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  • California Pot Farms Use 50% More Water than City of San Francisco

    07/23/2014 8:09:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are warning that streams harboring endangered salmon and steelhead could go dry because of the heavy water consumption by marijuana growers. During the growing season, California “pot farms” consume 60 million gallons of water a day. That equals 50% more than is consumed by the entire city of San Francisco. ... Two men were arrested were arrested last week at a Santa Cruz County pot farm that state authorities said used diverted stream water and threatened steelhead trout and endangered Central Coast Coho salmon. The raid netted 180 mature marijuana plants...
  • Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado

    07/22/2014 7:31:53 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them.
  • GOP-led House gives marijuana businesses another boost

    07/18/2014 4:18:13 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 16, 2014
    GOP-led House gives marijuana businesses another boost When it comes to liberalizing marijuana policy, Congress has once again shown that it is not always the liberals taking the lead. The GOP-dominated House on Wednesday delighted cannabis advocates by voting to prohibit law enforcement from going after banks for doing business with state-licensed marijuana growers and sellers. The measure would be a boon to the marijuana business. Currently, banks fear taking on dispensaries and related companies as clients out of concern that the relationship puts them at risk of being a target for federal drug and treasury agents. The banks had...
  • The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?

    07/18/2014 10:46:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18 2014 | Charles Hurt
    Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody else’s health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • White House Upholds States’ Rights, At Least For Marijuana

    07/16/2014 11:04:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/15/2014 | Jonah Bennett
    In reaction to a proposed amendment to block decriminalization of marijuana in D.C., the White House Office of Management and Budget took a strong stance in favor of states’ rights. Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland introduced an amendment that would prevent the D.C. Council from using any federal funds to enact pot policy changes, calling marijuana “poison to a teenager’s brain.” The D.C. Council has also released a statement condemning interference from Congress. The current legislation adopted by the Council replaces criminal penalties for marijuana usage with fines. The marijuana amendment in the Financial Services and General Government appropriations...
  • Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

    07/16/2014 4:44:01 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 74 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 16 July 2014 | Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman
    *The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals* To discover whether cannabis really does cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals, we carried out the largest ever study of the effects of THC (∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the drug’s principal psychoactive ingredient). We recruited 121 volunteers, all of whom had taken cannabis at least once before, and all of whom reported having experienced paranoid thoughts in the previous month (which is typical of half the population). None had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The volunteers were randomly chosen to...
  • Strictly Business: Legal pot industry sure to be robust

    07/14/2014 1:57:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Columbian ^ | July 13, 2014 | Gordon Oliver, business editor
    It's rare when any business in Clark County attracts national or even regional interest, so the media throng that greeted last Wednesday's opening of Main Street Marijuana was quite a curiosity. The clever "weed and weenies" event that accompanied the store's opening, along with the presence of Mayor Tim Leavitt at the ribbon-cutting, captured the attention of media outlets that devour eye-catching visuals. But business likely would still have been brisk at Main Street Marijuana even if it hadn't snagged the free publicity. With a state-imposed limit of just 15 retail outlets for all of Clark County, and with some...
  • Colorado Recreational Pot Dales Fip for 1st Time

    07/12/2014 7:25:31 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 33 replies
    Krextv.com ^ | 7/11/14 | Kristina kuestner
    <p>DENVER (AP)- Colorado sold less recreational pot in May than in April, the first month-to-month sales decline for the newly legal drug.</p> <p>Tax collections reported by the Colorado Department of Revenue this week showed that Colorado sold about $21 million of recreational pot in May. That was down slightly from April, when the 4/20 marijuana holiday was credited in part for a boost in recreational sales to $22 million.</p>
  • Colorado Is Consuming Way More Pot Than Anyone Ever Believed

    07/12/2014 2:55:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Maya Rhodan
    And most is consumed by a minority of daily users. About 9% of Colorado’s population consumes marijuana, according to a market demand study conducted by the state department of revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division and the state’s Marijuana Policy Group. And those users, it’s estimated, will get through about 121.4 metric tons of pot every year. According to the report, that consumption — calculated through survey results, demographic data and source data — is “31 percent higher than a recent department of revenue assessment, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center, and 111 percent higher than an...
  • First person to buy pot in Spokane says he was fired from job

    07/11/2014 9:15:12 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/10/2014 | Kasia Hall
    Mike Boyer got his 15 minutes of fame when he became the first person in Spokane to buy recreational pot on Tuesday. On Wednesday Boyer posted his resume on Craigslist, saying Kodiak Security had fired him. Kodiak officials told the Spokesman-Review, though, that Boyer still had a job with the company. Boyer said two of his three part-time employers have asked him to take drug tests after seeing news reports of his pot purchase. He said he will fail them. Kym Ramey, a human resources manager for Kodiak, said employees are tested per company policy. "We're a security firm," Ramey...
  • More Colorado drivers in fatal crashes positive for pot, study says

    07/11/2014 7:29:08 AM PDT · by Kazan · 72 replies
    Denver Post ^ | 5/15/2014 | John Ingold
    Two new University of Colorado studies paint an ominous picture of the direction of the state since marijuana commercialization, but neither provides conclusive evidence that legal pot is causing harm. One study shows more drivers involved in fatal car accidents in Colorado are testing positive for marijuana — and that Colorado has a higher percentage of such drivers testing positive for pot than other states even when controlled for several variables. But the data the researchers use does not reveal whether those drivers were impaired at the time of the crash or whether they were at fault. "The primary result...
  • Washington Pot Stores Open, But Some Activists Aren't Celebrating

    07/09/2014 12:54:00 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    USNews ^ | 0708/2014 | Steven Nelson
    Veteran marijuana activist Douglas Hiatt, right, says Washington's Initiative 502 establishes a "Soviet style" market for marijuana and won't work. “You’re going to have people selling grams of pot for $25? What, are you kidding me?” Hiatt says. “You can get the best pot you have ever smoked for 10 bucks a gram at a [medical marijuana] dispensary or from someone else who's going to give you a better deal than the state.” There’s no way they are going to eliminate the black market with something that’s totally unresponsive to a market at all,” Hiatt says. "You're going to see...
  • Stoned men break into Spring Hill school, steal Froot Loops, deputies say

    07/09/2014 11:33:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7-9-2014 | GEOFF FOX
    Too young to purchase alcohol, Logan Brown, 18, and Christopher Ramos, 20, elected to pair their marijuana with the popular cereal Froot Loops on July 3 — after they broke into the Challenger K-8 School, a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office report said. The pot-puffing pair was busted after a Hernando detective posted images from the school’s surveillance video on the sheriff’s office Facebook page and distributed the images by a Community Alert Bulletin, the report said. Inside the school, Brown and Ramos wandered the halls and looked inside classrooms until they found an open room, went inside and stole the...
  • Someone at a Denver Bar Just Asked Obama If He ‘Wanted a Hit of Pot’...

    07/08/2014 9:59:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Someone at a Denver Bar Just Asked Obama If He ‘Wanted a Hit of Pot’ — and That Might Not Have Even Been the Most Bizarre Part of His Evening President Barack Obama was asked by an unknown individual if he wanted a “hit of pot” Tuesday night, while visiting a Denver, Colorado bar. The incident, captured on video, shows the president laughing off the suggestion. “Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot…he laughed!” the Instagram user wrote for the video’s caption. (The off camera comment was, "Do you want a hit, man?" Obama gave a big friendly...
  • The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal (Patrick Kennedy and Big Pharma team up to fight legalization)

    07/08/2014 3:37:29 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 28 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 8, 2014
    The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line. USA -- Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, did several stints in rehab after crashing his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill in 2006, a headline-making event that revealed the then–US congressman for Rhode Island had been abusing prescription drugs, including the painkiller OxyContin. Kennedy went on to make mental health—including substance abuse—a cornerstone of his political agenda, and he is reportedly at work on a memoir about his struggles with...
  • Legal Marijuana Goes on Sale in Washington

    07/08/2014 11:00:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 91 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 8 2014 | GENE JOHNSON
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. People began buying marijuana at 8 a.m. at Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two Bellingham stores that started selling the drug as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Several dozen people waited outside before the doors opened at the shop in this liberal college town of about 80,000 north of Seattle. The first three customers in line were...
  • Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California

    07/07/2014 9:40:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    NBCNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | HARRIET TAYLOR
    Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California BY HARRIET TAYLOR California cannabis growers may be making millions, but their thirsty plants are sucking up a priceless resource: water. Now scientists say that if no action is taken in the drought-wracked state, the consequences for fisheries and wildlife will be dire. "If this activity continues on the trajectory it's on, we're looking at potentially streams going dry, streams that harbor endangered fish species like salmon, steelhead," said Scott Bauer of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Studying aerial photographs of four watersheds within northern California's so-called Emerald Triangle, Bauer found that...
  • Everything you need to know about legal marijuana in Washington [State]

    07/07/2014 9:35:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 13 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 7/7/2014 | Jake Ellison
    This is maybe somewhat misnamed, but does have an interesting collection of slideshows with commentary. Click the link above or Seattle-PI Pot Blog
  • Details fill final day before pot stores open in state

    07/06/2014 10:25:18 PM PDT · by steve86 · 32 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/6/2014 | Evan Bush
    With the state set to license a handful of recreational-marijuana stores Monday, retailers have been hustling to set up shop while growers and processors are racing to package pot so it’s ready to deliver Tuesday, when the first stores are expected to open. Aaron Nelson, the general manager of 2020 Solutions in Bellingham, said his store has already passed inspection by the state Liquor Control Board and hopes to open its doors Tuesday at 8 a.m., the earliest hour allowed under state law. Nelson expects to have enough marijuana for at least 1,000 people Tuesday, but said 2020 Solutions might...
  • 3 Things You Need To Know Before Tuesday’s Marijuana Sale [Washington State]

    07/06/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06 July 2014
    The nation’s second legal recreational marijuana market is opening in Washington state Tuesday. Few Stores. Little Pot. No Edibles.
  • Marijuana is illegal under federal law, should IRS be able to collect taxes on Colorado pot sales?

    07/05/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Fox 6 Now ^ | 7/05/14
    (CNN) — Some Colorado marijuana sellers are challenging Uncle Sam. They’re filing a lawsuit — saying the IRS shouldn’t be allowed to collect taxes on marijuana sales because marijuana is illegal under federal law. Attorney Rob Corry says forcing Colorado’s recreational marijuana businesses to pay violates the United States Constitution. He has filed a lawsuit in District Court on behalf of clients, some of whom say taxes could be used as evidence in any future prosecution. “They’re open records and they are admitting to a federal crime. It’s still a federal crime to sell marijuana,” Corry said.
  • Texas Rancher Discovers $2M Marijuana Growing Operation on His Land

    07/04/2014 3:11:31 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    ABCNews.go.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Alexa Valiente
    A Texas man who was just hoping to graze cattle on the land he recently acquired was surprised to discover $2 million worth of marijuana plants growing in a back-woods area.
  • Berkeley To Force Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/04/2014 8:49:37 AM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    CBS Local ^ | July 4, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley. Under the proposal, at least two percent of all medical weed dispensed at a club would have to be provided at no cost to very low-income members — and it must be the same quality that’s dispensed to regular paying customers.
  • Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/03/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    CBS Local 5 ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley.
  • D.C. residents urged to boycott Md. shore to protest congressman’s marijuana move

    07/03/2014 2:25:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/3/2014 | MIKE DEBONIS
    If you’re a District resident planning to vacation in the Maryland havens of Ocean City or St. Michaels this summer, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and some D.C. activists would prefer you choose Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Chincoteague Island, Va., instead. A week after Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city’s marijuana decriminalization law, Gray and the District’s largest voting-rights advocacy group said city residents would be better off vacationing somewhere besides Harris’s district, which includes all of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “I don’t think we should support someone who...
  • Six Months After Legalizing Marijuana, Two Big Things Have Happened in Colorado

    07/02/2014 11:27:52 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 339 replies
    Mic.com ^ | 7/1/14 | Chris Miles
    $19 million in new tax revenue. Marijuana-related arrests, which make up 50% of all drug-related crimes, have plummeted in Colorado, freeing up law enforcement to focus on other criminal activity. By removing marijuana penalties, the state saved somewhere between $12 million and $40 million in 2012, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. According to government data, the Denver city- and county-wide murder rate has dropped 52.9% since recreational marijuana use was legalized in January. This is compared to the same period last year, a time frame encompassing Jan. 1 through April 30.
  • Colorado governor on pot legalization: 'It could've been a lot worse'

    07/02/2014 8:00:28 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    ASPEN, Colo. — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is refusing to call the state's legalization of marijuana a success — mostly because he says that would send a bad message to kids. "Talk about bad branding," Hickenlooper said during an interview with Yahoo News' Global Anchor Katie Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Tuesday, six months after recreational pot use in the state was legalized. "We don't want kids slipping off the rails." But the governor, who previously opposed legalization because he saw "so many risks," now readily admits that many of his fears surrounding the topic have gone unrealized:...
  • Before pot yield of their dreams, constant care for fickle plants

    06/29/2014 12:29:59 AM PDT · by steve86 · 38 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 28, 2014 | Bob Young
    Greenshields and Sewell envision their product selling for roughly $3,000 per pound. They believe their pot will be as good as anybody’s. But they want to be in the business long-term and establish a well-regarded brand. They don’t want to be seen as gouging the first customers just because they can. After retailer markup and before sales tax, Sewell hopes consumers can buy an eighth of an ounce of AuricAG weed for $60. Top-shelf eighths sell in medical marijuana dispensaries for roughly $40. But dispensaries don’t pay the stiff state excise taxes that the recreational system will — 25 percent...
  • [OR] Marijuana advocates submit 145,000 signatures

    06/28/2014 3:13:56 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 7 replies
    Advocates have submitted more than 145,000 signatures for a ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use in Oregon. If it qualifies for a statewide vote Nov. 4 -- 87,213 valid signatures are required -- Oregon would join Colorado and Washington in legalizing the drug for recreational use. "Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed, and it's time for a new approach," said Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for New Approach Oregon, the political committee promoting the measure. "Our measure regulates marijuana in a manner substantial to how beer and wine are regulated." Like the measures passed in the...
  • Maryland fast-food customer gets a bag of pot with her fries

    06/27/2014 8:05:40 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 06/27/2014 | Reuters
    A Maryland woman who ordered a meal at a Sonic Corp fast-food restaurant got something extra with her French fries - a bag of marijuana. Carla McFarland, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, and her children, ages 6 and 8, were about to eat a chicken strips lunch on Thursday when she discovered a small, green plastic bag of marijuana in her fries, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Spokeswoman Lieutenant Jennifer Bailey said on Friday no arrests had been made and the incident is under investigation. McFarland said a Sonic employee claimed ownership of the marijuana and was promptly fired....
  • In bag of fast food, a surprise: Marijuana

    06/27/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.fredericknewspost.com ^ | Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 2:00 am | By Courtney Mabeus News-Post Staff
    Woman finds pot while taking children to Sonic franchise A trip to Sonic intended as a treat ended with a surprise twist for a Frederick woman. Carla McFarland said she went to Sonic on Guilford Drive on Wednesday with her 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son after a trip to the library and a morning spent packing boxes. After passing chicken strips and fries to her children, McFarland, 35, reached into the bag for her own food and found a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana in a third container holding her own fries. “I just kind of...
  • The UN says these countries smoke the most weed [INFOGRAPHIC]

    06/26/2014 11:12:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Global Post ^ | 6-26-2014 | Simran Khosla
    More than 10% of the U.S. population uses cannabis.
  • Police to hand out scratch and sniff cannabis cards

    06/27/2014 1:37:34 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 25 Jun 2014
    Scratch-and-sniff cards loaded with the scent of cannabis are being handed out by police to help residents identify dope farms in their area. Today’s drive, the second phase of a campaign launched last year, aims to educate the public about how growing plants smell so they can alert police. It is hoped to have a knock-on effect on other crimes, such as human trafficking and possession of weapons. Det Supt Kath Barnes, of Hampshire Police – one of 17 forces across England and Wales taking part in the initiative – said: ‘Cannabis is often seen as harmless and somehow acceptable....
  • DEA Asks FDA To Consider Rescheduling Marijuana From Schedule I Drug

    06/26/2014 9:17:43 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 16 replies
    MAINst ^ | June 26, 2014 Email | Marguerite Arnold
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — In another sign that the 2014 is turning out to be a watershed year for marijuana drug reform, the federal Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA) has sent up the first of what undoubtedly will be the first of many white flags. After a historic House vote to defund the DEA's operating budget for marijuana enforcement in the states earlier in the month passed (with a similar one now in the Senate), the government agency has now asked the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider removing marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs as...
  • UNODC drug report: Rise in US cannabis use treatments

    06/26/2014 3:09:19 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | June 26 2014 | BBC
    Cannabis use in the United States has increased, with more people visiting hospital emergency departments over its use, a UN report says. The potency of the drug in the US appeared to have increased, making it more harmful, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime's World Drugs Report added. It said it was too early to tell if the legalisation of cannabis in two US states had had an impact on drug use. Global illegal opium poppy farming rose 26% between 2012 and 2013, it added. "In the United States, the lower perceived risk of cannabis use has led to...
  • Pot tax collections booming in Colorado

    06/09/2014 9:30:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 9, 2014 7:18 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Colorado’s marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday. […] An estimate from the Colorado Department of Revenue showed that Colorado made about $5.3 million from medical and recreational pot taxes and fees in April. That’s up from about $5 million in March. Colorado made no estimate of 4/20 visitors. But pot shops in Denver had long lines the whole weekend, and at least 30,000 flocked to a city park to mark the marijuana celebration. …
  • FBI struggles to find pot free hackers

    05/22/2014 12:10:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:15PM BST 21 May 2014 | Raf Sanchez
    The FBI is struggling to recruit bright young computer programmers because of their fondness for cannabis, according to the bureau’s director. Under current rules, the FBI cannot hire anyone who has smoked marijuana in the last three years—a policy that rules out many of the best recent graduates. “I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” said James Comey, the FBI’s director. …
  • Synthetic Cannabis causing Serious Health Problems in English Prisons

    05/18/2014 4:47:34 AM PDT · by mgist · 38 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5/15/14 | Eric Allison
    Synthetic cannabis known as "spice" or "black mamba" is a growing problem in UK prisons with serious physical and mental health consequences, the chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick has said. Its popularity with inmates has surged because the psychoactive designer drug can be passed off as a tobacco roll-up, has no distinctive smell and it evades current drug testing capabilities in prisons. In a Guardian Films investigation, we spoke to several prisoners, former prisoners and officials and analysed Her Majesty of Prisons Inspectorate (HMIP) reports that revealed it had become a problem in at least 28 prisons in England....
  • Federal lawsuit: Can Washington tax marijuana? (i.e. the state)

    05/09/2014 11:55:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2014 2:47 PM EDT | Gene Johnson
    A federal lawsuit is challenging Washington state’s authority to tax marijuana as long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The case arises from the state’s attempt to collect sales taxes from a medical marijuana dispensary. But lawyer Douglas Hiatt, who filed it late Thursday, said it could throw a wrench in Washington’s plans for collecting taxes on recreational marijuana, too. The author of Washington’s recreational pot law, Alison Holcomb, disagreed. She doesn’t expect the lawsuit to get very far. …
  • Search warrant: Missoula man may have been high when German student shot

    05/08/2014 1:51:17 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 46 replies
    The Missoulian ^ | May 08. 2014
    Search warrant: Missoula man may have been high when German student shot Markus Kaarma may have been under the influence of marijuana when he shot and killed German exchange student Diren Dede, according to a search warrant requested by Missoula police. The search warrant also indicates that during previous burglaries of the Missoula home, unknown suspects had taken all the marijuana and marijuana pipes out of the garage. Kaarma, 29, is charged with deliberate homicide for the shooting of the foreign exchange student, who was finishing his junior year abroad at Big Sky High School. According to the affidavit, Kaarma...
  • Hash oil explosions rise with legalized marijuana

    05/06/2014 12:08:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2014 2:07 AM EDT | Sadie Gurman
    The opening months of Colorado’s first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana industry have seen a rise in fiery explosions and injuries as pot users try to make the drug’s intoxicating oil in crude home-based laboratories. Since Jan. 1, when sales began, the state’s only certified adult burn center has treated 10 people with serious injuries they suffered while making hash oil, compared with 11 in 2013 and one in 2012. Law enforcement and fire officials, meanwhile, are grappling with how to respond, as the questionable legality of the process has made it difficult to punish amateur chemists. Some prosecutors are charging them with...
  • Colorado lawmakers shy away from pot bank

    05/01/2014 9:03:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2014 10:57 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Colorado plan to set up the world’s first financial system for marijuana survived less than 24 hours before state lawmakers changed course Thursday night and shelved the idea. The proposal would have allowed state-licensed marijuana businesses to create a financial co-op, sort of an uninsured credit union. The measure was introduced late Wednesday and cleared a House committee on Thursday. But a few hours later, another House committee gutted the plan by amending the bill to say that Colorado will continue studying the problem of marijuana businesses having a hard time accessing banking services. …
  • 4th grader sells pot in northern Colorado

    04/23/2014 9:44:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 4:33 PM EDT
    School officials in northern Colorado are asking parents to take care with their newly legal recreational marijuana, after fourth graders were caught dealing the drug on an elementary school campus. John Gates, director of safety for Weld County School District 6, said Wednesday that the students involved, three 10-year-old boys and a 10-year-old girl at Greeley’s Monfort Elementary School, faced tough discipline but not suspension or expulsion. He would not elaborate on their punishment. […] The marijuana appears to have been legally purchased by adults—grandparents in two families—and no charges were expected to be filed, Gates said. He said the...
  • With sales now legal, cannabis lovers take Denver's 420 weekend to new highs

    04/20/2014 3:04:00 PM PDT · by mgist · 97 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/20/14 | Ravitz
    <p>On one tour we joined, smoke wafted out windows. Strangers shared pipes and exchanged samples of weed and wax, a concentrated form of marijuana. Canisters of buds bearing names like "tangerine haze" and "strawberry cough," were passed around to smell. Nutella pancakes came up in conversations at least three times.</p>
  • Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use

    04/18/2014 12:30:52 PM PDT · by Drango · 85 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/18/14 | Miles Bryan
    It's a sunny afternoon at Kelly's Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, and Nikki Esquibel is getting stoned. But you wouldn't know it. Nikki Esquibel, 19, has a medical prescription for marijuana. She uses a vaporizer pen around her neighborhood in Los Angeles. The 19-year-old, who has a medical prescription for marijuana, is "smoking" pot with a handheld vaporizer, or a vape pen. It's sleek, black, and virtually indistinguishable from a high-end e-cigarette. That's the point, says Esquibel. "I use it mostly around my neighborhood. It's easy to hide." The vapor coming from the device doesn't even have...
  • WHY THEY CALL IT DOPE: Harvard Scientists Studied the Brains of Pot Smokers

    04/17/2014 3:46:00 PM PDT · by kingattax · 85 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 17 April 2014
    Every day, the push toward national legalization of marijuana seems more and more inevitable. As more and more politicians and noted individuals come out in favor of legalizing or at least decriminalizing different amounts of pot, the mainstream acceptance of the recreational use of the drug seems like a bygone conclusion. But before we can talk about legalization, have we fully understood the health effects of marijuana?
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 9:10:17 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published April 15, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    ...Researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual marijuana use after previous work in his lab found that heavy cannabis...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes—and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. …
  • WH Report: Chronic Marijuana Users Up 84% in 10 Years

    04/01/2014 3:52:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 1, 2014 - 2:21 PM | Ali Meyer
    The number of chronic marijuana users—defined as those who used it on four or more days in the past month—increased 84.3% between 2000 to 2010, according to a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the White House. “In January 2012, the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked RAND to generate national estimates of the total number of users, total expenditures, and total consumption for four illicit drugs from 2000 to 2010: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (or meth),” says the report, What America’s Users Spend on Illicit Drugs: 2000-2010. …
  • Oregon drops proposed ban on pot-laced munchies

    03/31/2014 5:47:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2014 8:37 PM EDT | Chad Garland
    Oregon officials are backing off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at medical marijuana stores. In a new set of rules released Monday, the Oregon Health Authority will only ban marijuana-laced products that are made or packaged in ways that might appeal to children. That means nothing brightly colored or formed in the shape of animals, toys or candies. …