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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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