The town of Coalinga, CA decided to bet it’s future on building a prison. The town lost the bet and the prison sat unused. Nothing was gained but debt to the community. The city council decided to the sell the prison for over $4,000,000.00 to a company in Southern California that grows and produces medical marijuana. Now a place that would have housed offenders of the various marijuana related criminal statutes will in fact be a home to the production of the medical marijuana products. According to the article at the link below at least 100 jobs have already been created. It appears that the ability of municipalities and states to generate cash from marijuana will do more to drive the move to legalize it than anything else.
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Both sides were in court today to begin formally hashing out a variety of evidentiary issues. The specifics were deemed sealed by the court and therefore cannot be discussed publicly at this point. The next hearing to further address these issues will be held on June 23rd.
The next hearing in the Leila Fowler case will be on Tuesday June3, 2014 at the Calaveras County Court House. This will be a procedural hearing regarding various evidence issues and the need for briefs. However, it means that the trial date of August 12 is fast approaching.
In talking with attorneys who represent alleged pot growers and drug producers of various types I have heard how landlords specialize in in renting to folks engaged in this line of work. Often times landlords can charge exorbitant rates for turning a blind eye. However, those same landlords are subject to property forfeiture laws if the arresting agency can show knowledge on the part of the landlord. I would think that above market rental rates would be one such indicator of knowledge as well as complaints from nieghbors.
For those readers who might be thinking that they can benefit from drug trade without actually dealing in drugs, you may want to think again.