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Photos: San Mateo County Sheriff
Virginia Pon, 65 (left) and Aleen Lam, 72, were arrested after police found more than 800 plants growing in their San Bruno, California home.

​Two elderly women are in a California jail after neighbors called the police to report a burglary at their San Bruno residence. When police arrived, they saw, through the broken front door, nearly 800 marijuana plants inside the home.

Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Chan Pon, 65, were arrested Friday afternoon, reports Erin Sherbert at the S.F. Weekly. Police, searching the unoccupied home, found $3,000 in cash as well as an electrical bypass that allowed the grannies to steal electricity from Pacific Gas & Electric.

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Antoine Dodson in the “Bed Intruder Song” video from YouTube

​Antoine “Bed Intruder” Dodson, whose TV news rant against a would-be rapist became a viral music video and his expressway to stardom, appeared in an Alabama city court on Monday, facing marijuana possession charges along with four other misdemeanors.

Shortly after his court appearance, Dodson posted a series of defiant tweets poking fun at the proceedings, reports CNN.
“Court was bullshit,” said one tweet.
“Damn I didn’t kill anyone did I??? It’s Just weed!!! You know that stuff that grows like grass?? Yeah that! !!” said another tweet to his 37,000-plus followers.
“Damn!! I never been in jail except that time in grade school,” he tweeted. “You remember!!!”

Photos: U.S. Marshals Service
Mark Steven Phillips, 62, was arrested in his senior community apartment 31 years after his original arrest in 1979, left.

​After being on the run for more than 30 years, a member of the legendary Miami-based “Black Tuna Gang,” a marijuana smuggling operation, was arrested by U.S. Marshals Thursday morning in a senior community in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Mark Steven Phillips, 62, had been a wanted man for more than 30 years after he skipped out on his trial for being a member of an operation accused of smuggling some 500 tons of Colombian cannabis into the United States over a period of 16 months in the 1970s.
However, according to Black Tuna Gang leader Robert Platshorn — who is the longest serving pot prisoner in American history, having himself served almost 30 years in federal prison for smuggling marijuana — Phillips was definitely not the “Marijuana Kingpin” prosecutors and their obedient headline writers are trying to make him out to be.

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By Jack Rikess
Toke of the Town
Northern California
This isn’t scientific but, for my buds, 2010 has been one of the more pivotal years in the advancement of the acceptance of cannabis into our society.
With much speculation and hand-wringing follow the antics of that little bill called Proposition 19, the Bay Area, along with Colorado, has been ground central for the battle of hearts and minds following the exploits of our friend, marijuana. 
And now the smoke has cleared. After a bitter battle that both plagued the movement with infighting as well as attacks from the outside by the usual suspects, I think it time to check in with my man on the front line, Raul.
Raul is the manager of a dispensary in the Bay Area. He’s one of the good guys.

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​Over the strong objections of medical marijuana advocates, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county.

The vote was 4-1, with Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky opposing, reports Kevin Douglas Grant at Neon Tommy. During deliberations, Yaroslavsky encouraged the board to focus on unlicensed dispensaries instead of trying to shut down licensed ones.
“It’s the illegal ones that are creating almost all the problems,” Yaroslavsky said. “It’s the ones who come in for permits that we have considerable leverage over.”

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U.S. agents seized the 6,700 pounds of marijuana, compressed into about 500 bricks, near Falfurrias, Texas on Friday

​U.S. law enforcement seized more than three tons of marijuana from a tanker trailer traveling in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, according to a spokesman from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Special agents seized the cannabis Friday near Falfurrias, Texas, said Ross Feinstein, spokesman for the customs agency, reports Leslie Tripp at CNN.
The pot was packaged in about 500 bricks wrapped in clear cellophane and duct table, Feinstein said. 

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Daughter Ashley Bodden reacts to the news that her father’s murder by a deputy was ruled “justifiable homicide”

“He died over a bag of marijuana.”

~ Ray Bodden’s daughter
The shooting death of a Florida man by a deputy was ruled “justifiable homicide” this week because the unarmed man supposedly made the officer “feel in danger.”
Ernest Cole, the deputy who shot and killed Franklin “Ray” Bodden, 39, as he pulled a bag of marijuana out of his pocket, has now returned to patrols, reports Kate Howard at The Florida Times-Union.
Nassau County Deputy Cole shot Bodden twice during a traffic stop, killing him.
“He died over a bag of marijuana,” said Ray’s daughter, Ashley Bodden, who said she had spent the last several years building a relationship with her father. Her mother and father had divorced when she was very young, leaving the father and daughter to make up for lost time.

Graphic: Animal

​In a bizarre and unsettling decision, a federal court has ruled that government agents may sneak onto your property, put GPS devices on your vehicles, and follow you around 24/7 — without bothering to obtain a search warrant.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers California and eight other western states, issued the ruling — which basically means the government can monitor you anytime that it wants — in a case involving a suspected marijuana grower, reports Linda Young at All Headline News.
Among the biggest casualties of the court’s ruling is the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, part of the original Bill of Rights, which just took some major damage. The Fourth Amendment states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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Kathryn Johnston, 92, was shot five times by six officers after they busted down her door in a botched drug raid.

​The city of Atlanta will pay $4.9 million to the family of a 92-year-old woman killed in a botched November 2006 drug raid, Mayor Kasim Reed’s office announced on Monday.

Kathryn Johnston, 92, was shot to death by narcotics officers serving a so-called “no-knock” warrant. Investigators later determined the raid was based on falsified paperwork saying that illegal drugs were present in the home. Three former police officers were sentenced to prison terms for the cover-up that resulted, reports CNN.
The Atlanta Police Department’s drug unit underwent a major, though probably largely cosmetic, housecleaning as a result of the incident.
Johnston’s family will receive $2.9 million sometime in fiscal 2011, according to the mayor’s office, with the other $2 million to be paid in fiscal 2012, on or before August 15, 2011.

Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
Two men are accused of flying this small ultralight aircraft to an island to tend two marijuana plants.

​Two Brevard County, Florida men are in jail on marijuana cultivation charges after they made an ultralight flight, allegedly to tend their cannabis plants on a deserted island inside a conservation area, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

An agency inspector working on the nearby Seminole Ranch Conservation Area about 9 a.m. on Friday said he saw an ultralight plane land near a palm island in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, agency spokeswoman Joy Hill said, reports Jeff Weiner of the Orlando Sentinel.
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