$1 million in grant funding for cannabidiol research

$1 million in grant funding for cannabidiol research

Gainesville, Florida — The Florida Department of Health today announced $1 million in grant funding to the University of Florida for research involving cannabidiol and its effects on refractory childhood epilepsy. The award is designed to provide treatment with a new medication, derived from cannabis, to children with resistant epilepsy through a Food and Drug […]

Career criminal arrested on weapons and drug charges, back on the street

Career criminal arrested on weapons and drug charges, back on the street

Ocala, Florida — A drug dealer and convicted felon was arrested Thursday morning after the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) served a search warrant at 2814 Southwest 16th Street. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, UDEST seized 8 ounces of cocaine, 27 ounces of high grade marijuana, $6,941 in cash, AK-47 ammunition, an […]

Bill would reclassify marijuana under federal law

Bill would reclassify marijuana under federal law

Washington — On Tuesday, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), during a news conference on Capitol Hill announced they are proposing legislation that would legalize state medical marijuana programs under federal law and reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act. “Today we join together to […]

Recreational marijuana now legal in Alaska

Recreational marijuana now legal in Alaska

[Video contains adult language] Alaska — Alaska can now be added to the list of states that have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. Starting on Tuesday, Alaskans cannot only cultivate and smoke marijuana ,they can also transport less than an ounce, and give some to a friend if an individual chooses to do so. […]

To the Editor: The medical marijuana ruse

To the Editor: The medical marijuana ruse

Polk County — As Election Day draws near, “medical marijuana” has become a hot topic, and many have asked me about my position concerning constitutional Amendment 2. That’s simple: I am personally against the amendment because I know it is a ruse that will create defacto-legalization of marijuana in Florida. The amendment supporters are counting […]

Five busted for marijuana grow houses in Ocala

Five busted for marijuana grow houses in Ocala

  Ocala, Florida — At approximately 6:15 a.m., on September 9, 2014, the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, SWAT teams from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ocala Police Department, the MCSO Tactical Investigations and Fugitive Apprehension Units, and the MCSO Air Unit simultaneously executed three (3) search warrants on suspected marijuana grow houses. The […]

Elderly couple face felony charges

Elderly couple face felony charges

Summerfield, Florida — A 64-year-old man and 70-year-old woman have been arrested on multiple felony charges. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, on July 6, 2014, Deputies Clark and Race responded to the 9800 block of 163rd LN in response to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, Deputies Clark and Race made contact with Bradley […]

Man gets hit in the face with “pot”

Man gets hit in the face with “pot”

Lakeland, Florida — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a domestic disturbance in north Lakeland, at approximately 6:20 p.m., on Saturday evening. The victim, 33-year-old Jackie Brown reported that he and his brother, Rodney J. Brown, 31, had been involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical. Jackie Brown told deputies his […]

Sheriff Chris Blair Said, “Again I will say, medical use of marijuana for serious medical diseases is not what I have a problem with”

Sheriff Chris Blair Said, “Again I will say, medical use of marijuana for serious medical diseases is not what I have a problem with”

Ocala, Florida — Sheriff’s across Florida are gearing up for a campaign called “Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot,” a campaign against the legalization of marijuana. Voters will decide on the legalization of medical marijuana in November of 2014. The Florida Sheriff’s Association is heading up the campaign and is looking for huge support from […]

DCF walk-through reveals drug house

DCF walk-through reveals drug house

  Ocala, Florida — Jessica Price, 37, and Eric Westman, 37, both of Ocala, were arrested around 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014, at their residence along NE 37th Street. The incident unfolded when Price, Deputy Mark Swarbrick and a Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigator were conducting a walk-through at the listed address. […]

Rooftop High Brings Three Juveniles Down

Rooftop High Brings Three Juveniles Down

  Marion Oaks, Florida — On April 15, 2014 at approximately 1 a.m. Deputies Azure and Newbanks responded to Horizon Academy in Marion Oaks in reference to a 911 hang-up. Upon arrival, deputies blacked out their patrol vehicles and approached the property on foot. As they were walking up to the school they observed three […]

Loud Music Gets Two Brothers Arrested

Loud Music Gets Two Brothers Arrested

  Ocala, Florida — On April 2, 2014 at approximately 9:15 p.m., Lieutenant Turner and Deputy Terrell were parked in the 5700 block of NW 219 Street Road and could hear extremely loud music. After approximately 30 minutes Lieutenant Turner and Deputy Terrell responded to the location in which the loud music was coming from. […]

Deputy discovers man about to have sex with minor

Deputy discovers man about to have sex with minor

  Dunnellon, Florida — On March 28, 2014, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was on a routine patrol when he spotted a black SUV parked in the rear of the Rainbow Lakes Estates Community Center. When the deputy approached the SUV he discovered a 15-year-old girl inside with Dyane R. Ramkelawan, 27, of Ocala. According […]

Power Failure Leads To Grow House

Power Failure Leads To Grow House

  Deltona, Florida — When the lights went out in Deltona on Sunday, an illegal marijuana growing operation was revealed. A transformer fuse on a utility pole had blown, blacking out one to two blocks of homes. Utility workers were dispatched to repair and restore the electricity in the area. Shortly after making the repairs, […]

Low grade marijuana Bill passed

Low grade marijuana Bill passed

  Tallahassee, Florida–The Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach), On March 12, 2013, passed Senate Bill 1030, allowing the compassionate use of low-THC grade marijuana for Floridians suffering with severe neurological conditions. The Republican-led effort sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) and co-sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes […]

Felon Tried To Hide Gun During Traffic Stop

Felon Tried To Hide Gun During Traffic Stop

  Ocala, Florida — On March 5, 2014 The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped a green Honda at Pine Course Track and Willow Road for traveling 45 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, as well as for the driver not wearing a seat belt. Deputy Hay made contact with the driver, Duboris […]

Mail Order Drugs; Marion County Bust That Could Get Your Blood Flowing

Mail Order Drugs; Marion County Bust That Could Get Your Blood Flowing

  Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted a month long interdiction operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms shipped through the U.S. Mail destined for Central Florida. The operation ran from January 13, 2014 to February 12, 2014 and involved numerous law enforcement […]