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Court denies marijuana reclassification, but ASA vows to try congressional bill- update;new legislation proposed - audio includedWritten by Bob Froehlich
Update: Feb. 14, 2013
Marijuana related federal legislation was introduced in Congress this Feb. 14 by Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon. The proposed bill, HR 689, would provide for the rescheduling of marijuana and for the medical use of marijuana in accordance with the laws of the various States.
Use the player below to hear more on this story, including an interview with 2nd District Congressman from California, Jared Huffman. This piece was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad, on the KMUD Local News, Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013
The original post of this story appears below.
On Oct. 16, 2012, the Court of Appeals in Washington DC began hearing oral arguments in the landmark case, Americans for Safe Access v Drug Enforcement Administration. The plaintiffs in this case argued that the DEA acted irrationally in ruling that cannabis belongs in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and that this scheduling of marijuana has harmed medical marijuana patients physically and financially. On behalf of Americans for Safe Access, Attorney Joseph Elford asked the court to force the DEA to reconsider its classification of cannabis as a dangerous drug without therapeutic benefits, arguing that the agency ignored 200 well-controlled studies which show cannabis has legitimate medical uses. On Tues., Jan. 22, 2013 the court issued its ruling on the case.
Use the player below to hear the outcome of that ruling and an interview with Chris Hermes from Americans for Safe Access.This story was aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, on Wed., Jan 23, 2013.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 18, 2013:
On 01-17-2013 at about 4:15 pm an Agent with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force received a telephone call from a Special Agent with the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force. The Special Agent relayed the following information to the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agent. On 01-16-2013 at about 2:00 pm an Iowa State Trooper made traffic stop on a vehicle traveling east bound on Interstate Highway 80 near Atlantic, Iowa for a traffic violation.
The State Trooper discovered 100 individual one- pound bags of processed marijuana in the vehicle. Two suspects were arrested from the vehicle. Through their investigation in Iowa Officers learned that the marijuana came from a residence located in the 700 block of Park Avenue, Arcata, California. With the information provided by law enforcement in Iowa a Drug Task Force Agent obtained a search warrant for the residence located on Park Avenue, Arcata.At about 6:30 pm the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Arcata Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriffâ€™s Office served a search warrant at the residence on Park Avenue.
Officers detained two subjects at the residence who were identified as Christopher Joseph Luddie age 21 and Patrick Joseph Wall age 21. When Officers searched the residence they located 122 individual one-pound bags of processed marijuana buds in one of the bedrooms. Officers located evidence of a butane hash lab in the residence, along with approximately one pound of hash. Officers also located an indoor marijuana growing room in the garage that had been recently harvested. When Officers searched one of the vehicles that was parked in front of the residence they discovered approximately $160,000 dollars in cash inside of a duffle bag in the trunk of the vehicle. Officers seized the money for possible asset forfeiture.
Wall and Luddie were both arrested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, for manufacturing of a hash lab and for conspiracy to commit a crime. Both subjects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail was set at $500,000 dollars each.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Iowa State Narcotics Task Force.
The photo below shows cannabis and cash confiscated in the case.
In Januaryâ€™s Cannabis Science Update: New research shows cannabis reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes; another study examines how cannabis mitigates pain, and a third study suggests the connection between cannabis and psychosis goes both ways. Also, several new polling statistics reveal a growing acceptance of cannabis legalization.
Use the player below to hear the January Edition of Cannabis Science Update.
Cannabis Science Update is a regular feature of the KMUD radio show, Cannabis Consciousness (1:30-3:00pm on the first Sun. of every month), and is written by Kerry Reynolds, read by Harold Day, and recorded by Dave Smith.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Dec. 10, 2012:
On 12-07-2012 at about 0800 hours, Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Rio Dell Police assisted the California State Department of Justice/ Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement with a search warrant at a residence located in the 1000 block of Riverside Drive, Rio Dell. Officers detained a subject, who lived at the residence and was identified as Nikolai Kaley Erickson age 37. When officers searched the residence they located 279 individual one pound bags of processed marijuana bud. Additionally another approximately 40 pounds of loose marijuana bud were located in the residence inside of pickle barrels. Officers seized $12,482 dollars in cash from the residence for possible asset forfeiture.
Erickson was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka. Ericksonâ€™s bail was set at $ 75,000 dollars. At the same time that officers were serving a search warrant at Ericksonâ€™s residence in Rio Dell, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents assisted California State Department of Justice Officers with a search warrant at two parcels located off Bear Creek Road, Dinsmore which are owned by Erickson.
At the property in Dinsmore, officers located evidence of an outdoor marijuana growing operation. Officers detained 9 subjects, who told officers they were hired by Erickson to help manicure the marijuana. Officers seized over 377 pounds of dried marijuana bud from the property. The nine subjects were identified and release from the scene. A street value of the marijuana seized in this investigation is over one million dollars.
This case is still under investigation by the State of California Department of Justice/ Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
The photo below shows suspect Nikolai Kaley Erickson
Growing marijuana ranges from very light touch, that is from using no additives except natural fertilizers, to the extreme of heavily utilizing commercial fertilizers, growth stimulants and pesticides. As is true for any crop that is consumed, how the plant is grown may have health implications for users. The increased sophistication of the marijuana industry along with moves toward legalization, and thus regulation, has created new practices, including laboratories that test the quality and safety of the product.
On Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012 KMUD News coordinator, Terri Klemetson, aired an interview with Alec Dixon, Director of Sales and Outreach and cofounder of a cannabis testing lab called SC Laboratories - the lab that will test entries to this year's Emerald Cup held at the Mateel Community Center, Dec. 15.
Use the player below to hear the audio clip of this news piece.
Alec Dixon, Director of Sales and Outreach of SC Laboratories: