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Judge says he’s leaning toward dismissing Benno case

Judge says he’s leaning toward dismissing Benno case

- Record Searchlight
Medical marijuana activist James Benno and his two sons had a pretty good day Friday in Shasta County Superior Court.
So did their lawyers.
That's because they may be one step closer in seeing their long-running criminal case dismissed after it's slowly gone through the court system for nearly four years.
"Everything is looking good," Benno said after court Friday morning.
Benno, who declined to elaborate, made his comment after Superior Court Judge...

Fullerton’s controversial cannabis case closes among saddened Yoloans

Fullerton’s controversial cannabis case closes among saddened Yoloans

- Daily Democrat
Tightly holding the hand of his wife, Maricel, Paul Fullerton waited for his sentencing to begin. Perhaps in impatience, he sighed and crossed his legs; one of his pant legs lifts just enough to reveal a sock depicting a green cannabis leaf, a knitted outcry of opposition.
This past Monday marked the end of a long and controversial case, in which long-time Woodland resident Fullerton has found himself in the cogs of the ever-changing cannabis issue. Surrounded by fellow firefighters,...

Strangers Defend Alleged Sex On Flight: Woman 'Fell Asleep' In Man's Lap

Strangers Defend Alleged Sex On Flight: Woman 'Fell Asleep' In Man's Lap

- International Business Times
Strangers who were reportedly caught engaging in sexual activity Oct. 29 on a Detroit-bound Delta Air Lines flight seemingly tried to hide their activity while a passenger seated beside them was asleep. The man involved claimed in a nine-page police report that the woman had "fallen asleep in his lap" and he simply "grabbed her breasts."
The 48-year-old woman and 28-year-old man received FBI citations after the failed attempt at joining the Mile High Club. The two individuals...

Controversial cannabis case continues to test local laws

Controversial cannabis case continues to test local laws

- Daily Democrat
A controversial marijuana possession case settled into the Yolo County Superior Court again on Tuesday, starting up yet another discussion regarding the legality of cannabis in the county.
Paul Fullerton Jr. and his wife Maricel appeared before the court again for a preliminary hearing. Paul faces felony charges for possessing marijuana for sale, as well as charges and enhancements including firearms and child endangerment based on those firearms.
Paul and his wife, Maricel, are...

Deputies shot suspect multiple times in gunbattle near Rastafarian church, autopsy shows

Deputies shot suspect multiple times in gunbattle near Rastafarian church, autopsy shows

- The Sacramento Bee
An autopsy determined that a man killed during a shootout with Yuba County sheriff’s deputies died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The autopsy on 33-year-old Mark Anthony Sanchez was completed Thursday morning. Although the manner of death is pending conclusion of the shooting investigation, it was determined that Sanchez was struck multiple times by return gunfire from the two deputies who were shot by Sanchez during the gunbattle in a residence...

Deputy rescues 2 colleagues after shootout near pot farm

Deputy rescues 2 colleagues after shootout near pot farm

- Palm Beach Post
A sheriff's deputy ran into a house in Northern California to pull two wounded colleagues to safety after a shootout with a suspect near a marijuana farm belonging to a Rastafarian church.
The two deputies were expected to survive after their fellow officer, a 22-year veteran, went alone into a house where the gunman had fled, Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor said. The wounded deputies were in fair condition at a hospital, the sheriff's department said Wednesday on Twitter.
The...

Contra Costa Supervisors Mull Options for Recreational Marijuana Regulations

Contra Costa Supervisors Mull Options for Recreational Marijuana Regulations

- Claycord News & Talk
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors mulled their options for implementing the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, more commonly known as Prop 64, during their meeting in Martinez on Tuesday.
Proposition 64 allows local jurisdictions like the county to write their own regulations for businesses in the recreational marijuana industry, according to county staff. Failing to do so before January 1, however, will cede that option to the state.
Under those circumstances, inspections and...

Standing His Ground

Standing His Ground

California Self-Defense Case Draws National Attention

- Concealed Carry
On the night of Oct. 26, 2012, Rhainell Madrona was at home relaxing after a long day working at the San Francisco International Airport. His wife had already gone to bed.
Now 60 years old, Madrona stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall. He is a legal immigrant from the Philippines, a citizen, having arrived in the U.S. in 1979. His English is imperfect at best and he lives with his wife on a crowded but pleasant residential street in Antioch, California, 15 miles upstream from Martinez on Suisun...

Contra Costa supervisors talk marijuana ordinance, extend moratorium

Contra Costa supervisors talk marijuana ordinance, extend moratorium

- East Bay Times
The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors continued their education Tuesday on how to regulate cultivation, delivery, manufacturing and dispensing of medical and recreational cannabis in unincorporated areas throughout the county.
It is a complicated process involving several county departments and will require myriad decisions about where medical and recreational marijuana can be grown, processed and sold.
The supervisors asked that an “urgent” moratorium on dispensaries in...

Peter Tosh's Son in Coma: Inside Fight for Jawara McIntosh

Peter Tosh's Son in Coma: Inside Fight for Jawara McIntosh

- Rolling Stone
If all had gone as planned, Jawara McIntosh would be home in Dorchester, Massachusetts right now, legally using cannabis as part of his Rastafarian faith, enjoying the early summer with his four children, perhaps working on new music.
Instead, he is in a hospital in Boston in a coma.
On February 21st, 2017 McIntosh, a musician and marijuana activist who is the son of legendary reggae musician Peter Tosh, sustained a traumatic brain injury. It happened during an attack at the hands...