In Charlotte, Possible Weed Possession Led to Fatal Cop Shooting


It’s not the first time this has happened.

Here’s your daily round-up of pot-news, excerpted from the newsletter WeedWeek. Download WeedWeek’s free 2016 election guide here.

Charlotte police said the appearance that Keith Lamont Scott was holding a marijuana “blunt” led them to escalate the encounter, before an officer fatally shot Scott.

An audit published by the justice department found that from 2010 to 2015 the DEA distributed $237 million in payments to 9,000 informants. No one, including the DEA, has the data necessary to assess the value for money. See the audit here.

Arcan Cetin, the 20-year old charged with killing five people at a mall in Washington state, had blamed marijuana for violent and troubling incidents in his past.

U.S. marijuana possession arrests reached a two-decade low in 2015. There were around 575,000, down from a peak of almost 800,000 in 2007.

Charlo Greene, who in 2014 quit a television reporter job on air to go into cannabis, faces 14 charges and up to 54 years in prison. The charges stem from raids and undercover purchases at her Alaska Cannabis Club following her “fuck it” sign off.

Massachusetts has to decide whether to move forward with thousands of prosecutions that a disgraced crime lab chemist worked on.

Law enforcement groups in Oregon want to uniformly make drug possession a misdemeanor, rather than a felony.

California Gov. Jerry Brown restored the voting rights of convicted felons serving in county jails and under supervised release. It does not affect those in federal or state prisons.

The Cannabist talks to Patrick Moen, a former DEA official who’s now an executive at cannabis investment firm Privateer Holdings.

A study found that people who consider the Bible the literal word of God, and those who frequently attend religious services, are less likely to support legalization.

Berkeley’s famous Amoeba Records won a dispensary permit, which it was depending on to stay open.

Willamette Week says recently renewed HBO show “High Maintenance” deserves a place in the made-up “ Things to Experience Stoned Hall of Fame.”

24-karat gold rolling papers.

The new book “ Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis,” by former Details editor Joe Dolce, comes out this week.

A Bremerton, Wash. man was banned from local buses for six months because he smelled strongly of cannabis. “From time to time, I smell like I just smoked some marijuana probably because I just did,” he said.

High Times found 18 great weed tattoos.