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  • Pot Activists Arrested Again Near Congress

    04/24/2017 1:39:09 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 5 replies
    U.S. News ^ | April 24, 2017
    Four marijuana legalization activists were arrested near the U.S. Capitol on Monday after smoking the drug in public, just a few days after eight members of the same group were arrested while offering free joints to congressional staff. The activists were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police during a second annual “Reschedule 420” rally urging federal cannabis legalization. Police moved in immediately after what was described as a religious ceremony. Activists offered Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Rastafarian and non-religious invocations, in their opinion extending First Amendment protection to cannabis consumption. Police officers appeared to adhere to a common court finding that the...
  • That’s the children packed off to school . . . now a spliff for mom

    04/23/2017 4:55:02 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 36 replies
    Sunday Times ^ | 23rd April 2017 | Hazel Shearing
    As legalisation spreads across the US, the web is lighting up with advice on how to mix marijuana and motherhood. She looks like a model suburban housewife, beaming into the camera as she sifts through a pink leather handbag, explaining to her youtube viewers that she carries her children's inhalers with her at all times because "you gotta be prepared". Inside Kathryn VahEaton's own "medicine bag", though, is a pink pipe and a set of dainty purple pots-where she stores her stash. To her fans she is the Stoner Mom, a 34-year-old mother of four from Colorado whose blogs, videos...
  • Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver

    04/20/2017 6:09:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    NYT ^ | 4-20-17 | JACEY FORTIN
    For the International Church of Cannabis in Denver, there were three reasons to celebrate on Thursday. First, it was opening day. The church, a more than century-old building recently adorned with brightly colored paintings by the artists Kenny Scharf and Okuda San Miguel, welcomed the public early in the afternoon, at which time no cannabis consumption was allowed inside. “It seemed to be a nice steady flow of people,” said Lee Molloy, a founder of the church and a member, who estimated that a couple of hundred people had come by.
  • Today is 4/20 2017: Lets talk about Weed In New England

    04/20/2017 9:21:30 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 21 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | 4/20/2017
    Today is April 20th 2017, its 4/20. As in 4:20. Weed, Cush, pot, Marijuana hemp, Canibis, whatever you want to call it. I didn't want to write an article today since I personally am against recreational marijuana usage though I believe it should be up to states on whether or not to allow it. Today I thought, why not talk about it since its now legal in most of New England? Soon to be legal everywhere in New England I am also certain... Three states have legalized marijuna for recreational useage: Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. Well its not quite that...
  • On Eve of 4/20 Holiday, Congressman Says ‘Marijuana Has Gone Mainstream’

    04/20/2017 8:57:17 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 119 replies
    Fortune ^ | Apr 19, 2017 | Tom Huddleston
    This Thursday, April 20, marks the annual unofficial holiday celebrated around the world by marijuana users. And this year, "4/20" will be observed while America's burgeoning legal cannabis industry sits at a crossroads. Public opinion polls indicate that support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high in the U.S., and November's election saw four new states vote to legalize recreational cannabis while another four states legalized medical pot. As a result, a majority of the U.S. population lives in a state with some access to legal marijuana. However, cannabis remains illegal on the federal level, and the new administration...
  • Happy 4/20, Congress: Activists Have 1,227 Joints to Share

    04/19/2017 3:06:19 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 15 replies
    Activists behind some of the nation’s most attention-grabbing recent cannabis activism plan to give about a pound of marijuana – rolled into 1,227 joints – to congressional staff Thursday to urge reform on the annual 4/20 marijuana holiday. That is, if anyone shows up to get it near the corner of 1st Street NE and Constitution Avenue, a stone's throw from Senate office buildings and the Supreme Court. Organizers aren’t sure many congressional ID-holders will accept their two free joints between “high noon” and 6:20 p.m. – despite an effort to distribute fliers to every lawmaker’s Capitol Hill office and...
  • Swiss Oasis for Legal Cannabis, Without the High

    04/17/2017 9:57:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local ^ | 14 April 2017
    A grey-haired woman in her early 60s daintily lifts small trays topped with different varieties of marijuana to her nose, sniffing each of them carefully. "Which one would you recommend for someone with medical issues?" she asks salesman Paul Monot, co-founder of the DrGreen shop in western Switzerland. Posters of bright green cannabis plants advertise its wares, which, like those sold openly in a growing number of shops across Switzerland, are completely legal. There is a catch however: They won't make you high. "There is no psychotropic effect of our weed," says Monot, at his store in Lausanne. On display...
  • (Homeland Security Secretary) Kelly: Marijuana 'not a factor' in drug war

    04/16/2017 11:59:25 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2017 | Kevin Robillard
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that marijuana is "not a factor" in the war on drugs and that solving the nation's drug problem does not involve "arresting a lot of users." Kelly, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," was discussing his work to stop the flow of drugs into the United States from Central America and Mexico when host Chuck Todd asked whether legalizing marijuana would help or hurt his work. "Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war," Kelly responded, adding later: "It's three things. Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico. Heroin. Virtually...
  • Gary Johnson Will Not Run for President Again; Will Be Full-Time Weed Warrior

    04/16/2017 6:48:00 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 58 replies
    People's Pundit Daily ^ | March 7, 2017 | Richard D. Baris
    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the two-time Libertarian Party presidential candidate, says he’s lost faith in the electoral process and vowed never to run again. He will now focus all his efforts on legalizing marijuana. Govs. Johnson and Weld became the first ticket of any party to feature two governors since the 1948 presidential election and ended up receiving nearly 4.5 million votes nationally, far more than his 2012 popular vote total. While still not a viable electoral force, the 2016 presidential election marked the Libertarian Party’s most successful presidential run to date and the most successful third-party candidacy...
  • Cannabis Industry Attracts More Mainstream Investors as Business Grows

    04/15/2017 11:24:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Variety ^ | April 12, 2017 | Nick Clement
    With the legal cannabis industry generating $6.9 billion in sales in 2016, up 34% from 2015, it’s a no-brainer to say that much is at stake as the business inevitably grows. Much like the independent movie biz, the cannabis industry attracts investors looking for high-risk, high-reward investments, and as marijuana goes more mainstream, so does the funding mechanisms for the industry’s businesses. Just recently, numerous investment firms have cropped up, announcing themselves as major entities in the billion-dollar industry. The opportunities are wide-ranging: Everything from exotic strains of marijuana to concentrated edibles to topical creams fortified with CBD extracts, as...
  • Pot found in truck that hit church bus near Leakey, DPS says

    04/11/2017 2:06:43 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    MySA ^ | 04/11/2017 | By Zeke MacCormack
    UVALDE — Court records released Tuesday bolstered reports that Jack D. Young was texting before crashing his pickup into a small church bus March 29 on U.S. 83, killing 13 people, and also reveal that he had earlier consumed prescription pills and was in possession of marijuana. The northbound 2007 Dodge pickup driven by Young, 20, of Leakey, crossed the highway’s center line on a curve and hit the bus carrying 14 congregants of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels home from a retreat. Only one bus passenger survived. A neighbor later reported that Young had driven that morning...
  • Cartels are growing marijuana illegally in California — and there's a war brewing

    04/09/2017 5:13:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/08/17 | Julian Smith
    **SNIP** Growers often use empty containers like this to store toxic chemicals. In the previous year, every Gatorade bottle Gabriel and his team found at grow sites tested positive for carbofuran, a neurotoxic insecticide that is so nasty it has been banned in the U.S., Canada and the EU. Farmers in Kenya have used it to kill lions. Symptoms of exposure range from nausea and blurred vision to convulsions, spontaneous abortions, and death. “They just leave these sitting around,” Gabriel says as he carefully swabs the bottle.
  • 14-year-old gave out mom’s marijuana candy at middle school, authorities say

    04/04/2017 7:11:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The State ^ | APRIL 3, 2017 | JOE MARUSAK
    An Iredell County (NC) mom and her boyfriend were arrested after her 14-year-old took marijuana candy to West Iredell Middle School and gave some to at least three other students, authorities said Monday. Samantha Braaksma, 36, and her boyfriend, Joshua White, 31, were charged and jailed after sheriff’s investigators went to their home in rural Stony Point on Thursday and found numerous bags of marijuana and marijuana candy in their bedroom and bathroom, Sheriff Darren Campbell said. The stash totaled 1.94 pounds. Samantha Braaksma Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Braaksma’s 16-year-old son, Ethan Aldridge, also was arrested after deputies found 14...
  • Canada's set to legalize marijuana nationwide on July 1, 2018

    04/02/2017 11:05:33 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 173 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 28, 2017
    Canada's set to legalize marijuana nationwide on July 1, 2018 Marijuana will be legal for all Canadians over the age of 18 by July 1, 2018, CBC News reports, marking Canada's 151st birthday in style. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party will officially announce the plan on April 10. The legislation is expected to easily pass through Parliament, as it holds support from major political parties both to the right, and left of Trudeau's Liberals. As well, a majority of Canadians support legalizing marijuana, according to a recent poll from NRG Research Group. The plan follows the recommendations laid out...
  • Pot is ruining Denver’s restaurant industry

    04/01/2017 5:57:54 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 168 replies ^ | 04/01/2017 | n/a
    The population of Denver has been steadily growing over the past few years, but not enough of its new inhabitants want to work in the restaurant industry. The reason? The higher-paying jobs are in weed, man. New eateries are popping up all over Denver to meet the increased demand of residents and tourists, but restaurant owners claim they’re having a hard time filling their kitchens with able-bodied workers, Bloomberg reports. “Our work force is being drained by the pot industry,” Denver restaurateur Bryan Dayton told the site. “Enter the weed business, which pays $22 an hour with full benefits,” added...
  • 'Stoned' Dog Bleary-Eyed and Barely Able to Stand After 'Eating a Joint While Out Walking'

    03/31/2017 5:47:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The poor pooch was captured leaning up against a door in the vets after allegedly ingesting cannabisA dog owner captured the moment her pet pooched got 'stoned' after apparently eating a joint while out on a walk. The poor pooch was barely unable to stand on all fours in the vet's waiting room after reportedly ingesting cannabis . In the clip, posted by the dog's owner Chloe O'Neill , from Glasgow, the canine leans his nose up against a door and appears to be completely unaware of his surroundings. At one point in the footage, the dog flinches at nothing...
  • As more Americans fail drug tests, employers turn to refugees

    03/28/2017 5:18:42 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Mar. 27, 2017 | Dan Lieberman
    ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA (CNN) - Inside a factory near this lakeside city, a man holding a blowtorch is putting the finishing touches on a plastic rain barrel that will soon make its way to a home and garden section somewhere in America. He is Talib Alzamel, a 45-year-old Syrian refugee who arrived here last summer with his wife and five children. He can't speak much English, but neither can most of the 40 refugees who work at Sterling Technologies, a plastic molding company based near the shores of Lake Erie. They earn $8-14 an hour. The refugees at Sterling come from...
  • Effort Underway to Legalize All Pot (Illinois)

    03/25/2017 9:14:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 151 replies
    The Alton Daily News ^ | March 25, 2017 | Greg Bishop - Illinois News Network and WBGZ-FM
    Proponents and opponents of legalizing pot in Illinois are firing up their talking points after a proposal to legalize the sale of weed for recreational purposes sprouted up this week. Opponents of legalizing, regulating and taxing pot say they don’t care how much revenue it could generate for Illinois’ failed finances. Amendments to bills in the House and Senate this week would allow for the sale of recreational marijuana with a $50 tax per ounce. That would be on top of any sales tax. Supporters says it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the state. Democratic...
  • Illinois looks toward legal weed with bills in House and Senate

    03/23/2017 2:12:29 PM PDT · by davikkm · 13 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Andrew Blake
    Illinois, one of the nation’s most populous states, could soon join the ranks of the limited few with recreational weed following the filing Wednesday of proposed pro-pot legislation in the state House and Senate. Democrats proposed identical bills in both chambers that would legalize the use, cultivation and distribution of marijuana and establish a framework for taxing and regulating the plant, potentially making the Land of Lincoln the next state to skirt the federal prohibition on pot. Senate Bill 316 and an amendment to House Bill 2353 would let adults 21 and over harvest weed and have up to 28...
  • Latinos Got 77 Percent of Federal Pot Sentences Last Year

    03/15/2017 10:07:30 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 54 replies
    The vast majority of federal sentences for marijuana crimes went to Hispanics last year, according to new data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Hispanics were widely overrepresented with 77 percent of federal marijuana sentences, despite making up less than 20 percent of the U.S. population. Non-Hispanic whites were dramatically underrepresented, with 11.9 percent of pot sentences, and African-Americans were also underrepresented with 8.3 percent.