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  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    12/20/2014 10:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 6:36 PM EST | Nicholas Riccardi
    Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court—social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado’s experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. …
  • Dangerous implications of the Nebraska-Oklahoma lawsuit against marijuana legalization in Colorado

    12/19/2014 10:16:21 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 39 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    Co-blogger Jonathan Adler and Vanderbilt law professor Robert Mikos have pointed out some of the flaws in the lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma urging a federal court to invalidate marijuana legalization in neighboring Colorado. In the unlikely event that the plaintiff states prevail, they will also have set a very dangerous precedent – one that conservatives are likely to rue in other areas. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana under state law, in the face of continuing federal prohibition, harms neighboring states because it facilitates the flow of marijuana across their borders and may increase...
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma are misreading Raich

    12/19/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Randy Barnett
    I want to second Jonathan’s take on the lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska to enjoin the operation of Colorado’s marijuana regulations. Much as I respect Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt, I think this suit lacks merit. Among other vices, it seriously misreads the Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Raich, which I litigated on behalf of Angel Raich and Diane Monson from the filing of the complaint to the oral argument in the Supreme Court. The Court in Raich ruled that Congress had the power to criminalize the noncommercial and wholly intrastate cultivation, possession and transfer of marijuana notwithstanding...
  • Medical Marijuana May Worsen PTSD Symptoms, Increase Violence

    12/19/2014 4:39:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 68 replies
    Medscape ^ | December 15, 2014 | Deborah Brauser
    AVENTURA, Fl; Although a growing number of states have approved post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use, new research shows that the drug may actually worsen symptoms and increase violent behavior. A large observational study of more 2000 participants who were admitted to specialized Veterans Administration treatment programs for PTSD showed that those who never used marijuana had significantly lower symptom severity 4 months later than those who continued or started use after treatment. Veterans who were using marijuana at treatment admission but quit after discharge ("stoppers") also had significantly lower levels of PTSD symptoms...
  • Oklahoma, Nebraska suing Colorado over legalization of marijuana

    12/18/2014 2:20:21 PM PST · by balch3 · 175 replies
    KFOR ^ | December 18, 2014 | KFOR
    OKLAHOMA CITY – After legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, Colorado is at the heart of a lawsuit. The Denver Post is reporting that Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to strike down Colorado’s legalization laws. The Colorado attorney general’s office says the lawsuit alleges “that Colorado’s Amendment 64 and its implementing legislation regarding marijuana is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.” “Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action,” said Colorado Attorney General John...
  • Congress Quietly Ends Federal Government's Ban On Medical Marijuana [Transparency?]

    12/17/2014 4:45:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2013 | EVAN HALPER
    Congress Quietly Ends Federal Government's Ban On Medical Marijuana Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so. By EVAN HALPER Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates....
  • Teen marijuana use declined this year, despite increased legalization

    12/17/2014 3:10:40 PM PST · by Ken H · 42 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 16, 2014 | Maria Santos
    A favorite argument of the anti-marijuana crowd is that legalization would send the wrong signal to the youth and make them think drugs are good for them. Except that, with increasing legalization across the country, that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, teen drug use decreased in 2014, according to a study by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. The same year Colorado and Washington’s legalization was in full swing, while two states and the District of Columbia all passed some form of legalization. -snip- Also notable: according to the study, marijuana has gotten slightly more...
  • Congress just banned the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws

    12/17/2014 11:22:21 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 275 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 14, 2014 | Maria Santos
    Dispensaries in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana can all breathe a sigh of relief. The massive “Cromnibus” spending bill passed Saturday night includes an amendment that essentially shuts down the DEA’s pricey prosecution of state-sanctioned medical marijuana. The amendment bans the Justice Department from using funds to “prevent [medical marijuana states] from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” The bill now awaits approval from President Obama. The Obama administration has regularly raided and prosecuted medical marijuana dispensaries regardless of state laws. According to a study by Americans...
  • Don't Look for Culture War Arguments in Campaign 2016

    12/16/2014 4:31:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Michael Barone
    In an earlier column, I looked at the role the abortion issue would play in the 2016 election -- not very much, I concluded -- and promised another column on other cultural issues. Here goes. On anyone's list of cultural issues that have been debated over the last decade, same-sex marriage ranks just behind abortion. And unlike abortion, opinion on same-sex marriage has changed dramatically in recent years. Not long ago, it wasn't a political issue at all. The gifted writers Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch were making an intellectually serious, and interestingly conservative, case for same-sex marriage. But the...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus?

    12/14/2014 10:49:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 145 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 14, 2014 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • One challenge for Ferguson grand jury: Some witnesses' credibility

    12/14/2014 8:16:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | December 14, 2014 | Josh Levs
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The grand jury in the case of Michael Brown's shooting didn't just face an onslaught of witnesses with conflicting memories of what happened the day white police officer Darren Wilson killed Brown, an unarmed black teenager. It also heard from witnesses who couldn't be believed at all. Some admitted lying. Others changed their stories under questioning. Prosecutors were so skeptical of one woman's account that they asked whether she might have dreamed about seeing the confrontation in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9. Most of the dozens of witnesses who testified likely did their best to describe what they saw, but...
  • Obama administration to allow Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana

    12/12/2014 4:56:18 PM PST · by BAW · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | German Lopez
    The Obama administration will direct attorneys to not prevent Native American tribes on reservations from growing and selling marijuana even in states where pot is illegal, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. Some federal restrictions will still apply. Marijuana can't be sold to minors, grown on public land, fall into the hands of drug cartels, or systemically spread to states where the drug remains illegal. It's unclear how many tribes will take advantage of the opportunity. Many are opposed to marijuana legalization. The federal government will continue enforcing prohibition for those tribes, at their request, even in states where...
  • Police may soon be armed with marijuana breath test

    12/12/2014 12:12:06 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 28 replies
    Riverhead News-Review [NY] ^ | 12/12/2014 | Carrie Miller
    The hand-held breath test, which is expected to become available in February, can detect a presence of THC on the breath for up to two hours after use. (Credit: courtesy photo)Six months after New York State lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes — and as pot laws become more relaxed across the U.S. — the availability of a breath analysis test to help determine if drivers are under the influence is that much closer. Researchers with a Canadian company called Cannabix Technologies Inc. say they have the technology for a THC detection test that’s similar to an alcohol...
  • U.S. won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

    12/11/2014 4:50:44 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    http://www.latimes.com ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | TIMOTHY M. PHELPS
    Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice. The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Native American Issues. It remains to be seen how many reservations will take advantage...
  • Man Who Speaks Out About Police Seizing His Property Without Charges is Arrested Hours Later

    12/11/2014 9:59:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 79 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/2014 | Anne Schieber
    A man featured in a Dec. 3 Michigan Capitol Confidential story for being a medical marijuana user and having his property seized and money taken by police without being charged with a crime was arrested at 2 a.m. the next morning by the Michigan State Police within a day after the story was published. Wally Kowalski says he was woken Wednesday to find the police at his door with a felony warrant. He was handcuffed and brought to the Van Buren County Jail where he spent the night in a cold cell without a pillow or blanket. He was arraigned...
  • US won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

    12/11/2014 11:56:00 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 11, 2014 | Timothy Phelps
    WASHINGTON — Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice. The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Native American Issues. It remains to be seen how many reservations will...
  • Congress Plans to Partially Defund DC Pot Initiative

    12/10/2014 12:43:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A congressional deal to avert another government shutdown contains a provision to stop the District of Columbia from allowing the sale of marijuana, angering supporters of a pro-pot initiative that D.C. voters approved overwhelmingly in November, The Washington Post reports. The anti-pot measure — a budget "rider" slipped into a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that would keep the government running past Thursday — could prevent the nation's capital from joining Colorado and Washington as legal weed havens. The measure does not overturn the results of Initiative 71, the legalization referendum that passed on Nov. 4 with more than 60...
  • Morning Update: Smokers Beware

    12/10/2014 7:38:58 AM PST · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com | 12-10-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    From Arizona: The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote later this month on a measure to ban smokers from being hired by their local government. Those smokers who already work for the government will face a 30 percent health-insurance surcharge. Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says the county will save lots of money if employees who smoke can be “replaced” over time with healthier workers. Huckelberry says this is all being done for the taxpayers: “Anything we can do to reduce [insurance] cost is beneficial.” said ol'Huck. You Pima County government workers who smoke had better beware. There’s a...
  • Nevada certifies 2016 gun, marijuana ballot items

    12/09/2014 8:54:31 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    8newsnow.com ^ | 12/8/2014 | unknown
    Nevada's top election official is giving the go-ahead to two initiatives for the 2016 ballot: One to allow recreational marijuana use, and the other to tighten background checks for anyone buying guns from private sellers and gun show exhibitors.
  • Teacher quits after student pens Jesus, pot story (Rio Rancho, NM)

    12/09/2014 12:19:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 1:21 PM EST
    A New Mexico high school teacher has left her job after a student rewrote the biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor into a narrative about Jesus handing out marijuana to the sick. Katrina Guarascio, a creative writing teacher at Cleveland High School in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, had assigned students to take a fairy tale or legend and rewrite it in modern times. …
  • Corrections officer gets probation for marijuana butter [distribution, not possession]

    12/08/2014 11:45:28 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 7 replies
    WZZM 13 | December 5, 2014 | Phil Dawson
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  • AK: The Green Rush: Marijuana businesses, associations gear up

    12/06/2014 6:40:30 AM PST · by Wolfie · 13 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | Nov. 30, 2014
    The Green Rush: Marijuana businesses, associations gear up With the passage of Ballot Measure 2 last month, a new industry has opened up in Alaska for entrepreneurs looking to cash in on cannabis. Recreational marijuana will be legalized in Alaska on Feb. 24, and the green rush has already begun. Three trade shows are planned for Anchorage this spring. Cannabis associations are taking shape. And entrepreneurs are anxious for the regulatory process to begin, as the laws will ultimately define what marijuana businesses look like in Alaska. Attorney advice Attorneys consulting would-be marijuana entrepreneurs are some of the first industry...
  • Asked about marijuana, Paul says ‘I made mistakes’ (i.e. Rand)

    12/05/2014 3:56:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2014 6:35 PM EST
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hinted in an interview Friday that he smoked marijuana in his youth, adding that voters should not confuse his push for reduced criminal penalties for drug offenses as an endorsement of drug use. […] “I think drugs, marijuana included, aren’t good for you,” Paul said. “I don’t want to be someone who is seen as being this person advocating for drug use. I think they’re not a good idea.” […] Paul told WHAS he has focused on reducing criminal penalties for some nonviolent drug offenses, which he said have been administered unfairly and disproportionally (sic) impact...
  • Mennonite working with drug cartel gets 15 months

    12/05/2014 7:52:30 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | December 2, 2014 | Sadie Gurman
    Abraham Friesen-Remple In what prosecutors called a drug smuggling conspiracy involving Mennonites and a Mexican drug cartel, a Mennonite man was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison for aiding the movement of tons of marijuana to the US. It was an unlikely alliance that authorities said involved a group of pacifist Mexican Mennonites accused of growing tons of marijuana and working with a notoriously vicious Mexican cartel to ship it across the U.S. border. Abraham Friesen-Remple was one of six members of the Mennonite farming community in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc who were indicted and accused of smuggling pot in the...
  • US drugs now flowing INTO Mexico: Cartels are smuggling high-grade medicinal marijuana

    12/04/2014 3:33:53 PM PST · by RightGeek · 15 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/4/2014 | Khaleda Rahman
    Mexican drug cartels are now smuggling higher grade and more expensive marijuana grown in the US south of the border. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the alleged smuggling involves marijuana grown by American entrepreneurs in states that allow marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, most recently Oregon and Alaska. DEA spokesman Lawrence Payne said the agency learned of the trafficking from intelligence operations - but said the scale of the operation is not known.[snip]Earlier this week, NPR reported that domestic sales of marijuana are undercutting the operations of Mexican cartels - and as a result, the Sinaloa Cartel is...
  • A Marijuana Breathalyzer?

    12/04/2014 5:37:59 AM PST · by DBCJR · 28 replies
    With marijuana legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington; decriminalized in 13 more states; and available by prescription in 6 more; there is a growing concern about driving and other activities while under the influence. Several companies are rushing to provide a breathalyzer to accommodate these concerns. The device is timely, since there is currently no way to verify recent marijuana use without taking spit or urine samples – a practice that would involve the collection of DNA and potentially run afoul of sections 7 and 8 of the 4th Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.
  • Legal Pot In The U.S. May Be Undercutting Mexican Marijuana

    12/03/2014 12:03:43 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 87 replies
    NPR ^ | December 01, 2014 | John Burnett
    Made-in-America marijuana is on a roll. More than half the states have now voted to permit pot for recreational or medical use, most recently Oregon and Alaska. That number also includes the District of Columbia. As a result, Americans appear to be buying more domestic marijuana, which in turn is undercutting growers and cartels in Mexico. "Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90," says Nabor, a 24-year-old pot grower in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. "But now they're paying us $30 to $40 a kilo. It's a big difference. If...
  • Pot-Positive Traffic Fatalities Up 100% in Colorado

    11/30/2014 6:03:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 293 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 26, 2014 - 9:48 AM | Cully Stimson
    … The data coming out of Colorado is exhibit A on why voters should reject legalization efforts. Even the Democratic governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, said that legalizing marijuana in Colorado was “reckless.” As I have written at Heritage, pot-positive traffic fatalities have gone up 100 percent since voters legalized pot in Colorado. This is true despite the fact that overall traffic fatalities in Colorado have gone down since 2007. A report by a federal grant-funded agency in Colorado found seven specific negative side effects that pot legalization has caused in Colorado: the majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana;youth...
  • Marijuana figures big in Ferguson meltdown

    11/29/2014 3:04:45 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 76 replies
    renewamerica.com/ ^ | 29, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    <p>CNN's Don Lemon is under fire for making the elementary observation that some of the Ferguson protesters planning violence and mayhem were smoking pot. Linking dope to violence is taboo for most of the media.</p> <p>Reporting from the scene, Lemon said, "Maybe a minute, two minutes ago we heard a gunshot and watched people scattering. And we're watching people on the roofs of cars, on the tops of cars and....Obviously there's a smell of marijuana here as well."</p>
  • Marijuana Dispensaries Are Celebrating Black Friday, Too

    11/28/2014 2:08:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate's Moneybox Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | Laura Bradley, intern
    For shoppers of age in Colorado and Washington state, the most novel deal this Black Friday isn’t a gadget like the iPhone 6. If what they’re looking for is relaxation, they’re in luck: For their first Black Friday ever, recreational marijuana dispensaries in those states are offering some great deals on weed. “This is one of the first times in the nation that we’re going to be able to do such crazy discounts and specials on marijuana products, and have people 21 years or older be able to come in and join the festivities,” says John Satterfield, a distribution worker...
  • CNN anchor's comment about smell of marijuana in Ferguson lands him in hot water

    11/25/2014 7:00:25 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 61 replies
    Mass Live ^ | 11-25-2014 | Dwight B. Shepard
    A CNN anchor's comments about the obvious smell of marijuana during the riots last night in Ferguson, Missouri, have landed him in hot water. While describing a scene across the street from the Ferguson Police Department, Lemon was asked by another anchor, Anderson Cooper, to share some of the sights and sounds of the escalating protest, according to USA Today. "Just a couple seconds ago, we heard a gunshot," the newspaper quoted Lemon as saying. "People started running this way and there are a couple police officers in the crowd." "Obviously, there's a smell of marijuana in the air, as...
  • Evidence: Michael Brown Was High on Pot and Carrying a Bag of It

    11/25/2014 9:50:47 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 65 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/25/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Michael Brown had THC, a behavior-altering substance found in marijuana, in his system when he was killed on August 9th by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, according to a toxicology report performed at a St. Louis University lab. The toxicology screen, which was done on Aug. 10th, found “12 nanograms/ML of Delta-9-THC”, the primary psychoactive ingredient in pot, in Brown’s bloodstream at the time of his death. This amount of Delta-9-THC in Brown's blood was more than twice the amount that in Washington State--where marijuana is legal--would allow someone to be arrested for driving under the influence. “Delta-9-THC detection...
  • 3 Deputies Hospitalized From Exposure To Marijuana Fumes In LA

    11/23/2014 8:34:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 23, 2014 7:53 AM
    Three sheriff’s deputies were recovering Sunday after going into a home that had a small marijuana farm inside. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were sent around 9:30 p.m. Saturday to a home located in the 36000 block of Sierra Highway to serve a warrant. Once on scene, deputies were exposed to numerous chemicals and open flames inside of the small grow room. Firefighters explained the deputies, along with a woman who lived at the residence, were overcome by fumes and became ill. Officials said two of the deputies have already been treated and released from the...
  • OR and WA Differences in Recreational Marijuana

    11/18/2014 7:52:33 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    Local NBC Right Now ^ | 11/18/2014 | Morgan Ashley
    KENNEWICK, WA- Measure 91, approving recreational marijuana use in Oregon, has lawmakers developing rules and regulations. Many wonder if Oregon will adopt similar policies as Washington. Both Liquor Control Boards have set rules for both I-502 in Washington and Measure 91 in Oregon that will take effect on July 1st of next year, but there are a few big differences between the states. NBC Right Now spoke with both boards Tuesday to simplify the details. In Washington and Oregon you can have up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana in your possession. In Oregon you can have up to 8...
  • Hazards of secondhand marijuana smoke

    11/18/2014 6:56:53 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 59 replies
    CBSNEWS ^ | 17 Nov 14 | Dennis Thompson
    That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests. Blood vessel function in laboratory rats dropped by 70 percent after a half-hour of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke -- similar to results found with secondhand tobacco smoke, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco reported Sunday. Reduced blood vessel function can increase a person's risk of developing hardened arteries, which could lead to a heart attack. "Smoke is smoke. Both tobacco and marijuana smoke impair blood...
  • Drug cartels invade the northwoods of Wisconsin (2012)(massive pot farms)

    11/16/2014 6:06:52 AM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies
    ox6 ^ | May 17, 2012 | Stephen Davis and Bryan Polcyn
    CLAM LAKE — The war on drugs has a new battleground and it’s deep in the heart of Wisconsin’s great northwoods. Drug traffickers with ties to Mexican cartels are setting up shop in our state and national forests. FOX6 Investigators got an exclusive invitation to see what’s left of one massive pot farm near Clam Lake. In just the past four years, state agents have wiped out more than $70 million worth of marijuana grown on the same public lands where people go to hunt, hike and camp – and that’s just what they’ve found. Drug traffickers are setting up...
  • Marijuana Auction Sells Close to 500 Pounds, Attracts Nearly 100 Bidders [WA]

    11/15/2014 8:16:28 PM PST · by steve86 · 28 replies
    KNDU Right Now ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Raven Richard
    PROSSER, WA- Fireweed Farm made history Saturday after they hosted the first marijuana auction in the state. Nearly 500 pounds of marijuana were auctioned off Saturday to approved producers, retailers, and processors. Those bidders came from all over to get in on the marijuana action. There is a first time for everything, and many did not know what to expect. “I expected nothing to be quite honest with you and everything at the same time,” said Jack Ron, marijuana grower. Nearly 100 producers, processors, and retailers from Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham, and other areas around the state, bid on marijuana from...
  • Will Federalism Trump the Drug War?

    11/14/2014 2:23:58 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 31 replies
    mericas are angry with their politicians but nuanced in their political opinions. Voters in Alaska simultaneously ousted their Democratic Senator and legalized the use of marijuana. Floridians gave 505,000 more votes medical use of pot than they did in re-electing Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Milton Friedman and William F. Buckley took their places on the pantheon of the Right while arguing against drug prohibition. The electorate appears to be moving their way. ,P. Which makes sense. If you want to limit government and protect individual liberty, it’s impossible to ignore the ill consequences of arresting and imprisoning millions of people...
  • Marijuana Patient Sues After Firm Won't Hire Her

    11/13/2014 8:02:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 124 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2014 | Michelle R. Smith
    A graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination. Christine Callaghan, who is studying textiles at the University of Rhode Island, sued Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. and its parent, the Moore Company, on Wednesday. The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Callaghan, said it believes it's the first lawsuit of its kind in the state.
  • Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says

    11/11/2014 1:45:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/11/14 | Melissa Healy
    Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn't want to believe it could happen to them: Compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain's reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network. More ambiguously, in regular pot smokers, that region is better connected than it is in non-users:The flow of signal traffic is speedier to other parts of that motivation and decision-making network, including across the superhighway of "white matter"...
  • Legalized marijuana spreads to two more states and D.C. Next up, California

    11/05/2014 11:51:33 PM PST · by BurningOak · 62 replies
    The Chrisitan Science Monitor ^ | 11/05/2014 | Daniel Wood
    Oregon and Alaska approved recreational pot use – following Washington State and Colorado, which did the same in 2012 – and the District of Columbia approved legal marijuana possession but not sales, though the move could still be halted by the new US Congress. Though medical marijuana was rejected in Florida, the steps by Oregon, Alaska, and the District add momentum to a movement that is eyeing California next. Recommended: How much do you know about marijuana? Take the quiz ... Yet marijuana remains prohibited by the federal government, and the issue could come to a head in the District...
  • GOP Congress to weigh legal pot in DC

    11/05/2014 10:01:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 133 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2014 5:55 PM EST | Ben Nuckols
    The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot. Voters in Oregon and Alaska also approved legalization initiatives, joining Colorado and Washington state, where pot is already legally available. But while states out West enjoy both autonomy and distance, federal lawmakers have the power to quash any District law they don’t like. And with legalization getting a foothold on the East Coast for the first time, the District’s initiative could force Congress to make decisions affecting the...
  • A good election night for marijuana legalization

    11/05/2014 9:11:15 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 121 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 5, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    The 2014 election was a successful one for marijuana legalization. Referendum initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana passed in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. Florida’s legalization amendment (which was limited to medical marijuana) failed, but only because victory required a 60% supermajority (it got just over 57% percent). A medical marijuana initiative did pass in the Pacific island territory of Guam. Coming on the heels of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington in 2012, this is a further sign of pro-legalization momentum, and perhaps of dissatisfaction with the War on Drugs more generally – even among some conservatives.
  • Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    11/05/2014 3:58:55 AM PST · by Wolfie · 71 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/05/2014
    Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In yet another major pushback against the war on drugs, Alaska legalized recreational marijuana joining Oregon and Washington, D.C. -- both of which legalized cannabis only hours before on election day. Alaska becomes the fourth state in the U.S. to legalize retail marijuana, along with Oregon, Colorado and Washington state. Voters approved Measure 2, which legalizes the possession, use and sale of recreational marijuana. Adults, age 21 and older, may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (with no more than three being mature) for personal...
  • Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

    11/04/2014 9:47:16 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 5 2014 | DAVID CRARY, AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join the company of Colorado and Washington state, where voters approved the recreational use of pot two years ago. And the District of Columbia is on the same path unless Congress, which has review power, blocks the move. Still to come were results from Alaska, which also had a marijuana-legalization measure on its ballot Tuesday. Other volatile issues on state ballots include...
  • Marijuana legalization on track for easy passage in D.C.

    11/04/2014 8:35:28 PM PST · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/4/2014 | Andrea Noble
    Marijuana legalization appeared on its way to passing easily at the polls in the District on Tuesday, putting the city at the vanguard of a nationwide movement that also saw Oregon and Alaska consider pro-pot initiatives on Election Day. Many D.C. voters who took to the polls Tuesday framed their support of the initiative in terms of social justice, saying they favored legalization because it would bring an end to arrests and discrimination against marijuana users, specifically young black men.
  • Florida Rejects Medical Marijuana [60% Approval Needed: 57% Voted Yes]

    11/04/2014 8:52:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | November 04, 2014
    Florida Rejects Medical Marijuana By Dan Merica, November 4, 2014 Florida voters rejected a proposal on medical marijuana in Florida, according to a CNN projection Because the law was a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% approval Marijuana proposals are also on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. Washington (CNN) -- Voters in Florida have given the thumbs down to medical marijuana in the the Sunshine State, according to a CNN projection. The measure - which is one of many on ballots in 2014 - would have legalized the use of medical marijuana in Florida and would have tasked...
  • Marijuana profits up in smoke under ITS rules [link only]

    11/04/2014 1:12:54 PM PST · by grundle · 108 replies
    USA Today [link only] | November 4, 2014 | Katie Kuntz
    link only: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/03/irs-limits-profits-marijuana-businesses/18165033
  • Why Synthetic Marijuana Is More Toxic To The Brain Than Pot

    11/03/2014 4:12:12 PM PST · by DBCJR · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | Alice G. Walton
    One of the chemists who designed synthetic cannabis for research purposes, John W. Huffman, PhD once said that he couldn’t imagine why anyone would try it recreationally. Because of its deadly toxicity, he said that those who tried it must be “idiots.” Taxpayer money created synthetic cannabis through this research. Synthetic pot also goes by Spice, K-2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Bliss, Blaze, Skunk, Moon Rocks, etc. Synthetic cannabis, unlike pot, however, can cause a huge variety of symptoms, which can be severe: Agitation, vomiting, hallucination, paranoia, tremor, seizure, tachycardia, hypokalemia, chest pain, cardiac problems, stroke, kidney damage, acute psychosis,...
  • Marijuana expected to become legal in Washington DC

    10/31/2014 1:02:51 PM PDT · by PROCON · 41 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Raf Sanchez
    In a referendum next week, voters in the US capital look likely to legalise marijuana The fresh air of the White House’s rose garden may soon be fragrant with the smell of cannabis. On November 4 - while other Americans are voting for their senators and congressman - residents of Washington DC are expected to vote overwhelmingly to legalise marijuana. The referendum would go beyond decriminalisation and give the drug full legal status, meaning it may one day be possible to set up a dope shop across the street from the halls of Congress. A yes vote in the US...