REDDING, Calif. - Ryan O'Callaghan, who said he developed an addiction
to painkillers that helped him deal with injuries during his NFL
career, told USA TODAY Sports he now uses marijuana to treat the pain
and that the NFL should change its policy prohibiting players from
using the drug.
"For people like me, marijuana is a godsend because you don't want to
take these pills,'' said O'Callaghan, 33. "Marijuana is not addicting.
People who say that have never smoked it. I have an addictive
personality. It's not addictive.''
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Two former Kern County Sheriff's deputies avoided prison time Monday
for stealing and selling marijuana that was seized during drug busts.
Logan August and Derrick Penney were sentenced Monday to three years'
probation for the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with
the intent to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. attorney
office in Fresno.
August, a 30-year-old Bakersfield resident, was also ordered to serve
1,500 hours of community service and forfeit $16,500 earned in the
trafficking operation, federal authorities said.
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Time to redress the harm done to thousands of Black youth who have
life-limiting criminal records because of pot
The war on drugs has had a devastating and disproportionate effect on
racialized groups, particularly young Black men.
While research has shown that Black people partake in recreational pot
at the same rates as their white counterparts, it's Black people who
have endured the heavy hand of justice. Black people are twice as
likely to be taken to a police station after being charged for simple
possession of marijuana. They are also twice as likely to be held
overnight for a bail hearing.
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Los Angeles voters want to legalize marijuana, and they don't seem
particularly concerned that it remains illegal under federal law. In
November nearly two out of three voters in the city of L.A. supported
Proposition 64, a statewide initiative to let adults grow, buy and use
recreational marijuana. A few months later, voters overwhelmingly
backed Measure M to create a city permitting system for marijuana
City Hall has a clear mandate to legalize, regulate and tax pot.
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Riverside has long prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries. Now
officials may add recreational pot businesses to the ban -- at least
Since November, when California voters legalized adult use of
marijuana, the Riverside City Council has not decided whether to
allow, tax and regulate pot cultivation, manufacturing and sales.
On Tuesday, July 25, council members will consider saying no to pot
businesses until they have more information on how state regulations
will look and what other Inland and Southern California communities
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If there was any doubt that Sacramento was square in the path of
California's "green rush," a recent tally showing the city could end
up with more marijuana growing operations than it has Starbucks and
McDonald's restaurants should serve as a wake-up call.
More than 100 companies have applied to open grow rooms, The Bee's
Ryan Lillis reported last week, and most are for industrial sites in
already troubled, low-income neighborhoods in North Sacramento and off
Power Inn Road.
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San Jacinto has set permit fees for those who wish to operate commercial
marijuana businesses in the city.
Anyone wanting a permit to operate a commercial marijuana cultivation
business in San Jacinto better have some cash.
The City Council set the permit fee at $16,500 during its meeting
Tuesday, July 18. Annual permit renewals will cost $6,000 and there
also will be a $10,000 fee to transfer a permit.
The money covers the cost of staff time required to review and process
the applications, according to the city.
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San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy sponsored legislation to create
the city's Office of Cannabis.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday created a new
"one-stop shop" to handle policies for marijuana businesses once
recreational cannabis becomes legal.
Supervisor Jeff Sheehy sponsored the ordinance to set up the Office of
Cannabis, which will open for business by the end of this year. It
will set up an application system for marijuana licenses, resolve
complaints, be a conduit to state regulators, and serve as a
centralized information source for the public.
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California hopes to avoid the same shortage of legalized marijuana
that now faces Nevada when sales begin here in January. (File photo |
Los Angeles Times)
With Nevada suffering a shortage of legalized marijuana, California's
state pot czar said Wednesday that efforts are being made in her state
to make sure sufficient licenses go to farmers, testers and
distributors to supply retailers.
Providing temporary, four-month licenses to support some businesses
including growers as early as November is planned "so we don't have a
break in the supply chain," Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical
Cannabis Regulation, said in testimony at a legislative hearing.
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California's county fairs -- those wholesome showcases of agricultural
bounty -- could become places to score some pot.
Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a bill that details how to carry out
the November 2016 ballot measure that legalizes recreational marijuana
as of January 2018. Tucked deep in the text is an option for county
fairs to allow sampling and sales for people 21 and older in
The Stanislaus County Fair has had "minor discussions" among the board
and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cranford about the issue, spokeswoman
Adrenna Alkhas said by email.
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More marijuana growers than Starbucks stores? That could be
Someday soon, more businesses could grow marijuana in the city of
Sacramento than there are Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants combined.
More than 100 businesses are seeking special permits from the city to
run indoor marijuana growing operations. From North Sacramento to
South Land Park, and from downtown to the warehouse district near
Power Inn Road, the flood of applications touches many corners of the
For now, the applications technically cover marijuana for medicinal
purposes, and some companies are already growing pot for that purpose
under previously approved guidelines. However, commercial production
and the sale of recreational pot will be allowed in California
beginning Jan. 1, 2018 and city officials expect many of the new
businesses will seek to enter that business.
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Just when I thought Fresno City Councilman Garry Bredefeld couldn't
appear more ignorant and stupid, he proves me wrong with his
half-page, anti-marijuana diatribe in Sunday's Bee.
It's full of nonsense, half-truths and other easily contested points
in support of his argument to try and buffer his moral crusade against
the evil weed. Sorry, I underestimated Mr. Bredefeld.
Steve Schmale, Fresno
Proposition 64, also known as the Marijuana Legalization Initiative,
not surprisingly passed statewide in November 2016 but wisely failed
in Fresno County with 54 percent of the people voting against
legalization. The district I represent strongly opposed Prop. 64.
It now allows individuals 21 years or older to legally smoke marijuana
and to grow up to six plants in their home, even if they are next to
elementary schools. What many people don't know is that Prop. 64 also
allows recreational marijuana dispensaries or businesses to be opened
throughout the state unless a municipality officially prohibits or
bans them, which a majority of the Fresno City Council and mayor
wisely did last month.
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The Coalinga City Council voted 4-1 on Thursday to immediately allow
commercial marijuana cultivation within city limits.
Councilman Ron Lander cast the lone no vote. The ordinances required a
four-fifths majority to pass.
The council also approved the sale of the city's dormant prison,
Claremont Custody Center, to Ocean Grown Extracts for $4.1 million.
Ocean Grown will transform the prison into a medical cannabis oil
This sale will immediately bring Coalinga's general fund into the
black. City Manager Marissa Trejo said Coalinga was $3.3 million to
$3.8 million in debt.
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Tens of thousands of people use cannabis in Fresno every day. Hundreds
of people work in the cannabis industry, though few will admit it
publicly -- and for good reason. Cannabis business is booming in
Fresno and Fresno County, even though cultivation and retail sales are
banned by local ordinances. The biggest pipe dream in Fresno is that
cannabis bans work. In reality, they don't.
Even so, the Fresno City Council just voted to prohibit dispensaries
and other "recreational" businesses made legal by the passage of
Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. This is disappointing
but not surprising. Medical cannabis has been legal since Proposition
215 passed in 1996, but City Hall has never bothered to draft local
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There has been a lot of talk about weed in San Jacinto recently, but
when the City Council gathers for a special meeting Thursday, July 5,
it will be discussing the pesky garden variety.
Council members, who recently put in place a number of rules related
to legalized marijuana, will be asked to lift a moratorium on
"discing," a type of plowing weeds that was outlawed in the city in
2007 as a dust control measure.
The ban is likely to be lifted because of current weather conditions,
including the extreme drying of vegetation and high temperatures,
which have led to fires being started from the use of push mowers in
weed abatement. Mower blades can cause sparks when striking debris,
which can ignite the brush.
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A new state law allows pot sales at county fairs, but will yours go
A minor clause in a recently passed California State Senate bill could
lead to a dramatic increase in funnel cake sales at county fairs
across the state.
On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB-94, which combined the medical
and recreational marijuana laws into one set of rules. The massive
bill includes a section that allows for cannabis sales on state-owned
fairgrounds -- either at county fairs or during private events --
provided certain conditions are met. These include securing proper
permits and, in the case of county fairs, having a designated enclosed
space for pot. No recreational marijuana sales are legal until Jan.
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Government-sanctioned and supported "supervised injection centers,"
where addicts can bring their illicitly obtained drugs and shoot up
with little fear of arrest or a fatal overdose, have been in service
in Europe for decades.
There's only one in all of North America, though. It's in Canada -- a
Vancouver, Canada, center called Insite. Research found that after the
center opened in 2003 fatal drug overdoses decreased by 35% in the
nearby community. Earlier this month Canadian officials authorized
injection centers in Montreal, Toronto and other cities.
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President Richard Nixon did not see the slaughter of innocents when he
launched the "War on Drugs." Of course, his staff thought he did it to
punish hippies, anti-war protesters and blacks. Politicians invent
wars as diversionary tactics when they choose not to take care of
their citizens. They will even tell lies to do so. See Vietnam's "Gulf
of Tonkin Resolution" and Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction."
Now after 40 years and hundreds of thousands of deaths in Latin
America, do U.S. citizens think they are free of this government
crime? When politicians make activities illegal, they may create more
problems than they solve. The dead who lived through alcohol
prohibition could tell you.
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When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab centers, California channels its
inner Texas: few burdens on business and as free-market as possible.
That stands in sharp contrast to New York, Massachusetts and a dozen
other states, where would-be rehab operators must prove there's a
local demand for their services and obtain a "certificate of need"
before snipping opening-day ribbons and scaling those legendary 12
The lack of such a system is a key reason why Southern California is
known as Rehab Riviera, with far more centers than the region's
population could possibly support, critics say.
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SAN DIEGO -- A former Mexican lawmaker arrested at the California
border was charged Thursday with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel,
whose once-powerful kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was extradited
to the United States in January.
Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez, a former representative in the Sinaloa state
legislature, was charged Thursday in federal court in San Diego with
conspiracy to distribute 11 pounds (five kilograms) of cocaine in the
United States between January 2013 and January 2017.
She was arrested Wednesday morning trying to enter San Diego from
Tijuana, Mexico, according to court documents. A Customs and Border
Patrol agent at the border crossing discovered her visa had been
cancelled by the U.S. State Department and she was suspected of drug
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A U.S. Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling
backpacks he believed contained drugs across the border.
Appearing in a federal courtroom in San Diego, Noe Lopez pleaded
guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted
distribution of cocaine.
He faces a possible minimum sentence of 10 years for each of the two
counts and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8 before U.S. District
Judge Dana Sabraw.
Lopez, a 10-year Border Patrol veteran who worked out of the Imperial
Beach station, was arrested Dec. 14 as a result of a two-month
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Citing an epidemic of opioid overdose deaths across the country, state
Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Friday that California is joining with
more than 26 other states to investigate whether drugmakers have used
illegal marketing and sales practices.
Becerra said the probe would focus on whether drug manufacturers have
played a role in creating or extending the opioid problem.
Makers of opioids have been under heat in recent years as the
addiction crisis has intensified. A 2016 Times investigation revealed
that Purdue Pharma, which manufactures OxyContin, knew its drug's
painkilling effects might not last as long as long as marketed, which
could potentially promote addiction. The investigation also found
Purdue Pharma collected extensive evidence of criminal trafficking of
its drug but in many cases did not alert law enforcement.
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The state has put out new rules for testing marijuana planned for
With businesses expected to get state licenses in January to sell
marijuana in California, the top regulator said Thursday that they
will be given up to six months to comply with a requirement the pot be
thoroughly tested by a licensed laboratory.
State pot czar Lori Ajax said it may take months for enough testing
labs to be properly screened and licensed to handle the supply of
marijuana expected to be sold in California starting next year. In
addition, many existing medical marijuana dispensaries will have
untested supplies when licensing begins, she said.
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"Nobody got hurt" I had to re-read that excerpt from the letter Alex
Rubalcava (June 16) wrote regarding former Deputy Police Chief Keith
"He has been punished enough. He made a bad choice. No one got hurt.
No one is perfect."
Are you kidding me?
Illegal drug abuse is at an all-time high. Where does Alex Rubalcava
think these addicts get the pills? From people just like him!
"He risked his life for 30 years on the force."
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I just heard Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer on the news discussing our
gang problem, killings and crime in Fresno. He then mentioned
marijuana as the drug gangs use. That might be true, but why do we
rarely hear about the huge methamphetamine problem in Fresno from
Chief Dyer, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and the local media?
Methamphetamine is being imported, made and sold widely in Fresno and
surrounding areas. It is sucking the life out of our communities.
Methamphetamine is the problem, not marijuana, which is legal in
California. Apparently it's easier to advertise "cracking down on
crime" by using our tax dollars to bust growers/dealers of this legal
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In the early 1930s, the federal government cracked down on
California's legal drug programs, leading to numerous arrests. Above,
a California jail in 1930, occupying the third floor of Ventura City
In the early 1930s, the federal government cracked down on
California's legal drug programs, leading to numerous arrests. Above,
a California jail in 1930, occupying the third floor of Ventura City
Hall. (Los Angeles Times)
For one bright and flickering moment last year, it looked like the
global war on drugs was about to die. California -- the sixth largest
economy in the world -- voted to fully legalize cannabis, while a
smorgasbord of countries including Uruguay, Canada and Jamaica were
also moving toward more sensible policies. But like Freddie Krueger
after the nubile teenagers believe he is finally slain, the drug war
is suddenly back with even sharper claws. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is
reviving the worst of the old policies that led to mass incarceration,
while President Trump has said that the Philippines is doing "a great
job" on the drug war under a President, Rodriguo Duterte, who publicly
boasts: "There's 3 million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to
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HAYFORK, Calif. - The red and purple opium poppies that his family
grew on a mountainside half a world away were filled with an
intoxicating, sticky sap that his mother traded for silver coins to
feed her children and pay for their escape.
Adam Lee smiles at the memory of a childhood in war-torn Laos and
voyage to America, where he spent decades adapting to life in big cities.
Now 47 years old, Mr. Lee has returned to the mountains - the Trinity
Alps of Northern California - and to a career farming a different
mind-altering crop for his livelihood: marijuana.
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SALINAS, Calif. - This vast and fertile valley is often called the
salad bowl of the nation for the countless heads of lettuce growing
across its floor. Now California's marijuana industry is laying claim
to a new slogan for the valley: America's cannabis bucket.
After years of marijuana being cultivated in small plots out of sight
from the authorities, California cannabis is going industrial.
Over the past year, dilapidated greenhouses in the Salinas Valley,
which were built for cut flower businesses, have been bought up by
dozens of marijuana entrepreneurs, who are growing pot among the
fields of spinach, strawberries and wine grapes.
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. - In the heart of Northern California's wine
country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a
new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food:
cannabis and wine pairing dinners.
Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges diners
$100 to $150 for a meal that experiments with everything from
marijuana-leaf pesto sauce to sniffs of cannabis flowers paired with
sips of a crisp Russian River chardonnay.
"It accentuates the intensity of your palate," Mr. Edwards, 30, said
of the dinners, one of which was held recently at a winery with
sweeping views of the Sonoma vineyards. "We are seeing what works and
what flavors are coming out."
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Recreational cannabis may be legal in California, but buying the
actual stuff still makes Scott Campbell, a celebrity tattoo artist and
fine artist, feel like a class-cutting teenage stoner.
"You go in to buy weed, and it's like visiting your parole officer,"
said Mr. Campbell, who lives in Los Angeles. "You get buzzed through
three metal gates." Inside, cannabis products are often packaged with
loopy Deadhead-style graphics and goofy dorm-humor strain names like
Gorilla Glue and Purple Urkle.
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[photo] Tim Scully, left, and Nick Sand pictured in a graphic from the
documentary "The Sunshine Makers." (Nick Sand / Tim Scully / Passion
Pictures / FilmRise)
As its title suggests, "The Sunshine Makers" is probably the happiest,
most carefree drug documentary you're likely to see. The film explores the
people behind the most well-known strain of LSD, who produced millions of
doses in a single, sleep-deprived month. Their goal wasn't money, but
instead they wanted to save the world: If everyone took LSD, they would
experience the feelings of love and connectedness the hallucinogen
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A man in his 20s sat handcuffed in the back of a police car Monday night
after about $500,000 worth of narcotics was found in a southeast Fresno
home, Fresno police Major Narcotics Unit Supervisor Timothy Tietjen said.
Several undercover investigators waited outside a home on the 700 block of
south 4th Street, south of Ventura Avenue.
Tietjen said around 6 p.m. officials made their move while family members,
including children between 4 and 7 years of age, were home.
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year
prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his
role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective.
In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority
to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility
in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the
36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.
He is identified as Richard by the White House and Bureau of Prisons, but
has also been known as Ricardo. The White House listed his hometown as
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The Chowchilla City Council voted unanimously this week to ban marijuana
dispensaries, cultivation, manufacture and transport within city limits.
The move comes on the eve of an election in which Californians will vote
on Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational pot.
City Manager Brian Haddix said the council wanted to act now to ensure
stricter restrictions were in place prior to the Nov. 8 election. He noted
that marijuana is still a Schedule 1 substance under the Federal
Controlled Substances Act.
Mayor Waseem Ahmed said the move was necessary to "walk the talk of being
a family friendly city."
The city of Sacramento soon may begin accepting applications from
businesses wanting to cultivate marijuana.
A City Council committee this week voted to lift Sacramento's moratorium
on commercial cannabis cultivation. The action means that aspiring
marijuana businesses would be able to apply for cultivation permits
beginning April 2 under a new ordinance that could position the capital
city as regional hub for commercial pot production.
The council in November voted 5-3 to allow licensed recreational or
medical marijuana cultivation in city limits under state rules governing
the marijuana industry. But it is unlikely that the city will be issuing
actual permits for cultivation businesses until months after the
application period opens.
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[photo] A bottle of Oxycontin pills. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
A Washington city devastated by black-market OxyContin filed a
first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the painkillers' manufacturer Thursday,
alleging the company turned a blind eye to criminal trafficking of its
pills to "reap large and obscene profits" and demanding it foot the bill
for widespread opioid addiction in the community.
The suit by Everett, a city of 100,000 north of Seattle, was prompted by a
Times investigation last year. The newspaper revealed that drugmaker
Purdue Pharma had extensive evidence pointing to illegal trafficking
across the nation, but in many cases, did not share it with law
enforcement or cut off the flow of pills.
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The Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to
continue its ban on growing nonmedical marijuana in unincorporated areas
for another two years.
The ban is aimed at commercial growers. It's still legal to grow up to six
plants at a private residence under Proposition 64, as long as it's
Approved by voters statewide in November, Proposition 64 decriminalizes
marijuana by allowing adults 21 and older to use, transport and buy it in
But the proposition allows local jurisdictions to impose their own
regulations, including a ban on marijuana businesses, which the board
adopted as a temporary measure in December and now has extended until
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[photo] Cotton candy flavored marijuana is displayed for purchase at
Butter & Weed's booth at 420 Vancouver, in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday,
April 20, 2016.
The legal marijuana industry proved its staying power in 2016, racking up
$6.7 billion in business across North America.
That number represents 30 percent growth from the year before, according
to a report by Arcview Market Research, and it's expected to climb even
higher over the next few years, topping $20 billion by 2021.
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All Newman resident Phillip Blanton wanted to do, he said, was bring some
comfort to his granddaughter, who has stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.
But his California medical marijuana card counted for nothing in Texas,
where the 67-year-old now faces felony drug possession charges.
Blanton was driving to Houston to see 20-year-old Makayla Farley, who's
being treated at the Houston Methodist Hospital cancer center. She's
fighting for her life, he said, has a hard time eating and is always
throwing up. She's on morphine and other drug cocktails for pain. "I was
going to give her Papa's cookies to help with the nausea and pain and to
help her relax."
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Former Inland congressional candidate Paul Chabot is leaving for Texas. In
a Facebook post, Chabot , a Republican, said he and his family are moving
"to find a region of the nation that embraces our values and morals we
Rancho Cucamonga Republican Paul Chabot, who ran unsuccessfully for
Congress in 2014 and 2016, is moving to the Lone Star State -- but not
before dispensing some harsh words for California progressives.
Chabot recently used Facebook to announce his family's move to McKinney,
Texas, lamenting that liberals "have degraded the State of Reagan to but a
shell of its former self."
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[photo] A cross-border drug smugglers' tunnel that had been shut down but
left unfilled on the Mexican side was found to be back in operation in
December, officials said. (Mexico attorney general's office / Associated
Mexican drug cartels have burrowed dozens of tunnels in the last decade,
outfitted them with rail and cart systems to whisk drugs under the U.S.
border and, after being discovered by authorities, abandoned them.
But some of the illicit passageways live on.
At least six previously discovered border tunnels have been reactivated by
Mexican trafficking groups in recent years, exposing a recurring
large-scale smuggling threat, according to U.S. and Mexican law
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At a roadside restaurant outside Kabul, Gula Jan, far left, sells hashish
to a wide array of clients. (Sultan Faizy / For The Times)
Gula Jan ground a small amount of hashish, about the size of a marble, in
his hand. He mixed it with tobacco and carefully rolled it into a
cigarette. Then he smiled.
"Do you know how many people come and smoke hash here?" he said. "Thousands!"
The 34-year-old counts parliamentarians, government officials, doctors,
engineers and businessmen among his clients. They all stop by his usual
spot on a river bend 45 miles outside Kabul for a taste of his specialty.
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What is cannabis topical oil? And why is this Rancho Cordova couple so
good at making it?
The runner-up in the "topicals" division at December's Emerald Cup
cannabis competition in Santa Rosa had a familiar name attached to it:
Lavender Epsom Salts by Whoopi & Maya, a company co-founded by comedian
Chelsea Dudgeon and Newell Taylor of Rancho Cordova didn't have the same
kind of name recognition with their product, which also provides pain
relief from cannabis via skin absorption. But these partners in business
and romance were equipped with something better: the winning formula.
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Uri Zeevi is used to skepticism. People hear about his Seedo indoor home
cultivator and they're astonished.
"Nobody has seen anything like this," he said from his office in Israel.
"It's really new, just coming onto the market."
But someday, indoor home cultivators may be as common as dishwashers or
backyard gas grills -- indispensable home appliances that changed the way
Without sunlight, outdoor space or experience, anyone could grow tomatoes,
strawberries, gourmet lettuce, herbs and, yes, cannabis year-round inside
a home cultivator.
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Marijuana and its derivatives can be effective medicines for treating
pain, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms and other conditions, but cannabis
is not harmless, and more research is needed, the nation's top scientists
concluded in a landmark review of research released Thursday.
The nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
issued their report, "The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,"
summarizing the current state of evidence for the efficacy of medical
marijuana and recommending new studies.
The 395-page report will stand as the most official medical review of the
botanical drug, which an estimated 8 percent of Americans used in the last
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The health and public safety concerns that kept marijuana illegal for
generations are proving unfounded where it is now legal.
A new study from Columbia University found that traffic fatalities have
fallen in seven states where medicinal cannabis is legal and that,
overall, states where medical marijuana is legal have lower traffic
fatality rates than states were medical marijuna remains illegal.
The study found that "medical marijuana laws were associated with
immediate reductions in traffic fatalities in those aged 15 to 24 and 25
to 44 years, and with additional yearly gradual reductions in those aged
25 to 44 years." Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states.
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Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis, seen in this file photo, says Prop.
64, which legalized recreational marijuana possession and use for adults
21 and older in California, will make for "an interesting year" in
Newport. (File photo)
Marijuana dispensaries and growing and delivery remain illegal in Newport
Beach, but residents can smoke it in their homes under California law.
The possible effects of the statewide legalization of recreational
marijuana use, which voters approved in November, were the focus of
discussion Wednesday night at a Speak Up Newport event where Police Chief
Jon Lewis and City Attorney Aaron Harp answered questions in front of more
than 50 Newport Beach residents and officials.
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[photo] In this Jan. 5, 2010, file photo, a northbound Amtrak Acela passes
through Middle River, Md.
For years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has engaged in a
questionable use of thousands of informants.
The DEA has used airline employees, parcel services workers and even staff
at other government agencies, such as the Transportation Safety
Administration and Amtrak, as its informants, in violation of Justice
According to a recent audit from the Justice Department's Office of the
Inspector General, the DEA amassed an army of more than 18,000 informants
between October 2010 and October 2015. Informants are offered cash rewards
of up to $500,000 or 25 percent of successful cash seizures, whichever is
less, and the DEA made $237 million in payments to more than 9,500 sources
during this period.
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Though Prop. 64 legalized recreational marijuana, businesses aren't
allowed start selling it until the state establishes a licensing system.
A security guard enters a shop with a sign posted that reads PROP 64
FRIENDLY! in Compton on Wednesday. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County
The online ad for Green Light District -- a pot shop in a brick office
building 5 miles from Disneyland -- was clear: Anyone 21 years and older
was welcome to buy weed with only a "valid ID."
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