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 »
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 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 »
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 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 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 »
November 19, 2014 12:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators traced the cause of a fire that broke out at a house in the 3000 block of Chippewa Street on Wednesday morning was caused by a pot, left on the stove unattended.
Baton Rouge firefighters responded to the fire shortly before 5:30 a.m. to find... 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 »
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 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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 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 3:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders say synthetic marijuana has become a dangerous problem in Baton Rouge.
Emergency Medical Services has responded to 17 synthetic marijuana overdoses in the past month, according to EMS spokesman Jody Chandler. That's why EMS says it's become a big problem.
"They just don't... 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 »
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 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 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 »
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 9, 2014 11:11 AM
ATLANTA - An effort to bring a form of medical marijuana to the Deep South is gaining momentum. Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia, but the idea had largely been dismissed in recent years in Southern states led by conservative Republicans. That appears to... 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 »
December 20, 2013 9:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - A man admitted to smoking pot in the house while his 4-year-old great-grandson was nearby.
"I had smoked a little marijuana, you understand, and then he came rushing in the room, so I ran him out and that was it," said John Matthews.
Matthews said... more »
December 9, 2013 11:24 AM
THIBODAUX - Police in Thibodaux recovered two pounds of marijuana after stopping a car last week.
28 year old Kendrick Townsend was arrested on possession with intent to distribute charges.
Thibodaux police say they stopped Townsend on Wednesday, December 4th for traveling in the middle of the road... more »
October 1, 2013 7:44 PM
SPARTA, NEW JERSEY- Texting the wrong person put a man in jail. Police in New Jersey say a man mistakenly sent a text to a detective to set up a drug buy.
The message came on the detective's new cell phone and the sender said he had a quarter... more »
June 4, 2013 9:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - A proposed bill making its way through the Capitol could mean lighter sentences for simple marijuana possession convictions.
Representative Austin Badon (D.) of New Orleans introduced HB 103. It passed the house but still needs two-thirds approval from the Senate.
"My bill only addresses the... more »
May 30, 2013 10:08 AM
ALEXANDRIA - Police in Alexandria say an ice cream van pulled over by officers earlier this week wasn't just carrying ice cream. The van was pulled over Tuesday around 7:34 p.m. after the driver failed to use a turn signal. Police noticed that the driver and a passenger appeared nervous.... more »
April 25, 2013 2:52 PM
GONZALES - Authorities arrested a former arena league football player on suspicion of drug and weapons charges after they said he was caught with marijuana in Ascension Parish. Around 3:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Sheriffs narcotics detectives, DEA agents and Baton Rouge City narcotics detectives arrested Brian Coulter, 27, in the... more »
January 24, 2013 12:38 PM
PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh-area woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes for allegedly leaving her 3-year-old twins alone before they died in a fire, while she was trying to retrieve marijuana stolen by her 15-year-old daughter. The attorney for 32-year-old Dalawna Berran-Lett says he's still reviewing the... more »
December 10, 2012 3:27 PM
DENVER - Using marijuana for recreational use is now effectively legal in Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper declared a voter-approved marijuana legalization amendment as part of the state constitution on Monday. It was the last procedural step needed for the amendment to take effect. The drug became legal in Washington state... more »
October 26, 2012 6:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- Tyrann Mathieu has five days to leave his off-campus apartment after management issued an eviction notice following his Thursday arrest.
Mathieu, Jordan Jefferson, Karnell Hatcher, and Derrick Bryant were all arrested on drug charges.
According to an affidavit obtained by News 2, Jordan Jefferson was trying... more »
August 14, 2012 12:34 PM
CHARLEROI, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania man is accused of stealing a small bag of marijuana held as evidence because he allegedly couldn't resist the drug's aroma. Authorities say that 27-year-old David Allan Thompson of Charleroi stopped at a police station Saturday night to offer police some unspecified information. Police... more »
August 1, 2012 4:46 PM
SPRINGFIELD - Deputies in Livingston Parish arrested a Springfield man in suspicion of selling marijuana.
Sheriff's office spokesperson Lori Steele said narcotics agents arrested Brian Keith Williams, 41, after a search of his residence yesterday.
Steele said deputies found more than a pound of marijuana and material to... more »
May 21, 2012 6:28 PM
ZACHARY - Police who stopped a speeding vehicle in Zachary said they found more than 200 pounds of marijuana inside, the largest bust in the department's history.
Chief David McDavid said officers arrested Terrance Whiten, 23, of Zachary after a K-9 found the marijuana in the pickup he was... more »
May 2, 2012 7:52 AM
WASHINGTON - More teens are smoking pot. A new survey of young people by The Partnership at Drugfree.org says nearly 1 in 10 teens light up at least 20 or more times a month. The group also says abuse of prescription medicine may be easing a bit among young people... more »
March 9, 2012 7:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Two Baton Rouge men have been indicted on drug and weapons charges that accuse them of selling synthetic marijuana out of a convenience store. An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged 51-year-old Joseph Hoa Do and 48-year-old Sang J. Vu with two counts each of possession... more »
March 8, 2012 12:51 PM
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol because the government's war on drugs has failed. The outspoken evangelical Christian says he has never smoked marijuana, and he is not encouraging it. But he says the war on drugs is costing... more »
February 29, 2012 11:26 AM
WASHINGTON- The Drug Enforcement Administration is extending emergency controls for six more months on five chemicals used to make fake pot products. The agency is working on permanently designating smokable herbal products containing the five chemicals as controlled substances. The DEA took emergency action a year ago, making it illegal... more »
February 27, 2012 5:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Public defender Nelvil Hollingsworth took a "personal leave" from his position today, according to the Baton Rouge Public Defenders office.
This comes after guards at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola arrested him Saturday. They said he was caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison... more »
April 29, 2011 4:26 PM
GONZALES - An Ascension Parish chiropractor and his wife have been arrested after sheriff's deputies said they were found growing marijuana at their home to sell.
Sheriff's deputies arrested James Leger and his wife, Melissa Leger, while executing a search warrant with State Police detectives at the couple's home... more »
April 7, 2011 3:11 PM
COVINGTON - Louisiana State Police say a routine traffic stop resulted in a big pot bust this morning.
Shortly after 6 am troopers stopped a 2010 Dodge Avenger for a traffic violation while on I-12 in St. Tammany Parish.
Troopers say the driver, Tasharian Riddick, 23, of Norfolk, VA,... more »
February 4, 2011 12:50 PM
FARMINGTON, Conn. - Police say a Connecticut man called 911 to ask a dispatcher how much trouble he could get into by growing one marijuana plant, then was arrested.
Farmington police say a dispatcher told 21-year-old Robert Michelson on Thursday night that he could get arrested for growing pot,... more »
January 6, 2011 5:34 PM
AMITE- A man from Tangipahoa Parish is behind bars after police found several pounds of pot and thousands in cash in his vehicle.
Authorities say Jerry Robinson Jr. was arrested after a traffic stop led deputies to seven pounds of marijuana in the console of his pickup truck.
... more »
January 5, 2011 10:25 PM
LIVINGSTON- The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says it uncovered and dismantled the most elaborate pot growing system it's seen and arrest four family members for operating it.
David Futch, Sr., his wife Tammy, son David Jr. and 17-year-old daughter Tanna were busted on drug charges including cultivating marijuana, possession... more »
November 14, 2010 11:51 AM
BAKER – Firefighters say a pot of oil left heating on a stove while the cook made a quick trip to the store is what led to a house fire this weekend. Crews were called to a fire at 4208 Gibbens Payne Drive in Baker, and found heavy smoke coming... more »
November 10, 2010 10:12 AM
BATON ROUGE- State troopers found five pounds of marijuana in the back seat of a pick-up, during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 Monday night.
Patrick Alexander, 39, of Covington is charged with manufacturing/distribution of drugs and improper lane usage.
Troopers say they became suspicious of Alexander and... more »
November 4, 2010 10:54 AM
FLUKER-- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Narcotics Agents found "one pot" of meth, during a search warrant this morning.
It happened on Highway 10 in Fluker.
Taylor was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and possession of meth. more »
October 26, 2010 12:47 PM
A southwestern Pennsylvania man called 911 to complain about some terrible marijuana he had just purchased, which turned out to be something other than pot.
Police say the man told officers he bought the substance earlier that day and that "it was nasty" when he smoked it.
Uniontown... more »
October 22, 2010 11:31 AM
Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man for growing 27 marijuana plants in a shed. Edward Jones, 33, is charged with growing the weed. Deputies searched the Lower Rome Road property in Springfield, after someone tipped them off. The plants had a street value of about $32,400. Jones told deputies... more »
October 5, 2010 9:11 PM
A fire heavily damaged a kitchen and carport area of a home on East Coronado Drive earlier today.
Authorities said they believe the fire started because a pot was left unattended. The residents were eating when they noticed the fire. They were able to get out of the house... more »
September 3, 2010 12:57 PM
General rule of thumb: when looking to buy marijuana, don't text the sheriff.
Authorities say a Helena teen sent out a text message last week in search of pot, but instead of contacting the drug dealer, he hit a wrong number and inadvertently sent the message to Lewis and... more »
August 31, 2010 1:21 PM
The investor saw potential in the scrubby 67 acres tucked away amid multimillion dollar homes: He would turn the land into a vast pot farm and capitalize on the booming medical marijuana industry. But Scott Mullner, a city councilman from Laramie, Wyo., infuriated his Colorado neighbors with his plan to... more »
July 30, 2010 11:16 AM
A package containing 22 pounds of marijuana was intercepted by Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office Narcotics Agents yesterday.
Markcalus Perry is charged with possession of marijuana and attempt to possess 22 pounds of marijuana.
Agents were able to track and locate the package before the delivery on Oak Ridge Church... more »
July 7, 2010 12:41 PM
A new study says legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California could sharply drive down prices for the drug and possibly undercut the tax windfall that supporters have touted.
The study published Wednesday by the RAND Drug Policy Research Center says "considerable uncertainty" surrounds the state ballot initiative.... more »
May 10, 2010 6:00 AM
A pot left on the stove is the cause of an apartment fire at the Cedarwood Apartments around 3 a.m. Monday. Firefighters say the residents forgot the stove was on while frying chicken. They tried to put the fire out, but one person burned his hand. The fire damage was... more »
March 2, 2010 9:20 AM
A fire at the Fairway View apartments on College Dr. in Baton Rouge has left ten people homeless. The fire broke out just after 7:00p.m. Monday night. Fire officials say a pot left on a hot stove is to blame for the fire. Several units in the complex were damaged.... more »
February 25, 2010 7:01 AM
An unattended pot on the stove is the cause of an early morning house fire at 5856 South Sunset Hill Thursday morning. When firefighters arrived, they found the kitchen on fire and were able to contain it. Two people inside the home got out safely The Red Cross is helping... more »
January 13, 2010 9:22 AM
Livingston Parish deputies went to 13465 Henry Drive and seized just over 1 ½ pounds of marijuana, a set of digital scales, and several plastic bags commonly used to package marijuana. Gary J. Bonnette was arrested and has since bonded out of jail. more »
January 7, 2010 8:53 AM
Firefighters in Baton Rouge responded to a house fire at 1655 79th Avenue around 4 a.m. Thursday. Five people were inside the home during the fire, but made it out safely. Firefighters believe a pot left on the stove started the fire that burned the kitchen and caused damage to... more »
December 18, 2009 3:48 PM
A Ponchatoula man is in jail, accused of running an elaborate marijuana growing operation in his home.
State police say troopers, along with the Ponchatoula Police Department and the DEA, searched a trailer at 350 Methvin Drive in Ponchatoula.
They found several marijuana plants along with a watering... more »