Reading from the Voice Media empire: Warnings about the herbal pain reliever kratom have been issued by the federal government, which wanted at one time to classify the substance at the same level as heroin. Plenty of kratom proponents consider such actions unjustified and portray kratom as a miracle drug. But it was anything but a miracle for this user. Here’s his chilling story. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A new study about the impact of marijuana maintains that there’s no evidence linking cannabis legalization and the increase of homelessness. This contention has been ripped by Police Chief Troy Davenport, who strongly believes such a connection exists. But one of the academics behind the document suggests that such critics would rather believe the sort of nonsense churned out by prohibitionists for decades than look at actual facts. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: James Mack has been sentenced for mailing marijuana, and it’s no surprise that he earned considerably more than the one year in federal prison recently earned by Mark Koenig for the offense last month. While Koenig was found guilty of shipping between 950 grams and 1.6 kilograms of cannabis during four incidents, Mack is said to have posted multiple pounds of pot to a cohort in a neighboring state on a weekly basis for nearly three years. And this won’t be Mack’s first trip to prison for a high-profile drug case. He was convicted in 2009 for his involvement in a cocaine deal that teamed him with former NFL-star Travis Henry. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In February 2016, Brandon Johnson and William Lancaster were charged with felony manlslaughter for selling Mark Largay fentanyl, a powerful opioid that wound up killing him. Two years later, Johnson has been sentenced for a lesser crime, distributing a controlled substance, but still must serve five years behind bars because of an aggravating factor. Johnson was confined in a community-corrections facility when he took part in what proved to be a fatal transaction. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In March 2017, as we’ve reported, former medical marijuana dispensary owner Rocky Pedersen was arrested for an AR-15-toting pot-shop robbery spree. He’s now been sentenced to fourteen years behind bars for a series of crimes that he blames on his switch from cannabis to heroin. However, the prosecutor in the case believes Pedersen was actually inspired by a lust for revenge because his own marijuana business was shuttered after his hometown prohibited dispensaries. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Kratom is a popular herbal pain reliever that was at one point on the cusp of being listed as a Schedule I narcotic alongside substances such as heroin. That decision was later reversed after protests by more than fifty senators. But now, Clean Kratom Wellness Center is being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration even though the federal government’s current position on the product consists only of warning about its use. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: We recently posed a question about whether the odds of getting caught for mailing marijuana are going up. The answer is not yet in, but there’s new evidence that arrestees may be treated severely under the Justice Department of pot-hating attorney general Jeff Sessions: Mark Koenig has been sentenced to just over a year in federal prison for the offense. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: “We’ve had violent crimes associated with the transaction of illegal marijuana in increasing numbers. And homicides that might have previously been about cocaine or meth? Now, a huge chunk of those drug homicides are related to the transaction of illegal marijuana.” Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: In a series of raids over the past four months, the sheriff’s office in one busy cannabis county, working in conjunction with other agencies, has seized more than 8,000 cannabis plants at allegedly illegal grows associated with foreign nationals. Among those arrested as part of the operations were eight men from Mexico and four from Cuba. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Entrepreneur Scott Pack is the target of an amended lawsuit that builds on a complaint about what the attorney who filed the first one called the largest marijuana fraud case in state history. Pack was also the subject of a surprising attack on the website of his old company, Harmony & Green, in which what were described as former employees juxtaposed apologies for his actions with photos that portrayed him as living it up after being indicted by a grand jury for allegedly ripping off investors for as much as $10 million. Westword has the story.