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1 US KS: Out-Of-State License Plates Don't Justify SearchWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:Kansas Lines:46 Added:08/24/2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Kansas cannot stop and search motorists just for having out-of-state license plates from states that have legalized marijuana, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a lawsuit filed by a Colorado motorist, Peter Vasquez, against two Kansas Highway Patrol officers who pulled him over and searched his vehicle as he was driving alone at night through Kansas on his way to Maryland.

The KHP officers, Richard Jimerson and Dax Lewis, stopped Vasquez when they could not read the temporary tag taped to the inside of the car's tinted rear window. The officers contended they were justified in searching the vehicle because Vasquez was a citizen of Colorado driving on I-70, a "known drug corridor," in a recently purchased, older-model car. They said he also seemed nervous.

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2 US CA: Pot Backers Sue Over Opposing ArgumentsFri, 05 Aug 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:California Lines:32 Added:08/06/2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Supporters of a California initiative to legalize recreational marijuana filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing opponents of including false and misleading language in official ballot materials.

The Yes on Proposition 64 committee sued in Sacramento County Superior Court, asking a judge to change or delete several arguments that opponents make against the measure on the November ballot.

The lawsuit objects to opponents' claims about television advertising and arguments that the measure would undo consumer protections that Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law.

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3 US CA: Column: Before You Vote To Send California To Pot .Thu, 30 Jun 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA) Author:Wyatt, Dennis Area:California Lines:114 Added:06/30/2016

It sounds like a pothead's nirvana. California voters legalize recreational marijuana in November and the good times start rolling. Life can't get better, right? Enjoy a joint or two, get the munchies, and call for pizza delivery.

Sounds sweet except for one little problem. In time - as things stand now - it is highly likely that a lot of pizza places will stop delivering pizza or else jack up the price. That's because passage of recreational marijuana in November will eventually trigger more random drug tests.

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4 US: DUI Laws, Pot Convictions QuestionedFri, 13 May 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:United States Lines:105 Added:05/13/2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists are being convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana based on arbitrary state standards that have no connection to whether the driver was actually impaired, says a study by the nation's largest auto club.

The problem is only growing as more states contemplate legalizing the drug. At least three, and possibly as many as 11 states, will vote this fall on ballot measures to legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, or both. Legislation to legalize the drug has also been introduced in a half dozen states.

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5 US: Shoot-Up Rooms Get Serious LookMon, 09 May 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:United States Lines:102 Added:05/09/2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in alleys behind convenience stores, on city sidewalks and in the bathrooms of fast-food joints - because no one was around to save them when they overdosed.

An alarming 47,000 American overdose deaths in 2014 has pushed elected leaders from coast to coast to consider government-sanctioned sites where heroin users can shoot up under the supervision of a doctor or nurse who can administer an antidote if necessary.

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6 US: Medical Pot Backers Leery Of Epilepsy DrugMon, 18 Apr 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:United States Lines:43 Added:04/19/2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses.

Epidiolex is a nearly pure extract of cannabidiol, or CBD, with little of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets traditional pot users high. CBD products are the current rage in medicinal pot products, and activists fear that if the maker of Epidiolex manages to get FDA approval it could undercut the political momentum of the medical marijuana movement.

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7 US CT: Was Police Dog Sniff Outside Connecticut Condo DoorWed, 30 Mar 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:Connecticut Lines:43 Added:03/31/2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut marijuana bust has turned into a potential precedent-setting case on whether apartment and condo dwellers have the same rights as house owners when it comes to police using drug-sniffing dogs outside their homes.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear arguments in the case of Dennis Kono, who was arrested in 2012 after a police dog deployed without a warrant in a condo building hallway in Berlin smelled marijuana near his door. Berlin police then obtained a search warrant for Kono's condo and found several small marijuana plants, seeds, growing equipment and firearms.

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8 US CA: California Pot Growers Facing Crop Of Local BansMon, 25 Jan 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:California Lines:58 Added:01/25/2016

SACRAMENTO (AP) - When the California Legislature passed the state's first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police. So far, it hasn't turned out that way. Facing what appears to be a rapidly closing window for action, dozens of cities and counties from across California are racing to enact new bans on marijuana-growing. Some apply only to commercial cultivation, both indoor and outdoor, but many would also prohibit personal pot gardens that have been legal - or at least overlooked - for 19 years.

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9 US IA: Pot Group Wins Free Speech Lawsuit Against Iowa StateSat, 23 Jan 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:Iowa Lines:41 Added:01/24/2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge ruled Friday that Iowa State University administrators violated the constitutional free speech rights of student members of a pro-marijuana group by barring them from using the university logos on T-shirts.

U.S. District Judge James Gritzner issued an order granting members of the ISU chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws a permanent injunction which means university administrators cannot use a trademark policy to prevent the organization from printing shirts depicting a marijuana leaf.

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10 US CA: Manteca Supplies Bay AreaTue, 12 Jan 2016
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA) Author:Wyatt, Dennis Area:California Lines:146 Added:01/13/2016

90% of $15.6m of Pot Seized in 2015 Was Headed to Dispensaries

The lawn isn't well-kept - it's manicured.

The same goes for shrubs and flowers.

As far as the house itself, the outside is in pristine model condition.

What looks like a well-cared for McMansion in a Manteca or Lathrop neighborhood is sometimes a front for a burgeoning black market business - growing pot to supply Bay Area medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

"About 90 percent of the large grows (seized) last year in Manteca were for dispensaries," noted Manteca Police Sgt. Chris Mraz.

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11 US CA: Growing Pot Is Now Illegal In LathropThu, 22 Oct 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA) Author:Campbell, Jason Area:California Lines:105 Added:10/22/2015

Growing marijuana under any circumstances is now illegal in Lathrop.

The Lathrop City Council on Monday voted 4-1 with councilman Omar Ornelas dissenting - to approve a resolution that will make it a crime to cultivate any marijuana, indoor or outdoor, within the limits even if the person is a licensed California medical marijuana cardholder.

The item was requested by the council for review and is partially in response to recent amended California law that restricts the square footage that individual cardholders can use to grow marijuana - limiting the space down to 100 square-feet for individuals and up to 500 square-feet for a small cooperative of five people or less.

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12 US OH: Caped Superhero Is Pushing Pot Legalization; Does ItTue, 08 Sep 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:Ohio Lines:66 Added:09/09/2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A caped green superhero stumping for marijuana legalization votes at college campuses and bars in Ohio has sparked debate over its impact on children.

"Buddie" is a fuzzy, eversmiling pot bud in a bulging white muscle suit with green trunks, gloves and boots. He arrives in a truck painted with marijuana leaves declaring: "Yes on legalization."

Children's health advocates opposed to legalization said Buddie is reminiscent of Joe Camel, the cartoon dromedary proven so effective at marketing cigarettes to teenagers in the 1990s that R.J. Reynolds was forced to retire his image. They said the pot mascot makes light of a dangerous illegal drug in a manner appealing to kids.

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13 US CA: Marijuana LawsTue, 25 Aug 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:California Lines:95 Added:08/25/2015

Likely Legalization Vote Prompts Action on Medical Industry

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The likelihood that California voters will be asked to legalize recreational marijuana next year is prompting lawmakers to make a serious run at reining in the state's vast medical marijuana industry - a job they have deferred for nearly two decades.

A pair of bills pending in the California Legislature would create the first statewide regulations for medical marijuana growers, manufacturers of pot-infused products, and distributors such as storefront dispensaries and delivery services.

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14 US CA: Column: Rolling Up With Willie NelsonMon, 03 Aug 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA) Author:Hightower, Jim Area:California Lines:45 Added:08/03/2015

With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land - including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. - who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility?

The iconic musician and intrepid fighter for justice has announced that he'll market his own marijuana brand, "Willie's Reserve," and open a group of stores selling top-quality pot and paraphernalia.

"I feel like I was buying so much of it, it's time to start selling it back," Willie said of his new weed venture. "I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market."

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15 US OR: Oregon TV Anchor Fired After Testing Positive forSat, 25 Jul 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:Oregon Lines:42 Added:07/26/2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon television anchor has turned into a marijuana activist after being fired for testing positive for the drug.

Cyd Maurer, a morning weekend anchor at Eugene's ABC affiliate KEZI-TV, said she was fired in May after getting into a minor accident while on assignment. In a video posted online, Maurer said that after the accident she was forced to take a drug test per company policy and failed it.

Maurer, 25, said she was completely sober at work and had used the marijuana several days before. Studies show marijuana, unlike alcohol, can be detected in some people for days after use - or even weeks, in case of frequent users.

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16 US GA: Ex-Deputy Indicted After 'No-Knock' Raid Injures ChildThu, 23 Jul 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:Georgia Lines:32 Added:07/25/2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Georgia deputy sheriff was indicted Wednesday on federal charges for her role in setting up a "no-knock" drug raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen.

Former Habersham County Deputy Nikki Autry, 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of providing false information in a search warrant affidavit, Acting U. S. Attorney John Horn said. Autry also is charged with providing false information to obtain an arrest warrant.

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17 US CA: Panel to Review Orange County DA's Use of JailTue, 07 Jul 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:California Lines:43 Added:07/08/2015

SANTA ANA (AP) - The Orange County district attorney's office has formed a special committee to review its use of jailhouse informants following misconduct allegations that have sidetracked some criminal cases.

The committee of independent experts has begun looking into its practices and plans to release its recommendations by year's end, the DA's office announced Monday.

The committee includes a retired Orange County judge, a former county Bar Association president, a retired Los Angeles County prosecutor and an ethics lawyer. A law school professor is a committee adviser.

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18 US CA: California Law Backs Organ Transplants for Medical PotTue, 07 Jul 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:California Lines:28 Added:07/08/2015

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use.

The Democratic governor announced Monday that he signed AB258 by Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael.

Supporters say some patients who use medical marijuana have been denied life-saving organ transplants because they are treated by doctors as drug abusers. Marijuana is often prescribed to cancer and other patients to help with pain and side effects of treatment.

Levine's legislation ensures that medical marijuana users have the same right to access organ transplants as other patients by prohibiting a hospital or doctor from disqualifying a person solely because of medical marijuana use.

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19 US CA: Concern About Legal Pot Minors Aired CaliforniaWed, 20 May 2015
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA)          Area:California Lines:72 Added:05/21/2015

OAKLAND (AP) - Members of a commission led by California's lieutenant governor said Tuesday that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana could generate enough tax revenue to fund drug education and counseling centers at every high school in the state, a potential upside that should be seriously considered as activists work to put a pot-legalization initiative before voters next year.

Meeting at a youth center in a part of East Oakland scarred by violence, poverty and addiction, the panel held a public discussion on the issue that could make or break a legalization campaign in the nation's top pot-producing state: concerns about keeping the drug out of the hands of minors and young adults once it can be purchased as easily as a six-pack of beer. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the commission's chairman, acknowledged that crafting a system of retail sales and regulations that satisfies fearful parents will be a tough sell.

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20 US CA: Mexican Drug Cartels Alter Meth BattleSat, 17 May 2014
Source:Manteca Bulletin (CA) Author:Campbell, Jason Area:California Lines:191 Added:05/18/2014

James Boles doesn't look like an undercover cop.

That's kind of the idea. His hair is cropped short and his goatee is scraggly. He wears the band T-shirt and the jeans that you'd expect of a construction worker. His shoes bear the worn out soles of somebody that has spent a lot of time and a lot of miles walking up and down the streets chasing the dragon.

Addicts talk about how the high never feels as good as it does the first time, and one quick glance at Boles and you see a guy who will do anything to get back to that place. If you passed him on the street you'd think that he was a guy who hadn't slept for two days. A tweaker. Or as one of his friends put it, somebody that "looks like s*."

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