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rocky.pedersen.mug.shotBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Rocky Pedersen, who has been charged with 35 criminal counts, including attempted first-degree murder, for a series of robberies at marijuana businesses over the past five months, once owned a medical marijuana dispensary that was itself the target of a high-profile robbery back in 2013. Westword has the story.

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District Attorney Kim Ogg and heads of local law enforcement announced Thursday that, starting March 1, all police agencies in Harris County will no longer arrest people caught with four ounces or less of marijuana, and the DA’s office will no longer be prosecuting those cases.

The remarkable move, which Ogg had championed throughout her 2016 campaign, pushes the third largest county in the nation to the forefront of marijuana reform in places where it is still illegal. Harris County will join only the Brooklyn County District Attorney’s Office in New York in choosing to divert misdemeanor marijuana defendants away from jail entirely, saving taxpayers millions of dollars and saving thousands of people the lifelong burden of a criminal record. Here are the details.

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Surprise: Yet another smoke shop selling the synthetic drug kush under the counter has been sued by the Harris County Attorney’s Office, with a judge granting a temporary restraining order against Texas Tobacco and Smoke Shop on Wednesday.

In the same way that virtually every smoke shop in the area gets busted (haven’t they figured this out yet?), an undercover police officer came into the store and asked for some kush, which he found misleadingly packaged in bags saying “not for human consumption.” The store’s owner, Sayed Ali, even offered to sell him some “Dro,” a street name for hydroponic marijuana.

jennifer-lobato-facebookBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Lobato, a 37-year-old mother of seven, died in custody from opioid withdrawal. The lawsuit filed afterward details the incidents of alleged neglect that led up to her death, with one jailer quoted as rejecting a plea for help from a fellow inmate with an order to “shut the fuck up.” Westword has the story.

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