Truck driver pleads guilty to transporting more than 19,400 pounds of marijuana 0

SAN DIEGO — An Oceanside truck driver pleaded guilty Thursday to transporting more than 19,400 pounds of marijuana to various distribution points in California. Carlos Cunningham Jr., 29, admitted in San Diego federal court that he drove multiple trailer loads of marijuana from San Diego to the Central District of California, and that he was(…)

Cameron Diaz used to buy pot from Snoop Dogg 1

Actress Cameron Diaz revealed that she was Snoop Dogg’s high school classmate and she was buying pot from the rapper on “Lopez Tonight” Wednesday. She said, “He was very tall and skinny, wore lots of ponytails in his hair. And I’m pretty sure I bought weed from him. I had to have.” Also, she said(…)

Police: 15-year-old boy gets high, steals mom’s mini-van 0

Braintree police arrested a 15-year-old local alleged drug dealer, after he allegedly got high and stole his mother’s mini-van. “Officer Kenneth Murphy was traveling on Union Street near the rotary late Wednesday evening … when he observed the mini- van in front of him without displaying headlights,” said Deputy Police Chief Russ Jenkins. “Officer Murphy(…)

Federal agents uncover tunnel and more than ton of marijuana in Nogales, Ariz. 0

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana and identified a cross-border smuggling tunnel Monday in Nogales, Ariz. According to ICE, agents doing surveillance in Nogales identified a white Ford panel van that appeared to be riding low tot he ground. They later saw a round bundle fall out of(…)

Willie Nelson arrested for pot possession 1

Legendary country singer Willie Nelson, 77, was charged with marijuana possession above 6 ounces, which was allegedly found aboard his tour bus. Police spokesman Bill Brooks explains that the tour bus pulled into the checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas around 9 a.m. Friday. An officer smelled pot when a door was opened and happened to(…)

Report: Rhode Island teacher charged with sexting students 1

A North Smithfield, R.I. teacher and coach faces charges relating to “sexting” his students, according to a report by WPRO Radio. Steve DeMeo pleaded not guilty in Kent County Courthouse Monday to charges of indecent solicitation of children, possession of child pornography and possession of marijuana, the radio station reported. DeMeo, 31, is accused of(…)

Prop. 19 looks like it was closer than many expected

Prop. 19 looks like it was closer than many expected 6

SAN DIEGO — Proposition 19 has failed. It’s a done deal, and marijuana will not be legal in California. But the poll numbers are looking a lot closer than many in the War on Drugs may have expected. With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Prop. 19 received 54 percent opposition and 46 percent support. Not(…)

Prop. 19 fails in California

Prop. 19 fails in California 12

SAN DIEGO — Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana in California and subjected it to a state tax, has failed. Prop. 19 made national headlines, but the idea had almost no backing from organizations with the funding to mount a statewide campaign. Law enforcement groups, politicians from both major parties, and the federal government(…)

Video: Zach Galifianakis smokes joint on TV to support Prop 19 1

California’s Prop 19, which would legalize marijuana in the state, brought an interesting conversation on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night when guest Zach Galifianakis lit up a joint to support it.  On the show, he said, “It’s a tricky thing politically to jump on that bandwagon ’cause I think that maybe people(…)

Pot bust is largest in Mexico’s history 1

SAN DIEGO — In the biggest drug bust in Mexican history, officials seized more than 105 tons of Marijuana on Monday. The marijuana was headed for the United States and is street valued at an amazing $340 million. Initially, Tijuana police noticed a suspicious line of vehicles during a routine patrol. The officers came under(…)

UMass Boston student body president arrested 0

The student body president at the University of Massachusetts Boston was arrested and charged as a repeat drug dealer last week after the Boston Police Drug Control Unit raided his Dorchester apartment. Terral Ainooson, 25, was arrested along with roommate, Ryan Oshima, 23, on November 11, when police found more than a dozen plastic bags(…)

Potter foe is a pot fan

Potter foe is a pot fan 0

Ever heard of Jamie Waylett? Probably not, but you’ve most likely seen him many times before as Vincent Crabbe — one of Draco Malfoy’s half-witted minions in the Harry Potter movies. Well, you may not be seeing him again. TMZ reported that Waylett will face up to 14 years in prison in a sentencing on(…)

Tokers, not terrorists, cause police and fire fracas downtown 0

No, Boston is not in the grips of a mad scientist with anthrax. Nor is it under siege from a series of terrorist briefcase bombs. It was pot, marijuana, Mary Jane, grass, weed and a whole lot of it that tied up half the emergency services in the city Thursday afternoon. Mailroom workers at One(…)

3/18: An additional Trillion Dollars 0

WASHINGTON — With the country sinking deeper into recession, the Federal Reserve launched a bold $1.2 trillion effort Wednesday to lower rates on mortgages and other consumer debt, spur spending and revive the economy. To do so, the Fed will spend up to $300 billion to buy long-term government bonds and an additional $750 billion in mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues wrapped a two-day meeting by leaving a key short-term bank lending rate at a record low of between zero and 0.25 percent. Economists predict the Fed will hold the rate in that zone for the rest of this year and for most _ if not all _ of next year.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law.

That would be a departure from the Bush administration, which targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in California even if they complied with that state’s law.

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday preserving a healthy newspaper industry was important and he was open to adjusting antitrust policy if it could help.

“I’d like to think 20, 30, 40 years from now people will still be reading the newspaper,” Holder told reporters.

He was responding to a call by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging the Justice Department to give newspapers more leeway to merge or combine operations.

“The policy is to go after those people who violate both federal and state law,” Holder said in a question-and-answer session with reporters at the Justice Department.

2/26: The Federal Budget 0

  • Obama unveils his new budget. It includes billions for health care, an additional $750 billion for banks, as well as a tax increase for the wealthy.

WASHINGTON — President Obama will propose further tax increases on the affluent to help pay for his promise to make health care more accessible and affordable, calling for stricter limits on the benefits of itemized deductions taken by the wealthiest households, administration officials said Wednesday.

The tax proposal, coming after recent years in which wealth has become more concentrated at the top of the income scale, introduces a politically volatile edge to the Congressional debate over Mr. Obama’s domestic priorities.

The president will also propose, in the 10-year budget he is to release Thursday, to use revenues from the centerpiece of his environmental policy — a plan under which companies must buy permits to exceed pollution emission caps — to pay for an extension of a two-year tax credit that benefits low-wage and middle-income people.

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Holder told reporters.

Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border.

Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference Wednesday that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana clubs that are established legally under state law. His declaration is a fulfillment of a campaign promise by President Barack Obama, and marks a major shift from the previous administration.

After the inauguration, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continued to carry out such raids, despite Obama’s promise. Holder was asked if those raids represented American policy going forward.

“No,” he said. “What the president said during the campaign, you’ll be surprised to know, will be consistent with what we’ll be doing in law enforcement. He was my boss during the campaign. He is formally and technically and by law my boss now. What he said during the campaign is now American policy.”