North Carolina Marijuana News

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The Columbia office market saw a vacancy of 10.8% at the close of the third quarter 2017, increasing slightly from 10.3% at the end of the second quarter 2017. Overall rental rates rose as expected to $17.42, following $17.18 in 2Q17. This rate matches a previous 9 year high.

The Central Business District (CBD) continues to see the most activity for both new and existing tenants. Tenants are not only looking for flexible and efficient space to fit changing work styles, they are pursuing intriguing, amenity-rich space that helps attract and retain talent.

The demand to have a “live-work-play” lifestyle is credited with driving much of the urban immigration. Downtown Columbia closed the quarter with an exceptionally low vacancy rate of 8.3% compared to a suburban office vacancy of 14.2%.

The CBD proves to be office seekers first choice for office space, followed by St. Andrews, then Northeast Columbia. The St. Andrews submarket led in absorption posting a positive 30,882 square feet (SF) in the third quarter.

This quarter, the net absorption

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Actor Jermaine Hopkins, most famous for his roles as Thomas Sams in the cult classic Lean on Me, and Eric “Steel” Thurman in the 1992 film Juice, was recently busted for marijuana possession with an intent to sell.

According to TMZ, Hopkins was stopped by law enforcement in Apex, North Carolina last week for doing 70 in a 55 MPH zone. After getting pulled over, the cops found close to six pounds of marijuana in his trunk—5.7 pounds to be exact.

Hopkins was subsequently arrested for felony drug possession with the intent to sell, and he was hit with a speeding ticket for his lesser transgression.

He was later released on $3,000 bond.

Prior Arrest

This isn’t’ the first time Hopkins has been indicted for a cannabis-related incident.

Back in December of 2011, the actor was arrested for attempting to buy over 200 pounds of cannabis from an undercover cop.

Hopkins was charged with two felony counts of possessing, transporting and attempting to sell marijuana.

According to police at the time, Hopkins was part of a sting operation set up in Arizona. Hopkins is from

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There is only one thing about Carlos Olmeda that is simple, and that’s his left hook, a powerful weapon for a boxer who is a wiry 130 pounds. Everything else about him, from why he’s 27 but has only two fights as a professional, to how he entered this country and why he might have to leave, is a tangled mess of stories and threads and contradictions.

Olmeda’s third professional fight comes Thursday night at the Durham Armory, and it’s hard to imagine much more riding on it. If he’s going to make a career of this, chase the big paydays and get ranked and get on television, he’s going to need to impress the promoters who will be scouting the card. And if he wants to remain in this country, he needs to do everything he can to convince an immigration judge next month he has a future here.

Ah, but it’s even more complicated than that.

Olmeda came to the United States illegally from Mexico as a teen before becoming a “Dreamer” – part of the Deferred

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Marijuana Patients Can’t Own a Gun

Christopher Morales is a California Criminal Defense Attorney well versed in gun law. He believes that the Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits anyone who uses cannabis medically from owning a gun. Unfortunately for the cannabis consuming public, some state courts agree.

The exact wording on the federal law is vague and misleading because it says “unlawful user or anyone using a federally restricted substance”. Cannabis is a federally restricted substance but many states consider medical use as lawful. But gun ownership is federally protected but considered a state controlled matter. So courts had to decide if following state laws protected patients from the federal clause preventing ownership of firearms.

The Gun Control Act

The Gun Control act is also full of outdated language. There is ample evidence of outdated language contained within the 1968 document. Evidence including the claim that marijuana is addictive. Modern research has proven that cannabis creates no chemical addiction or dependency. This discrepancy and others like it have caused issues in more than one state.

A Nevada medical marijuana

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Earl Rinehart The Columbus Dispatch @esrinehart

Carlos E. Herrera had done everything right after his arrest for hauling marijuana in big rigs from Tucson, Arizona, to Columbus, his attorney said.

He showed up for every court hearing even though he lives in the Jacksonville, Florida, area. He stayed out of trouble while on pretrial release after his arrest in January. And he pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Now that his wife is ill with Lyme disease, Herrera asked for “mercy” at his sentencing hearing Tuesday to continue his long-haul trucking business so that she and their three young children don’t end up homeless. He would drive the same rig he used to transport three marijuana loads of up to 3,000 pounds each.

“I put my whole family at risk,” Herrera told U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson on Tuesday. “I regret it.”

Defense attorney Regina Griffith asked Watson to impose probation instead of prison, saying that Herrera had no prior criminal record.

Watson handed down a three-year prison term.

Outside the courtroom, Griffith said that Herrera unintentionally

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Actor Jermaine Hopkins from the 1989 film “Lean on Me” was arrested in Apex on Tuesday for drug possession.

Hopkins, 44, of Apex was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and felony possession of marijuana, according to Wake County criminal records. Hopkins was arrested at Kelly Road and U.S. Highway 64.

Hopkins was cast in “Lean on Me” as a teenager alongside Morgan Freeman and was later cast in “Juice” alongside Khalil Kain, Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur.

Hopkins was arrested and charged in 2011 for attempting to purchase about 200 pounds of marijuana from an undercover law enforcement officer.

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By Kari Travis Carolina Journal News Service

RALEIGH — Medical researchers should be allowed to dive “into the weeds,” a handful of U.S. senators who want to roll back regulations for marijuana studies say.

The Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would simplify rules for scientists who want to learn more about the plant’s pros and cons. North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis is a bill sponsor.

The idea, as Hatch said in his press release introducing the bill, is to evaluate the “effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration and quality of medical marijuana.” Fresh studies could determine if pot is a legitimate, less-addictive alternative to opioids in treating chronic pain, for instance.

Marijuana was criminalized 80 years ago by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Today, cannabis research is tightly regulated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

NIDA contracts with the University of Mississippi to grow marijuana for federally sanctioned studies. That monopoly makes it nearly impossible for researchers to access the high-grade cannabis they need, said Justin Strekal, political director for the National

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One ounce – that is the amount of marijuana that will be discussed on City Council when Alderman Van Johnson presents his new ordinance in the coming weeks.

“It’s a small step, but it’s a small step in a major direction,” said Darby, one of the co-owners of Smoke Cartel.

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Smoke Cartel is a local business started by SCAD graduates, Sean and Darby, where they sell smoke products like pipes. While they do not directly cultivate or sell marijuana, they believe this new ordinance will be a big step in the right direction for the city.

“Across america, so many other cities have done similar things and it’s seen such a positive impact,” said Sean.

The Alderman will head to City Council within the next 45 days and propose that the maximum fine for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana be decreased from $1000 to $150. He will also propose eliminating jail time as a punishment. Instead, Johnson said giving people citations will work better.

“Jail time really reduces opportunities for education,

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The production of industrial hemp — a cousin of marijuana but distinctly different from the illicit drug — is a step closer in South Carolina as more than 120 farmers signed up to grow the crop here.

That’s great news for Janel Ralph of Conway, whose daughter Harmony takes Cannabidiol or CBD oil, which is extracted from hemp, to control her seizures from intractable epilepsy. She was the first to apply for a growers permit.

Ralph started her own hemp oil production facility to produce CBD for her daughter and then expanded it into a business, Palmetto Harmony. She now imports her hemp from Kentucky and Colorado. If granted a permit, she plans to grow cops in 45,000 square feet of greenhouse space she has in Horry County.

“Modern medicine can’t control (Harmony’s) seizures,” Ralph said. “She’s tried seven different epileptic drugs. But this does.”

Hemp is used for myriad purposes, from food to clothing to composites for car and airplane parts to oils for medicines and dietary supplements. Advocates in South Carolina say it can provide another cash crop

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Melissa Etheridge was pinched for possessing marijuana this past summer, TMZ reports.

Etheridge and Todd Rundgren were arrested on separate dates in North Dakota.

According to documents obtained by the outlet, Etheridge was returning to the US from Canada when her tour bus was stopped by U.S Customs and Border Patrol.

That’s when authorities found marijuana oil, which she reports is used to manage pain from cancer.

Marijuana is legal in California, where Etheridge lives, but not in North Carolina, where the tour bus was halted.

She was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and pleaded not guilty.

Etheridge has been very vocal about her marijuana use saying that she began smoke recreationally at 21 but began using it medically after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2004.

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