Marijuana License Fee May Increase
Layoffs in the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, raising permit fees for marijuana cooperatives and doubling zip tie fees are topics on the Board of Supervisors Tuesday agenda. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman listed seven sworn positions for layoff, as the board directed him to do during its Nov. 30 meeting. "The sheriff recommends that additional funding be allocated to the Sheriff's Office, to avoid cuts to Public Safety," Allman writes under the portion of the agenda summary marked "recommended action/motion." Allman's list includes two sergeants whose layoffs would save $61,130 and $54,044; three deputies whose layoffs would save $41,202, $36,387 and $33,608; and two corrections deputies whose layoffs would save $39,644 and $37,482.
The layoffs, if they are approved, would be effective Jan. 22. Estimated savings for the remaining 2010-11 fiscal year is $303,497, and the annual savings would be $693,138. The discussion is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. Allman is also proposing to raise the current $1,050 fee to grow up to 99 marijuana plants to $1,500, a 42-percent increase. He also proposes doubling the cost of his zip ties, which growers attach to each marijuana plant that meets legal parameters, from $25 to $50."It has been determined that the marijuana cooperative license fee process requires more time," a summary justifying the increase states. "The more accurate time estimate is 20 hours. Implementation and oversight of the permit
Pot ads on Denver buses prompt complaints
DENVER—Marijuana conference ads on Denver-area buses have law enforcement groups complaining they promote illegal drug use.
The ads for this weekend's KushCon "cannabis lifestyle" convention in Denver are believed to be the first marijuana-related advertising on public transit anywhere in the country. The ads say "Have a Kush Day!" and promote the convention. Kush is a type of marijuana and the name of the California-based sponsor, Kush Magazine.
The Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police and the Colorado Drug Investigators Association have complained about the ads to the Regional Transportation District.
The Denver Post reports that RTD will keep the ads, but modify them to better reflect that they are paid advertisements.
Miley's Bong Fires Up Anti-Salvia Movement
Anthony Adams -- a former CA State Assemblyman -- tells TMZ it was irresponsible of Miley to smokesalvia, which he says can make "you do incredibly crazy things." Adams adds, "Miley is a star and young kids are going to emulate her behavior."
Back in 2007, Adams tried to get salvia outlawed and classifed as a Schedule I controlled substance -- the same as LSD and marijuana. When the bill was voted down ... Adams settled for restrictions on selling salvia to minors. It is still legal in California for adults.
After seeing the video of Miley smoking the drug, Adams thinks this is the perfect time to bring back his failed bill: "It's time for state and federal governments to renew their push toward an outright ban."
Portland Cops Bust $3.1M Pot Ring
Six men have been arrested on drug charges following an investigation that started earlier this year that looked into sophisticated marijuana grow and distribution. Search warrants were served Tuesday and Wednesday at 13 homes, Police said grow operations were set up in a number of homes, in some cases electricity being directly siphoned from power lines to lights, transformers and filtration systems.
The Evidence seized by police includes $74,000 in cash, roughly 2,400 plants with an estimated street value of $2.5 million, some 200 pounds of ready to deliver pot worth $600,000 and growing equipment valued at $200,000.
"Many of these 'grow houses' were specifically renovated to accommodate large-scale marijuana grows and many were not occupied by any residents," police said in a prepared statement. "This (drug operation) was a highly organized group of people and the operation was highly profitable."
Ivy League Student Arrested
Its hard to imagine that some of the most intelligent students that attend universities are pot heads and drug dealer, especially the ones that have their tuition paid by the Millennium Scholar where only 1,000 students per year are selected to attend the Columbia university and have their tuition paid in full by Mr. Bill Gates himself.
Jose Perez talked about how many of his friends from his hometown of Atlanta had taken a more dangerous path in life. "A lot of my friends got involved heavily with drugs, a lot of my friends dropped out of school, ended up in jail, ended up in gangs".
Unfortunately Jose Stephan Perez was one of these students that were selected for the full paid tuition. Jose Perez was arrested after he was caught trying to sell marijuana to undercover police officers. Jose Perez is still awaiting his day in court where he will probably face drug possession and drug dealing charges and may even end up losing his full paid scholarship.
O.C. marijuana firm plans major expansion
General Cannabis in Costa Mesa says it plans to capitalize on the expanding medical marijuana market that has made the plant California's No. 1 cash crop at $14 billion annually.
CNBC recently estimated the size of the U.S. marijuana market at between $45 billion and $120 billion.
General Cannabis is the first publicly traded company to create management services, Internet verticals, financial services and lobbying to support medical marijuana market, the company said. It intends to be the largest U.S. company specializing in medical marijuana through what's called a rollup (buying up small firms) of the fragmented industry.
General Cannabis has already made some purchases in pursuit of this strategy:
- General Health Solutions, Inc., which manages 10 California medical cannabis clinics and a call center
- General Merchant Services, Inc. that operates Cannapay Merchant Services, which provides credit card processing services to medical marijuana sellers
- Synergistic Resources, LLC., which specializes in turn-key management of California medical marijuana clinics under the name Marijuana Medical Evaluation Centers (deal announced Thursday).
California has more than 300,000 registered medical marijuana users, General Cannabis said. The company trades over the counter at about $4.
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