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This November 4th is a crucial time for California voters who support the legalization of marijuana. Vote YES on PROP 47.
“On the heels of reforming its harshest-in-the-nation Three Strikes law in 2012, Californians are now poised to refine six low-level, nonviolent offenses, including simple drug possession, from felonies to misdemeanors. Proposition 47 would then dedicate the savings — likely more than $1 billion a year — to schools, victim services, and mental health treatment. With retroactive sentencing and expungement provisions, the impact of Prop 47 in California on wasteful corrections spending and individual lives would be profound and surely resonate across the country.”
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Posted by CN Staff on September 22, 2014 at 05:34:07 PT
By The Associated Press
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Denver — Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.
Members of Operation Grow4Vets said the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization also says it gave out 400 bags of marijuana-infused products at the Denver Cannabis Giveaway.
“We’re really here to help them with their medical conditions,” including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, the group’s founder, Roger Martin, himself a veteran, told – KDVR-TV http://bit.ly/1sfQhGK “There’s a wide variety of ailments. Anything that involves pain.”
Stephanie Burton, a veteran Army nurse, told KCNC-TV – http://cbsloc.al/1wWO6ca – that she struggles with PTSD, and marijuana helps her sleep at night. Afghanistan veteran Brian Nance, 29, said he used marijuana to wean him off morphine after he fell 40 feet into a ravine and broke his back.
“I’ve been using cannabis, and it’s been helping me,” Nance said. “If I don’t have to take a pill for four to five hours, for me, that’s a big deal.”
But pot critics questioned whether the event was safe. Colorado this year rejected marijuana as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, so the condition is not on the list of ailments for which doctors can recommend medical marijuana. But it is legal in the state to give away pot for free. And Colorado allows any adult over 21 to buy the drug in recreational stores.
Bob Doyle of the Colorado Smart Approaches to Marijuana Coalition said organizers of Saturday’s event were reckless to give away a drug that can also cause paranoia and may have other unforeseen side effects.
“Obviously things that we would not want somebody with PTSD to be experiencing,” he said.
Grow4Vets now says it is launching a new project called Save 1,000 Vets that aims to provide 1,000 veterans with a free lifetime supply of marijuana-infused goods.
Information from: KCNC-TV
Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Published: September 21, 2014
Copyright: 2014 The Associated Press
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This article, posted on September 12, 2014, alerts us to the illegal trespassing of a group of armed men working for a security company named “Lear Asset Management”. They carry weapons and trespass on your property, cutting down your marijuana grows. They claim to be working with law enforcement, but as we see it, if they are armed and dangerous and trespass, then you have the right to defend your property…at all cost!
MENDOCINO COUNTY (KPIX 5) — There’s been some mysterious activity in the skies over Mendocino County lately. Folks who live there want to know: Who are the armed men dropping out of helicopters to chop down their marijuana grows?
They dress in combat camouflage, some of them hide their faces. This summer, a group of men in Mendocino County loaded into helicopters and flew missions to eradicate marijuana. They’re not police officers. They work for a security company called Lear Asset Management.
According to their promotional poster, the group works with law enforcement. That’s why Susan Schindler suspected the posse, when her medical marijuana garden was hit last month.
“They took hand saws and just cut the trunks,” Schindler said.
Schindler said the armed men in camouflage dropped into her garden from an unmarked helicopter and refused to identify themselves. “There was no paperwork, no copies of any warrants they didn’t leave any inventory of what they took,” she said.
She told KPIX 5 that she is following all the county regulations: 25 plants per parcel, the legal limit in Mendocino County. And she said the strain of cannabis she grows has no street value: It really is medicinal.
“The irony is that this whole garden that was destroyed was not a garden that would get you high,” Schindler said.
Lear Asset Management’s president Paul Trouette turned down KPIX 5’s request for an interview, but said Lear had nothing to do with the raid on Susan’s garden.
So we asked Mendocino County’s sheriff, Tom Allman. “The sheriff’s department doesn’t hire any private security to go out and do our job,” he said.
Allman said his deputies have conducted some recent raids, including several in Susan’s area on the day she was hit. But he says his guys wear badges and clearly identify themselves.
“So are they seeing things?” We asked him. “Or is it just the fact that they are mistaken?”
“I think there are some people who may become paranoid this time of year,” he said.
But Schindler has another theory: Whoever is behind it, she believes she’s an easy target. “I think they tried to find places where they saw nobody, I think they tried to find places where they would not be confronted with guns.”
So it’s still unclear who exactly is raiding the pot farms. The security company, Lear, insists they are only staying on the private property that hires them. And that’s perfectly legal.
Article Source: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/09/12/mysterious-men-dropping-from-helicopters-to-chop-down-norcal-marijuana-grows-mendocino-county-lear-asset-management/
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