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Buxton man admits to grow operation, intent to sell pot

Buxton man admits to grow operation, intent to sell pot

A Buxton man changed his plea Thursday morning to guilty for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.

March 29, 2014 8:44 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Marijuana injustices: Some penalized while others smoke free

WASHINGTON — I have no desire to smoke marijuana, partly because doing so might drive me back to the cigarette habit I broke two decades ago. I don’t want to be one of those “cool parents” who pretend to be as culturally advanced as their kids. In my case, that’s a ridiculous aspiration anyway.

January 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

No prison for man caught with pot plants

A 30-year-old Divide man received a two-year deferred sentence for his part in a marijuana ring on Thursday morning.

September 27, 2013 9:29 amLoading…

Colorado marijuana law worries Cheyenne police chief

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The impact on Cheyenne of Colorado's new law allowing the recreational use of marijuana isn’t known yet because the neighboring state is still working on rules to govern sales, the city's police chief says.

September 05, 2013 8:30 amLoading…

Pot patients have tough choice

Five years ago, a 60-year-old Casper resident, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of prosecution, experienced spontaneous retinal detachment in both eyes. He had 25 corrective surgeries, and as a secondary result, developed glaucoma. Then he lost all vision in his right eye.

August 10, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Another medical-pot bill emerges

HELENA — Medical-marijuana advocates are making a final try this legislative session to amend the 2011 law that imposed tighter restrictions on what was then a booming industry here.

March 10, 2013 9:47 pmLoading…
Medical pot not a hot-button issue this year

Medical pot not a hot-button issue this year

HELENA — Medical marijuana has fallen far below the radar as a legislative issue this year, in sharp contrast to the 2011 session.

February 05, 2013 8:06 pm Related Loading…
Medical-marijuana grower gets 5 years in federal prison

Medical-marijuana grower gets 5 years in federal prison

MISSOULA — Calling certain mandatory minimum sentences “unfair and absurd,” a federal judge Friday sentenced medical marijuana grower Chris Williams to five years in prison — the least amount mandated for his federal gun conviction.

February 01, 2013 1:15 pmLoading…
Medical marijuana grower Williams to be sentenced despite new filing

Medical marijuana grower Williams to be sentenced despite new filing

MISSOULA - A last-minute flurry of activity surrounding the case of convicted medical marijuana grower Chris Williams did not halt Williams' scheduled sentencing in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Friday.

January 31, 2013 9:15 pmLoading…

Prosecutor recommends 10 years for ex-pot provider

HELENA — A prosecutor is recommending 10 years in prison for a former medical marijuana provider who struck a plea deal after he was convicted on eight drug and weapons charges.

January 15, 2013 12:43 pmLoading…

Hamilton man says daughter’s statement in drug case should be thrown out

HAMILTON -- A Hamilton man claims law enforcement officials didn’t have the right to question his teenage daughter without his permission and wants the court to throw out her statement to police that led to his arrest on drug charges.

January 04, 2013 1:37 pmLoading…

Judge extends temporary block on new marijuana rules

HELENA — A district judge on Thursday temporarily continued to stop the state from enforcing certain restrictions in a 2011 state law aimed at medical marijuana providers.

December 13, 2012 10:07 amLoading…

Judge refuses convicted pot provider's release

HELENA — A judge has denied the temporary release of a convicted medical marijuana provider who faces a possible 92-year prison sentence.

November 15, 2012 1:38 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Repeal SB423: Law denies medical marijuana to seriously ill

Cancer has been trying to kill me for a while now, which is why I hope Montanans will vote “no” on this year’s medical marijuana ballot issue.

October 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Restrict marijuana industry: Vote to keep SB423

In response to public outcry over the unregulated, out-of-control medical marijuana industry, the Montana Legislature passed Senate Bill 423. After months of deliberation and thousands of testimonies from each side, this bill passed with the support of both Republicans and Democrats.

October 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Medical marijuana opponents accused of political stunt

A press conference to charge Attorney General Steve Bullock of botching medical marijuana ballot language quickly soured on pot opponents who found themselves accused of blowing smoke.

October 17, 2012 7:05 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Marijuana ballot issues in other states may affect Montana

Montana voters on Nov. 6 will approve or reject five ballot items including whether to require parental notification before a minor's abortion and whether to declare that corporations do not have constitutional rights regarding campaign spending. But along with citizen lawmakers in five othe…

October 11, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Jury weighs case against medical pot provider

HELENA - A jury was deliberating Thursday whether to convict a Helena medical marijuana provider of federal drug trafficking charges in the only trial from last year's U.S. government raids of Montana-regulated pot dispensaries.

September 27, 2012 8:23 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Trying marijuana in court of public opinion (again)

Montana voters will decide on Nov. 6 whether to keep the Legislature’s medical marijuana law that effectively repealed the 2004 voter-enacted law.

September 16, 2012 12:10 amLoading…
'Mountain man' makes drug conspiracy plea deal

'Mountain man' makes drug conspiracy plea deal

HELENA — The younger half of the father-and-son duo convicted of kidnapping a biathlete in the 1980s to be his mountain bride is facing possible prison time again after making a plea deal with prosecutors over federal drug charges.

September 13, 2012 3:27 pm Photos

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