Washington: Man Tries To Shoot Marijuana Into Jail Using Arrow


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Washington state man is accused of trying to get marijuana into a county jail by attaching it to an arrow he shot onto the roof of the facility.

An employee of the Whatcom County Sheriff's Department saw the man get out of his pickup truck Tuesday morning and use a bow to launch the arrow toward the second-floor recreation area atop the jail, but he missed his target, reports Barry Leibowitz at CBS News.

The marijuana was reportedly wrapped in a plastic bag taped to the center of the arrow.

The man, identified as David Wayne Jordan, 36, was arrested for investigation of introducing contraband into the jail, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement, said Sheriff Bill Elfo.

Jordan reportedly served 20 days in the jail earlier this month for assault and resisting arrest, according to the Bellingham Herald.

The sheriff said Jordan told deputies he'd been aiming the arrow at a squirrel, but had no explanation why he attached cannabis to the arrow to go squirrel hunting.

(Photo: CBS Seattle)

Washington: Medical Marijuana Advocates Take Bellingham To Court Again


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A new lawsuit has been filed against the City of Bellingham, Washington by the Seattle-based medical marijuana advocacy group Cannabis Action Coalition, setting the stage for another battle over the legality of medicinal cannabis dispensaries.

The lawsuit, filed on July 15, challenges the Bellingham City council's unanimous July 1 vote to impose interim zoning restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries by means of an "emergency" ordinance, reports John Stark at The Bellingham Herald.

One of those signing the lawsuit, filed in Whatcom County Superior Court, is Martin Nickerson, operator of the Northern Cross Collective downtown. Nickerson and two of his employees were arrested in March 2012, and are facing a November 12, 2013 criminal trial on several felony counts for alleged possession and sale of marijuana.

Nickerson and his lawyers have filed two previous lawsuits challenging the city's actions.

Five days after police raided Northern Cross in 2012, attorneys representing Northern Cross sought an injunction to block the city taking further action. Nickerson and his employees had gone to great lengths to keep the collective's activities within state law, according to the attorneys.

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