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May 18, 2008 | Eric Bailey
Two men accused by federal prosecutors of using profits from a medical cannabis dispensary to fuel a lavish lifestyle have been found guilty of conducting a criminal enterprise, authorities said. Luke Anthony Scarmazzo and Ricardo Ruiz Montes, both 28, made more than $9 million in three years of operating the Modesto dispensary before their arrest in 2006. They face a mandatory sentence of 20 years to life. U.S. Atty. McGregor Scott said Friday that the pair hid behind California's medical marijuana law but broke state and federal drug laws.
January 22, 2007
Re "DEA raids marijuana outlets," Jan. 18 As a California citizen, I found it disturbing to read Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton's promise to work with federal authorities in usurping the will of the California electorate. As a glaucoma patient relying on cannabis medically, it is my intent to see dispensaries propagate and thrive. It is the federal law that is wrong. Cannabis prohibition is irrational in a nation with Starbucks, much less thriving alcohol and tobacco industries.
June 6, 2007
Re "Not enough marijuana," editorial, May 31 One only hopes that the Drug Enforcement Administration sees the irony in Judge Mary Ellen Bittner's decision to allow for the private production of cannabis for government-approved research. While unfettered access to marijuana is only a phone call away for millions of U.S. teens, it remains out of reach for qualified researchers who wish to study its therapeutic utility in clinical trials. Chalk up another victory for America's misguided pot policies.
June 19, 2012 | By Danielle H. Paquette, Los Angeles Times
As the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival wrapped up on Sunday, Bill Cosby danced across the stage to play his final solo beneath the iconic bunny. "It's my last time here," he announced to the applauding crowd, which filled the Hollywood Bowl to the last bleacher. "And I'm gonna give you something you've never heard before. Take it back to the bridge!" Cosby grabbed a trombone from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who followed his order with upbeat, New Orleans-style jazz.
June 11, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
For years, his seed catalogs were scrutinized by discerning cannabis cultivators across the U.S. and Canada, much like the ladies of Cumbria might fuss over Chiltern's inventories of sweet peas and heirloom tomatoes. There was Blue Heaven pot, capable of producing a "euphoric, anti-anxiety high," or Crown Royal, whose "flower tops come to a flat golden crown, sparkling with gems of THC," or Hawaiian Sativa, with its "menthol flavor that tingles the taste buds and tickles the brain."
December 1, 2011
SERIES The Truth Behind…: Using a mix of witness accounts, historical documents and modern research and testing, the new episode "UFOs" looks for the truth about unidentified flying objects (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic). The Office: Maura Tierney guest stars in this new episode as Robert's (James Spader) wife, whom he brings to the office in hopes of finding her a job. Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Angela Kinsey also star (9 p.m. NBC). Weed Wars: This new series goes inside the workings of the nation's largest medical cannabis dispensary, the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, which serves more than 94,000 patients (10 p.m. Discovery)
May 7, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Kate Linthicum and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court gave local governments the power Monday to zone medical marijuana dispensaries out of existence, a decision that upholds bans in about 200 cities but does little to solve Los Angeles' years-long struggle to regulate hundreds of storefront pot outlets. The unanimous decision provided clarity for cities and counties that want to rid themselves of the dispensaries, which sprouted up statewide after a 1996 voter-approved measure that sought to authorize medical marijuana but lacked specifics in how it would be regulated.
A government test has determined that a red dye used in many lipsticks is a powerful herbicide capable of killing marijuana plants, prompting some Bush Administration officials to propose using the dye in an airborne offensive against domestic marijuana cultivation.
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