Marijuana and Cannabis News

California Man Gets 80 Years for Murdering Drug Dealer Getting Cofffe
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Josh Parrish/Flickr.

A 38-year-old man who murdered a drug dealer making himself a cup of coffee in a Santa Ana bakery has been sentenced to 80 years to life in state prison.

A jury last month found Israel Pena Lopez of Santa Ana guilty of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.


Kent Easter Gets 6 Mos. in Jail for Helping Wife in Trying to Frame a Mom with Weed
By William Breathes in Follow that story, News
Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8:20 am

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The Long, Strange Saga of Kent Easter has ended. Sunbeams breaking through clouds, birds singing again and our collective sigh of relief being accompanied by a pleasing endorphin rush can mean only one thing, Orange County: Kent Wycliffe Easter is officially jail-bound.

The Hon. Judge Thomas Goethals made it official this morning, sentencing the Irvine dad to six months in jail--minus 76 days already served--for joining his fellow attorney wife in trying to frame an elementary school volunteer for drug possession because they thought she'd insulted their then-6-year-old son. She hadn't.


LAPD Moves to Fire Drug Cop Frank Lyga Following Racially Charged Remarks
By William Breathes in FTP, News
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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Frank Lyga.

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.

Busty Model Krista Boseley Busted for Allegedly Smuggling 90 lbs of Molly into John Wayne Airport
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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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.


Vice President's Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve for Blow
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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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.


Billboard for Jeff Mizanskey, Man Serving Life for Pot, Placed Near Missouri Governor's Mansion
By William Breathes in News
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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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.


Defendant in Major New York Marijuana Trafficking Case Found Murdered in LA
By William Breathes in News, Say what?
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

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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.


Pennsylvania House Refuses to Address Medical Marijuana Proposal
By William Breathes in Legislation, Medical, News
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

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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.


Poll: Delaware Wants Legal Marijuana
By William Breathes in Legalize It, News
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

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"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.

NorCal Bust Nets Hundreds of Pounds of Weed, Millions in Cash, Gold, and Silver... and Some Nunchucks
By Jack Daniel in Legalize It, News
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

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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.