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Rep. Thompson Seeks To Toughen Marijuana Law

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TALLAHASSEE – Southwest Florida has had a long history in the battle against marijuana trafficking and production. Its history is replete with tales of abandoned airplanes, bales washing ashore and remote fields scattered about.
But times have changed. Just as biological engineering has improved the quality of such crops as corn, soybeans and rice, science has also had a hand in this cash crop. Refined growing techniques and enhanced strands of marijuana have made the plant up to 15 times more potent than crops grown 20 years ago.

While techniques have changed law enforcement has not. Enter Rep. Nick Thompson, R-Fort Myers, who is trying to update state laws to adapt to a changing illegal business.

Growers now don't need to find remote strands of countryside to profitably cultivate their crops for commercial sale. Armed with new technology, they can as easily and more profitably set up in a house.

Grow lights, climate control and a caretaker to tend to the plants in exchange for room board and a little income becomes an increasingly attractive option. With potent marijuana selling at $4,000 a pound and up, many growers have learned that quality trumps quantity.

The use of such grow houses have been on the rise in recent years. Florida is only outnumbered by California in the amount of grow houses. As of 2006, law enforcement uncovered marijuana grow houses in 41 of Florida's 67 counties, according to House estimates. Under current law, investigators must find 300 plants to determine that a defendant was growing the crop to sell.

Thompson's bill would change that by reducing the number of plants needed to be considered a commercial crop. The measure is scheduled to make its last committee stop Tuesday before going to the House floor. A similar bill is traveling in the Senate.

Thompson'- bill reduces the threshold to 25 plants. It would also make it a third degree felony to own, rent or lease a house mobile home or other structure for the purposes of establishing a grow house.

The proposal would also bump the penalties up to first degree felony if their was a child living at the house and allow law enforcement officials to destroy growing equipment once their investigation is complete.

"In Florida, those who use grow houses to traffic drugs belong in prison," Thompson said recently. "Under this legislation we are clearly telling drug dealers, 'if you grow, you go.' "

Source: Naples Daily News
Copyright: 2008, Naples Daily News
Contact: Michael Peltier, Daily News' Tallahassee correspondant, mpeltier1234@comcast.net
Website: Michael Peltier: Rep. Thompson seeks to toughen marijuana law : Legislature : Naples Daily News


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Thompson’- bill reduces the threshold to 25 plants.
Maybe not !!??!!
Seems those numbers(25 plants) are along
the lines of what the MedStates are using per MedUser.

Grow lights, climate control and a caretaker to tend to the plants in exchange for room board and a little income becomes an increasingly attractive option.

y'all know those job figures from last week?
150,000 people just disappeared from the work force,
stopped lookin' for work
or got BlackIncomeJobs :3:


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The current number for conviction is 300. He wants to drop it to 25. What about anyhting below 25? I would like to see what they wanna do to people who grow fewer then 25 plants. They wanna put people in prison for 25 now, is it county jail for less then 25 plants?

Besides, if they want large grow ops to dissapear, just legalize up to 20 plants in any stage and charge a 150 dollar a year tax stamp.
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Moderate Cannabis Use Not Associated With Cancer, Study Says

July 7, 2005 - Clearwater, FL, USA

Clearwater, FL: Moderate use of cannabis is not associated with an elevated risk of developing lung and/or other types of upper aerodigestive tract cancers, according to preliminary data presented at the annual conference of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS).

Data presented from a retrospective, case controlled study of more than 1,200 adults with cancer of the pharynx, larynx and/or esophagus found that those who reported using moderate levels of cannabis use had no greater odds of suffering from cancer than non- cannabis using controls. "We failed to observe a positive association of marijuana use and other potential confounders," said Donald Tashkin of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

A previous large-scale case-controlled study performed by researchers at John Hopkins University in Maryland revealed similar results, finding that "the balance of evidence ... does not favor the idea that marijuana as commonly used in the community is a major causal factor for head, neck, and lung cancer."

More recently, a 2004 study published in the journal Cancer Research concluded that cannabis use is not associated with an increased risk of developing oral cancer "regardless of how long, how much or how often a person has used marijuana."

For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of NORML at (202) 483-5500. A listing of presentations at this year's ICRS conference is available online at:
ICRS - The International Cannabinoid Research Society

From his own state, maybe he will read it.
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