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  • Santa Fe council votes to decriminalize pot

    08/28/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2014 3:13 PM EDT | Russell Contreras
    The cost of getting caught with a little weed in Santa Fe will drop to just $25 max, thanks to a City Council vote Wednesday to decriminalize marijuana. When the ordinance goes into effect, those caught with an ounce or less of marijuana in arts loving Santa Fe will be hit with a civil fine. Previously, it was a criminal misdemeanor carrying a possible $100 fine and jail time. With the 5-4 vote, the liberal-leaning northern New Mexico capital known for its arts market and tourist draws joined the national movement to change marijuana laws, and became the first city...
  • It's time to legalize recreational marijuana: Editorial endorsement

    08/28/2014 11:26:39 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 131 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | August 23, 2014 | The Oregonian Editorial Board
    Oregon has had a wink-wink, nudge-nudge relationship with recreational marijuana use since 1998, when legalization for medical purposes created a wide, open system that distributes pot cards to just about anyone with a vague medical claim and the signature of a compliant physician. We're not suggesting that marijuana has no palliative value to those with genuine medical problems. But let's be honest: Recreational marijuana is all but legal in Oregon now and has been for years. Measure 91, which deserves Oregonians' support, would eliminate the charade and give adults freer access to an intoxicant that should not have been prohibited...
  • Marijuana should stay illegal, young Europeans say

    08/27/2014 8:56:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.08.14 @ 12:40 | Benjamin Fox
    A narrow majority of Europe’s youth would ban cannabis, according to new research published by Eurobarometer. Opinion was divided on whether cannabis should be banned. Forty-five percent believed that it should be regulated, while 53 percent felt it should be banned. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of respondents added that hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and ecstasy should be illegal. Eurobarometer interviewed more than 13,000 15-24 year olds across the bloc in June for the survey, which was released on Thursday (21 August). It focused on levels of drug use, perceived risk of certain substances, as well as opinions...
  • Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Reduce Opioid Deaths (Propaganda)

    08/27/2014 7:45:57 AM PDT · by mgist · 42 replies
    JAMA ^ | 8/26/14 | Kuehn
    Author Insights: Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Reduce Opioid Deaths BY BRIDGET M. KUEHN on AUGUST 26, 2014 Marcus A. Bachhuber, MD, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and colleagues found that states that legalize marijuana experience lower rates of opioid deaths, on average, compared with states that don’t allow medical marijuana. Image: University of Pennsylvania Opioid-overdose deaths increased in states across the country between 1999 and 2010, but states that legalized medical marijuana saw less-steep increases than those without, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week. Growing use...
  • States with Legal Marijuana See 25 Percent Fewer Prescription Painkiller Deaths [Medical Marijuana]

    08/26/2014 11:04:45 PM PDT · by Ken H · 54 replies
    Healthline News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nina Lincoff
    One unexpected benefit of medical marijuana legislation appears to be a decrease in painkiller overdoses, perhaps because some chronic pain patients are turning to cannabis instead of powerful opioid drugs. In states with laws legalizing medical marijuana, new research shows there are nearly 25 percent fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. Opioid painkiller overdoses are a growing problem nationwide. More than 16,500 Americans died of opioid drug overdoses in 2010, and the numbers continue to rise. Although a casual relationship hasn’t been proven, there appears to be a significant association between marijuana legislation and a fall in overdose deaths. Researchers from...
  • Marijuana vs. Scotch and a Low IQ

    08/21/2014 2:13:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 85 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Turning once again to what the sociologists call "coping mechanisms": There is marijuana and then there is alcohol. They are increasingly the civilized options. Consider alcohol. Consider a suave scotch and soda. One does not sit down to a scotch and soda to get blitzed, unless one is a veritable drunk. One sits down and sips a scotch and soda while conversing with friends. Perhaps one reads a book. One enjoys the scotch for the taste. With scotch there are scores of different tastes. One drinks a single malt. One drinks a blend. The same is true with...
  • 7 Harmful Side Effects Pot Legalization Caused Colorado

    08/20/2014 12:29:30 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 74 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 8/20/2014 | Cully Stimson
    SNIP As I reported a few weeks ago, some professors published a peer-reviewed article on the negative social costs to outright legalization. I noted that although overall traffic fatalities in Colorado have gone down since 2007, they went up by 100 percent for operators testing positive for marijuana—from 39 in 2007 to 78 in 2012. (Colorado legalized marijuana for medical usage in 2009, before legalizing marijuana for other uses in 2012.) Furthermore, in 2007, those pot-positive drivers represented only 7 percent of total fatalities in Colorado, but in 2012 they represented 16 percent of total Colorado fatalities. This new report...
  • Marijuana Demystified: 5 Health Myths Debunked

    08/20/2014 10:40:32 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 266 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | Anthony Rivas
    Like it or not, marijuana use has increased exponentially since President Nixon declared a war no drugs in 1971. Today, marijuana — or weed, pot, cannabis, Mary Jane — is the third most popular recreational drug in the United States, behind only alcohol and tobacco. Upward of 24 million people have used it, based on the latest estimates, with 14 million using it regularly. But despite a growing warmth toward the drug, and two states (Washington and Colorado) legalizing its recreational use, there are still some people on the fence about its safety and usefulness. So, to educate you nonbelievers...
  • Black market boom lays bare a social divide in Colorado’s marijuana market

    08/19/2014 7:35:18 PM PDT · by G Larry · 15 replies
    The Guardian via Druge ^ | 19 August 2014 | Tina Griego
    Nascent cannabis industry splits between wealthy with clean criminal records and those who turn to less than legal methods
  • County investigation: Michael Brown was shot from the front, had marijuana in his system

    08/18/2014 2:07:26 PM PDT · by madameguinot · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2014 | Thibodeaux et al
    <p>In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.</p>
  • County investigation: Michael Brown was shot from the front, had marijuana in his system

    08/18/2014 9:54:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 94 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2013 | y Mark Berman, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and Wesley Lowery
    Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner. While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, another person familiar with the county’s investigation told The Washington Post that Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds and was shot from the front. In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. The...
  • Teens risk brain damage, low IQ from weekly pot smoking

    08/18/2014 6:28:55 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 140 replies
    Gant Daily ^ | 8-15-2014
    Brain imaging studies of regular marijuana users have shown significant changes in their brain structure, particularly among adolescents, Lisdahl said. Abnormalities in the brain’s gray matter, which is associated with intelligence, have been found in 16- to 19-year-olds who increased their marijuana use in the past year, she said. These findings remained even after researchers controlled for major medical conditions, prenatal drug exposure, developmental delays and learning disabilities, she added. “When considering legalization, policymakers need to address ways to prevent easy access to marijuana and provide additional treatment funding for adolescent and young adult users,” she adivsed. Lisdahl also recommended...
  • Dangerous new marijuana product looks like lip balm, packs big kick

    08/17/2014 4:33:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2014
    Drug dealers are peddling a new marijuana product called Wax that looks and feels like lip balm and packs a kick equivalent to smoking 15-20 joints of weed. Police in Roswell, Ga., discovered 80 grams of Wax during a recent drug bust. Roswell Police Officer Zachary Frommer told Fox 5 in Atlanta last week that the drug ring was selling the substance to high school students. “It’s just an extra kick,” he said. “It gets ’em higher and it gets ’em higher faster. The 15-20 joints you smoke can equal a dose of the Wax.” The marijuana concentrate, also known...
  • Fight racial disparity by legalizing marijuana: Guest opinion (Oregon lunicy)

    08/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/16/2014 | Sandeep Kumar
    Racial disparities tend to exist where one doesn't expect them. Situations provoke them to appear, and — if we're willing — we take notice and act. For decades, social justice advocates have referenced the racial disparity in citations and arrests for marijuana. liberal blah, blah . . Ending the war on marijuana won't end racial disparity in Oregon, but it would diminish it. Criminalizing marijuana allows racial inequality to fester. We can't reduce racial disparity where we don't know it exists, nor when we lack practical solutions. In the case of marijuana arrests, we have both. Isn't it responsible and...
  • Canada's 'Prince of Pot' returns home after 5 years in U.S. jail

    08/16/2014 7:39:35 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2014
    Canada's 'Prince of Pot' returns home after 5 years in U.S. jail (Reuters) - A Canadian man jailed for five years in a U.S. federal prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border returned to his homeland on Tuesday, as laws regulating the drug in both countries have slowly been relaxed. Marc Emery, Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot," crossed the border from Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario, and soon after addressed television cameras and supporters with his wife Jodie Emery by his side. He said he expected to resume his activism for cannabis policy reform and would support Jodie's political...
  • Why marijuana's moment has arrived

    08/13/2014 11:13:55 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 265 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    A few decades ago, marijuana was a topic that relatively few people, mostly counterculture musicians and comedians, spoke about in public. The comedy team of Cheech and Chong made films such as "Up in Smoke" that extolled the pleasures of smoking pot at a time the subject was still taboo."When trouble times begin to bother me," they sang, "I take a toke and all my cares go up in smoke." On the fringes of American society, it was usually possible to find activists who wanted to legalize it, as the reggae artist Peter Tosh famously sang. Efforts to legalize the...
  • US Marijuana Legalization Already Weakening Mexican Cartels, Violence Expected to Decline

    08/11/2014 6:13:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    America’s first foray into rolling back prohibition 2.0 is barely underway, and already marijuana prices have dropped low enough to convince some cartel farmers in Mexico to abandon the crop. Mere months after two US states legalized marijuana sales, five Nobel Prize-winning economists released a UN report recommending that countries end their war on drugs. It would seem they were onto something. But in order to further decrease drug-trade violence in so-called producer states, the US first needs to legalize marijuana, but then also the US must stop using the UN to pressure producer countries into supply-based drug prohibition. Latin...
  • Pot smokers sue San Diego, say long drives to dispensaries pollute air

    08/09/2014 12:37:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/8/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs. The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit, saying the city is violating the California Environmental Quality Act, United Press International reported. The suit names as defendants the Coastal Commission and the city of San Diego and claims the zoning laws put in place for marijuana dispensaries means patients have to actually get in their cars to drive to the remote...
  • Colorado Teens Smoking Less Pot Since Legalization

    08/08/2014 5:54:05 PM PDT · by Ken H · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 08, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    Teen marijuana use has fallen in Colorado since the state legalized the drug in 2012, according to a new report, bucking a nationwide trend of overall increases in teen use. “Thirty-day marijuana use fell from 22 percent in 2011 to 20 percent in 2013, and lifetime use declined from 39 percent to 37 percent during the same two years,” according to an emailed press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Colorado legalized marijuana for adults in 2012 and statewide retail sales of the drug — which is still illegal under federal law — began in January....
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    08/08/2014 1:36:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 153 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 8th, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first...
  • San Bernardino Police Find 10K Pounds Of Marijuana In Semi Truck

    08/08/2014 12:13:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 8, 2014 11:12 AM
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — Police have made a major marijuana bust in San Bernardino after detectives found more than 10,000 pounds of the drug in the back of semi truck. The pot had a street value of $2.5 million and was packaged in cardboard boxes when it was discovered around 7 p.m. Thursday at a truck depot., the San Bernardino Police Department said. The boxes were hidden behind decoy boxes containing toys, the Press Enterprise reported. No arrests were made.
  • More people say they were drugged by sample chocolate bar at Denver County Fair's 'Pot Pavilion'

    08/07/2014 5:12:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    KMGH ^ | 8/7/2014
    Denver County Fair officials confirmed they are investigating at least three separate cases of people who said they were drugged after eating a Full Melt Chocolate bar that contained THC at the Denver County Fair's Pot Pavilion.Denver County Fair Spokesperson, Dana Cain said at least two of those people went to the hospital after they became dizzy, sick and confused.  They tested positive for THC."I was given one of these, it looked just like that," Richard Jones said as he pointed to a picture of a Full Melt Chocolate bar on his computer screen.The Pot Pavilion was new to the...
  • Liberals Come Late to the Pot Party

    08/06/2014 11:43:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board. It is a...
  • Blumenthal, DeLauro: FDA Needs 'Accurate' Nutrition Labels--For Pot-Laced Food

    08/06/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - When asked if marijuana-infused food products should require federal labeling, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said consumers want accurate information “to make smart choices”. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t enforce federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused food products that are available in the few states where marijuana has been legalized.During a conference call with lawmakers on FDA food labeling on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked: “Given that the FDA currently doesn’t enforce any federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused foods and with a lot of states obviously changing their marijuana laws  -do you think they should require nutritional...
  • Denver Fair’s Bong, Edible Contests Celebrate Pot

    08/03/2014 7:09:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    cbs Denver ^ | 8-3-2014
    Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation’s first county fair to allow pot competitions. This weekend’s Denver County Fair includes a 21-and-over “Pot Pavilion” where winning entries for plants, bongs, edible treats and clothes made from hemp are on display. Organizers say the marijuana categories this year — which come with the debut of legal recreational marijuana in Colorado — add a fun twist on Denver’s already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant and a contest for dioramas made with Peeps candies. “We’ve been selling tickets to people from all over the...
  • Bankrupt San Bernardino looks at marijuana sales to raise funds

    07/31/2014 9:14:32 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/31/2014 | Tim Reid
    (Reuters) - The city attorney of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, has a novel idea for raising new revenue - open medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot. As San Bernardino struggles to deliver a bankruptcy exit plan two years after it filed for Chapter 9 protection, city attorney Gary Saenz says marijuana sales should be part of the southern California city's income.
  • Big change proposed for federal marijuana law: Bill would exempt plants with low percentage of THC

    07/30/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 69 replies
    KY3 ^ | Jul 29, 2014 | Caleb Hellerman
    Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months. That was the middle of March, when Haleigh's brain was being short-circuited by hundreds of seizures a day, overrunning the array of five potent drugs meant to control them. Worse, the drugs were damaging Haleigh's organs. "She was maxed out," Cox said. "She'd quit breathing several times a day, and the doctors blamed it on the seizure medications." Cox had heard that a form of medical marijuana might help, but it wasn't available in central Georgia. So a week after hearing the ominous...
  • Funeral today for 9-year-old girl waiting on medical marijuana

    07/30/2014 4:02:34 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 105 replies
    WGRZ ^ | July 23, 2014
    Funeral today for 9-year-old girl waiting on medical marijuana WEST SENECA, N.Y. -- Friends, family and community members crowded into a church in West Seneca Wednesday morning to say final farewells to a little girl whose story touched all of Western New York. For more than 8 months, 2 On Your Side has been following the journey of 9-year-old Anna Conte. Anna had Dravet Syndrome, which caused her to have uncontrollable seizures. Anna and her family were relentless in pressuring state leaders to pass a medical marijuana program, because a special oil-based version of cannabis worked wonders for kids in...
  • Possible New 'View' Host S.E. Cupp Slams 'Liberal' NYT for Pot Editorial

    07/28/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 28, 2014
    Possible new View co-host S.E. Cupp got a tryout on Monday for the token conservative slot on the morning program. Wasting no time, the conservative commentator got in a fight with Whoopi Goldberg over the New York Times's endorsement of federally legalized marijuana. After Goldberg described herself as "very, very, very happy" with the Times, Cupp shot back, "Luckily, it is not up to the New York Times, a New York City liberal paper, to decide what everyone around the country does."
  • Florida poll: Most back legal marijuana

    07/28/2014 4:56:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/28/14 | Jonathan Topaz
    A majority of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 percent of Florida voters back legal possession of small amounts of recreational pot, compared with 41 percent who oppose it.
  • Repeal Prohibition, Again (New York Times: Let States Decide on Marijuana)

    07/27/2014 5:18:10 PM PDT · by Ken H · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/26/2014 | NYT Editorial Board
    -snip- There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level. We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even...
  • Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless

    07/26/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 53 replies
    AP ^ | 7/26/2014 | Unattributed AP
    <p>DENVER (AP) — Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city’s streets.</p> <p>One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.</p>
  • FNC's Beckel: I've Done Dope in The White House

    07/24/2014 7:56:35 AM PDT · by shove_it · 79 replies
    TruthRevolt ^ | 24 Jul 2014
    On Wednesday's edition of "The Five," co-host Bob Beckel remarked on Snoop Dogg's revelation that he as smoked marijuana in the White House, by admitting to the same thing. “I can’t criticize this guy (Snoop) because I’ve done dope in the White House myself,” Beckel said. Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle let out an exasperated, “Oh, God.” “Are you breaking news?” asked their colleague Eric Bolling. “I did, yeah,” Beckel said. (vid at link)
  • How One State Could Hold the Key to Legal Marijuana in America

    07/23/2014 10:57:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mic ^ | July 23, 2014 | Matt Connolly
    Everything's in motion for what could be a stunning victory for marijuana legalization this November. Advocates in Oregon just got legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot in the state, which means it could join Colorado and Washington as the only states to fully legalize (and tax) the drug. But beyond Oregon, an even more important battle is brewing farther northwest. Legalization is also on the ballot in Alaska. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)What makes Alaska special? There's a certain symbolic significance to passing marijuana legalization in a Republican-controlled red state. Colorado, Washington and Oregon all went for President Barack Obama in 2012, with...
  • Pot growers worry wildfires will slow deliveries to retailers

    07/23/2014 10:56:28 PM PDT · by steve86 · 5 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/23/2014 | Colleen Wright
    While record-setting wildfires engulfed Central Washington, budding marijuana businesses in the area suffered from scorched plants unfit for production, pop-up fires on farms and road closures that slowed deliveries to retailers. A 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on the Columbia River Cannabis farm in Douglas County earlier this month and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana plants that were eventually to be used to start growing in the recreational market. Columbia River Cannabis in Douglas County was finally close to getting a marijuana-producer license after nine months. That is, until a 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on its farm July 10 and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana...
  • This Grandfather Allegedly Cured Liver Cancer With Homemade Cannabis Oil

    07/23/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 86 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 7-13-2014 | Lizette Borreli
    Mike Cutler, a 63-year-old grandfather, allegedly killed his cancer cells with homemade cannabis oil, after receiving his second liver cancer diagnosis in five years. The cancer survivor was first diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009 after he blacked out at work, after which he then received an organ transplant in November of that year. However, last year, his health took a turn for the worst when he found out new cancerous cells were attacking his new organ. A liver transplant and a second cancer diagnosis later, Cutler decided to buy marijuana from a dealer and make his tablets from the...
  • Oregon recreational pot initiative qualifies for November ballot

    07/23/2014 9:59:46 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 21, 2014 | Sharon Bernstein
    An initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon's proposal will come before voters just two years after they rejected a similar measure. [...] If passed in November, Oregon would be the latest in a string of U.S. states to liberalize marijuana laws, either for recreational or medical use. On Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill allowing children and adults with epilepsy to...
  • California Pot Farms Use 50% More Water than City of San Francisco

    07/23/2014 8:09:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 58 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 · 20 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 · 61 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 · 83 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...