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Drug Abuse It sounds like a pipe dream, but Jim and Lisa Masters are serious. They believe Fort Collins, Colo., police detectives should have been watering, fertilizing and otherwise caring for 39 live medical marijuana plants seized from their home during a drug raid in August 2006. Police gave the plants and other materials � growing lights, fertilizer, loose marijuana � back to the couple after a judge said their property should be returned. Drug charges against them were dropped in June. When the couple drove their minivan to the police warehouse to pick up the healthy, cannabis-producing plants they remembered, their plants were dead, dry and, in some cases, moldy. Their attorney, Brian Vicente, said he plans to file a lawsuit on their behalf on the ground that the couple’s property should have been returned undamaged. “It was kind of surreal,” said Vicente, who inventoried the material as it was given back to the couple. “There were 50 different bags with paperwork, some labeled ‘live’ marijuana plants. We opened them all and they were dead.” Police spokeswoman Rita Davis said the department had no responsibility to care for the plants because the couple lacked proper documentation under Colorado’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment. Because there was no paperwork identifying the couple as medical marijuana patients or medical marijuana providers, she said, the case was treated as a regular drug case. “It would have been handled differently,” if they had the proper paperwork, Davis said. � Associated Press ‘Lifestyle’? Smile when you say that The “lifestyle firm” moniker got hung on Washington-based Arent Fox several years ago after an associate satisfaction survey gave the firm high marks on issues including relationships with partners, training and guidance, and compensation and benefits. Initially, firm leaders used the positive feedback as a tool to recruit associates. But Arent Fox found that while the “lifestyle” tag was an effective pitch for young associates, it made a distinctly different impression on potential lateral partners. “I think it hurts you in recruiting aggressive talent,” firm Chairman Marc Fleischaker said recently. “It’s an implication that you don’t work hard.” The problem, Fleischaker said, is one of perception: “We do work hard, and we make a lot of money, so I don’t want people to misconstrue who we are.” That puts Arent Fox in the seemingly counterintuitive position of now playing down what until recently was seen as a strength. Such is the current wisdom when fighting for talent: Better to be profitable than popular. � Legal Times Criminal sarcasm Irony is wasted on some people. James Buss, a former union official who teaches in suburban Milwaukee, overreacted, perhaps, to complaints on a local political blog that teachers were underworked and overpaid. He posted a comment praising the teen gunmen who killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide in the April 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado. “They knew how to deal with the overpaid teacher union thugs. One shot at a time!” Buss wrote, adding that the killers should be remembered as heroes. Not everyone appreciates sarcasm, and another teacher, alarmed, complained to the police. Buss was jailed briefly before making bail. Authorities are considering whether to charge him. Police Captain Toby Netko defended the arrest. “What happens when you say ‘bomb’ in an airport? That’s free speech, isn’t it?” he said. “And people are taken into custody for that all the time.” � Associated Press

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