SanTana Pot Raid Arraignment Clogs Court

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No Medicating happening at Civic Center...

Remember the itty-bitty pot raid that Santa Ana PD carried out on July 31st? September 2nd was the arraignment for some 123 total marijuana misdemeanor violations. And so far it seems only one out of this smorgasbord of arrestees plead guilty and swallowed the $500 fine. That's right folks. A large number of them waived their right to a speedy trial and are opting to fight the charges.

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OC Man's Pot Sale Conviction Overturned In Groundbreaking Court Ruling

Categories: Bong Blotter

Jay Brockman
Better Call Glew!
The California Court of Appeal appears to have just handed a major victory to medical marijuana dispensaries that follow state law.

Until now, dispensary operators targeted by police have faced the prospect of trying to defend themselves in court without being allowed to argue a so-called affirmative defense citing protection under California's medical marijuana law.

Now, thanks an appeals court ruling that involves a Newport Beach marijuana collective operator convicted of possessing pot with the intent to sell, prosecutors might have a much harder time winning convictions in cases where collectives have followed state law.

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San Clemente Border Checkpoint Follows Big Meth Bust with Bigger Meth, Coke and Pot Busts

Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Agents show off their two-day haul of drug bundles from San Clemente.

Remember how $330,000 worth of methamphetamine was just found at the San Clemente border checkpoint on Aug. 6? Perhaps it was part of a great big drug convoy because two busts at the same border stop last week uncovered more than a half-million dollars worth of meth, marijuana and cocaine, according to federal authorities.

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Laguna Beach Wilderness Park Is Full of Weed

Categories: Bong Blotter

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Back in the 1960s, Laguna Beach was full of hippies and weed. And acid. And also love. Now the hippies, acid and some of the love are gone, but the weed is apparently still here.

Lots of it. Until a few hours ago, that is.

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Santa Ana PD Detains Dozens of Dispensary Employees and Patrons

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An eerily empty dispensary...

They didn't take money or marijuana--they took people. On the afternoon of July 31, and well into the evening, Santa Ana Police Department raided ("attacked," according to some) dispensaries, detaining and processing approximately 80 dispensary owners, employees, and medical marijuana patients. They were taken via paddy wagon to the county jail.

See Also: Santa Ana Pot Crackdown Begins Anew

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Rev. Bud Green of Guest of Wally George Fame Takes Credit for White Flags on Brooklyn Bridge

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The Rev. Bud Green appeared on Hot Seat with Wally George multiple times.

A man who once told Wally George in his Anaheim TV studio that Nancy Reagan smoked pot is now telling a whopper on the East Coast: that he was the one who replaced American flags with bleached white versions of Old Glory.

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Weedmaps Calls Out New York Times on Drug Testing

Categories: Bong Blotter

Alec Perkins
Will the inside of these offices get more hazy?

Weedmaps has started a petition calling for the New York Times to end its policy of drug testing for marijuana. This comes following an article by Huffington Post, among others, criticizing the paper for its policy.

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Electrical Fire in Anaheim Reveals Marijuana Growing Operation

Categories: Bong Blotter

Kevin Warn
"I thought the smoke smelled funny..."

Photographer Kevin Warn informed the Weekly that Thursday, July 24th at approximately 8:30 p.m., Anaheim Fire Department responded to reports of an electrical fire at 1676 West Lincoln Ave. Five minutes later, according to Anaheim's online crime map, marijuana cultivation was reported at the same site.

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Santa Ana Pot Crackdown Begins Anew

Eric Hood/OC Weekly
Dabz a make her dance

According to a Santa Ana Police Department investigator who spoke with the Weekly, 17 medical marijuana dispensaries were visited by police in the past week. 42 tickets were issued to dispensaries operating in violation of the city's 2007 ban on pot clubs, three of which--Wax City, Emerald, and Wax-R-Us--have now closed. The operation came in the wake of a July 15 city council meeting in which councilmembers voted to appropriate $500,000 for ongoing anti-pot enforcement actions.

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Feds Bust OC-Based Synthetic Marijuana Ring

Categories: Bong Blotter

Flickr User mattogbg
Ever wonder where those so-called "bath salts" come from? You know, the synthetic marijuana or cocaine that's often marketed as "spice? The colorfully packaged chemical potpourri that supposedly cause people to go nuts and turn into zombies, but which more often provide a mildly hallucinogenic buzz?

It's long been known that Southern California is an epicenter of the manufacture of synthetic pot, and that the chemicals that make up the drug are surreptitiously shipped into the country from China. And now federal authorities say they've taken one of the largest spice networks operating in the country, whose ringleaders hail from Orange County.

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