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Suspect Shot by Law Enforcement During Drug Sting

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jan 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Local news outlets are reporting that a suspect was shot in Belltown by law enforcement during a joint narcotics operation involving the Seattle Police Department and the King County Sheriff's Office. The Seattle Police Department issued a statement that claimed investigators attempted to arrest ...

Illinois Pardons Thousands with Marijuana Convictions

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jan 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

The new year has brought many new laws in states all across the country. Nationally, the legal age to buy tobacco or nicotine products is now 21. Three states passed red flag laws, which allows a judge to remove a person's firearm if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others (affecti...

Illegal Marijuana Vape Cartridges on the Rise Nationwide

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

As 2019 is winding down and we look back at some of the headlines, the mysterious vaping illness that swept the country is one of the bigger stories from the past year. Over 2,290 people have been made sick and 47 people have died after coming down with a mysterious respiratory illness after vapi...

MLB Drops Marijuana, Adds Opioids

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Perhaps it's a sign of the times we are living in, with ten states legalizing recreational marijuana while a major opioid epidemic still rages across the country, but Major League Baseball has announced that they will remove marijuana from their list of “drugs of abuse.”  Joint Statement Major ...

Will Washington Allow Growing Marijuana at Home?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Washington State legislature will convene in January for a three-month term. During that time, they will hold meetings and committee sessions to decide on whether to pass new legislation for the state. And proponents of homegrown marijuana are buzzed that 2020 may be the year Washington elect...

UPS Employees Were Delivering More Than Regular Packages

Posted by Steve Karimi | Nov 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A supervisor at a UPS distribution center in Tucson, Arizona took advantage of his position to operate a drug and cash smuggling operation. A total of 11 people were arrested in late November 2019 after a two-year investigation by both the Tucson Police Department and the Department of Homeland S...

Vitamin E Acetate Possibly to Blame in Vaping Illnesses

Posted by Steve Karimi | Nov 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

On Friday, November 8, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that they may have identified what has been behind the rash of vaping illnesses that have been happening all across the country: vitamin E acetate. So far this year, over 2,000 people have become sick and 40 people have ...

Sriracha Sauce or Meth?

Posted by Steve Karimi | Nov 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

People have joked that “anything goes” when you're down under in Australia, but police there were not laughing when they made a huge discovery late last month.  Hot Sauce for Ice The Australian Border Force discovered that a shipment of hundreds of Sriracha bottles from the United States did no...

Snohomish Prosecutor Wants to End Two-Gram Rule

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

In February 2018, Snohomish County law enforcement and prosecutors implemented a two-gram rule, meaning that anyone possessing two grams or less of a controlled substance (such as heroin) would not be charged with a crime. Supporters of the two-gram rule argued that prosecutors were overwhelmed w...

Executive Order to Ban Flavored Vapes

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

With recreational marijuana use being legal in Washington, many recreational users of marijuana have found vaping THC to be their preferred method of ingesting. But in light of the recent outbreak of mysterious lung illnesses and deaths related to vaping, on Friday, September 27, 2019, Governor J...

Brothers Accused of Operating Vaping Cartridge Empire

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin have arrested two brothers and charged them with running an illegal business of packaging and selling THC-filled vaping cartridges. The cartridges were packaged to look like candy and had names like “Chronic sour patch,” and other fruity flavors.  The brothers a...

Washington Makes Naloxone Available to Everyone

Posted by Steve Karimi | Sep 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic.  Many blame the greed of large pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson for marketing opioids as a harmless painkiller. These addictive drugs have been prescribed to millions of Americans over the last 30 years. Drug addicts are often though...

Mobile Drug Treatment for King County Homeless

Posted by Steve Karimi | Aug 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

This fall in Seattle, homeless people with a heroin problem could get some help with overcoming their addiction, thanks to an initiative by King County. Officials in King County put out a request for proposals and will choose bidders in September to treat heroin addicts who want help kicking the ...

DEA Releases Opioid Data--Washington State Numbers

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jul 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently compiled and released data about the correlation of prescription opioid pills and rise of opioid deaths. The data is being used in some of the 2,000 lawsuits that are being filed against pharmaceutical companies across the country, seeking compensat...

Expunging Cannabis Convictions

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jun 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you were caught with marijuana and convicted of possession before it became legal in Washington, you can relax: in May Governor Inslee signed SB 5605, which means anyone who was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may apply to have their record expunged. Washington SB 5605 SB 5605 ...

California Inmates May Possess But Not Ingest Marijuana

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jun 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

In California, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that California's incarcerated can possess marijuana but they can't use it. The Court overturned the convictions of five prisoners who had been caught possessing marijuana by citing the language in the 2016 ballot initiative that made posses...

Arkansas Amends Recent Medical Marijuana Bill

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Arkansas passed its Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution in 2016, allowing medical use of marijuana beginning in May 2019. It is the 33rd state to enact a medical marijuana program. Arkansas voters have already reformed their Medical Marijuana Bill to allow for the sale of "edibles," which w...

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