Disorderly solution? Deaton proposes new pot possession charge
Published on Feb 27th, 2013
4 comments At the same time Colorado and Washington are decriminalizing marijuana possession, the issue popped up again at the February 19 Charlottesville City Council meeting, when Council voted 3-2 against...
If you were on a jury, could you convict someone of pot possession?
Published on Jul 25th, 2012
18 comments This week's cover package • Not guilty: Jury acquits in two pot-plant case • Intimidating? Copter may have encircled Cobbs pre-trial • Jury nullification: The elephant in the room • Controversial...
Intimidating? Copter may have encircled Cobbs pre-trial
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
16 comments Last fall, Philip Cobbs expressed terror after an assault weapon-carrying team of about 10 officers raided his southeastern Albemarle farm after a helicopter crew claimed to spot two marijuana plants...
Jury nullification: The elephant in the room
Published on Jul 24th, 2012
22 comments There's an elephant in every courtroom. Prosecutors and judges won't show it to jurors, and even Virginia defense lawyers seem forbidden from mentioning this fact: If you think a law is unjust, you...
Weeding out
Published on Jul 23rd, 2012
0 comments The story that inspired this one.
Not guilty: Jury acquits in two pot-plant case
Published on Jul 18th, 2012
56 comments In a case closely watched by civil liberties groups and law enforcement, Philip Cobbs was found not guilty of possession of marijuana in a day-long jury trial. This week's cover package • Not guilty...
Reefer activism: 2.6-ounce possessor fights back in Drug War
Published on May 28th, 2012
128 comments Here's what Jordan McNeish learned after nearly half a year in jail: "There are two classes of people: people who have done something they think they should be in jail for, and people who think the...
The benefits of getting clean?
Published on May 9th, 2012
0 comments 3/28/12 Albemarle Matthew A. & Cynthia S. Guch to Marty W. & Tara E. Fontenot, 287 Starcrest Road, $350,000 Ella J. Bullard to W .D. A. Carpenter, 1555 Gray Fox Trail, $357,000 Grace H....
Smoke signals: Council passes part of pot resolution
Published on May 7th, 2012
29 comments City Council passed a resolution to ask the General Assembly to revisit marijuana laws and give consideration to decriminalization in a 3-2 vote Monday night, but backed off the rest of a measure...
Your thoughts on pot and the law?
Published on Oct 12th, 2011
Reefer madness? Copter and SWAT team weeded out 2 plants on their property
Published on Oct 12th, 2011
85 comments Philip Cobbs likes gardening. You can tell from the neat perennial beds, the carefully trimmed yard, and from the fenced vegetable garden on the 39-acre tract in southeastern Albemarle that's been...
Equinoxer to activist: The making of a soldier in the war against the war on drugs
Published on Mar 31st, 2011
27 comments "Just say no." –First Lady Nancy Reagan Jamie Graham did not say no. He said yes. In fact, he said yes many times. Yes to that bottle of champagne his friends were passing around in high school...
Left and Right come together on eve of holiday
Published on Dec 24th, 2010
4 comments Robertson, Biden. PUBLICITY PHOTOS Whoda thunk it? On this, the day before Christmas, two progressive ideas have found an embrace in the arms of leaders popular with both the left and the right....
Leading pot decrim pol visits town
Published on May 5th, 2010
23 comments Until Virginia's own senior senator, Jim Webb, announced an effort a year ago to study it, perhaps the nation's boldest exponent of decriminalization of marijuana–- something that's now the law...
Should marijuana be decriminalized?
Published on Apr 29th, 2010
17 comments         Michael Jones:"Yes. I think so. I think if the government would let us grow our own marijuana and sell it, and everybody could make some cash off it, it would be a...
Smoking gun: Bell a callous enforcer, say pot reformers
Published on Feb 23rd, 2010
46 comments Delegate Rob Bell, right, votes against marijuana reform bills in committee and becomes the subject of a YouTube video. PHOTO FROM YOUTUBE Supporters of two bills on marijuana–- one to...
Twin Oaks terror: Mysterious chopper buzzes commune
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments Twin Oaks in Louisa is a peace-loving farm community with 100 members. But the usual calm was shattered August 31 when a low-flying helicopter terrified residents for about 20 minutes. Almost as...