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 Escalon.
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A Pew Research Center survey of nearly 8,000 police officers finds that
more than two-thirds of them say that marijuana use should be legal for
either personal or medical use.
The nationally representative survey of law enforcement, one of the
largest of its kind, found that 32 percent of police officers said
marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use, while 37
percent said it should be legal for medical use only. Another 30 percent
said that marijuana should not be legal at all.
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S.C. legislators are gearing up for another fight over a bill that would
allow the legal use of medical marijuana in the Palmetto State.
A half-dozen lawmakers Tuesday made their first order of business on the
session's opening day the unveiling of the S.C. Compassionate Care Act.
The bill would allow South Carolinians with "debilitating medical
conditions" to use medical pot, when approved by a doctor.
Last year, bipartisan efforts to legalize medical marijuana died in House
and Senate committees. That effort was opposed by law enforcement
officials, who said they feared that legalizing medical marijuana would
lead to more pot being available in the state for non-medical uses.
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Mary Louise received her first dose of CBD oil Saturday, about four months
after the bill allowing children to receive the oil extracted from
marijuana was signed into law. The oil helps children like Mary Louise
with severe epilepsy control their seizures.
It took only a simple phrase to see how Mary Louise Swing's life would
improve from cannabidiol.
On vacation with family in Myrtle Beach last weekend, Mary Louise stunned
her mother, Jill, and a roomful of relatives with a simple "Hi everybody"
as she got out of bed.
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