Unusual marijuana stories in the news the week of January 12
By Karen Berger, PharmD
There were a few interesting (to say the least!) happenings in the marijuana world this week.
A distinctive purple haze from a medical marijuana farm hung over the town of Snowflake, Arizona, on a foggy morning. The picture was taken by Cara Smith on her way to work at Copperstate Farms, the largest medical marijuana wholesaler in Arizona. Smith told CNN that the lights don’t usually illuminate the whole sky, but due to the fog and clouds, there was an extreme effect. The unique and beautiful photo was also shared on the Navajo County Facebook page last Friday and had almost 2,000 likes and shares as well as hundreds of comments. The farm, located 175 miles from Phoenix, produces 70 strains of cannabis, with another 40 in development.
Most kindergarteners bring a teddy bear or special toy to school, but not little “Junior” Richardson in Walker County, Georgia. His first name has not been given, but we will call him Junior for purposes of the story. Little Junior, 5, brought marijuana with him to Rossville Elementary School. Commander Dwayne Brown of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force had received a tip from a school resource officer, and found the child had brought marijuana as well as THC oil in a vape pen. After searching the house and finding THC oil, edibles, and marijuana, all packaged for resale, the parents were arrested and charged with possession of schedule 1 THC oil and THC edibles, possession of marijuana, and cruelty to children in the first degree. Let’s see the other kindergarteners one up that show and tell.
I hope you all have a strong stomach for this one. Austin Schroeder, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, was arrested for selling marijuana that was mixed with his mother’s ashes. After receiving a tip about Schroeder and his girlfriend selling drugs, investigators sent an informant to the apartment. The informant was able to purchase marijuana. Several days later, police returned to search the apartment and found 70 grams of marijuana, a small amount of MDMA, bongs, and a drug scale. According to the complaint, “Schroeder indicates he took some of her [his mother’s] ashes and mixed them with a variety of substances, some of which he ultimately ingested.” Schroeder and his girlfriend now face felony charges. They are scheduled to be back in court on January 28. We will follow this story for developments.
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