Kern County man pleads guilty to marijuana cultivation operation in Sequoia National Forest – KERO 23ABC News

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FRESNO, Calif. – Russell Lee Riggs, 69, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown in the Sequoia National Forest. He delivered supplies and material to a marijuana cultivation site containing over 3,000 marijuana plants in the Fay Creek drainage inside the Sequoia National Forest, according to court documents. He also received …

Kern County man pleads guilty to marijuana cultivation operation in … – KERO 23ABC News

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FRESNO, Calif. – Russell Lee Riggs, 69, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown in the Sequoia National Forest. He delivered supplies and material to a marijuana cultivation site containing over 3,000 marijuana plants in the Fay Creek drainage inside the Sequoia National Forest, according to court documents. He also received …

With millions of dollars and child safety at stake, another Valley city considers pot – Fresno Bee

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The lure of big bucks from legal marijuana tax revenues is enticing yet another central San Joaquin Valley town. Woodlake, a city of around 7,500 people in northeastern Tulare County, is talking about whether to allow cannabis cultivation and recreational marijuana dispensaries within its small borders. It’s not the first local city to consider pot, but Woodlake’s approach bucks the …

Attorney plans lawsuit to allow for smoking of medical pot – Fresno Bee

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The Florida Legislature’s passage of a bill to enact the state’s constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana has ended one chapter in the battle over setting up regulations for the nascent industry. But pro-pot supporters say it doesn’t go far enough. Once Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill, the principal backer of getting the amendment on last year’s …

Attorney plans lawsuit to allow for smoking of medical pot | The … – Fresno Bee

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The Florida Legislature’s passage of a bill to enact the state’s constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana has ended one chapter in the battle over setting up regulations for the nascent industry. But pro-pot supporters say it doesn’t go far enough. Once Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill, the principal backer of getting the amendment on last year’s …

Los Angeles releases draft marijuana business regulations – Fresno Bee

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Los Angeles moved Thursday to bring order to its emerging legal marijuana industry, proposing rules for how and where the fragrant buds will be grown and sold while driving out rogue operators. There will be no swaying fields of bright green pot plants along the Hollywood Freeway — businesses will only be allowed to grow indoors. Dispensaries would be kept …

Colorado marijuana market funds busts of illegal growers – Fresno Bee

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The first recreational pot market in the U.S. was set Thursday to notch another marijuana first when Colorado approves using marijuana taxes to fund police efforts to crack down on illegal growing operations. A measure scheduled to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper sets aside nearly $6 million a year in Colorado marijuana tax revenue to reimburse police …

Illinois APME newspaper 2016 contest winners announced – Fresno Bee

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Awards were given in the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors 2016 newspaper contest Thursday in Springfield. Thirty-eight daily newspapers submitted 934 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns and photos from 2016. A list of winners along with judge’s comments can be found at http://discover.ap.org/contests/Illinois-newspaper . The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative …

Suit hits city's restrictions on recreational pot growers – Fresno Bee

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A lawsuit filed against a California city claims an ordinance makes it unreasonably difficult and expensive for adult residents to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use under the state’s voter-approved Proposition 64. The American Civil Liberties Union of California and the Drug Policy Alliance sued Monday in San Bernardino County Superior Court, seeking to bar Fontana from …

Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association contest winners – Fresno Bee

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List of Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association winners. Best in Show-Radio: WDEL-FM/AM, Wilmington, Delaware, “Howard High School Tragedy,” by WDEL staff. Best in Show-Television: Voice of America-TV, Washington, “American Muslim Portraits,” by Carolyn Presutti, Bezhan Hamdard, Jeff Swicord and Mike Burke. Nonmetro Radio: Spot News Reporting: Don Rush, WSCL/WSDL, Salisbury, Maryland, “Donald Trump on the Eastern Shore.” Coverage of a …

Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association contest winners | The … – Fresno Bee

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List of Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association winners. Best in Show-Radio: WDEL-FM/AM, Wilmington, Delaware, “Howard High School Tragedy,” by WDEL staff. Best in Show-Television: Voice of America-TV, Washington, “American Muslim Portraits,” by Carolyn Presutti, Bezhan Hamdard, Jeff Swicord and Mike Burke. Nonmetro Radio: Spot News Reporting: Don Rush, WSCL/WSDL, Salisbury, Maryland, “Donald Trump on the Eastern Shore.” Coverage of a …

Renters from hell turn Madera home into marijuana farm – Fresno Bee

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The owner of a Madera County home heavily damaged by renters who turned the house into an indoor marijuana plantation said Thursday she is still trying to wrap her head around the devastation they left behind. “It’s all so overwhelming, I get flustered,” said Holiday Manly, who learned Wednesday that the apparently model renters who always paid on time had …

Some cities, states help minorities enter marijuana industry – OCRegister

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OAKLAND — Andre Shavers was sentenced to five years on felony probation after authorities burst into the house where he was living in one of Oakland’s most heavily policed neighborhoods and found a quarter-ounce of marijuana. After the 2007 raid, Shavers couldn’t leave the state without permission. He was subject to police searches at any time. He walked to the …

Some cities, states help minorities enter marijuana industry – WRCB-TV

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By JANIE HAR and BOB SALSBERGAssociated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Andre Shavers was sentenced to five years on felony probation after authorities burst into the house where he was living in one of Oakland’s most heavily policed neighborhoods and found a quarter ounce of marijuana.After the 2007 raid, Shavers couldn’t leave the state without permission. He was subject to …

Liens placed on four more Butte County pot grow properties – Chico Enterprise-Record

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Oroville >> Liens have been placed on four more properties due to marijuana grows that violated Butte County codes. The Board of Supervisors had five properties on its agenda last week that had been found to be a public nuisance, but one landowner settled ahead of time. The other four properties were encumbered with liens ranging from $3,500 to almost …