Jodi Castano

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    All Charges Dropped Against Joe Byron & Joe Grumbine

    More than a year after Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine--who were featured in this Weekly cover story--were convicted of selling marijuana in Long Beach Superior Court, a has judge dismissed all charges against the two men. A courtroom observer tells the Weekly that the courtroom hearing was just a routin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Blowing Smoke: OC Weekly's Top Ten Marijuana Stories of 2012

    2012 was a busy year for marijuana. It began with what looked like the beginning of the end of the medical marijuana industry in California and ended with the legalization of recreational weed in both Colorado and Washington State. Looking back through the posts in Navel Gazing's Cannabis Chron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Joe Grumbine, Medical Pot Activist, Still Languishing Behind Bars

    It's been almost a month to the day since Joe Grumbine was arrested at the Long Beach downtown courthouse when he showed up for a regularly scheduled trial conference hearing. Along with his partner Joe Byron, Grumbine had run a pair of Long Beach pot dispensaries as well as Garden Grove's Unit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine Win New Trial, Convictions Tossed!

    It's official: Former OC Weekly cover story icons Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine are no longer convicted felons.Both men were operators of a pair of Long Beach marijuana dispensaries as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective that were raided in Dec. 2009; they were convicted of pot sales in a Dec ... More >>

  • News

    December 22, 2011

    Judge Charles D. Sheldon Is Captain Kangaroo

    Inside the biased, anti-medicinal marijuana courtroom of the Long Beach jurist