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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Law enforcement shifting stance on pot, even if only a bit

    May 5, 2015 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies are shifting their stance on Louisiana's strict marijuana laws, at least a bit. The Louisiana Sheriffs' Association previously opposed developing a way to distribute pot, as allowed under a 1991 medical marijuana law. Now the organization supports a proposal to get medical marijuana to... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Shelters cite legal pot as part of Denver's rise in homeless

    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 »
  • Fight over marijuana more risky in states than D.C.

    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 »
  • 3 arrested in Prairieville pot bust

    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 »
  • Pot left on stove causes Chippewa Street fire

    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 »
  • Fire chief arrested for having pot

    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 »
  • NYC to stop many small-time marijuana arrests

    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 »
  • Seatbelt check leads to pot bust

    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 »
  • Exploding pot pop

    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 »
  • Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    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 »
  • Gonzales man busted growing pot

    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 »
  • La. State Fair head arrested on marijuana charge

    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 »
  • Study finds 100% increase in marijuana related fatal crashes

    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 »
  • Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington

    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 »
  • Synthetic marijuana use increasing in Baton Rouge

    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 »
  • Experts warn about synthetic marijuana Play Video

    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 »
  • Feds: Nearly $2 million of pot tossed from 2 boats

    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 »
  • EMS: Synthetic pot a dangerous problem Play Video

    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 »
  • Deputies seize 240 pounds of synthetic marijuana in pair of raids Play Video

    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 »
  • Task force shuts down pot grow operation

    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 »
  • Hash oil explosions rise with legalized marijuana

    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 »
  • Deputies: Man caught with bags of synthetic pot

    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 »
  • Committee rejects reduced pot penalties bill

    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 »
  • In Colorado, a pot holiday goes mainstream

    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 »
  • 6 hospitalized after smoking synthetic marijuana have not been charged

    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 »
  • US Army Sergeant found with 23lbs of pot Play Video

    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 »
  • Medical marijuana gains traction in the Deep South

    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 »
  • Governor talks about possible weed legalization

    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 »
  • Grandpa admits smoking pot, sending grandson to hospital

    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 »
  • Two pounds of pot found in traffic stop

    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 »
  • Texting the wrong person

    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 »
  • Proposed bill would lessen jail time for simple marijuana possession Play Video

    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 »
  • 2 in ice cream van booked with pot possession

    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 »
  • APSO: Former Voodoo player caught with marijuana

    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 »
  • DA: Mom chased pot while twins, 3, died in fire

    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 »

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