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Calgary Police Log 58% Drop In Illegal Marijuana Grow Op Offences

CANADA:  Calgary has seen dramatic drop in arrests, charges and search warrants related to illegal marijuana grow ops since 2009, but legal weed operations are posing a growing challenge for local law enforcement.

Offences connected to illegal grow ops plunged 58 per cent, according to police data provided to Metro, but while those numbers have declined the number of people growing legally is on the rise, according to Alberta’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)’s Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT).

“Many of the same people that previously we had arrested for illegal grow operations, now suddenly have medical marijuana permits,” said CPS Staff Sgt. Keith Hurley, who oversees ALERT’s Green Team, which monitors illegal drug production.

Marijuana Grow Ops Wreck Properties

AUSTRALIA:  In addition to incurring unwanted complications involving law enforcement, the running of marijuana grow operations by tenants can pose a plethora of hazards to the condition of rental properties as well as the health of current and subsequent occupants.

One of the chief hazards to properties caused by marijuana grow operations is water damage, given that the illicit cultivation of cannabis involves running what are essentially indoor farms.

Water damage can in and of itself can severely compromise the material condition of a property, resulting in the rotting of timber structures and the rusting of steel, as well as the de-lamination of key materials such as plywood and the destruction of carpeting, wallpaper and paint.

The presence of water in tandem with other aspects of marijuana grow operations also provide the ideal conditions for the proliferation of mould.

Law enforcers raid 22 businesses, homes and warehouses connected to suspected marijuana grow operations

MICHIGAN:  State, county and federal police agencies in connection with the state Attorney General’s Office have raided 22 properties in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw and Jackson counties at the conclusion of a seven-month investigation into illegal marijuana cultivation and sales.

The investigation yielded over 500 plants, “a large quantity of processed marijuana,” multiple weapons and “several” arrests, according to a press release issued by the state police Monday. [Read more…]

Law enforcers raid 22 businesses, homes and warehouses connected to suspected marijuana grow operations

MICHIGAN:  State, county and federal police agencies in connection with the state Attorney General’s Office have raided 22 properties in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw and Jackson counties at the conclusion of a seven-month investigation into illegal marijuana cultivation and sales.

The investigation yielded over 500 plants, “a large quantity of processed marijuana,” multiple weapons and “several” arrests, according to a press release issued by the state police Monday. [Read more…]

Colorado Set To Prohibit Marijuana Co-Op Growing Operations

By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

COLORADO: Colorado was set Monday to outlaw marijuana growing co-ops soon after the state Senate unanimously approved a bill making it a crime for people to cultivate recreational pot for other people.

The bill supported by the office of Gov. John Hickenlooper passed 35-0 but it was unclear when he would sign it. There are no state estimates on how many collective recreational marijuana growing operations exist in Colorado, though they are popular among users who share the cost of electricity, water and fertilizer to grow their pot.

Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, but it has a nagging black-market problem. Law enforcement and state lawmakers attribute the black-market problem in part to weak restrictions on who can grow pot.

The Colorado state constitution authorizes people over 21 to grow their own pot, or to assist someone else in growing pot. That language allows groups to designate a single “farmer” to care for their marijuana plants, allowing them to avoid pot taxes that approach 30 percent, depending on the jurisdiction.

But police groups and Hickenlooper, a Democrat, have called on lawmakers to curb the practice of assisting other recreational pot users.

The bill had already passed the House.  The governor plans to sign another bill this week in the state’s pot crackdown. It limits the number of marijuana plants that can be grown in a home to 12 plants, which would force medical marijuana users authorized to grow more than 12 plants to grow it in agricultural or commercial locations or to buy it from dispensaries that tax marijuana.

Hickenlooper plans to sign that bill this week, his office said.  The bill passed Monday also provides $6 million a year in marijuana tax revenues to give law enforcement agencies more money to investigate illegal pot growing operations.

Proposed Marijuana Rules For Oregon Set Licensing Fees, Grower Limits

OREGON: Marijuana growers producing for the recreational market would be required to pay $3,750 or $5,750 a year to maintain a state license under draft rules issued Friday.

Others, such as marijuana wholesalers, processors and retailers, would pay $4,750 annually for a state license.

The fees, which marijuana industry representatives say are excessive, are spelled out in the latest draft of temporary rules issued Friday by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Revenue generated from annual fees will, in turn, fund Oregon’s oversight of the recreational marijuana industry.

Growing Hope: The Fight For Medical Marijuana For Epileptic Kids

COLORADO:  January 22nd 2015 was a brisk, cold day. All the trees in Richmond, Virginia were bare from a harsh winter. As the chill blew up the hill in the city’s historic Shockoe Slip district, several families began to emerge from a hotel in the shadow of the State Capitol.

Lisa Smith was there with her 14-year-old daughter, Haley. Beth and Patrick Collins were there too, accompanied by their 15-year-old daughter Jennifer. Later, they would be joined by Teresa Elder, her daughter Ashley, and Teresa’s 22-year-old son, Tommy.

Lisa Smith and her daughter Haley with Virginia House Speaker James Howell, Republican.

Haley, Jennifer and Tommy are desperately ill with extreme forms of epilepsy. They have illnesses so insidious they have stymied a virtual army of doctors and specialists. But these families believe that oils made from a cannabis plant might help their children where they say all other anti-epilepsy drugs have failed.

GOP Medical Marijuana Bill Has Oils, Legal Growing

TENNESSEE:  Marijuana legally grown, processed and given for treatment at the recommendation of a doctor in Tennessee could become a reality if lawmakers approve a new Republican-led initiative.

The chances of changing current law aren’t fantastic: Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, put the odds of the General Assembly approving his limited medical marijuana plan this year at “50-50, plus or minus 5 percent.” The anesthesiologist argues the science behind the need for medical cannabis oil is more concrete.

“The data is improving every day. I’ve read 50, 60 papers and abstracts, and it looks like 60 percent plus of those have some sort of beneficial effect,” Dickerson said.

Neighbours Worried About New Industrial Marijuana Grow-Op

CANADA:  Whonnock residents fear their bucolic way of life will be ruined if plans for a large medical marijuana greenhouse are approved by Health Canada.

The conflict began about a year ago after a company purchased 15 acres of farmland in an area surrounded by smaller acreages. The property, which is in the Agricultural Land Reserve, was traditionally used for intensive agriculture, according to its new owner, Dan Sutton, managing director of Tantalus Labs. The company plans to continue that tradition, building a 40,000-square-foot greenhouse to grow marijuana.

But neighbours say the new crop is unlike any other farm use.

“We’re not against this industry, the problem is the location,” said Sylvie Jensen. “Industrial grow-ops don’t belong in a place like this.”

 

City Of Revelstoke To Regulate Medical Marijuana Grow-Ops

CANADA:  The City of Revelstoke is proposing to allow medical marijuana grow ops only in parts of the city zoned light industrial.

Staff is asking council to give the go-ahead to develop a new bylaw that would create rules and regulations surrounding legal grow-ops in the community.

The bylaw would add a definition for Medical Marijuana Production facility and add its use to light industrial areas.

Currently, the industrial park, parts of the Big Eddy, a few areas along Westside Road and the community forest log yard on Highway 23 North are zoned light industrial.