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Washington - CBS Reporter, Wife Israeli Reporter Charged in Marijuana Case

Published on: October 3, 2010 11:03 AM
By: AP/ Washington Post
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Washington - A veteran CBS Radio News correspondent was arrested early Saturday on drug charges after police searched his Northwest Washington home and found marijuana plants growing in his yard, police said.

Officers arrested Howard Arenstein, 60, and his wife, Orly Katz, 57, at their home in the 3500 block of T Street and charged them with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, police said.


According to his biography on CBS News’s Web site, Arenstein’s wife, known professionally as Orly Azoulay, is a Washington correspondent for Yedioth Ahronoth, one of Israel’s most widely circulated newspapers.

Police executed a search warrant at the home Saturday after a tip from an area resident, police said. A police report said cannabis was recovered from the home; officers said they found 11 full-grown marijuana plants and six 2-ounce bags of marijuana. Authorities consider each plant to equal a pound of marijuana.

According to CBS News’s Web site, Arenstein has supervised coverage and reported on such major Washington stories as the disputed 2000 presidential election; the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; and the war in Iraq.

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 Oct 03, 2010 at 04:11 PM HaNavon Says:

First of all, it should be legal.
This is a plant that has caused no death or illness in all of its 4,000 years of recorded use by humans. It is terribly sad to see that our government has nothing better to do with its time than to arrest people for such things.
Marijuana was first illegalized in 1937 with the Harrisson Act, which outlawed several "drugs" that were direct competitors to patented pharmaceuticals, and filled the bureaucratic void that had been created during the era of prohibition of alcohol.

Now that I've said this, I'll discuss the content of the article.

It is very strange that they made this arrest in Wash. state, since it is a state for which medical marijuana is legal, ever since the passing of measure 692.

Someone within the government must have wanted to get rid of this news correspondent.....

By the way, there is no way that each plant would yield a full pound of dried, sellable, marijuana after its harvest.


 Oct 03, 2010 at 05:19 PM GB_Jew Says:


Nowhere is it stated in the article that the alleged offense took place in Washington State.

Last time I was on your side of the pond, T Street was still situated in Washington DC.

You need to keep on top of these things to maintain credibility you know, HaNavon. We may be frummers but we are certainly not hayseeds.


 Oct 03, 2010 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't understand whats the big deal...I live a few blocks from where the arrest occurred and I would guess that there are probably dozens of other homes in NW washington (which borders on chevy chase/silver spring for those of you not familiar with the area) who also grow their own marijuana. Indeed, among the D.C. City council recently approved medical uses of marijuana (along the lines of California) and a Rebbe and his wife were selected to be among the first seven legalized marijuana distribution centers.


 Oct 03, 2010 at 11:46 PM HaNavon Says:


You are correct, it was Wash. D.C., which is even more of a question as to why it happened, since not only is medical marijuana legal there, but the penalties are far less than in Washington state!

Keep in mind that in order to get caught, you would have to raise enough red flags that the DEA or local drug enforcement would want to get involved. 11 plants would not be a big enough operation to give off those signs...


 Oct 06, 2010 at 02:07 PM Reb Yid Says:

I don't think that the legalization of medical marijuana means that every Tom, Dick, and Howard Airenstein can grow their own. A doctor can write a prescription for morphine, that doesn't mean that I can grow opium.


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