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Chicago Cops Unveil Biggest Marijuana Bust In 20 Years Chicago police unveiled the biggest marijuana bust in the city in 20 years the day after the City Council approved marijuana decriminalization for 15 grams or less. Citing safety reasons for officers involved in the investigation, police say they had to wait to announce the bust until today. “We’re talking about an ongoing investigation that it was not appropriate for us to do this two days ago,” [Police Supt. Garry] McCarthy said at a West Side press conference, surrounded by dozens of green plastic bales filled with dope. “We had agents and police on the street and there’s no way Garry and I were going to put them at risk,” added Jack Riley, special agent in charge of the Chicago office of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. On Tuesday some eight tons of marijuana was found near a Chicago warehouse. Authorities say it was a shipment from Mexico via Texas. McCarthy went on to describe illegal drug sales as the “the lifeblood of gangs that are involved in violence day in and day out.” Which is 100% true. But for every eight tons confiscated, an untold amount of tons hit the streets, filling the pockets of violent people with cash. Cops can smile next to bales of weed for the cameras, but they are not reducing drug use and are making criminals rich. http://the420times.c...st-in-20-years/ Trix
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Cooking With Marijuana Q. What's the best way to consume marijuana in a recipe? A. Marijuana butter is the family's desired way to ingest marijuana, along with sprinkling dried marijuana herb on almost any food. Q. How long does it take to make marijuana butter? A. Let the process slowly simmer for at least one hour. Q. Can I freeze cannabutter for later use? A. Yes, cannabutter can be frozen like any other butter. Q. Can I buy some of Grandma's marijuana cookies? A. NO, sorry you have to make your own cookies, brownies and cakes, for now. Q. Do you accept other weed recipes? A. YES, feel free to email any marijuana recipe, we'll try it, if people like it, we'll pass them along for others to enjoy. (Send me a PM message and we can discuss, and hopefully place your recipe on display) Q. What kind of recipes can I expect? A. You can expect main course dinners, side dishes, lunch, breakfast, soups, salads, desserts, snacks, bread and drink recipes. The goal is to cover a wide variety. You also get shown more than just marijuana butter to cook with. Q. Is eating better than smoking marijuana? A. YES, eating marijuana is a longer more potent buzz. It personally helps us sleep more soundly. It also helps with our arthritis so we can use our hands more efficiently. Q. Can I cook with the new herb smoke known as legal buds? A. Yes, the psycho active aspects of legal buds are different than marijuana, legal bud will have it's own unique taste and feel. http://www.greencookbook.com/ NOTE: These are someone elses opinions, Not my own. Link provided below from the source. Trix
Over the last two days some 35 DEA agents spent their time pulling marijuana plants from a 40-acre area near Warner Springs in northeastern San Diego County. The seizure, which took place at a place called Sunshine Summit, was the biggest marijuana seizure on private property in the county’s history. The DEA was assisted – that’s right, 35 well-trained adults weren’t enough to pull plants – by a multi-agency Narcotics Task Force. There were also two large water tanks, chemicals for fertilizer, and a 30-round magazine for a semiautomatic weapon found on the property. It’s hard to fathom that the combined training of these individuals couldn’t be used toward better purposes. Why couldn’t they be used in investigations involving violent criminals; those who are a danger to society? And how much money was wasted on this plant-pulling operation? Dozens of man hours and resources used to seek out and destroy medicine while many go without proper healthcare and real crime goes unnoticed. When will the madness end? http://the420times.com/2012/07/dea-agents-remove-41000-marijuana-plants-from-40-acre-site-in-san-diego-county/ Trix
Restrictive new ordinance passes 4-1, sharply limits sites where dispensaries may locate Ordinance will make it harder for patients like Rudy Reyes, a Cedar Fire victim burned over 60% of his body, to obtain medical marijuana.“Virtually all of them are either undeveloped land, cement factories, mining operations, even land that’s zoned for treatment of radioactive materials,” -- Kate Valentine of Americans for Safe Access July 2, 2010 (San Diego) – A restrictive new ordinance passed Wednesday by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will sharply limit locations where medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed and make it extremely costly for operators. The measure passed by a four-to-one vote. Supervisor Ron Roberts cast the lone dissenting vote. “I think we’re violating the spirit of the law,” said Roberts, referring to the ballot initiative approved by California voters 14 years ago to legalize medical marijuana. The new regulations limit dispensaries to industrial zones and require an armed license, video monitoring and license fees of up to $20,000. Supervisor Dianne Jacob introduced an amendment which further restricts allowable locations by increasing minimum distance between dispensaries and homes from a proposed 500 feet to 1,000 feet, as well as raising distances from churches, parks and schools from 600 to 1,000 feet. These are the same distances required for strip clubs. County planners contend that there are at least 15 potential sites that could meet those guidelines, including areas near Gillespie Field and the Ramona Airport, as well as freeway-close locations in Alpine, Borrego Springs, Campo, and Julian. But there’s a big catch. “Virtually all of them are either undeveloped land, cement factories, mining operations, even land that’s zoned for treatment of radioactive materials,” said Kate Valentine of Americans for Safe Access, a group that supports access for medical marijuana patients. There are no buildings on the sites, Valentine added. So add costs of building a new structure to the already steep price of opening a dispensary in the unincorporated area. Supervisors Pam Slater-Price and Greg Cox acknowledged that patients may have to drive long distances to get their medical marijuana prescriptions filled in cities within the county where permitting is more lenient. Slater-Price cautioned patients to refrain from taking their medications until after they drive home. Supervisor Horn recently expressed frustration that federal law prohibits distribution of medical marijuana in pharmacies. San Diego’s Board of Supervisors have fought a long battle against medical marijuana access. In 2005, Supervisors Bill Horn, Slater-Price and Jacob voted to oppose a state law that required counties to create medical marijuana registries and issue I.D. cards to patients. The County’s district attorney also helped federal drug agents crack down on dispensaries locally. Supervisors used taxpayer money to file a lawsuit in 2006 seeking to overturn Proposition 215, the measure passed by both state and county voters a decade earlier. The County lost its case in court but fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which last year refused to consider the County’s appeal. Critics of medical marijuana dispensaries contend that some are fronts for illicit drug use. Strolling down the boardwalk at Venice beach, the air is redolent with the aroma of weed. A hawker outside a marijuana clinic advises passersby that “the doctor is in.” Several speakers from anti-drug groups asked Supervisors to ban marijuana cooperatives outright, an option that County Counsel has said would not be legal. Where to strike a balance between reasonable access for patients suffering from cancer or other medical conditions while preventing access to unauthorized individuals remains a bone of contention. At Wednesday’s hearing, numerous medical marijuana patients testified that medical marijuana provided their only source of relief from painful and debilitating symptoms –with fewer side effects than other prescription pain medication options. Medical marijuana is also useful in alleviating nausea among chemotherapy patients. The County’s new ordinance requires dispensary operators to maintain accurate records of transactions including names and contact information of suppliers. It also prohibits sale of foods or beverages containing marijuana. The clinics would be regulated by the Sheriff, a choice some medical marijuana advocates have also criticized, arguing that the Department of Health and Human Services would be a preferably regulatory entity to have oversight over dispensaries. “I’m more convinced than ever that what we’re doing is the wrong thing,” said Roberts, who also cast the lone dissenting vote in 2009 against drafting the controversial ordinance. In casting that vote, he stated, “At some point, some of the leaders of this community need to accept that (Proposition) 215 is the law.” Roberts’ opponent in the November election, Steve Whitburn, also supports patients’ access to medical marijuana and opposes the County’s tough new ordinance. But Jacob insisted that the Board has taken the high road. “What the staff brought before us is the best we can do,” she concluded. http://eastcountymag...e.org/node/3686 Trix