Miami Architect Sweetened Job Listing for Colorado Office with Promise of Legal Pot

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Max Strang is one of Miami's leading young architects. He's best known for his mid-century modern homes, and operates out of a Coconut Grove office. Though, his firm also keeps a satellite branch in a remote part of Telluride, Colorado. So last fall when he was looking to fill a position in that office he added an unusual benefit to the job listing: legalized marijuana.

No, he wasn't actually going to give the eventual job applicant some "welcome to the office" green, but the listing made clear he didn't care if you smoked on your own time.

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Coast Guard Offloads $110 Million of Seized Cocaine in Miami Beach

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The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded roughly $110 million worth of cocaine in Miami Beach this morning, which actually carried a rough street value of about $330 million. The more than 3,300 kilos of llello were interdicted during two separate incidents as part of the Coast Guard's Operation Martillo, an operation that targets international shipments of cocaine coming into America, usually through Miami.

See also: SOUTHCOM Chief: Latin Leaders Think U.S. Marijuana Legalization Is Hypocritical

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U.S. Supreme Court Might Take Up Rick Scott's "Drug Test Everyone" Plan

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Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida -- from department heads to minimum wage DMV janitors -- has already failed the common-sense test and an appeals court ruling. A trial run of the program found that almost no state employees were failing, while an appeals court ruled that the program violated the constitution.

But Scott hasn't given up on the idea yet. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely decide this week whether to take up the latest petition filed by Scott's lawyers.

See also: Rick Scott's State Employee Drug Testing Ruled Unconstitutional

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2013 Ultra Music Festival Death Caused by Bath Salts Overdose, Medical Examiner Says

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Bath salts containing methylone
It is too early to tell what, exactly, killed Adonis Escoto, the 21-year-old Ultra-goer found dead inside a car parked near the music festival on Saturday night.

But the tragedy was a reminder of a similar incident from last year, when Anthony Cassano -- a boy of almost the exact same age as Escoto -- died at Ultra from a drug overdose.

In light of Escoto's death, Riptide went back and pulled Cassano's toxicology report, which has previously been unreported. According to a report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office (included below), Cassano had marijuana in his system when he died. The cause of death, however, was "acute methylone toxicity" -- in other words, a methylone overdose.

See also: Ultra Music Festival: Police Say Anthony Cassano, 20, Likely Died of Drug Overdose

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Police Bust Father-and-Son Drug Dealers Who Had 23 Guns

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Like many families in Miami, Nelson Valeriano Rodriguez and Nelson Angel Rodriguez were running a father and son business together. Thier's just happened to be a drug ring. Miami-Dade police busted the pair yesterday after receiving an anonymous tip.

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Poll: 74 Percent of Floridians Support Medical Marijuana

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Poll numbers about how many Floridians support legalizing medical marijuana seem to be all over the place -- well, except below the 60 percent necessary it would need to pass. A new University of North Florida poll shows that 74 percent of Floridians intend to vote to legalize medicinal pot in November. That's down from 82 percent in a poll from November, but again, unless there's some dramatic shift, all signs continue to point to this thing passing.

See also: How to Grow Pot for (Soon to Be) Legal Profit: Inside Cannabis Career Institute's Miami Seminar

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Miami's First Marijuana School Could Open in April

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Miamians hoping to take their careers to a higher level might get the chance as soon as next month. Medical marijuana may still be a pipe dream in Florida, but Jeremy Bufford, the founder of Medical Marijuana Tampa, says he's planning to open South Florida's first school aimed at teaching weed entrepreneurship.

Here's how the school will work: Students fork over $499 for about a month's worth of classes, which are either spaced out four days a week or consolidated into weekend classroom marathons.

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SOUTHCOM Chief: Latin Leaders Think U.S. Marijuana Legalization Is Hypocritical

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Gen. John F. Kelly, the chief of the Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, gave a surprisingly candid testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday. He said that because of budget cuts and inadequate funding he's only able to stop about 26 percent of illegal drugs that head from Latin America into the United States.

"I simply sit and watch it go by," he said.

However, Kelly didn't shy away from some domestic policy either. He suggested that efforts to legalize marijuana in some states bewilders Latin American leaders who think it's hypocritical.

See Also: Miami Democrat Files Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida.

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World's Saddest "Grow House" Busted in Miami Springs By Unchill Tipster

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Not exactly Nancy Botwin.
The snitch knew many things about Luis Silva. He or she knew knew his name, date of birth and address. He or she could describe the 41-year-old father's grey Dodge Charger with a paper tag and knew that Silva wasn't supposed to be driving it, because his license had been suspended 10 times. But one thing the tipster didn't know was how many marijuana plants Silva was harvesting inside his home.

The first clue should have come from Silva's housing situation: He lived in a 300-square-foot Miami Springs efficiency with two kids and a dog. The operation couldn't have been much bigger than a dorm-room set-up, by necessity.

But what officers found was worse than a college freshman's get-rich-quick scheme. It was actually kind of sad. Cops found nothing more than some frail-looking plants hanging from wire hangers in a closet. In all, they seized 515 grams worth of weed, as well as an instructional manual on how to grow it.

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Florida Moves Towards Medical Marijuana As House Committee Passes "Charlotte's Web" Bill

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After decades of the war on drugs, countless efforts to decriminalize dope, and tens of thousands of drug arrests, Florida has finally reached a turning point. The marijuana movement has reached critical mass.

In January, the state supreme court ruled that voters can decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana in November. Some Floridians may not even have to wait that long. Yesterday, one of the legislature's most conservative committees voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill allowing certain strains of marijuana for epilepsy patients.

"Frankly, we need to be a state where guys like me, who are cancer victims, aren't criminals in seeking treatment I'm entitled too," said Dave Hood, a Republican trial lawyer on the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice.

See also: Miami Democrat Files Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida


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