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Honey Oil Manufacturing Arrests in Florida

Honey Oil Manufacturing Arrests in Florida

South Florida law enforcement officers have been very busy, along with South Florida firefighting departments, because of “honey oil” production. Honey oil or butane honey oil “BHO” is a concentrated improvised form of Hash Oil. Hash oil, including honey oil, is derived from marijuana, also known as cannabis. Honey oil is a concentrated form of tetrahydrocannadin “THC” or the active ingredient found in marijuana. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that provides the user with the “high” after consumption. Honey oil production is a specific type of hash oil that is produced through the use of Butane. Butane is a very flammable and explosive ingredient used in honey oil production. Butane is being suspected by many Law Enforcement Officers as the cause of many recent fires and explosions throughout… […]

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Thermal Imaging by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Helicopters to Bust Suspected Marijuana Grow Houses on the Rise

Thermal Imaging by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Helicopters to Bust Suspected Marijuana Grow Houses on the Rise

As a practicing Palm Beach County Criminal lawyer, I have the opportunity to read search warrant affidavits on a regular basis. Recently, some affidavits that I have read, show an increase use of thermal imaging, by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s helicopters, to detect suspected marijuana grow houses. The use of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s helicopter can view the home through a thermal imager, a passive, non-intrusive device that measures heat in the infrared range. A thermal imager detects minute differences in temperature on the surface of objects and displays that information visually. The deputy sheriff can then determine though their training and expertise, whether or not the residency is emitting an inordinate amount of heat through its roof, floors or walls; with this information they can conclude that… […]

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Marijuana Grow House Charges and Probable Cause

Marijuana grow house busts are on the rise throughout Palm Beach County, Florida as recently shown with several arrest of Lantana residents Raul Contreras Gonzalez, Luis Acosta and Victor Perez. Why such a spike in grow house busts by local, state and federal agents of those allegedly growing, cultivating and trafficking in weed throughout Palm Beach County, FL? One of the biggest reasons for the recent busts comes from the Palm Beach County Sheriff, Ric Bradshaw, who has made it his goal to have his deputies arrest all users, possessors and traffickers in marijuana. Another reason is the government’s role in not being able to tax illegal weed, in what it calls their crack down on drug policies. Because with every arrest for marijuana, comes a jail cell ran by… […]

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Medical Marijuana Law Passes, Rendering Florida’s Criminal Marijuana Laws Unconstitutional

Florida Drug Laws made be out of touch with “new” science and the new law passed by Governor Scott as it pertains to Schedule I narcotics. Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s Medical Marijuana Bill into effect. The new law allows limited use of “charlotte’s web” Marijuana, a strain of Marijuana with low tetrahydrocannidinol or THC, the active ingredient responsible for the high in Marijuana. The purpose of the law is to allow patients who are suffering from diseases like: epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s disease to seek relief from pain, to allow for appetite and to provide reduction or elimination of tremors and seizures. So this new Florida Marijuana Law with the updated science shown through its passage arguable renders Florida’s Comprehensive… […]

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Majority Of Americans Supporting Legalization of Marijuana

Majority Of Americans Supporting Legalization of Marijuana

Today, 20 states and District of Columbia have laws in place that legalize marijuana for medical use. Only 2 states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Although possessing and using recreational marijuana has been legal in 2013 in these 2 states, January 2014 marks a new beginning, where the drug can be sold commercially to customers without medical need for it. In addition to concerns about increase in use for teens and spread of use trickling out of Colorado state, the major concern is shortage of marijuana supply. The lines are long, and with only about 20 stores operating around the state, supply can quickly run out in 1st few months of the year. Tim Cullen, co-owner of the store Evergreen Apothecary in Denver CO, points out… […]

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Migration To Colorado For Medical Use Of Marijuana

100 families from Florida and Virginia, South Carolina and New York, have moved to Colorado to treat their sick children with promising oil derived from marijuana. Their migration is one of many ways that a once-illicit drug is reshaping life here in Colorado, a state that is now considered a forefront of the national debate over legalizing drugs. The Justice Department has warily allowed Colorado and Washington State, which passed a similar measure, to go ahead with their plans to regulate recreational marijuana, even though it remains illegal under federal law. The first retail marijuana shops in Colorado are poised to open in January. Strains of sativa and indica plants flourish in basements across the state. The families have put high hopes on marijuana oil called Charlotte’s Web, which is… […]

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Migration To Colorado For Medical Use Of Marijuana

Migration To Colorado For Medical Use Of Marijuana

100 families from Florida and Virginia, South Carolina and New York, have moved to Colorado to treat their sick children with promising oil derived from marijuana. Their migration is one of many ways that a once-illicit drug is reshaping life here in Colorado, a state that is now considered a forefront of the national debate over legalizing drugs. The Justice Department has warily allowed Colorado and Washington State, which passed a similar measure, to go ahead with their plans to regulate recreational marijuana, even though it remains illegal under federal law. The first retail marijuana shops in Colorado are poised to open in January. Strains of sativa and indica plants flourish in basements across the state. The families have put high hopes on marijuana oil called Charlotte’s Web, which is… […]

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Facing Federal Charges

Facing Federal Charges

Quinton Mitchell, a Bahamian national, was arrested last week and now is facing federal charges in the alleged marijuana trafficking operation off Jupiter Island. There were 3 other men involved in pot smuggling operation and authorities are still searching for the other passengers who were on the boat. To help with investigation, other agencies were involved and they include: investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Jupiter Island police, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife. According to federal officials, the bales of marijuana weighed about 520 pounds in total and that the street value of the drugs was estimated to be about $1.6 million. Mitchell made his initial appearance Wednesday before a U.S. magistrate and… […]

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Facing Federal Charges

Facing Federal Charges

Quinton Mitchell, a Bahamian national, was arrested last week and now is facing federal charges in the alleged marijuana trafficking operation off Jupiter Island. There were 3 other men involved in pot smuggling operation and authorities are still searching for the other passengers who were on the boat. To help with investigation, other agencies were involved and they include: investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Jupiter Island police, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife. According to federal officials, the bales of marijuana weighed about 520 pounds in total and that the street value of the drugs was estimated to be about $1.6 million. Mitchell made his initial appearance Wednesday before a U.S. magistrate and… […]

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Marijuana State Laws and Milestones

Marijuana State Laws and Milestones

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia now have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. So far, only Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana for recreational use, while other states permit medical marijuana. A limited medical marijuana law most recently went into effect Oct. 1 in Maryland, allowing authorized academic medical centers and research centers to distribute it. However, patients are not expected to be able to sign up for the program until 2015. Illinois legalized medical marijuana with a law establishing a pilot program set to be implemented in January. The map linked in the source shows states permitting marijuana use for medical and recreational purposes. Information below is current as of October 2013 and includes ballot measures approved in the 2012 elections that have yet to take… […]

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