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County Tax Official Caught Growing Marijuana In North Carolina

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Chris Maney, 46, was charged with possession and felony “manufacturing” of marijuana after officers claimed they found eight plants during a raid

​A tax administrator in Madison County, North Carolina was arrested after police raided his property and accused him of growing marijuana.

Chris Maney, 46, was charged with felony possession and manufacturing of marijuana after the raid by State Bureau of Investigation agents and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, reports Melissa Dean at the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Law enforcement had gotten a tip that Maney was growing pot next to his home, according to Sheriff Buddy Harwood. Detectives claimed they seized about 5.5 pounds of marijuana.
Eight marijuana plants in separate buckets were found in a field near the home, according to State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) spokeswoman Noelle Talley, reports North Carolina News Network. Cannabis seeds and “drug paraphernalia, including a scale,” were found inside the home, according to the cops.
“He faces charges of maintaining a dwelling for the possession and manufacture of marijuana as well as felony possession of marijuana and felony manufacturing of marijuana,” Talley said.
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​Maney was placed under a $15,000 unsecured bond.
Interestingly, Maney’s wife, Susan Maney, is the chief probation officer in Madison County. She was not charged.
Chris Maney had worked for the county for 23 years, since 1988. He was suspended with pay until further notice, according to County Manager Steve Garrison.
Garrison said Maney will remain on suspension until he is either acquitted or convicted.
“It is certainly unfortunate,” Garrison said. “He was a stand-up employee. There have been no previous incidents.”
So why are you even bothering this guy? He was doing his job. What’s the problem? Other than that stupid marijuana law, I mean.
Maney previously worked for the county’s Department of Social Services and served as director of community services from 2000 to 2008.
Although Madison County drug screens all new county employees, Maney had been with the county for more than two decades, so no drug screening was required for him to move into other positions.
“Unless an incident occurs that warrants (another drug screening), there is no process to screen existing employees transferring to another department,” Garrison said.
For WLOS ABC News 13 news video on the incident, click here.

Cops Find Marijuana Plants After Roommates Fight

Dumb and Dumber just went at it and screwed theirsevles with the stupidity.
An East Hampton man is being held on $40,000 bond and $20,500 cash after he was arrested on charges he menacing his roommate with a metal pipe and was growing marijuana at his house.
On Aug. 3 at 12:10 p.m., town police were called to Alejandro Fernandez’s house on Tub Oarsman Road by the alleged victim who said he been in fight with Fernandez. The man accused Fernandez of punching him in the face and chasing him around the backyard with the pipe.
Fernandez, who is 30, had left the house by the time police arrived.
Police asked the roommate to point out where the incident took place and was brought onto a large deck overlooking the backyard. The “officer noticed several orange pots with cannabis plants growing in them along the side fence,” a report said.
Meanwhile, Fernandez returned to the house and as another police officer went over to his pick-up truck and reportedly saw marijuana branches next to a pile of top soil in the back of the truck.
He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction, a felony, second-degree menacing with a weapon, a misdemeanor, unlawfully growing cannabis under the Public Health Law, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation.
Following an arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court, Fernandez was turned over to the Suffolk County sheriff’s office in lieu of bail.

Ex-NBA player Samaki Walker arrested after trying to eat his Marijuana


I’m going to assume the homie Samaki Walker was high as f*ck when he was pulled over Thursday night in Arizona. That would be the only way that I would attempt to eat over 10 grams of loud at a routine traffic stop.

Police seized the trees along with prescription pills and eight bottles of liquid steroids. The former NBA journeyman is currently balling in Syria, where steroids are legal. Cops weren’t trying to hear it and charged him with a misdemeanor for the steroids and marijuana.

Source: MSNBC

Case Dismissed; Men Want Their Medical Marijuana Back

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All charges against Guy Casey, above,
were dismissed — but the cops still don’t want to give his medical marijuana back.

​Two operators of a Tacoma, Washington medical marijuana dispensary beat drug charges earlier this year. Now they want their cannabis back.

Guy Casey and Michael Schaef said they are legally authorized to possess the marijuana seized during a raid and that the government no longer has any interest in the pot, reports Adam Lynn at the Bellingham Herald.
They’ve asked a Pierce County Superior Court judge to return to each of them 48 ounces of harvested marijuana and 30 plants — or their equivalents in cash.
Their attorneys contend that each plant — almost certainly dead now — was worth $3,000 to $3,500.
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​ “Here, it is clear that Mr. Casey is entitled to a return of the property at issue,” his attorney, Aaron Pelley of Seattle, wrote in a pleading filed in Superior Court. “The case has been resolved, and the property is no longer needed as evidence.”
Deputy Prosecutor John Sheeran refused. Schaef and Casey are in violation of Washington’s Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Sheeran claimed in a counter pleading.
Sheeran claimed the men have not proved they’re legitimate medical marijuana patients or providers, and they possessed five times more marijuana than allowed by law when they were arrested.
“A person who takes one step outside the rules set up by the Legislature loses the protections offered by the Act,” the deputy prosecutor claimed.
The two sides are scheduled to argue their case in court on August 9.
The outcome of the case could establish precedent in Washington state, where courts have yet to rule whether forfeiture laws apply to medical marijuana, Casey’s and Schaef’s attorneys wrote in their pleadings.
The two men — good friends as well as business partners — were arrested in May 2010 after agents with the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET) raided the North End Club 420 cooperative on Oregon Avenue and Casey’s home near Olalla, Washington.
Prosecutors charged Casey with two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.
Schaef was charged with three counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and one count each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.
Prosecutors claimed in court records that the men sold marijuana to people not authorized to have it, kept a larger supply on hand than the law allows, and charged exorbitant prices to enrich themselves.
Much of the case was based on the testimony of one confidential informant, who claimed to have witnessed such behavior.
Detectives seized 85 marijuana plants and about 11 pounds of harvested cannabis during the raid, according to Sheeran.
In February, prosecutors dismissed the case against Schaef and Casey, saying questions about the informant’s truthfulness made the prosecution “untenable.”
“The informant was the basis for this investigation and is an essential witness for the state,” Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Sievers wrote in paperwork dismissing the charges.
The following month, Casey made a motion for the return of his marijuana and other property seized during the raids. Schaef followed suit in May.
Both men said they first asked the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department, which is holding the property seized during the raids, to return their property, but were rebuffed.
The men said they and their families were treated badly by task force detectives and suffered emotional and monetary harm as a result of the investigation.
“Mr. Casey and his family, including his children, were held at gunpoint by the drug task force,” Pelley wrote in his pleading. “They were humiliated in front of neighbors, and the Sheriff’s Department issued press releases on the arrest.”
Schaef, a single parent, lost his ho0me as a result of his arrest and the financial burden the case put on him, and had to send his 17-year-old daughter to live with relatives, his attorney, Kent Underwood of Tacoma, wrote in court papers.
“His business reputation was injured by statements that he was not helping sick people but, rather, taking advantage of them,” Underwood wrote.
Sheeran, ignoring the fact that the case against the two men was dropped, claimed they were both “drug dealers” in his recent pleading, which begins, “During the months of March, April and May 2010, Guy L. Casey and Michael J. Schaef repeatedly delivered marijuana in violation of” state law.
The deputy prosecutor repeated the allegations made in the criminal case which had already been abandoned and pointed out that Casey drives a Hummer and has several active bank accounts despite reporting little to no earnings to the government.
Pelley and Underwood said their clients are legitimate medical marijuana patients and providers, and as such are protected by the Medical Use of Marijuana Act. Washington state law allows authorized medical marijuana patients to possess up to 15 plants and 24 ounces of harvested cannabis. Authorized providers can have up to 15 plants and 24 ounces, as well.
The law “specifically provides that qualifying patients and caregivers who are in possession of medical marijuana pursuant to a valid prescription … ‘shall not be penalized in any manner or denied any right or privilege’ as a result of the possession,” Pelley wrote in his pleading.
“Clearly, forfeiture of the medical marijuana and plants legally possessed cannot be considered anything other than a penalty … and that forfeiture cannot therefore be allowed under Washington law,” Pelley wrote.
Underwood wrote that while “there is no specific provision within the state statute for the return of property, not returning the property to Mr. Schaef would go against fundamental fairness.”
Sheeran, meanwhile, continues to claim that neither man has “lived up to the letter of the law” and therefore doesn’t deserve to get any of the marijuana back.
“While each (Casey and Schaef) has a doctor’s note saying he is authorized to use marijuana, it does not specify the specific condition from which he suffers,” the deputy prosecutor wrote, failing to mention that for medical privacy reasons, the law doesn’t require that information in the doctor’s note. “Defendants who fail to establish they have a ‘qualifying condition’ are not entitled to raise the medical marijuana defense.”
Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana under Washington state law include, among others, cancer, HIV, epilepsy, glaucoma, hepatitis C, and diseases that result in nausea, vomiting, seizures and muscle spasms.
If you’d like to email Deputy Prosecutor John Sheeran and tell him to give the two medical marijuana patients, Casey and Schaef, their property back, you can do so by clicking here.
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Marc Emery On Contracting Superbug: ‘Concerned’ but Feeling Fine

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By Jeremiah Vandermeer

Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery, imprisoned in the United States for selling cannabis seeds and using the money to fund projects like Cannabis Culture, has contracted the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. Emery discusses his current health status in this exclusive interview with CC.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a type of bacteria that can cause hard-to-treat infections in humans and even be fatal if not looked after properly, though many contract the bug and have few or no serious problems.

“I’m in good health and the MRSA only becomes a problem really during surgery if I were to have it,” Emery told CC in an interview via the Corrlinks electronic mail system. “Even then, there are antibiotics that work with MRSA. However, I did contract it with the brown recluse spider-bite, which has left scarring and discoloration on my left buttock.”

Emery, who has three years left before his prison release date, said getting the bug is “definitely a concern”, but that he is currently healthy and feeling fine.

“The medical staff here have always looked at my ailments promptly,” he said. “Alas, there’s nothing I can do about it, it will recur over time, but it is only a problem if an infection gets into the organs, bloodstream, or that sort of thing.”

The bacteria was found after a sample was taken from a boil Emery suffered from sitting on hard surfaces while being bussed between prison locations last April.

“They took a culture from it then and that came back positive for MRSA,” he said. “But the swollen boil did subside over a two-week period.”

According to Emery’s wife Jodie, activist and current publisher of CC, a former inmate of Marc’s contracted the bug and had a leg amputated. He died shortly afterward.

“[He] had an amputation of his leg and he just died of complications, so that terrifies me to think that Marc was there at the same time and it could be the same sort of strain,” she told CBC News.

Marc says he is watching his health closely, but doesn’t expect things to change much.

“It isn’t expected to affect my daily life but I do have to work my utmost to stay healthy,” he said. “The prison diet is lacking in vegetables and essential vitamins and minerals to maintain optimum health. That said, I eat very little junk food, drink only water as a fluid, try to eat any healthy food here as often as possible.”

MRSA is common in US prisons and can spread quickly because of the close-quarters and poor health conditions of inmates.

“Prisoners get MRSA in high numbers, as do people in any contained institution like hospitals, schools, and prisons,” Marc said.

There have been a flurry of news reports since Jodie Emery announced the news to the public, with some commentators pointing to the irony that the “highly contagious MRSA bacteria has already caused more health problems for Marc Emery than dozens of years smoking pot“.

But the irony seems to be piling on, as cannabis has been found to be one of the best antibacterial agents capable of fighting the superbug. Recent studies show that cannabinoids “could soon outshine conventional antibiotics in the escalating battle against drug-resistant bacteria” including MRSA. Read more from the Journal of Natural Products (PDF).

“Marc suffering this sort of dangerous infection after being extradited and imprisoned in the U.S. — after harming nobody at all — proves the insanity of war on marijuana,” Jodie told Postmedia News.

Watch Jodie on CBC News in this video:

Go to FreeMarc.ca for more information on political prisoner Marc Emery.

Article From Cannabis Culture and used with special permission.

Montana Cops Want Caregivers To Turn In Marijuana By July 1

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Montana caregivers are supposed to turn over their plants to the cops by July 1.

​Montana’s medical marijuana caregivers officially have less than two weeks to turn in their cannabis plants to the police to be destroyed, but one advocate says that’s not likely to happen.

On July 1, medical marijuana providers are out of business in the state, thanks to the new law, SB 423, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, reports Matt Leach at NBC Montana. The law supposed “takes the profit out of the industry” (actually, it only drives it underground — and removes the tax benefits to local governments) and forces caregivers to turn over any marijuana they might have on hand.
It’s not gonna go down like that, according to Tayln Lang of the Montana Medical Growers Association.

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Tayln Lang, Montana Medical Growers Association:
“This is a law that is basically based on fear and intimidation”

“I believe that all that cannabis that’s been produced by caregivers up until this point is going to make its way to the black market,” Lang said.
Under the old medical marijuana law, approved in 2000 by an overwhelming 63 percent of Montana voters, caregivers could help as many patients as they wanted. Now they are limited to providing for only three patients, and they’re not allowed to make a profit.
The new law also places strict new conditions for qualifying for medical cannabis, and strict rules on the doctors who certify medicinal marijuana patients, reports Matt Volz of the Associated Press.
Medical marijuana advocates are fighting back through the legal system. Montana Cannabis Industry Association attorney James Goetz asked Helena District Judge James Reynolds to approve a preliminary injunction that would keep the law from taking effect on July 1.
Some patients and their families content the new law will just force them to make illegal purchases by shutting down legitimate means of supply.
“The more I read about it the more absurd it is,” said 79-year-old Charlie Hamp. “They’re just trying to eliminate marijuana in Montana.”
Hamp testified that his wife Shirley, 78, stirs a medical marijuana tincture into her morning coffee at home in Bozeman to alleviate the pain after her esophagus was removed and replaced with the lining of her stomach.
He isn’t sure if his wife will still be able to get that tincture from her provider after July 1, or even whether the provider will be in business at all. Neither one of them knows how to make the tincture, nor do they want to ask their daughter and son-in-law to do it for them.
“This is a law that is basically based on fear and intimidation, and we don’t think that is fair to either patients or caregivers,” Lang said.
The new law specifies that caregivers will have to give up all their marijuana so that law enforcement can destroy it (probably one joint at the time). No caregivers have yet turned in their crops, as far he knows, Lang said.
“If you say, for example, that there are 30,000 patients in the state, and for each one of those 30,000 patients, six plants can be grown, that is a significant amount of cannabis,” Lang said.
But that cannabis won’t go to the cops, according to Lang, but instead will likely hit the black market.
That’s exactly where Lang expects patients who have been legally using marijuana to turn if they can’t qualify under the new, stricter patient guidelines.
“Of course that is the only place that patients are going to be able to get their cannabis from, so it makes sense that caregivers, folks that have been growing and producing it up into this point, are just going to leak that medicine into the black market,” Lang said.

Florida Leads the Nation in Indoor Marijuana Growing Busts

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Florida has some of the nation’s harshest laws when it comes to growing marijuana
— and it leads the nation in busts of grow houses.

​You’d think a place called the Sunshine State should be growing outdoors, but last year, more indoor marijuana grow houses were busted in Florida than in any other state, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Nationwide demand for high-potency marijuana has supposedly turned Florida into a top producer of hydroponic weed, reports Alexia Campbell at the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and hundreds of Floridians are turning their homes into grow houses.
Florida law enforcement agencies raided 818 grow houses in 2010, followed by California’s 719, according to the DEA, but not all agencies report their findings to the DEA.

The heart of Florida’s marijuana industry is in the south of the state, where police conduct numerous undercover stings in the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
Cops are complaining that growers are now learning “high-tech tricks” to hide their grow operations from investigators.
“The bad guys are getting smarter, and we’re not finding them all,” said Captain Joe Mendez, who oversees HIDTA’s marijuana task force in South Florida (can you imagine a more completely useless job?)
Tracking down individual growers has supposedly gotten harder, since many are now using closed circuit TV cameras to monitor their homes from afar. Police said they sometimes raid grow houses and find no one inside, according to Captain Mendez.
Large-scale growers have reportedly moved to rural Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade to evade nosy neighbors and police surveillance.
“They’ve gotten really sophisticated,” claimed Delray Beach Police Sergeant Phil Dorfman.
The supposed “huge profits” made from indoor marijuana grows create a never-ending battle for police, according to Captain Mendez, who claimed each pound has a street value of about $4,000 in South Florida.
Captain Mendez also made the ludicrous claim that “each plant produces about three pounds a year.” Remember, these are indoor plants we’re talking about, where the average is actually more like four to six ounces.
Law enforcement officials are pushing for — surprise, surprise! — “tougher penalties” for marijuana growers. Yeah, right! Those have just worked so well in the past, and with all that extra prison space and plenty of tax money available in Florida to pay for all this nonsense… Yeah.
But logic never stopped cops and politicians before, and in 2008 state legislators passed the Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act, a supremely stupid piece of legislation that lowered the previous level of 300 plants to qualify for a second-degree felony to just 24 plants.
Flori-DUH, indeed.
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