 53, and ThankGod Obums, 35, were caught along Emir Road, Sabon Gari, in a dark green Mercedes Benz Car with registration number AA809AJG containing compressed 104 blocks of Cannabis sativa weighing 66 kilogrammes.

“We responded swiftly to an intelligence report on the duo and when we got to their location at Emir Road, they were found to be in possession of compressed cannabis with a total weight of 66kg,” Ahmadu Garba, the NDLEA Kano Commander said in a statement Thursday.

“They have claimed ownership of the drugs stating that it was a joint business. They both contributed the start-up capital with which they invested in cannabis smuggling”.

According to its preliminary investigation, the NDLEA said both suspects had been convicted in the past for drug-related offences.

In his reaction, the Chief Executive of NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said no drug trafficker would go unpunished in the country.

“The case history of Ejike Martins is a reflection of the rising capacity of the NDLEA as a strong institution”, he said.

“The data management system in the agency has significantly improved. Our transition from a short term to a long term undercover operations is yielding very positive results. The foundation for effective policing is strongly established and I can reassure Nigerians that no drug dealer shall go unpunished in the country.

“Unless drug traffickers quit the criminal act, we shall continue to bring them to book”.

The agency said that the suspects would soon be charged to court.



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Top Conservatives Are Totally Confused By Marijuana Politics – Huffington Post

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Top Conservatives Are Totally Confused By Marijuana Politics
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When pressed at an annual conference for conservative activists this week about their stances on marijuana legalization, several members of the Republican Party said that although they personally oppose legalizing the drug, they support states' rights ...
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U.K. Antique Dealer Business With Prince’s Trust Fund ‘Sold Cannabis To Pay Bills’

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An online antique dealer who set up his business with help from the Prince’s Trust sold drugs in a bid to pay the bills, a court heard.

Nathan Little, of College Street, Long Eaton, pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis, which was found by police on September 30 last year.

The 29-year-old, who appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday February 27, broke down in tears as he was given an eight-month jail term, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

The court heard how police found 22 cannabis plants grown by Little in a house last year – ten were assessed as being mature, with younger plants found in a cupboard.

Defence lawyer William Bennett said: “There was a commercial aspect to his actions, he sold cannabis to his friends to pay for bills.”

As well as the cannabis plants police also found associated paraphernalia in the house.

The court heard how Little had cooperated with police from the outset and admitted his guilt at the earliest opportunity.

In mitigation, Little had asked his lawyer to offer a public apology to his parents.

Mr Bennett said: “He realises how much shame he has brought on his family’s name.

“Since the shock of these proceedings he has managed to stop smoking cannabis, and this is a habit he had been dealing with for ten years.”

Throughout the sentencing Little appeared distressed and tearful.

Mr Bennett told the court how Little had become more focused on his business since quitting the drug.

Little had set up an online antique dealing business with money from the Prince’s Trust – a youth charity which supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or are struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Recorder Satinder Hunjan QC said Little had shown remorse. But he added: “Since the previous occurred you have turned your life around.”

As well as his suspended sentence and victim surcharge, Little was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.



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The Legalization Of Marijuana Is Debated At CPAC

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The arguments were, “Think of the children,” versus, “Everybody’s doing it” - and if those two cliches weren’t enough, the debate kicked off at 4:20 p.m.

The debate over marijuana legalization at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference re-filled the conference’s main ballroom after a few hours of venue-emptying panels Thursday afternoon.

Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and libertarian presidential candidate, took the pro-weed side while former New York Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle argued against legalization.

“Having a debate right now over whether or not to legalize marijuana is kind of like having a debate over whether the sun is going to come up tomorrow,” Johnson said, drawing cheers from the audience.

“I am one of the 100 million Americans who have used marijuana,” he added. ”I am anything but criminal for having done that.”

While Johnson donned the mantle of sometime-weed-smoker, Buerkle burnished her credentials as a “mother of six and grandmother of 16,” setting the tone she’d adopt for the entire debate.

“We are on the cusp of finding out just what kind of damage this drug can do,” Buerkle said, comparing marijuana today to tobacco in the 1950s. ”Do we want to stupefy our youth? That’s what marijuana and drugs do.”

She also harped on the damage that drug addiction can wreak on families, and referenced ”brain-scrambling mental effects,” cancer-causing properties and addictive qualities of marijuana smoking.

Buerkle decried the “softening of the conservative movement” on marijuana legalization as Johnson disagreed.

“Conservatives ought to embrace the fact that these are people making their own decisions,” Johnson said of marijuana smokers. “Freedom, liberty!”

He went on to call cannabis a “miracle drug,” predicting, ”In 20 years, 20 percent of all pharmaceuticals will be cannabis-based. This stuff really has genuine, healing properties to it.”

He called marijuana “a safer alternative” to alcohol and harder drugs, and hammered the point that, ”half of everybody you know has done marijuana.”

Legal weed is taking over the U.S. in an inevitable wave — and that’s a good thing, Johnson said.

Buerkle took umbrage at what she perceived to be Johnson’s cavalier take on marijuana use.

“It isn’t funny that we’re putting our kids and the future of this country at risk,” she said. “Can anyone tell me that legalizing marijuana will increase our greatness?”

Where will the Republican party end up on the issue of marijuana legalization?

If the hearty cheers for both speakers at the 2015 CPAC debate is any indication, the rift within the party on the weed issue is hard and deep — and its unclear if it’s bridgeable.



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Ex U.K. Soldier Who Turned Drug Dealer To Fund His Cannabis Habit Is Spared Jail

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A former soldier who turned cannabis dealer after he used the drug as pain relief for a battle injury has been spared jail.

Marc Turpin, 35, damaged his shoulder during a career in which he saw active service in Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland and Kosovo.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that after his discharge he began to use the illegal drug as a pain killer.

When police raided his girlfriend’s home in September last year they found seven bags of cannabis in £10 deals, along with a debtors list of cash he was owed from his sales.

Prosecutor Simon Worthy told the court; “He accepted the bags were in deals and said he had been supplying to his friends over a period of time and there would be evidence of that on his mobile phone.

“He accepted he made a note of money owed to him by friends. He had been supplying for a short period of time.”

Turpin admitted possession with intent to supply.

His barrister Glen Gatland told the court: “His shoulder problem exacerbated last year. He then turned to smoking cannabis as a palliative measure for that injury.

“He would buy cannabis and his friends would then ask him for some.

“Rather than just supply out of his own, he would buy a larger amount for less money, then they could buy their cannabis from him.

“It was in a very limited circle of friends, just three or four.”

Mr Gatland said Turpin has now found work as a crane operator, and his involvement with drugs stopped on the day of the raid last year.

Turpin admitted the dealing had gone on for about a month.

Mr Justice Leggett sentenced Turpin, of Beckford, Washington, to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with a six-month curfew and £250 costs.

The judge told him: “Given the nature of this offence it is one where I must pass a custodial sentence."

“I am going to suspend the sentence to give you a chance to learn your lesson and put your life back on track. I hope you take that chance.”



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