Reading from the Voice Media empire: This year marks a decade since the still-unsolved murder of 420 Rally founder and groundbreaking marijuana activist Ken Gorman, and the mere mention of his name to friends and loved ones triggers both deep emotion over his loss and anger that his killer or killers have yet to be held responsible for their actions. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: This week, police found approximately 31 pounds of marijuana in an open space area, not far from where three people were camping in violation of local ordinances. But none of them were hit with charges related to the pot, because officers couldn’t figure out to whom it belonged. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Loose, blood-red vomit poured from Demetri’s mouth, his half-digested noodles swimming down the Chautauqua Trail. A few feet away, Lewis propped himself against a rock, his tremoring body kicking up dirt in the final rays of the sunset. Demetri’s stomach heaved, searching for something else to eject. But the only thing left in his body was heroin. Westword has the story.
High above a leafy Westchester neighborhood, a helicopter full of federal agents zeroes in on a gated house with a red-tiled roof. On the ground, a Homeland Security SWAT team surrounds the ranch-style home on a dead-end street off the Palmetto Expressway. Scores of agents in body armor crouch nearby, rifles ready. It’s around 5:30 p.m. on a sun-drenched Friday in October, and the 40 agents lie in wait as a confidential informant places a call to lure out their suspect.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Scott Pack has been indicted bya grand jury for one of the largest-ever fraud cases in the marijuana industry. The grand jury’s findings tie Pack to what prosecutors describe as a massive operation that grew marijuana for out-of-state distribution and previously led to the indictment of sixteen people. Among those indicted along with Pack is Renee Rayton, a former marijuana enforcement officer. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Mike McCarron is facing a methamphetamine charge even though he’s never knowingly possessed or used the substance. Prosecutors are pressing the accusation because they say a small amount of marijuana found in his truck tested positive for meth, even though a McCarron follicle analysis shows no trace of it in his system. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Members of the Justice Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety have been ordered to “undertake a review of existing policies” regarding federal marijuana law enforcement, among other things. Their report is due on or before July 27, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws believes the document may use as its template a list by a fellow at the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation of eleven ways the administration of President Donald Trump can shut down legal cannabis. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: After some but not all of Eric Jarrin’s marijuana was stolen, the Colorado resident reported what had happened. But because the crime took place in Wyoming, which has some of the strongest anti-cannabis laws in the country, the police officers who responded didn’t bother going after the thief. Instead, they promptly arrested Jarrin and fellow Colorado pal Christopher Rathe, whose actions raise an important question: Were the pair too stoned to remember they were in a state where pot is illegal? Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Carfentanil, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid best known as an elephant tranquilizer, has been linked to at least two heroin-related deaths. But an expert on addiction who’s recently helped treat patients who’ve used the substance says it could have played a role in even more fatal overdoses, thereby quietly contributing to the shocking rise of heroin deaths in the state. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Rocky Allen, an HIV-positive surgical technician sentenced last year to six and a half years behind bars for allegedly swapping out needles in order to inject himself with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, has been ordered to spend an additional year in captivity for taking an unauthorized trip before reporting to prison. Westword has the story.