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ACLU: Marijuana arrests in NC racially biased

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The American Civil Liberties Union says new figures show arrests for marijuana possession are racially biased in the country and North Carolina, where blacks account for 50 percent of the arrests while comprising 22 percent of the population. Full story...
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Medical marijuana boosters rally at NC legislature

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North Carolina medical marijuana advocates are poised to rally outside the Legislature in support of a legalization bill. Full story...
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Effort building to change US pot laws

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From legalizing the industrial production of hemp to establishing a federal tax, an effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws. Full story...
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WPD investigate overnight shooting

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video A robbery could have turned deadly overnight in Wilmington. A 19-year-old man was shot after three men in hooded sweatshirts stormed into his apartment. Full story...
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Link between pot smoking and IQ drop challenged

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A study last year suggested that regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ. Now a new analysis is challenging that conclusion. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach workers arrested in uniform allegedly selling drugs

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video An undercover drug bust landed two Wrightsville Beach employees behind bars. The shocking part: they were both in their work uniforms when they allegedly made a drug deal in Carolina Beach. Full story...
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Calabash couple charged with running pot grow house

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video A Calabash couple is in jail charged with running a marijuana growing operation in their home. Brunswick County Sheriff's narcotics agents arrested Lee David Foster, 40, and Melissa Marie Foster, 37, for maintaining a dwelling to keep and sell a controlled substance and other drug crimes. Full story...
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Onslow man, Wilmington woman busted for pot grow house

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A Sneads Ferry man and a Wilmington woman are charged with running a marijuana grow house in Sneads Ferry. Full story...
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Pot could be tax windfall, but skeptics abound

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Marijuana legalization pending in three states this fall could turn the drug into a serious cash crop and a tax windfall. But there are more questions than answers about the tax implications of legalization measures before voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Full story...
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New Hanover, Pender deputies arrest man with four pounds of pot

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New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies say a man they consider a long-time drug dealer is behind bars after an eight-week investigation. Investigators say they arrested Darryl Bernard Pearsall Jr. Tuesday and charged him with a host of marijuana-related drug charges. Full story...
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New Hanover deputies bust marijuana grow house

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A New Hanover County man is in jail accused of running an indoor marijuana grow operation. Harold Monroe Becker Jr., 56, faces multiple felony drug charges. Full story...
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Bladen detectives look for owner of pot plants found in field

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An anonymous tip led detectives from the Bladen County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit to nearly 200 marijuana plants growing in a field. Full story...
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Police investigating death find pot grow house

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Police responding to a call about a man dead in his home stumbled upon a marijuana grow operation. Full story...
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Mexican cartels using small NC towns to traffic drugs

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videoWilmington certainly fits the bill for a cartel sub-hub. It has the obligatory major thoroughfare, I-40, which runs all the way to Barstow, CA, 2,500 miles away. Wilmington's Latinos constitute only around 6 percent of the city's population, but outlying counties like Cumberland, Sampson and Duplin have watched their Latino numbers skyrocket in the past two decades. Employment -- construction in the city and farming in the counties -- is the big draw. Full story...
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