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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
I don’t feel like a terrorist just because I smoke weed. Do you?

​You knew it would come to this, right? Lest you think those hard-working goons at the Department of Homeland Security are slacking in their jobs — you know, spying on your everyday activities — it has been revealed that the domestic surveillance agency has been scouring your online postings for, among other things, the word “marijuana.”

Homeland Security personnel regularly monitor updates on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, to uncover “Items Of Interest” (IOI), according to an internal DHS memo released by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), reports Animal New York.
That baseline list of terms for which the DHS searches — or at least a DHS subcontractor hired to monitor social networks — reveals which specific words generate realtime IOI reports.

Photo: Fulton County Jail
These are the 19 bags of marijuana police claimed they found on Ricky Hefflin as he tried to enter the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia.

​Ricky Hefflin either has big cojones or perhaps impaired decision-making skills.

Hefflin, 26, remains in jail after being arrested Wednesday for carrying 19 bags of marijuana into the Fulton County Courthouse, according to police.

Officers at the courthouse claimed they noticed “something suspicious” in Hefflin’s back left pocket when he went through the security line at the building’s metal detector, reports Raisa Habersham at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Deputies said Hefflin was asked to empty his pockets and put his items in a bin for scanning by the courthouse magnetometer. But he refused, saying, “I don’t have anything,” according to officers, reports My Fox Atlanta.
Hefflin tried to walk on into the courthouse, but was stopped by the arresting officer, who once again requested that he empty his pockets.
​When Hefflin “became nervous” and didn’t move, the officer told him to place his hands against the wall and proceeded to search him.

Photo: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
I don’t feel like a terrorist. Do you?

​The U.S. Department of Homeland Security apparently doesn’t have enough real terrorists to chase. Now they’re going after medical marijuana growers.

A Colorado Springs police detective has enlisted the help of Homeland Security in a local medical marijuana investigation. Homeland Security sent a plane with thermal imaging equipment and two federal Border Patrol agents to Colorado to fly over a warehouse which was a suspected pot growing site, and the spy equipment revealed the warehouse was generating a lot of heat, reports Joel Millman of the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Photo: The Grand Rapids Press
An anonymous caregiver who grows medical marijuana for patients checks his garden. He has 22 plants of three varieties growing in his Grand Rapids basement. 

​Grand Rapids, Michigan city commissioners have decided on a homegrown approach to regulating medical marijuana.

Commissioners Tuesday decided to go ahead with zoning regulations that will treat medical marijuana growers, also known as caregivers, as home-based businesses, reports Jim Harger of The Grand Rapids Press.
Planning director Suzanne Schulz said the rules will allow medical marijuana growers to operate in a manner similar to music teachers or tax preparers.