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Maryland Police Say 22-Year-Old was a Marijuana “Kingpin”

Maryland Police Say 22-Year-Old was a Marijuana “Kingpin”

Last week a 22-year-old Maryland man was indicted on “drug kingpin” charges after police say he was responsible for the shipment of some 85 pounds of marijuana last year.

Joseph Miller allegedly went by the name of “Pablo” and oversaw seven people while running an elaborate scheme to have cannabis mailed from Oregon and California to be sold in Maryland.

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Travelers Entering US from Mexico Warned About Bringing Marijuana and Peyote Creams

Travelers Entering US from Mexico Warned About Bringing Marijuana and Peyote Creams

People entering Texas from Mexico are being warned that an old folk remedy gel they can get in Mexico may contain peyote and/or marijuana as the main ingredient, meaning they are illegal to bring into the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they have seen an uptick in the amount of creams coming across the border, which prompted the issuing of a travel advisory.

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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employee Fired for Smoking Marijuana on the Job

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employee Fired for Smoking Marijuana on the Job

Last week the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that an employee who had been fired after being caught smoking marijuana at work was punished too harshly and should be reinstated to his job.

An arbitrator has previously ruled that Gregory Linhoff shouldn’t have been fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington; instead he should have been suspended and put on probation due to his spotless record going back 14 years on the job.

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DEA Compares Marijuana Grow Operations to Meth Houses

DEA Compares Marijuana Grow Operations to Meth Houses

A new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration about marijuana growing operations in Colorado is entitled "Residential Marijuana Grows in Colorado: The New Meth Houses?"

The basic premise of the report is that growers in Colorado are using loopholes in the state’s recreational and medical marijuana laws to create massive grows in suburban homes that suck up electricity and often leave the houses “uninhabitable” because of alterations the growers perform on the house.

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More Children Going to ER in Colorado for Accidental Marijuana Exposure

More Children Going to ER in Colorado for Accidental Marijuana Exposure

According to a new report published in JAMA Pediatrics, more children are going to the emergency room in Colorado for accidental cannabis exposure since recreational sales began in the state in 2014. More reports are also being made to the poison control center for the same reason.

Of course opponents of legalization will latch onto this news as proof that legalization is horrible for “the children!” But to be fair we must examine all the factors at work here.