CAIRNS, North Queensland - Police yesterday reaped the results of a tenacious drug operation when they uncovered three highly sophisticated hydroponics laboratories in three Cairns suburbs.
The laboratories were located at East Trinity, Palm Cove and Smithfield and are believed to have been part of an organised syndicate based around large-scale cannabis production.
It is alleged the first laboratory, protected by a high-tech surveillance system, was located in a shed at an East Trinity slipway. It is alleged police found 64 high quality cannabis sativa plants, most of which were ready for harvesting, plus 17 kilograms of cannabis sativa ‘heads’ in a drying room.
Source: ABC News
Adelaide real estate agents are becoming police allies in the detection of home drug laboratories. Agents are being offered a training program to teach them how to recognise hydroponic equipment and cannabis and to inspect greenhouses and sheds.
The 30 agents who participated in a trial have been taught to pick up signs like odour, mould and the appearance of a hazy mist.
CHICAGO - Two free screenings of the award winning medical marijuana documentary, "Waiting to Inhale," take place in the Chicago area Feb. 20 and 21, followed by panel discussions featuring the film's director, a Chicago multiple sclerosis patient, and a medical ethicist.
Winner of several awards, including the CINE Golden Eagle award, Worldfest Houston 2005 Gold Special Jury Award, Best Documentary 2005 New Jersey International Film Festival and winner of the Eureka! International Film Festival, "Waiting to Inhale" examines the debate over marijuana's use as medicine in the United States. The film includes interviews with patients and leading medical marijuana researchers.
THE sale of drug paraphernalia such as bongs will be banned in South Australia after the major political parties agreed to support new laws.
State parliament's upper house last night passed a bill from independent Legislative Counsellor Ann Bressington with support from Labor government and Liberal opposition members.
Source: The Advertiser
Author: Colin James
DRUG busts of major cultivations – which included "man traps" – near Port Lincoln have disrupted the distribution of cannabis around SA, police say.
More than 430 mature cannabis plants, some up to 2m high and worth more than $500,000, have been seized over the past two days from several sites in national parks, scrubland and private farms near Port Lincoln.
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
Author: Wyatt Buchanan
Medical marijuana in San Francisco may be going up in smoke.
In late December, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sent letters to landlords of buildings that housed medical cannabis dispensaries in the city, telling them they face the loss of their property and possibly prison if the businesses stay open.
Now, less than two months later, seven of the city's 28 dispensaries have closed or are on the verge of closing, according to medical marijuana supporters and activists. They fear more will follow.
Source: The Blayney Chronicle
Author: Tim Kelly & Others
Police have made another significant drug bust in the Blayney Shire with the discovery of $220,000 worth of cannabis plants near Neville on Monday. In December, police arrested a Blayney woman with an alleged $100,000 worth of cannabis growing in her backyard.
This week Bathurst and Carcoar police have stopped more than $200,000 worth of cannabis hitting the streets in a raid on a plantation in the Pennsylvania State Forest, near the small village of Neville.
PERTH, Western Australia - A 32 year old Westminster man will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court after an unfortunate house fire.
Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a bedroom of the man's home and discovered that the fire was most likely caused by overloaded power sockets that were being used to accelerate a hydroponic cannabis crop.