CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2008 |
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.
May 1, 2005
Re "Pot Laws Pain Some Elders," Column One, April 28: As a three-time cancer survivor living on sheer determination, I wouldn't wish cancer on my worst enemy. Drug czar John Walters wants to compare pot with cocaine and thinks they are similar in a burst of euphoria? In my 20s, I tried cocaine and did not like its effect on me, so I quit immediately. I have smoked marijuana at times through my 20 years of battling cancer, and found it to be comforting and mostly helpful against nausea and other ill effects from chemotherapy.
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 |
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.
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)
March 10, 1990 |
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.