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Julie Meyers, 20, smokes “synthetic marijuana” at Petra Cafe and Hookah Bar in St. Louis days before Missouri’s ban was signed into law.

​It was bound to happen, sooner or later, and this is the first time Toke of the Town has heard of it: Laralee Herron, 20, entered the annals of hemp history (though probably not how she wanted) when she was arrested Sunday night in West Monroe, Louisiana, for possession of “synthetic marijuana.”

A search revealed “synthetic marijuana” in Herron’s purse, according to an affidavit. She was charged with “possession of synthetic marijuana” and bond was set at $750.
Eager officers didn’t waste any time getting started on enforcing their shiny new law. Young Herron got busted on the very day that Louisiana’s ban on “synthetic marijuana” went into effect — August 15.
Back on June 29, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law House Bill 173, making it a crime to possess, sell or manufacture the synthetic drug, and the law took effect Sunday.

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​It’s been almost 14 years since the votes of California approved the Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 215, legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana with the recommendation of a physician. The initiative also encouraged federal and state governments “to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana.”

Yet local governments within the City and County of San Diego, despite having since 1996 to do so, have failed to implement a plan. Any progress made in providing for the safe distribution of marijuana to patients has been stonewalled by the County Board of Supervisors, anti-pot firebrand San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, and now San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders himself according to San Diego Americans for Safe Access.

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Jeremy Erskine Jamal Miller, 18, thought he’d just bring along his weed when he had to show up in court on a robbery charge.

​A Lynnwood, Illinois man was arrested for marijuana when he pulled out a bag of pot while emptying his pockets in front of Porter County Courthouse security on the way to his Tuesday hearing.

Jeremy Erskine Jamal Miller, 18, ended up pleading guilty to felony theft in handcuffs that morning, then was taken away by Valparaiso, Indiana police officers afterward on a marijuana possession charge, reports James D. Wolf, Jr., of the Merrillville Post-Tribune.
Court Security Officer Doug Crandall said when Miller came into the courthouse, he emptied his pockets onto the table — including a small baggie of cannabis.
Miller then knocked the baggie to the floor, as sneakily as possible under the circumstances, and bent over.
Officers then found the sack of pot in his sock.
Judge Mary Harper had to ask an officer to remove the handcuffs so Miller could sign his plea agreement in court.
Miller, who originally faced up to eight years in prison for felony robbery after holding up two Valparaiso, Indiana men who had given him a ride on September 3.

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El Paso City Rep. Susie Byrd spoke concerning the drug violence taking place in Juarez during a press conference at Lion’s Placita at the foot of the Paso Del Norte Bridge Monday.

​Two city representatives from El Paso, Texas, called a news conference Monday to say they believe reforming drug laws and legalizing marijuana would help reduce drug cartel related violence in Mexico, reports Diana Washington Valdez at the El Paso Times.
City Reps. Beto O’Rourke and Susie Byrd, joined at the border’s Paso del Norte Bridge by fellow city Reps. Steve Ortega and Ann Morgan Lilly, displayed a declaration in support of Juárez, the Mexican city just across the border from El Paso which has been wracked with horrifying violence as drug smuggling cartels vie for supremacy and market share.
​”Those who think they have the moral high ground by supporting prohibition are not giving proper attention to the disastrous consequences of that tragically misguided policy,” said Oscar J. Martinez, a history professor and border expert at the University of Arizona who is also a native of Juárez.
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