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More Southern California employers no longer testing most job candidates for drugs

Getting a job these days doesn’t always involve a plastic bottle and a trip to the bathroom. With recreational marijuana use legal in California, and at least 17 other states and Washington D.C., some employers are making changes and will no longer require some job candidates to be screened for drugs and alcohol. “Instead, these employers focus on combating drug use in the workplace through enforcing their existing drug-free workplace policies and utilizing reasonable suspicion drug testing,” said Matthew Roberts, employment law counsel for the California Chamber of Commerce, via email. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

Marijuana arrests are way down — but Black Coloradans are still twice as likely to get busted for pot, new report says

Seven years after the first recreational pot shops opened for business in Colorado, youth aren’t smoking more weed, older adults are blazing more and marijuana-related arrests are way down — but Black Coloradans are still much more likely to get in trouble for cannabis offenses, according to a state report released Monday. The biennial report — “Impacts on Marijuana Legalization in Colorado,” commissioned by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice — is the most extensive look since 2018 at marijuana’s impact across public safety, health, driving and youth consumption. Overall, the authors highlight a few notable trends in the way cannabis is being consumed in Colorado: People are moving away from smoking and instead are consuming cannabis through vapes and edibles at higher rates. Read t...

Marijuana home delivery services launch in Massachusetts

Home-delivered marijuana has arrived in Massachusetts. At least two companies announced this week they have launched operations. Lantern, a sister company of the popular alcohol delivery service Drizly, says it’s now serving the Boston area. Your Green Package, meanwhile, says its driver teams have hit the road in the greater Northampton area in the western end of the state. The companies are among the first to benefit from the creation of new state licenses for recreational marijuana delivery companies. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission said Friday that 11 companies have so far been licensed for deliveries, and three of them are now operating. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

In Long Beach, get a free marijuana joint with your COVID vaccine

LONG BEACH — Looking to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations as case numbers in Los Angeles County surge upward, a community coalition in Long Beach plans to offer one free marijuana joint to the first 150 city residents 21 and older who get the jab at an upcoming one-day pop-up clinic. “Joints for Jabs LBC” is the product of partnership between the Healthy Long Beach campaign and the Long Beach Collective Association, which represents dozens of cannabis businesses in the city. The groups plan to lawfully distribute tokens that are redeemable for one free pre-rolled joint on Saturday, July 24, to Long Beach residents 21 and older who get vaccinated at a one-day pop-up clinic at Houghton Park. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing to open massive brewery, beer garden in Colorado

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What’s life like after life for weed? Six months after clemency, Corvain Cooper fights for place in legal industry

This Fourth of July held new meaning for Corvain Cooper, who feared he’d never celebrate another holiday as a free man. Six months ago, Cooper was in a prison in Louisiana. The Los Angeles native had been sentenced to federal prison in 2014 for his role in a scheme to sell marijuana across state lines. Though there had been no allegations of violence, Cooper’s two prior minor drug convictions meant the cannabis conviction was a third strike, forcing a judge to send the then-34-year-old to prison for life without the possibility of parole. But on Jan. 19, as one of his last actions as president, Donald Trump granted Cooper clemency. Read the rest of this story on ocregister.com.

20 things to do in Denver during All-Star weekend

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Massachusetts men sentenced for home invasion and attempted pot heist

Two Massachusetts men were sentenced on Tuesday for trying to hold up a person selling marijuana in Maine, authorities said. Chief U.S. District Judge Jon D. Levy sentenced Eric Mercardo, 33, of Lowell, to 16 years in prison and four years of supervised release and Steven Hardy, 33, of Maynard, to 15½ years in prison and four years of supervised release. Both men also were ordered to pay the victim $3,740 in restitution. They were charged with interfering with commerce through acts of violence, conspiring to do so and discharging a firearm during the acts of violence. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Castle Rock man who shot, killed partner in black-market marijuana scheme sentenced to 36 years in prison

Dominique Wogan, a Castle Rock man who shot and killed his partner in a black-market marijuana scheme, was sentenced to 36 years in prison, according to an 18th Judicial District news release issued Wednesday. Douglas County District Court Judge Patricia Herron sentenced the 35-year-old man for the murder of Fletcher Bodnar, a 36-year-old Highlands Ranch resident, the news release said. A jury found Wogan guilty of second-degree murder in Bodnar’s death in March when he was also convicted of illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Wogan had a previous felony, meaning his possession of a firearm was not legal. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Teen lifeguard stabbed at Worcester pond; 4 arrested

Published: Jul 5, 2021, 7:45 am • Updated: Jul 5, 2021, 7:46 am By Associated Press Four people were arrested after a teenage lifeguard at a Worcester pond was beaten and stabbed, police said. Worcester officers responded to Bell Pond in the city at about 6:30 p.m. for a report of several males attacking the lifeguard on duty, police said in a statement. Upon arrival, the suspects were gone but officers found a 17-year-old male lifeguard suffering from stab wounds. The victim was given aid at the scene before being taken to the hospital. His condition was not disclosed. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Could cannabis be made legal in U.S. under Biden? Signs are mixed.

People who want to see cannabis legalized nationally got a welcome surprise late last month when Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called into question the constitutionality of federal bans on marijuana. The opinion from one of the Court’s most conservative justices doesn’t change federal law, but it came in a year when states seem to be racing each other to license and regulate some form of legal cannabis. Since March 1, five states have enacted or solidified legislation to legalize cannabis. As of July 1, recreational marijuana was legal in 18 states and medical marijuana was legal in 36. And that’s just part of the momentum suggesting change could come to federal cannabis laws. Last year, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a cannabis legalization bill — the first time ...

Dorchester man accused of receiving cocaine packages in the mail: Boston Police

A 28-year-old Dorchester man is accused of receiving dozens of cocaine packages in the mail from fake addresses in Puerto Rico, Boston Police said on Wednesday. Marco Clark, 28, of Dorchester, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with trafficking Class B drugs — more than 200 grams of cocaine, according to police. Boston police officers, U.S. Postal Service inspectors and Massachusetts State Police detectives on Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. executed four search warrants at 19 Paxton St. in Dorchester. The search warrants were for an investigation into the delivery of cocaine via the U.S. Postal Service. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.