With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk
of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85
miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.
SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the
Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with
Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for
violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless
interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on
the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his
gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.
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America's sheriffs have given President Trump a woefully inaccurate
view of civil asset forfeiture-the process through which police seize,
and prosecutors literally sue, cash, cars and real estate that they
suspect may be connected to a crime. "People want to say we're taking
money and without due process. That's not true," a Kentucky sheriff
told the president last month at a White House meeting. Critics of
forfeiture, the sheriff added, simply "make up stories."
In fact, thousands of Americans have had their assets taken without
ever being charged with a crime, let alone convicted. Russ Caswell
almost lost his Massachusetts motel, which had been run by his family
for more than 50 years, because of 15 "drug-related incidents" there
from 1994-2008, a period through which he rented out nearly 200,000
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Two Oro-Medonte men were arrested this week for growing marijuana,
despite having a licence to grow
Angered over an "unjust" police raid over medicinal marijuana, two
Oro-Medonte men feel victimized after being arrested at their home and
taken away in handcuffs.
"We're two sick and injured people who were taken to jail," Christian
Gadsden, 36, said Wednesday outside the Orillia OPP detachment, a day
after police raided the Line 13 home he shares with Larry Parisien.
"It was scary, incredibly scary," said the 62-year-old Parisien,
adding he suffers from a range of ailments including fibromyalgia and
has been prescribed medicinal marijuana for close to seven years.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Even as the state prepares to carry out a constitutional
amendment authorizing medical marijuana, a lack of guidance from health
officials could create a "very murky and dangerous legal area" for
patients and doctors.
Authors of the amendment, industry insiders and legislative leaders have
called on the Department of Health to clarify what doctors and dispensing
organizations can legally do under existing state laws and the
voter-approved amendment that went into effect Tuesday.
To date, the health agency has remained mum, referring only to the
language of the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by voters
in November and to state laws approved in 2014 and 2016.
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DARTMOUTH, N.S. - What if Walter White was a Mennonite?
"Pure," which premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on CBC-TV, is based on actual
accounts of Mennonites acting as drug mules. Various reports suggest some
members were smuggling cocaine and marijuana into Canada all the way from
Mexico by hiding drugs in hollowed-out car batteries and wheels of cheese.
Series writer and creator Michael Amo ("The Listener") optioned one such
magazine article nearly a decade ago but had a hard time selling networks
on a Christian sect version of "Breaking Bad."
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Dr. Joseph Dorn has had a unique vantage
point when it comes to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry in
Dorn was the medical director of Surterra Therapeutics, which is one
of the six dispensing organizations licensed to grow and distribute
medical cannabis in the state. He resigned from that position two
months ago and has opened a medical marijuana treatment center as
Amendment 2 takes effect on Tuesday.
The constitutional amendment, which was approved by 71 percent of
Florida voters, allows higher-strength marijuana to be used for a
wider list of medical ailments. However, the true measure of what the
amendment means won't be immediately seen until a new set of rules are
adopted and implemented by the Florida Legislature and the Department
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How a renowned Canadian feminist popularized our racist war on drugs
Detective Joe Ricci and his partner, Alex Sinclair, were out on a routine
bust in Vancouver's Chinatown. It was 1916, and Ricci and Sinclair were
front-line officers in the war on opium. The drug had been criminalized in
Canada eight years earlier through the introduction of the Western world's
earliest drug prohibition law, and the Vancouver police department had
been chasing down traffickers ever since. Ricci was a familiar sight in
the neighbourhood. He had made such a big arrest in 1913 that for days
after, the Vancouver Daily World reported, "not a light [was] to be seen
and the ringing noise of the chuck-a-luck dice [had] stopped." But the
gamblers and the opium smokers were soon back, and Ricci was out
patrolling the streets again.
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Andrew Freedman is Colorado's director of marijuana coordination.
DENVER - Marijuana legalization brought unexpected challenges to Colorado,
and it was rarely clear what part of state government was supposed to
solve them, or how.
Businesses were selling marijuana-infused, animal-shaped candy attractive
to children. Residents growing pot at home were selling it illegally in
other states. Growers were applying pesticides to cannabis plants even
though none was specifically approved by the federal government for such
Enter Andrew Freedman, Colorado's pot czar, who is bringing together the
state's bureaucracy, marijuana industry, law enforcement community, and
public health advocates to fix problems no other state had faced.
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An American fugitive who was dubbed the Godfather of Grass because of
run-ins with the law involving the large-scale production of marijuana
will be detained in Montreal for at least another week while
authorities decide when he will be deported.
John Robert Boone, 73, was arrested by Montreal police Thursday
afternoon at a shopping centre, at the corner of Ste-Catherine St. W.
and Atwater Ave., putting an end to a police search that lasted eight
years. He had been sought by the Kentucky State Police and the U.S.
Marshals Service since 2008. He was detained at the
Riviere-des-Prairies Detention Centre where he had a hearing Friday
afternoon before an adjudicator with Canada's Immigration and Refugee
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At 4:50 a.m., the stragglers dashed through Manila's darkened streets,
hoping for a spot in the pews.
But they were too late. Hundreds of worshipers had already packed the
Sto. Nino de Paz Community Greenbelt Chapel, a low, white dome in a
sprawling outdoor shopping complex, for Friday's Simbang Gabi
So at least 100 more crowded on the pavement outside, singing "Glory
to God" beneath a crisp crescent moon.
Christmas in the Philippines is a long, spirited and, to many,
exhausting affair. About 90% of Filipinos are Christian, and they take
the holiday seriously. Stores start playing Christmas music as early
as September and don't stop until early January. Christmas trees
spring up in malls and public parks. Carolers go door to door singing
"Jingle Bells," "Silent Night" and "Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit", a lively
Tagalog tune celebrating Jesus' birth. The holiday delicacy is lechon
- -- whole suckling pig, a Filipino delicacy.
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Why the celebrity licensing model is not just the gold standard for a
cannabis brand, it's a necessity
Cedella Marley's voice has a comforting, familiar lilt, the sound of
the Jamaican heritage she shares with her late father. Some 35 years
after Bob Marley's death, the Marley family has moved into the
cannabis business with Seattle-based Privateer Holdings to launch
Marley Natural, a line of hemp body products, elegant black walnut
accessories and smartly packaged smokeables.
Their biggest target market? Canada - once the recreational market
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I cannot think of anything more insane as this issue of providing
clean needles to the dope addicts.
Why not provide sophisticated tools to car thieves, so they can break
into cars without damaging the door?
Whoever takes dope must know the consequences and those peddling dope
know also what they are doing, so victim and perpetrator alike should
be held responsible, and if you are a parent and don't know what your
kids are up to, then don't cry to the public for help.
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JAKARTA, Indonesia - I.B. Agung Partha foresees an apocalypse, as he
put it, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
The threat is not a plague of locusts, nor one of Bali's dormant
volcanos springing to life. It is in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital
several hundred miles away, where Parliament is debating legislation
that would ban beer, wine and spirits across the thousands of islands
that make up this country.
For Bali, whose beaches, lush landscapes and cultural attractions
drew four million visitors last year, the effect would be something
like the end of the world, said Mr. Partha, the chairman of the Bali
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Just in the last year alone, Colorado has brought in $1 billion from
the distribution of recreational marijuana. It is generally boosting
the economy's revenue. Why wouldn't all states legalize recreational
use of weed when it benefited Colorado so much?
Christian Cox-Elander, Reno
Of the 15 companies cleared for cultivation, at least eight have ties
to marijuana industries in other states.
From page A1 Thirty businesses have won approval to grow and process
medical marijuana in Maryland, regulators announced Monday, putting
life into the industry more than three years after lawmakers
legalized the drug for medical use.
Several of the winning applicants have political ties - with major
donors or high-ranking officials on their teams - including a company
that hired the Maryland lawmaker who was the driving force behind the
tightly regulated program.
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Former Sheriff Janney Has Stake in Application
BALTIMORE - Today marks the day when Cecil County will find out
whether its future will be green, benefitting economically from the
development of potential medical marijuana growing and processing facilities.
The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, under
the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which was
formed by 2014 legislation to develop policies, procedures and
regulations to implement the state's medical marijuana program, voted
on its stage one license pre-approvals for 15 growers and the first
15 processors on Aug. 5.
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BANGKOK In a backroom heavy with sawdust, Mr Akkarin Puri, 33,
carefully examines the veneer of a half-finished guitar.
There was a time when the craftsman's attention was more focused on
inhaling the vapours from a pill of yaba - a methamphetamine - heated
over a flame.
In fact, by the age of 21, his drug habit had landed him in juvenile
detention at least six times and a military lock-up for 18 months.
There, he tried to rob a fellow addict to fund his next fix and
landed himself in jail for another eight years. It was while doing
time in a particularly notorious prison, in Pathum Thani province
next to Bangkok, that he saw up close one of the gravest consequences
of the kingdom's long-running "war on drugs".
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MD. Delegate Did Not Disclose His Connection to Dispensary Applicant
The state lawmaker who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana
in Maryland is part of a company trying to sell and profit off the
drug - a position he never disclosed as he pushed bills and
regulations to help cannabis businesses.
Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) is the clinical director for
Doctor's Orders, according to a portion of a dispensary licensing
application obtained by The Washington Post through a public records request.
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Severely Ill Patients Vouch for Medicinal Benefits of Dagga Oil
AS A mother, Veronica Ellis would do anything to help her
eight-year-old child, even if it meant the unthinkable: giving her a
small daily dose of a forbidden drug. But she could no longer watch
her once-radiant daughter, now a hollow skeleton, slipping away.
"What convinced me was looking at Bayleigh, lying all day on a
mattress here in front of the TV," says Ellis, a small-framed,
resolute mother of three. "She was so tired, she just didn't want to
get up. Her face was white, she had black rings under her eyes. She
wouldn't eat anything. She lost 1kg in a week."
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Dueling Petitions Would Allow for Social Use of Pot
Denver voters could have their pick in November between two
initiatives aimed at allowing social use of marijuana in different places.
One group has been gathering signatures for an initiative that would
allow private marijuana consumption clubs. The other has a more
expansive aim: to allow nearly any business, including a bar, to
offer a set-off, 21-and-over public "consumption area," so long as
the owner obtains a neighborhood group's support first.
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