Scheuermann’s attitude toward the Kennedys and their marijuana cultivation, it turned out, was the prevailing one. The former mayor and her husband have reported experiencing no ill-treatment or ostracism in Jamaica since their arrest. A new Des Moines Register poll released in early February showed that, for the first time since the question was first asked in 2013, a majority of Iowans supported legalization.
LaDonna Kennedy resigned immediately after the arrest. But the Kennedys, longtime fixtures and known good samaritans, have enjoyed a great deal of support from members of their community.
Only a year before her arrest, LaDonna underwent hip surgery. Before the surgery, she dealt with constant pain that, at times, left her barely mobile. She turned to marijuana to help mitigate it and help with sleep.
LaDonna got into local politics in the 1990s. She loved her safe little town where everyone knew each other, and wanted to give back. She moved back and forth between the mayorship and the council until 2019.
On the day of the arrest, the police report claimed there were 18 marijuana plants on the premises, but Randy Kennedy claims there were only nine, just three more than the legal limit in states such as California.
Police arrived at their front door without a warrant on 16 January, reportedly in search of an 18-year-old wanted for shooting a woman in nearby Ames. According to the Guthrie county police, the “overwhelming odor of raw marijuana” led to the discovery of a large crop of marijuana plants. The couple was arrested, and LaDonna Kennedy stepped down from her position as mayor shortly after.
“I grew up in that town and it means something to me,” she said. “It was a safe place to grow up and I needed to take care of it.”
The initial reporting by Iowa media, largely sourced from Guthrie county authorities, had all the low-stakes scandal and situational irony to make a trending news story on social media. The story took off, with many articles noting the time of the arrest in the lead of their story (420 is shorthand for cannabis), while the Kennedys were besieged by the media in the wake of their arrest.
The Investigative Committee did not say whether it detained the officer or released him pending the investigation.
Investigators and Federal Security Service (FSB) agents found two marijuana plantations run by the drug enforcement officer, the Pskov region’s Investigative Committee branch said Saturday.
Authorities opened the investigation after the suspect, the deputy head of a local drug enforcement agency, staged a drug bust in the western Russian town of Velikiye Luki last week.
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A senior Russian narcotics officer is suspected of growing marijuana with the intent of planting the drugs on innocent people, investigators have said .
“The suspect organized the collection of cannabis by a local resident in order to artificially improve personal indicators of uncovering and curbing drug crimes,” the investigators said in an earlier statement.
Agents found two marijuana plantations run by the drug enforcement officer, investigators said. Dmitry Rogulin / TASS
The unnamed officer faces up to 10 years in prison on charges of exceeding his authority and up to 10 years on drug trafficking charges.
Russian police work on a quota system in which senior officers are known to order their subordinates to “ lie, invent crimes or provoke people into committing them ” to fulfill quotas.
When he was interviewed Smith accepted he was a “heavy user” of cannabis and claimed he smoked 50 or 60 joints a day. He said he was growing it for himself.
Smith was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 10 days of a rehabilitation activity. He must pay £100 towards prosecution costs.
Judge Twomlow said: “It is a long time since he has been in any trouble.”
Police said the set-up contained more expensive equipment than they would usually find in a home-growing facility.
Officers found 24 cannabis plants along with plant food, heat lamps, and fans.
The court heard Gwent Police executed a drugs warrant at Gwern Avenue in Senghenydd, Caerphilly, on June 28 last year.
Nicholas Smith admitted he was responsible for cultivating 46 plants – some in a basement and others in the attic of a nearby flat in Caerphilly.