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  • With sales now legal, cannabis lovers take Denver's 420 weekend to new highs

    04/20/2014 3:04:00 PM PDT · by mgist · 63 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/20/14 | Ravitz
    <p>On one tour we joined, smoke wafted out windows. Strangers shared pipes and exchanged samples of weed and wax, a concentrated form of marijuana. Canisters of buds bearing names like "tangerine haze" and "strawberry cough," were passed around to smell. Nutella pancakes came up in conversations at least three times.</p>
  • Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use

    04/18/2014 12:30:52 PM PDT · by Drango · 84 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/18/14 | Miles Bryan
    It's a sunny afternoon at Kelly's Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, and Nikki Esquibel is getting stoned. But you wouldn't know it. Nikki Esquibel, 19, has a medical prescription for marijuana. She uses a vaporizer pen around her neighborhood in Los Angeles. The 19-year-old, who has a medical prescription for marijuana, is "smoking" pot with a handheld vaporizer, or a vape pen. It's sleek, black, and virtually indistinguishable from a high-end e-cigarette. That's the point, says Esquibel. "I use it mostly around my neighborhood. It's easy to hide." The vapor coming from the device doesn't even have...
  • WHY THEY CALL IT DOPE: Harvard Scientists Studied the Brains of Pot Smokers

    04/17/2014 3:46:00 PM PDT · by kingattax · 85 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 17 April 2014
    Every day, the push toward national legalization of marijuana seems more and more inevitable. As more and more politicians and noted individuals come out in favor of legalizing or at least decriminalizing different amounts of pot, the mainstream acceptance of the recreational use of the drug seems like a bygone conclusion. But before we can talk about legalization, have we fully understood the health effects of marijuana?
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 9:10:17 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published April 15, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    ...Researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual marijuana use after previous work in his lab found that heavy cannabis...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes—and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. …
  • WH Report: Chronic Marijuana Users Up 84% in 10 Years

    04/01/2014 3:52:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 1, 2014 - 2:21 PM | Ali Meyer
    The number of chronic marijuana users—defined as those who used it on four or more days in the past month—increased 84.3% between 2000 to 2010, according to a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the White House. “In January 2012, the U.S. White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) asked RAND to generate national estimates of the total number of users, total expenditures, and total consumption for four illicit drugs from 2000 to 2010: cocaine (including crack), heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine (or meth),” says the report, What America’s Users Spend on Illicit Drugs: 2000-2010. …
  • Oregon drops proposed ban on pot-laced munchies

    03/31/2014 5:47:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2014 8:37 PM EDT | Chad Garland
    Oregon officials are backing off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at medical marijuana stores. In a new set of rules released Monday, the Oregon Health Authority will only ban marijuana-laced products that are made or packaged in ways that might appeal to children. That means nothing brightly colored or formed in the shape of animals, toys or candies. …
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Guard Shoots Self in Foot (San Bernardino, CA)

    03/16/2014 4:37:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    San Bernardino County Sun ^ | March 15, 2014 | Greg Cappis
    Medical marijuana dispensary guard shoots self in foot SAN BERNARDINO - A medical marijuana dispensary guard shot himself in the foot for unknown reasons Friday night, according to police. Just after 9 p.m. officers went to the 3300 block of East Highland Avenue to investigate the shooting. “On our arrival, we found that the security guard for the business, for some reason, had his weapon out, discharged his firearm, striking himself in the foot one time,” said Lt. Travis Walker. The security guard was transported to a hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound, according to Walker. “We plan...
  • Georgia State Senator Admits To Holding Bill Hostage

    03/10/2014 7:35:19 AM PDT · by Billlknowles · 17 replies
    WeArePolitics.com ^ | 3/8/2014 | BillK
    Gwinnett County State Senator and chairman of the Health and Human Service Committee Renee Unterman openly admitted to holding 'Haleigh's Hope', HB 885 sponsored by Representative Allen Peake, hostage until the State House will consider bills that she has authored. WSB reporter Lori Geary asked Unterman point blank if this were the case, and to Unterman's credit, she did not deny it and was very candid in saying that she was. But then she went on to state that the parents of the kids who can benefit from the legalization of medicinal cannabis didn't understand how it works in the...
  • CPAC Audience: Legalize It!

    03/08/2014 6:12:42 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 123 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03-07-2014 | John Sexton
    There are things you expect to see at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and there are things you don't. One of the things you probably don't is an audience cheering and applauding arguments for legalizing pot and bemoaning the war on drugs. A panel titled "Rocky Mountain High" held Thursday afternoon started out as a debate between Mary Katherine Ham of Fox and Hot Air and Christopher Beach a staffer for former Drug Czar William Bennett's radio show. But as the debate wore on it became clear the real disagreement was between Beach and the overwhelming majority of the...
  • German doctors: Cannabis can kill you

    02/25/2014 10:51:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Feb 2014 14:31 GMT+01:00
    Marijuana can be deadly, according to German researchers who claim to have discovered the first deaths caused by cannabis. The researchers in Düsseldorf, North-Rhine Westphalia, have been investigating cannabis-related deaths since 2001 and performed post-mortem examinations on 15 people whose deaths were linked to the drug. […] Benno Hartung from the University Hospital in Düsseldorf said he and his colleagues performed autopsies and toxicological tests to rule out other causes of death such as liver disease and alcohol use. …
  • Mexico City mulls legalizing sale of marijuana

    02/13/2014 5:35:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 13, 2014 7:29 PM EST | Adriana Gomez Licon
    Leftist lawmakers in Mexico City’s legislature introduced a bill Thursday that would legalize the sale of marijuana within the capital, expanding on a national law that already decriminalizes the possession by users of small amounts of pot throughout the country. It wasn’t immediately clear how wide support was for the idea within the local assembly, which is controlled by the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, but Mayor Manuel Mancera backed the idea and the legislature is one of the most liberal in Mexico. It has previously legalized abortion and gay marriage.The ambitious plan is sure to create controversy in a country...
  • Obama Won’t Take Executive Action to Remove Pot from Narcotics List

    02/01/2014 2:22:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2014 - 2:49 PM | Melanie Hunter
    President Barack Obama in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, airing Friday said it is up to Congress to decide whether marijuana should continue to be classified as a Schedule I narcotic. “What is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress,” Obama said when Tapper asked if he was “considering not making marijuana a Schedule I narcotic.” “I think it’s the DEA that decides that,” Tapper interjected. “It’s not something by ourselves that we start changing. No, there are laws undergirding those determinations,” the president responded. …
  • Let 50 Cannabis Flowers Bloom

    01/29/2014 2:38:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    resident Obama says he opposes marijuana legalization but thinks Colorado and Washington should be able to try it. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who sought to run against Obama in 2012 as a Republican presidential contender, takes the same position. You might call this policy federalism -- but not if you are Barack Obama. According to the president, he has the authority to enforce the federal ban on marijuana even in states that have legalized the drug. But he chooses not to exercise that authority, because he is curious to see how these experiments turn out. In an interview with The...
  • Polis Extends Colorado Cannabis Invite to Obama, Reid [to reinforce their emerging beliefs]

    01/23/2014 2:04:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call - 218 ^ | January 22, 2014 | Matt Fuller
    (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)Rep. Jared Polis wants President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to come see how Colorado is implementing its new marijuana legalization laws. Polis, a Colorado Democrat and cheerleader of his state’s new legalized marijuana laws, told CQ Roll Call he wants the two leaders to “visit a regulated store and a growing operation with me to see our Colorado laws enforced. It’ll only reinforce their emerging beliefs when see what we’re doing in Colorado.” In a letter that will be sent on Thursday, Polis extends the invite and thanks Obama and...
  • Young people who use high potency ‘skunk’ cannabis daily ‘have psychotic episodes earlier’

    01/12/2014 5:44:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:10 EST, 11 January 2014 | Dan Bloom
    Mental illnesses are triggered six years earlier in patients who have smoked high-strength cannabis every day, a study has claimed. Mental health patients who smoked skunk daily—which has a high amount of the drug’s active ingredient, THC—had their first psychotic episode at an average age of 25, compared to 31 for non-users. Yet the damage was not limited to heavy smokers or those using powerful cannabis, according to the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London. Mental health patients with a general history of using cannabis still had their first psychotic episodes at 28—three years earlier than those who never...
  • New York State To Legalize Cannabis

    01/05/2014 12:19:36 AM PST · by Ueriah · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Ueriah
    ALBANY, N.Y. – New York would become the 21st state to allow medical use of marijuana under an initiative Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil this week. Cuomo plans to use administrative powers rather than legislative action to allow a limited number of hospitals to dispense marijuana for certain ailments. He will formally announce his plans in his state of the state speech Wednesday.
  • Teen pot use could hurt brain and memory, new research suggests

    12/16/2013 9:17:13 AM PST · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 16, 2013 | Brian Alexander
    Teenage pot smokers could be damaging brain structures critical to memory and reasoning, according to new research that found changes in the brains of heavy users. Research released Monday in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin showed the brains of young heavy marijuana users were altered in so-called sub-cortical regions — primitive structures that are part of the memory and reasoning circuits. And young people with such alterations performed worse on memory tests than non-using controls, despite the fact that the heavy users had not indulged for more than two years, on average, before the testing. [Snip] When the groups were given...
  • Coroner: Man Dies of ‘Natural Causes’ After Opening Pandora’s Box

    11/15/2013 11:42:20 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    eCanadaNow ^ | 11-14-13 | Sidney Martin
    A 37-year old man from Cumbria died from unexplained causes after allegedly opening a box in his bedroom that was mysteriously labeled “Pandora’s Box”, reports the Huff Post. The term refers to a legend from Greek mythology in which Pandora received a container said to hold all of the world’s sorrows, troubles and evils, with a mandate to open it at her own risk. Police officials say they are stumped as to why Jason Airey’s heart failed after he opened a container that held synthetic cannabis. Airey was found unconscious in his bedroom and rushed to a nearby hospital. But...
  • Colorado voters approve big tax on recreational marijuana

    11/06/2013 1:27:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 6, 2013, 4:56 AM | (CBS/AP)
    A proposal to impose hefty taxes on recreational marijuana, whose use was okayed by Colorado voters in last year’s election, was an easy sell in the state Tuesday. About two-thirds of those casting ballots approved a 15 percent excise tax plus a 10 percent sales tax on pot sales that begin next year. The taxes are projected to bring in $70 million a year. The money will be used for school construction and regulating pot sales. … Also in Colorado, ten rural counties refused to approve secession from the state in an effort to form a 51st state called North...
  • For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

    10/22/2013 2:35:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Gallup ^ | October 22, 2013 | Art Swift
    For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. And now for the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58%) say the drug should be legalized. This is in sharp contrast to the time Gallup first asked the question in 1969, when only 12% favored legalization. Public support for legalization more than doubled in the 1970s, growing to 28%. It then plateaued during the 1980s and 1990s before inching steadily higher since 2000, reaching 50% in 2011. A sizable percentage...
  • Uruguay official: legal pot for $1 per gram

    10/21/2013 8:11:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
    Uruguay’s drug czar says the country plans to sell legal marijuana for $1 per gram to combat drug-trafficking, according to a local newspaper. The plan to create a government-run legal marijuana industry has passed the lower house of Congress, and President Jose Mujica expects to push it through the Senate soon as part of his effort to explore alternatives in the war on drugs. The measure would make Uruguay the first country in the world to license and enforce rules for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers. …
  • Seattle police to distribute Doritos at pot rally

    08/15/2013 6:20:26 PM PDT · by rawcatslyentist · 18 replies
    money.msn.com ^ | Aug 15 2013 | Kim Peterson
    Marijuana is now legal in Washington, and the Seattle police have been remarkably mellow about the whole thing. In fact, the city's Police Department plans to be at Hempfest, what has become the largest pot rally in the world. And they're taking bags of Doritos in case anyone, you know, gets a little hungry.
  • Legal pot prompts a question: What about hash?

    07/14/2013 8:25:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 14, 2013 9:55 AM EDT | Gene Johnson
    Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world. When he served in the Air Force in Southeast Asia, he said he smuggled it home in his boots. When he was in grad school in California, he made it with a centrifuge in a lab after hours. So when Washington was on the verge of legalizing the sale of taxed pot last fall, Andersen decided to move back to his home state and turn his hobby into a full-time, legitimate paycheck—a business that would supply state-licensed, recreational marijuana...
  • Three Years After His Arrest, Hawaii Island Rev. Roger Christie Still Fighting for His Release

    07/10/2013 10:38:56 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Monday, July 8, 2013 | Malia Zimmerman
    Honolulu -- An Hawaii Island minister in jail for three years on drug charges is treated more like a terrorist than a free-spirited minister whose religious beliefs include the cultivation and use of marijuana, some lawmakers and civil rights advocates say. The minister, Roger Christie, is being held in Honolulu's Federal Detention Center, without bail and, as of yet, without a trial. Roger, his wife, Share Christie, and 12 others -- the "Green 14" -- in 2010 were charged with the sale and possession of cannabis, but only Roger Christie has been held at the jail since July 8, 2010....
  • Marijuana’s march toward mainstream confounds feds

    06/29/2013 7:52:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2013 8:33 AM EDT | Nancy Benac and Alicia A. Caldwell
    It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of “Reefer Madness” to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of “Just Say No.” The next 25 years took the nation from Bill Clinton, who famously “didn’t inhale,” to Barack Obama, who most emphatically did. And now, in just a few short years, public opinion has moved so dramatically toward general acceptance that even those who champion legalization are surprised at how quickly attitudes are changing and states are moving to approve the drug—for medical use and just for fun. … Washington policymakers...
  • Study Adds to Evidence that Cigarettes are Gateway to Marijuana

    05/13/2013 11:59:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Teen smokers who rationalize their use of cigarettes by saying, “At least, I’m not doing drugs,” may not always be able to use that line. New research to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, supports the theory that cigarettes are a gateway drug to marijuana. “Contrary to what we would expect, we also found that students who smoked both tobacco and marijuana were more likely to smoke more tobacco than those who smoked only tobacco,” said study author Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP, an investigator at Seattle Children’s Research...
  • Should Drugs Be Legalized if It Means Bigger Government?

    04/30/2013 9:17:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30,2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Here’s a new edition of my “you be the judge” series. These are posts designed to explore some of the more challenging aspects of a pro-libertarian philosophy. Today’s example comes from Colorado, which had displayed a libertarian streak on issues ranging from school choice to drug legalization. But the latter issue is the source of today’s quandary. Should marijuana be legal if it means more tax revenue that will be used by the political elite to expand the burden of government spending? Here are the details from the Denver CBS station.A draft bill floating around the Capitol late this week...
  • Illegal Votes, Illegal Dopes and Illegals Immigrants do Export Business for Colorado

    04/30/2013 4:29:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2013 | John Ransom
    Yesterday Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill that gives illegal aliens in-state college tuition as long as they can prove that they are residents of Colorado. You don’t have to prove you’re a resident of the United States now, just a resident of Colorado, and you get an education subsidized by taxpayers on the federal, state and local level. This follows a bunch of recent “reform” legislation, passed by the circus that they call the Colorado legislature, such as the legalization of marijuana, the restriction of the right to bear arms and proposals to get rid of the death...
  • Marijuana Repeal Considered In Colorado

    04/27/2013 12:30:29 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 72 replies
    kcnc ^ | April 26, 2013 8:27 PM | Kristen Wyatt, et al.
    DENVER (AP/CBS4) — Marijuana legalization could be going back to the ballot in Colorado — a prospect that infuriated pot legalization activists Friday. The proposal for a marijuana ballot measure came as the House started debate Friday evening on bills to regulate and tax pot. One bill would state how pot should be grown and sold, and the other would tax recreational marijuana more than 30 percent. A draft bill floating around the Capitol late this week suggests that a new ballot question on pot taxes should repeal recreational pot in the state constitution if voters don’t approve 15 percent...
  • Like William Buckley, I believe adult use of some drugs should be decriminalized. What say you? Zot!

    04/26/2013 8:31:00 PM PDT · by Mason880 · 210 replies
    My thought is certain recreational drugs, such as marijuana, should remain off legal limits for the under 18 year olds, but become legally available when used in the proper environment. In many ways, pot is quite similar to alcohol, in that they should be used responsibly. My thought is to make the sale of marijuana less profitable by making it legal for home use. Personally, I don't smoke anything now, and do not want the smell of tobacco or pot on my clothes should I visit a public place, such as a shopping mall or bus stop. I know this...
  • Wash. judge tells police to return marijuana

    04/26/2013 5:34:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 4/26/2013
    <p>Police in Tacoma could soon be in real trouble over pot.</p> <p>The department could be found in contempt if they continue to refuse to return a small amount of marijuana seized from a man after a traffic stop. Municipal Court Judge Jack Emery repeated an order to police Thursday to return the drug to Joseph L. Robertson within seven days or they could be found in contempt.</p>
  • Video: Did Tsarnaevs finance bomb plot with drug sales?

    04/25/2013 8:45:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:41 am on April 25, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    CBS News reported last night that investigators believe that the unemployed Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have financed his terrorist plot through the sale of marijuana — an interesting occupation for a fanatical Muslim.  The composition of the bomb has come into clearer focus as well.  The triggering device came from a remote-control car, and the fed still think the gunpowder may have come from fireworks. Most interesting, though, is the acknowledgment that the Tsarnaevs only had one firearm on them during their gunfight with police: The search through landfills should remind us that bombers need quite a bit of practice in...
  • NPR Host: Constitution 'Like Tinkerbell...Only Alive As We Collectively Decide'

    04/24/2013 6:01:18 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 50 replies
    Breibart - Big Journalism ^ | 4-24-2013 | Larry O'Connor
    Peter Sagal, host of NPR's highly entertaining "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," is planning a new PBS special on the US Constitution. In an interview with Politico, Sagal explains that he will be using the show to "educate" Americans about our government's framing document . The tax-payer funded show, "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal," sounds harmless enough: … We talked to people who were basically living the Constitution whether they wanted to or not, as opposed to the usual array of pundits or activists who have opinions about it. But as Sagal reveals his personal views of the constitution, a...
  • Drug sales may have financed Boston terror plot

    04/24/2013 4:32:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 24, 2013
    Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers and suspects in last week's Boston Marathon bombing attack, may have financed their plot through drug sales, investigators believe.
  • In the 'War on Drugs,' signs of truce with marijuana

    04/23/2013 12:07:28 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 58 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | April 23, 2013 | Kevin McDermott
    ST. LOUIS - Marijuana, the most prevalent illicit drug in America, seems to be getting less illicit by the day. Among recent developments that would have been unfathomable during the “War on Drugs” begun under President Ronald Reagan: • The states of Colorado and Washington voted last fall to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the first states ever to do so. Though technically still a violation of federal law, the administration of President Barack Obama has responded with a shrug. • The Illinois House voted last week to join the 18 states that have already legalized marijuana for medical use....
  • Susan Sarandon: ‘War on Drugs’ Is ‘Completely Racist’

    04/22/2013 10:12:17 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies
    Susan Sarandon: ‘War on Drugs’ Is ‘Completely Racist’ April 22, 2013 By Melanie Hunter (CNSNews.com) – Actress Susan Sarandon on Wednesday called the war on drugs “completely racist,” arguing that only lower level drug defendants get locked up – “mostly people of color.” “The war on drugs is ridiculous, because you’re only getting—you’re spending a huge amount of money. It’s completely racist. You’re picking up everybody at the lower level because mandatory minimum drug laws let you trade in to get off, so if you don’t have anyone to trade in, if you’re at the bottom, you’re going to jail,"...
  • Golden Gate Park pot party a major mess [San Francisco]

    04/22/2013 6:05:45 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 38 replies
    www.sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2013 | Victoria Colliver
    San Francisco park workers and volunteers spent much of Sunday picking up and hauling away 10,000 pounds of garbage strewn all over the eastern part of Golden Gate Park known as Hippie Hill, the remnants of Saturday's annual yet unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia. But this year's annual celebration - which falls each year on April 20 and is known as "420" - drew a larger-than-average crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000 revelers on the warm weekend day. They proceeded to smoke, drink, eat and rack up more than $10,000 in costs for city crews to clean up the mess, ironically just...
  • Gunfire erupts at Colo. pot event, 2 wounded

    04/21/2013 7:21:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 85 replies
    Associated press ^ | 4/21/2013 | KRISTEN WYATT
    ..gunfire scattered thousands attending Saturday's 4/20 counterculture holiday, the first since Colorado legalized marijuana.
  • Shots fired at Denver pot holiday gathering, police say

    04/20/2013 4:58:25 PM PDT · by hattend · 140 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 20, 2013 | Fox News
    Shots were fired in the area of the 4/20 marijuana rally being held at Civic Center Park in Denver, KDVR.com reports. Denver police say one person has been shot in the leg and another is down with unknown injuries. Witnesses say they heard three or more shots about 20 minutes after 4:20 p.m. Police swarmed the scene, and crime tape was around the pavilion where the celebration was being held. Aerial footage showed the massive crowd frantically running from the park. The pot celebration Saturday was the first since Colorado and Washington made marijuana legal for recreational use. Read more:...
  • The Smoke Has Cleared For Pot Reform

    04/20/2013 2:13:40 PM PDT · by nickbeckusa · 42 replies
    The Memo-Beacon of Public Policy ^ | April 20, 2013 | Melvin Davila-Martinez
    Lax marijuana laws may soon become a reality in the United States. ... National support is rising for this cause.[5] Cohen’s proposal comes as a bipartisan coalition of House representatives have sponsored the Respect Marijuana Laws Act.[6] It would exempt businesses that comply with state marijuana laws from federal prosecution.[7] Moreover, Kentucky senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul recently supported the passage of a regulatory framework allowing industrial hemp in their state.[8][9] McConnell is a figurehead for the GOP establishment. Paul represents the rising libertarian caucus. Ergo, the Republican Party may soon change its position on pot.
  • Friend of Tsarnaev: He Was a 'Pothead'

    04/19/2013 10:51:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 103 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 19 Apr 2013 | Breitbart News
    According to Chris Barry, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, said that Tsarnaev “didn’t seem like a dangerous person at all … He was a pothead, a normal pothead. I couldn’t even imagine him being mad at someone, let alone hurting someone.”
  • One bombing suspect loved pot and Obama, the other was married

    04/19/2013 9:19:47 PM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/19/2013 | Robby Soave
    Boston bombing suspect and fugitive Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a “normal pot head” who supported President Obama for re-election last November, according to friends and his Twitter account.
  • Marijuana Farmers’ Market Crops Up in Sonoma County

    04/18/2013 5:28:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Today the new print quarterly Modern Farmer published a lengthy piece on the crop of marijuana farmers’ markets popping up in states where marijuana is legal for medical or recreational purposes. Penned by your humble editor, the feature focuses on the Organicann Harvest Market in Sonoma County – an elite member of the new crop of legal marijuana markets that are similar to the trendy, open-air vegetable markets of our time. “Still federally illegal, of course, such markets are legal under California state law, provided vendors and customers join a collective with a valid doctor’s recommendation for pot and a...
  • US Drug Czar Toes Strict Line on Marijuana

    04/18/2013 4:56:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 17, 2013 | Breitbart
    President Barack Obama's drug czar toed a strict line on marijuana Wednesday, saying federal laws will prevail regardless of state-level efforts to legalize pot. Gil Kerlikowske said enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 -- which ranks marijuana as a Schedule One drug alongside heroin, LSD and ecstasy -- remains in the hands of the US Department of Justice. "No state, no executive can nullify a statute that has been passed by Congress," the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy told a National Press Club luncheon. "Let's be clear: law enforcement officers take an...
  • Conservatives Push Marijuana Reform in Congress

    04/18/2013 2:53:36 PM PDT · by Renfield · 62 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 4-16-2013 | Tim Dickinson
    There's a new congressional push to end the federal War on Pot in the states – and it's being spearheaded by some of the most conservative members of the Republican conference. The "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act" introduced in the House last week would immunize anyone acting legally under state marijuana laws from federal prosecution under the Controlled Substances Act. Depending on the state, the legislation would cover both medical marijuana and recreational pot, and would protect not only the users of state-legal cannabis, but also the businesses that cultivate, process, distribute and sell marijuana in these states. The legislation...
  • Illinois House votes to legalize medical marijuana

    04/18/2013 11:24:45 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribue ^ | April 17, 2013 | Joanne von Alroth
    The Illinois House of Representatives voted narrowly on Wednesday to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, bringing the state a step closer to becoming the 21st in the United States to allow some form of pot use to treat illness. [...]
  • Bill O'Reilly NOT looking out for you--Part II

    04/16/2013 12:10:24 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 125 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/16/13 | Ron Reale
    All full of his normal bombast and bluster, on 4/11/13, Bill O’Reilly once again proved he hadn’t a grasp on the subject at hand, whether or not to legalize marijuana. His plan is to put responsible adults or children who smoke into the legal system, destroying them and their families. He wants to keep feeding the corrupt legal system that thrives off of these “offenses/freedoms” (depending on your point of view). He wants these draconian punishments because he feels that pot will destroy anyone trying it, a view responsible for turning more people into...
  • Mile High City bracing for epic 4/20 in wake of legal pot

    04/16/2013 8:49:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/15/2013 | Greg Campbell
    Last year, the University of Colorado-Boulder made national headlines for its efforts to stamp out what has historically been one of the most popular days on campus — the 4/20 marijuana smokeout, which in the past has drawn up to 11,000 pot smokers who toke up on the university’s quad at 4:20 p.m. on April 20. Determined to see an end to the tradition, university officials took the unusual step of closing the campus to nonstudents and hosing down the lawn with a fish-based fertilizer that made the quad smell as appealing as an Alaskan pier. Activists were outraged, but...
  • Several Students At OC School Sickened After Reportedly Eating Pot-Laced Brownies

    04/10/2013 6:58:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | April 10, 2013 4:26 PM | Gil Leyvas
    COSTA MESA [California] (CBSLA.com) — Several students at an Orange County middle school were sickened Wednesday after eating pot brownies. Firefighters were sent to TeWinkle Intermediate School on California Avenue in Costa Mesa around 12:45 p.m. Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials said five seventh-graders went to the school’s nurse and complained of stomach aches. Other classmates confessed those students ingested brownies laced with marijuana, according to Sky9’s Gil Leyvas. Three children were transported to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach as a precaution. Their conditions are unknown. Two other kids went home with their parents. Costa Mesa police later...