Cop Caught with Child Porn Serves 90 Days in Jail; Man Selling Weed Gets 5 Year Sentence

A former Ohio police officer will serve just 90 days in jail for child pornography charges while a Louisiana man will serve 5 years for conspiracy to distribute marijuana, according to a report from The Free Thought Project.

Last week, former Columbus, Ohio police sergeant Dean Worthington was sentenced to 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to four child pornography charges. But then the judge suspended all but 90 days of the sentence, to be served at the Franklin County Jail, because of Worthington’s history as a police officer. Worthington will also be required to pay a fine of $5,000 and register as a sex offender.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said in a press release that Worthington had uploaded sexually explicit photographs of children to the website Tumblr. After the social media platform notified authorities, a search warrant was issued and authorities found six cell phones and other electronic devices that contained the pornographic images.

Sergeant Dean Worthington/ Courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

“This Columbus Police Sergeant was downloading child pornography to his personal cell phone,” O’Brien said. “This illegal behavior was discovered as a result of a tip Tumblr provided to law enforcement after Worthington uploaded

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Original Series “Grow House” Premieres Today on High Times TV

High Times TV is thrilled to premiere the new original series, Grow House. Starring newlywed cannabis advocates Liz Grow and Patrick Pope, Grow House explores the modern cannabis scene in the United States, while striving to normalize and destigmatize the plant—and its consumers.

The series follows Liz and Patrick as they travel across the country to visit states that have legalized cannabis. They tour grow houses and processing facilities, and talk to farmers, producers, business owners, and more. Their mission? To educate the average citizen about the plant in a way that’s both fun and informative. And of course, to celebrate cannabis and the people who work with it.

Courtesy of “Grow House”/ High Times TV

For both Liz and Patrick, cannabis destigmatization and legalization is deeply personal. Liz, an athlete and mother of a teenaged girl, hopes to turn other moms onto the healing powers of cannabinoids—particularly CBD, which the self-described “cannathlete” uses in her workouts. She’s ready for the stereotype of a “wine mom” to be gone for good.

Patrick, a producer and actor, aims to explore the connection between cannabis and spirituality.

“We are passionate cannabis advocates and are dedicated to normalizing this amazing plant and all of its

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The Mature Stoner: Why Are So Many Seniors Smoking Weed?

Older people are the fastest-growing group of cannabis users, as stigma fades and some seek an alternative to prescription drugs.

As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age.

Why are more seniors getting high? It might make more sense to ask: “Why not?” As adults reach retirement, they age out of drug tests and have far more time on their hands. Some feel liberated to abandon long-held proprieties.

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.

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Kitchener, Waterloo Councils Approve Legal Cannabis Stores

Kitchener and Waterloo residents may soon be able to purchase marijuana legally at a storefront within the area.

Kitchener and Waterloo councils both voted Monday to opt into the province’s plan for storefronts within the cities’ borders.

Both Waterloo and Kitchener councils were unanimous in their decision.

The cities had until Jan. 22 to make a call as to whether it would opt in or out of the province’s plan.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Hamilton Opts-In to Legal Pot Shops, After Divided Council Deadlocks on Opting Out

The debate over whether to welcome legal cannabis stores in Hamilton has ended in a strange fashion.

City Council symbolically voted 10-6 to “opt in” late Monday afternoon, but that had already been decided when Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla’s motion to “opt out” was defeated in an 8-8 stalemate.

The divided council’s decision means Hamilton will be on the map when Ontario’s first 25 private, licensed retail cannabis stores open in April.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Canadian Citizen Sentenced to Death in China for Alleged Role in Drug Ring

A Canadian citizen has been sentenced to death by a Chinese court for his alleged role in a drug ring that attempted to export methamphetamine to Australia. The Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in China’s northeast province of Liaoning handed down the death sentence against Robert Lloyd Schellenberg of Abbotsford, B.C. in a hastily staged retrial of an earlier conviction on the charges.

In November, Schellenberg was convicted of conspiring to smuggle 489 pounds of methamphetamine from China to Australia in 2014. He appealed the conviction, saying that he was a traveler who was being framed by a crime syndicate. In December prosecutors said that his sentence was improper and too lenient and the court ordered a retrial. Schellenberg was retried and convicted again and sentenced to death. He is expected to appeal the sentence.

Caught in Diplomatic Squabble

International relations experts believe that Schellenberg has been caught up in an international dispute over the arrest of a Chinese executive in Canada. In December, Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies, was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the United States. Although details of Meng’s release have not been released, the U.S. is currently investigating Huawei for possible violations of

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Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana on School Property Introduced in Washington House

Today marks the first day of work for Washington State Congress, and the session was kicked off by a bill proposal affecting students who have been prescribed medical marijuana. Aberdeen representative Brian Blake announced the filing of HB 1060, which would allow children to be administered medical marijuana on their school grounds, on the bus, or at school-sponsored events.

Currently, the state’s kids have to leave school campus to get their meds. The bill would require that both the student and their designated provider register in the state’s medical marijuana database, and carry ID cards to that effect.

It is not the first time such legislation has been proposed. Last year’s similar HB 1060 made it as far as its third reading by the House Rules Committee.

In Washington, medical marijuana patients legally qualify with conditions that are “severe enough to significantly interfere with the patient’s activities of daily living and ability to function.”

The hold-up on in-school medical marijuana deeply affects the kids who depend on cannabis for daily functioning. “This is not a scary thing,” The Associated Press reported parent Meagan Holt as saying at committee hearings for HB 1060. Her daughter has Zellweger Syndrome, whose symptoms the family

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Legalization Must Be About More Than Money

CANNABIS CULTURE – Most marijuana-related news focuses on how to invest, tax revenue for states, shops and growers. But there’s a lot missing from this conversation. How are states legalizing marijuana in ways that protect public health based on facts, science, and rational analysis?

As of today, 10 states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana use. More than 30 have legal medical marijuana, and both Canada and Mexico have federal approval of medical and recreational usage. With even more states poised to legalize cannabis, ample questions are being raised about governance and regulation, health effects, scientific research, and public health.

In the United States, where the federal government still officially decrees marijuana to be illegal, the federal government continues to be abdicating its role of leading in a world in which there is no natural centralized body for collecting, analyzing, and sharing information and knowledge learned across states – and from our neighbors to the north and south.

It is vital that we as a nation understand the potential benefits and consequences of cannabis legalization, how to create sensible policies/regulations, and how to design effective education programs for clinicians and citizens. Cannabis poses different issues than alcohol or tobacco, and

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Man Leaves Two Pounds of Pot in Uber, is Arrested Trying to Retrieve It

A Pennsylvania man who left two pounds of pot in an Uber driver’s vehicle was arrested by police when he tried to retrieve the weed. Malik Mollett, 21, was arrested by undercover state troopers on January 9, according to media reports.

Mollett had hailed a Uber near Pittsburgh late last month, but at the end of his ride forgot a bag with two sealed one-pound packages of cannabis. When he realized that he left his weed in the car, he contacted Uber in an attempt to recover the bag.

Uber Driver Snitches on Rider

Uber contacted the unidentified driver to pass on the information about the missing bag that had been left in the car. The email from Uber included a telephone number for the bag’s owner. After finding the bag, the driver discovered the two packages of marijuana inside and then called the police.

Last week, an undercover Pennsylvania state trooper posing as the driver called Mollett at the phone number provided to report that the bag had been found. Mollett gave the police officer his name and a description of the lost bag. The undercover officer sent a photo of the bag via text message and Mollett confirmed that the

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Rhode Island Governor Plans “With Reluctance” to Propose Legalizing Marijuana

Throughout her first term as Governor of Rhode Island, Democrat Gina Raimondo fought efforts to move the state toward legalizing cannabis. But at the start of her second term, Gov. Raimondo is waving the white flag, conceding that unless Rhode Island wants to be an actual island of prohibition surrounded by legal marijuana states, and that it’s time for it to adopt its own framework for a taxed and regulated industry.

Rhode Island Governor Surrenders to Regional Momentum Toward Legalization

Earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed a state budget plan that included legalizing cannabis. In New Jersey, lawmakers are currently working on a regulatory framework for an adult-use industry. Connecticut’s new governor, Ned Lamont, is making marijuana legalization one of the state’s legislative priorities in 2019. And late last year, Massachusetts opened its first retail cannabis shops after legalizing adult use in 2016. Indeed, “things have changed,” as Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo told The Providence Journal.

And they’re changing quickly in a region that has long lagged behind the western U.S. in terms of cannabis legislation. Now, in the face of the “inevitable” prospect of Rhode Island’s neighbors’ legalization, Gov. Raimondo says that by week’s end she’ll

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