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29 Palms Marijuana Raid ~ 200 Plants

Sheriff seizes over 200 marijuana plants in 29 Palms

 Search warrant served Thursday afternoon at 6667 Sage Avenue



The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department seized over 200 marijuana plants from an illegal outdoor cultivation operation in Twentynine Palms on Thursday afternoon.


Deputies served a search warrant at the residence, located at 6667 Sage Avenue, at about 2 p.m. The investigation revealed the marijuana cultivation was illegal and not in compliance with California medical marijuana laws and/or the city of Twentynine Palms Municipal Code prohibiting marijuana cultivation, according to the sheriff's release.

In addition to the 200 marijuana plants seized, deputies also found about 60 pounds of recently harvested marijuana which was being processed for sales, authorities said.

Two suspects were arrested at the residence and are now facing charges for cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales.

Authorities said 46-year-old Phaphone Rasaphone and 53-year-old Oudom Sayasane, both of Twentynine Palms, were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

The charges against the suspects are under review by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.

Morongo Superior
03/14/2016 1315 Dept: M2

Sex: Male
Age: 56
DOB: 04/05/1962

Sex: Female
Age: 46
DOB: 06/02/1969

Arrest Date: 03/10/2016

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Utah 2 Arrested for Cannabis ~ Facing 15 years

The sheriff's office said deputies found several heat-sealed packages of marijuana inside a duffel bag in the trunk - weighing about 4.3 pounds.

Also found in the car, officials said, were items of drug paraphernalia including syringes and equipment used to produce Cannabidiol oil.

Hatch and Barry W. Herbert Jr., 32, of Roosevelt were arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail.

Both men were set to make their initial court appearances Monday afternoon. 

The crime of trafficking in marijuana is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Ada sheriff: Utah men had 4 pounds of pot in car

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LE Number: 1066939 Cell: 754

C/O Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Dr.
Boise, ID 83704

Offender ID: 1066939
DOB: 04/29/1983
Age: 32
Race: White
Gender: Male
Location of Offender: Ada County Sheriff's Office

Donald Ray Hatch 
LE Number: 1066940 Cell: 742

C/O Ada County Jail
7210 Barrister Dr.
Boise, ID 83704

Offender ID: 1066940
DOB: 12/16/1978
Age: 37
Race: White
Gender: Male
Location of Offender: Ada County Sheriff's Office

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Indiana Cannabis Bust ~ 3 arrested

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Nearly 50 marijuana plants seized from Morgan County home, 3 arrested

CLOVERDALE, Ind. (Feb. 26, 2016)– Nearly 50 marijuana plants were seized Thursday in Morgan County.

Police say the plants were part of an indoor grow operation at a home on Alaska Road.

The home was set up with lights, fertilizers and insulation materials.

James Day, 48, and Thomas Day, 54, both face charges of possession of marijuana over 30 grams, cultivation of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

Brian Day, 21, was arrested for visiting a common nuisance.

James Day # 38554
160 N. Park AVE
Martinsville, IN 46151

Thomas Day # 29795
160 N. Park AVE
Martinsville, IN 46151

Brian Day # 190783
160 N. Park AVE
Martinsville, IN 46151

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Ohio Cannabis arrest ~ 123 pounds

123 pounds of marijuana found in car with Colorado plates during Ohio traffic stop

Kelly Harding, 47, and Craig Voigt, 46 were arrested in West Jefferson, Ohio. January 13, 2016 Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled over a 2014 Subaru Station Wagon with Colorado plates on the I-70 between Dayton and Columbus. Which of course lead to a drug-sniffing dog as they were pulled over for  for allegedly following to closely. You make the connections?

A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle and a warrant was obtained to search it.  Kelly and Craig are both from Carbondale, Western Colorado. Sadly both men are now facing felony charges because cannabis  found in their car during a traffic stop in Ohio- had it been Colorado would they still have been arrested? 

Law enforcement claims to have found 123 pounds of marijuana. Law enforcement want to believe that 123 pounds of marijuana is worth around $615,000. WOW! That is $5,000 a pound. Unheard of in the cannabis industry and community.

Horrifically, Harding and Voigt face charges for possessing and trafficking marijuana. Both men are facing up to 16 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. 16 YEARS FOR A PLANT? No-one belongs in jail for a plant.

I search and discovered both men are in custody at Tri-County Regional Jail.

DOB: 11/13/1969
AGE: 46

DOB: 4/23/1968
AGE: 47


Tri-County Regional Jail
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Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044


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Spokane will vacate marijuana possession convictions

The Washington state legislature can not seem to pass a law that would vacate misdemeanor marijuana convictions so- one city decided to take matters into its own hands. Anyone guilty of a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge in the city of Spokane will soon be able to have the conviction removed from his/her criminal record.

Spokane City Council on Monday voted 6-0 to pass legislation that will vacate municipal court convictions for misdemeanor marijuana possession prior to July 2014. But the convictions won’t go away automatically.

City Council President Ben Stuckart said he expects that by early next year those with possession convictions will be able to fill out a form with Spokane’s Municipal Court at the Public Safety Building to have the conviction vacated.

Supporters argued that the recent legalization of recreational marijuana made it unfair to penalize those who had been convicted of a low-level marijuana crime; those with the conviction could face difficulties finding housing and jobs, officials said.

Spokane’s measure was modeled after a state bill introduced earlier this year but never made it out of committee. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, who proposed the measure, said it’s unfair to penalize people with low-level convictions over a drug that’s legal to possess in Washington.

“To me this is a no-brainer,” he told The Huffington Post. “If you’re 21 and have a misdemeanor conviction for having a little weed, you could carry that for the rest of your life — that’s not justice.”

By early next year, Spokane residents will be able to apply to have their convictions vacated by Spokane Municipal Court. The law only applies to municipal court convictions, ensuring that felony drug charges are heard in district court, The Spokesman-Review reports.

From 1997 to 2012, 1,817 convictions for misdemeanor marijuana possession were delivered in Spokane Municipal Court, according to court data included in a city briefing paper. The decision doesn’t affect offenses in Spokane County District Court. 

He said an overwhelming number of those convictions were handed down to African-American and Native American residents. African-Americans make up 2.9 percent of the population, yet 13.7 percent of misdemeanor marijuana convicts between 1997 and 2012 were black, Stuckart said, citing court data presented at the hearing.

“There were definitely some racial equality issues with these convictions,” Stuckart said. “You see that throughout the criminal justice system. I hope this vote spurs other cities to act.”

He said he also hopes the vote will help students looking for federal aid or housing programs, since the federal government penalizes people applying for these program who have drug-related convictions.

Portland’s Metropolitan Public Defender’s office is holding “expungement clinics” to help low-level felony or misdemeanor convicts get a clean record if 10 years have passed since their conviction and they have not reoffended. More serious convictions, like growing marijuana, could be up for record-sealing in 2016, according to CBS Seattle.

Stuckart said he would like to see Spokane pave the way for other cities — and even the state — to embrace vacate laws. “Across the country, we need to give people second chances,” he said.

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Pike County, IL ~ Marijuana Arrest 2016

13 pounds of cannabis seized during I-72 traffic stop; street value of $90,000

13 pounds of cannabis seized during Pike County, IL traffic stop; street value of $90,000

On Thursday, two males were stopped at a traffic stop conducted by a trooper with the Illinois State Police at 10:45 p.m.

A rented Ford Focus was stopped at milepost 26 on I-72 in Pike County, Illinois.

The Trooper observed indicators of criminal activity and a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded over 13 pounds of suspected cannabis and $1,700 in cash.

Estimated street value of the suspected cannabis is over $90,000.

Anthony D. Hackey, 37, and Myron S. Maye, 55, both of Los Angeles, California were transported to the Pike County Jail and lodged on drug related charges.

The West Central Illinois Task Force and the Pike County Sheriff's Department assisted with the investigation.

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Marijuana Was Once a Legal Cross-Border Import?

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 stamp required for legal import and export of the drug.

Did You Know... Marijuana Was Once a Legal Cross-Border Import?

One hundred years ago, the federal government was not overly concerned with marijuana, the common name for the Cannabis sativa L. plant. Initially spelled "marihuana," it was also known as hemp, Mary Jane, Mary Warner, and by variety of other terms. Most Americans seemed unaware of its presence, let alone its exploitation as a drug.

By the 1930s, several state governments and other countries had banned the drug. The U.S. government hesitated, in part because therapeutic uses of Cannabis were still being explored and American industry profited from commercial applications of hemp fiber, seeds and oil.

Marijuana was not classed as a major drug-unlike opium and heroin, which were prohibited under the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 and subsequent restrictive legislation. As the political climate changed, Federal Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner Harry Anslinger became a powerful anti-marijuana voice. His campaign against Cannabis led to the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, under which the importation, cultivation, possession and/or distribution of marijuana were regulated.

Among the act's provisions was one requiring importers to register and pay an annual tax of $24. A Marihuana Tax Act stamp, affixed to each original order form and marked by the revenue collector, insured that proper payments were made. The customs collector maintained custody of imported marijuana at the port of entry until required documents were received, with similar regulations governing marijuana exports. Shipments were subject to searches, seizures and forfeitures if any provisions of the law were not met. Violation of the act resulted in a fine of not more than $2,000 and/or imprisonment for up to five years.

In principle, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 stopped only the use of the plant as a recreational drug. In practice, though, industrial hemp was caught up in anti-dope legislation, making hemp importation and commercial production in this country less economical. Scientific research and medical testing of marijuana also virtually disappeared. By 1970, marijuana was classified and restricted on par with narcotics and new, tighter laws were enacted. Changes have occurred over the last 40 years. As of January 2012, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, though this is still not permitted under federal regulations.

Just prior to the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, the Customs Agency Service compiled a Narcotics Manual that reported: "Marihuana may be cultivated or grown wild in almost any locality. Inasmuch as this drug is so readily obtained in the United States, it is not believed to be the subject of much organized smuggling from other countries." Today, however, marijuana trafficking is a major concern of CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Well over 3 million pounds of "pot" were confiscated at our borders in 2011, making an impact on this multibillion-dollar illegal enterprise.

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Marijuana hidden in carrots

Marijuana hidden in a carrot-like package, part of a total of 2,493 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge in a carrot shipment.

CBP Detects Over One Ton of Marijuana at the Pharr International Bridge

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted 2,493 pounds of alleged marijuana that was concealed within a commercial shipment of fresh carrots.

“Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the U.S./Mexico border,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “Our officers are always ready to meet those challenges and remain vigilant towards any type of illicit activities.

On Jan. 10, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer with a commercial shipment of fresh carrots arriving from Mexico. After referring the conveyance for a vehicle non-intrusive imaging inspection, CBP officers conducted a secondary inspection on the enforcement dock, which included assistance from a canine team. The examination revealed packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the bags of carrots. Officers removed and seized a total of 2,817 carrot-shaped packages of alleged marijuana which carry an estimated street value of $499,000.

This case is currently under the investigation of agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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UNGASS On Drugs ~ 2016

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DEA Eases Requirements for FDA-Approved Clinical Trials on Cannabidiol

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DEA Eases Requirements for FDA-Approved Clinical Trials on Cannabidiol

DEC 23 (WASHINGTON) - The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently eased some of the regulatory requirements imposed by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for those who are conducting FDA-approved clinical trials on cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of the marijuana plant.  These modifications will streamline the research process regarding CBD’s possible medicinal value and help foster ongoing scientific studies.  The DEA notified affected researchers by letter of the changes, which take effect immediately.  

Federal Regulation (21 CFR 1301.18) requires researchers conducting CBD-based clinical trials under an FDA Investigational New Drug Application to have a DEA research registration.  This registration permits the possession of an approved amount of CBD for a specific research protocol.  Prior to now, researchers who expanded the scope of their studies and needed more CBD than initially approved for had to request, in writing, a modification to their DEA research registrations – potentially delaying that research while the modification underwent an approval process that includes both the DEA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Under these changes, a previously registered CBD clinical researcher who is granted a waiver can readily modify their protocol and continue their research seamlessly.  This waiver effectively removes a step from the approval process.

Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance because of the presence oftetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.  Because CBD contains less than 1 percent THC and has shown some potential medicinal value, there is great interest in studying it for medical applications.  Currently, CBD is a Schedule I controlled substance as defined under the CSA.  Though the FDA approves drugs for medical use in the United States, the DEA regulates the handling of all controlled substances, including those being used by researchers to conduct studies

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