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One local attorney now probably wishes he thought twice before he agreed to befriend a local drug kingpin. On Monday United States District Court Judge James V. Selna sentenced Richard Brizendine to spend 3 months in prison and serve 2 years probation for laundering money.

This was the result of a plea deal that Brizendine agreed to, which required him to admit that he was laundering money for John Melvin Walker, aka “Pops,” a convicted drug lord.

Walker was convicted in 2013 for drug trafficking and tax evasion in connection to running no less than 9 marijuana storefronts. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $2.4 million to the Internal Revenue Service, and $1.8 million to the California State Board of Equalization.

A woman in East Los Angeles had the opportunity to witness first-hand what an angry United States Marshal will do when he is being filmed during a law enforcement activity.

Standing on a residential sidewalk, the woman used her camera to film a group of U.S. Marshals, in what looked like preparations to enter a home that was suspected to be a location where biker gang activity was occurring, when one of them spotted her.

Strapped with an assault rifle, the U.S. Marshal aggressively approached the woman filming, who was still holding the camera in his direction, grabbed it from her hands and then threw it to the sidewalk, smashing it on the ground. Since that was not enough, he also kicked the broken camera toward the shocked woman. Continue reading →

Boy Removed From Parent’s Custody After Educating Class on Medical Cannabis During Anti-Drug Education

On March 24th, 2015, Garden City, Kansas police executed a search warrant on the home of a medical marijuana user after her 11-year old son spoke out against an anti-drug class conducted by his school, according to the Washington Post.

Shona Banda, a sufferer of Crohn’s Disease and a cannabis-for-medical-use-advocate, has used cannabis oil to successfully treat the condition. Crohn’s disease, also known as Crohn syndrome, and regional enteritis, is an inflammatory bowel disease that can affect all parts of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s can also cause complications such as anemia, skin rashes, painful inflammation of the eyes, and arthritis. In addition, Crohn’s patients face a higher risk of bowel cancer as a result of commonly occurring bowel obstruction.

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According to The Weed Blog, New Approach Oregon, looking to move Oregon lawmakers forward to passing legislation that would lessen pot offender’s sentences while making expungement of criminal records possible for marijuana-related offenses, hired a lobbyist.

House Bill 3372 and Senate Bill 364 have stimulated New Approach to team up with Bus Project and host phone banks to help fuel public support for the passage of the two bills. Oregon has some of the highest rates of marijuana possession arrests in the country – 1 out of 14 according to The Oregonian. What’s more, these arrests, as researched by the ACLU, indicate racial biases. African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested for Marijuana possession than whites in Oregon, even though they use pot at the same rate, and comprise less of the population. Continue reading →

A Missouri State Senate Committee heard expungement bills on Tuesday, March 17th, sponsored by Senator Bob Dixon, a Republican from Springfield. One bill, put together by the Missouri Bar, has the most promise and is the most comprehensive, according to Dan Viets, a private practice attorney in Columbia, Missouri, and a member of the board of directors for Norml. Continue reading →