Author Taylor Hamby

I think you can divide the world–or at least Southern California–into two types of people: those who love Taco Bell and those who love Del Taco. And then there are the stoners who swear by both of them for midnight munchies, who’ll shove either of the two down their gullets, especially if it’s extra-cheesy.
The two companies will never acknowledge this latter fan base, even though they were the ones who made Del Scorcho sauce into a modern-day sacrament and secured the popularity of Doritos Locos Tacos. Stoners should be angry at the lack of respect, and now they have even more reason to be angry at the two now that the companies have united to go after the upcoming Kush Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. OC Weekly has the rest.

Move over, Hot Tamales, there’s a new sheriff in town: pot tamales. In further proof that Mexican food has conquered America, the ABC Cooperative in Orange County, CA began offering them due to customer demand. They don’t make them on-site, but rather has someone else make batches, both medicated and not. So far, the only pot flavor is pineapple (you know, to take care of the sweet and the savory at the same time), but more will inevitably follow. OC Weekly has the full story.

Dr. Dennis Clark is a 40-year physician in private practice and longtime resident of Long Beach, CA but on April 12, 2012, he got no respect from OCSD. Deputy Michael Thalken and five other deputies raided Clark’s home and allegedly told him to “shut up and sit down” when he asked to see if his name was on the warrant. During a two-hour search, the officers confiscated the doctor’s laptop containing patient information, copies of his tax returns and his 2011 Hyundai Sonata, and they questioned him about his views on medical marijuana.
Last November, Clark sued OCSD and Thalken at the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, claiming that the deputies violated his constitutional rights. According to Clark, deputies obtained the search warrant by tricking Superior Court Judge Andre Manssourian, a former prosecutor, into granting the raid. It’s true that Thalken failed to tell Manssourian the home belonged to a licensed physician or that there was no evidence the doctor violated any state law. OC Weekly has the full story.

A federal grand jury in Michigan has charged an Orange County man tied to Huntington Beach, CA with money laundering and trying to illegally sell more than 100 kilograms of high-quality marijuana.
According to U.S. Department of Justice records obtained by OC Weekly, Kenneth Hien Vu (a.k.a. Kenny Nguyen) is a leader of “a nationwide marijuana-trafficking and money-laundering enterprise.” OC Weekly has the full story.