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Legal and Recreational Sales of Cannabis Products Expected to Show Continued Growth

NEW YORK - According to data provided by New Frontier Data, in partnership with Arcview Market Research, the legalization of cannabis in California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota will result in new markets that account for $7.1 billion in sales by 2020. The research estimates that the overall U.S. cannabis market will exceed $20.9 billion by 2020.

Nevada presents significant opportunities for investors and businesses in the legal cannabis market. New Frontier Data explains that Nevada ranks as a top tourism destination, due to generous patient reciprocity laws, and the allowance for medical cannabis businesses to be formed as for-profit enterprises are all important factors expected to boost the industry. The combined medical and adult use sales in Nevada are expected to reach about $622 million by 2020. Pivot Pharmaceticals Inc. (OTC: PVOTF), Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (OTC: LXRP), Vitality Biopharma, Inc. (OTC: VBIO), Kush Bottles, Inc. (OTC: KSHB), General Cannabis Corp. (OTC: CANN)

Woman Arrested for Trying to Smuggle Cocaine into Fresno County Jail

FRESNO - Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 32 year old Ashley Farmer of Clovis and booked her into the Fresno County Jail. She is facing charges of smuggling narcotics into jail, possession of narcotics for sale and committing a crime while out on bail. Farmer was arrested earlier this month on drug related charges and she later bailed out of jail. She is currently in custody with a bail amount of $116,000.

Deputies also added an additional charge of conspiracy to the booking record of current inmate Richard Langdon.

Kelly Duley Jr. Sentenced to Life in Prison For Sports Bar Assault

FRESNO - Kelly Duley Jr. (45, of Fresno), owner of Duley’s Quality Painting, was sentenced last Friday to thirty-eight years to life in prison for the 2013 assault of a female bar patron at a Tower District sports bar, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office has announced. Earlier this year, a Fresno County Jury convicted Mr. Duley of the felony crimes of Battery with Serious Bodily Injury and Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The jury also found that the defendant inflicted Great Bodily Injury on the victim during the commission of the crimes.

Because of the defendant’s prior criminal history, which included “strike” convictions from 1991 and 1993, the Honorable Judge Timothy Kams sentenced Mr. Duley to a term of thirty-eight years to life in custody at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. However, upon reaching age 60 and after serving 25 years, Mr. Duley will be eligible for release under the Elderly Parole Program.

Video Surveillance System Successfully Used in Apprehending Burglary Suspects

FRESNO - On Sunday, December 24th, at 1:33pm, Northwest patrol officers from the Fresno Police Department were dispatched to Ultimate Garages, 317 W. Bedford Avenue, regarding a burglary in progress. The business owner’s video monitoring system inside the business sent an alert to her smartphone indicating someone was breaking into her business.

Once the victim received the alert, she saw a masked intruder smashing the front glass door of the business and gain entry to the business. The victim immediately notified the Fresno Police Department. Officers were close to the location as they were finishing up an unrelated call just north  of the burglary. As officers responded to the in progress crime, Eagle One, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement helicopter, also responded to the scene.

San Francisco and Other Major Cities Sue the Pentagon Over Gun Background Checks

SAN FRANCISCO -  City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that San Francisco, New York, and Philadelphia filed a federal lawsuit this morning against the Department of Defense for failing to fully comply with its legal obligations to report information to the national criminal background check system for gun sales. Herrera released the following statement:

"We cannot accept the level of gun violence in our country as 'just the way it is.' Twenty-six people being murdered at church can never be normal. Patriotic Americans did not fight and die on foreign battlefields for our freedom just so we could be gunned down in our schools, our theaters and our churches because it's too easy for people who shouldn't have guns to get them.

Ten Bakersfield Gang Members And Associates Indicted

BAKERSFIELD - Ten defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury today following a multi-agency operation in Bakersfield on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. After a 10-month investigation that began in March 2017, more than 35 members and associates of the West Side Crips (WSC), a local criminal street gang, were arrested this week on federal and state charges including burglary, illegal gun possession, drug sales, and murder. State and federal law enforcement teams also executed more than 30 residential search warrants.

The alleged crimes presented in the federal and state cases include weapons violations, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, money laundering, methamphetamine sales, crack cocaine sales, opiate sales, attempted murder and murder. The affidavit supporting the criminal complaint also details WSC members’ plan to shoot into a crowd of approximately 200 people, including rival gang members, at a local park in early October 2017. Their plan was thwarted by law enforcement as a result of this investigation.

Madera South Band Marches Main Street Disneyland

ANAHIEM, CA - The Madera South Marching Band and Color Guard stepped off at the Happiest Place on Earth last Friday to march down Main Street USA. After a year of planning and fundraising the Madera South Band performed for guests and Stallion fans at Disneyland.

Three charter buses left Madera South Wednesday at 4:35pm to arrive in Anaheim six hours later. The Stallion Band was invited to participate in the Disney Performing Arts concerts which are a part of the Disney Youth Programs. These year-round programs give schools from all over the country a chance to march in the parks parades or perform on the main stages at both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure for the park's guests. Following their performances the groups take part in a workshop backstage at Disneyland.

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