No medical marijuana dispensaries have come to Harford County yet, but
two companies have applied for county government approval to open
their respective businesses in Joppa and Street, plus a dispensary has
already opened just across the Susquehanna River in Perryville.
Dispensaries must have a state license before they open and two
dispensaries are allowed in each of Maryland's 47 state Senate districts.
"Certainly any business that comes to Harford County has to meet all
of our local requirements, and these businesses will be held to that
standard, as any other," county government spokesperson Cindy Mumby
said in a recent interview.
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To the Editor:
Three cheers for Sheriff Tom Allman for getting rid of the
Pinoleville Pomo Nation's bogus medical pot grow and honey oil
I got a chuckle out of a comment made by someone named Nori Baldridge
who is supposedly the tribe's economic Development Director who said
"I think what they're (the Sheriffs) doing is not right. This is
sovereign land and this is a sovereign nation." Well now, I've talked
to several people who know about such things and they have told me
that the Pinoleville Pomo Nation is made up of mainly Chairwoman
Leona Williams' family and that their membership is actually about 25
people, give or take a few.
So, in my opinion, how can 25 people give or take a few, constitute a
Nation, sovereign or otherwise?
- - David Anderson, Ukiah
To The Editor:
After reading a recent article in the Daily Journal titled "Two
marijuana bills by North Coast reps advance," I shake my head in
wonder at the attention paid to the absolute farce known as medical
marijuana by politicians. In California, politicians from the local
level to the state level want to control what happens with medical
pot because they see the pot as an endless source of income to fill
up their coffers through permits, regulations, fines and so forth.
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Eight Dealers Plead Guilty
Eight Sampson County residents pleaded guilty to federal drug charges
this year as Sheriff Jimmy Thornton saw the number of methamphetamine
labs uncovered by his narcotics team double from 2007, officials said
Authorities hope the harsh penalties levied against the dealers will
serve as a deterrent to other people involved in the drug trade.
U.S. Attorney George Holding and Special Agent Jerry Weaver, head of
the Fayetteville office of the SBI, joined Sheriff Thornton in Clinton
Monday to discuss operation "Juiced Out," which has lead to the
arrests and convictions of eight dealers so far.
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To the Editor:
Your editorial made an important point about the need for more effort
to reduce the demand for drugs.
The United States should devote more resources to preventing and
treating substance abuse and dependence. But these resources should be
allocated based on need.
Alcohol is the drug of choice for the overwhelming majority of people
suffering from a substance use disorder. According to the 2006
National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 16 million Americans
were dependent on or abusing alcohol. That's five times greater than
the number of people who were dependent on or abusing illicit drugs
and almost 15 times greater than the number of people dependent on or
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CLIFTON -Rocker/hunter/conservationist/patriot Ted Nugent stormed to
mid-court of the Clifton High School gymnasium Thursday afternoon to a
rousing greeting from Clifton students in grades six through 12, then
quickly stopped the youths.
He then took one of his favorite weapons - an electric guitar, cocked,
locked, and ready to fire - and belted out his unique version of the Star
Spangled Banner, to begin a Red Ribbon Week anti-substance-abuse
presentation unlike any the school district has ever witnessed. While many
of the students were not totally sure who Ted Nugent was when he arrived,
they likely will never forget his visit the day before Halloween.
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Another fine example of how far wrong we have gone to protect the rights of
individuals: A defense attorney has called into question a drug-sniffing
dog 's ability to correctly find drugs during traffic stops.
Never mind that the dog was right on and the attorney's client had 113
pounds of suspected marijuana in his van. He's reaching for any kind of
technicality to get him off. And of course a law professor chimes in to
say, yes, let's question the dog's reliability. He thinks the government
should check the dog's record. I guess the only way defense lawyers think a
trial is fair is if they can use any kind of ploy to get their man off.
Are there any defense attorneys out there who think our system has gone too
far and it needs to be corrected?
Treatment makes more sense than jail for non-violent drug offenders, county
officials agree, but it's likely to cost more money than Proposition 36
Representatives of eight county departments, including the district
attorney and public defender, took part Monday in a public information
meeting chaired by state Sen. Wesley Chesbro. They told a packed audience
in the County Courthouse of the progress they're making toward implementing
the new state program, set to start in July.
To handle the numbers potentially eligible for the program, they said, the
county may need to double its present drug treatment capacity.
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County supervisors on Monday tabled a proposed medical marijuana ordinance,
then approved a set of rules and procedures that accomplish many of the
The county will now issue photo identification cards to persons medically
authorized to use marijuana to ease certain painful conditions, including
glaucoma, arthritis, AIDS symptoms and several forms of cancer. The rules
are based on those adopted earlier by Mendocino County and by the City of
The county has been under pressure to adopt a medical marijuana ordinance
since state voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996. Legal issues arising
from Prop 215 are still being fought out in federal courts.
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EUREKA - Supervisors here have asked the Humboldt County Health Department
to work with the sheriff and district attorney to develop a program to
identify legitimate medical marijuana users.
They also voted 3-2, with supervisors Bonnie Neely and Paul Kirk
dissenting, to ask their legal staff to draft a medical marijuana
ordinance. Neely and Kirk said there is no immediate need for an ordinance,
and that a less formal program should be worked out first between law
officers and health officers.
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A Multnomah County judge ruled Tuesday that he would not throw out
evidence against 51 accused marijuana growers even though police
learned of them through unlawfully traced telephone calls.
Circuit Judge Michael Marcus said the issue was whether the Portland
Police Bureau's Marijuana Task Force exploited the unlawful
information to make arrests. He used the analogy of a suspect who
gives police information about a murder while officers beat him. The
beating is illegal and the direct information that comes of it might
not be used in court, but that doesn't mean that police cannot
investigate the murder and use subsequent legal evidence to prosecute.
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Police Have Investigated American Agriculture For Years Looking For
Portland police raided an agricultural supply store in Southeast
Portland that has been the subject of controversial telephone traces
by police in an attempt to find and arrest marijuana growers.
Police also raided the Beavercreek and West Linn homes of the owner
and manager of American Agriculture, seizing computers, business
records and other items they think are connected to marijuana growing.
Police made no arrests.
The Thursday raids came a month after a judge questioned why police
had not acted after more than four years of investigating American
Agriculture and three months after the business filed a federal
lawsuit claiming police had violated its civil rights.
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A Settlement, In A Case Where A Man Fleeing A Problem Residence Caused A
Woman's Death, Serves As A Warning
Gregory Amerson and his sisters talked to at least eight attorneys before
they finally found one who would take their groundbreaking case against the
landlord of a suspected drug house in Northeast Portland.
It was a lawsuit that apparently had never been tried in Oregon, maybe never
in the United States, as far as anyone could tell. And a lot of lawyers
thought it was a stretch.
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Portland's Marijuana Task Force is questioned about a phone tapping
and address tracing procedure that could be illegal.
By David R. Anderson of the [Portland] Oregonian staff
Defense lawyers are demanding to know whether Portland police
illegally used a "trap and trace" to secretly provide the Marijuana
Task Force with the phone numbers of everyone who called a Portland
indoor-growing supply store.
The information came to light when a criminal defendant, who is
charged with posing as a police officr, taped a phone conversation
with an officer on the task force, according to documents the city
provided the court.
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* The Judge Cites The Marijuana Growing Operation That Was The Target Of
The Police Raid In Which Colleen Waibel Died
The man whose housemate shot and killed a Portland police officer during a
drug raid was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison on drug and
In sentencing Jeffery Harlan Moore, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Linda
Bergman doubled the usual 18-month sentence for drug manufacturing to three
years and added a fourth year on the child-neglect charges. Moore's
attorney had argued that he should be sentenced to probation.
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Justices Say Measure 40 Has Too Many Amendments
The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday used a narrow legal point to throw out
Measure 40, a sweeping initiative backed by crime victims' groups.
The court unanimously ruled that Measure 40, which voters approved in
November 1996, violated the state constitution because it contained more
than one constitutional amendment. The court did not address the
constitutionality of specific provisions, which include allowing
convictions in murder cases on an 11-1 jury vote and making it more
difficult to exclude evidence.
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The medical examiner rules that Steven Douglas Dons, accused of killing
Officer Colleen Waibel, strangled himself with a bedsheet
The man accused of killing a police officer last month during a drug raid
was found dead Wednesday morning in his jail medical room, the victim of an
Steven Douglas Dons, 37, twisted a bedsheet around his neck and tied it to
the frame of his adjustable hospital bed to strangle himself, said
Multnomah County Sheriff's Detective Gary Muncy. Dons, who was paralyzed
from the waist down when wounded during the shootout, wedged his right arm
through the rungs of the bed's side rail for leverage. He tightened the
noose by raising the bed about one foot, pressing the controls with his
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A sheriff's spokesman says the office made extra efforts to treat the
inmate accused of killing a police officer
Steven Douglas Dons talked about the subject of suicide but never indicated
he was contemplating killing himself, a Multnomah County sheriff's
spokesman said Thursday.
The man accused of killing a police officer and who killed himself
Wednesday in his jail medical room was like many inmates, said sheriff's
Lt. Brian Martinek.
Dons used talk of suicide as a way to toy with jail staff.
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Steven Douglas Dons, accused of killing a Portland police officer, could
face more charges
A Multnomah County grand jury Wednesday indicted Steven Douglas Dons on 13
counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and assault in a
shooting last week that killed a Portland police officer and injured two
Prosecutors have not presented evidence to the grand jury related to
weapons or marijuana plants found in the house where Dons lived at 2612
S.E. 111th Ave.
"The investigation is continuing, and additional charges probably will be
presented later on," said James McIntyre, a Multnomah County senior deputy
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