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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
December 24, 2014 3:30 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A 20-year-old man is in custody after an investigation revealed that he was having marijuana shipped to an apartment behind his home and picking it up while the tenant was out. New Orleans police said Tuesday that Dominic Angelica was booked with possession with intent to distribute... more »
December 24, 2014 2:16 AM
DENVER, CO - Some Colorado service providers say a growing number of homeless people are moving to the state for its legal marijuana or for jobs in the industry. No agency is keeping hard data on the number of homeless people who were drawn by the legal weed, which began... more »
December 23, 2014 3:15 PM
OPELOUSAS - Police say a snow-cone stand less than half a mile from an elementary school and two blocks from a church apparently was selling more than cool treats. Opelousas authorities say highly potent marijuana also was being sold from T&E Soul Food and Sno-Balls. After weeks of investigation by... more »
December 22, 2014 9:08 PM
HAMMOND - State Police arrested a man accused of moving drugs between Texas and Georgia during a stop on I-12 Monday.
Troopers said they stopped a truck near the Hammond Square exit and found 200 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Authorities said a K9 from the Tangipahoa Parish... more »
December 16, 2014 2:27 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter. Congress has passed a spending bill that prevents the District from using federal money to enact any law or regulation... more »
December 12, 2014 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Jailers released the mugshots of two men police said were running a drug and weapons smuggling trafficking operation from a home in Spanish Town.
Russell Jefferis, 28, and Sean Krieg, 29, were two of nearly a dozen people arrested in a city-wide raid. The pair listed... more »
December 4, 2014 12:13 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Narcotics detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office made a total of three arrests and recovered a supply of marijuana after an extended investigation of Prairieville residence on Tuesday.
Detectives were able to obtain search warrants from a judge that granted investigators permission to search a home... more »
December 2, 2014 3:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge Police officer resigned from the department this week amid an internal investigation that began two weeks ago.
Sources tell the WBRZ Investigative Unit the Baton Rouge Police officer, Alec Pirie, was facing discipline over an incident involving his police unit. The unit was found... more »
November 28, 2014 2:42 PM
DENVER - Colorado's new retail marijuana industry is joining the rush for holiday shopping dollars. The Grass Station in Denver offered traditional doorbuster deals on what some are calling "Green Friday". The most popular was an ounce of marijuana for $50, about $200 less than the normal price for those... more »
November 14, 2014 3:16 AM
GRAND ISLE - The Jefferson Parish sheriff says the Grand Isle fire chief was among 20 people arrested after an undercover operation into drug use on the remote barrier island and recreation spot on the Gulf of Mexico. Fire Chief Aubrey "T-Black" Chaisson was arrested Thursday morning and booked with... more »
November 10, 2014 4:54 PM
NEW YORK - Thousands of people carrying small amounts of marijuana may no longer be arrested or face criminal charges under a policy city officials announced Monday, marking a significant shift in how the nation's biggest city approaches policing pot. Instead of being arrested on misdemeanor charges that carry potential... more »
November 10, 2014 12:56 PM
BAKER - Police said they arrested a man at a Baker hotel after housekeepers found him passed out in a room filled with drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Staff from the Main Street hotel called Baker firefighters first after they entered the room and found 32-year-old Brandon Chaney unresponsive in... more »
October 31, 2014 3:36 AM
THIBODAUX - Authorities in Lafourche Parish say a search of a car stopped at a seatbelt checkpoint resulted in the discovery of more than $2,000 worth of marijuana. Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre says that the seatbelt checks were conducted Wednesday on Louisiana Highway 316. He says that when officers stopped... more »
October 23, 2014 2:44 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- A man who narcotics detectives in Ascension Parish have been able to buy marijuana and cocaine from over the past four months, is now behind bars.
Just before midnight Wednesday, detectives searched the Donaldsonville home of Romel Julien and found a large quantity of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and... more »
October 14, 2014 2:39 PM
TUSCALOOSA, AL - Alabama player Kurt Freitag has waived any right to nearly $5,000 seized during a drug investigation. Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge Brad Almond on Tuesday ordered the money turned over to the District Attorney and the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force. Court documents filed Monday showed that... more »
October 13, 2014 1:26 PM
WASHINGTON - Advocates for racial justice are pushing to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital. That sets a District of Columbia pot referendum apart from states where the debate focused on taxing and regulating marijuana. Black people make up roughly half the population in the District, where an outsized number... more »
October 8, 2014 7:43 PM
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON- The manager of a legal marijuana shop says "it sounded like a shotgun going off" when bottles of pot-infused pop started exploding on store shelves. No one was hurt but the store manager wore a face guard and protective gear to move more than 300 bottles to a... more »
October 8, 2014 4:26 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said a drug arrest led them to a stash of cash recently.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said deputies arrested Cyril Ezumezu Jr., 26, early Wednesday morning for marijuana charges. He said deputies later found more than $11,000 in cash at his residence.... more »
September 25, 2014 4:50 PM
HAMMOND - Louisiana State Police arrested a Florida man after investigators said they found narcotics during a traffic stop in Tangipahoa Parish.
Troopers arrested Alexander Pesante, 41, of Orlando after they stopped and searched his vehicle on I-12 near Hammond Thursday morning.
Troopers said they became suspicious of... more »
September 24, 2014 4:58 PM
SORRENTO - Deputies said they arrested a man and his wife after the couple tried to deal drugs to undercover agents with their four-year-old girl in the home.
Deputies from Ascension and Livingston parishes took Donald Sanford, 36 and his wife Chelsea Sanford, 22, into custody on Monday after... more »
September 22, 2014 1:27 PM
ANCHORAGE, AK - A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's... more »
September 21, 2014 3:17 PM
DENVER - Organizers say hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway this weekend. Members of Operation Grow4Vets says the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization also says it gave out 400... more »
September 19, 2014 9:49 AM
GONZALES - An Ascension Parish man was arrested after Sheriff's deputies found nearly 100 marijuana plants growing at his home.
According to APSO, they were tipped off to the plants by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. When they arrived at Ronald Fuselier, Jr.'s home, they could smell a... more »
September 16, 2014 12:30 PM
GONZALES - Narcotics agents with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and Juvenile Division said they arrested four people while searching a Gonzales home rumored to be used for dealing drugs and underage sex.
Agents said two of the people arrested lived at the home, and two more arrived at... more »
September 14, 2014 1:35 PM
SHREVEPORT, La. - The State Fair of Louisiana's president and general manager is facing a drug charge following an arrest early Saturday morning. 43 year-old Chris Giordano was arrested for possession of marijuana according to the Shreveport Police Department. KTBS-TV reports Giordano was initially pulled over for failing to stop... more »
September 2, 2014 2:31 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Public officials and safety advocates worry there will be more drivers high on pot and a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize marijuana laws. It's not clear, though, whether those concerns are merited. Researchers are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show the... more »
August 27, 2014 3:25 AM
NASHVILLE, TN - Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test, meanwhile, means Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss a full year. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say... more »
August 21, 2014 11:58 AM
AMITE - A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to marijuana distribution and gun charges on Monday.
In August 2013, Hammond police recorded Correy Marshall of Hammond selling six bags of marijuana to an undercover police officer and a confidential informant.... more »
August 19, 2014 10:22 PM
DENVER - A study found the number of people killed in marijuana-related accidents increased 100 percent over five years where the state legalized marijuana in various forms.
There were 78 fatalities where a driver, bike rider or pedestrian tested positive for marijuana. In 2007, the number was 39. The... more »
August 11, 2014 12:50 PM
HAMMOND - Louisiana State Police said they made multiple arrests and seized about 300 pounds of marijuana after an I-12 traffic stop on Sunday morning.
The bust took place shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday when troopers stopped a vehicle on I-12 near I-55. Investigators said the driver, 26-year-old Carlos... more »
August 4, 2014 4:19 PM
LAFOURCHE - State wildlife agents arrested a man last week after investigators said they found drugs on his boat.
Nick A. Collins, 42, from Golden Meadow was arrested for the possesion of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in possession of... more »
July 13, 2014 11:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Nick Marshall recently got himself into trouble, but Auburn's starting quarterback could still be the best in the SEC west this year.
Marshall was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana on Friday and won't attend his scheduled press conference at SEC Media days on Monday.
... more »
July 8, 2014 10:12 AM
BELLINGHAM, WA - The first legal sales of recreational marijuana in Washington state have begun. Eager customers bought pot at 8 a.m. at Bellingham's Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two stores in the city north of Seattle that started selling marijuana as soon as was allowed under state regulations. Washington... more »
June 30, 2014 6:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - Synthetic marijuana is illegal to use in Louisiana. Law enforcement and health officials says it's becoming the new drug of choice because many users think it's a safe. Beau Clark, the coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish says synthetic marijuana is not a drug. He says it's... more »
June 21, 2014 10:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- More arrests were made in connection with an undercover sting targeting prostitutes.
Gabrielle Bell, 26, was arrested after deputies said she took money and planned to have sex with an undercover agent at an area hotel. According to arrest documents, the detective told Bell he would give... more »
June 20, 2014 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Explicit ads for escorts on Backpage.com led authorities to make 18 arrests recently in Baton Rouge.
The FBI and other agencies carried out a sting operation at area hotels and homes. Those busted were charged with prostitution, soliciting and promoting prostitution.
Authorities caught more than... more »
June 20, 2014 1:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - State drug experts met Friday in Baton Rouge to urge people to stay away from synthetic marijuana.
The multi-billion dollar synthetic pot industry poses a physical and mental health threat, but it's marketed toward teens and young adults, according to the Capital Area Human Services.
... more »
June 14, 2014 1:36 PM
SAN DIEGO - Federal officials say nearly $2 million worth of marijuana that was tossed into the ocean from two suspected smuggling boats has been recovered about 160 miles off the coast of San Diego. Ralph DeSio, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says more than 130 bales of... more »
June 13, 2014 5:23 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office seized more than 240 lbs. of synthetic marijuana and arrested four people following a pair of raids.
The largest was at the Lotus shop on O'Neal Lane. Deputies found more than 200 lbs. of the synthetic pot at that location... more »
June 5, 2014 4:28 PM
MANDEVILLE - The St. Tammany Parish Narcotics Task Force said they seized 19 marijuana plants, grow operation equipment and prescription pills from a Mandeville home late last month.
Task force members said they received a tip that Deshun "Scooby" Jones, 25, was growing marijuana at his Cedarwood Dr. home... more »
June 3, 2014 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agents with a multi-agency narcotics task force said they made two arrests, seized drugs, cash and a handgun on Tuesday.
Morrow Payton, 45, and Quinteller Jones, 36, are both charged with possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and ecstasy and additional gun charges.
... more »
June 2, 2014 1:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have worked out compromises on their outstanding financial bills in the final hours of their three-month regular session. The House and Senate signed off on next year's multibillion-dollar construction budget, agreeing to a version that has $388 million more in projects than there is money to... more »
May 30, 2014 1:34 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The GOP-controlled House has come out in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote early Friday came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's budget. The amendment by conservative... more »
May 6, 2014 2:10 AM
DENVER, CO - The opening months of Colorado's recreational marijuana industry have seen a rise in fiery explosions as pot users try to extract potent oil from the drug in home laboratories. Hospital officials say more people are being seriously burned and injured trying to make hash oil. The golden... more »
April 29, 2014 6:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Several law enforcement agencies came out against plans to legalize medical marijuana in Louisiana Tuesday.
The Louisiana Sheriff's Association said they want the Food and Drug Administration to research medicinal marijuana use and decide if it should be a legal medication first. If the FDA approves... more »
April 29, 2014 10:12 AM
WASHINGTON - The St. Landry Parish Sheriffs Office says a man was arrested with nearly 1,000 bags of synthetic marijuana in his possession.
25-year-old Xavier Bush, Jr. faces charges for possession with intent to distribute.
Deputies say they found garbage bags full of synthetic pot during a search... more »
April 24, 2014 4:34 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies said they found dozens of marijuana plants and three small children in a Gonzales man's home Thursday.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Richard Dent, 42, Thursday on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, cultivating marijuana, and using drugs around minors.
Detectives said... more »
April 22, 2014 4:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - A move to ease penalties for marijuana possession died at the state Capitol today after it ran into some heavy opposition and failed in a close vote in a Senate committee.
"We are not decriminalizing marijuana," said Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans. "let me say that... more »
April 22, 2014 1:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers deferred a bill to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana today at the state Capitol, likely killing the bill for the legislative session.
The Senate panel voted 4-3 to reject Senate Bill 323, sponsored by Sen. J. P. Morrell, D-New Orleans. It would have changed penalties... more »
April 20, 2014 11:41 AM
DENVER - The 4/20 stoner holiday is going mainstream in Colorado. April 20 has traditionally been a day for marijuana activists to defiantly light up to protest their drug of choice being outlawed. But Colorado has legalized pot. This weekend is filled with marijuana-themed activities that will culminate at a... more »
April 14, 2014 7:01 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala says the six men who went to the hospital Thursday night after smoking synthetic marijuana aren't saying where they got the substance and haven't been arrested. Bacala says the six men, who are now out of the hospital, came from... more »
April 10, 2014 9:44 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish spent Thursday night investigating the sudden illness of six people who smoked synthetic marijuana.
Investigators said the group, who smoked the fake weed at various locations and not all in one location, were treated at an area hospital. The incident was described as... more »
April 7, 2014 7:26 PM
LUFKIN, TEXAS- A woman who called police in East Texas to complain about the quality of marijuana she bought from a dealer was busted for possession.
When an officer went to Evelyn Hamilton's house after she called to complain, she pulled out a small amount of marijuana from her... more »
April 3, 2014 2:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- A New Orleans lawmaker's proposal to soften penalties for marijuana possession has been at least temporarily derailed by opposition from Louisiana sheriffs. Rep. Austin Badon, a Democrat, pulled his bill from consideration Thursday in the House Criminal Justice Committee after testimony by the head of the Louisiana Sheriffs... more »
March 25, 2014 11:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police have seized over 1,000 pounds of drugs in the last few weeks during routine traffic stops, leading to multiple arrests.
Drugs seized included nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of cocaine, plus MDMA and codeine. Also found were thousands of dollars in... more »
March 18, 2014 10:32 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- A sawed off shot gun, a handgun and a bunch of drugs led to the arrest of four people in Ascension Parish this week.
Deputies said there was two pounds of marijuana inside a house on County Drive and four weed plants growing in the front yard, too.... more »
March 11, 2014 10:21 AM
BATON ROUGE - Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) CEO and President Barry Erwin joined us on 2une in Tuesday to talk about all things dealing with the legislative session.
Erwin talked about Gov. Bobby Jindal's opening address to the legislators. One of Jindal's key points that Erwin believes... more »
March 9, 2014 3:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baker police say they found heroin and more than $5,000 during a search of a Baton Rouge house Friday.
Police say they arrested 22-year-old Robert Cole after searching his house on the 5000 block of Truman Street in Baton Rouge.
Detectives say they found Cole... more »
February 28, 2014 4:21 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Ascension Parish woman and her 15-year-old son after a party where investigators said they found marijuana and alcohol.
Deputies arrested 33-year-old Allison Michel's son on Feb. 21, then arrested Michel after investigators said they found evidence she bought alcohol for the party.
... more »
February 27, 2014 2:39 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Detectives in Livingston Parish have arrested two men for synthetic marijuana.
Gerald Fisher and John Fisher, who are brothers, were arrested after synthetic marijuana and several firearms were found inside their home in the 32000 block of Nikki Drive in Denham Springs.
Detectives say one of... more »
February 16, 2014 3:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - State police say approximately 23 pounds of marijuana were found in a US Army Sergeant's car.
A State Trooper pulled over 30-year-old Sgt. Horace Brown of Cantonment Florida for a traffic violation. He was traveling on I-10 eastbound near LA 415 in Port Allen.
Officials... more »
February 13, 2014 4:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - Urban legends that marijuana use could cause "man boobs" may have more truth behind it than people think.
The condition, scientifically known as gynecomastia, triggers men to grow breast tissue. There aren't many studies that can prove the legend wrong since marijuana is still largely illegal... more »
February 7, 2014 10:52 PM
GROSSE TETE- Sheriff's deputies in Iberville Parish arrested a man driving an RV through the region loaded with marijuana.
A spokesperson said the man was from California and carrying 100 pounds of high grade, hydroponic weed.
He was pulled over around midnight on I-10 early Friday morning. A... more »
February 5, 2014 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Three people were arrested in Baton Rouge Wednesday after investigators said they impersonated police officers, broke into someone's house and demanded money and drugs.
Police arrested Clayton Dugan, Miles Moreno and Joel Scales. All three were booked on aggravated burglary and armed robbery charges, while Moreno... more »
January 22, 2014 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- The governor said he may be open to considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Louisiana, but said he does not support full legalization.
"It's an issue I'll look at closely and will consider closely and will consider under strict supervision for patients that will benefit from... more »
January 21, 2014 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- People who want to legalize marijuana made their pitch to state lawmakers Tuesday.
They told a special panel discussing the possibility of legalization, marijuana could generate tax dollars, provide a new agricultural crop, shrink the jail population and lessen pain for people with medical issues.
But,... more »
January 20, 2014 11:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- Later today, a group of leaders will meet to talk about the possibility of legalizing marijuana.
There is a hearing scheduled with pharmacists, district attorneys, law enforcement officials, and members of Louisiana's legislative body. They'll look at the feasibility and effectiveness of legalizing pot.
"I'm not... more »
January 19, 2014 4:42 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. Obama doesn't argue for legalizing pot. But he says in an interview with "The New Yorker" that pot is less dangerous than alcohol, quote, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer." The president... more »