A Fresno, CA, appellate court upheld Superior Court Judge Dale Ikeda's ruling that said Fresno County can't fine Laton marijuana grower Xiongh Thao $99,000 because he got rid of the plants before sheriff's deputies cited him.
Law enforcement has launched a new attack on illegal marijuana farm in California's forests, saying Mexican cartels are using huge amounts of pesticides that threaten endanger species. Officials say the problem has spread to at least 40 of California's 58 counties.
Businesses selling marijuana have become targets for thieves, in part because they are can’t use federally regulated banks and are forced to carry large amounts of cash. The industry is lobbying for a change in federal banking laws, but lacks clout on Capitol Hill.