Posts Tagged ‘Drugs’

California Assemblyman Suggests Legal Marijuana to Help State Income

2009, Feb 26th

Marijuana FieldSacramento, CA — A California state lawmaker says he has a plan to help get the Golden State out of debt.

He wants to legalize pot for people 21 and over, tax it and use the tax money to help raise billions of dollars.

State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says, “I think here in California we understand $14 billion is something that can’t be blown off. The state deserves to have a piece of it.”

That’s why San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is introducing legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana. He’s not talking about medical marijuana; he’s talking about pot used socially just like beer and wine.

Betty Yee of the State Board of Economics says, “The revenue impact of this proposal will generate over $1.3 billion.”

$990 million would come from a $50 per ounce levy, $350 million from sales tax revenue.

Marijuana is California’s top cash crop, according to federal government statistics valued at $14 billion in 2006.

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Man Waiting for Tools Gets Brick of Marijuana

2009, Feb 17th

Brick of PotDenton, Texas — A man in Denton, Texas who was expecting a shipment of tools instead received a 30-pound brick of marijuana that police say is worth more than $10,000.

Officer Ryan Grelle says the man opened the box Monday night, realized it contained drugs and contacted police.

The package from the Pharr area was handled by UPS in McAllen on Jan. 6. and apparently was intended for a Dallas address.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reports no such address exists in Dallas, so the package wound up 40 miles to the northwest at the similar address in Denton.

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“Make Some Extra Cash! Drug Use and Criminal Record OK”

2009, Feb 17th

SnitchAlbuquerque, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department has turned to the want ads for snitches.

An ad this week in the alternative newspaper The Alibi asks for “people who hang out with crooks” to do part-time work for the police.

It reads in part: “Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK.”

Capt. Joe Hudson says police received more than 30 responses in two days. He says one tip was a “big one” but won’t elaborate.

An informant whose tip helps officers arrest a drug dealer could earn $50. A tip about a murder suspect could bring up to $700.

It’s not the first time the department has run ads. In a program 10 years ago, police received so many calls they turned the phones off.

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Man Offered Marijuana for McDonald’s Meal

2009, Feb 17th

onebillionstoned.gifVero Beach, FL — A McDonald’s cashier called 911 after a Vero Beach drive-thru customer allegedly offered to pay for his meal with marijuana.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said the cashier called Monday with a description of the vehicle the suspect had been riding in.

A deputy spotted the vehicle, found marijuana in the car and arrested its occupant, 27-year-old Shawn Alexander Pannullo.

Pannullo was charged with possession of cannabis and posted $500 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

A Sheriff’s report did not say what the suspect ordered at McDonald’s or if he ultimately purchased the meal using something other than marijuana.

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Oakland School Teaches How To Grow Pot

2008, Apr 12th

Another one for the masses ;POakland, Calif. – You know you’re in a different kind of college when a teaching assistant sets five marijuana plants down in the middle of a lab and no one blinks a bloodshot eye.

Welcome to Oaksterdam University, a new trade school where “higher education” takes on a whole new meaning.

The school prepares people for jobs in California’s thriving medical marijuana industry.

For $200 and the cost of two required textbooks, students learn how to cultivate and cook with cannabis, study which strains of pot are best for certain ailments, and are instructed in the legalities of a business that is against the law in the eyes of the federal government.

The only prerequisite for the course is a Politics/Legal Issues 101 class.

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Porn Star’s Blog Has Tennessee Trooper in Hot Water

2007, Jun 1st

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has suspended a trooper who allegedly received a sexual favor from a porn star and recorded the act with a camera from his cruiser in return for ignoring her possession of illegal painkillers.

The woman, who goes by the stage name Barbie Cummings, said that at a traffic stop on May 7, trooper James Randy Moss found illegal painkillers in her car, but decided not to bust the Knoxville woman in return for a sexual favor.

Now Moss is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Safety.

The incident came to the attention of officials when someone filed an internal complaint against the veteran trooper, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning.

Browning told ABC News that he could add few details beyond a press release issued Friday that announced Moss’ indefinite suspension.

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