Marijuana and Cannabis News
Controversial Los Angeles Police Department Det. Frank Lyga, whose racially charged comments to a police training class prompted his bosses to send him home with pay, was recommended for termination by the LAPD's Board of Rights this week, a police official said. The ball is now in the court of Chief Charlie Beck who could, if he so desires, fire Lyga any day now, said the official, who did not want his name published.
What did Lyga, a decorated and hard-hitting narcotics investigator known for his undercover work, do to anger department brass? Find out more over at the LA Weekly.
Federal agents busted a onetime Playboy model and a pilot at John Wayne Airport after their private plane that had arrived with them from Las Vegas was found to have nearly 60,000 Ecstasy pills and almost 90 pounds of Ecstasy powder onboard, authorities say.
The Smoking Gun reports a tip about possible drug or currency smuggling led federal agents to question Krista Boseley, 30, and Gilles Lapointe, 61, upon their landing at the Santa Ana airport on Thursday, Oct. 9.
Hunter Biden, the 44-year-old son of Vice President Joe Biden, was discharged from the Navy Reserve earlier this year for testing positive for cocaine, U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Biden owned up to his mistakes later in the day on CNN.
Call Gov. Jay Nixon at 1-573-751-3222 and tell him to free Jeff Mizanskey.
Governor Jay Nixon is the only person in the world who has the authority to release Jeff Mizanskey from prison. And activists want to make sure he's reminded of that every time he leaves his house.
The marijuana reform group Show-Me Cannabis recently purchased billboard space less than two miles away from the governor's mansion. The billboard urges people to call Nixon directly and ask for the release of Mizanskey, who is 21 years into a life-without-parole sentence for marijuana-only charges.
Akiva "David" Saltzman.
A New York man facing prison time for pot trafficking was found shot execution-style in a burned out car in Los Angeles earlier this month. The New York Daily News is reporting that Akiva "David" Saltzman was killed on October 3, though his attorney is saying it is unrelated to the case.
Sorry, Pennsylvanians in need of pain relief, suffering from seizures, wasting away from chronic nausea and dying of cancer or AIDS, you're going to wait until next year at least for your state to allow you to access medical cannabis.
The State House of Representatives yesterday made it clear they aren't going to vote on a medical marijuana proposal that has already been approved by the state Senate. House leaders say they have too many issues with the bill and need to hold hearings to iron things out - things they can't accomplish by the end of today, when the legislature adjourns.
"Hi, we're in Delaware."
A University of Delaware poll released this week shows that 56 percent of Delawareans would support the legalizaiton and regulation of limited amounts of cannabis.
The poll, conducted on 902 adults in September, showed a meager 39 percent opposed marijuana - that group mostly populated by old conservative voters.
Law enforcement officers in the northern California town of Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, responded to a call from local firefighters who reported coming across a large marijuana growing operation while attempting to extinguish a fire raging in the same building.
Guns, ammo, indoor and outdoor marijuana plants growing; all of these are pretty standard discoveries in a bust like this, usually along with some cash and other valuables. In this case, a record amount of each was seized in what local cops are saying may be the largest financial grab in the county's history.
Randy Ankeney was once a rising star in the Colorado Republican party, only to become a pariah after being found guilty of numerous sex crimes. However, he now has the opportunity to impact the state in a completely different way. A complaint he brought about alleged prisoner-release violations by the Colorado Department of Corrections is headed to the state supreme court, and if it's successful, his attorney, David Lane, says it could result in potentially thousands of inmates who've been incarcerated too long being freed -- including marijuana prisoners. Denver Westword has the full story.
"Oink, oink, oink."
In a prelude to city council chaos in Santa Ana over a 'Fuck the Police' hat last week, Mayor Miguel Pulido praised policemen amid jeers during a previous meeting. Santa Ana Police officer John G. Rodriguez received a service award as one of the honorees on September 2 for being on the force 25 years--almost as long as the reign of the Pulidiato itself!
"He's received two Santa Ana police department service medals of valor for actions during encounters with armed suspects," the Don Papi said, mentioning the cop's many credentials. Left out, of course, is the fact that lawsuits filed this year allege officer Rodriguez used excessive and lethal force in shooting Travis Mock, an unarmed man, in the back last year in an incident that also left another man, Jason Hallstrom, dead.