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US Man Says Marijuana Is Sacred Part Of His Religion, Drug Charge Violates His Rights


Avon, Colorado – A U.S. man who claims marijuana is the main sacrament of his religion says a drug charge against him means he’s being prosecuted for his beliefs.

Trevor Douglas of the state of Colorado says he belongs to the Hawaii-based THC Ministry but was cited for marijuana possession after a state police officer pulled him over for having an expired license plate. The 25-year-old allegedly had less than an ounce of marijuana and a pipe.

Douglas told the Vail Daily newspaper that his religion is similar to Christianity and that the use of pot is sacred to him just like wine and bread are sacred to Christians.

According to its Web site, THC Ministry has offices in Los Angeles, Montana and Colorado.


US Detectives Leave ‘Ransom Note’ For Seized Pot; Suspected Grower Arrested After Calling


Marathon, Fla. – Investigators in the Florida Keys say they lured a suspected marijuana grower into turning himself in by leaving a ransom note in place of six seized pot plants.

The sheriff’s office in Monroe County says detectives discovered the plants in a wooded lot and confiscated them.

They left a phone number on a note that read: “Thanks for the grow! You want them back? Call for the price.”

Steven Alan Locasio called the number about 10 minutes later. Locasio offered $200 for the plants, and detectives agreed to meet him for an exchange.

Locasio was arrested and booked into jail on drug charges. He was expected to appear in court Tuesday. It’s unclear if he already has an attorney.

A telephone message left for Locasio was not immediately returned.


Two Nabbed After Sending Drugs To Wrong Address


HashMadrid – Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested two men who accidentally mailed a package containing three bars of hashish to the wrong address.

One of the men went to a courier company in the southern city of Malaga on April 6 and asked the employee to send the package, which contained wine, sausages and cakes in addition to the hashish, police said in a statement.

The following day the man returned to the courier company to complain that the package had not arrived at its intended destination only to learn that he had given the company the wrong address.

Police seized about 600 grammes (21 ounces) of hashish. They did not identify the two men who are aged 30 and 32.


California Assemblyman Suggests Legal Marijuana to Help State Income


Marijuana FieldSacramento, CA — A California state lawmaker says he has a plan to help get the Golden State out of debt.

He wants to legalize pot for people 21 and over, tax it and use the tax money to help raise billions of dollars.

State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says, “I think here in California we understand $14 billion is something that can’t be blown off. The state deserves to have a piece of it.”

That’s why San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is introducing legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana. He’s not talking about medical marijuana; he’s talking about pot used socially just like beer and wine.

Betty Yee of the State Board of Economics says, “The revenue impact of this proposal will generate over $1.3 billion.”

$990 million would come from a $50 per ounce levy, $350 million from sales tax revenue.

Marijuana is California’s top cash crop, according to federal government statistics valued at $14 billion in 2006.


Man Waiting for Tools Gets Brick of Marijuana


Brick of PotDenton, Texas — A man in Denton, Texas who was expecting a shipment of tools instead received a 30-pound brick of marijuana that police say is worth more than $10,000.

Officer Ryan Grelle says the man opened the box Monday night, realized it contained drugs and contacted police.

The package from the Pharr area was handled by UPS in McAllen on Jan. 6. and apparently was intended for a Dallas address.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reports no such address exists in Dallas, so the package wound up 40 miles to the northwest at the similar address in Denton.


“Make Some Extra Cash! Drug Use and Criminal Record OK”


SnitchAlbuquerque, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department has turned to the want ads for snitches.

An ad this week in the alternative newspaper The Alibi asks for “people who hang out with crooks” to do part-time work for the police.

It reads in part: “Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK.”

Capt. Joe Hudson says police received more than 30 responses in two days. He says one tip was a “big one” but won’t elaborate.

An informant whose tip helps officers arrest a drug dealer could earn $50. A tip about a murder suspect could bring up to $700.

It’s not the first time the department has run ads. In a program 10 years ago, police received so many calls they turned the phones off.


Man Offered Marijuana for McDonald’s Meal


onebillionstoned.gifVero Beach, FL — A McDonald’s cashier called 911 after a Vero Beach drive-thru customer allegedly offered to pay for his meal with marijuana.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said the cashier called Monday with a description of the vehicle the suspect had been riding in.

A deputy spotted the vehicle, found marijuana in the car and arrested its occupant, 27-year-old Shawn Alexander Pannullo.

Pannullo was charged with possession of cannabis and posted $500 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

A Sheriff’s report did not say what the suspect ordered at McDonald’s or if he ultimately purchased the meal using something other than marijuana.


Girl’s Party Leaves Dog In Coma


A BRITISH teenager has made Corey Worthington look like an amateur after her internet advertised party got so out of hand her dog was comatose and her house completely trashed.15-year-old Gemma Anscomb told her parents she was having a few friends around for a video night. But instead she had advertised a party on social networking site Bebo and invited everyone she knew.

When Robert and Julia Anscomb arrived home the next day they found their dog Bailey unconscious. He had overdosed on ecstasy tablets. Their dining room floor was covered in four inches of beer, their lap-tops, iPods and jewellery had been stolen and they found handcauffs and underwear in their eight-year-old daughter’s bedroom.


Cannabis Is Catch Of The Day For Irish Trawler


Dublin – An Irish trawler scooped up an unusual catch of cannabis worth up to 1.4 million euros (1.9 million dollars) in the Atlantic, customs officials said Tuesday.

The discovery of eight bales made up of 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of drugs was made on Monday about 50 miles (80 kilometres) west of Slyne Head, County Galway, western Ireland.

An investigation is under way involving the Irish navy, police and customs.


He Used WHAT?


Sydney – It was a stick up of a different kind for one Australian burglar, who broke into a neighbor’s house and played sex games in the bathroom with a bottle of toilet detergent and a vacuum cleaner.

A court in the northern city of Brisbane heard how 27 year old Jamie Lacey, high on drugs, broke into the house in September 2004, scattering pornographic magazines around the bathroom and making a sex toy from a bottle of detergent, a piece of wood and a rubber glove, the Brisbane Times reported.

Lacey was arrested in December 2006 after police matched DNA his DNA to that on the rubber glove, according to the Australian Associated Press.

A vacuum cleaner was also found in the bathroom, but the judge dismissed a defense submission that there was no proof the vacuum has been used for sexual purposes.

“I’m sure that your client didn’t hoover the carpets,” the newspaper and AAP quoted judge Tony Rafter as saying.

Lacey was sentenced to 12 months community service, with judge declining to send him to jail since he had held a steady job for two years and was now a father.


420 Temple Leader Seeks Religious Protection


LOS ANGELES – Jury selection is scheduled to begin tomorrow in the Los Angeles trial of a minister of a Hollywood church that uses marijuana during services.

The Reverend Craig X Rubin, leader of the 420 Temple, argued in a court hearing that marijuana is a religious sacrament and its usage in his church is protected under federal law.

But the judge ruled that Rubin could not use the federal law as a defense because he faces only state charges.

Rubin, who is representing himself, told the judge he would file a writ challenging the ruling and would consider a plea deal if it stands.

Rubin was arrested last fall and freed after posting $20,000 bail.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of possessing marijuana for sale.


Cop Avoids Charges In Pot Brownie Caper


Dearborn, Michigan – A police officer in this Detroit suburb was allowed to resign after admitting he took marijuana from criminal suspects and, with his wife, baked it into brownies.

The department’s decision not to prosecute former Cpl. Edward Sanchez left a bad taste in the mouth of at least one city official, who vowed to investigate.

“If you’re a cop and you’re arresting people and you’re confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that’s bad. That’s real bad,” City Councilman Doug Thomas told the Detroit Free Press for a story Thursday.

“That’s like apprehending a bank robber and keeping some of the money for yourself.”

The newspaper said Sanchez, who resigned last year, declined to comment Wednesday.

Police Cmdr. Jeff Geisinger left a phone message with Detroit television station WDIV saying Sanchez resigned during an internal investigation. Geisinger did not return subsequent calls asking why Sanchez was not prosecuted.

The department’s investigation began with a 911 call from Sanchez’s home on April 21, 2006. On a 5-minute tape of the call, obtained by the Free Press under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, Sanchez told an emergency dispatcher he thought he and his wife were overdosing on marijuana.

“I think we’re dying,” he said. “We made brownies and I think we’re dead, I really do.”

Sanchez later told police investigators that his wife took the marijuana out of his police vehicle while he was sleeping. In a subsequent interview, he admitted he got the marijuana out of the car himself, put it in the brownie mix and ate the brownies.


Porn Star’s Blog Has Tennessee Trooper in Hot Water


The Tennessee Highway Patrol has suspended a trooper who allegedly received a sexual favor from a porn star and recorded the act with a camera from his cruiser in return for ignoring her possession of illegal painkillers.

The woman, who goes by the stage name Barbie Cummings, said that at a traffic stop on May 7, trooper James Randy Moss found illegal painkillers in her car, but decided not to bust the Knoxville woman in return for a sexual favor.

Now Moss is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Safety.

The incident came to the attention of officials when someone filed an internal complaint against the veteran trooper, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning.

Browning told ABC News that he could add few details beyond a press release issued Friday that announced Moss’ indefinite suspension.


Hershey Sues Imprisoned Marijuana Candy Maker Alleging Trademark Infringement


San Jose, Calif. – It was a big enough bummer for Kenneth Affolter when he was sentenced to more than five years in prison for making pot-laced treats and soft drinks.

Now he faces the wrath of a candy giant.

The Hershey Co. has sued Affolter, 40, for giving his marijuana goodies names like Stoney Rancher, Rasta Reese’s and Keef Kat. Each came in packaging similar to Hershey’s Jolly Rancher, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kat candies, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said.

Hershey’s suit, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in San Jose, accuses Affolter of trademark infringement, trademark dilution and unfair competition. The company is seeking US$100,000 in damages.

Papers were served on Affolter on Tuesday while he was in a county jail awaiting transfer to state prison.

Affolter’s lawyer, David Michael, said he is negotiating with Hershey.


About 20,000 Marchers Smoke Up For Freer Pot Laws


Some 20,000 marijuana advocates blew smoke on the lawn of Queen’s Park and puffed away as they marched the streets of Toronto on Saturday.

The participants, taking part in the ninth annual Global Marijuana March being held in 232 cities, rallied to promote the legalization of pot in Canada.

Police watched the peaceful event, whose parade marshal was Marc Emery, the British Columbia resident nicknamed Canada’s “Prince of Pot.”

“It’s incredible that 20,000 people are meeting only 100 yards from the legislature to demand that marijuana be legalized, to celebrate our culture and to defy the law with almost open sanction of the entire City of Toronto,” he said.

Emery is in trouble with United States law enforcement agencies for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet. He faces extradition to stand trial on a number of criminal matters.

Toronto’s rally almost doubled in size this year, as about 12,000 residents openly smoked up during last year’s event.


Johnny Cash – Hurt


Johnny Cash’s final video, his cover of the Nine Inch Nails song ‘Hurt’

Nine Inch Nails video, the original of the Nine Inch Nails song ‘Hurt’

Marijuana Lab Explosion Injures Man


Miami – An explosion set fire to a Miami house being used to grow marijuana hydroponically on Wednesday and the force of the blast sent the occupant flying into the yard, police said.

The man, identified by police as Edel Mesa, 40, was badly burned on the chest, arms and legs and was in critical condition at a trauma hospital, investigators said.

“The house was pretty much destroyed,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Carlos Maura.

Firefighters extinguished the flames and called police, who seized more than 40 marijuana plants from the home, police said.

Arson investigators were trying to determine the cause of the explosion, but police said the man may have been using propane gas near the high-intensity lamps used to grow the plants indoors.

Police said Mesa was not immediately charged with a crime because of his injuries.


Toronto Police Charge 72-Year-Old Defence Lawyer With Drug Trafficking


Toronto, Ontario – Toronto police say they’ve charged a 72-year-old lawyer with drug trafficking.

Police allege the man trafficked the drugs to inmates in the city’s Don Jail. They say they arrested him on Tuesday after receiving a call about a “suspicious incident” at the jail.

Edmund Schofield, of Stratford, Ont., has been charged with trafficking marijuana and cocaine and possession of marijuana.


No Pot On Passover



In bad news for its religious Jewish supporters, Israel’s pro-marijuana party announced Tuesday that pot is forbidden on Passover.

Cannabis is among the substances Jews are forbidden to consume during the week-long festival, which begins Monday, said Michelle Levine, a spokeswoman for the Green Leaf party.

Biblical laws prohibit eating leavened foods during Passover, replacing bread with flat crackers called matza. Later injunctions by European rabbis extended those rules to forbid other foods like beans and corn, and more recent rulings have further expanded the ban to include hemp seeds, which today are found in some health oils – and in marijuana.

Green Leaf is a small political party that supports the legalization of marijuana. Although it is by no means a Jewish religious authority, the group decided to warn its observant supporters away from the drug on Passover.

“You shouldn’t smoke marijuana on the holiday, and if you have it in your house you should get rid of it,” Levine said.

But not everyone needs to give up their habit for the duration of the festival. The rabbinic injunctions banning hemp were never adopted by Sephardic Jews, who come from countries in the Middle East and North Africa. That means there is no reason they can’t keep smoking marijuana, Levine said, except that it remains illegal, despite her party’s best efforts.

Green Leaf contested the last three national elections but never won a seat, despite gaining popularity as a protest vote. Levine, who herself is from a religious family, said that the party has a large number of religious supporters. When her party is elected to the Knesset, she said, the religious MKs will be the first to support a bill proposing legalizing the sale of marijuana in coffee shops.

“Logic dictates that if the rabbis ruled that cannabis is forbidden during Passover – it apparently considered kosher the rest of the year. God created the flora and fauna so that man may enjoy them. And unlike many other things – God did not forbid the use of cannabis,” she said.


It’s Been An ‘All Out War’ On Pot Smokers For 35 Years


Since 1972, U.S. taxpayers have spent well over $20 billion enforcing criminal marijuana laws and 16.5 million people have been arrested. It’s time to put an end to this waste.

Thirty-five years ago this month, a congressionally mandated commission on U.S. drug policy did something extraordinary: They told the truth about marijuana.

On March 22, 1972, the National Commission on Marihuana (sic) and Drug Abuse — chaired by former Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond P. Shafer — recommended Congress amend federal law so that the use and possession of pot would no longer be a criminal offense. State legislatures, the commission added, should do likewise.

“The criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use,” concluded the commission, which included several conservative appointees of then-President Richard Nixon. “It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior, which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only with the greatest reluctance.

“… Therefore, the commission recommends … [that the] possession of marihuana for personal use no longer be an offense, [and that the] casual distribution of small amounts of marihuana for no remuneration, or insignificant remuneration, no longer be an offense.”

Assessing The Harm Of Illegal Drugs


Illegal drug use is here to stay. Human beings have used mind-altering chemicals for at least as long as we’ve cultivated crops, and if the US experiment with prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s taught us anything, it’s that criminalizing a product with such huge demand will do very little to stop people using it.

The UK leads Europe when it comes to the use of illegal drugs, topping the charts for cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and LSD, and coming second for cannabis use. As in most countries, there is a classification system for illegal drugs, from class A to class C. Class A drugs are supposedly the most dangerous and carry with them the harshest penalties for possession or distribution. Heroin and cocaine are both class A, barbiturates are class B and cannabis and steroids are class C. But as with many countries’ classification schemes, the harm that these drugs can do to users and societies doesn’t often match up with their legal status.

Now, a new paper published in The Lancet has looked at this issue and has put together a more rational scale to assess the relative levels of harm from drugs, both legal and illegal. The work was carried out by a cross-disciplinary group of rather eminent scientists, including Prof. Colin Blakemore, the head of the Medical Research Council (equivalent to the NIH). The study involved surveying two groups; a national group of leading psychiatrists, and a more general group made up of experts from a range of disciplines including forensics, pharmacology, the police and legal services, chemistry, and epidemiology.

The surveys were designed to rate drugs for harm for three different categories, on a scale of 0-3, with 3 being most harmful. Then an overall mean was taken. The categories were physical harm, dependence, and social harm. The first group of psychiatrists assessed the following drugs; heroin, cocaine, alcohol, barbiturates, amphetamine, methadone, benzodiazepines, solvents, buprenorphine, tobacco, ecstasy, cannabis, LSD, and steroids. You’ll note both tobacco and alcohol on that list. In the words of the authors’ “Tobacco and alcohol were included because their extensive use has provided reliable data on their risks and harms, providing familiar benchmarks against which the absolute harms of other drugs can be judged. However, direct comparison of the scores for tobacco and alcohol with those of the other drugs is not possible since the fact that they are legal could affect their harms in various ways, especially through easier availability.”

The second group looked at the same drugs, and also khat, 4-methylthio- amphetamine (4-MTA), gamma 4-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), ketamine, methyl phenidate, and alkyl nitrites, some of which are not illegal in the UK but are still misused. As you can see from the graph, in the opinion of these experts, some of the drug classifications are spot on, such as cocaine and heroin, but others are a surprise. Alchohol ranks number 5, despite being perfectly legal, whereas ecstasy, currently a class A drug, is one of the least harmful.

The paper highlights the failings of the current Misuse of Drugs Act, and although they do not suggest that alcohol or tobacco ought to be criminalized, from a scientific perspective they “saw no clear distinction between socially acceptable and illicit substances. The fact that the two most widely used legal drugs lie in the upper half of the ranking of harm is surely important information that should be taken into account in public debate on illegal drug use.”

The fact that the UK home office did downgrade cannabis from class B to C recently suggests that the UK government is at least open to the idea that their drugs policies might not have been working. Whether or not the same message will get through to US lawmakers seems unlikely to me. Although the “war on drugs” in the US is having devastating consequences on certain sections of US society, its also very big business for law enforcement, private prisons and other associated interest groups.


Three Tonnes Of Marijuana Found In Abandoned Truck On L.A. Freeway


Ontario, California – A truck with three tonnes of marijuana was found abandoned on a freeway ramp with its engine still warm, authorities said.

A California Highway Patrol officer saw the rented truck partially blocking the ramp Wednesday night and stopped to offer help before smelling marijuana, CHP Sgt. Telfinues Preszler Jr. said.

The officer found plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana in the back, with an estimated street value of US$20 million.

The truck was unlocked. Preszler said the engine may have overheated. He said there were no suspects and no real leads in the case.

“Somebody’s going be in some major trouble for walking away and leaving that quantity sitting on the side of the freeway,” Preszler said. “I’m glad I’m not him.”

The marijuana was turned over to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which will request a court order to destroy it, spokeswoman Cindy Beavers said.


Robot Chicken Trix Rabbit Parody


Silly Rabbit. He’s had too much sugar.

Robot Chicken’s Calvin & Hobbes Parody


This has got to be the closest things to a E! True Hollywood Story on Calvin if I’ve ever seen one. If it were true. Or, is it?…

My tiger’s a blood thirsty monster!

Star Trek… on drugs


Don’t we all wish. However, Donnie Darko says, don’t listen to the Rabbit.

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