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Last summer, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) member, Constans Channon, and Friends of Potrero Hill (FOPH), an organization located at 1060a Tennessee Street, formally requested that the City’s Board of Appeals (BoA) halt development of a proposed medical cannabis nursery, to be sited at 1025 Tennessee Street, currently a one story, 9,550 square foot warehouse. As a result of their intervention, the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) suspended a permit application, filed by Potrero Nuevo Ventures, LLC (PNV), to modify the industrial space.  BoA will hold a hearing on November 8 to consider the matter. 

According to Jared Doumani, DNA treasurer, following Channon’s and FOPH’s entreaties, PNV representative Robert Watson attended a DNA meeting to discuss concerns that nursery operations would trigger unpleasant noise and smells. “A number of the neighbors really felt that the facility was a bad idea for a number of reasons,” said Doumani. “There’s one particular grow house in the neighborhood, at 1405 Indiana Street, that has a very strong odor…members expressed concerns about safety too. The property is near two preschools, La Scuola and Friends of

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Updated: Oct 17, 2017 – 11:06 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – When officers went to serve an active warrant on a Memphis woman, they said they found even more than they anticipated at her home. 

Police said they had a warrant on Cherrie Bynum for failure to appear. 

Officers met with Bynum’s boyfriend outside a home in the 1000 block of Dawn Friday. 

They boyfriend told them Bynum was inside. Officers said they could see her through an open door sitting on the couch and watched her make a fast movement with her hands towards a small table. 

Officers said Bynum put a pill bottle inside a drawer. Officers asked her what she put in the drawer, and they said she told them marijuana. 

Bynum was placed into custody. 

Police found a marijuana grinder with residue, a clear back with marijuana, a joint, and a pill bottle containing meth and 21 round pills with RD 70 on them. 

The pills were identified as Morphine Sulfate, a schedule 2 narcotic. 

In a back bedroom, police said they found an open box of clear plastic sandwich

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Alcohol can destroy lives but, cannabis is helping people to pick up the pieces and rebuild. I grew up in an era when Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign proliferated through the airwaves, proclaiming marijuana would sap my motivation, destroy my relationships and prevent me from leading a life of purpose.

But after nearly two decades of excessive drinking, lost jobs and homelessness — along with multiple attempts to permanently get off the sauce — I realize that Reagan couldn’t have been more wrong: Cannabis saved me.

Marijuana use has proven immensely positive for me, and it has allowed me to refrain from staring at the bottom of a bottle ever again. However, a majority of folks in the recovery community refer to cannabis as “dangerous,” a “trigger for relapse” and a “stumbling block.”

Anne Lewis, an addiction counselor and clinical psychologist at Indiana University Health, told US News that cannabis “lowers your inhibition, so you don’t care,” which she said could lead to relapse. “We don’t make good decisions when we’re drunk or high,” she said.

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In 2014, 85 words in a budget bill made all the difference in the world to medical marijuana. They stopped the flow of arrests, virtually put a halt to California crackdowns and let activists breathe a little in the states that have legalized medical cannabis. The words were labeled the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment and are as follows:

“None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing Congress to overturn the amendment. The Senate has already expressed its support of it going forward and will not be swayed. There is potential in Congress, however, and that potential could crumble

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The production of industrial hemp — a cousin of marijuana but distinctly different from the illicit drug — is a step closer in South Carolina as more than 120 farmers signed up to grow the crop here.

That’s great news for Janel Ralph of Conway, whose daughter Harmony takes cannabidiol or CBD oil, which is extracted from hemp, to control her seizures from intractable epilepsy. She was the first to apply for a growers permit.

Ralph started her own hemp oil production facility to produce CBD for her daughter and then expanded it into a business, Palmetto Harmony. She now imports her hemp from Kentucky and Colorado. If granted a permit, she plans to grow crops in the 45,000 square feet of greenhouse space she has in Horry County.

“Modern medicine can’t control (Harmony’s) seizures,” Ralph said. “She’s tried seven different epileptic drugs. But this does.”

Hemp is used for myriad purposes, from food to clothing to composites for car and airplane parts to oils for medicines and dietary supplements. Advocates in South Carolina say it can provide another cash

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Quinton Tellis, right, is accused of burning 19-year-old Jessica Chambers alive in her car.  (AP)

The judge declared a mistrial in the Jessica Chambers murder case Monday evening after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision over the fate of Quinton Tellis, who is charged in the 2014 burning death of the 19-year-old Mississippi woman.

The jurors, who had deliberated between nine and 10 hours since Sunday, began deliberating Sunday, told Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham they could not reach a verdict at the trial in Batesville, about 50 miles south of Memphis.

District Attorney John Champion said the government will retry Tellis in Chambers’ death. 

Tellis, 29, is charged with capital murder in the December 2014 death of Chambers, who was found by first responders with severe burns covering 93 percent of her body. Chambers, who had been doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze, was first discovered emerging from the woods near her burning car wearing only her underwear. She died hours later at a Memphis hospital.

Prosecutors claim Tellis lied repeatedly to investigators

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by: Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Oct 15, 2017 – 6:39 PM

HUGO, Okla. – Two inmates escaped to visit their girlfriends and smoke marijuana, then they walked back to jail, the sheriff said.

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Harley Davidson and Rakeem Lennox waited for guard staff to leave an area near their room 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park told The Oklahoman.

“(They) got the key to the laundry room door while jailers were busy in other parts of the jail,” Park said on Facebook. “Both took off to see their girlfriends and smoke weed.”

They returned to the jail on foot around midnight. 

Davidson was in jail for drug possession and other charges. Lennox was in jail for burglary charges. They both were charged with escape from a penal institution.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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BATESVILLE — A man charged with fatally burning a 19-year-old Mississippi woman acknowledged that he was with her on the evening she was set on fire after repeatedly denying it during interrogations, an investigator said Friday. 

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agent Tim Douglas testified in the trial of Quinton Tellis, who has pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the death of Jessica Chambers. 

Prosecutors theorize that Tellis thought he suffocated Chambers during sex in her car in a driveway on the evening of Dec. 6, 2014. Tellis then drove Chambers’ car to a rural back road, ran to his sister’s house nearby, borrowed her car, stopped at his house to pick up a can of gasoline, and used the flammable fluid to set Chambers on fire, prosecutors said. 

Firefighters found a smoldering Chambers walking near her burning car shortly after 8 p.m. in Courtland, Mississippi, about 50 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. She had third-degree burns on most of her body when she died at a Memphis hospital. 

Tellis, 29, was interrogated several times by law enforcement agents.

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I remember when my aunt and uncle had a 2-acre allotment of tobacco. I didn’t understand then, but growing small allotments of burley tobacco was in its twilight, becoming decreasingly profitable for years. My aunt and uncle stopped growing in 2006, as did most everyone else.

The death of small allotment tobacco finally occurred with Congress’s passage of The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act in 2004. Ostensibly aimed at creating more jobs, this Act deregulated the tobacco market. But the “Tobacco Buyout” replaced the nearly 70-year-old Agricultural Adjustment Act and ended small allotment tobacco farming.

Now, cigarettes are more taboo, and pot is increasingly legally and morally acceptable. Marijuana has become an economic and entrepreneurial opportunity, no longer simply a problem to be suppressed by throwing tax dollars at it.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 29 states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized marijuana. Possession is either a criminal misdemeanor with no jail time or not punishable. Nine of these states have gone on to legalize the adult use of marijuana

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