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  • Marijuana Could Be the Answer to Curing Alzheimer's Disease, Study Shows

    09/18/2016 11:55:04 AM PDT · by Mariner · 93 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | September 18th, 2016 | Sean Williams
    However, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies believe the cure to Alzheimer's disease might come from a readily available substance: marijuana. In order to test their theory, researchers at the Salk Institute modified nerve cells to produce high levels of beta-amyloid. Researchers then noted that these higher levels of beta-amyloid production led to the expression of pro-inflammatory proteins and eventually nerve cell death. The ongoing death of these nerve cells is what leads to the progressive cognitive decline witnessed in Alzheimer's patients. This itself was an intriguing finding, as it was long believed that an immune-like response, not...
  • B.C. moms caught smoking ‘celebratory joint’ in school zone after dropping kids off for first day

    09/08/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    A Vancouver Island mother pulled over for speeding in a school zone Tuesday morning admitted she’d shared a joint with the other moms in the car, telling police they were celebrating getting the kids out of their hair after a long summer.
  • Jesus Created Marijuana, And It Should Be Legal

    09/08/2016 2:36:00 PM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 185 replies
    Patheos ^ | Sept. 8, 2016 | Benjamin L. Corey
    If you grew up during the era of big wheels, horrid hair styles, and the Reagan administration, you probably grew up thinking that green plant you see above you was a really dangerous item. This is especially true if you grew up a Christian during that era. I mean, it was the lowest level “drug” on the list of drugs, but it was the gateway drug. This gateway drug was to be especially feared, because it represented the slippery slope to every other drug or form of immorality. Even trying it once could result in you no longer wanting to...
  • Appeals court upholds ban on gun sales to medical marijuana card holders

    08/31/2016 2:11:19 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 106 replies
    A federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the 2nd Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court's jurisdiction, including California, Washington and Oregon. It came in a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who tried to buy a firearm in 2011 after obtaining a medical marijuana card.
  • Marijuana makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks

    08/30/2016 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 48 replies
    University of British Columbia @ medicalxpress ^ | August 24, 2016 | University of British Columbia
    New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness— at least in rats. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, makes rats less willing to try a cognitively demanding task. "Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that when we gave THC to these rats, they basically became cognitively lazy," said Mason Silveira, the study's lead author and a PhD candidate in UBC's department of psychology. "What's interesting, however, is that their ability to do the...
  • Obama and His Pot-Smoking 'Choom Gang' (2012)

    08/30/2016 6:59:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 25, 2012 | By JONATHAN KARL
    Unlike Bill Clinton, Barack Obama never tried to say he didn't inhale. In his 1995 memoir "Dreams of My Father," Obama writes about smoking pot almost like Dr. Seuss wrote about eating green eggs and ham. As a high school kid, Obama wrote, he would smoke "in a white classmate's sparkling new van," he would smoke "in the dorm room of some brother" and he would smoke "on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids." He would smoke it here and there. He would smoke it anywhere. Now a soon-to-be published biography by David Maraniss entitled "Barack Obama: The...
  • Legalized pot is making America’s lower class poorer and less responsible

    08/21/2016 10:34:48 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 254 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8-20-16 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    (Snip) The middle and upper classes have been the ones out there pushing for decriminalization and legalization measures, and they have also tried to demolish the cultural taboo against smoking pot. But they themselves have chosen not to partake very much. Which is not surprising. Middle-class men and women who have jobs and families know that this is not a habit they want to take up with any regularity because it will interfere with their ability to do their jobs and take care of their families. But the poor, who already have a hard time holding down jobs and taking...
  • 9th Circuit Court bars feds from prosecuting medical marijuana cases

    08/16/2016 8:25:03 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/16/2016 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Tuesday banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases if no state laws were broken. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the federal agency to show that 10 pending cases in California and Washington state violated medical marijuana laws in those states before continuing with prosecutions.
  • Yet another federal court has told the DOJ to stop harassing medical marijuana providers

    08/16/2016 6:29:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 16th, 2016 | By Christopher Ingraham
    A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department cannot prosecute medical marijuana businesses if those businesses are in compliance with applicable state laws. The court had been asked to rule on whether the Justice Department had proper authority to press forward with federal drug charges in 10 cases involving medical marijuana dispensaries and growers in California and Washington state. In 2014, Congress passed a bipartisan measure, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, prohibiting the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent states from "implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical...
  • Six cases of illicit pot exports from California

    08/14/2016 12:08:37 PM PDT · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | August 14th, 2016 | By Peter Hecht
    Lt. Bryan Quenell, the drug task force commander in Humboldt County, says illicit marijuana exports from California will continue to thrive as long as there are other states with more restrictive pot laws and inflated street prices for the Golden State’s cash crop. “There will continue to be a black market as long as it is illegal any place else,” he said. “It’s economics 101, supply and demand.” Out-of-state trafficking from pot farms and grow rooms across California continues even as state-permitted medical marijuana dispensaries ring up millions of dollars in cash sales to cannabis consumers. While a 2015 report...
  • Republican support for legal marijuana hits a new high (45%-42%)

    08/11/2016 3:07:14 PM PDT · by Ken H · 83 replies
    YouGov ^ | July 21, 2016 | n/a
    For the first time Republicans narrowly support legalizing marijuana YouGov's latest research shows that most Americans still support legalization of marijuana, and that support for legalization has increased slightly, from 52% in December 2015 to 55% today. Most of this change is a result of changing attitudes among Republicans. In fact, for the first time, Republicans narrowly tend to support legalization, 45% to 42%.
  • Law enforcement destroys cartel marijuana grow in remote corner of Curry County

    08/10/2016 12:48:22 PM PDT · by AuntB · 16 replies
    NBC 16 ^ | Aug. 9, 2016 | NBC 16
    BROOKINGS, Ore. - Law enforcement put nearly 12,000 mature marijuana plants through a wood chipper Monday while dismantling a grow operation found in a remote corner of Curry County near the California border, Sheriff John Ward said. A helicopter surveyed the area from the air, and an armed ground team entered the grow first to make sure the area was safe, Ward said. They found a camouflaged living structure and evidence of weapons and chemicals. No one was present as law enforcement moved in. "It was obvious that whoever was tending to the marijuana had left prior to the eradication...
  • Marijuana-Infused Gummy Rings Sickens 19 After San Francisco Quinceańera: Health Dept.

    08/08/2016 4:17:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Lisa Fernandez and Chuck Coppola
    The patients taken to the hospital ranged in age from 6 to 18.The gummy rings that sickened 19 people - including a 6-year-old - at quinceańera in the Mission District were laced with pot, the San Francisco Public Health Department announced Monday, after a dozen patients tested positive for the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said that the final lab tests on the gummy rings have not yet come back yet from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. But she said that 12 of the 19 people hospitalized after the party at the Women's Building on 18th Street...
  • Supporters of medical marijuana for PTSD waiting on Christie

    08/07/2016 1:19:26 PM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    SFGate ^ | August 6th, 2016 | Josh Cornfield
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Veterans and others in New Jersey are waiting on Gov. Chris Christie to decide whether they'll be allowed to legally treat their post-traumatic stress disorder with marijuana. Lawmakers last week sent a bill to Christie's desk that would allow marijuana to be used for PTSD symptoms that are not treatable with conventional therapy. Christie has until later this summer to decide whether to approve the measure to make New Jersey the 18th state to allow medical marijuana to be used to treat PTSD. Christie declined to comment on his plans at a statehouse news conference this...
  • When pot is legal, how do you convince teens to abstain?

    08/02/2016 8:46:52 AM PDT · by Mariner · 73 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | August 2nd, 2016 | By Jeremy B. White
    Portland, Ore. For Oregon kids growing up in the age of legal marijuana, the presence of pot can be a matter of perspective. Pausing during a visit to a mall in Portland, Neema Doti and her friends described the plant as ubiquitous. They recounted classmates who got it from older friends or even, in one case, a permissive parent. It was, one noted, all over Snapchat. But that didn’t seem to influence Doti and her friends, who uniformly said they had no interest. “You might not be in control of whatever you’re doing,” said Doti, 18. “It messes up your...
  • Jamaica to install weed vending machines at airports

    07/30/2016 8:37:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Green Rush Daily ^ | July 2, 2016 | A.B. Hanna
    Instead of landing and having to ask strangers where “the plug” is, you’ll find it conveniently plugged into the wall nearby. The Jamaican government is looking over a proposal to install cannabis kiosks in Jamaican airports. Only one year ago, the Jamaican House of Representatives passed a law that made possession of 2 ounces of marijuana legal. Now the proposal being looked over by the Cannabis Licensing Authority would allow a tourist to obtain 2 ounces from a kiosk before they even check into their hotel....
  • One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

    07/24/2016 1:08:30 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 89 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/22/2016
    One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that's always been just an assumption. Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair...
  • Marijuana taxes generate more than $8.4M for Boulder County communities [misleading headline]

    07/18/2016 9:20:48 AM PDT · by catnipman · 118 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 7/16/2016 | Jerd Smith and Alex Burness
    [The REAL headline:] Schools left out on construction funding, dollars FAR LESS less than many expected In some circles, it's the windfall that wasn't. it has not been the cash cow thousands of Coloradans had expected.
  • California Marijuana To Cost Just $1 Per Gram After November Ballot

    07/04/2016 8:09:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 108 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/3/2016 | Guy Bentley
    One of the nation’s leading experts on marijuana and criminal justice fears California’s ballot to legalize marijuana could result in plummeting prices and rising rates of marijuana disorder. Professor Mark Kleinman, an adjunct scholar at the Center for American Progress excoriates the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which qualified for a November ballot June 28. The bill allows commercial legalization of marijuana and six plants per household, with no limits on the quantity produced but a ban on sales and advertising to minors. California would impose a $9.75 tax (33 cents per gram) of flowers and a 15 percent sales...
  • Marijuana compound removes toxic Alzheimer's protein from the brain

    07/01/2016 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 144 replies
    Science Alert ^ | July 1, 2016
    Marijuana compound removes toxic Alzheimer's protein from the brain An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to kickstart the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The finding supports the results of previous studies that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative disease. "Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid...
  • Considering a career path in the pot industry? Here's what you should know

    06/12/2016 6:39:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 11, 2016 | Brooke Edwards Staggs
    Some have messy buns and sleeve tattoos. Some have salon cuts and $2,000 suits. Some are joining blue-collar unions, getting health benefits as they grow and sell a plant they’ve long loved. Some say they never touch it, but they’re standing guard outside shops and fiercely lobbying legislators in Sacramento to ensure that others can. As public support and legalization of cannabis spreads, those who’ve quietly worked in California’s medical marijuana industry are slowly emerging from the shadows. And professionals who never would have considered joining the industry a couple of years ago are leaving behind traditional careers in law,...
  • REPORT: More Than 90% Of Marijuana Arrests In NYC Are People Of Color

    06/01/2016 10:03:47 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies
    BI ^ | 6-1-2016 | Jeremy Berke
    Jeremy BerkeJune 1, 2016 91.8% of the people arrested for marijuana possession and sale in the city of New York between January and March 2016 were people of color, according to statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services obtained by the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP). PROP also found that 86.5% of New York Police Department (NYPD) misdemeanor arrests involved people of color, up 2% from 2015. Arrests for "small amounts" of marijuana were up a whopping 33.7% from last year. Robert Gangi, PROP's director, said in a press release that the statistics show that NYPD...
  • Medical marijuana legalization sent to Ohio governor

    05/25/2016 10:16:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2016 11:11 PM EDT | Julie Carr Smyth
    A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure. The measure cleared the Ohio Senate by just three votes, and the House followed by OKing Senate changes 67-28. The proposal, which Kasich has not committed to signing, would bar patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home, but it would allow its use in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions. It garnered both support and opposition among Republicans and Democrats. Supporters recalled emotional testimony from chronic pain sufferers and...
  • Tommy Chong slams Bernie Sanders campaign for rally snub: ‘It was an insult’

    05/24/2016 2:01:40 PM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/24/2016 | Jessica Chasmar
    Tommy Chong said he was insulted after the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders disinvited him to speak just hours before a rally Sunday in East Los Angeles. The “Cheech & Chong” actor and outspoken marijuana activist told The Hollywood Reporter that the Sanders campaign was happy to have his endorsement earlier this year, but got “cold feet” when it came time to fully embrace his pro-legalization stance.
  • Over 180 pot plants found in large-scale grow operation at Tennessee congressional candidate’s home

    05/21/2016 11:47:05 PM PDT · by digger48 · 53 replies
    WISH ^ | May 21, 2016 | Hailey Holloway
    CROSSVILLE (WATE) – A Crossville congressional candidate said she’s guilty after a large-scale marijuana grow operation was busted last week, but says she’s also victim of a bad law. Detectives raided Flo Matheson’s property Friday after “in-depth undercover investigations led to the discovery of an indoor grow operation,” according to a press release that says Crossville Police Department narcotics detectives worked with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, the HIDTA/TBI Drug Task Force, and the Office of the District Attorney General to execute the search warrant at Matheson’s home. Matheson said they broke through her gate...
  • Police chiefs say GOP congressman’s pot comments ‘offensive’

    05/13/2016 12:17:10 PM PDT · by Mariner · 16 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 13th, 2016 | By Christopher Cadelago
    When Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher endorsed the California initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, the one-time speechwriter for former President Ronald Reagan railed against a justice system that spends billions “to try to take care of someone who wants to smoke weed in his backyard.” “How many women have been raped or people have been murdered by distracting our law enforcement?” Rohrabacher asked last week in San Francisco. The Orange County congressman’s comment didn’t sit well with Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, a leading opponent of pot legalization. In a letter to Rohrabacher, Corney...
  • Ohio attorney general: Slayings of 8 'pre-planned execution

    04/24/2016 5:42:11 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 50 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/24/2016 | Ann Sanner
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio "was a pre-planned execution" and the investigation will be lengthy, the state's attorney general told reporters Sunday... Authorities said it was clear that the Rhoden family was targeted, and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said he's told relatives to be armed. Reader said he did not believe there was a safety issue for other residents. But "If you are fearful, arm yourself," he said. Authorities have been scrambling to determine who targeted the clan and why. Investigators have interviewed between 50 and 60 people in hopes...
  • Marijuana grow operations found at three crime scenes in Ohio family slayings

    04/24/2016 4:53:32 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 64 replies
    ABC 6 COLUMBUS ^ | 24 APRIL 2016 | CSABA SUKOSD
    PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — The mass murder that left eight members of the same family dead, unveiled marijuana grow operations at three crime scenes, according to the Ohio Attorney General. Those were Mike DeWine's final words at a press conference for an update on the investigation of the "execution-style" deaths within the Rhoden family in Pike County, about 70 miles south of Columbus, on Friday.
  • 15,000 Pounds of Trash Left After 4/20 Smokeout: SF Park and Rec

    04/21/2016 11:41:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/21 | Stephanie Chuang and Lisa Fernandez
    They came. They smoked. They left more than seven tons of trash. After more than 8,000 people flocked Golden Gate Park on Wednesday, or 4/20, as the San Francisco’s marijuana-loving community call it, countless bottles of Shasta soda, beer cans, Fruit Loops boxes and butts were left scattered across the grassy, green lawn. "We think we will end up with over 15,000 pounds of trash," San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg said Thursday morning. "Yes, it's impactful to our park." Ginsburg noted the mess was an improvement from last year. That trashy haul tipped the scales at...
  • Tons of Cocaine, Pot Seized in 'Ingenious' Cross-Border Tunnel System

    04/21/2016 11:13:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Forensic Magazine ^ | Thu, 04/21/2016 | Sean Allocca
    U.S. authorities seized another cross-border tunnel, this time in San Diego, just weeks after a similar tunnel was uncovered in Calexico, Calif., a two-hour drive to the east. The 874-yard-long tunnel was uncovered, on Wednesday, after a months-long investigation, authorities said. The tunnel was equipped with a rail system, lighting, a ventilation system, and even a commercial elevator on the Mexico-side that could fit up to ten people, authorities said. Laura Duffy, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California, said the tunnel was “a bit ingenuous” and “completely different” than any of the tunnels her office had seen before....
  • Abby Wambach: American admits taking cocaine and smoking marijuana

    04/07/2016 1:16:40 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.com ^ | April 06, 2016 | BBC
    World Cup winner and two-time Olympic champion Abby Wambach has admitted taking cocaine and smoking marijuana. American Wambach, the world's all-time leading international goalscorer, was arrested on Saturday for drink-driving. Court documents connected to the 35-year-old's arrest said that "the defendant tried cocaine at age 25".
  • This California Town Wants to be the Next Marijuana Mecca

    04/17/2016 11:53:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 16, 2016 | Heesun Wee, CNBC
    If California is the land of reinvention, the small desert city of Adelanto fits the bill. Roughly a two-hour drive east from Los Angeles, Adelanto was founded in 1915 by an inventor who wanted to sell land to World War I veterans. His dream never materialized and the region was taken over by orchard farms, then poultry ranches. The nearby George Air Force Base opened and eventually closed in the early 1990s. The city more recently made a solar play, but the energy market fizzled. City unemployment hovers at 14 percent, well above the national unemployment rate of under 5...
  • Cannabis: scientists call for action amid mental health concerns

    04/15/2016 9:55:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 103 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 15 April 2016 | Ian Sample Science editor
    The call for action from scientists in the UK, US, Europe and Australia reflects a growing consensus among experts that frequent cannabis use can increase the risk of psychosis...In the UK, cannabis is the most popular illegal drug, and according to Public Health England data, more young people enter treatment centres for help with cannabis than any other drug, alcohol included.
  • The more cannabis you smoke, the more likely you are to be a loser, finds international study

    04/02/2016 4:28:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 97 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | April 02, 2016 | By ALEXANDER ROBERTSON
    Persistent users likely to be lower paid and have relationship difficulties Research found abusers ended up in a lower social class than their parents Also more prone to be in less skilled, prestigious jobs and to run into debt Study by Californian university followed children from birth up to age of 38The study, conducted by a team of researchers led by Magdalena Cerda at the University of California and Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt at Duke University, appeared in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. 'Our research does not support arguments for or against cannabis legalization,' said Cerda. 'But it does...
  • Union: State shouldn't have fired man for smoking pot on job [CT]

    03/31/2016 8:51:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 31, 2016 10:51 AM EDT
    The Connecticut Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday on whether a state employee who was fired for smoking marijuana on the job was punished too harshly and should be reinstated. Gregory Linhoff was fired from his maintenance job at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington in 2012 after a police officer caught him smoking pot in a state vehicle. He had no previous disciplinary problems since being hired in 1998 and had received favorable job evaluations, according to his labor union. He was arrested, but the charges were later dismissed. Linhoff appealed the discipline to an...
  • Hawaii lawmakers ask how much marijuana is OK while driving

    03/28/2016 7:04:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 28, 2016 10:00 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii lawmakers are asking how much marijuana a driver can safely consume before getting behind the wheel of a car. It’s an issue they want to tackle now that Hawaii is setting up medical marijuana dispensaries. So Rep. Cindy Evans and 15 other lawmakers introduced a resolution asking the state Department of Health to study whether a person can safely drive while under the influence. Marijuana is the illicit drug most frequently found in the blood of drivers who have been involved in accidents, including fatal ones, but the role marijuana plays in those accidents is often unclear because it...
  • Man who slashed woman because she’s white charged with hate crime

    03/24/2016 9:10:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 23, 2016 | 10:55am | Daniel Prendergast
    … Gregory Alfred, 25, was extradited back to New York after police picked him up at his mother’s Sayreville, NJ home over the weekend. […] While speaking with cops, Alfred explained that he set out to slash white people because he blamed them and “the system” for preventing him from freely smoking weed, police sources said. He allegedly targeted 53-year-old Poland native Janina Popko, cutting her across the neck as she was walking near the corner of Beverly and Rugby roads in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn on March 10, police sources said. …
  • Cross-border tunnel extends length of 4 football fields (from Mexico to US)

    03/23/2016 6:43:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2016 | Elliot Spagat | AP
    U.S. authorities on Wednesday seized a cross-border tunnel that ran the length of four football fields from a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, to a newly built house in Calexico, California, following an investigation that netted more than a ton of marijuana and resulted in four arrests. The tunnel was the 12th completed secret passage that U.S. authorities have discovered along California’s border with Mexico since 2006. They have found more than 75 along the entire U.S.-Mexico border in the last five years, mostly in California and Arizona and many of them incomplete.
  • Drug-smuggling tunnel from Mexico concealed by new home

    03/23/2016 7:39:21 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Cliff Pinckard
    SAN DIEGO, California — Authorities have discovered a 415-yard tunnel used to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the U.S., and the traffickers reportedly bought land and built a home in order to conceal the American side. ABC News reports the tunnel ran from a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, to the living room of a three-bedroom home in Calexico, California, a city located just east of San Diego. Four people have been arrested and more than a ton of marijuana was seized, the Los Angeles Times reports. The drugs are valued at more than $1 million. Investigators with U.S. Homeland Security...
  • Supreme Court rejects suit against Colorado over marijuana law

    03/21/2016 4:46:56 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/24/16
    Supreme Court rejects suit against Colorado over marijuana law The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against their neighbor Colorado over a law approved as a ballot initiative by Colorado voters in 2012 that allows the recreational use of marijuana. The court declined to hear the case filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma, which said that marijuana is being smuggled across their borders and noted that federal law still prohibits the drug. Two conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case. Nebraska and Oklahoma contended...
  • A Peace Pipe Made In America

    03/20/2016 8:13:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    Is this a great country or what? Oh, sure, as Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump puts it, “We are led by very, very stupid people,” but still — the ingenuity of the populace shines through. Sometimes the inhabitants of America find a path around their political potholes. Case in point: the amazing progress being made in the War on Drugs. “Legal marijuana may be doing at least one thing that a decades-long drug war couldn’t,” explains Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, “taking a bite out of Mexican drug cartels’ profits.” Oh, wait a second. “Legal marijuana” hardly qualifies...
  • February data now in: Crime continues to explode in the legal pot metropolis of Denver

    03/19/2016 5:58:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 140 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/19/2016 | Sierra Rayne
    Denver has just released its crime statistics for February of this year, and the city's post-marijuana crime explosion continues. In the first two months of 2016, total reported offenses using the NIBRS definitions are up a further 10.5% over this time last year. Crimes against persons have increased 14.1%, property crimes are up 13.8%, and crimes against society are up 18.4% compared to the same time frame in 2015. For comparison, in January and February of 2013 – the last year for these two months before marijuana legalization – there were just 6,791 crimes in the city. During January and...
  • Alaska legalizes pot, crime explodes in Anchorage

    03/19/2016 6:03:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies
    americanthinker ^ | 3/19/2016 | Sierra Rayne
    In February of 2015, it became legal to grow and consume marijuana in Alaska. And, as has happened in Denver and Seattle, crime immediately began to increase after being stable or declining in the pre-legal pot era. According to the FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report for the first six months of 2015, the number of violent crimes in Anchorage (the only city reporting for Alaska) increased 34% compared to the same period in 2014. Murders were up 167%, and aggravated assaults increased 32% versus the first six months of 2014.
  • Hemp waste fibers form basis of supercapacitor more conductive than graphene

    03/15/2016 7:38:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | March 11, 2016 | Rick Stella
    Comprised of a lone hexagonal honeycomb lattice layer of tightly packed carbon atoms, graphene is one of the strongest, lightest, and most conductive compounds ever discovered. Bottom line, it's an extraordinary composite. However, a scientist from New York's Clarkson University says he's found a way to manufacture hemp waste into a material "better than graphene." Moreover, the scientist -- known to his peers as Dr. David Mitlin -- says creating this graphene-like hemp material costs but a minuscule fraction of what it takes to produce graphene. Presented at an American Chemical Society Meeting in San Francisco, Dr. Mitlin described how...
  • Conservative Utah lawmakers show progressive leanings

    03/12/2016 8:23:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 11, 2016 5:58 PM EST | Brady McCombs and Hallie Golden
    Utah’s staunchly conservative legislature came close to eliminating the death penalty and gave serious consideration to setting up a system to grow and distribute medical marijuana — making the 2016 session a surprising one that may foreshadow future traction for progressive issues. […] The lean toward progressive issues was led by a pair of outgoing GOP lawmakers who went all in on their bills. Sen. Mark Madsen led the medical marijuana push, while Sen. Steve Urquhart pushed the death penalty abolishment. Urquhart also backed a failed measure that would have added discrimination protections for gay and transgender people. A year...
  • The Effect of Medicinal Cannabis on Pain and Quality of Life Outcomes in Chronic Pain

    03/11/2016 9:43:58 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 35 replies
    National Institutes of Health ^ | 2016 Feb 17 | Haroutounian S, Ratz Y, Ginosar Y, Furmanov K, Saifi F, Meidan R, Davidson E.
    Abstract OBJECTIVES: The objective this prospective, open-label study was to determine the long-term effect of medicinal cannabis treatment on pain and functional outcomes in subjects with treatment-resistant chronic pain. METHODS: The primary outcome was change in pain symptom score on the S-TOPS (Treatment Outcomes in Pain Survey - Short Form) questionnaire at 6 months follow-up in intent-to-treat (ITT) population. The secondary outcomes included change in S-TOPS physical, social and emotional disability scales, pain severity and pain interference on brief pain inventory (BPI), sleep problems, and change in opioid consumption. RESULTS: 274 subjects were approved for treatment; complete baseline data were...
  • Portland pot shops are selling joints to raise money for Bernie Sanders

    03/09/2016 4:28:36 PM PST · by dennisw · 26 replies
    A cannabis company in Portland, Oregon is the latest marijuana business to raise money for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders has been the most outspoken in terms of marijuana reform, drawing support from all corners of the industry. Dispensaries Foster Buds and Glisan Buds, which are owned by the same parent company, are partnering with marijuana grower Farmer 12 for its "Burn One for Bernie" campaign. They're selling special one-gram joints for $10 apiece and will donate 10% of sales to the Sanders campaign. Other businesses in the pot industry have also been championing the candidate. Just last week, a...
  • Harmless? Marijuana-induced psychosis on the upswing

    03/09/2016 10:32:56 AM PST · by cassiusking · 94 replies
    KIRO Radio ^ | 2/26/2016 | Josh Kerns
    "Duane Stone is a veteran Seattle mental health specialist. He's seeing a surprising increase in patients experiencing psychotic episodes as well. Many have never had any mental health problems before. "I get lots of first break kind where this person doesn't have an experience with mental illness, they don't have a diagnosis, they're 30 or 40-years-old. And the only thing they've been doing has been smoking marijuana for the last year or two," Stone said. It's not just your stereotypical stoner. They're family people working at places such as Microsoft and Amazon."
  • Legal marijuana is finally doing what the drug war couldn’t

    03/05/2016 9:11:55 PM PST · by Ken H · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 03, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Legal marijuana may be doing at least one thing that a decades-long drug war couldn't: taking a bite out of Mexican drug cartels' profits. The latest data from the U.S. Border Patrol shows that last year, marijuana seizures along the southwest border tumbled to their lowest level in at least a decade. Agents snagged roughly 1.5 million pounds of marijuana at the border, down from a peak of nearly 4 million pounds in 2009. The data supports the many stories about the difficulties marijuana growers in Mexico face in light of increased competition from the north. As domestic marijuana production...
  • 2nd Grader's 'Special Medicine' Story Leads to Pot Bust

    02/25/2016 2:13:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | Feb 25, 2016
    An 8-year-old boy said he helped his mother's boyfriend grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all," The Times-Argus reportsA second-grader's story about helping a farmer grow "special medicine" plants led to the bust of an indoor marijuana growing operation in Vermont, authorities said. According to an affidavit, an 8-year-old boy told school officials and Windsor police detective Jennifer Frank that he helped his mother's boyfriend, 54-year-old Steven Mann, grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all," The Times-Argus reports. Police said they found 50 marijuana plants worth $75,000, along with two "grow rooms" next to the...