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The original investigation centered on a 2004 shooting outside a Pico Rivera liquor store. A homicide officer reportedly was reviewing photographs of tattoos of suspected gang members when he saw a familiar depiction on the chest of the 25-year-old. The investigator says the tattoo depicted a scene similar to that involved in the 2004 liquor store shooting.

Police arrested the man on a minor charge in 2008. While the tattooed man was being held in jail on the minor charge, police say they used a jailhouse decoy to get a confession to murder from the young man.

While he was being held on the murder charge, law enforcement claims the man called his mother on two separate two occasions. The calls in the jail are monitored. Prosecutors say the phone calls include evidence of a drug conspiracy. Prosecutors claim that the man conspired with his mother and three other people to smuggle narcotics into the jail system.

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Experienced Santa Cruz marijuana cultivation attorneys know that state law allows certain individuals to grow marijuana for medical purposes. It is not uncommon for law enforcement to come to different conclusions in different cases. However, the conclusion law enforcement reaches remains merely an accusation if charges do arise.

The two raids this week in Arcata resulted in only one of the cases leading to charges. On March 14, police served a search warrant at a home and claim they discovered nearly 700 marijuana plants and over two pounds of processed marijuana. Police say they also seized marijuana cultivation equipment in the March 14 raid.

A 36-year-old Arcata man reportedly was placed under arrest and will face charges of possession of marijuana for sale, operating a house for the manufacture of drugs, cultivation of marijuana, transportation of marijuana, possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of psilocybin mushrooms.

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Police in Los Angeles closed down a portion of a freeway after law enforcement executed a search warrant at a warehouse over the weekend. Police raided a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night. The warrant reportedly was related to suspicions regarding a single suspect.

When police arrived at the warehouse to serve the warrant, they say they found over 3,000 marijuana plants in the building. Law enforcement says that as many as 20 people were detained during execution of the search warrant. Police say that no arrests have been made. However, police say that potential California drug charges are pending.

Police continue to process the information and evidence seized during the search. Police claim that they gathered evidence including traces of chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The freeway was closed while police and hazardous materials teams investigated the area.

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Public views on marijuana and the laws regulating the herbal substance are constantly changing. The debate about marijuana and its effects have caused states and legislatures all over the country to reconsider legalizing the drug. Some states already have - in the form of medical marijuana. Since medical marijuana became lawful (and popular), manufacturers are coming up with alternative ways to produce the product. 

Marijuana soda is the latest craze that will soon hit market shelves. Manufactured by a California soda maker in Soquel, California, Canna Cola (as it will be called) will reach medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado in just a few months.

The manufacturer says the new soda line will include the "flagship cola drink Canna Cola, Dr-Pepper-like Doc Week, the lemon-lime Sour Diesel, the Grape Ape, and the Orange Kush." Each 12-ounce bottle will include 35-65 milligrams of  tetrahydrocannabinoil (also known as TNC and the main ingredient in pot).

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Proposition 215 legalized medical marijuana in 1996, upon a doctor's recommendation. In 2003, California created a state marijuana ID card program. It was two years before the program got off the ground with the launch of the ID card in 2005. The optional ID cards have not become as popular as officials expected.

Possession of a small amount of marijuana, up to an ounce, is not an offense that can subject a person to arrest under California state law. With medical marijuana, however, problems can often occur. The California marijuana ID cards were created to help protect Californians from arrest or having their medical marijuana seized by law enforcement.

The ID cards are optional, but many say their cost make them unattractive to many Californians. In 2007 the fee for the cards jumped from $13 to $66. Patients covered under Medi-Cal pay half that rate. Counties add their own fees to the cards that can push the price to over $100 each year.

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