Anaheim man arrested after Placentia fire linked to marijuana honey oil operation

PLACENTIA — A 41-year-old Anaheim man was booked Wednesday on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance stemming from a blaze at a marijuana honey oil operation in Placentia, police said.

David Hoffman was found in front of a business that caught fire in the 700 block of Dunn Way about 8:40 a.m., police said.

Police said he told first responders there was a marijuana honey oil operation in the burning building and that there were several flammable chemicals on the premises, leading firefighters to evacuate workers in the Dunn Way Business Park as well as businesses on the 700 block of Orangethorpe Avenue.

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Pot shop a no-go in Quincy Market after landlord’s cease and desist

Plans for a pot shop in Quincy Market are on hold for now after the property management firm for the popular downtown tourist destination issued a cease and desist letter for the cannabis retailer, city officials confirmed.

The city’s Office a Neighborhood Services canceled a community meeting for Redemption Cannabis after Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, which handles the leases for Faneuil Hall Marketplace, informed officials it intended to issue a cease and desist letter to the applicant regarding the proposed use, a spokeswoman for Mayor Martin Walsh’s office said.

There’s still hope for a cannabis retailer at the site, though. Officials said if the issues between Ashkanazy and Redemption Cannabis are resolved, the marijuana retailer can try again and move forward with the community process to seek the appropriate zoning relief and approval of the Boston Cannabis Board, which oversees all marijuana establishments in the city.

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Reaction mixed to pot shop proposed in Roxbury’s Nubian Square

Many people in Roxbury on Tuesday said they would welcome a proposed recreational marijuana dispensary in Nubian Square, even as the head of a neighborhood group said a “drug den” would not help to revitalize the community.

Rooted in Roxbury, a Black-owned business, wants to open its store in the predominantly Black neighborhood, where several store fronts stand empty.

“Before cannabis was legalized in Massachusetts, it was here, and it was unsafe because you didn’t know what it was laced with when you were buying it on the street,” Brian Keith, one of the company’s four owners, said. “We’re offering a safe alternative.”

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Colorado marijuana sales blow past $200 million in July

Colorado cannabis sales set a record yet again in July, eclipsing $200 million in a single month for the first time.

Dispensaries sold $183,106,003 in recreational marijuana and $43,268,565 in medical marijuana in July, for a combined $226,374,568 in revenue, according to data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. That’s up 13.8% from June, another record-setting month when the industry raked in nearly $199 million.

So far in 2020, consumers have purchased more than $1.2 billion worth of cannabis products and the state has collected $203 million in taxes.

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Redwood City could soon allow up to six storefront cannabis dispensaries

REDWOOD CITY — Cannabis connoisseurs who have long fretted over the veritable dispensary desert on the Peninsula could soon find an oasis in Redwood City.

Redwood City residents are being asked to weigh in on allowing up to six cannabis retailers to open up in certain parts of the city during a Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday, two weeks after the city council expressed support for expanding access to the popular drug during a council study session.

Ever since cannabis was legalized for recreational use back in 2016, no Peninsula city has gone the way of San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland in allowing storefronts to open up. There are several delivery services across the Peninsula, but Redwood City is the first to seriously consider cannabis clubs to open.

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Illegal marijuana farms are risky for workers who don’t make much, California sheriff says

Workers on large, illegal marijuana farms in Riverside County such as the one in Aguanga where seven people were slain early Labor Day often live in plywood shacks as they tend the leaves that bring someone else millions of dollars – a lifestyle that could cost them their lives, Sheriff Chad Bianco said.

There have been eight incidents with 14 homicides in Riverside County this year alone that authorities have linked to illegal marijuana-growing operations.

“The amount of money that we know is being generated by this – they are certainly not making it,” Bianco said of the workers in an interview Wednesday.

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With 7 dead, large-scale California marijuana operation is tied to organized crime

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and MICHAEL R. BLOOD | The Associated Press

AGUANGA  — An illegal marijuana growing operation where seven people were fatally shot in a small, rural Southern California town had the markings of organized crime, authorities said Tuesday.

More than 20 people lived on the property, which had several makeshift dwellings, a nursery and vehicles used in production, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said. Marijuana was processed to honey oil, a highly potent concentrate made by extracting the high-inducing chemical THC from cannabis.

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7 deaths tied to illegal grow operation shake rural Riverside County community

Aguanga in Riverside County was reeling Tuesday, Sept. 8, following the shooting deaths of seven people at what authorities said was one of many illegal marijuana growing operations in the rural area where residents say they seem to thrive despite numerous raids by sheriff’s deputies.

The seven victims, none yet identified, were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday after Riverside County sheriff’s deputies were called about a shooting in the area.

They found a woman with severe gunshot wounds, then discovered six victims at the same home with gunshot wounds; all six died at the location. The woman died later at a hospital.

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7 fatally shot at illegal marijuana grow in Southern California

Seven people were shot to death early Monday, Sept. 7, at a home in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Aguanga, authorities reported.

The victims were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in what was reportedly a house being used to grow illegal marijuana, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Investigators found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several hundred marijuana plants at the location, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

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7 fatally shot at illegal marijuana grow in Riverside County

Seven people were shot to death early Monday, Sept. 7, at a home in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Aguanga, authorities reported.

The victims were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in what was reportedly a house being used to grow illegal marijuana, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Investigators found more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several hundred marijuana plants at the location, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

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California man arrested in alleged marijuana-by-mail ring that led to shooting death of beloved South Carolina postal worker

Kingstree, South Carolina — In a shocking announcement this week, federal authorities linked a Santa Rosa man to a plot to traffic marijuana across the country that allegedly ended with the premeditated killing of a popular postal worker, allegedly by two South Carolina residents.

Ricky Jesus Barajas, 28, of Santa Rosa, was arrested near his home last week and is being extradited to South Carolina to face federal marijuana distribution charges, according to court records. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Barajas was one of three suspects indicted on charges related to the killing of Irene Pressley, 64, a postal worker in Andrews, South Carolina.

Trevor Raekwon Seward, 22, and Jerome Terrell Davis, 28, both of Andrews, face charges of shooting Pressley to steal a package of marijuana from her delivery truck. They were already facing state charges related to the crime at the time of the federal indictment, authorit…

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