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Kansas: August Hearing Set In Cancer Patient's Felony Medical Marijuana Case

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A motions hearing for a Kansas cancer patient facing felony marijuana charges has been scheduled for August to provide more time for review of his medical history.

Retired science teacher Terry Lynn Rugg, 64, of Ottawa, Kansas, is charged with marijuana cultivation, possession with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia, all of which are felonies, reports Doug Carder at the Ottawa Herald. He was arrested on October 29, 2015.

Rugg's attorney, John Boyd, had already said he would provide the Franklin County Attorney's Office with Rugg's medical history, in hopes of reaching a plea bargain.

The prosecutor's office has indicated it wants to review Rugg's full medical records, which would require more time, Boyd said at his client's status conference on Monday morning.

Rugg has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, bladder cancer and urethral cancer, according to Boyd.

Kentucky: Sheriff's Office Asks Drug Dealers To Turn In Their Rivals

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Is it the American way? A sheriff's office in Kentucky is encouraging drug dealers to turn in their rivals, counting on old-fashioned greed to help them make arrests.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office on August 3 posted a flyer on its Facebook page, reports the Associated Press. "Attention Drug Dealers," the flyer, which features a marijuana leaf, reads. "Is your Drug Dealing Competition Costing You Money?"

"We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition!" the flyer reads. "Report your Competition to Us!

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton claimed the post was funny, but the sheriff's department isn't joking.

At the bottom, people are asked to fill out information about the drug dealer they are reporting, including the dealer's name and vehicle.

"It is a great idea and hopefully spurs some more action on our tip line," posted the Franklin County Sheriff Facebook account.

The post had gotten 941 Facebook "Likes" and 3,079 shares as of Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Melton claimed he got the idea from the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office in Georgia.

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