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MJ Farmers Market Debuts in L.A.

Thousands of happy stoners waited in line for hours in early July to peruse the stands at the first marijuana farmers market in Los Angeles. Vendors at the first-ever California Heritage Market, held inside a warehouse in Boyle Heights, sold a wide variety of bud, cannabis edibles, oils, concentrates, and other products. Shoppers were allowed to handle the goods and, ...

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Dispensary Robbery Leaves One Dead

A man suspected of trying to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Southern California was shot dead by a security guard June 25, authorities said. According to witnesses and police, two men entered a dispensary on Century Boulevard in Los Angeles shortly after noon and opened fire. The shop, “Nature’s Cure,” is located near LAX. The two men were met ...

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L.A. Welcomes Marijuana Farmers Market

Los Angelenos will soon have a novel way to buy their medical weed. The city’s first medical marijuana farmers market is coming to town over the Fourth of July weekend. The event will take place July 4 to July 6 and is expected to attract as many as 50 vendors selling almost everything with weed in it, including ordinary weed. ...

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A Healthier Sizzurp, with Weed?

Grape Syzrup with Cannabinoids

You won’t find sizzurp on the shelves, no matter how much Justin Bieber swears by it. The active ingredient in this sweet, gooey pharmaceutical cocktail – prescription-strength cough syrup – is a little hard to come by. But if you live in Southern California and you know where to look, you can find something just as good, maybe better: sizzurp, ...

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Real Estate Agents Uncover Grow House

Real estate agents visiting a home in West Covina stumbled across a large indoor marijuana grow April 26, police said. The agents dropped by the house on Felicia Street at 1:30 p.m. and found the garden inside, said West Covina Police Lt. Dennis Patton. Officers seized about 700 plants, which they valued at $1.5 million, Patton said. “This home is ...

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LA County Deputies Planted Guns in Dispensaries

Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were arrested in April and charged with trying to frame two workers at a medical marijuana dispensary. Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, and Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, both were arrested April 18. They were each charged with two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering evidence. Martinez was also charged with felony ...

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MMJ Activist Sues Over Police Surveillance

A Los Angeles-area medical marijuana activist is suing police over what she describes as a constant campaign of surveillance and harassment. Susan Soares, who has tangled with local authorities in the past, filed a lawsuit against the Redondo Beach Police Department and other defendants. She claims they labeled her one of five targeted “career criminals” operating in the city and ...

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Ton of Weed Washes Ashore

A boat carrying roughly a ton of bundled weed washed ashore in Southern California April 7. There was no one there to do anything useful with it. A person was detained at the beach, put police didn’t say whether he was connected to the boat. A helicopter search by the U.S. Coast Guard didn’t turn up anyone else. The boat ...

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L.A. Closes 100 Pot Shops

Officials in Los Angeles have closed more than 100 medical marijuana dispensaries in the months since the city started regulating the shops, City Attorney Mike Feuer said March 10. Even so, the city may not be keeping pace with new shops opening every day. Feuer joined Police Chief Charlie Beck at a news conference, where they said the city has ...

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LA Adopts Weed “Breathalyzers”

Los Angeles is bringing a new tool to the streets in its fight against stoned driving. According to ABC News, the LA city attorney’s office is used a so-called marijuana breathalyzer to test motorists for the presence of cannabis metabolites in their systems. The results could be used to convict drivers on DUI charges. The term “Breathalyzer” isn’t quite accurate, ...

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