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  • New policy to decriminalize marijuana in Harris County will save time, money, DA’s office says

    02/16/2017 9:00:46 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 6 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2-16-2016 | Brian Rogers
    Houston and Harris County are poised to decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana in a sweeping move that puts the area at the forefront of efforts in Texas to halt minor drug arrests that clog jails and courts. District Attorney Kim Ogg is set to announce the new policy Thursday with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. The new policy, set to begin March 1, means that misdemeanor offenders with less than four ounces of marijuana will not be arrested, ticketed or required to appear in court if they agree to take a...
  • Marijuana Bouquets Popular for Valentine's Day

    02/14/2017 10:13:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KTVU ^ | FEB 14 2017
    Flower shops across Los Angeles were packed with customers on Tuesday as lovebirds rushed to buy the perfect gift for their partners on Valentine's Day. "I think Valentine's Day is a day to really show your appreciation for your loved ones and just to go that extra mile. Love should really be year round but just to go that extra mile is a good thing,'' said Vince from Pasadena. The conventional gift of a dozen long-stemmed roses was a popular buy, with scores of people carrying flower arraignments filling the sidewalks of downtown Los Angeles.
  • Jeff Sessions says if Americans don’t want him to enforce marijuana laws, they should change them

    02/11/2017 9:07:26 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 110 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 11, 2017 | Trey Williams
    If the American people are worried about freshly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach to enforcing federal marijuana laws, he says they should get Congress to change them. “It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce. We should do our jobs and enforce laws effectively as we’re able,” Sessions said during his hearing. “The U.S. Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state — and the distribution — an illegal act. If that’s something that’s not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule.”
  • 4,000 Pounds of Marijuana Camouflaged as Limes Seized by Border Officers in Texas

    02/08/2017 11:27:08 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    KTLA5 News ^ | February 8, 2017
    US Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly two tons of marijuana packed in phony limes near the Texas-Mexico border last week, according to authorities. The 3,947 pounds of weed came through a commercial shipment of key limes in Pharr, Texas, on Jan. 30, officials said. The truck hauling the "produce" crossed the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge along the Texas-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico. Over 34,000 of the fake fruit packages were discovered by an imaging inspection system and narcotics K-9 team.
  • The biggest potheads aren't who you'd guess

    02/07/2017 9:17:47 AM PST · by HLPhat · 94 replies
    NYPost ^ | February 7, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    They are the city’s new pot-smoking professionals — ganja-puffing teachers... ...A Brooklyn teacher told The Post that it’s a good thing city education officials don’t randomly test school workers for the drug. “If they did . . . they’d probably have to fire about 85 percent of their staff,” she said. Today’s pot puffers say they’re no head cases...
  • Richard Kirk, accused of fatally shooting wife while high, pleads guilty ( Marijuana : Colorado)

    02/03/2017 6:37:14 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    KDVR ^ | February 3, 2017 | Chuck Hickey
    DENVER -- The man accused of fatally shooting his wife while investigators said he was high on marijuana edibles pleaded guilty to second-degree murder .. Richard Kirk, 50, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, citing marijuana intoxication, in September to a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife Kristine. Under terms of the plea, Kirk, who had been charged with first-degree murder, will be sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison and fined $5,000 to $1 million. He will also give up parental rights to the couples' three children to Kristine Kirk's parents ... The...
  • These “Dragon Balls” Contain 3,000 Grams of Pure Cannabis Oil

    02/01/2017 6:06:23 PM PST · by CtBigPat · 20 replies
    Leafly ^ | 1/31/2017 | Bailey Rahn
    As the artist held his orb up to the sky, you might sooner guess that we were touring Saruman’s tower in Middle Earth than an extraction facility in Seattle. But this globe is no crystal ball or palantir – it’s 3,000 grams of pure cannabis extract measuring up to a staggering 99% THC. Its creators at X-tracted Labs call them Dragon Balls (like in the popular manga, and I can only imagine that collecting seven of these would get you high enough to think you’ve summoned Shenron), and beholding them in-person is somewhat of a religious experience for any connoisseurs...
  • Why a ganjapreneur dreams of building a 100-story skyscraper to feed city dwellers

    01/29/2017 3:29:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Cannabist ^ | January 24, 2017 | Jennifer Kaplan, Bloomberg News
    According to ganjapreneur Rick Byrd, the future of farming is tall, dirtless and local. Byrd’s vision of skyscraper farms to feed city dwellers begins with a much different kind of crop: marijuana. The 45-year-old is chief executive officer and founder of Pure Agrobusiness Inc., a company that sells equipment to grow legal cannabis, a market worth $6 billion in 2016 and expected to reach $50 billion by 2026, according to Cowen & Co. Because cannabis has higher profit margins than food, and pot is mostly grown inside, Byrd said he hopes the innovations perfected by PureAgro, with the help of...
  • Obama Withholds Clemency from Pot 'Lifers,' Devastating Families

    01/19/2017 6:17:42 PM PST · by melania · 48 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Jan. 19, 2017
    High-profile inmates serving life sentence for marijuana crimes were not given clemency by President Barack Obama on Thursday, leaving their families devastated after long public campaigns urging their freedom. John Knock, whose sister Beth Curtis has lobbied for the release of nonviolent marijuana convicts, learned Wednesday that his application had been denied. Knock was arrested in 1996 and convicted in 2000 of participating in an international pot-smuggling operation. “It’s an incredibly painful disappointment that my brother – a wonderful person who is totally nonviolent – is going to die in prison,” Curtis says, holding back tears.
  • PBS Star Rick Steves Donating To ACLU On Inauguration Day

    01/19/2017 12:08:11 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 73 replies
    Edmonds Washington Patch ^ | 01/19/2017 | Neal McNamara
    Local travel guru Rick Steves will host a fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union on Inauguration Day through his website, saying that the group will probably be busy during the coming Donald Trump administration. All day Friday, for every dollar you spend at his online travel store, Steves will donate $1 to the ACLU ---SNIP--- Steves also said in the blog post that he canceled his planned trip to the inauguration after it became clear Trump would become president. He endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
  • How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists

    01/16/2017 3:30:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    news.com.au ^ | January 15, 2017
    How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists January 15, 2017 NORTH Korea has been getting some pretty high praise lately from the stoner world. Marijuana news outlets including High Times, Merry Jane and Green Rush — along with British tabloids, which always love a good yarn — are hailing North Korea as a pothead paradise and maybe even the next Amsterdam of pot tourism. They’ve reported North Korean marijuana to be legal, abundant and mind-blowingly cheap, sold openly to Chinese and Russian tourists at a major market on the North’s border for about $3 a pound (or $AU4...
  • Florida dispensaries aim to 'normalize' medical marijuana

    01/15/2017 9:57:39 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 48 replies
    SF Gate ^ | January 15, 2017
    Vials of cannabis-laced sprays, lotions and tinctures line display shelves a few steps from handbags specially designed to tote marijuana products.-snip. A stylish kitchenette and table is on the opposite side of this ... medical marijuana showroom, space used to host educational sessions on the merits of the drug — something legal only under very strict circumstances in Florida until Amendment 2 took effect last week. This ... storefront ... looks more like a day spa lobby or high-end salon. Nothing about it evokes images of the seedy bong-filled pot shops of popular imagination. -snip- More than 60 Florida communities...
  • Marijuana Industry Hopes Promise of Jobs Will Keep Trump, Sessions Happy

    01/13/2017 6:09:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    TheStreet ^ | January 13, 2017 | Emily Stewart
    Marijuana legalization advocates and industry actors remain optimistic about the incoming Trump administration's attitude towards pot, despite some less-than-reassuring comments from the man who will soon be charged with enforcing drug laws in America. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, in a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week said he could not commit to not enforcing federal marijuana laws when at the helm of the Department of Justice. He didn't say he would crack down on cannabis, either. "I won't commit to never enforcing federal law...but absolutely it's a problem...
  • 2 Postal Workers Indicted in Marijuana Distribution Ring in West Philadelphia

    01/13/2017 4:40:36 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    WPVI.COM ^ | 13 JANUARY 2017 | 6ABC.COM
    WEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Two U.S. postal workers were among nine people indicted as part of a widespread marijuana distribution ring running out of West Philadelphia. Forty-two-year-old postal carrier Steven Williams and another carrier are facing several charges. Federal authorities say they used their positions at the West Market Post Office to funnel more than 100 kilos of marijuana to three separate drug organizations.
  • Sterling Hall bomber Armstrong arrested after $800,000 cash found in vehicle

    05/27/2012 10:55:28 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 17 replies
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 22nd | ED TRELEVEN
    Convicted Sterling Hall bomber Karl Armstrong was arrested last week in Chicago after state troopers found more than $800,000 cash in heat-sealed bags stashed inside of a motor home that Armstrong was driving, according to a document filed Monday in court. That arrest Thursday led to a search on Saturday by the state Division of Criminal Investigation of a town of Madison trailer home where Armstrong lives for evidence of marijuana trafficking, according to a search warrant filed in Dane County Circuit Court. Neither Wisconsin nor Illinois authorities found marijuana in Armstrong's trailer or motor home.
  • Elizabeth Warren seeks to pull pot shops out of banking limbo

    01/03/2017 4:38:21 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 2017 | By STEVE LeBLANC
    BOSTON (AP) -- As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block - lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don't have their banking services taken away. It's part of a wider effort by Warren and others to bring the burgeoning $7 billion marijuana industry in from a fiscal limbo she...
  • Marijuana Home Delivery Is Coming To Portland

    12/28/2016 10:52:24 AM PST · by NobleFree · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/27/2016 | Steve Birr
    Marijuana could soon be ordered to your door like delivery food in Portland, Ore., after lawmakers eased regulations prohibiting businesses from conducting the practice.Portland city commissioners relaxed the rules governing how marijuana dispensaries can distribute their products. It opens the door legally for marijuana businesses to start home delivery services, much in the way people order a pizza. Restrictions and prohibitions remain however, making the legality of home delivery a little complex.Any licensed delivery person working for a cannabis business must ensure their headquarters is at least 1,000 feet away from any schools, reports CBS 6.It also prohibits marijuana deliveries...
  • Mexican Drug Smugglers Use Air Cannon to Launch Weed into the U.S.

    12/12/2016 12:58:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    MRC TV ^ | December 12, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Smuggling illicit drugs across the U.S border is a lucrative business. From hiding hundreds of pounds of cocaine or marijuana in vehicles, funneling it through tunnels under fenced areas or shipping it across the Florida coastline, drug dealers based in countries like Mexico and Cuba are pretty inventive in finding ways to get their contraband past border agents and into the United States. So inventive, in fact, that U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that over the weekend, drug smugglers in Mexico used an air cannon to launch a pile of weed across the border into the U.S. According to...
  • Ohio troopers find drugs wrapped as Christmas gifts in SUV

    11/25/2016 6:55:42 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | November 25, 2016 8:41 am | AP
    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says troopers found 71 pounds of marijuana and other drugs wrapped as Christmas gifts in a vehicle that was stopped for a driving violation in northwest Ohio.
  • Ottawa bringing in stricter limits on medical marijuana for veterans

    11/22/2016 9:34:34 AM PST · by jerod · 5 replies
    CBC News website ^ | Nov 22, 2016 11:16 AM ET | By Catherine Cullen
    Veterans Affairs cites rising costs and demand in cutting threshold to 3 grams a day from 10 Faced with skyrocketing costs and ballooning demand, the federal government is dramatically cutting back the amount of medical marijuana it will cover for veterans. Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr plans to scale back the limit for reimbursement from 10 grams of medical marijuana per day to three. He made the announcement at the Canadian Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in Vancouver. Last March, Hehr told CBC News he was launching an internal policy review, after data showed the number of medical marijuana...
  • Attorney General nominee: ‘Good people don't smoke marijuana'

    11/18/2016 5:28:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 84 replies
    KIRO 7 ^ | 18 NOVEMBER 2016 | KIRO 7 AND AP
    United States Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions is against legal marijuana and once said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” What does that mean for Washington State, where voters legalized marijuana?
  • Marijuana wins big on election night

    11/09/2016 4:06:40 AM PST · by Wolfie · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/9/2016
    Marijuana wins big on election night Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday night, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions, in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug's recreational use. Of the five recreational marijuana initiatives on the ballot, three passed and one more — in Maine — was leading early Wednesday in preliminary vote totals. A similar measure in Arizona was trailing with 68 percent of votes counted. On the medical side, voters in Florida, North Dakota...
  • Rally in SF Against Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in California

    11/07/2016 9:52:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Michelle Roberts and Stephen Ellison
    Proposition 64 opponents fear the measure, if passed, would harm those who rely on medical cannabis The proposition that would legalize recreational marijuana in California has been one of the most talked about ballot initiatives in this election season. Big names including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and tech billionare Sean Parker have thrown their support behind Proposition 64. On Monday, some medical marijuana advocates said the initiative is the wrong way to go and were urging people to vote no during a rally outside San Francisco City Hall. Those opponents fear Prop. 64 will end up hurting people who use...
  • Pentagon may ease recruiting rules for obese people, pot smokers and single parents

    11/02/2016 10:19:43 PM PDT · by kevcol · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke on “Force of the Future” military reforms this week that may involve relaxed recruiting rules on everything from single-parent enlistees to drug use and obesity. A Tuesday event at City College of New York featured Mr. Carter speaking on the challenges of recruitment in a nation that is fatter, increasingly at ease with smoking marijuana, and producing more single-parent homes
  • Lessons Learned After 4 Years of Marijuana Legalization

    10/30/2016 1:47:38 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 32 replies
    www.learnaboutsam.org ^ | October 2016 | SAM-Smart Approaches to Marijuana
    ... Colorado now leads the country in past-month marijuana use by youth, with Washington not much further behind. Other states that have since legalized marijuana occupy 4th place (District of Columbia) and 5th place (Oregon). States with lax “medical marijuana” laws occupy 2nd and 3rd place (Vermont and Rhode Island, respectively). Additionally, as explained in greater detail below, the laws have had significant negative impacts on public health and safety, such as: * Rising rates of pot use by minors * Increasing arrest rates of minors, especially black and Hispanic children * Higher rates of traffic deaths from driving while...
  • No, We Should Not Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

    10/28/2016 2:50:17 PM PDT · by fwdude · 125 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | Oct 18, 2016 | Tim Bradley
    Legalizing recreational marijuana use would hurt not only those who smoke—it also hurts children and society as a whole. As a country, if we encourage and profit from this vice, we will be undermining the very foundations of our government. _____________ Four states and the District of Columbia have lifted their prohibitions on recreational marijuana use by adults. That number could double in November, when Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada vote on proposals to eliminate state restrictions on possession and cultivation of specified amounts of marijuana by those twenty-one and older. The fact that these are voter-driven ballot initiatives...
  • Hillary Clinton Promised Bankers She’s Against Cannabis Legalization (Oct. 13, 2016)

    10/26/2016 7:28:05 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    In what seems like a never-ending race to the White House, both candidates have flopped and floundered on various issues. One particular issue the nominees continue to switch back and forth on is their views on legalizing cannabis. While Trump has made it clear he wants more research done and won’t condone legalization without concrete proof of its properties, Clinton has gone from saying she supports legalization to denouncing the plant altogether. Now, thanks to some of those leaked emails of hers, we’re given the opportunity to see what she’s said to bankers and big businesses about the issue behind...
  • How pot is firing up this real estate

    10/25/2016 10:08:11 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/25/16 | Diana Olick
    It could be the hottest outgrowth of the pot-conomy — highly lucrative for both investors and cannabis companies. The industrial real estate that houses pot production is in high demand, and it is about to become the first opportunity for investors large and small to get in on marijuana. How? The biggest problem for cannabis growers and suppliers is an inability to get much-needed cash to grow both their products and their businesses. Since cannabis production and use is not legal under federal law, only state to state, most banks won't lend to cannabis producers. Enter, the real estate angle....
  • [From September 28, 2016] Feds conducting drug raids in southern Colorado

    10/23/2016 11:36:05 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 11 replies
    KOAA 5 ^ | Updated:September 28, 2016 1:36 PM PDT
    Federal authorities say a Laotian drug ring was the target of a series of raids conducted at illegal marijuana grows in five Southern Colorado Counties Wednesday. The wide spread drug bust operation is still underway however a number of people have been detained on site. So far, authorities have seized more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana that was being shipped to Texas and Arkansas.
  • Ithaca College ranks No. 1 on Princeton Review's 'Reefer Madness' list

    08/29/2016 6:45:08 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | August 29, 2016 at 5:25 PM | By Jourdan Bennett-Begaye
    Ithaca College flies to the top of the "Reefer Madness" list in the Princeton Review. College students answered the survey question, "How widely is marijuana used at your school?" to determine the rankings. Ithaca College, home to 6,323 undergraduate students, shares the small town of Ithaca with Cornell University within the Finger Lakes region. Besides the "reefer madness" list, Ithaca College also made lists for the "Best College Newspaper," the "Most Liberal Students" and "Little Race/Class Interaction" among others.
  • ‘Trimmigrants’ Are Looking For Easy Summer Work; Growers Looking For Something Else

    09/13/2016 10:38:38 AM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    It’s no secret that the marijuana industry brings an infusion of money and seasonal work to the part of the North Bay known as the Emerald Triangle, but there’s a darker side to the industry. Many of the seasonal job-seekers who painstakingly trim the marijuana flowers are young women who can end up victims of intimidation and sexual abuse. Often taken to remote farms deep in the forest unwitting females, often in their teens and early 20s, are especially easy prey for unscrupulous growers. break “Students from the nearest college, Humboldt State University, return from a summer of trimming marijuana...
  • MA Nat'l Guard, State Police Raid 81 yr old woman's home to seize pot plat

    10/07/2016 6:38:28 AM PDT · by Right-wing Librarian · 45 replies
    WFXT Fox 25 ^ | October 7, 2016
    Link only: http://www.fox25boston.com/news/mass-national-guard-state-police-raid-81-year-old-womans-home-to-seize-pot-plant/454037484
  • High Times Magazine Oddly Silent on Hillary Giving Thumbs Down to Pot

    10/13/2016 12:37:36 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 13, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Sometimes you learn more about a periodical by what is not published in it than by what is published. And in the case of High Times magazine, what do we learn by the fact that all the marijuana oriented publications available on the Web, except High Times, have published stories about the revelation released by Wikileaks on Monday that Hillary Clinton during a private talk to bankers gave a most definite thumbs down to legalization of marijuana? Could it be that High Times is so in the tank for Hillary that they must avoid mentioning this story about what Hillary really says...
  • Colorado prosecutor: Marijuana-related murders are skyrocketing

    10/21/2016 11:49:18 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 241 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1, 2016 | Sierra Rayne
    According to the latest reports coming out of Colorado, marijuana is a major cause of homicides in the state, and the problem is only getting worse. "There is increased crime, sometimes violent crime, associated with legalization of marijuana," Brauchler said. "That's not what you'd expect. You'd expect the harder-core drugs." ... "If cash is the only way to acquire marijuana, crime follows cash," Brauchler said ... Brauchler believes the legalization of marijuana is partly to blame for the rise in crime. "It is easier for there to be black market in a legalized system than there was before," he said....
  • Colorado law enforcement officials warn dangers of legalizing marijuana

    BENTON, Ark. (KATV) - Medical marijuana is now legal in 25 states and Arkansas could potentially be added to the list. Two major law enforcement officials from Colorado are urging from their experience that voters say no to legalization in Arkansas. Former president and current vice president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association spoke exclusively to Channel 7 on Friday about how marijuana has changed their state and how it could affect ours. "It's not a good thing for a community to do something like this," Jerry Peters, former president of the the Colorado Drug Investigators Association, said. Peters said...
  • Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined

    10/14/2016 4:25:58 PM PDT · by BBell · 95 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 10/12/16 | Christopher Ingraham
    On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. The report says that most of these jailed inmates have not been convicted of any crime: They're sitting in a cell, awaiting a day in court, an appearance that may be months or even years off, because they can't afford to post bail. "It's been 45 years since the war on drugs was declared, and it hasn't...
  • Marijuana is Never 'Legalize,' It Just Becomes Much More Highly Regulated

    09/30/2016 10:31:59 AM PDT · by fwdude · 17 replies
    self-published | Sept 30, 2016 | fwdude
    For discussion. What does the "legalization" of marijuana usage really entail? Do the breadth of laws related to this expand or contract? Do people still violate marijuana-related laws? Are children affected? Do more people become uses who were not before the law change? Must requirements for professional organization membership change in response to such laws?
  • Chelsea Clinton Suggests Marijuana Is Killing People

    09/28/2016 12:42:50 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 57 replies
    High Times ^ | Sept. 27, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Former White House rugrat Chelsea Clinton believes marijuana may have some therapeutic benefits, but she also thinks the herb may be killing people in states where it has been made legal. During a recent appearance at Youngstown State University, Clinton—campaigning on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—told a crowd of students that “anecdotally, we have lots of evidence” that cannabis is effective in treating epilepsy and stimulating the appetites of those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. But she then went on to say that there are still some public health concerns associated with pot consumption due to recent deaths...
  • Marijuana Could Be the Answer to Curing Alzheimer's Disease, Study Shows

    09/18/2016 11:55:04 AM PDT · by Mariner · 94 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...