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Asheville man arrested on marijuana charges

ASHEVILLE - Police arrested an Asheville man on charges of possessing five baggies of marijuana for sale.

Christopher Antwai Brewster, 27, of Walton Street was also charged with resisting a pubic officer by giving a false name when served with an arrest warrant for a probation violation, according to warrants filed in the Buncombe County Magistrate's Court.

Brewster was being held in the Buncombe County Detention Facility with bond set at $15,000.

In other arrests:


Marijuana Could Soon Be Legal in Cherokee, North Carolina

Marijuana could soon be legal on the Cherokee Indian Reservation just three hours from Chattanooga.

Leaders of the tribe recently passed a resolution to allow a study on how marijuana could be used on the reservation.

Some of the tribal land is in our viewing area in Cherokee County, North Carolina.

The study will look into whether or not they could use marijuana for medical purposes, with a written prescription, or for sale, in dispensaries, like we've seen in Western states like Colorado.

Cherokee, North Carolina is it's own sovereign nation.

Although it sits between other towns and cities, when you cross into the reservation you're no longer living under North Carolina's laws.


Tribe to do feasibility study on cannabis

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is going to look into the possibility of legalizing cannabis for medical, industrial and recreational uses.  Tribal Council passed Resolution No. 40 unanimously during Annual Council on Thursday, Oct. 29 which calls for a feasibility study to be performed to look into the “issues and impacts associated with legalization of cannabis”.

The Resolution was submitted by three EBCI tribal members whom are part of a group known as Common Sense Cannabis including Joseph Owle, Aaron Hogner, and Yona Wade.

“Cannabis is a plant,” said Owle.  “As Cherokee people, we know that plants are medicine.”


Charlotte NORML supports marijuana reform

Charlotte, NC - The non-profit "NORML" is calling on political candidates to take a stand in support of decriminalizing marijuana.

The group rallied on the corner of Trade and Tryon on Saturday asking candidates in the upcoming election to lead the state in supporting reform.

The lobbying organization is also gathering signatures to take to City Council, requesting local law enforcement agencies make marijuana arrests a low priority.


Should all commodities be treated equal?

I hope everyone is doing well and fared alright during Hurricane Joaquin. The state has been working with our affected residents and farmers to offer assistance.

I know many of our hog farmers are experiencing freeboard issues with their lagoons due to the excessive rainfall. Right now, the Department of Environmental Quality has extended the application deadline for Bermuda Grass until the end of October and they are expected to come out with further information this week. Feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or need any assistance from state agencies while recovering from the storm.

Question of the Week


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


Study Examines Potential Link Between Marijuana Use and Prediabetes Development

Could it be possible that we have misinterpreted the health benefits of marijuana on diabetes risk?

A new study certainly intimates this, stating that it is quite possible those who use marijuana—even those who no longer use it—are at a higher risk for developing prediabetes.

According to Vanderbilt University assistant professor of medicine in the endocrinology department, Shichun Bao, MD, PhD, the study still needs more review but does provide, at least, a lot of caution.


Bringing It Home: Industrial Hemp and a Greener Future

More industrial hemp is exported to the U.S. than to any other country and American consumers are purchasing over $450 million in hemp products annually. BRINGING IT HOME explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by illustrating its history, current industries and talking to both opponents and proponents of the industrial hemp farming legalization effort.


Marijuana plants 'as tall as Christmas trees' found in North Carolina man's garden


Marijuana plants as large as "Christmas trees" have been seized from a North Carolina man's garden.

WGHP reported that Kelly Gene Hines, 53, of Hickory, faces various charges in connection to the incident including trafficking and manufacturing marijuana.

Officers reportedly found the plants after checking out a tip about another house in the area. Officials said more than 20 marijuana plants were found growing near the home, including one that weighed 23 pounds.


NC man gets $450k bond after large marijuana growing operation found

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man faces drug charges after authorities found more than 950 marijuana plants in his home.

The News & Observer reported that Richard Dylan Perry, 35, of Chapel Hill, faces charges after Orange County deputies raided his home on Wednesday.

Inside, they found reportedly 956 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with equipment to plant, grow, cultivate, process, and package the marijuana.

The suspect lives at a Chapel Hill address in Chatham County, but also owns the property were the drugs were found, according to reports.


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