Wrangell’s only proposed pot business has been given the go-ahead, pending the approval of a local building permit.Listen nowThe Wrangell Borough Assembly approved Happy Cannabis for both cultivation and retail Tuesday. The Marijuana Control Board approved owner Kelsey Martinsen’s plan earlier this month, but there is some uncertainty whether local residents will be able buy marijuana.Martinsen is weighing the burden of a new excise tax implemented by the borough.Earlier this month, the assembly approved a $10-per-ounce excise tax for cultivators and $2 per ounce for plant remains. That’s on top of the state’s charges, $50 per ounce for marijuana and $15 per ounce for leftovers.Martinsen planned to produce about 16 pounds of marijuana per week and estimates the local tax could equate to about $200,000 annually. At that quantity, Martinsen would also be paying the state about $650,000 per year for the buds he’s growing.The assembly also voted to limit the hours of operation for retail shops between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.Martinsen spent thousands of dollars on the application process and has been working towards opening his doors for over a year. He renovated part of his current business, the Diamond C Café, to house both his cultivation and retail operation. Martinsen explained it may be hard to compete with the black market with the taxes in place. Happy Cannabis’ doors will remain closed for now.
An accused in a case filed over the ‘gun attack’ on a senior police officer was killed in a reported gunfight between detectives and criminals in Jurain graveyard area of the city early Tuesday, reports UNB. The detectives recovered two pistols, two magazines and, a bullet from the spot after the ‘gun battle’ that also left three members of the Detective Branch of police injured.The deceased, aged around 30, could not be identified yet.Senior assistant commissioner (DB, West Zonal Team) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Shahadat Hossain said his team arrested Delwar Hossain Shanta, an accused in the case filed with Shyampur police station over the gun attack on DB AC Rahul Patwari, from Jatrabari area on Monday night.According to his statement, the DB team conducted a drive near Gate-2 of Jurain graveyard around 1:40am today to arrest his cohorts, he said.Sensing the presence of the detectives, the criminals, numbering four, opened fire on them which forced the law enforcers to retaliate, Shahadat said.During the exchange of fire, one of the criminals sustained bullet injuries while others fled the scene, he said, adding that three DB men were also injured in the incident.Later, the bullet-hit criminal was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead around 4:00am, said Mahbubul Haque, sub-inspector of Shyampur police station.Senior AC Rahul sustained bullet injuries as criminals fired gunshots when he along with his team members was conducting an operation against illegal firearms in Shyampur area on 12 August.
Share What the criminal case against Arkema could mean for other companiesEarlier this month, a Harris County grand jury indicted chemical manufacturer Arkema for the release of toxic chemicals after its plant flooded during Harvey. Harris County prosecutors allege Arkema “recklessly” released those toxic chemicals into the air as fires burned within the facility, allegedly making Crosby residents and first-responders sick.The facility took on six feet of floodwater during the storm, resulting in the failure of the plant’s power generators and causing explosions of those toxic chemicals. Additional sentence for woman convicted of illegal votingA North Texas woman convicted of illegal voting has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for violating her parole from a fraud case by casting a ballot.Crystal Mason was sentenced in March to five years in state prison for voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election. When she voted, Mason was on parole from a previous federal fraud charge. State law prohibits voting by a person still serving a sentence for a crime.This week, Mason was convicted in federal court because voting was a violation of her parole. Colorado fracking battle of interest to Texas companiesIn Colorado, voters will soon decide whether to significantly limit oil and gas drilling near homes and businesses, a brewing battle with ramifications for Texas companies and, possibly, the state’s own economy. Naturally, Texas companies have a stake in the outcome. Former Enron CEO released from prisonPat Sullivan/APFormer Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling is escorted from the federal courthouse Friday, June 21, 2013, in Houston after being re-sentenced for his role in the energy giants’ collapse. Skilling was resentenced to 14 years as part of a court-ordered reduction and a separate agreement with prosecutors. The decision brought a protracted legal conclusion to one of the most notorious U.S. financial scandals. Skilling has been in prison since 2006, when he was sentenced to more than 24 years by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake. But an appeals court vacated his prison term in 2009, ruling that a sentencing guideline was improperly applied. That meant a reduction of as much as nine years. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling has been released from prison. Skilling has been sent to a halfway house in Texas, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.Skilling was Enron’s CEO and was convicted of multiple counts of fraud and insider trading in connection with the collapse of the Houston-based energy giant. Labor Day weekend has become one of the deadliestAccording to figures from the Texas Department of Transportation that go back to 2013, about 40 people on average are killed in crashes around the state over the Labor Day weekend. Authorities say drunk driving is a big problem, but speed and distraction are also factors. Local School Districts Top List of Clients for Alternative Special Ed SchoolsLast school year, more than three dozen school districts in Greater Houston contracted with the Harris County Department of Education for special ed services, from Galveston to Magnolia.The biggest client was the Alief Independent School District. It spent over $1 million on seats at one of the county agency’s alternative schools. That’s according to public records obtained by News 88.7.