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Homeowner questions city cleanup

By William R. Toler [Note: the following was written as an article for the Richmond County Daily Journal.] ROCKINGHAM — A man says the city sent people into his yard to take his property, then stuck him with the tab. … Continue reading

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N.C. men fighting for patients’ rights to medical marijuana

By William R. Toler Two men. Two cases. One plant. One cause. Although separated by 140 miles, Todd Stimson and Robert Dorr are fighting the same fight in the courts: the right of all people to use cannabis as a … Continue reading

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Medical cannabis advocate arrested

By William R. Toler Medical cannabis activist Robert Dorr wanted to get arrested. Wednesday night, he got his wish. His brother tells the Independent Register that Dorr was arrested Wednesday evening and is, at the time of this writing, in … Continue reading

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Prohibition isn’t over…but it should be

By William R. Toler Eighty years ago, Congress decided to appeal a constitutional amendment with another constitutional amendment ending the nationwide ban on alcohol. The thirteen-year dry spell is known as and referred to as prohibition. And that ended. Well…sort … Continue reading

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To spray or not to spray for mosquitoes?

By Corey Friedman A few minutes down the road from Wilson County — the home of this year’s first confirmed West Nile virus case in North Carolina — there’s a town with something of a mosquito problem. Robert Johnson, an … Continue reading

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Medical marijuana advocates support Stimson

By William R. Toler HENDERSONVILLE, NC– “Different strains for different pains.” That was one of the chants shouted outside the Henderson County Courthouse Friday as nearly two dozen people came out to support Todd Stimson and medical marijuana. Most supporters … Continue reading

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NC medical cannabis grower raided

By William R. Toler Last Thursday, men with guns broke into Todd Stimson’s home to steal plants. Stimson says he was brushing his teeth when he noticed police cars from the bathroom window. As he was going out to meet … Continue reading

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NC lawmakers consider prescription for cold meds

By Corey Friedman The bottle of bleach in your laundry room can compromise a crime scene by destroying DNA, potentially setting a killer free. Freon, the refrigerant in home air conditioners, can be huffed as an intoxicant. And pseudoephedrine, the … Continue reading

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State licensing burdens businesses

By Corey Friedman Gov.-elect Pat McCrory wants to make North Carolina more business-friendly. Reducing corporate taxes, which are fifth-highest among 14 Southeastern states, was a key plank in his campaign platform. If McCrory and the Republican-led General Assembly are serious … Continue reading

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Former Marine detained, held for mental evaluation over Facebook posts

By William R. Toler In a move that would have only seemed possible to some during the Bush Administration, a Virginia man has been taken into custody and is being held against his will, without criminal charges. Former Marine Brandon Raub … Continue reading

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Lemonade, lactose and liberty

By William R. Toler As a writer, it would be great if my lead sentence could be: Lemonade will fill the Reflecting Pool in the nation’s capitol Aug. 17 & 18. But that’s probably not accurate. What is accurate is that … Continue reading

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Supreme Court approves taxation of not buying something

William R. Toler I don’t even know where to begin. The Supreme Court of the United States of America effectively ruled Thursday that the federal government can tax the people for NOT doing something. The central issue regarding the Affordable … Continue reading

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License to blog?

By William R. Toler I love North Carolina. It’s a beautiful state, from the miles of beaches on the Atlantic Coast to the hazy hills of the southern Appalachians. But sometimes the idoacy of the “powers that be” make me sad … Continue reading

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Why the war on weed?

By Adam Carlson “Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, … Continue reading

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FDA milk ban has consumers sour

By William R. Toler Recent statements by the Food and Drug Administration have natural food advocates crying out over raw milk. In a dismissal brief to a lawsuit brought against the FDA by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, the agency … Continue reading

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