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Feds target LA dispensaries for closure

Posted on September 25th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaFederal authorities on Sept. 25 took legal action against over 70 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles County— sending warning letters to 68 properties, filing forfeiture suits against three, and serving search warrants at another three.  "Over the past several years, we have seen an explosion of commercial marijuana stores—an explosion that is being driven by the massive profits associated with marijuana distribution," said US Attorney André Birotte Jr in a statement.  "As today's operations make clear, the sale and distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and we intend to enforce the law. Even those stores not targeted today should understand that they cannot continue to profit in violation of the law." The statement said the targets include "all known marijuana stores in the Eagle Rock and downtown areas of Los Angeles, as well as the single store known to be operating in Huntington Park." (LAT, LA Weekly, Sept. 25)

Nevada County deputies conduct door-to-door checks under new ordinance

Posted on September 23rd, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaIn a new kind of cannabis crackdown in California's Nevada County, a special team of deputies is going door-to-door to make sure medical marijuana growers are following the law. The policy, ostensibly in response to some 200 complaints from neighbors, follows a new county ordinance. "The ordinance was designed to improve the quality of life in Nevada County," said Sgt. Guy Selleck of the Nevada County Sheriff's Department. "The complaints were basically driven from the odors of marijuana."

Barney Frank barnburner at Boston Freedom Rally

Posted on September 18th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

Barney FrankSpeaking before a crowd on the Boston Common at the 23rd Boston Freedom Rally Sept. 15, US Rep. Barney Frank said using cannabis is an individual choice that should not be criminalized. Frank said he has "been fighting for some time for a measure that will reduce crime very substantially," and will actually "make money for the government." Frank told the crowd: "We can reduce the crime rate by stop treating people as criminals because they have made the decision to smoke marijuana personally."

Montana high court: no fundamental right to medical cannabis

Posted on September 13th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

leafThe Montana Supreme Court ruled Sept. 11 that there is no fundamental right to cultivation, distribution or use of medical marijuana. Plaintiffs in the case sought to block enactment of a 2011 law, SB 423, a more restrictive measure that repealed an earlier law permitting the use of  medical  marijuana in the Big Sky state. Plaintiffs asserted that the new law violates rights of employment, health and privacy guaranteed by Montana's constitution. But the justices did not agree, with Justice Michael Wheat writing: "In pursuing one's own health, an individual has a fundamental right to obtain and reject medical treatment... But, this right does not extend to give a patient a fundamental right to use any drug, regardless of its legality." 

Mexican Peace Caravan Occupies Wall Street

Posted on September 10th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

caravanMexican poet and author Javier Sicilia spoke on the steps of New York’s Federal Hall, across Wall Street from the Stock Exchange, in a Sept. 7 rally by the Caravan for Peace With Justice and Dignity that culminated a tour of 27 US cities. About 20 of the caravan's 120 members have lost children, siblings or other relatives to the drug war, which Sicilia denounces as "false," "ignoble," and, above all, "lost." The caravaneros joined with local supporters in New York City to oppose the "war on drugs," and point to Wall Street's role in laundering narco-profits—while low-level traffickers, personal users and just ordinary people caught in the cross-fire pay with their lives and freedom both sides of the US-Mexico border. (World War 4 Report, Sept. 10)

Massive grow op eradicated on Hoopa Valley tribal lands

Posted on September 7th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

More than 26,000 cannabis plants from what authorities called a "sophisticated grow operation" were eradicated on Hoopa Valley tribal land in California's Humboldt County on Aug. 7. The Hoopa Tribal Police worked with the Sheriff's office, the Humboldt County drug task force, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the US Marshals Office, the California Department of Justice Narcotics Enforcement, the Bureau of Land Management and the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, according to a statement from the office of the sheriff. The Hoopa Valley Tribe, already hit hard by the methamphetamine plague, expressed outrage that large-scale growers had trespassed on their lands.

Eugene's Kannabosm dispensary raided

Posted on September 5th, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

The owner of a medical dispensary in Eugene, Ore., faces felony charges after police raided his business and two residential properties he owns Aug. 30. Detectives with Lane County's Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team executed warrant at Kannabosm, a dispensary that opened in June 2011. Police said Kannabosm's owner, 58-year-old Douglas County resident Curtis Dean Shimmin, was arrested and released from the Lane County Jail after being booked on charges of money laundering, tampering with physical evidence, and possessing, distributing and manufacturing marijuana.

Conservatives file suit to block Arkansas medical measure

Posted on September 1st, 2012 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

ArkansasA conservative Arkansas group seeking to prevent the state from becoming the first in the South to allow medical marijuana filed a lawsuit on Aug. 30 to remove an initiative from the November election ballot. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act qualified for the ballot after a statewide petition drive gathered the required amount of signatures. But the suit, filed in the state Supreme Court by the Coalition to Preserve Arkansas Values, argues the ballot's title is misleading and the text vaguely worded.

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