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Three dead, five injured; driver arrested on suspicion of being under influence of marijuana: CHP

It’s just a plant. All natural The CHP said that compared to 2017 statistics, DUI-marijuana arrests in the Bay Area will be up by 70 percent by the end of 2018, if the current trend continues. http://www.ktvu.com/news/2-dead-3-critical-in-multi-vehicle-freeway-crash-in-fremont

Response to article by Alexa Wall in the recent Sonoma Gazette

Dear Editor, I took out a handkerchief as I read what Alexa Rae Wall had to say. It almost brought me to tears…it was quite a fairy tale to me. I have met Alexa and heard her during CAG meetings (Cannabis Advisory Group) which is advising the supervisors…To say that the group is unbalanced ((16…
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Sonoma County sees spate of marijuana-related home invasions

Authorities in Sonoma County are investigating a spate of violent marijuana-related home invasions by intruders who officials say are traveling from out of state for the robberies. In the latest robbery Wednesday, two men broke into a Santa Rosa home, tied up a female resident and made off with an unknown amount of marijuana. The…
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From the Field: An SOSN core member says goodbye to Sonoma County

One of our founders, who lives a rural part of the North County, has given up hope and is selling his property – most likely at a great loss – due to the incursion of 2 large commercial pot grows next door. “You’ll have to excuse my tone and directness, the past 7 months have…
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Lessons learned from marijuana legalization in Four States and D.C.

Executive Summary: It’s not working. https://learnaboutsam.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SAM-Lessons-Learned-From-Marijuana-Legalization-Digital.pdf “Apart from black market activity, legalization has potentially exacerbated other crimes as well. Though it cannot be said that crime has increased because of legalization, some trends are worth noting. The crime rate in Colorado has increased 11 times faster than the rest of the nation since legalization (Mitchell,…
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At Least Eleven Pot-Related Homicides Since Legalization, Colorado DA Says

George BrauchlerAugust 21, 2017 Editor’s note: The July 25 post “Shawn Geerdes’s Marijuana-Grow Murder Used to Attack Legal Pot” asserted that 18th Judicial District DA and 2018 Colorado gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler had attempted to score political points with anti-cannabis critics by way of post-prosecution statements such as, “Here is yet another violent crime related to marijuana. Whatever benefits…
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More Illegal Grows and Organized Crime Since legalization « CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – The Marijuana Unit of the Denver Police Department is growing. The number of undercover detectives has doubled since the legalization of medicinal marijuana in 2000. Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, Sergeant Aaron Rebeterano says the problem with illegal grow operations is on the rise. e and his team are executing between five…
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Here we go again.. And while your neighbors homes and person are invaded, yet again, your County Board of Supervisors are bending over backwards to bring cannabis production to our rural County

Manhunt on for 2 suspects in cannabis-related Santa Rosa home invasion robbery A manhunt is underway for at least two armed men who barged into a home on the southwestern outskirts of Santa Rosa Wednesday morning, tied up a male resident and made off with an unknown amount of cannabis. Just before 9:30 a.m., one…
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Pot tax scofflaws and the mirage of a cannabis windfall

This is a sheet the county prepared of delinquent marijuana taxes for growers. There are 29 scofflaws who are behind in paying their taxes, and the spreadsheet lists the current amounts in arrears.  In some cases the amounts due are over $60,000. At the April 10 board of supervisors meeting, the board received information about…
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Challenges Mount To Growing Legal Marijuana Outdoors In Sonoma County

SANTA ROSA (KPIX 5) – Sonoma County has many illegal marijuana grow operations, and there is growing opposition to allowing legal pot to be grown near homes in the county. A Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday was packed and the audience well defined, with green hats for the cannabis growers and red…
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