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  • Man arrested for forcing 8-year-old to smoke weed

    May 26, 2016 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge man was arrested after he forced an 8-year-old to smoke marijuana. According to Baton Rouge Police, on Feb. 25 around 3 p.m., officers responded to a public assistance call for an 8-year-old. The child told officers that he saw 29-year-old Jason... more »
  • 1 arrested in illegal marijuana grow operation in Verdunville

    May 24, 2016 10:35 AM

    VERDUNVILLE - Sheriff’s deputies in St. Mary Parish say they arrested a man and disassembled an illegal marijuana grow operation over the weekend. 64-year-old Charles Adams, Jr., of Verdunville, was arrested Sunday night and booked on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession... more »
  • Woman accused of smoking pot in BREC park near school

    May 20, 2016 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police reported the arrest of a woman accused of smoking marijuana in a BREC park in close proximity to a Baton Rouge school. Kiawanna Moore was booked on charges of possession of marijuana, obstruction of justice, resisting an officer and possession of a CDS in a... more »
  • Woman who threatened to burn home down with people inside arrested

    May 17, 2016 10:26 AM

    LABADIEVILLE - A woman was arrested after Assumption Parish deputies say she told them she planned to burn a house down with everyone inside. Deputies say they made contact with Ann Thibodaux at her home in Labadieville after her mom and sister reported she was making harassing phone calls.... more »
  • Alabama football players arrested with pot, guns in Monroe

    May 17, 2016 4:40 AM

    WEST MONROE - A pair of Alabama Crimson Tide football players were arrested in Monroe early Tuesday morning. Police said left tackle Cam Robinson and defensive back Laurence “Hootie” Jones were taken into custody at around 2:30 a.m. after marijuana was found in a vehicle the players were in.... more »
  • 3 men arrested in LSU parking lot with pot, guns

    May 16, 2016 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Campus Police reported the arrest of three men accused of smoking marijuana in a vehicle in a university parking lot. 21-year-old Chad Williams, 24-year-old Randy Martin and 23-year-old Demetrius Blanton were all booked on charges of simple possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm... more »
  • Lawmakers cut penalties for people caught with drug supplies

    May 12, 2016 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to cut the penalties for possessing, selling and using drug paraphernalia to conform with lessened marijuana penalties passed last year. Someone caught with the drug supplies will face up to 15 days in jail and a fine up to $300 on a first... more »
  • House passes bill expanding use of cannabis oil, heads back to Senate

    May 11, 2016 8:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State House of Representatives approved a bill that would expand the legal use of cannabis oil. The bill now heads back to the Senate. Lawmakers made cannabis oil legal in 2015 but only for certain diseases. There has been a push this session to expand... more »
  • Industrial hemp pilot program backed by House lawmakers

    April 27, 2016 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Rep. Jack Montoucet wants to study the growing of industrial hemp. But first he had to persuade his colleagues he wasn't creating a path toward legalizing marijuana. Montoucet's proposal would allow public colleges or the Department of Agriculture to set up a pilot program to explore... more »
  • Medical marijuana proposal wins Senate support

    April 20, 2016 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A day after falling one vote short, backers of a proposal to expand Louisiana's medical marijuana law to cover more diseases found success in the Senate. Senators voted 21-16 Wednesday for the proposal from Republican Sen. Fred Mills. It needed 20 votes to pass. Louisiana hasn't yet... more »
  • Thibodaux Police seize over $10k in drugs after two arrests

    April 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    THIBODAUX- Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced two arrests that led to police seizing a gun and $10,000 in drugs. Police arrested 20-year-old Alex Smith and 20-year-old Ariyaun DeJean for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, illegal carrying of weapon in the presence of CDS, possession of hydrocodone and... more »
  • Troopers seize more than 450 lbs. of pot in traffic stop

    April 19, 2016 12:24 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Louisiana State Police arrested a Shreveport man and made a massive drug bust on I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish Saturday morning. Carl Fuller gave troopers permission to search his vehicle after they stopped him on I-10 East near LA-415 in Port Allen. Investigators say they... more »
  • Medical pot activists fear epilepsy drug could undercut them

    April 17, 2016 3:47 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - An experimental epilepsy drug made from cannabis plants grown in England is complicating the medical marijuana debate in hospitals and statehouses. Epidiolex is a nearly pure extract of cannabidiol, or CBD, with little of the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that gets users high. CBD products are the current... more »
  • Ag commissioner seeking 7 percent of medical marijuana sales

    April 14, 2016 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to give the state agriculture department a 7 percent cut of medical marijuana sales is advancing in the Louisiana Legislature. The bill by Rep. Major Thibaut, a New Roads Democrat, includes a list of fees that would be charged of the medicinal plant's state-sanctioned grower.... more »
  • East Feliciana correctional officer arrested for marijuana possession

    April 6, 2016 12:39 PM

    EAST FELICIANA- A state Department of Corrections officer was arrested Monday for possession of marijuana, according to the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office. The facility received information that the officer, April Lemon, was going to bring in illegal goods, so when she arrived for her shift she and her belongings... more »
  • Legal weed proposals start moving through capitol

    April 5, 2016 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple bills related to legalizing marijuana started moving through the capitol Tuesday. There are seven proposed laws dealing with updating, changing or creating new marijuana laws. Among them, is State Representative Ted James' far-reaching proposal. James' proposal was read in the House Tuesday, an introductory... more »
  • Pot activists smoke outside the White House

    April 2, 2016 8:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Activists smoked marijuana outside the White House to send their message that the drug shouldn't be considered dangerous. Protesters planned to display a 51-foot-long inflatable "joint" at Saturday's demonstration. However, protest organizer Adam Eidinger said the Secret Service wouldn't allow it, citing security concerns. Possession of up to... more »
  • New Orleans moves away from arrests for marijuana offenses

    March 17, 2016 6:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans city council has approved rules allowing police to issue a summons instead of arresting and jailing people for marijuana possession. The council unanimously approved the new guidelines Thursday. Under the new penalties the police would have the option of issuing a summons and a... more »
  • Detectives shut down Abita Springs pot dealing operation, seize $100k in drugs

    March 16, 2016 12:29 PM

    ABITA SPRINGS - Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office say a narcotics task force arrested two people and seized more than $100,000 in high-grade marijuana. 37-year-old Wyrick Tyson was booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a... more »
  • 5 arrested in Assumption after alleged drug deal

    February 17, 2016 4:40 PM

    BERTRANDVILLE - Deputies say five men were arrested Tuesday after narcotics agents stopped two vehicles suspected of being involved in a drug deal. 20-year-old Quan Lewis, 21-year-old Michael Lewis and 19-year-old Myron Lewis were arrested at the scene. Both Quan Lewis and Michael Lewis had outstanding warrants for their... more »
  • 3 arrested in connection with Assumption Parish armed robbery

    February 4, 2016 12:57 PM

    BAYOU L’OURSE - Sheriff’s deputies in Assumption Parish say they arrested two men and a woman during a traffic stop after they were able to be connected to an armed robbery that place in Bayou L’Ourse on Tuesday. Deputies said they responded to an armed robbery call at around... more »
  • Orleans government official wants to rework marijuana laws

    January 25, 2016 10:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - City councilwoman Susan Guidry will try to change how police deal with marijuana possession cases, WWL TV reported Monday. Guidry will ask police be able to issue court summons for subsequent offenses instead of just first-offense. Currently, a summons can be issued for first-time possession offenses.... more »
  • Police say $38,000 of marijuana found in drug den raid

    January 25, 2016 10:26 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Police said they found tens of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana and arrested one person in a drug raid Friday morning in Denham Springs. Narcotics agents charged Darrel Donahue with drug possession with the intent to distribute, drug and firearm possession, being a felon in... more »
  • Pot states take fresh look at out-of-state investment

    January 20, 2016 3:36 PM

    DENVER - States that have legalized pot are taking a fresh look at making it easier for out-of-state investors to get in the weed business, saying the industry's ongoing difficulty in banking means they need new options to finance expansion. The four states that allow recreational pot sales -... more »
  • Family arrested by sheriff's deputies after reporting home invasion

    January 14, 2016 9:14 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A family was booked into jail Wednesday after reporting they were victims of a home invasion because deputies found trace amounts of marijuana in their home. Clay and Dana Cowart, both 45, and their daughter, Tayler, 18, were charged with various drug offenses after Dana Cowart called... more »
  • Smoothie shop owner accused of dealing cocaine

    January 13, 2016 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies said a smoothie shop owner has been charged with dealing cocaine and marijuana out of his store in East Baton Rouge Parish. Sheriff's deputies accused Tommy Le of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana on Jan. 12. Detectives said they arrested Le... more »
  • Woman accused of threatening officer during drug arrest

    December 31, 2015 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police charged a Baton Rouge woman with battery and intimidating a police officer after her arrest on drug charges Wednesday. Baton Rouge Police said 34-year-old Monica Hatch hit an officer and said she would have his job and badge after she was arrested for marijuana possession.... more »
  • Emerging from shadows, pot industry tries to build brands

    December 30, 2015 12:49 PM

    DENVER - Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson. Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine. As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there's a scramble to brand and trademark pot products. Makeshift branding efforts, from... more »
  • Colorado pot banking case tests federal drug rules

    December 27, 2015 2:30 PM

    DENVER - A marijuana banking case set for arguments Monday is testing the federal government's stated goal of addressing the cash-only nature of the quasi-legal pot industry. But should pot sellers be able to use the nation's banking system as long as marijuana is an illegal drug? It's a question... more »
  • Burning cars draw Hammond Police to Sunday narcotics bust

    December 8, 2015 1:30 PM

    HAMMOND - Police in Hammond say they made three arrests and seized three pounds of high-grade pot along with ecstasy and hallucinogenic mushrooms after firefighters responded to a residence where a pair of vehicles were on fire. The Hammond Fire Department and Hammond Police responded to the scene on... more »
  • In medical marijuana states, 'pot doctors' push boundaries

    November 28, 2015 3:20 PM

    CHICAGO - Marijuana-friendly doctors in states with similar medical cannabis laws face starkly different treatment by government regulators. When it comes to oversight of doctors, enforcement practices vary in the 23 states allowing medical cannabis. How governments oversee pot doctors has become an issue, even in more tolerant states such... more »
  • Pot use in pregnancy may pose risks; warnings needed: AMA

    November 17, 2015 1:11 PM

    CHICAGO - The American Medical Association is pushing for warning signs about marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Pot's potential harms include premature birth, low birth weight and attention problems in children. The AMA says warnings should be posted at dispensaries that sell pot and on packages of marijuana... more »
  • 8 lbs of pot found after wreck, police chase across two parishes

    November 13, 2015 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A police chase through two parishes ended with a mangled three-vehicle wreck and the arrest of a man carrying eight pounds of marijuana Friday afternoon. A man being chased by a West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy caused a chain-reaction crash when deputies said he ran... more »
  • Police: 8-year-old girl tried to smoke pot at Ohio school

    November 10, 2015 8:59 AM

    PATASKALA- Police in central Ohio say an 8-year-old girl was caught trying to smoke marijuana by lighting a plastic baggie of it in a restroom at her elementary school, and they're working to determine where she got it. Police in Pataskala, east of Columbus, report the girl tried to discard... more »
  • Thibodaux Police seize $39,000 worth of pot after Wednesday arrest

    November 5, 2015 12:21 PM

    THIBODAUX - Police is Thibodaux say they seized just over $39,000 worth of high grade marijuana after they arrested a man Wednesday night. 21-year-old Kaleb Bruce, of Golden Meadow, was booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage, driver not... more »
  • Ohio voters snuff out pot proposal

    November 3, 2015 9:53 PM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Voters rejected a plan to legalize recreational and medical marijuana use there. The proposal, known as Issue 3, would have allowed adults 21 and older to use, purchase or grow certain amounts of weed. A constitutional amendment would have created a regulatory and taxation framework along... more »
  • More than a dozen accused of dealing drugs in Livingston Parish Play Video

    October 1, 2015 4:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Authorities arrested more than a dozen people in Livingston Parish as part of a drug roundup Thursday morning, and said they could be back for more. Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies with the LPSO Narcotics Division targeted people selling and distributing drugs as part of "Operation:... more »
  • South Dakota tribe to open nation's 1st marijuana resort

    September 29, 2015 11:14 AM

    FLANDREAU, S.D. - The small South Dakota Indian tribe known as the Flandreau Santee Sioux already has a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch. Now it's undertaking a new venture - opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new... more »
  • Man accused of dealing drugs at Southern

    September 2, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University Police arrested an Alexandria man on charges he brought drugs to the campus with the intention to sell them. SUPD charged 19-year-old Detavious Treyvon King with having marijuana in a drug-free zone with the intent to distribute it. Police said on Tuesday found... more »
  • 4 arrested in Houma heroin bust

    September 2, 2015 12:58 PM

    HOUMA - Narcotics agents in Terrebonne Parish say they made four arrests and seized various drugs and drug paraphernalia after they searched a a residence in Houma. Agents said they conducted a search of a home on Wilson Ave. after an earlier traffic stop gave them reason to believe... more »
  • Higher Learning: Colorado county mulls scholarship pot tax

    August 26, 2015 12:48 PM

    DENVER - Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county is mulling whether to create what would be the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money. Pueblo County is considering a 5 percent excise tax on marijuana growers, with half the proceeds designated to a scholarship fund that... more »
  • Arrest made after school mojo overdoses

    August 21, 2015 3:55 PM

    COVINGTON - Police said Friday they've arrested a high school student in connection with three students overdosing on "mojo," or synthetic marijuana, at Covington High School. Police said 18-year-old Caleb Badeaux supplied the drug, which is smoked to simulate the effects of marijuana, to the juvenile students. A... more »
  • Colorado may ban 'candy' name on marijuana treats

    August 11, 2015 3:41 PM

    DENVER - Edible marijuana products in Colorado may soon come labeled with a red stop sign. The state is finalizing work on new rules for the appearance of edible marijuana. A draft of those rules released Tuesday would require each piece of edible marijuana to be marked in the shape... more »
  • District of Columbia to host marijuana contest

    July 18, 2015 2:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - For the first time, the District of Columbia State Fair will include a marijuana growing contest. Possession of small amounts of marijuana was legalized in the District earlier this year. People are permitted to grow their own plants at home. Participants in the pot-growing contest will be judged... more »
  • Colorado rejects PTSD as ailment eligible for medical pot

    July 15, 2015 3:38 PM

    DENVER - Colorado's Board of Health has voted against adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. The 6-2 vote Wednesday came despite the backing of the state's chief medical officer. The board has voted at least three times against adding PTSD to... more »
  • Mother charged after toddler tests positive for cocaine

    June 30, 2015 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge mother after they said doctors found high levels of cocaine in her 3-year-old child this week. Police charged 25-year-old Megan Gaylord with cruelty to a juvenile on Monday after her child was taken to a hospital by the Department of Children... more »
  • Jindal agrees to medical marijuana, lessened pot penalties

    June 29, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's penalties for having small amounts of marijuana have been lowered. Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the measure into law Monday, along with a bill that will get medical marijuana to people suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy through a limited number of... more »
  • Jindal will sign medical marijuana bill

    June 27, 2015 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he will sign a medical marijuana bill into law. But state officials say patients in Louisiana with cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy will still have to wait at least two years to use it. That's because state... more »
  • Tickfaw woman arrested on intent to distribute marijuana

    June 19, 2015 6:21 PM

    TICKFAW - Deputies in Livingston Parish arrested a woman after seizing 25 grams of marijuana and nearly $9,000 in cash from her Tickfaw residence Thursday. Agents with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office executed a narcotics-related search warrant Thursday at the residence of Brittany S. Skinner. Agents found 25 grams... more »
  • Largest Florida county proposes citations for pot possession

    June 16, 2015 3:32 PM

    MIAMI - People caught with small amounts of marijuana could soon get a civil citation instead of a jail term in Florida's largest county, which may become the first in the state to treat marijuana possession as a non-criminal act. The Miami-Dade County Commission is considering a proposal to let... more »
  • Colorado court: Workers can be fired for using pot off-duty

    June 15, 2015 11:20 AM

    DENVER - Colorado's Supreme Court has ruled that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. The case has big implications for employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Colorado became the first state to... more »
  • GOP-controlled Hill panel backs state medical marijuana laws

    June 11, 2015 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee. The 20-10 vote puts the Senate Appropriations panel on record in favor of permitting people to obtain and dispensaries to provide... more »
  • Lawmakers vote to lessen Louisiana's marijuana penalties

    June 8, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to lower Louisiana's tough penalties for marijuana possession, ending the possibility someone could be jailed 20 years for repeatedly getting caught with small amounts of the drug. With a 74-19 vote Monday, the House gave final passage to the proposal by Rep. Austin Badon,... more »
  • Some lawmakers worry medical marijuana could spur corruption

    June 8, 2015 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - As a majority of Louisiana lawmakers push forward with a proposed medical marijuana law, some are looking to the past - and not with nostalgia. Fifteen-years after former Gov. Edwin Edwards was convicted in a corruption scheme involving riverboat casino licenses, some lawmakers worry weaknesses in the... more »
  • Medical marijuana bill passes La. House Play Video

    June 4, 2015 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill which would create a dispensary system for medical marijuana in Louisiana passed the state House Thursday afternoon, potentially clearing its way to the governor's desk for signature. Senate Bill 143 from Sen. Fred Mills passed 70-29 with amendments in the House. It now goes... more »
  • That's not mistletoe

    June 2, 2015 9:07 PM

    NORTH POLE, ALASKA- People at the North Pole can now put marijuana on their Christmas list and it won't be a wish. Pot became legal in Alaska this year and sales can begin next year. The North Pole City Council rejected a measure to ban marijuana dispensaries and... more »
  • North Pole won't block pot sales

    June 2, 2015 5:22 PM

    NORTH POLE, AK - North Pole residents can put marijuana on their Christmas list next year. The city council in North Pole, Alaska, rejected a measure Monday that would have banned marijuana dispensaries. Marijuana became legal in Alaska in February, and sales begin next year. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported... more »
  • Felon accused of drug, gun possession

    May 29, 2015 12:04 PM

    LABADIEVILLE - Sheriff's investigators arrested a Labadieville man after deputies said they found a gun and drugs in his home this week. Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Assumption Parish narcotics agents and SWAT members searched the home of Kendell Jones, 32, on Thursday. During the search Waguespack said deputies found... more »
  • Jindal supports marijuana bills

    May 28, 2015 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he supports three bills concerning marijuana regulations on Thursday. The first bill would make it legal for pharmacists to dispense medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has been legal in Louisiana for decades, but pharmacists are not allowed to dispense the drug. This year's... more »
  • Bill to lower Louisiana's marijuana penalties OK'd by Senate

    May 26, 2015 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State senators have agreed to lessen Louisiana's penalties for simple possession of marijuana, to remove provisions that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeatedly getting caught with small amounts of pot. The Senate voted 27-12 Monday for the proposal by Sen. J.P. Morrell,... more »
  • 70 pounds of pot seized in Denham Springs

    May 22, 2015 4:18 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division agents seized about 70 pounds of marijuana while executing a search warrant Thursday. 42-year-old Aniceforo Cruz-Garcia, of Baton Rouge, was arrested on possession with intent to distribute marijuana charges during the raid. Deputies estimate the street value of the... more »
  • Teacher accused of passing pot brownies to students

    May 22, 2015 5:28 AM

    COVINGTON - A former Archbishop Hannan High School teacher turned herself in after being accused of passing out brownies laced with marijuana to two girls. Multiple news outlets report 29-year-old Camille Brennan turned herself in Thursday, one day after the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for her... more »
  • Deputies say man ditched car with AK-47, weed inside

    May 20, 2015 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said officers and K-9s tracked down a man who fled after a traffic stop in East Baton Rouge, leaving behind an AK-47 and drugs in his vehicle. EBRSO said deputies arrested 26-year-old Markus Morris after the chase around noon in Old South Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Seminar on fake marijuana scheduled for this weekend Play Video

    May 20, 2015 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- This weekend the East Baton Rouge coroner will be speaking at the U.S.S. Kidd about the dangers of fake marijuana. Dr. Beau Clark will be addressing the public about the many misconceptions surrounding the drug. Fake marijuana drugs like "Mojo" were originally created in hopes of creating... more »
  • Bill reducing sentences for marijuana possession narrowly passes House

    May 14, 2015 3:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE- With the narrowest of votes, the Louisiana House voted to lower the maximum sentence for repeat marijuana possession from 20 years to eight years. The bill by Rep. Austin Badon, a New Orleans Democrat, moved to the Senate with a 53-36 vote. That was the minimum support needed... more »
  • 2 men arrested for accepting package with marijuana

    May 6, 2015 10:29 AM

    ABITA SPRINGS- Two men have been accused of accepting a FedEx package stuffed with 60 pounds of marijuana in Abita Springs and taking it to Covington. State police said in a news release U.S. Customs and Border protection agents detected the package passing through FedEx's Memphis hub on April 25.... more »
  • Senate backs bill to allow for medical marijuana dispensing

    May 5, 2015 3:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Senate has approved a bill that could make medical marijuana available to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy. The proposal by Sen. Fred Mills, a Parks Republican, was approved on a 22-13 vote Monday, sending it to the House for... more »
  • Senate committee approves medical marijuana bill

    April 29, 2015 3:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Senate committee has approved a bill that could make medical marijuana available to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy. The proposal by Sen. Fred Mills, a Republican from Parks, would allow patients to consume refined forms of marijuana, but prohibits... more »
  • Denver: Police issue citations at marijuana celebrations

    April 19, 2015 4:52 PM

    DENVER - Denver police say there have been no major problems as marijuana celebrations continued for a second day. On Saturday, police issued about 60 citations. Police say most were for public consumption. No information was available on any arrests on Sunday. While recreational use of marijuana is legal in... more »
  • Federal indictment details historic EBR drug seizure

    April 14, 2015 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U. S. Attorneys unsealed a federal indictment Tuesday which listed nine arrests and an historic drug seizure for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, all part of an operation to take down what federal agents said was a drug trafficking networking in Louisiana and California. U.... more »
  • Lawmakers to tackle budget, controversial issues in session

    April 13, 2015 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers slogged through rainy traffic and higher security to gavel in what's going to be a crucial legislative session in Louisiana. Legislators must figure out how to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole which threatens to hobble or even cripple higher education and healthcare in the... more »
  • Loose infant leads to marijuana arrest

    April 6, 2015 11:27 AM

    MORGAN CITY - Police arrested a Morgan City man after officers said they spotted him driving around with an unrestrained infant, then found marijuana in his vehicle. Police accused 22-year-old Jourdan Bartley of marijuana possession and having drugs around a minor after his arrest Friday night. Officers said... more »
  • Gonzales man arrested on drug charges

    March 27, 2015 10:20 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- A man in Donaldsonville was arrested after police seized $6,000 dollars worth of drugs from his house. On Wednesday authorities received a tip that Donald Gaddis, 33, was distributing cocaine. Detectives obtained and executed a search warrant. Police seized cocaine, Oxycodone, marijuana, and suboxon from his house.... more »
  • Honore wants pot on the ballot Play Video

    March 24, 2015 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative Dalton Honore says it's time to let the people decide if marijuana should be legal in Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Democrat wants to put issue on the ballot for the 2016 presidential election. Honore, a former East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy, says the presidential... more »
  • Donaldsonville man arrested for drugs worth hundreds

    March 14, 2015 1:02 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A man is arrested for having hundreds of dollars worth of drugs in his home on Thursday. The Ascension sheriff's department arrested 44-year-old, Ernest Batiste, on a search warrant for having marijuana and cocaine packaged and ready for distribution in his home on Railroad Ave. in Donaldsonville.... more »
  • Activists rally to decriminalize marijuana

    March 7, 2015 6:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - City officials and community activists have kicked off a campaign in support of clemency for Bernard Noble, who is serving 13 years in prison for marijuana possession. Members of the New Orleans City Council, sentencing reform advocates, friends, and family began the campaign with a rally Saturday.... more »
  • D.C. legalizes pot in capital, despite threats from Congress

    February 26, 2015 5:44 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The District of Columbia has defied threats from Congress and moved forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city is implementing... more »
  • Alaska becomes 3rd state to legalized marijuana

    February 24, 2015 3:10 AM

    JUNEAU, AK - Alaska has become the third state in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A ballot measure approved by Alaska votes in November kicks in Tuesday, allowing adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot and up to six plants. Regulations... more »
  • Owner of popular eatery on the defensive after drug arrest Play Video

    February 23, 2015 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies arrested the owner of a popular Spanish Town business on drug charges recently. Authorities said they found marijuana and LSD in the home of Taylor Blanche, 26. Blanche owns the Spanish Town Market. Deputies wrote in arrest reports, an informant said Blanche was using... more »
  • Man accused of selling pot, bootleg DVDs arrested

    February 19, 2015 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police who were investigating an armed robbery arrested a man accused of trying to sell marijuana and bootleg movies on Wednesday. Michael Lewis, 31, was taken into custody by officers at a location in the 9000 block of Airline Hwy. Police said they searched Lewis and... more »
  • Prosecutors: Ex-NFL star Hernandez's DNA ties him to slaying

    January 30, 2015 1:54 AM

    FALL RIVER, MA - Prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez's DNA on a marijuana cigarette shared with the friend they say the ex-NFL star murdered is compelling forensic evidence of the crime. Jurors are set to hear more testimony Friday in the case against Hernandez, a day after the trial started with... more »
  • More synthetics outlawed ahead of Mardi Gras

    January 29, 2015 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials announced new bans on several synthetic marijuana mixes Thursday, and said with Mardi Gras around the corner they're worried more kids might try to get access to similar drugs. The newly-outlawed compounds include "PX 1," "PX 2" and "MDMB-CHMICA." The Department of Health and... more »
  • Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs

    January 26, 2015 5:29 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - The nation's leading pediatricians have concluded that medical marijuana is generally not for kids, but they also support more research. The American Academy of Pediatrics' revised policy statement says that with virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm... more »
  • Pot-related poison control calls up in WA, CO

    January 23, 2015 3:44 PM

    SEATTLE, WA - Marijuana-related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children. New year-end data show that the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center received 151 calls for... more »
  • Synthetic marijuana suspected as factor in deadly wreck Play Video

    January 23, 2015 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators said synthetic marijuana may have been a factor in a deadly wreck earlier this month in Baton Rouge. Police said Ryan Earhart, 22, of Lake Charles died Thursday from injuries sustained in the Jan. 10 crash on North Boulevard. Investigators said he was traveling... more »
  • Growers struggle with surplus of legal pot in Washington state

    January 16, 2015 2:02 AM

    SEATTLE, WA - Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry. A big harvest of... more »
  • Federal judge weighs marijuana's classification

    January 12, 2015 12:19 PM

    SACRAMENTO, CA - A federal judge in California is weighing the constitutionality of a 45-year-old act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug along with LSD, cocaine and heroin. The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller in Sacramento held a five-day fact-finding hearing on... more »
  • Man arrested with 35 pounds of marijuana

    January 6, 2015 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an East Baton Rouge man after they said he was caught with 35 pounds of marijuana at his home. Deputies charged Joshua B. Scott, 28, with drug possession and possession with intent to distribute. Members of the sheriff's office Narcotics Division found... more »
  • Illinois extends marijuana experiment to children

    January 2, 2015 2:04 PM

    CHICAGO - A new law expanding the Illinois medical marijuana program to children is opening a market for an unproven strain of cannabis called Charlotte's Web and a dark green, weed-fragrant oil made from it. Some parents of children with epilepsy say the oil eases their children's seizures. The marijuana... more »

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