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US attorneys threaten California dispensaries at Sacto press conference

Posted on October 8th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaThe four United States attorneys for California came together at a Sacramento press conference Oct. 7 to announce that they would move against landlords who rent space to storefront operators of medicinal cannabis dispensaries. Breaking with past practice, they actually addressed the state's medical marijuana law—only to say that it is being abused by a fast-growing cannabis industry. "This is not what the California voters intended or authorized,” said André Birotte Jr., US attorney for the Los Angeles-based Central District. "It is illegal under California law."

Feds threaten California dispensaries with imminent closure

Posted on October 7th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

Shadow WatchFederal prosecutors this week warned several  California cannabis dispensaries they must close in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property. At least 16 dispensaries or their landlords received letters stating that they are in violation of federal law. The Associated Press obtained copies of the letters that a prosecutor sent to 12 San Diego dispensaries. They state that federal law "takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana."

Oakland's Harborside Health Center owes IRS $2 million in back taxes

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

medical marijuanaThe IRS has ordered Oakland's Harborside Health Center, biggest cannabis dispensary on the West Coast, to pay $2 million in taxes, ruling that the collective may not deduct standard expenses such as payroll and rent. "They're attempting to tax us out of business," protested owner Steve DeAngelo. Ironically, the same day he received the IRS letter, DeAngelo was photographed handing the Oakland treasury a $360,000 check —third installment of $1 million in city taxes  Harborside generated in 2010.

"Cannabis Libraries" proliferate in violence-torn Mexico

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

cannabisA park in Mexico City sports a small book stall known as the Biblioteca Canábica, or the Cannabis Library—part of an attempt by civil society groups to disseminate reliable information about illegal drugs for parents, teachers and youth. It's also a small way of raising the volume on a debate that is growing ever louder in Mexico: whether to legalize drugs.  "We want a healthier relationship with drugs," said Carlos Zamudio, director of the Cannabis Library project. "[T]he relationship we have now has brought us problems with violence and health. A healthier relationship requires regulating drugs in a different way."

Mexico: another Sinaloa Cartel kingpin busted —but still not El Chapo

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , .

MexicoNoel Salgueiro Nevarez AKA "El Flaco" (Skinny), the Sinaloa Cartel's top boss in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, was captured by army troops Oct. 5 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in what authorities called a precise operation with no shots fired. El Flaco's arrest "affects the leadership structure, as well as the operational capabilities," of the Sinaloa network in Chihuahua, the Defense Secretariat and Prosecutor General's office said in a joint statement. He is said to be the leader of a criminal gang called the Gente Nueva (New People), which serves as a local enforcement arm of the Sinaloa Cartel (also known as the Pacific Cartel) in Chihuahua. However, the cartel's maximum boss, Joaquín Guzmán AKA "El Chapo" (Shorty), still remains at large. (EFE, Borderland Beat, Oct. 5)

DEA busts medical growers in Oregon

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

cannabisOregon landlord and insurance agent Keith Rogers is protesting that some 30 DEA agents broke down doors on his five houses in Gold Hill Sept. 29, pointed guns at his wife, uprooted hundreds of plants and seized shotguns, cell phones and a tractor. He says he made sure the 20 people he allowed to grow cannabis on his property had checked out under Oregon's medical marijuana law. If state agents had searched his properties, "they would have happily drove off and did nothing," he said. Instead, "it was strictly DEA. They are throwing their weight around and saying the voters of Oregon don't have any rights."

Four San Diego dispensaries face eviction

Posted on October 1st, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CaliforniaSan Diego authorities said they have reached an agreement with a North Park landlord to evict cannabis dispensaries and massage parlors from his properties. San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the owner of the building, at 4009-4010 Park Blvd., agreed to evict four dispensaries and a dozen massage parlors after authorities determined the businesses were violating zoning laws. Police said they believe the cannabis businesses were the cause of recent increases in traffic, loitering and public cannabis smoking in the area. Goldsmith said the landlord agreed to pay $10,000 in civil penalties without admitting liability. (UPI, Sept. 30)

Imperial Valley checkpoint bust breaks records

Posted on October 1st, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

TucsonA record 14 tons of cannabis, valued by authorities at over $22.6 million, was seized Sept. 26 at a checkpoint some 60 miles north of the Mexican border in California's Imperial Valley. Agents found the cannabis in 1,100 bundles inside a tractor-trailer, the largest checkpoint cannabis seizure ever for the Border Patrol's El Centro sector. The bust also ranked as one of the biggest US checkpoint seizures outside a border crossing nationwide, according to Border Patrol spokesman Jonathan Creiglow. "This is definitely exceptional," Creiglow said.

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