Earlier this week, the Canadian Senate voted to legalize recreational marijuana, overturning 95 years of prohibition. The groundbreaking vote has made Canada the second nation in the world (behind Uruguay) to legalize.
Last week, the Justice Department announced the creation of more than 300 Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions nationwide. It's the most significant expansion in decades.
John Tucker with Indy Week writes that one 34-year-old man got eight months behind bars for four grams of weed, enough for roughly 10 joints and perhaps 15 days in jail.
Despite changes from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for easing prosecution of minor marijuana crimes, officials in Lincoln County and Catawba County assert that they will continue to pursue marijuana drug cases until North Carolina state law changes. For 23-year-old Joshua Silva, that means he is facing several felony drug charges related to the largest indoor grow house busted in North Carolina this year.
Reportedly by using furniture trucks, five people have been charged with trafficking more than two tons of marijuana to Concord. The five were linked by investigators to a Mexican drug ring. The co-conspirators used warehouses at the final destination for the drugs to complete the mass shipping of weed up I-85, just north of Charlotte.
A traffic stop in Iredell County turned into a major drug bust when police pulled 22-year-old James Rossi over for speeding on Interstate 77. The deputies who stopped Rossi claimed to have smelled marijuana coming from the truck during the traffic stop and completed a search of the vehicle.
After a 24-foot hole collapsed on two children, fatally injuring them, the man responsible for digging the hole is facing drug crimes charges unrelated to the tragic cave-in. During the course of the police investigation into the deaths of two North Carolina children, Jordan Arwood was found in possession of two marijuana plants and growing supplies, leading to the drug crimes arrest.
After police found 49-year-old Kenneth Brooks in possession of moonshine during a recent traffic stop, they obtained a warrant to search his home to determine exactly where the moonshine came from. During the course of the investigation, police were able to obtain a search warrant for the building next to his home, which Brooks also owned.
Colorado and Washington voters decided to legalize the possession of marijuana for personal consumption in their state when they went to the polls yesterday. Anyone 21 years old or older is no longer breaking state drug laws if they possess 28.5 grams (1 ounce) of marijuana or less.
19-year-old Raleigh student Shaquell Autry was charged with a felony drug offense after police found him with 46 baggies of marijuana. He is facing criminal charges of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.