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Narcotics officers seized more than 200 plants and 180 pounds of marijuana (Photo: Harris Co Pct 5)

CYPRESS, Texas – Two men are facing felony charges after a grow house bust in Cypress, according to, Harris County Constable Pct. 5.

Deputy constables say Peter Nguyen, 40, and Khoi Huynh, 42, were arrested in the 8200 block of Polaris Point Ln. “while harvesting marijuana from plants inside.”

Narcotics officers seized more than 200 plants and 180 pounds of marijuana   (Photo: Harris Co Pct 5)

Narcotics officers seized more than 200 plants and 180 pounds of marijuana from within the home, which had an elaborate light and ventilation set up in several bedrooms.

“Drug dealers rent such houses and turn them into indoor marijuana nurseries, harvesting several crops a year. They are illegal and can be magnets for other crimes, posing a threat to neighbors and harming neighboring property values,” the constable’s office posted on Facebook.

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Our Predictions for the Industry

We have been publishing our deep dive research notes on the marijuana / cannabis sector focusing on understanding the industry fundamentals. We have gone over production costs and capacity, but we feel that it is equally important to share our industry view and expectations for the sector leading up to Canadian legalization this summer. These views shape our stock selection process that eventually led us to favor Canopy Growth (OTCPK:TWMJF) over other producers as a long bet on the burgeoning industry. We also highlight the risks associated with investing in the cannabis space given the early stage of industry and many uncertainties around the demand, regulations, pricing and distributions channels.

1. Demand might not meet current expectations

We believe that when the recreational market gets legalized this summer demand will be closely examined (high expectation embedded in most share prices). In our original article on Canopy we had pegged the Canadian medical marijuana market at C$1.8 billion and recreational market at C$5.0 billion with potential to reach C$10 billion if demands proves to be stronger than expected. We went on to argue that the current market capitalization of publicly listed cannabis companies implies an overly optimistic view of the recreational demand as anecdotal evidence might not paint an accurate picture of actual demand. One of the risks for the demand is competition from the black market that has been supplying marijuana consumers before legalization.

When the legalization happens this summer, we expect provincial distribution channels to be less than 100% ready in terms of the number of retail outlets and supply network readiness. In the first few months there could be long lines outside the approved retail stores, which could fuel further enthusiasm in the sector and drive further share price gains.

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Robert Olivieri, 30, was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses. Photo: Fairfield Police Department / / Fairfield Police Department Nicholas Olivieri, 22, was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses. Photo: Fairfield Police Department / / Fairfield Police Department Robert Olivieri, 30, was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses. Nicholas Olivieri, 22, was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses.

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Robert Olivieri, 30, was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses.

Robert Olivieri, 30, was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses.

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Nicholas Olivieri, 22, was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses.

Nicholas Olivieri, 22, was arrested on suspicion of multiple drug offenses.

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Street fight report leads Fairfield police to illegal marijuana lab

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Police officers arrived at a Fairfield home Wednesday to break up a fight and found a large-scale THC extraction lab, authorities said.

The initial call for a disturbance in the 5000 block of Oakbrook Circle reported that four men — one with a handgun — were fighting in the front yard of a home, according to a statement from the Fairfield Police Department.

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Amid relentless partisan bickering, it can be downright surprising when Members of Congress actually agree on a major policy reform. Multiple bills currently pending on the Hill would defund or eliminate many federal civil forfeiture programs. This notorious power enables law enforcement to permanently confiscate cash, cars, real estate and other valuable property without ever charging the owner with a crime. In a Kafkaesque twist, the property is the defendant in civil forfeiture cases, while owners must prove their innocence to recover what was taken.

On Wednesday, Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) re-introduced HR 4816, the “Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act.” As its name suggests, the bill would ban the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from using any federal forfeiture funds to support its Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program.

“Civil asset forfeiture is an unconstitutional practice whereby the government takes people’s property without due process,” Rep. Amash said in a statement. “The DEA’s use of proceeds acquired through civil asset forfeiture to expand marijuana enforcement—a state-level issue—makes the already unacceptable practice even worse.”

Over the past five years, the DEA’s program has been responsible for nearly 30,000 arrests, the eradication of 21.6 million marijuana plants, and the seizure of more than $165 million worth of property nationwide. Controversially, the DEA has even funded law enforcement agencies to suppress marijuana in states that legalized the plant for medicinal or recreational use.

The U.S. Capitol stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Photographer: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg

“The DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program is a waste of time and money and runs contrary to the will of the people,” noted Rep. Lieu.

Congressmen Lieu and Amash’s bill is just the latest example of Democrats and Republicans

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Seven people have been charged with crimes after a Greenwood man’s social media post about marijuana led police to search his home.

This week, police searched a home in the 600 block of Park Drive in Greenwood and found marijuana, needles, paraphernalia and guns. But police had been looking into Andrew Konchinsky, 26, who lives in the Park Drive home, for months before as a suspected drug dealer.

In total, seven people were charged with drug crimes, ranging from misdemeanor possession of marijuana to felony charges of possessing a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance, according to charging documents.

The Facebook post that led police to the home was a picture of medical marijuana and the caption “Come and get it,” which police said was posted by Konchinsky, who lives in the Park Drive home. Konchinsky was charged with unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of marijuana.

The following people, who also live in the home, have been charged:

Heather Matthews, 35, on a charge of possession of marijuana. David Gunning, 64, on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance. Dylan Gunning, 26, on a charge of possession of paraphernalia. Paula Gunning, 61, on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance.

Also arrested were:

Brandon Mink, 23, Greenwood, on a charge of possession of marijuana. Chris Williams, 31, Greenwood, on a charge of possession of marijuana.

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As state legislators consider whether Illinois should be the next state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, they most likely would need a governor who supports the idea.

The eight candidates running for governor are mostly divided along party lines, with the Democrats generally in favor of the idea and Republicans against legalizing the drug beyond the state’s current medical marijuana program.

In addition to the state’s medical marijuana program, possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana also has been decriminalized in Illinois as people can receive fines of $100 or $200 if caught with 10 grams or less of marijuana, instead of being sent to jail.

Illinois legislators late last year had hearings on the legalization of recreational marijuana and whether the state should join the seven states and District of Columbia that have given the OK for recreational use of the substance.

The debate comes as the Justice Department has lifted an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will now leave it up to federal prosecutors around the country to decide what to do when state rules are in conflict with federal drug laws.

Donald Boyce, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, has declined to say what he will do, referring questions back to the Justice Department.

A poll last year by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale found 66 percent of respondents said they supported legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois if it is taxed and regulated like alcohol.

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By Elaine Cushman Carroll Globe Correspondent  January 19, 2018

A public hearing on Whitman’s proposed ban of recreational marijuana sales will be held before the Planning Board on Feb. 12.

To take effect, the ban requires approval at a special town election, which has been set for March 17, and approval at a special Town Meeting. A date for the Town Meeting has not yet been set, according to Town Administrator Frank Lynam.

The town voted in favor of the 2016 statewide ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana, but Lynam said these votes test the will of residents on whether they want non-medical retail sales within the town.

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“This is the community’s opportunity to say yes or no here,” he said.

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Lynam said Town Meeting voters will also be asked to approve $257,000 in addition to $26,000 it already approved as Whitman’s share of moving the preschool in the Maquan School in Hanson to the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.

The Maquan School is closing this year, and the cost of moving the students from both towns by September 2018 is $428,000.

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Here are the legal spots where you can purchase medical and recreational marijuana. Jacob Laxen

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Zoe Williamson checks a customer’s ID at reception before they head back to the retail room at Organic Alternatives on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.(Photo: Austin Humphreys/The Coloradoan)Buy Photo

Seven years ago, it would have been unfathomable that Steve Ackerman would be the board president of Fort Collins’ largest substance abuse awareness group. 

The owner of Fort Collins marijuana dispensary Organic Alternatives once pitched the idea of Team Fort Collins — now named Team Wellness & Prevention — joining forces with the city’s dispensaries to promote responsible business practices.

It was 2011, and medical marijuana had been legal in Colorado for about a decade. 

“The polite response was, ‘We cannot and will not work with you,’” Ackerman said. 

Later in 2011, Team Fort Collins played a key role in a successful ballot initiative that banned marijuana retailers from operating in the city. Ackerman and the other Fort Collins medical marijuana dispensaries of the time were forced to close shop and destroy their remaining inventory in 2012. 

Organic Alternatives was the designated caregiver for about 300 state-registered medical marijuana patients when Ackerman had to shut its doors, according to Coloradoan archives. 

But the change was short-lived. In 2012, voters overturned the ban and medical marijuana eventually returned to Fort Collins. In November 2012, Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana use and sales, setting the stage for a 4-3 Fort Collins City Council vote to allow recreational sales within city limits in March 2014.

By 2017, recreational marijuana had grown to a $50 million industry in Fort Collins.

Related: Legal weed businesses get a new proponent: Cory Gardner

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Some called it a waste of taxpayer money.

Some welcomed it.

And others said the possibility of legalizing recreation marijuana in New York state would just add a dangerous dimension to the borough’s raging drug crisis. 

In his 2018 budget plan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed funding an advisory panel that will recommend whether or not recreational marijuana should be legalized New York.

The state panel, if funded, will conduct a study with state police and other agencies to examine legal pot’s potential impact on New York’s economy and its health and criminal justice system.

The study will also examine the potential impact of being between Massachusetts, which is in the midst of implementing recreational marijuana, and New Jersey, whose new governor, Phil Murphy, has made legalizing recreational marijuana a priority.

State Sen. Diane Savino — who was the Senate’s sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act that legalized medical marijuana in New York in 2014 — said that she thought that spending taxpayer funds on a study was unnecessary, but that Cuomo’s proposal is “a good step in the right direction.” 

Assemblyman Matthew Titone welcomed the advisory panel and said that a study would provide the state Legislature with a common set of facts. 

“You can’t completely dismiss it because of our cultural mindset from the war on drugs. A credible study will help us make a more informed decision,” Titone said. “Until then, we’re kind of operating in the blind.”

‘A SOURCE OF REVENUE’

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis told the Advance that she was opposed to the idea and that Cuomo was only floating the possibility of legalization because of this year’s budget shortfall. 

“The governor is looking for additional sources of revenue and on one hand he is opposed to recreational marijuana and now he’s looking to legalize it as a source of

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The owners of a Belfast medical marijuana shop are going to federal court in an attempt to stop Maine from implementing new medical marijuana regulations next month.

Caregivers Justin Olsen and Nancy Shaw of New World Organics say the rules violate patient privacy and force caregivers to divulge confidential patient information to the state.

The caregivers and two of their unnamed patients – an injured combat veteran and a woman undergoing cancer treatment – filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” Shaw said on Facebook.

In Maine, patients with a qualifying medical condition can use medical cannabis with a doctor’s approval. They get a card from the doctor, but they don’t have to register with the state.

The new rules allow the state Department of Health and Human Services to conduct same-day inspections of caregiver operations and inspect a patient’s house with a day’s notice.

Olson and Shaw believe the warrantless search of a caregiver’s grow, which is often located on their personal property, or a patient’s house is an unconstitutional search and seizure.

The plaintiffs say the state would learn of their patients’ identities during inspections, a violation of patient rights under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

“Disclosure of records not only violates the privacy rights of the qualifying patients, it also subjects caregivers who disclose the records … to a civil fine of up to $50,000,” the suit says.

The suit asks the court to stop DHHS, the agency that oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, from enforcing the new rules, which are scheduled to go into effect Feb. 1.

The plaintiffs also say DHHS is violating the Medical Marijuana Act by adopting rules that set new state policy without legislative approval. By law,

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