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Current Affairs 2008 - Cultivation (105 items)

Dec 3, 2008 Firefighter Receives Five Months For Growing Pot A Vancouver firefighter whose luck ran out after harvesting 32 crops of marijuana was sentenced to five months in jail yesterday. ...The Canada Revenue Agency has obtained a $500,000 lien on the family home and is seeking between $500,000 and $600,000 in tax revenue in connection with the illegal activity.

Dec 2, 2008 'Weed King' Found Guilty A medical-marijuana activist known as DaWeedKing and his wife were found guilty Monday of cultivating 27 pot plants, almost 44 months after they were arrested at their Albert Road home. ...Fred Pritchard said outside court that he was disappointed the medical-marijuana aspect of his activities -- he has previously run the Marijuana Compassion Club of Windsor under the moniker DaWeedKing - -- was not brought out at trial.

Nov 29, 2008 Suburban Grow Ops Not As Seen On TV WHILE wheat and canola farmers struggle with crazy commodity-price swings and wacky weather, producers of Manitoba's No. 3 cash crop appear to be immune from the national farm crisis. Marijuana growers seem to be enjoying excellent market conditions these days, judging by the sheer number of cultivation operations busted up by Winnipeg police and rural Mounties..... If federal policy were as helpful to wheat and canola farmers as it appears to be to criminal gangs, there might not be a national agricultural crisis. After all, farmers tend to be a lot nicer than bikers.

Nov 23, 2008 Budding Wealth in the Weed Eric Nash can barely contain his excitement waiting to hear from Health Canada whether he can start growing marijuana for 250 patients now that the Federal Court of Appeal has struck down the government's monopoly on supplying medical marijuana.

Nov 20, 2008 Quantity Of Medical Pot At Home Is Being Looked Into A Port Coquitlam home was broken into Thursday afternoon in an apparent grow rip attempt.... The home is a licensed medicinal marijuana operation but Gresiuk said the regulations are stringent on how many plants can be grown. She said investigators would be checking to make sure those rules had been followed.

Nov 19, 2008 N Van Woman Fights Seizure Of Grow-Op Home North Vancouver woman, a 58-year-old former realtor, has appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada to halt the forfeiture of the North Vancouver house she used as a marijuana growing and selling business, generating "over $100,000 a year" in income according to the B.C. Court of Appeal. Craig is one of three Canadians challenging federal drug laws that have been increasingly used to seize homes containing grow-ops.

Nov 12, 2008 Grow-op Home Seizures Challenged Supreme Court Asked If Penalty Too Severe
OTTAWA ( CNS ) - Judy Ann Craig, a former realtor with a golden touch for gardening, will try to convince the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday that being forced to forfeit her North Vancouver home for running a marijuana grow-op is extreme punishment for her crime.

Oct 29, 2008 Judge Warns Cops To Get Warrants B.C.'s controversial Safety Standards Act -- aimed at smoking out dangerous grow-ops -- has survived a constitutional challenge. But police officers who tag along with municipal safety inspectors must bring along a search warrant before gaining access to a home, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled.

Oct 28, 2008 Appeal Court Acquits Woman Of Theft Of Electricity At Grow VANCOUVER -- Three B.C. Court of Appeal judges have overturned a woman's conviction for fraudulent theft of electricity at a Kamloops marijuana-growing operation. Although the evidence indicated that the accused, Rui Ping He, had sole control of the house at the time of a police raid, the court found she was not the owner of the house and the electrical bill was not in her name. The appeal court upheld He's convictions for pot cultivation and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Oct 27, 2008 Government's pot appeal up in smoke TORONTO - The federal government lost a court appeal Monday, paving the way for an end to its monopoly supplying medical marijuana to patients.
Justice Department lawyers had sought to appeal a lower-court ruling that granted licensed producers the right to grow marijuana for more than one patient.
But the three-judge panel said it was not persuaded by government lawyers who argued that allowing a grower to supply more than one patient would lead to an unregulated industry.
In January, a federal court judge struck down the one-to-one ratio as unconstitutional and unnecessarily restrictive.
The ruling was stayed pending Monday's appeal.
Lawyer Alan Young, who represented medical marijuana users, said the ruling was a victory for "sick people."
"It's time for Health Canada to recognize that medical marijuana is an established part of the regiment for a lot of patients," Young said outside court.
"Instead of thwarting patient needs, they should be accommodating patient needs and hopefully this case will be a signal to them."
Authorized users who cannot grow their own marijuana can designate a grower or access government-issued marijuana supplied by Prairie Plant Systems in Manitoba.
But a group of 30 patients who challenged the regulations argued the government supply was weak and they should have the right to choose their source.
They were lobbying to be lawfully able to purchase marijuana from Carasel Harvest Supply Corp., which, under the current regime, was not allowed to supply more than one patient with medical marijuana.

Oct 25, 2008 Police Need Search Warrant For Marijuana Inspections A B.C. Supreme Court judge has upheld a provincial law that allows municipal inspection teams to investigate homes suspected of being marijuana-growing operations, but ruled that police cannot enter a residence without a warrant in a case involving a Hells Angels associate in Surrey.

Oct 25, 2008 Fed Pot Policy Panned ORONTO -- It's a marijuana "monopoly" that deserves to go up in smoke, activists say. Lawyers representing a group of 30 medicinal marijuana users will be in court Monday to fight the federal government's bid to keep control of large-scale medicinal marijuana distribution in Canada. Activists say the government-issued pot is weak.

Oct 10, 2008 Intercepted Calls Talk Of 'Babies' And 'Cutting Stalks' As part Operation Jackpot - a covert investigation of a marijuana growing operation - officers recorded more than 77,000 intercepted conversations.

Oct 5, 2008 No Shortage Of Illegal Pot Groomers VANCOUVER - There's green to be made clipping and trimming the green leaves in British Columbia's marijuana industry. The prospect of tax-free income is driving some people into temporary work as "clippers" for indoor and outdoor grow operations.

Sep 20, 2008NS: Prosecutors Silent On Pot Decision AMHERST - Federal prosecutors aren't about to say why drug charges against two Halifax County men were dropped nearly three years after they were laid and just three weeks before their trial was to begin. ... Police seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants from the two homes, $1,000 worth of electronic equipment used in the grow-op and an undisclosed amount of money.

Sep 19, 2008 Grow Op Found In Home Where Man Was Shot Police have found a marijuana grow operation inside the Chestermere home of a 20-year-old man with suspected Calgary gang affiliations who was shot to death on his doorstep Tuesday night.

Ending prohibition would end the violence...but that is too logical for our intelligence-challenged politicians to grasp.
Sep 19, 2008 Island Pot Could Be Canada's Supply Horticulturist Eric Nash and his partner Wendy Little operate Island Harvest in the Cowichan Valley, which they say is Canada's first and only production facility of certified organic medical marijuana. Their operation is licensed and approved by Health Canada, and they have been supplying two patients with marijuana who are registered with the Health Canada program authorizing use of the drug for certain medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord disease and cancer. Now they are applying for a contract to be a major supplier of marijuana for some of the 2,500 people across the country who are enrolled in the Health Canada program.

Sep 10, 2008 Pot Plantations Aired Out Vancouver Island Police Officers have wrapped up a six-day air and land operation, which resulted in the eradication of over 23,000 marijuana plants from across Vancouver Island. In total, officers visited 222 sites where marijuana was being illegally cultivated on Crown Lands.

[Consumers can't afford gas, but thier tax money can fund helicopter excursions]
Sep 3, 2008 Growing Flowers, You Say? A Likely Story Likely residents were divided on whether the police raids had made their community a better place to live. Likely Chamber of Commerce spokesman Robin Hood said yesterday the grow ops fed an underground economy and boosted property values in a town hit hard by a slowdown in logging and mining. "It did not bother me," he said in an interview. .... But High Country Inn owner Darlene Biggs, who has three of her eight grandchildren living in the village, said she was pleased to see the grow ops closed down. "A lot of us have been complaining for a while and calling the police," she said.

Aug 28, 2008 Stoning Of A Crusader NOW readers know Matt Mernagh as that indomitable spirit behind the megaphone at medpot rallies in Yonge-Dundas Square. Bright lights, big city. That's Mernagh. .....On Saturday August 16, Mernagh was arrested, along with a roommate, and charged with possession of marijuana, possession for the purposes of trafficking and production of marijuana.

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