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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.

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​Any eligible patient in the United States may now obtain a medical marijuana card in Oregon.

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) may no longer require Oregon residency as a part of the medical marijuana permit application process, reports Rachel Cheeseman at The Oregon Politico.

Applicants formerly needed to supply proof of residency as well as Oregon identification as part of their application. However, OMMP was informed by the Department of Justice that such a requirement was inconsistent with the language of the bill.
Tawana Nichols, OMMP manager, said while the program was created with the intent of specifically benefiting Oregonians, there was no requirement of Oregon residency written into the bill, so they could not lawfully require it.


​Long Beach is joining other California cities which are looking at taxing marijuana to boost cash-starved city coffers.

The City Council on Tuesday, July 6, will consider a proposal to put a measure on November’s ballot that would levy a 5 percent tax on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Another tax, of up to 10 percent, would only go into effect if California voters also pass Proposition 19, which would legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use, and allow its taxation, reports Tony Barboza at the Los Angeles Times.

Julio Garcia, 20, was charged with child endangerment and marijuana possession.

​Two Texas parents are out on bond Wednesday morning after being arrested for giving marijuana to their one-year-old son.

A witness said Julio Garcia, 20, of Grapevine, Texas, was in his apartment smoking pot from a bong, then putting the bong up to the mouth of his 13-month-old son, who was sitting in his lap, according to police.
The mother, 19-year-old Brenda Duran, was also in the room but did not try to intervene, police said, reports Dawn Tongish of The 33 News.
Police took the baby to a local hospital and released him to the custody of his grandparents, according to The child will reportedly “undergo testing.” He is, of course, expected to be fine.

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Donald Duck just wanted some pizza, dude. But he managed to ruffle a few feathers trying to get it.

​I know drunk driving’s no laughing matter, but this still quacks me up. Police in Massillon, Ohio, have arrested 51-year-old Donald Norman Duck after he pulled into a drive through pizzeria and repeatedly bumped the car ahead of him, reports Mike Waterhouse at NewsNet5.

Duck was taken into custody at about 5:25 p.m. Saturday, facing a felony charge of drunk driving and misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Ben Muessig at AOL News.
According to the driver whose vehicle was repeatedly struck, Donald Duck stuck his head out the car window and shouted, “Sorry dude, something must be wrong with my brakes.”

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Montel Williams uses medical marijuana to ease the symptoms of MS, and he advocates for safe access for other patients

​Former talk show host, U.S. veteran and New York resident Montel Williams on Tuesday will urge Governor David Paterson and members of the state Legislature to act quickly in order to finally pass New York’s medical marijuana bill.

The bill would create one of the best regulated systems in the country for providing seriously ill patients with safe and effective access to medical marijuana when doctors recommend it, according to patient advocates.
Under New York’s bill, the state department of health would play an active role in regulating dispensaries that would be licensed to provide medical marijuana to qualified patients.

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​A deputy was injured as he fell off a cliff Tuesday, pulling another deputy with him and injuring him as well, during a marijuana grow raid in California.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit (damn, they sound important) and the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team were trying to serve a search warrant for a cannabis grow operation in the remote area of Bald Mountain, in the Havilah, Calif., area, reports KERO 23.
During the hike into the grow area, one of the deputies lost his footing while crossing a large boulder and cliff, officers said.

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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: “We will act as we always have, which is arrest”

​Nearly a year after the Cook County Board passed an ordinance allowing sheriff’s police to ticket marijuana smokers for minor possession instead of arresting them, officers still haven’t written the first ticket.

“The ordinance gives us the discretion to choose,” said Steve Patterson, a spokesman for Sheriff Tom Dart. “So we’ll choose to continue acting as we always have, which is arrest.”
County commissioners made headlines last July when they passed the ordinance that gives officers the choice to either arrest people in unincorporated areas possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana, or to hand out tickets for $200 within the county’s unincorporated areas, reports William Lee of the Chicago Tribune.
The ordinance came into being after Commissioner Earleen Collins’s grandson was arrested for possessing half a joint.
The ordinance, which was supported by marijuana legalization advocates, first ran aground after a county board committee rejected Sheriff Dart’s request to extend the discretionary ticket-writing power to wherever sheriff’s officers patrol. This would have included suburban Ford Heights, which Dart’s office patrols because the town doesn’t have its own police force.

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Starting today, June 7, Los Angeles’s medical marijuana ordinance says there should be 400 fewer dispensaries in town.

​Hundreds of Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries are under orders to lock their doors Monday as the city’s new ordinance regulating the shops takes effect. About 400 stores have been ordered to shut down by Monday, June 7.

“The people pushing the law haven’t come out to see what we’re actually doing here,” said “Amber,” an employee at The Humming Collective in Highland Park. “We’re here for everyone, and it’s a shame they don’t see that as part of the healing of the community.”
The owner of The Humming Collective said they serve 4,000 patients, most of them from the San Gabriel Valley, reports Leanne Suter at KABC-TV. Those who rely on the location will be seriously impacted by the city’s new ordinance, according to patients and advocates.

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If we all get as old as Methuselah, our memories will always be of lots of beauty and warmth from gage. Well, that was my life and I don’t feel ashamed at all. Mary Warner, honey, you sure was good and I enjoyed you ‘heap much.’

~ Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

Louis Armstrong first smoked marijuana in the mid-1920s, and stuck up for the herb all his life.

The original manuscript for Armstrong’s autobiography, Satchmo: My Life In New Orleans, published in 1954, contained information about his cannabis use, but those parts of the book were suppressed and censored by his manager, Joe Glaser (an Al Capone acolyte).

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