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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Taser, drugs and stolen Social Security cards are just some of the items deputies reported finding on two women linked to a crime spree.

Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies say Deerika James and Camara Wilson, both 19, targeted cars parked at the University of Memphis and LeMoyne-Owen College.

Both are charged with possession of marijuana and several counts of burglary, theft and identity theft.

“That’s pretty devastating,” said Alex Johnson after hearing his fellow U of M classmates were victims. “I say everybody should just watch out in general.”

Deputies said they were responding to a suspicious activity call on Tuesday when they arrested the two suspects near the Windyke area in southeast Memphis.

They reported finding a plastic gun, a Taser, marijuana, cash, several purses, insurance cards and more in the car.

Police said at first, one of the women told them she didn’t know where most of the items came from.

However, reports said she then changed her story and admitted spending most

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House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has agreed to co-sponsor a Florida Republican’s bipartisan bill to make medical marijuana research easier, his office confirmed on Wednesday.

That backing by the conservative Virginia Republican potentially bolsters the bill’s chances in the House. Representative Matt Gaetz started circulating a handout Tuesday night explaining his Medical Cannabis Research Act, with Goodlatte listed as a co-sponsor.

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“I can confirm that the chairman will co-sponsor,” said Kathryn Rexrode, a spokesman for Goodlatte, who is not running for re-election, in an email.

A spokesman for Gaetz said the measure was to be introduced on Wednesday or Thursday, with its sponsors set to hold a news conference on Thursday.

The legislation is being introduced as the legalization of marijuana has gained broader acceptance in the U.S. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump endorsed allowing states decide how to regulate the drug, aiding the marijuana industry.

A few days before that, another prominent Republican, former House Speaker John Boehner, joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a company that

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Woman admits to breaking into cars on Memphis college campuses, police say

A suspicious car led to two women being arrested for stealing from college campuses. 

According to the arrest affidavit, a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled up to the car on the 8000 block of Tumbler Ridge Lane. The deputy walked up the vehicle and smelled marijuana coming from inside. Two women were inside. 

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The driver, Camara Wilson, and her passenger, Deerika James were detained. When the deputy was searching the vehicle, he found a pistol, multiple personal credit cards, forklift certification card, wallets, and purses. 

Camara Wilson admitted to the deputies that she “rode around all day throughout the University of Memphis and Lemoyne Owen College pulling on door handles and taking stuff.”

FOX13’s Shelby Sansone is digging through court records and talking to students, watch her live reports on this story on Good Morning Memphis. 

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71-year-old trafficked drugs to Memphis, hid them in storage units, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A 71-year-old woman was arrested after police say she brought large amounts of marijuana to Memphis.

Adina Alexis is facing several charges, including possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell.

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April 19th, detectives watched Alexis and a man move items from a car to a storage unit.

Detectives got a search warrant and found two boxed of marijuana and marijuana gummies.

They then searched her car and found two more boxes or marijuana.

Detectives confiscated more then 7,000 grams of marijuana.

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The massive “cannagar” is practically billowing smoke as we pass it back and forth between us on the top-floor patio of a lodge in the outskirts of Seattle; roughly 12 grams of cannabis with 3 grams of rosin, all wrapped up in cured cannabis leaves — the cannagar is the perfect expression of decriminalization and the freedom that comes with it.

My smoking partner — Memphis, Tennessee-based rapper and activist Marco Pavé — is relishing that freedom with particular gusto. The look on his face is one of awe, tinged with subtle sadness.

“We don’t have anything like this back where I come from — smoking something like this would be asking for trouble,” he says. “I got plenty of friends who got weed charges — just weed — and it f*cked their whole life up… it’s not a moral game, it’s a money game and we’re keeping people in the jail.Tennessee has one of the top prison populations and it’s mostly black.”

With so much national momentum behind cannabis decriminalization, it’s easy to forget that much of the U.S. is still living under full

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71-year-old trafficked drugs to Memphis, hid them in storage units, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A 71-year-old woman was arrested after police say she brought large amounts of marijuana to Memphis.

Adina Alexis is facing several charges, including possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to sell.

Trending stories:

April 19th, detectives watched Alexis and a man move items from a car to a storage unit.

Detectives got a search warrant and found two boxed of marijuana and marijuana gummies.

They then searched her car and found two more boxes or marijuana.

Detectives confiscated more then 7,000 grams of marijuana.

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Former University of Memphis Tiger and University of Tennessee Volunteer basketball player, Cornelius “Scooter” McFadgon, 35, of Memphis, Tennessee and Dallas, Texas will serve 20 years for possession of Marijuana and 20 years for Possession of Cocaine following his plea in Probation Revocation cases heard in Eighth Judicial Court Monday. The sentences will run concurrent. McFadgon was arrested in June, 2014 when 2.5 pounds of cocaine and 193 pounds of Marijuana were found in the SUV he was driving.

McFadgon also played in the European Basketball League averaging 11.6 points per game for Upea Capo d’Orlando.In 2017, McFadgon was arrested on drug charges in 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee

Jason Ricketson, then a Lieutenant with the Sulphur Springs Police Department and now Patrol Captain, said at the time he believed the drugs were picked up in Dallas or Houston.

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MD: Maryland Democrats running for governor embrace marijuana washingtonpost.com

Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Ben Jealous made a strong public call for legalizing marijuana. Several of his rivals for the Democratic nomination have also come out for legalization, an issue that may drive some progressives to the polls. 

NJ: New Jersey governor signs nuclear, renewable energy bills

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New Jersey passed a suite of legislation that vaulted it into the ranks of top U.S. climate leaders, alongside California and New York. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that will require utilities to use more renewable energy, among other measures. Most of New Jersey’s current clean energy is provided by nuclear power.

TX: U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas redistricting case

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The case will determine whether Texas needs to draw new electoral maps to give minority voters an equal voice. Experts say it could dramatically change state politics and perhaps create an opening for Democrats to win more seats in the Texas House and in Congress.

PA: Marijuana growers seek to extinguish Pennsylvania’s cannabis research program

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Pennsylvania’s research program would allow eight of the state’s

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Mark Gunn on his porch at his Smyrna home on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Gunn suffers from chronic back problems, depression and anxiety. (Photo: HELEN COMER/DNJ)Buy Photo

When Mark Gunn’s spinal nerve pain flares up, he often ends up writhing on the floor, unable to function. 

“It feels like somebody has taken a real sharp, frozen knife and punched it in my lower back and it goes all the way down my lower leg. My leg goes numb … and sometimes I can’t move my thumbs and my arms lock up on me,” said the Smyrna resident. 

Gunn is on an opioid painkiller regimen strictly regulated by a local pain clinic, and he’s worried he’ll become dependent. To some degree, he already is.

“I’m on 7.5 milligram pills and I took three yesterday and it barely took the pain off. … They don’t even make me high,” Gunn said, who has

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About 40 people made it out to a cannabis rally Saturday on the corner of University Parkway and West State of Franklin Road to raise awareness and let everyone know they haven’t given up.

The rally’s organizer, Seth Green, a local medical marijuana advocate, said there were multiple reasons for the rally. Among those, he cited voicing disappointment in the state government for not passing legislation legalizing medical marijuana, educating people on the history and benefits of the substance and its potential as a possible alternative to prescription opioids and a treatment for cancer, chronic pain, mental illness, anxiety and many other medical issues.

Everyone at the rally seemed to have a personal story as so why they were there. Some came because their families and friends could benefit from medical marijuana, some because they themselves would like to use it.

Among the crowd was Josh Borders. Borders said that after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2013, he was treated with both radiation and chemotherapy. While he is in remission now, and grateful for that, he supports the

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