State Police say they pulled over Stephen Yakopeck III, the son of Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopeck, last Wednesday on Route 22 in Murrysville for an alleged traffic violation and it was discovered that he had 14 lbs of marijuana wrapped in 1 lb packages. Police also discovered that Yakopeck had a growing operation in his home, where an additional 7-8 lbs of suspected marijuana, marijuana plants, over $3,000 in cash and two guns.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — For as long as most residents can remember, smoking marijuana has been a part of life here. The fact that California legalized the practice in January went practically unnoticed in this quiet town a half-hour’s drive north of San Francisco, where some say the normalization of America’s marijuana culture got its start.
For Quintin Pohl and other teenagers before him, smoking pot was a rite of passage. It was a diversion from the loneliness he felt at home when his parents were splitting up and a salve for middle-school angst. It was his entire social life in seventh and eighth grades, he said, when social life is everything.
Even though nearly all his friends were using marijuana and seeming to enjoy it, Pohl said, at some point his marijuana use took a turn he never saw coming: He became addicted.
Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a well-defined disorder that includes physical withdrawal symptoms, cravings and psychological dependence. Many say it is on the rise, perhaps because of the increasing potency of genetically engineered plants and the use of concentrated products, or because more users are partaking multiple times a day.
It’s up to the provinces and territories to determine how to handle distribution, and they’re taking a variety of approaches.
Mail-order weed? You betcha!
With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.
And yes, Canadians will be able to order cannabis online and have it delivered through the mail — something that’s illegal in the United States.
Recreational marijuana may soon be legal in Canada, after both the House of Commons and the Senate approved the Cannabis Act. Legal sales are likely to begin before the end of summer after the Senate voted 52-29 Tuesday night to approve the bill, the CBC reports.
“We’ve just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition,” Sen. Tony Dean, one of the bill’s sponsors, told the CBC. “Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government.”
Jeannette police seized 57 marijuana plants from a house earlier this month and arrested the occupant.
Aaron Thomas Hopkins, 37, is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on drug-related offenses.
Police reported in court papers that they searched the Bennett Avenue home on Friday and found Hopkins inside along with two marijuana grow rooms.
Inside the one room were 21 marijuana plans and three grow lights. Thirty-six plants were found in the second room along with three lights and a calendar which detailed maintenance and care of the plants, according to an affidavit.