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More accidents…

6:55pm
Traffic crashes in NW Reno. The first is a crash on 395 at Panther Valley. The second is on northbound 395 at Lemmon Drive.

Three freeway accidents – Slow down out there…

6:52pm Update: First responders can’t find the accident at 580 and South Meadows.

6:37pm
Three freeway accidents – one at southbound 580 at South Meadows Parkway. Another on northbound 395 and Golden Valley. A third crash just occurred at southbound 580 at Damonte Ranch. Watch for emergency vehicles at all three locations.

Crash alert: Large crash northbound 395 and westbound I-80

6:07pm
Report of a traffic crash on northbound 395 and westbound I-80. Use extreme caution in the area.

6:16pm
Arriving first responders report that the vehicles have pulled off to the side of the freeway. Appears to be no injuries. Awaiting for NHP and tow trucks.

Reported stabbing at 3150 Neil Road

2:25pm

Report of a knife attack at 3150 Neil Road, Reno.  Female victim has a laceration to the neck.  Assailant is reported to be a white male in his 20’s, thin build, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, white Nike shoes.  Shirt with skull imprint.

Brush fire at Glendale and Galletti Way

9:15am
Firefighters are enroute to a report of a brush fire at Glendale and Galletti Way. Reports says it’s possibly a warming fire that got away from some homeless individuals.

9:30am
Took firefighters a few minutes to find it. Warming fire.

Oregon Senator introduces bill in the Congress to legalize marijuana nationwide

Processed retail marijuana.
The Oregonian photo


Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has proposed legislation that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and allow states where marijuana use is already legal to operate without fear of a U.S. government crackdown.

With a majority of U.S. states, including Oregon, now allowing recreational or medical use of the plant, Wyden’s legislation, called the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act, removes marijuana from the controlled substances list and sets a sliding scale of taxation, beginning at 10 percent and increasing to 25 percent over five years.

The Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act is one of three bills included in a legislative package Wyden and others have called the Path to Marijuana Reform. The bill would create a licensing process through the U.S. Department of the Treasury and set up other regulations similar to those governing the sale and distribution of alcohol in states where cannabis is legal.

The specifics of what a nation-wide legal cannabis market would look like will likely depend on individual states, as well as federal agencies vested with power over pot’s cultivation and sale. However, studies estimating tax revenues from already legal states suggests that the bill could be lucrative for national, state and local government entities.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) estimates about half of all drug busts are for marijuana-related offenses and mostly target individuals with small quantities intended for personal use. Marijuana industry supporters say the decriminalization of marijuana could be a major step toward ending unnecessary and aggressive law enforcement activities.

We’ll see how Senator Wyden’s legislation fares during the current session of the U.S. Congress.

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