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  • Southern hires Lafayette-based company for marijuana grow operation

    September 22, 2017 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University selected Lafayette-based Advanced Biomedics, LLC, to handle its marijuana cultivation and production. Southern and LSU were assigned the state's marijuana grow operation. “...We are excited about the opportunity to enter into this venture that has the potential to bring health benefits to improve... more »
  • Hawaii says it's 1st state to go cashless for marijuana sales

    September 13, 2017 7:42 AM

    HONOLULU- Hawaii says it will be the first state to have marijuana sales handled without cash. State officials said Tuesday that medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to let people use a debit payment app. The app is already an option for marijuana transactions in six states, including... more »
  • Area man gets high, falls asleep in drive-through line

    September 11, 2017 2:23 PM

    THIBODAUX - Officers in Thibodaux have arrested a man they say fell asleep in a drive-through early Monday morning. Authorities received a call about a car blocking a restaurant drive-through around 1:15 a.m. When they arrived, they discovered John Sewell, 37, asleep at the wheel. One of the... more »
  • Geismar man arrested with 23 pounds of marijuana

    September 8, 2017 9:37 AM

    GEISMAR - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a man caught with 23 pounds of marijuana in a plastic container. According to APSO Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, multiple agencies partnered to conduct an investigation on an unspecified residence. Authorities learned that illegal drugs were being transported from Baton Rouge... more »
  • 3 arrested after 10 pounds of marijuana found in suitcase at New Orleans airport

    July 6, 2017 11:38 AM

    KENNER- Authorities in Louisiana arrested three people after a woman tried to claim a suitcase filled with marijuana in an airport's lost and found section. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports deputies found about 10 pounds of marijuana in the suitcase at Louis Armstrong International Airport on June 29. The next... more »
  • Medical marijuana contract will give LSU at least $3.4M

    June 22, 2017 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first medical marijuana production deal struck in Louisiana is expected to bring the state's flagship university at least $3.4 million over five years. In its bid offer, the contractor agreed to pay that amount or 10 percent of gross receipts, whichever is higher, to... more »
  • LSU Ag Center selects company to grow medical marijuana

    June 14, 2017 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The LSU AgCenter has requested its board of supervisors to approve the university to enter into a contract with a company to produce medical marijuana. The company chosen by the university is GB Sciences, Inc. Seven businesses, including GB Sciences, Inc. submitted offers to... more »
  • Judge blasts 'ridiculous' 18-year sentence for marijuana

    May 5, 2017 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Is an 18-year prison sentence too harsh for having 18 grams of marijuana? The Louisiana Supreme Court's chief justice thinks so, and says it's outrageous that her colleagues upheld the punishment. In her dissenting opinion Wednesday, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson said it's ridiculous that a lengthy prison... more »
  • 109 pounds of marijuana to be sold during Spring Break seized by Gulfport police

    April 7, 2017 1:35 PM

    GULFPORT – Police seized more than one hundred pounds of marijuana headed to Gulfport during a traffic stop bound for Spring Break parties, according to a report by WLOX. The seizure occurred on Thursday night when police stopped a truck on the I-10 near the 33-mile marker in Gulfport... more »
  • Seven companies bid to grow medical marijuana for LSU Play Video

    March 31, 2017 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Seven businesses have submitted offers to produce marijuana for Louisiana through LSU. The marijuana growing operation is estimated to cost $10 million and will be paid for by the contractor. "We're looking for somebody who will be able to provide the quality product for the... more »
  • It wasn't seaweed; Man finds marijuana bale on Florida beach

    March 27, 2017 7:56 AM

    DAYTONA BEACH - Authorities say a 52-year-old man called 911 after finding a bale of marijuana that had washed up on a Florida beach. Jeff Stolowitz tells local news outlets he was walking on Daytona Beach on Saturday morning when he spotted the object, which was shaped like a giant... more »
  • Deputies bust pot snack delivery, seize several pounds of edibles

    March 14, 2017 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Detectives say a man was arrested after he brought his 3-year-old to deliver 2.6 pounds of marijuana edibles Monday. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was issued for Terrell Booker’s vehicle and Lobdell home. Monday, EBRSO detectives seized 8 bags of... more »
  • 60 pounds of marijuana seized in Livingston drug bust Play Video

    February 27, 2017 4:46 PM

    LIVINGSTON – The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office executed a drug-related search warrant that led to the seizure of 60 pounds of marijuana. On Feb. 27 around midnight, the sheriff's office narcotics division with the assistance of the sheriff's office uniform patrol executed the search at a home in the... more »
  • Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad's marijuana

    February 27, 2017 7:41 AM

    CHICAGO - An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it's OK for their kids, but "we would rather not mess around with the developing brain," said Dr.... more »
  • Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

    February 25, 2017 1:23 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market. The market is expected to explode after voters... more »
  • Huge Baton Rouge drug bust uncovers narcotics, gun, cash

    February 16, 2017 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has arrested two men after they uncovered large amounts of illegal substances, including drugs and a gun, from two separate apartments. According to deputies, 35-year-old Damar Xavier Coleman and 23-year-old Jules Morris were arrested Friday. Deputies say the two... more »
  • Man arrested after traffic stop leads to discovery of 150 ecstasy tablets

    February 8, 2017 5:43 PM

    ST. TAMMANY - A man was arrested after deputies discovered 150 ecstasy tablets in his vehicle during a traffic stop. A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy pulled over 21-year-old Dominic Walker of Houston on Jan. 31 after the deputy noticed his vehicle swerving on the shoulder of I-12. The... more »
  • LSU to begin search for contractors to grow medical marijuana Play Video

    February 3, 2017 7:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU will begin taking offers from contractors to produce marijuana for the state for medical purposes. The marijuana-growing operation is estimated to cost $10 million and will be paid for by the contractor. "We're looking for somebody who will be able to provide the quality... more »
  • Weed 101: Louisiana officials learn how to grow pot in Denver

    February 3, 2017 9:44 AM

    DENVER - North Carolina wants to know if marijuana could one day replace tobacco as a cash crop. Louisiana is wondering how pot holds up in high humidity. And Washington state has questions about water supplies for weed. Colorado agriculture officials this week briefed officials from about a dozen... more »
  • Man arrested for carrying gun, marijuana in Terrebonne neighborhood

    January 24, 2017 6:32 PM

    TERREBONNE - Terrebonne Parish deputies arrested a man after they found him in possession of a firearm, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in a neighborhood street. Deputies responded to a report of a man carrying a gun in the 400 block of Louis Dive Monday night. Upon arrival, deputies... more »
  • Pounds of marijuana stuffed in YETI cooler seized in drug bust

    January 21, 2017 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a Baton Rouge man faces felony drug charges after narcotics agents seized three pounds of marijuana stuffed in a YETI cooler at his apartment complex Friday. Arrest records say 20-year-old Brett Labasse was charged with distribution/manufacturing of schedule one drugs. According to the... more »
  • Marijuana advocates to hand out joints at Trump inauguration

    January 4, 2017 11:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - A group of marijuana legalization advocates plan to hand out thousands of joints during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Pro-marijuana organization DCMJ will begin distributing the 4,200 joints at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20 on the west side of Dupont Circle. The participants will then walk to the National... more »
  • Man arrested for giving teen drugs and alcohol, raping her in park

    December 25, 2016 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BRPD arrested a man they say gave a teenage female drugs and alcohol and raped her in a park. According to police, Morris Dantzler, 62, offered the 16-year-old victim hard liquor and mojo, a synthetic marajuana, then met her at a park. Officers say Dantzler... more »
  • Dad faces drug, child desertion charges after leaving child in parked pickup

    December 17, 2016 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a Baton Rouge man faces drug and child desertion charges after leaving his 3-year-old daughter in a pickup truck to meet with a woman. According to arrest records, 34-year-old J.W. Wyre was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana as well as child... more »
  • Mexico Senate passes medical pot bill; sent to lower house

    December 13, 2016 9:48 PM

    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill approving the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The Senate says in a statement summarizing the debate that the measure directs the Health Department to "design public policies to regulate the medicinal use of this plant and its derivatives."... more »
  • 'Mannequin challenge' video leads to arrests in Alabama

    December 7, 2016 11:31 AM

    HUNTSVILLE - A "mannequin challenge" video of people staging a shootout has led to the arrests of two men in Alabama and the seizure of several guns and marijuana. Madison County Sheriff's Office Capt. Mike Salomonsky tells local news outlets the video led investigators to serve a search warrant Tuesday... more »
  • Teacher pleads guilty to giving students marijuana brownies

    November 16, 2016 6:04 PM

    COVINGTON – A former high school teacher pleaded guilty to giving brownies with marijuana in them to two of her students. The former teacher, 31-year-old Camille Breaux Brennan, taught at Hannan High School. Brennan admitted to giving brownies to two students in May 2015. One of the students reportedly... more »
  • Public forum on medical marijuana moved

    October 20, 2016 9:59 AM

    BATON ROUIGE - The public forum where the LSU AgCenter will pitch its medical marijuana plan to potential investors is being moved to a larger location capable of seating up to 900 people. The forum, which is Oct. 28, will be in the Bo Campbell Auditorium on the LSU campus.... more »
  • Gallup: Record high 60 percent of Americans back legal pot

    October 19, 2016 2:50 PM

    NEW YORK - A record high 60 percent of American adults support legalization of marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll released three weeks before voters in nine states decide whether to expand legal access to pot. When Gallup first asked about this issue in 1969, 12 percent of Americans... more »
  • LSU AgCenter to hold medical marijuana public forum Oct. 28

    October 17, 2016 4:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter plans to hold a public forum Oct. 28 to explain medical marijuana regulations to potential investors. Both LSU and Southern University have said they want to grow and sell marijuana for medical use. The Legislature widened state laws this year, making the treatment available... more »
  • LSU AgCenter to hold medical marijuana public forum Oct. 28

    October 16, 2016 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter plans a public forum Oct. 28 to explain medical marijuana regulations to potential investors. Both LSU and Southern University have said they want to grow and sell marijuana for medical use. The Legislature widened state laws this year, making the treatment available to more... more »
  • Investors anxious as Oregonians again vote on marijuana

    October 15, 2016 3:16 PM

    AURORA - Eighteen years after Oregon legalized marijuana for medical use and two years after voters decided to allow the use of recreational pot, many Oregonians will think they are experiencing deja vu when they see the issue on their ballots for the Nov. 8 election. Oregon voters legalized recreational... more »
  • US court upholds ban on gun sales to marijuana card holders

    August 31, 2016 3:34 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has upheld the government's ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday the ban does not violate the 2nd Amendment. The ruling applies to the nine Western states that fall under... more »
  • Government won't reclassify marijuana, allows more research

    August 11, 2016 10:39 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Obama administration isn't going to reclassify marijuana and remove it from the list of the most dangerous drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration says in a lengthy notice in the Federal Registry that it consulted with the Health and Human Services Department and concluded that marijuana will remain... more »
  • Police: Man died while unloading $12 million in marijuana

    June 22, 2016 3:25 PM

    NORCROSS - Atlanta area police say a man appears to have died of natural causes while unloading marijuana from a van. Gwinnett County police said in a statement that officers on Monday responded to a call of a man slumped near a van and a tractor trailer. Officers found 31-year-old... more »
  • Pot fans unite at cannabis conference in New York City

    June 17, 2016 4:00 PM

    NEW YORK - At this conference, everyone has marijuana on the brain. On Friday, members of nearly every facet of the emerging marijuana industry gathered in New York City for the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition. Men and women in business suits mixed with shorts-wearing hippies sporting blazers covered... more »
  • Edwards signs penalty drop for drug paraphernalia charges

    June 1, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to lessen the penalties for possessing, selling and using drug paraphernalia, to conform with reduced 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... more »
  • 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 »

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