Rocky Ford police officer accused of illegally confiscating marijuana is charged with distribution of the drug

A Rocky Ford police officer, accused of illegally confiscating marijuana during an active police investigation, has been criminally charged with distribution of the drug. Officer James Lopez is charged with distribution of a controlled substance and official misconduct, stemming from a December 2019 incident in southeast Colorado, according to a…

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Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers should be stripped of licenses after illegal sales scheme, hearing officer rules

The Sweet Leaf dispensary chain, shut down in December after a police sting, was a criminal enterprise that pocketed millions from an illicit “looping” scheme that allowed customers to purchase the maximum amount of marijuana multiple times in a day, a municipal hearing officer ruled.As a result, Sweet Leaf Marijuana…

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Hearing officer considers Denver 4/20 organizer’s appeal regarding 3-year ban

Published: Sep 19, 2017, 2:05 pm • Updated: Sep 19, 2017, 4:47 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Whether the man behind Denver’s recent 4/20 rally will get another go at the marijuana-centric event will soon rest in the hands of an administrative hearing officer. Event organizer Miguel Lopez…

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NFL’s chief medical officer calls cannabis research “really important”

Published: Aug 3, 2017, 11:16 am • Updated: Aug 3, 2017, 11:16 am By Mark Maske, Washington Post The NFL’s chief medical officer says it is “really important” for the league and the NFL Players Association to determine whether marijuana can be used as an effective and safe pain-management tool…

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Montel Williams: Former NSA officer, talk show host turns cannabis entrepreneur

Published: Jul 28, 2017, 8:21 am • Updated: Jul 28, 2017, 8:21 am By Brooke Edwards Staggs, The Cannifornian Eighteen years ago, television celebrity Montel Williams couldn’t have imagined he’d one day be standing in a sleek Santa Ana dispensary chatting with fans about his new line of cannabis products.…

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Former marijuana enforcement officer, entrepreneur indicted in Colorado trafficking ring

Published: Jun 13, 2017, 11:44 am • Updated: Jun 13, 2017, 12:05 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff A former Colorado marijuana enforcement officer and a Denver-based marijuana entrepreneur already the target of fraud allegations were indicted in connection with a suspected massive illegal marijuana trafficking ring that operated…

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FBI charges Seattle officer with smuggling marijuana to Baltimore

Published: May 9, 2017, 8:05 am • Updated: May 9, 2017, 8:05 am By Gene Johnson, The Associated Press SEATTLE — A Seattle police officer has been charged with helping smuggle hundreds of pounds of marijuana to Baltimore. Alex Chapackdee, a 44-year-old patrol officer who’s been with the department since…

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Nebraska medical marijuana advocates fight confirmation of anti-CBD chief medical officer

Published: Mar 7, 2017, 8:32 am • Updated: Mar 7, 2017, 8:32 am By Julia Shumway, The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Medical marijuana advocates are urging Nebraska state senators not to confirm a chief medical officer who opposes the use of marijuana or any of its byproducts. Dr. Thomas…

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Cannabist Show: He’s Colorado’s chief medical officer; He oversees the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division

Published: Sep 29, 2016, 2:31 pm • Updated: Sep 29, 2016, 2:31 pm By The Cannabist Staff Featured guests: Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Ron Kammerzell, senior director of enforcement at the Colorado Department of Revenue.…

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Human Rights Tribunal: Victoria Officer Has The Right To Express Beliefs Against The Failed War On Drugs

I am a big believer in freedom of expression. In America it’s often referred to as a First Amendment right, but even outside of America, people should obviously be allowed to express themselves too. There was a big case involving freedom of expression and an officer in Victoria (BC) who…

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