The untold story of Key Largo’s most brutal homicide in 25 years shines a light on a drugged-out Upper Keys underbelly worthy of a Bloodlines subplot and reveals a surprising truth: Every year, dozens of Florida fishermen find square groupers — packages of marijuana or cocaine, sometimes worth millions of dollars — drifting in the ocean. Then they have to choose: Call the Coast Guard? Or chase the promise of riches far beyond what a fishing boat can provide, risking prison time — or, in some cases, unimaginable bloodshed.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The case against Kirk was among the biggest of 2014 in part because Kirk was said to have been under the influence of a marijuana edible at the time of the shooting and speculation suggested he would claim in court that the slaying resulted from a bad reaction to it. Westword has the story.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A police department in a legal-marijuana state has released data revealing the number of local homicides linked by a so-called “marijuana nexus” during the past three years, with the 2016 numbers showing that weed was a factor in more than a third of the killings. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The idea behind the boxes was to give flyers a way to dispose of legal cannabis before they boarded a plane bound for a destination where the substance might be against the law. But weed isn’t the only aromatic thing sometimes left in them. And plenty of the other items are disgusting. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: According to numbers assembled by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, heroin-related fatalities in Denver have increased a staggering 933 percent since 2002. And the rise is nearly as steep on a statewide basis. Westword has the story.
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.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: “Marijuana grows often cause extensive damage to the houses where they are maintained,” states the report, which names house fires, mold, blown electrical transformers, strong odors and do-it-yourself ventilation as destructive potential by-products of home grows. Westword has the story.
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.