$1 Million Marijuana Bust in El Monte
Los Angeles police accidentally uncovered a warehouse full of marijuana plants after responding to an attempted burglary call. Four men and a teenager were attempting to break into a warehouse, with a U-haul as the get away vehicle.
During questioning, one of the suspects admitted to what they were after; over 3,000 marijuana plants only 3 weeks from harvest. Growers had been hiding the massive operation by sourcing their electricity directly from the underground wires. One of the suspects claims the grow operation belonged to his family, who was trying to cut him out of the profits, so he came to get his share.
Montana Man Arrested for Medical Marijuana Burglary
Early Wednesday morning the Belgrade, Montana Police Department responded to a medical marijuana dispensary where an alarm had been triggered. When they arrived, they found the front window of the shop broken and over $1,500 dollars worth of plants missing.
Surveillance video from the scene showed a man in a tan colored station wagon breaking into the business and removing the plants. Police identified the suspect as Erik Baldwin. Baldwin admitted to the crime when police found him at his residence. He is awaiting trial and sentencing.
Arizona Man Killed After Attempted Pot Theft
A Phoenix man who was recently authorized to grow marijuana has shot and killed a man who tried to steal his crop at gun point.
The 30-year-old grower had been licensed since May 25, and had started advertising the sale of the medicine to other patients with ID cards. He was contacted by two men claiming to have cards. When the group met up, the two men pulled a gun on the grower and demanded the marijuana. The grower pulled his own weapon and shot one of the aggressors, Larry Miller. The other man fled with the herb while the grower called 911 and performed CPR on Miller. Miller later died on the way to the hospital.
The grower was not arrested, but the attorneys office will look further into the situation.
Cities Take Control of California Medical Marijuana
A bill passed on Friday that put cities in charge of important decisions regarding medical marijuana. In a landslide vote of 53-1, Bill AB1300 was approved and pushed on to the Senate for review. AB1300 allows local city governments to make decisions regarding licensing, taxation, and a multitude of other factors. Included in this, decisions about locations and zoning, along with crime prevention.
California Judge Returns Marijuana Seized in Raids
A 29-year old California man left the Sonoma County courthouse with a smile on his face, and a big bundle of medical marijuana. English was arrested after a police raid on his home more than a year ago where over 80 plants and 2 pounds of marijuana were found. English had been charged with 3 felonies, including possession with the intent to distribute.
English had previously suffered from a brain tumor and used the herb to counteract frequent headaches. He was also growing plants for a few other patients on his property. All of this is legal under California's Prop. 215, voted in in 1996.
English used a dolly to wheel 5 boxes stuffed to the brim with marijuana through the courtroom and out to his car. “Finally, 15 months later. I'm surprised it took as long as it did,” said English.
US Attorney General Works With States On Medical Marijuana
Eric Holder, the head U.S. Attorney General announced Thursday that he plans to work with governors of statess to reach a resolution that would end raids on state sponsored medical marijuana programs.
"We are in the process of working these issues with the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and other U.S. attorneys across the country,'' he said. "My hope is that something in the not too distant future .... will be addressed.''
The winds of change are in the air. Hopefully this is the significant step that needs taken to end federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.
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