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DENVER (AP) — Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential — a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.
In Kathleen Murphy’s Inbox letter on Nov. 30, she’s correct that many stupid voters don’t do, or are too lazy to do, research. They get their info from “conservative TV or radio”? What about ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, HLN, MSNBC or “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report”? Are they all conservative? I don’t think so.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court plans to review a lower court's ruling that judges can't order people on probation to not use medical marijuana.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The cases before a Tucson judge on Wednesday seemed fairly routine: Two men charged with drug offenses asking him to grant them bail.
What stood out, however, was that the two men had a right to a bail hearing in the first place.
Last month, a federal appeals court threw out a 2006 Arizona law denying bail to immigrants in the country illegally.
That cleared the way for the proceedings in Tucson and elsewhere.
Miguel Angel Valenzuela and Juan Angel-Carmona Pineda were arrested on Nov. 13, the same day the Supreme Court let stand the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to halt enforcement of the law.
Pineda was accused of transporting more than 100 pounds of marijuana. Valenzuela faces charges relating to the alleged possession of a pound of pot.
The judge noted the new rules imposed by the courts as he granted the two men bail, even though he set it so high that they will likely be unable to come up with the money.
"Essentially we have the 9th Circuit decision still standing and the way I view it, it's binding on me," Judge José Luis Castillo said.
Castillo set Valenzuela's bail at $50,000, cash only, and Carmona Pineda's was set at $75,000, also cash only.
Defense attorneys and immigrant advocates who say the law is unconstitutional contend many immigrants who wound up in jail without bond had committed offenses such as using a fake identity to work or carrying small amounts of drugs.
Proposition 100 was passed amid a series of immigration crackdowns in Arizona. It denied bail to immigrants in the country illegally who have been charged with felonies such as shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has said it protects the public from serious offenders who would not likely show up for court again if let loose.
His spokesman, Jerry Cobb, said the state will continue to defend the law and will file an appeal with the Supreme Court, asking justices to hear the case and make a ruling on the law.
"The nightmare scenario is that the drug cartel sends somebody into the U.S. to commit a hit on somebody and they murder somebody," Cobb said. "And the cartel comes and bails them out because that's nothing, that's chump change for a drug cartel."
Maricopa County Deputy Public Defender Mikel Steinfeld said it's hard to keep track of how many immigrants were held without bond since the law passed because there are several organizations that provide public defense and some immigrants hire private attorneys. He and a colleague estimated that as many as 300 prisoners, possibly more, were affected in Maricopa County.
"I think we're both optimistic that our clients who happen to be illegal immigrants will be treated on a more equitable level with the remainder of clients," Steinfeld said.
In Pima County, defense attorneys say local judges stopped enforcing the law when the appeals court put it on hold a month ago.
Lawyer Margo Cowan, who represented the two men in court in Tucson, has handled the bulk of no-bail cases and says in many instances, judges didn't enforce the rule in the first place because it was too difficult to prove that a defendant was actually residing in the country illegally.
"In Pima County, these judges tend to be very fair and unbiased and evaluate the case for what it is," Cowan said.
But there were exceptions. Judge Castillo noted that until recently, judges in Pima County Justice Court had not been on the same page about whether the no-bail rule was enforceable.
In Maricopa County, judges have been directed to stop enforcing the rule. Cobb estimates that upward of 450 defendants will now clog the courts calendar with hearings seeking bail.
BOSTON (AP) — When police in Junction City, Kansas, stopped a beat-up pickup truck for speeding in June 2013, the driver got a lot more than a traffic ticket: The stop led authorities to Massachusetts and Arizona, where they said they found about $15 million in cash, almost 400 pounds of marijuana and ledgers detailing drug deals going back to 1992.
PHOENIX -- Prosecutors in three Arizona counties are using new figures on where teens now get their marijuana to lobby against making the drug legal for all adults.
There is something about homeowners associations (HOA) that gets people riled up.
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations have seized over $2.3 million worth of marijuana in one shipment.
A Mexican man tried bringing the 4,661 pounds of pot through the new Mariposa Cargo Facility at the port of entry in Nogales on Friday.
Officers say Carlos Munoz-Munoz, 35, was driving a tractor-trailer with the hidden marijuana. A K-9 sniffed the drugs during an inspection.
The large seizure is worth over $2.3 million, according to a news release.
PHOENIX (AP) — A state appellate court ruling says Arizona's medical marijuana law doesn't give authorized users immunity from prosecution under a law against driving while there is marijuana or its chemical compound in a person's body.
A jury had acquitted a man of driving while impaired but convicted him of driving under a DUI law prohibiting a person from driving while having a prohibited drug or its compound in his or her body.
A three-judge Court of Appeals panel's ruling Tuesday lets stand Travis Lance Darrah's conviction.
Darrah's appeal argued that part of the medical marijuana law was intended to make authorized users immune from prosecution unless they drive while impaired.
The Court of Appeals said the medical marijuana law could have included a blanket immunity provision but didn't.
Gilbert resident Collin Dean voices the character Greg, pictured with a pot on his head, on the Cartoon Network miniseries "Over the Garden Wall," which premieres in November. [Courtesy Cartoon Network]
Fred DuVal and Doug Ducey finally found something Tuesday on which they agree: Neither wants to divulge whether they ever inhaled.
FILE - In this April 25, 2013, file photo, attorney Michael Evans, left, listens in his office in Denver, as his client Brandon Coats talks about the Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Coats being fired from his job after testing positive for the use of medical marijuana. The Colorado Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the marijuana-related firing case that could have big implications for the state’s pot smokers. Coats is a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job at Dish Network after failing a drug test in 2010. Coats says he needs the drug to help with violent spasms he has suffered since he was paralyzed in a car accident as a teenager. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.
There’ll be no such thing as a boring game this week on the high school football circuit, and you’ll need plenty of good eats to keep up with the action. Here are five options to find a tasty bite. Go team!
Sewing pot holders and pillows may seem old fashion, but one local grandma has found enough success in her sewing business to provide a living for herself and two grandsons.
Marlene Moore stands with her grandson, Jacob Lucas. Marlene's company, Home Comforts and Moore, employs two of her grandsons making pot holders, aprons, cloth napkins, pillows and much more.
Jacob Lucas sews a few pot holders inside his grandmother's workshop in Ahwatukee Foothills. Home Comforts and Moore produces and sells hundreds of products each year.
For a French cognac expert, Alexandre Gabriel has some interesting things to say about gin.
Tempe Elementary School District lost one of its most dedicated education advocates in July.
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A city employee was injured in a vehicle accident Monday afternoon while filling potholes.
Just months after announcing its expansion this fall into downtown Gilbert, at the corner of Gilbert Road and Page Avenue, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, is announcing plans for its third Valley location.