(IN) Judge dismisses Cannabis Church’s case that cited RFRA to defend pot as a sacrament

Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star Published 5:41 p.m. ET July 7, 2018The First Church of Cannabis went up in smoke in Marion Circuit Court.A judge Friday dismissed the church's 3-year-old case against the city and state that contended the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, protected the use of marijuana as a sacrament.An attorney for the …

Pot-growing ‘Cornbread Mafia’ chief, after 8 years on the run, is heading to prison

By Bill [email protected] 15, 2018 07:00 PM A Kentucky man who helped lead what was once called the biggest marijuana-growing operation in the nation was sentenced Thursday to four years and nine months in federal prison.John Robert “Johnny” Boone, now 74, headed the colorfully named “Cornbread Mafia,” which federal authorities said grew more than 180 …

Feds: Fugitive ex-leader of "Cornbread Mafia" pot ring nabbed in Canada

  By Crimesider Staff CBS/AP December 22, 2016, 7:49 PM MONTREAL -- The reputed former leader of the notorious Kentucky-based “Cornbread Mafia” marijuana ring has been captured in Canada after eight years on the run, according to the U.S. Marshals. John “Johnny” Boone was taken into custody by Canadian law enforcement officials Thursday after the …

Class-action suit challenges constitutionality of civil forfeiture

Fatima Hussein , IndyStar 10:17 p.m. EST November 27, 2016   Criminal defense attorney Jeff Cardella wears his beliefs on his sleeve, in the form of a pair of large, pastel yellow "Don't Tread On Me" cuff links. In between explanations of his libertarian principles, the 34-year-old Cardella  said his clients may not always be …

ATTENTION KENTUCKY: ANOTHER PIPELINE PLAN FOR NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS

Saturday, 08 November 2014 10:00         The alarm is ringing again for Kentuckians who already stopped one potentially hazardous pipeline project. Public backlash plugged plans for the Bluegrass Pipeline, which included building 180 miles of new pipeline to help transport natural gas liquids from the Northeast to the Gulf Coast. Now, less …

From Bootlegging to Pot Trafficking

    The outlaws of Marion County, Kentucky, defy one Prohibition after another. Mike Riggs | July 13, 2012 The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate's Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History, by James Higdon, When the United States lost the Philippines to Japan in December 1941, it also lost its …

Entire second printing of Kentucky author James Higdon’s ‘Cornbread Mafia’ stolen

  A semi trailer containing 1,600 copies of “The Cornbread Mafia” by Kentucky author James Higdon was stolen from a storage lot in Elgin, Ill., on the night of April 28, according to police in the town, located about 40 miles west of Chicago. The trailer contained the book’s entire second printing, as well as …