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kansas.highway.patrol.largeBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Law enforcers from states that neighbor places that have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana have frequently been accused of conducting traffic stops and subsequent drug searches based on the license plates on particular cars. A man who was victimized filed suit and a federal court brought the hammer down. Westword has the story.

kush_slideshowedit_002_1_Looks like no more happy hippies will be browsing the Happie Hippie Smoke Shop, which closed earlier this year after its owners were arrested for selling kush, police say (the drug is also known as synthetic cannabinoid, K-2 or spice, and the substance that has plagued Houston streets and can cause users to act psychotic or zombie-like.)

This week, in continuing its crusade against the kush epidemic,the Harris County Attorney’s Office and the Texas Attorney General have sued the business under the Deceptive Trade Act, and they’re asking a court to make the owners pay $20,000 per violation, which, if a jury wants, can be interpreted as $20,000 per kush packet sold, the county attorney’s office has told us in the past

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The corporal who was fired for wrongfully destroying thousands of pounds of evidence sat at the same tiny desk that had been in the Harris County Precinct 4 property room for 20 years. The printer had been broken for months. An old prisoner cell that had been converted to a gun storage room was full of rifles and shotguns stacked haphazardly on top of each other, and live ammunition was tucked away in disorganized boxes shared with handguns. Boxes marked “drugs” were stacked eight feet high, blocking the passageway down the room’s back aisles.

For 14 years, this was the workspace of Corporal Chris Hess, who was fired this spring after Precinct 4 superiors discovered he had destroyed about 21,000 pieces of evidence since 2007 and an unknown amount more since 2002 without following protocol, putting thousands of cases in jeopardy. Constable Mark Herman previously told reporters this scandal dated back only nine years, but an Internal Affairs Division report obtained by the Houston Press this week suggests the improper evidence destruction began earlier and was wider in scope.






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