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Maine Police Return Stolen Marijuana To Caregiver

Posted on  October 18, 2012 by  News Admin

 The police brought an estimated $12,800 worth of marijuana to Thomas Davis of Ellsworth, Maine, last week. While very few of us have had the opportunity to avail ourselves of such an exclusive delivery service, licensed medical marijuana patient and caregiver Davis got the plants back because he had reported them stolen, reports Ron Recinto at The Sideshow. The plants were stolen from a greenhouse near Davis's home. Ellsworth Police arrested Aaron Pert, 32, of Trenton, Maine, and charged him with burglary, theft, firearms possession, and marijuana possession after he admitted to the crime. Pert was caught when a car he was in got pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. He was released from jail Friday morning on a $500 unsecured bail. Pert proved quite talkative, eventually telling the cops where he'd stashed the freshly harvested plants. Police recovered the cannabis after learning its location, reports Mario Moretto at the Bangor Daily News. The cops then wrestled with the question of whether to destroy the marijuana -- which they would normally do with "illegal drugs" -- or return it to Davis, since he's a licensed medical marijuana caregiver (grower) under Maine state law. The police claimed they were worried about violating federal law if officers returned the medical marijuana, since cannabis remains a Schedule I controlled substance under the federal Uniform Controlled Substances Act. "This is new," Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said. "No one's dealt with this before." According to Page, this may be the first reported burglary...

I-502 Fight Behind DEA's Seattle Dispensary Letters?

Posted on  August 28, 2012 by  News Admin

  Were medical marijuana dispensaries targeted for opposing I-502, which is sponsored by Seattle's city attorney? The Drug Enforcement Administration letters sent out to 23 Seattle-area medical marijuana access points on Thursday are already stinking to high heaven, just over 24 hours later, as allegations of improper influence cloud the air. According to Toke of the Town's well-placed source in the Washington cannabis community, Seattle Attorney Pete Holmes saw, at Hempfest, the strong opposition to Washington state Initiative 502, the "legalization" measure with a strict and unscientific DUI provision that has torn the community asunder. And, according to this version of events, Pete decided he really didn't like the medical marijuana industry very much. Our source tells us that when Holmes got home from Hempfest, still smarting from public relations drubbing the No On 502 folks handed the Yes team at the protestival, he allegedly influenced his good friend U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan to send the letters which went out to dispensaries on Thursday. "Pete Holmes and Seattle's city government were hopping mad at the medical marijuana industry after Hempfest," our source claimed. When Holmes, according to the source, contacted his friend Durkan  -- the top federal prosecutor in Western Washington -- she had the list drawn up of 23 dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools and parks, drafted the letter, and distributed it Thursday. According to our source, Holmes even went so far as to tell the lawyer of one dispensary, "I can get your client jacked up federally...

Is I-502 Marijuana Legalization? Is It Good For Washington?

Posted on  August 16, 2012 by  News Admin

  The Washington State Office of Financial Management has finally released its much anticipated report on the marijuana "legalization" initiative, I-502. (See link to the report at the end of this article) While it claims that the state could see a financial windfall in the billions from the taxation and regulation of cannabis, it also warns of some very serious consequences and the possibility of zero revenue. Steve Sarich, a well known Seattle area medical marijuana personality and anti-I-502 activist, sued the Office last month, stating the early numbers being used "are so far off it's incredulous." He and the other activists that joined the lawsuit demanding a new report that included all the risks, including possible results from federal lawsuits. That report came out on Friday, August 10. When I asked him about it, he responded with the following: "It will either bring in $0 or $2,000,000,000. Do you really need a degree to come up with numbers like this or just Vanna White spinning a big wheel with random numbers on it?" "The new report is more embarassing than the last," Sarich said. "The revenue assumptions are based on the state stores owning 100 percent of the market for marijuana in Washington. This would never happen regardless of any of the state regulations, pricing, or criminal penalties." "New York is losing millions of dollars in tax money on cigarettes because of the black market that's developed there because the state raised the tax on a pack of cigarettes...

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