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.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: The two shootings happened a few weeks and a few miles apart from each other. In both cases, juveniles crept into back yards in residential neighborhoods in the dead of night, hoping to boost marijuana plants being grown outside. The owners of the weed responded with gunfire. Somebody died. But the outcome of the cases couldn’t be more different. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: While opioid addiction is widely understood to constitute a national crisis, there’s disagreement about how best to tackle the problem, with some advocates arguing in favor of a health-care focus and others backing get-tough law enforcement tactics. But the latter approach fell short in the high-profile case of Sam Brunelus, who was busted on suspicion of manslaughter in the deaths of two men to whom he allegedly provided heroin laced with carfentanil, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid best known as an elephant tranquilizer. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: A local sheriff’s office revealed the discovery of two men who’d been shot to death west of Simla, Colorado, at what’s characterized as an illegal marijuana grow. The incident feeds into the law-enforcement narrative that cannabis sales have led to increased violence in the state days after the fifth anniversary of the 2012 measure that sanctioned sales of recreational pot in the state. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Keith Hammock was once the driver for the Rasta Bus, a service that ferried intoxicated patrons from a slew of hip venues. But he’s now been sentenced to eighty years in prison for a 2016 shooting of two teens who invaded his home marijuana grow. One of the teens died in the incident. Westword has the story.