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  • Elizabeth Warren asks CDC to consider legal marijuana as alternative painkiller

    Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider the role legal marijuana could play in the prescription opioid epidemic.Warren asked for more research into medical marijuana and painkiller addiction in a letter to the CDC director, Thomas Friedan."Opioid abuse is a national concern and warrants swift and immediate action," Warren wrote. Her request comes as politicians, including the presidential nominees, search for the best response to the opioid epidemic. The use of prescription opioids doubled between 2000 and 2014, according to the CDC. And Massachusetts experienced its highest number of unintentional opioid...
  • Watch: Trump Says 'Yes' To Medical Marijuana, 'No' To Deporting Justin Bieber

    02/10/2016 5:29:44 PM PST · by JediJones · 55 replies
    Civilized ^ | 11/24/2015 | Julia Wright
    Donald Trump's position on cannabis appears to have flip-flopped wildly over the years. (No comb-over jokes - promise.) "Legalized marijuana is always a very difficult question - for medicinal purposes and medical purposes, it's fine," says Trump in the video. Earlier this year, Trump told FOX's Sean Hannity he supports medical users "100 percent," but added that overall, marijuana legalization has been "a bad thing for Colorado." He added the Evergreen state is now facing some "big, big problems." But back in 1990, Trump told the Sarasota Herald America's drug policy was "a joke," and legalizing all drugs was the...
  • Seattle’s brash king of pot raking in cash and raising hackles at Uncle Ike’s

    02/08/2016 8:50:26 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | Bob Young
    Just after Uncle Ike's Pot Shop opened in Seattle's Central District, it boasted in an ad, "Our weed cures Ebola." Knowing that merchants in the new industry weren't allowed to make any medical claims about pot, the fine print disclaimer winked: "If you believe this ad, you are a (expletive) moron." That in-your-face Vern Fonk-on-weed sensibility has helped make Uncle Ike's the state's top-selling pot store, with $1.4 million in monthly sales. It's also changing the personality of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, once a predominantly African-American corner, with neon signs, a wall-mural ad, food truck, sign-waving mannequin and...
  • Obama’s war against medical marijuana is the biggest of any president

    02/06/2016 9:51:27 AM PST · by grundle · 89 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 6, 2016 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Obama's war against medical marijuana is the biggest of any president, which is the exact opposite of what he had promised Campaign promisesIn May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end DEA raids on medical marijuana in states where it's legal.Also in 2008, Obama said that he supported the "basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs" and that he was "not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws."Federal raids against medical marijuana in states where it's legalDespite Obama’s campaign...
  • California Medical Association backs recreational marijuana legalization bill

    02/03/2016 9:35:51 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 5 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | February 02, 2016
    California's largest organization of practicing physicians, the California Medical Association, announced Monday that it is backing a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A coalition of entrepreneurs, activists, environmentalists and state politicians are backing the initiative, led by billionaire technology investor Sean Parker. CMA said in a statement that its members believe controlling, tracking and studying pot will better protect public health than "ineffective prohibition." Spokeswoman Molly Weedn said the medical association is most interested in provisions of the proposal that would expand marijuana research. "We feel that this initiative specifically is in line with...
  • What happens when you get stoned every single day for five years

    02/01/2016 12:39:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 86 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 1st, 2016 | By Christopher Ingraham
    New research published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what many of us have suspected for some time: If you smoke a lot of weed -- like a lot of it -- it can potentially do permanent damage to your short-term memory. Professor Reto Auer of the University of Lausanne led a team of researchers who examined data on the marijuana habits of nearly 3,400 Americans over a 25-year period. At the end of the study period, the subjects took a battery of tests designed to assess cognitive abilities -- memory, focus, ability to make quick decisions, etc....
  • Medical marijuana will be on Florida ballot in November

    01/28/2016 8:33:45 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    Floridians will decide this November whether to allow medical marijuana in the state. On Wednesday, a constitutional amendment to legalize the drug gained enough signed petitions to qualify for the ballot next November. If passed, the amendment would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for people with “debilitating conditions” such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article56931218.html#storylink=cpy
  • Veterans testify on Kansas medical marijuana bill

    01/22/2016 9:25:06 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    Lawrence Journal-World ^ | January 21, 2016
    Topeka - Navy veteran Raymond Schwab started treating symptoms from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with a slew of prescription medications that he said nearly ruined his life. But he found relief in cannabis therapy that helped him to get a degree and be a more effective parent, Schwab told a panel of Kansas senators on a second day of hearings. The Kansas Senate's Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee heard Schwab - who was deployed during the Bosnian War in the 1990s - and other opponents testify about a bill that would soften criminal penalties for marijuana possession, allow for hemp oil...
  • French drug trial leaves one brain dead and five critically ill

    01/15/2016 6:36:59 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | January 15, 2016 | Angelique Chrisafis
    One person is brain dead and five others are seriously ill after taking part in a drug trial for an unnamed pharmaceutical firm at a clinic in north-west France. The French health ministry said the six patients had been in good health until taking the oral medication. It did not say what the new medicine was intended to be used for, but a source close to the case told AFP that the drug was a painkiller containing cannabinoids, an active ingredient found in cannabis plants. The health minister, Marisol Touraine, said on Friday the six had been taking part in...
  • VIDEO: Middle schooler dances on lunch table, taunts teachers, police [LEGALIZE POT? HOPE NOT]

    01/14/2016 3:52:01 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 36 replies
    eagnews ^ | January 14, 2016 | Victor Skinner
    AUSTIN, Texas – A black Texas middle-school student threw a temper tantrum in a video that also shows adults seemingly unwilling to do anything to restore civility. User bklynblke posted a nearly 3 minute tirade to LiveLeak Monday showing the young girl climb on top of tables in the Westview Middle School cafeteria before going off on a profanity-laced rant against school officials and law enforcement, repeatedly challenging them to "touch me, I dare you." VIDEO The video appears to have been recorded by a student sitting at an adjacent table, where other students seem unconcerned, as if it's just...
  • El Chapo Got Caught. So What?

    01/14/2016 6:14:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    All across America last weekend, panicked drug users rushed to their dealers to stock up on marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine for fear of running out. The arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, was sure to cause a sudden shortage of illegal substances in this country. That's right. And I'm Queen Latifah. In reality, the capture of the narcotics kingpin is likely to have about as much impact on drug supplies as Martian solar storms do. You wouldn't expect long lines at the gas pump if the CEO of Exxon Mobil...
  • Cannabis Legalization is a Panacea. (Wanna Buy a Bridge?)

    01/14/2016 7:21:07 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 17 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 1/13/2016 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Townhall's Steve Chapman advocates marijuana legalization to combat El Chapo of the Sinaloa Cartel and other narcotraficatismos.If we truly want to hurt the major drug traffickers, there is a simple way: legalize the use, sale and production of marijuana. - El Chapo Got Caught. So What? Legalization in Netherlands has really solved their problems--right. Legalziation there merely puts organized crime in a different court of play. Netherlands has pulled back from some its legalization policies in the wake of the failures.Marijuana is the least problematic, so lets count some of the ways... Is It Worth Losing Your Manhood?Does smoking pot...
  • A Hash-Head's Wife's Lament

    01/13/2016 9:29:50 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | Oct 29, 2012 | Sophia Bilides
    https://youtu.be/_hUlp13jpF4?t=31m48s Some habits caused friction in the household. This song is called (untranslatable), which is slang for "Hashish Smoker". And this hash-head is getting scolded by his woman, who says, my "bederosaki, stop smoking the hash, all you do is get stoned, and take it out on me. Don't smoke the black stuff." And he says, "but I have to get stoned in order to break my blues, because I keep losing everything in gambling." (Audience laughter; a wry look on performer Sophia Bilides' face.) And she says, "As long as you smoke AND gamble, you're NEVER going to see...
  • Why the ‘wet tea leaves’ drug raid was outrageous

    01/12/2016 12:29:56 PM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 19 replies
    Washington Pest ^ | 1/11/16 | Radley Balko
    A couple weeks ago, I posted about a case in Kansas in which a couple was wrongly raided by a police tactical team. Robert and Addie Harte and their two children were held in their home by armed officers for over two hours as the officers searched the house for marijuana. They found no drugs. After spending $25,000 to get a judge to order the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to turn over documents related to the search and investigation leading up to it, the Hartes discovered that Robert Harte, along with hundreds of other people, became a suspect when Missouri...
  • Why the ‘wet tea leaves’ drug raid was outrageous

    01/11/2016 3:40:20 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2016 | Radley Balko
    A couple weeks ago, I posted about a case in Kansas in which a couple was wrongly raided by a police tactical team. Robert and Addie Harte and their two children were held in their home by armed officers for over two hours as the officers searched the house for marijuana. They found no drugs. After spending $25,000 to get a judge to order the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to turn over documents related to the search and investigation leading up to it, the Hartes discovered that Robert Harte, along with hundreds of other people, became a suspect when Missouri...
  • What Marijuana Legalization brings to your town?

    01/08/2016 8:07:15 PM PST · by Rich from PTD · 32 replies
    Through the use of images… I’ll show you what it brings. But before I do that (just to be fair), I will say that the drug has its medicinal benefits, there’s no doubt about that, but medicinal patients are hardly the bulk of the enthusiasts or the consumers. They might represent 10% or less of that base. The other 90% represents the following: Filthy dirty homeless drug addicts hanging out on your street corners. Pan handling, and when asked to leave… they respond, hey man I thought this place was cool man? I thought I could just sit here and...
  • Some pot labs in state failed no pot at all, says scientist [WA]

    01/06/2016 11:17:30 PM PST · by steve86 · 15 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 5, 2016 | Bob Young
    Some state-certified marijuana labs testing for microbes such as E.coli and mold appear more friendly to pot merchants than others, according to an analysis by a Woodinville data scientist. Four labs rejected none of the pot they tested over a three-month period last year, according to the analysis by Jim MacRae. Four other labs failed more than 12 percent of samples tested over the same time, with two labs rejecting 44 percent of samples for microbes. “It’s almost impossible for that to happen,” said David Lampach, co-founder of Steep Hill Labs in Tukwila, of the disparity. After sifting through public...
  • NorCal Drug Agent Busted Delivering $2M Worth Of Pot To Pennsylvania

    01/05/2016 5:32:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | January 05, 2016 | n/a
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) A deputy who works for a Northern California anti-narcotics task force is facing felony drug charges after he was arrested delivering $2 million worth of marijuana to someone in Pennsylvania. According to a criminal complaint, officers arrested Yuba County Sheriff Deputy Christopher M. Heath, along with 2 other men, driving across the country with 122 packages of marijuana. Each package weighed about a pound. The trio was stopped on December 29 after police received a tip. All three were booked into York County Prison. Heath, 37, was also carrying his badge, his duty firearm and $11,000...
  • Marijuana Retailers Cope with Falling Pot Prices [WA]

    01/04/2016 5:22:17 PM PST · by steve86 · 42 replies
    NBCRightNow ^ | Jan 04, 2016 | Jonathan Halvorson
    <p>LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - As the price of marijuana continues to drop, Washington pot businesses are struggling to keep up with the changes.</p> <p>The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1O6nqKx ) that since legal marijuana entered the market in July 2014, prices have dropped from $25 to $30 per gram to about $10 a gram now.</p>
  • Santorum Claims Ted Cruz isn't a Conservative. Um, What?

    12/31/2015 11:28:34 AM PST · by Isara · 103 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | December 31, 2015 | Rob Knowles
    “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism…The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.” – Ronald Reagan We’re entering an unusual time in politics. It used to be conservatism versus liberalism; that was the standard by which everything was judged. There was little to no nuance within the two groups. I’m not saying that was incorrect. For the time, it was perfectly appropriate. Now, however, we’ve become a less...
  • The Year in Blame Shifting

    12/30/2015 12:23:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    On Monday, when he announced that a grand jury had declined to indict two Cleveland police officers in the 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said enhanced video of the incident showed the boy was drawing what looked like a gun from his waistband. Although the object was actually an Airsoft pellet pistol, McGinty said, Timothy Loehmann, the officer who killed Tamir within two seconds of arriving at the scene, had no way of knowing that. Even if we accept this account, it does not explain why Frank Garmback, Loehmann's partner, drove right...
  • VIDEO: Charles Koch Rips Hypocrisy of Pot Criminalization

    Billionaire philanthropist and Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch blasted the hypocrisy of pot criminalization’s disproportionate enforcement in an October interview on CBS This Morning. In the interview, which can be seen in the above-embedded video, Koch said, “Some poor kid in the inner city smokes a joint, goes to prison, ruins his life, where we have a president who is more privileged, who smoked a joint, becomes president. We have a candidate who admits smoking a joint — he’s running for president. Now, where is the justice in that?”
  • Senator proposes bill to legalize marijuana

    12/29/2015 11:22:18 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 45 replies
    Bowling Green Daily News ^ | Dec 28, 2015 | JACKSON FRENCH
    Recreational marijuana use would be legal in Kentucky in 2016 if proposed legislation becomes law. State Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is sponsoring a bill called the Cannabis Freedom Act. The bill proposes to legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 years or older, decriminalize offenses such as unauthorized growing and distribution and consuming cannabis in public and place an excise tax on the drug. "Originally what inspired me was a group of retired Teamsters," Clark said. The Teamsters knew that using marijuana was a cheaper alternative to costly prescription painkillers they needed, he said. "They didn't want to be criminalized...
  • Volunteers give away free marijuana joints to the homeless on Christmas Eve in Denver

    12/26/2015 2:50:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | December 25, 2015 | Jennifer Kovaleski
    DENVER (KMGH) - A local nonprofit hit the streets of downtown Denver on Christmas Eve and gave away a thousand free, pre-rolled marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one. "Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year's," said one woman who accepted a joint. Nick Dicenzo, the founder of Cannabis Can and the one responsible for handing out the free weed, said they're trying to raise awareness about homelessness and encourage people to donate to their cause. The cause? To raise money to buy several RV's and provide restrooms and showers for those in need. Dicenzo...
  • Australia's 'Stoner Sloth' Anti-Marijuana Campaign Is an Instant and Classic Fail

    12/21/2015 1:55:10 PM PST · by Heartlander · 13 replies
    Adweek ^ | 12/20/2015 | Adweek
    There's a long and not-very-proud tradition of anti-drug advertising that gets ridiculed for missing the mark with young audiences. Australia's New South Wales government just added a classic new entry to that hall of shame with #StonerSloth, a campaign designed to shame teens who get high—but who are finding the ads hilariously delightful instead. In three short videos, marijuana has turned teens into giant sloths—and the metaphor is made literal, as the kids are actually depicted as giant hairy beasts with long, curved claws. Socially, they're utterly useless. All they can do is moan, since they're so high. And they...
  • Denver's 2015 post-marijuana legalization crime wave intensifies

    12/19/2015 7:08:57 AM PST · by rktman · 40 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/19/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    As another month goes by in Colorado's marijuana legalization experiment, Denver's 2015 crime wave cranks up yet another notch. November's crime data is out for the city, and it doesn't tell a pretty story. There were another eight murders in Denver during November, bringing the year-to-date total to 50, which is more than 72 percent higher than last year's numbers. Across the board, other violent crime in Denver is also skyrocketing this year. The number of rapes has increased 16 percent, robberies are up 13 percent, and aggravated assaults are up 14 percent based on the UCR standards and up...
  • Law enforcement group pushes for recreational marijuana

    12/10/2015 10:17:56 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 67 replies
    NBC2 [FL] ^ | Dec 09, 2015 | Chris Gilmore
    NAPLES, FL - They're normally the guys locking people up for marijuana possession, but a group of current and former law enforcement officers will meet in Naples to push for people's right to get high. Not all law enforcement officers are on board, however. Legalizing marijuana, it's a hot-button issue in Florida. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is pushing for the change to save taxpayer dollars and valuable resources. "Sixty-thousand people get arrested every year for marijuana possession. That's a waste of law-enforcement resources," said Ray Strack of LEAP. The group meets Thursday in Naples. The Florida Sheriff's Association is not...
  • Illinois Medical Pot Users Erroneously Told to Give Up Guns

    12/07/2015 8:53:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 6, 2015 | Carla K. Johnson (AP)
    CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly two years after Illinois decided medical marijuana users shouldn't be prohibited from owning guns, several patients received letters from state police telling them their firearms cards were being revoked. Although the agency insists the letters were sent to just four people before the mistake was corrected, some cannabis supporters say the error signifies an underlying ambivalence about medical marijuana in the 23 states where it's now legal.
  • Just HALF a joint of cannabis 'causes psychosis-like effects in healthy people

    12/04/2015 9:37:37 AM PST · by Phlap · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/04/2015 | Lizzie Parry
    Smoking cannabis can induce psychosis-like effects, similar to the symptoms people diagnosed with schizophrenia endure, scientists have said. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3345090/Just-HALF-joint-cannabis-causes-psychosis-like-effects-healthy-people-s-similar-schizophrenia-say-experts.html#ixzz3tNIdlPgG Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Just HALF a joint of cannabis 'causes psychosis-like effects in healthy people that's similar to

    Smoking cannabis can induce psychosis-like effects, similar to the symptoms people diagnosed with schizophrenia endure, scientists have said. While past research as come this this conclusion in the past, the mechanisms underlying these effects are less clear. Now, a team of scientists at Yale School of Medicine have found the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC) increases random neural activity, known as neural noise, in the brains of healthy drug-users. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3345090/Just-HALF-joint-cannabis-causes-psychosis-like-effects-healthy-people-s-similar-schizophrenia-say-experts.html#ixzz3tJrLAuG0 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Cannabis increases the noise in your brain

    12/03/2015 2:19:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | Provided by: Elsevier
    Cannabis indica. Credit: Wikipedia ========================================================================================================================================= Several studies have demonstrated that the primary active constituent of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC), induces transient psychosis-like effects in healthy subjects similar to those observed in schizophrenia. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects are not clear. A new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, reports that ∆9-THC increases random neural activity, termed neural noise, in the brains of healthy human subjects. The findings suggest that increased neural noise may play a role in the psychosis-like effects of cannabis. "At doses roughly equivalent to half or a single joint, ∆9-THC produced psychosis-like effects and increased neural...
  • Planned Parenthood Killer Was A Deranged Pothead

    12/03/2015 6:56:17 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 39 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 12/3/2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    The liberals were quick to blame conservative Christians, Republicans, and others on the right for the carnage in the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. It turns out the killer was a paranoid pothead who probably moved to Colorado because it offered him plenty of legal weed. The murders were just the latest example of President Obama's pro-pot policies causing "active shooter" cases in which innocent people get maimed and killed. While "progressives" hope to capitalize on the killings by stopping investigations into Planned Parenthood, the case of Robert Lewis Dear has backfired on them in more ways than one. Dear, who...
  • SSD hearing judge to disabled vet: "Smoke the wacky tobaccy."

    11/30/2015 7:05:27 PM PST · by HiTech RedNeck · 26 replies
    The horse's mouth | 11/30/2015 | HiTech RedNeck
    By way of preamble, I know a lot of you folks are more or less down on the SSD program. Either that it's being abused or it shouldn't exist. That being said, a Marine buddy of mine whose attorneys expected him to have a slam dunk SSD case (multiple back injuries with multiple medical documentation) went into a Chicago courtroom this morning and left it wondering where Kansas went, so to speak. He got grilled and scoffed at and was told to go to a clinic where they do "wacky tobaccy." Federal judge, mind you, and this was all on...
  • Cabin-dwelling recluse Planned Parenthood gunman was once a happily married father&art dealer but

    The suspect accused of killing three people in an attack on a Planned Parenthood in Colorado was once a happy father and art dealer who painted and listened to rock music, a report has revealed. Robert Dear, 57, who allegedly burst into the clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and opened fire, was a recluse who moved to a remote cabin in the state a year ago, his neighbors have told Daily Mail Online. But a new report by the New York Times has revealed that Dear was once a happily married family man who lived with his wife and...
  • Skunk Weed Cannabis Can Seriously Damage Vital Nerve Fibers In The Brain

    11/27/2015 7:39:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    techtimes ^ | Alyssa Navarro,
    Dazzan said that when they looked at the corpus callosum of those who smoke high-strength cannabis, they found that there was a significant difference in the white matter compared to people who have never tried the drug, and people who smoke low-strength cannabis. The THC chemical acts on cannabinoid receptors which the corpus callosum contains. The team utilized two scanning methods to examine the corpus callosum in the brains of 56 patients who reportedly experienced a first episode of psychosis, and 43 healthy participants from the local community. One method required the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) while the...
  • The DEA has failed to eradicate marijuana. Now Congress wants it to stop trying.

    11/27/2015 12:01:54 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    [...] Last week a group of 12House members led by Ted Lieu of California wrote to House leadership topush for a provision in the upcoming spending bill that would strip half of the funds away from the DEA's Cannabis Eradication Program, and put that money toward programs that "play a far more useful role in promoting the safety and economic prosperity of the American people:" domestic violence prevention and overall spending reduction efforts.Each year the DEA spends about $18 million in efforts with state and local authorities to pull up marijuana plants being grown indoors and outdoors. The program has...
  • The Black Lives Matter Movement Is About To Jump Into The 2016 Marijuana Battle

    11/17/2015 8:44:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 17, 2015 | Darren Sands
    Marijuana legalization advocates want the support of Black Lives Matter activists in 2016. But a debate on tactics is brewing legalization groups and Black Lives Matter activists who worry people of color are being left out of the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. WASHINGTON — Leading up to his meeting with the Black Lives Matter group Campaign Zero at the Frederick Douglass House in September, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders steeled himself for an argument. He’d only previously come face-to-face with Black Lives Matter protesters who wanted to interrupt him. But over the course of the meeting, the activists spoke authoritatively...
  • Seattle's post-marijuana legalization crime wave

    11/13/2015 5:37:39 AM PST · by rktman · 64 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/12/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    It turns out that Denver, Colorado may not be the only major American city seeing an increase in crime following marijuana legalization. Seattle, Washington looks to be experiencing some blowback as well. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, "[a]dult possession of marijuana became legal [in Washington State] on December 6, 2012, 30 days after the passage of I-502, the voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older. A year-and-a-half later, the first retail marijuana store opened its doors on July 8, 2014." When we look at the number of total and property crimes in Seattle from 2008 through 2014,...
  • Medical Marijuana Isn’t a Joke. Debating the DEA Head Is

    11/11/2015 11:22:02 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 254 replies
    News Ledge ^ | November 11, 2015 | Marcus Chavers
    Another day, another controversy. Medical marijuana activists are rightly upset over comments DEA head, Chuck Rosenberg, made to reporters last week.During a Q&A, he talked about his stance on medical marijuana. "What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal because it's not. We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don't call it medicine -- that is a joke." Right, so you want to have an intellectual debate prefaced with medical marijuana is a joke. Want to clarify that bit a more? "There are pieces...
  • On Pot, Can We Keep Up With the Neighbors?

    11/08/2015 7:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Canada was recently ranked the freest country in the world, but newly installed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn't about to let it rest on its maple leaves. He won the October national elections after proposing something no major American presidential nominee has ever dared to endorse: legalizing marijuana. His Liberal Party argued that because of the current ban, "proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs." Its platform called for legalizing, regulating and taxing cannabis. The Liberals probably benefited from Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's hysterical claim...
  • Clinton Seeks Looser Marijuana Laws, Use Weed for Pain Relief

    11/08/2015 3:20:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 105 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 7, 2015 | Thomson/Reuters
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday called for looser federal regulations governing marijuana, to boost scientific research on a drug that many tout for relieving pain, among other medical benefits, according to media reports. Speaking at a campaign event in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidate said changing U.S. rules would acknowledge the drug's potential for medical uses and give scientists access to the drug for further investigation. "Universities, (the) National Institutes of Health can start researching what is the best way to use it, how much of a dose does somebody need, how does it interact with other medications," Clinton...
  • Bernie Sanders introduces legislation to legalize recreational marijuana

    11/04/2015 10:07:10 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 29 replies
    Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a Senate bill today that would legalize recreational marijuana use on a federal level, The Hill reports. This is the first Senate bill ever to propose completely legalizing recreational marijuana. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would remove marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration's list of "most dangerous drugs" and from the Controlled Substances Act, which regulates the manufacture, possession and use of certain drugs, according to The Huffington Post.
  • Ohio votes down legalizing pot for medical, recreational use

    11/03/2015 7:04:14 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 151 replies
    WTHR ^ | 11-4-2015 | By The Associated PressWTHR
    Ohio voters have rejected a ballot measure seeking to legalize recreational and medical marijuana use in the state. Failure of the proposed constitutional amendment follows an expensive campaign, a legal fight over its ballot wording and an investigation into the proposal's petition signatures.
  • Our View: Vote 'No' on (Ohio) Issue 3 marijuana monopoly

    11/03/2015 5:17:24 AM PST · by xzins · 34 replies
    Published: November 1, 2015 12:00AM Ohio voters have an opportunity to legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use, while licensing its commercial sale on a statewide basis. They also will decide whether commercial monopolies should be denied a place in the state constitution. And should they pass both issues on the November ballot, one will nullify the other. That's the story on Issue 2, which deals with commercial monopolies, among other things, and Issue 3, the controversial initiative that would legalize marijuana. If Issue 2 passes, the marijuana issue cannot be implemented even if it, too, receives a mandate. Upon...
  • Marijuana Mogul? Here's Why Nick Lachey May Make Millions If Weed Becomes Legal in Ohio

    10/31/2015 4:11:45 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 33 replies
    E! Online ^ | Oct. 30, 2015
    Marijuana Mogul? Here's Why Nick Lachey May Make Millions If Weed Becomes Legal in Ohio Nick Lachey husband, father, singer, TV host...and potential marijuana kingpin. Yep, you read that right. The former 98 Degrees boy band member could become one of the largest pot growers in Ohio, if the state votes to legalize marijuana on Tuesday. How so, you ask? Well, according to the Washington Post, the measure indicates that if the Buckeye State becomes green-friendly, it would restrict virtually all large-scale marijuana cultivation to 10 specifically designated farms. And whaddya know? Nick Lachey part owner of one of those...
  • Five Myths About Marijuana and You

    10/28/2015 6:37:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/28/2015 | James Arlandson
    Myths about marijuana are apparent in college papers, online, and in the media. The users are eager to believe they dont have a problem, so an entire mythology has grown up around the plant. But here are the counterarguments
  • Sophisticated 'Super' Drug Tunnel Between California and Mexico Discovered

    10/23/2015 10:15:21 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/22 | Michelle Kim
    Agents found a hole in the floor near a warehouse in Otay Mesa - a city south of San Diego -- that led to a shaft descending almost 32 feet down in the ground. The shaft connected to an underground passageway, which included lighting, ventilation and a rail system, leading to the U.S.-Mexico border. We see a super tunnel open for business once every year or so, U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy told ABC News today. Just when they think theyre ready to move, we put it out of business. The Tunnel Task Force conducted a six-month investigation that revealed the...
  • Major drug tunnel found on US-Mexico border in California

    10/22/2015 5:42:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2015 7:30 PM EDT | Elliot Spagat
    Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after discovering one of the longest cross-border tunnels ever dug between the U.S. and Mexico, officials said Thursday. The passage connecting warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, was about 2,400 feet long and 30 feet deep. It was lit, ventilated and equipped with a rail systemhallmarks of the most sophisticated tunnels found along the border.
  • Marijuana Use Doubles in U.S., But So Do Problems

    10/21/2015 2:51:07 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 218 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/21/2015 | Maggie Fox
    Marijuana use has more than doubled in the U.S. since the beginning of the century but so have problems for users, including addiction, researchers reported Wednesday. ~snip~ "The prevalence of marijuana use more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and there was a large increase in marijuana use disorders during that time," they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Psychiatry. "Young adults were at highest risk for marijuana use disorder." "While not all marijuana users experience problems, nearly three of 10 marijuana users manifested a marijuana use disorder in 2012-2013." That adds up to 6.8...
  • California marijuana market readies for robust new era

    10/19/2015 11:26:05 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | October 19th, 2015 | By Peter Hecht
    A new world of weed is coming to the largest marijuana marketplace on the planet. Gov. Jerry Brown this month signed regulations he said would bring robust controls to govern Californias long untamed medical marijuana industry, with clear standards for local government, law enforcement, businesses, patients and health providers. His signature also may bring something else: a decidedly robust new era for cannabis commerce. By 2018 or sooner, marijuana businesses from small pot farms to cannabis superstores effectively can begin earning legal profits under the nations most diverse state licensing scheme for pot. Until now, Californias vast pot...