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  • BRPD: Man tries to eat all of his marijuana before traffic stop on I-10

    April 22, 2017 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man after he tried to eat all of his marijuana before a traffic stop on I-10 Saturday. According to Baton Rouge Police, an officer spotted 36-year-old Cyrus Antoine drifting back and forth across multiple lanes around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. The officer also... more »
  • IPSO: Man arrested with $100,000 worth of marijuana in pickup truck

    April 18, 2017 6:24 PM

    IBERIA PARISH - Deputies recovered what they believe to be $100,000 worth of marijuana during a traffic stop on US 90 Monday. According to the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, agents conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck traveling on Highway 90 in relation to a moving violation. During... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Apartment fire on Stan Avenue caused by pot left on stove

    January 12, 2017 10:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to an early morning apartment fire in the 11000 block of Stan Avenue. The fire occurred around 12:50 a.m. on Thursday. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find flames coming from a down stairs apartment. According to the fire... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Medical marijuana expansion effort edges ahead in La. House

    May 3, 2016 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A year after lawmakers created the framework for a medical marijuana program in Louisiana, medicinal-grade pot hasn't reached the hands of a single patient amid regulatory hurdles built into the law. A new effort in the Legislature aims to jumpstart... 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 »
  • 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 »

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