Men arrested in Rifle with 120 pounds of marijuana from “nearby” grow site

The regional drug task force arrested four men found with about 120 pounds of marijuana last week in Rifle. A couple of the men said they were working at a grow site somewhere in the mountains.

A Rifle police officer on patrol Wednesday spotted an SUV without working brake lights that evening. “As soon as [the officer] stepped out of his patrol car he could smell the overwhelming, nauseating smell of marijuana,” according to an arrest report. Continue reading “Men arrested in Rifle with 120 pounds of marijuana from “nearby” grow site”

Two arrested after detectives find 146 marijuana plants in Pueblo West home

Two people have been arrested after authorities found an illegal marijuana grow and suspected butane hash oil operation inside a Pueblo West home.

Reinaldo Castillo, 53, and Jose Castillo, 52, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of multiple marijuana charges and conspiracy, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

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Illegal fireworks bust in Pueblo uncovers 10 pounds of marijuana, guns

An illegal fireworks bust in Pueblo also uncovered 10 pounds of marijuana and three illegal firearms, police said. Investigators executed a search warrant about 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Gaylord Avenue, according to Pueblo police. Continue reading “Illegal fireworks bust in Pueblo uncovers 10 pounds of marijuana, guns”

Hiker finds illegal marijuana grow worth $7 million in San Isabel National Forest

Pueblo County SheriffOfficials found two illegal marijuana grows, with more than 7,400 plants, on federal forest land near Rye, a town of about 200.

Officials found two illegal marijuana grows, with more than 7,400 plants, on federal forest land near Rye, a town of about 200. Continue reading “Hiker finds illegal marijuana grow worth $7 million in San Isabel National Forest”

Battling the racial roadblocks to joining the legalized marijuana trade

Darryl Hill, hailed for integrating college football in his youth half a century ago, was a successful entrepreneur with no criminal record and plenty of capital when he applied for a license to grow marijuana in Maryland — a perfect candidate, or so he thought, to enter a wide-open industry that was supposed to take racial diversity into account. Continue reading “Battling the racial roadblocks to joining the legalized marijuana trade”

It took the Trump Administration just a month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head

My third son, William, was born on April 28. I’ve spent the past month or so getting to know him (thanks, Washington Post’s generous parental leave policy!), and not paying much attention to federal drug policy.

As it turns out I missed quite a bit. In the month of May alone, the Trump administration, particularly Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department, steadily ratcheted up its tough-on-crime rhetoric and put in place some policies that give that rhetoric some real-world bite. Continue reading “It took the Trump Administration just a month to turn Obama-era drug policy on its head”

DEA raids illegal marijuana grow near Colorado elementary school

Drug enforcement agents raided suspected illegal marijuana-growing operation across the street from an elementary school in Monument Friday morning.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents removed 4- to 7-foot marijuana plants and piled them 3 feet high in the driveway. Continue reading “DEA raids illegal marijuana grow near Colorado elementary school”

Colorado moves to crack down on black-market pot ads online

Weed on Craigslist? It is widely for sale in Colorado, but legislation moving through the state Legislature aims to crack down on those who sell marijuana illegally using online ads.

A bill approved unanimously by the state Senate on Monday would make it a misdemeanor to advertise pot if the person does not have a license to sell the drug. Continue reading “Colorado moves to crack down on black-market pot ads online”

Jeff Sessions vague about marijuana strategy at AG hearing

Under U.S. law, marijuana possession and distribution is illegal, but just how Sen. Jeff Sessions would enforce that law as the nation’s attorney general was not immediately clear Tuesday when the topic was broached in his Senate confirmation hearing. Continue reading “Jeff Sessions vague about marijuana strategy at AG hearing”