Laguna Beach police this month shut down what they allege was a
marijuana dispensary posing as a church, the department said Monday.
Officers seized more than 20 pounds of marijuana and more than $3,000
in cash, according to police Sgt. Jim Cota.
Officers responded to Divine Church of Gardens at 910 Glenneyre St. at
about 4:40 p.m. Jan. 12 after a passerby reported a potent marijuana
smell emanating from the property and people leaving with white bags,
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As a teen in the '70s, Alexis Bronson sold joints to his Berkeley High
School classmates in front of the school cafeteria.
Bronson lived in hotels with his father and two brothers and made
enough money selling weed to eat and to buy clothes. He figured he
could probably make enough to keep a roof over his head, too.
In 1980, two years after he graduated from high school, Bronson began
cultivating cannabis, planting the seeds for his future business.
After California voters passed Proposition 215 to legalize marijuana
for medicinal use in 1996, Bronson began selling his cannabis flowers
to a dispensary in San Francisco.
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A judge is deciding whether Floridians should be allowed to consume
medical marijuana by smoking it.
Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers heard arguments Thursday on
whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on smoking.
The medical marijuana constitutional amendment voters approved in 2016
allowed the Legislature to prohibit smoking in public areas. But the
law passed in 2017 to implement the amendment banned smoking entirely.
Medical marijuana patients must vape the product, or else use patches,
oils, edibles -- any other means but the most traditional way of using
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When I think about the people I've met in Kensington over the last
eight months, the people who've opened up to me about their addiction,
about their lives, talking to me from the cardboard mattresses and
train bridges and alleyways and library lawns where they live, I think
about the ones I haven't seen in a while.
No, Philly did not just approve of 'Hamsterdam'
Could City Council block Kenney's proposed safe injection sites?
I think about how many of them by now are dead.
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MONTPELIER, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott on Monday privately signed
Vermont's marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the
country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an act
of a state legislature.
The law, which goes into effect July 1, allows adults to possess up to
1 ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.
Vermont will become the ninth state in the country, along with
Washington, D.C, to approve the recreational use of marijuana. The
other states and Washington authorized the recreational use of
marijuana through a vote of residents. Vermont law contains no
mechanism that allows for a citizen referendum.
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President Donald Trump speaks after signing into law the bipartisan
Interdict Act, during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House
in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
Reince Priebus resigned on July 28 and was replaced by John F.
K.T. McFarland was asked to resign on April 9 but became the U.S.
ambassador to Singapore.
James Comey was fired on May 9, amid his investigation of Trump's
campaign and if it had ties to Russia's meddling.
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When it comes to legalizing marijuana Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Pa.)
is "one thousand percent on board."
When it comes to legalizing marijuana U.S Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) is
"one thousand percent on board," he told me by phone on Thursday afternoon.
Evans officially signed on to HR 1227 Wednesday, a bill that would
remove cannabis and hemp from federal drug scheduling completely.
"This is what the people want in the state," said Evans.
The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act is sponsored by Rep.
Tulsi Gabbard, a rising Democrat from Hawaii, and Rep. Tom Garrett, a
more libertarian-styled Republican from Virginia.
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A 10th medical marijuana grower has been approved to begin cultivation
in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Health. Holistic
Farms LLC was granted permission Friday to plant its first cannabis
crop in Lawrence County, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh.
That leaves only two of the 12 companies with permits yet to be
approved. AES Compassionate Care plans to open in Chambersburg in the
south-central part of the state; AgriMed Industries of Pennsylvania is
expected to operate in Carmichaels, 20 miles south of Pittsburgh. It
was unclear why they have yet to receive approval. Grow houses must
undergo several inspections and be plugged into the state seed-to-sale
tracking system. Representatives of the companies could not be reached
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A public hearing on Whitman's proposed ban of recreational marijuana
sales will be held before the Planning Board on Feb. 12.
To take effect, the ban requires approval at a special town election,
which has been set for March 17, and approval at a special Town
Meeting. A date for the Town Meeting has not yet been set, according
to Town Administrator Frank Lynam.
The town voted in favor of the 2016 statewide ballot question
legalizing recreational marijuana, but Lynam said these votes test the
will of residents on whether they want non-medical retail sales within
"This is the community's opportunity to say yes or no here," he
Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S.
opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are
calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and
coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more
than 90 Americans a day.
The list of more than two dozen recommendations made Thursday by the
National Governors Association is the first coordinated, bipartisan
response from the nation's governors since Trump's October
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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is plowing ahead with
its preparations for the debut of recreational pot sales in July,
despite a recent change in federal law enforcement policy that has put
a cloud of uncertainty over the marijuana industry.
The commission has voted to negotiate a contract with Franwell Inc., a
Florida-based software firm whose "Metrc" product tracks all the
marijuana sold legally in Colorado and most other states with
The system, for which about $750,000 has been budgeted, is a vital
piece of regulatory infrastructure meant to prevent marijuana that's
grown, processed, and sold in state-licensed facilities from being
diverted to the illicit market.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Officials at an Albuquerque charter school
say a fifth-grader mistook her parents' medicinal marijuana for candy
and passed it out to other students.
KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reports the Albuquerque School of
Excellence student handed out the pot edibles last week before
teachers noticed her acting strangely.
Kristy Del Curto, Dean of Elementary Students, says that student also
complained she couldn't see.
Del Curto says three students ate one gummy and the student who passed
out the candy ate three or four pieces.
Pot gummies can be two to 100 times more potent than traditional
Del Curto says school officials called 911 and paramedics monitored
all the students to make sure they were not having dangerous reactions.
5th-graders thought they ate ordinary gummies. But then the room
One student passed out.
Another fifth-grader said she couldn't see.
A third started to feel extremely dizzy.
"I felt like the room was going to flip to the side," a 9-year-old
student at Albuquerque School of Excellence in New Mexico told KRQE.
It didn't take the 8- and 9-year-olds -- or the principal of the school,
for that matter -- long to figure out why the students were reeling last
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday called for the creation of a state
panel to advise him on whether New York should legalize recreational
Cuomo did not specifically embrace a legalization effort, and said the
advisory group, which will include State Police representation, is
meant to get to the "facts" of the issue.
"I think we should fund (Department of Health) to do a study, let them
work with the State Police, other agencies, look at the health impact,
the economic impact, the state of the law. If it was legalized in
Jersey and it was legal in Massachusetts and the federal government
allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to New York because it's
right in the middle?" Cuomo said.
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More Georgia voters than ever support changing state law to allow
harvesting and distribution of medical marijuana, according to a poll
by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Over three-quarters of those surveyed said Georgia's medical marijuana
program should be expanded, an increase from previous years. This
year's AJC poll showed that 77 percent want greater access to medical
marijuana, compared with 71 percent last year and 73 percent in 2016.
Meanwhile, approval of marijuana legalization for recreational use
also reached new heights, with 50 percent of respondents backing
legalization, compared with 46 percent last year.
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A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with operating
a large-scale drug trafficking operation in which he boasted that he
hired other law enforcement officers to provide security to drug
dealers and could assault people for his clients, according to court
Kenneth Collins, a deputy assigned to the Metropolitan Transportation
Authority, and two other men were arrested by FBI agents Tuesday
morning in a sting operation when they arrived to what they thought
was a drug deal, according to records unsealed following the arrest.
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Police in Hingham are investigating after a student at the South Shore
Educational Collaborative School allegedly supplied classmates with
cookies that were laced with marijuana, officials said Monday.
According to a public notice posted to the department's website,
police were called to the school Thursday, after the student, who
wasn't named in the report, had distributed the cookies to at least
five other people.
Police said the students who ate the cookies, who were between the
ages of 16 and 17, were "evaluated by a school nurse who believed the
students were under the influence of marijuana."
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IN WASHINGTON, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed Obama
administration policies and freed US attorneys to prosecute the
marijuana business, even where it's legal.
In Boston, US Attorney Andrew Lelling has given no assurances that he
Meanwhile, in a nondescript Natick strip mall, in a physician's office
above a pizza joint and dance school, and down the hall from the
Ebenezer Assembly of God ministry, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan helps patients
use marijuana to wean themselves from an actual drug menace. That
would be opioids, legally prescribed, government approved, a drug
that's made billions for the politically wired pharmaceutical industry
and now kills nearly 100 Americans every day.
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Earlier this month, Kansas state Rep. Steve Alford embarrassed himself
by mistakenly repeating racist rhetoric that was originally used by
Henry Anslinger, an avowed racist from the late 1920s, when referring
to use of marijuana by people of color.
I do not believe Alford is a racist. But I do believe, like so many
others, he is misinformed when it comes to the facts and issues
related to marijuana and the history of marijuana prohibition.
Presently marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug under the federal
government's Controlled Substances Act -- right next to heroin. I
think most of us would agree marijuana is not the equivalent of
heroin. Nevertheless, it remains as a classified drug for the purposes
of federal prosecution.
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Just a few weeks ago, Joel A. Giambra the lobbyist was working the
State Capitol's hallways advocating the legalization of marijuana.
Now he works a different Capitol angle as a Republican hopeful for
governor, proposing that legalized and tightly regulated marijuana
sales represent the best way to address the state's massive
infrastructure and mass transit needs.
"I'm saying raising taxes is not the solution," he said during a
Monday press conference on Niagara Street. "My job would be to
convince the Legislature that this is the most appropriate way to deal
with this particular problem of infrastructure."
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