Dodgers minor leaguers suspended for marijuana use

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An increasing number of Americans believe marijuana should be decriminalized, but on Tuesday came a sobering reminder that testing positive for the drug can still have significant consequences.

Years-old stash of marijuana found inside NM woman's van

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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman drove a van for more than 13 years without realizing there was marijuana hidden inside.

State Rep Says If Bill Fails, He May Smuggle Cannabis Oil Himself

January 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Last year, Chey Wilson sent his wife and 8-year-old daughter Ava to Colorado so she could get legal medical marijuana treatments for her epileptic seizures.

But with the introduction of a new medical marijuana bill – backed by powerful co-sponsors and a majority of the Georgia House, Wilson says he believes his family's separation can end soon.

"This is the only thing that has given her seizure-free days," he said.

Although the new bill would remove some legal hurdles, some would remain. At the insistence of Gov. Nathan Deal, the bill would not allow in-state production of cannabis oil. Transport of cannabis oil across state lines is still a violation of federal law.

The bill sponsor, Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), says he's in talks with a cannabis oil maker to ship it directly to Georgia. If that fails, Peake says he may smuggle it himself.

"But maybe it's time for somebody like me to risk being arrested to bring this product back for these families in order to show the lunacy of a federal law that says I can be in possession of a legal product in Colorado, and I can be in possession of a legal product in Georgia but I'm gonna get arrested because I'm driving through Kansas," Peake said.

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Dry-Powder Inhaler Delivers Cannabis Like A Medicine

January 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Since humankind has discovered healing properties of herbs like cannabis, inhalation through smoke has been the delivery method of choice. Smoking cannabis makes the molecules go straight to the blood and brain. It’s great for some people, but for those using cannabis medicinally –– and want to work, drive and tend to their children –– rolling and smoking a joint with all of its psychoactive effects isn’t appropriate.

Meet LaraPharm, an Israeli company that plans on delivering cannabis through an inhaler, not as a wet vapor, oil, or in a brownie, but as a synthetic material put inside a dry puff inhaler, the same inhalers used to treat asthma.

It is the first company in the world to take THC and other cannabinoids and attempt to deliver them this way. Rita Alter (left), the CEO and founder of LaraPharm, founded the company four 4 years ago and has put her family savings behind the idea: she believes it could be a winning solution for the multi-billion pharmaceutical companies that want to go into the medical cannabis business but who don’t know how to approach cannabis from a medicinal standpoint.

Cannabis growing to $40 billion in the US

The major Pharma companies cannot sell joints, says Alter: “They need a pharmaceutical medicine with controlled dosage and efficacy. For them, the medical cannabis business is a multi-billion dollar game they’re left out of. LaraPharm can turn the tables on that and provide them with a viable medicine replacing medical marijuana,” she tells Green Prophet.

It was in the clinical setting that Alter first got turned onto cannabis. Four years ago she was working for the Helsinki Review Board at an Israeli hospital. The international review board oversees clinical trials and makes sure that doctors are not breaching human rights and are delivering the experimental medicines as required. There, she noticed the real need for a medicinal form of medical marijuana.

Along with their prescribed medicines, top doctors, heads of wards, were telling patients suffering from extreme pain or gastrointestinal problems to take their medicines but also to go home at night and smoke a joint. Because pot can help, they told their patients.

“It was strange to hear many senior doctors telling their patients suffering from pain or stomach ailments to go home and smoke some marijuana,” says Alter. “Of course it sounded weird at first. But I understood that marijuana is a plant with great therapeutic qualities.”

Alter knew that she was onto something and started furiously researching and mapping cannabis use throughout the centuries. What happened next is what makes Alter part of Israel’s Startup Nation: With a background in microbiology, human immunology and genetics Alter started working on a company: “I looked at the use of cannabis in cultures around the world, as a medicine for giving birth, and then the later demonization of cannabis that spread throughout Europe until recent times.”

She could do something new.

Alter then collected scientists who’d worked at the failed Israeli cannabis company Pharmos, to treat pain, and those from respected pharma companies like Taro and Teva. They dove, quite literally, into pot together.

Some $250,000 has been put into the company so far. Unlike in the US where research on cannabis compounds is illegal on the federal level, in Israel it is not and talking about it and dealing with it has become in a way commonplace, although it is illegal to smoke recreationally in Israel.

Taking marijuana to clinical studies

Today, with her advisors, and an investment from Therapix, a local publicly traded bio-med investment company, Alter is building a startup in Israel to help people dose themselves using a new kind of inhaler that delivers medical grade synthetic cannabis molecules just like an asthma inhaler.

Alter has built the breakthrough formulation design, filed a patent and is now looking for an investment of about $13 million USD to enter clinical trials with expected commercial launch within two years.

She aims to create a medical solution that can portion out medical grade and replicable doses of synthetic, cannabis-like drugs to sick people who need it most. The drug will be developed in such a way that the dose will be standard and reliable, to meter out the same effects every time.

Consider that the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly that had a cannabis extract on the market 100 years ago. The same company today might want to get into cannabis but doesn’t have a channel.

Also, today the landscape is bleak for people in need of medical cannabis. Just smoking the plant flowers can’t ensure a regular and reliable dose due to genetic variations of the plants being grown, how it’s grown and how it’s administered.

Meanwhile in terms of pain relief there haven’t been any advances since NSAIDs (Ibuprofen) or opiates which can be highly addictive, says Alter: “I saw the need and dug in.”

Scientists today estimate that cannabis contains 70 or more active compounds. THC, the chemical that gets you high in pot is one of the most therapeutically influential but it is also only one of 70. What Alter plans to do is build a platform solution so that drug companies can build dozens or more of their own drugs, based on these molecules in any combination and then deliver them through the inhaler.

Can LaraPharm put the major Pharma companies back into what’s estimated to be a $40 billion legal market in the US alone by 2020?

“Well we aren’t the first to think about the need,” Alter says humbly. There is Marinol, a company with $200 million in sales that produces a synthetic THC and delivers it with sesame oil. It’s been on the market for 30 years to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and reportedly works very poorly. After reaching the blood and due to the liver pass there is a dumping effect and a person gets high for a long period of time.”

Then there is GW Pharma, a $1.3 billion company with contracts in 25 countries that produces a THC and CBD spray (Sativex) which is absorbed sublingually, or under the tounge. The company is listed on the LSE and NASDAQ stock exchanges but you can’t find it in the US, she says. “Patients globally report dissatisfaction from this solution and the Sativex sales never really took-off.”

Those two companies pretty much sums up the international business for medical cannabis pharmaceuticals, Alter notes.

Alter thinks the delivery system is the problem, because, she nods, “think about how most people use cannabis today? They smoke joints.”

What she’s done is developed a dry inhaler, the same kind used for asthma sufferers, and has loaded it with a dried powder made form synthetic THC. While the THC is not patentable, the delivery method is: how the powder is made and how the combinations of drugs can be formulated for specific diseases.

It is the know-how of this unique formulation and pharmaceutical constituents that Alter wants to use to entice large pharmaceutical companies.

Over in Jerusalem, where THC was discovered by Prof. Raphael Mechoulam in the 60s “he is screaming for someone to do something with these molecules,” Alter says.

Indeed. Among the many times I’ve interviewed Mechoulam he says that a replicable, medicinal grade dosage system is highly sought after.

LaraPharm includes a management team of six that started working on the product three years ago. So far Alter has invested her family savings into the company, about $250,000 and an investment in the company this past summer by the Israeli company Therapix.

Today she is seeking about $12 million to get her through the 12 months of animal studies, lung tests, and first-in-man clinical trials. When done, she plans to go ahead to pass Phase II regulations.

Then comes the bigger mountains to climb that people who smoke joints don’t think about: Alter will need about $150 million to turn LaraPharm into a global leader providing cannabis-based solutions for the development of a whole family of novel drugs for unmet medical needs.

Is she crazy?

The pharma business is risky, with high stakes, but the rewards can be worth it, she says. Especially if you are always aware of the real goals of this enterprise, Alter says.

“My motto is: let’s help sick people first.”

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Alaska Cannabis Club Plans To Open Medical Marijuana Dispensary On Legalization Day

January 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Following an eviction from its clubhouse at the former Kodiak Bar in downtown Anchorage, the Alaska Cannabis Club is moving forward with plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Feb. 24, the day recreational marijuana becomes legalized in Alaska.

Come Feb. 24, “this is the place to get your weed,” said club owner Charlo Greene, whose legal name is Charlene Egbe. Greene gained notoriety after quitting her job as a reporter on-air and revealing herself as the owner of the cannabis club.

But regulators warned that the club’s business plans are dangerous.

The club moved back to its original location on Gambell Street in downtown Anchorage in mid-January, after being evicted from its clubhouse due to lack of insurance.

The current clubhouse, a gray, unmarked building, looks like a small home from the outside. Inside, the living and dining room have been converted into a lounge. On the far wall, a glass case displays pipes, edibles and a spice rack filled with bottles of different cannabis strains. A bedroom in the back has been converted into a small classroom where the club plans to hold educational seminars.

On Feb. 24, the clubhouse will open its doors to all medical marijuana cardholders, Greene said. Alaska’s initiative allows for individuals to give as much as 1 ounce of marijuana to another person, and she is banking on that provision to begin her dispensary. The sale of marijuana remains illegal, however.

“Whoever comes in as a medical patient … (they will) make a donation,” Greene said, and get products in return, up to the 1 ounce allowed by the initiative.

Already stocked in the clubhouse Thursday were a variety of edibles -- brownies, cake pops and other baked goods -- that the club will begin selling on Feb. 24.

Greene’s legal reasoning behind starting the dispensary is that the initiative requires licenses for recreational marijuana businesses, not medical dispensaries. Her club functions as a nonprofit, she says, although it has not filed for nonprofit status. All proceeds are reimbursements for the growers and help the club stay open, she said.

Greene acknowledges that the term “donation” is a matter of semantics when referring to the exchange of money for pot. However, she claims that “donations aren’t mandatory” and the clubhouse is following the letter of the law.

The clubhouse will also begin a “co-op” for its members who are recreational marijuana users, according to Greene. Members will exchange marijuana products between themselves, she said, buying and selling goods.

Here again, Greene insists the club is following the law. “There’s nothing written about co-ops” in state statute, Greene said. “Whenever (the state) roll(s) out with something that says we can’t, then we’ll shift and we won’t.”

The club has secured two attorneys out of state, and is also working with two paralegals in Alaska, she said.

“This is what we’ve been assured is the way that it’ll work,” Greene said, without breaking the law.

Not everyone agrees.

“I would advise somebody absolutely not to do this,” Anchorage criminal defense attorney Lance Wells said of the cannabis club's plan.

The initiative allows individuals to give each other marijuana, but not to set up medical dispensaries, Wells said.

“The courts aren’t stupid,” Wells said of using the term "donations" instead of sales. “You’re just playing word games. I would say you probably don’t have a legal defense.”

Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which is overseeing implementation of the initiative, expressed frustration regarding Greene’s plans.

“The word ‘medical’ doesn’t magically make it legal,” Franklin said. Businesses need licenses, Franklin said. The state will begin accepting business applications in Feb. 2016, according to the initiative language.

Cannabis is still a controlled substance, Franklin said. Activity that is not specifically covered under the initiative remains illegal. That includes co-ops, Frankin said. “That’s not something that’s specifically allowed.”

In addition, the Legislature continues to introduce bills that will regulate cannabis and could shift the playing field. “You can’t plan now for what the law is going to look like on Feb. 24,” Franklin said.

Franklin said businesses such as Discreet Deliveries, which is delivering marijuana before the initiative even goes into effect, and the cannabis club are giving a bad name to those in the industry who are waiting for the regulatory process to play out.

Greene is “doing a disservice for everyone who is waiting to see what the rules are,” Franklin said. “The voters voted for rules. The voters did not vote for chaos.”

“It’s just sad,” Franklin said.

Greene’s response to criticisms that she’s ruining it for others?

“Get over it. My loyalty lies to my patients,” she said.

Greene says the club has several hundred members, and doubts that the government would spend the time to shut down a medical marijuana dispensary servicing sick people.

“We’re going to do it anyway. And no, I’m not really worried. Not at all,” Greene said.

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Florida: Pinellas Sheriff Backs Medical Marijuana Legislation

January 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
The push for a full-fledged medical marijuana system has picked up an important ally.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the Tampa Bay Times Tuesday that he supports a bill introduced by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would allow a variety of patients to use a number of different marijuana strains.

Gualtieri vigorously opposed last year's proposed constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. But he said the Brandes bill is "narrowly tailored,'' gives local authorities control over dispensaries and addresses many of his other concerns about the amendment.

The bill lists specific qualifying conditions and symptoms, where the amendment made a general statement about "debilitating conditions,'' Gualtieri noted. The bill requires the approval of two physicians before a minor can qualify to use marijuana. County commissions could refuse to allow dispensaries within their jurisdictions.

The amendment, sponsored by attorney John Morgan's United for Care group, garnered 58 percent of the vote last November — just shy of the 60 percent required for passage. United for Care has tweaked the ballot language and launched a new amendment campaign for the 2016 election. Many political observers believe it will pass, if it gets on the ballot, because presidential races typically bring out younger and more Democratic-leaning voters.

The Legislature should act first to avoid enshrining medical marijuana in the Constitution, Gualtieri said.

"There are a significant number of people who want this and there is a need for it for medical purposes,'' he said. "This should be legislatively driven. We should not be talking about this in 2016.''

Gualtieri chairs the Florida Sheriff's Association legislative lobbying committee, but emphasized that he was speaking for himself, not the association. The group will take up medical marijuana at its winter meeting next week, he said, and try to forge a lobbying position.

Gualtieri said he would like to see the Brandes bill amended so patients could use only vaporizers, tinctures or topical oils, rather than smoking marijuana.

"People who want to use it for recreational purposes aren't sitting there on a Saturday night and saying "Let's get out oil and rub it on our arms,'' he said. "Smoking is a social thing.''

Last year, the Legislature legalized "Charlotte's Web,'' a non-euphoric, low THC strain of pot thought to help children with severe epilepsy. The Brandes bill would not restrict THC levels, which are important for treating pain, nausea and other conditions.

If the Brandes bill or similar legislation passes this session, United for Care will drop its new constitutional amendment campaign, executive director Ben Pollara said Tuesday.

"Our goal is not winning elections, it is passing a medical marijuana law," Pollara said. "I don't think this law is perfect, but it is real comprehensive.''

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Kansas: Voters To Consider Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal In April

January 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
The Wichita City Council decided Tuesday to place a question on April's ballot about the lessening of penalties for adult first-time offenders caught in possession of marijuana.

But even if voters approve the measure, its future is uncertain, because it would put Wichita ordinances at odds with state law.

The council's action Tuesday morning came in response to a petition calling for a vote on the issue.

According to interim city attorney Sharon Dickgrafe, the council could have responded to the petition in one of three ways — adopt the proposed ordinance themselves, put it on the ballot or file a court action asking for an opinion on the validity of the ordinance.

The proposed ordinance sets the penalty at a fine of no more than $50 for adults age 21 and older without prior offenses who are convicted of being in possession of 32 grams or less of marijuana. The current penalty, which aligns with state statute, is up to a $2,500 fine and/or up to 12 months in jail.

The only citizens to speak at Tuesday's meeting were supporters of the change. They said current penalties are too steep for something they described as a victimless crime and, often, a mistake made by a young person.
Mayoral candidate Jennifer Winn said that under current law, getting caught with a small amount of marijuana can lead to "a record that will prevent people from being a productive asset to society."

Speakers also discussed what they see as a problem of overcriminalization in the United States. As one citizen noted, Charles Koch addressed the same issue in a recent editorial in Politico. He and Mark Holden, Koch general counsel and senior vice president, wrote, "Enforcing so many victimless crimes inevitably leads to conflict between our citizens and law enforcement."

Citizens mentioned that jailing offenders for victimless crimes can be expensive. The savings for Wichita likely would be relatively minor, though, according to a memo to the council from city staff. It says that according to a sampling of bills, the city spends less than $500 per month on jail fees for defendants who are being held only for drug charges.

Meanwhile, the city would lose out on about $100,000 in fines and fees each year, staff say.

Council members appeared to have differing views on the issue of marijuana. James Clendenin said he's seen drugs tear apart families, while Mayor Carl Brewer said he shares concern about a mistake in one's past having detrimental long-term effects.

"We're children of the 70s," Brewer said. "We've either been there or we know people who have been there."

But regardless of their views on marijuana possession penalties, council members also had other issues to consider. The council must respond to the petition, but the law is not clear on how to handle a petition for an ordinance that conflicts with state statute, council member Janet Miller said.

"I want to be clear that we're not trying to be antagonistic toward the state," she said.

If the proposed ordinance change passes, it's likely the state will take action to nullify it, Miller said. At that point, it would be up to the city to decide how to respond.

"I wouldn't expect a future council to spend money to take this to court and fight state law," she said.

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Detectives Find Marijuana Operation, $2.5 Million Worth Of Plants

January 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Detectives found $90,000 of processed marijuana and about $2.5 million worth of marijuana plants at a grow operation in Benicia Monday, sheriff's officials said.

Just before 7 p.m., the Solano County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Team served a search warrant and searched a building in the 4600 block of East Second Street, according to sheriff's officials.

When they entered the building they found about 30 pounds of processed marijuana and about 825 marijuana plants, sheriff's officials said.

The discovering of the operation began about 3 p.m. Monday when Benicia police officer Armondo Sanchez got a tip about the possibility of narcotics activity in the area, according to sheriff's officials. The tip also said utilities were being stolen.

Sheriff's officials said Sanchez's investigation led him to the building on East Second Street where he smelled the odor of marijuana. A PG&E representative confirmed with Sanchez that utilities were being stolen at the site, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials said Benicia Police Department officials then got in touch with the county's narcotics team while police watched the area.

When detectives entered the building they did not find any suspects, but found a growing operation, according to sheriff's officials. Sheriff's officials said three rooms in the building were designed to grow marijuana in different stages and a fourth room was for drying.

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Pitching Marijuana Startups Brings New Meaning To High Tech

January 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Investing in a social network closely tied to a booming industry sounds great, until Apple kicks the thing you invested in out of the App Store because the platform is all about marijuana.

It’s one of the many things that can happen when two of the fastest growing industries in America come together, as is taking place this week in San Francisco, where several dozen entrepreneurs are pitching 200 or so investors, Shark Tank style.

Organizers of the investor-pitch forum cite as legitimacy the recent multimillion dollar investment by Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel‘s Founders Fund in a holding company of several marijuana-related firms. The entrepreneurs at the Fairmont Hotel are pitching startups selling marijuana-growing equipment, apps that help with medicinal marijuana delivery, and even a spray that an entrepreneur says was developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that coats marijuana with grower information, acting as a kind of DNA bar code.

“It’s more suited to what cannabis would be in the future,” says DNA Trek founder Anthony Zografos.

Since Colorado and Washington first voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in late 2012, the legal cannabis market has grown from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion last year, according to industry estimates. That kind of velocity gets the attention of investors, many of whom focus on tech.

Mass Roots, the “social network for the cannabis community,” is one of the startups pitching to members of the Arcview Group, which organized the event. Several group members have already helped MassRoots raise $1.4 million, the last half at a valuation of $25 million, MassRoots says. Then last fall, the company got a call from Apple that MassRoots and other marijuana-related apps were being shut out.

Isaac Dietrich, the 22-year-old chief executive of MassRoots who helped “conceptualize MassRoots while smoking in a college apartment,” according to the Web site, says MassRoots’ time will come. “Eventually Apple is going to change their policy,” and his company is “the first one in the gate, and hopefully will dominate this niche.”

Investor Douglas Leighton hopes so. His company, Dutchess Capital, invested in MassRoots in 2013. Mr. Leighton flew out from Boston for the forum, and said he sees upside in the App Store setback.

He reasons that if mainstream social media does not welcome the surging marijuana industry — often shutting down accounts devoted to pot businesses — that leaves an opening for MassRoots, where businesses and users can find a safe haven. “LinkedIn is your professional profile,” he said. “This is your cannabis profile.” And the data harvested about users’ marijuana use — how they check in or post about using it — is “incredibly valuable” for marijuana-related businesses, Leighton said.

Another startup pitching its blend of tech and marijuana Monday was Eaze, an app promising “medical marijuana delivered to your doorstep in about 10 minutes” by connecting users to nearby dispensaries. In true Silicon Valley style, the San Francisco startup is also seeking drivers, such as those employed by Uber and Lyft. “Do you drive professionally and know a thing or two about marijuana?” the company’s Web site asks.

Separating which startups will boom from the wacky ideas is tough, says investor Rodger Wheaton, an attorney from New Orleans who has put about $100,000 into the new industry. “There are a lot of snake-oil salesman,” Wheaton says, surveying the room.

To combat this, Wheaton invests with Poseidon Asset Management’s Pioneer Hedge Fund, which focuses solely on the cannabis industry.

Run by brother and sister team Morgan and Emily Paxhia, the San Francisco-based fund has put about $5 million into companies, including Mass Roots. Typically potential investors unfamiliar with the industry make jokes, Emily Paxhia says, asking “Oh, did you bring free samples? Ha, ha.”

Also providing investor opportunity is the Marijuana Investment Co., which runs the Marijuana Index, a free online dashboard for investors in the industry at Stock Index | | Cannabis Stock Performance.

Mr. Leighton says the industry is not just growing, but growing up. Big data, maturity of companies, and moving away from smoking are three big trends in the industry, he said. “Smoking anything isn’t good for you,” he said.

That’s where Auntie Dolores’ vegan, paleo, gluten-free glazed pecans come in. At $20 a bag for 10 “doses,” the Oakland, Calif., company’s nuts are delicious and potent, founder Julianna Carella boasts. ”About three pecans” are a recommended serving for recreational marijuana users, she said. “They’re really good, and the effects are great.”

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Going Green: Risks, Rewards Of Legal Marijuana

January 27th, 2015 by Jacob Redmond No comments »
Colorado lawmakers were given a year to draft recreational marijuana rules and regulations.

One law prohibits the public consumption of marijuana, leaving tourists searching for a legal safe place to smoke.

KCTV5's Josh Marshall went to Colorado and spoke with a man who took the law into his own hands.

"Me and my wife been together for 25 years. We have a 24-year-old daughter. Life has been good, but I've been a pot smoker my entire life," said Gary, who asked not to reveal his last name.

Under Amendment 64, a Colorado tourist can buy a quarter ounce of their favorite strain of marijuana, but they can't consume it openly in public.

"Even though I was buying legal products, I was forced to consume them illegally," Gary said.

Downtown Denver is full of cafes, restaurants and bars, but none are marijuana-smoker friendly. So in June, Gary moved to Denver and got his slice of private property.

"I found this duplex for rent. I live on one side, the other side is my man cave. It is my personal smoking space, and I invite the world to come to my house, bring their pot and be my friend. That way you can smoke legally," Gary said.

Even with a diverse background, Gary says he hasn't had any problems.

"People aren't here to be confrontational. They're not here to go pick up women or men. They're here to smoke pot and socialize, and we've had a great time," he said.

Gary's Rec Room is off the police radar because it is not commercial and doesn't make any money.

"I do this because it needed to happen," he said.

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