Ex-detective, family face Stanislaus pot charges

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Apr 212012

MODESTO – The husband and father of a former Stanislaus County sheriff’s detective appeared in court Friday for the first time since the men were arrested last month on suspicion of conspiring to forcibly enter homes and cultivating marijuana. A filed criminal complaint alleges Kari Abbey’s husband, Bennie Taylor, and her father, James Abbey, unlawfully entered rental homes owned by Abbey or her family. In a separate case, Kari Abbey awaits trial on charges of [read more …]

Medical marijuana bill passes first Assembly test

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Apr 182012

An Assembly committee Tuesday passed a bill to create state oversight for pot businesses, as its chairman implored the Legislature to act to stave off federal raids on medical marijuana providers. “The worst public policy choice for California is to sit idly by, doing nothing, and let this failed war on medical cannabis continue unchecked,” said San Francisco Democrat Tom Ammiano as his Public Safety Committee voted 4-2 along party lines to create a state [read more …]

Apr 182012

Local law enforcement announced Monday that it will be working with federal agencies to crack down on large-scale medical marijuana grows, primarily on agricultural land. “We’re going to start (pushing for) federal charges against people because of the state’s reluctance to file cases,” said Tom MacKenzie, spokesman for the Merced County Sheriff’s Department. “We’re notifying people that there’s going to be law enforcement action.” The Sheriff’s Department is sending out letters and emails telling medical [read more …]

Must-see 4/20: Oaksterdam protest, film festival

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Apr 182012

Title: Oaksterdam protest and film festivalLocation: OaklandDate: 04-20-2012Start Time: 11 a.m.End Time: 8 p.m.Link out: Click hereDescription: Join activists from California NORML at 11 a.m. at the Federal Building in Oakland (1301 Clay St.) to protest the federal attack on Oaksterdam and medical cannabis. At noon we will be marching up to Oaksterdam to make our views known to the President’s campaign. Participants are invited to drop by the Oaksterdam Student Union, 1915 Broadway, for [read more …]

Apr 182012

A third person from the central San Joaquin Valley is under arrest in Virginia for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into that state. David Ray Flowers, 38, of Fresno was arrested with Frederick Michael Sayles, 34, of Selma and Gabriel Hernandez Sepeda II, 38, of Fresno. Sayles is a Selma police officer and Sepeda is a former Selma police officer, according to the Selma Police Department. Sayles is on administrative leave, Lewis Griswold reports in [read more …]

DeAngelo headlines L.A. dispensary seminar

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Apr 082012
DeAngelo headlines L.A. dispensary seminar

Has your medical cannabis business been targeted with an IRS notice or tax audit? If you haven’t been hit yet, YOU WILL! Harborside Health Center’s Stephen DeAngelo and the country’s leading tax experts on 280E — Henry Wykowski and Hank Levy — will present effective strategies for dealing with IRS audits and for minimizing your 2012 tax liabilities. (Speaker bios.) Your $399 registration fee includes the seminar and your first drink at a social gathering [read more …]