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  • Is the Governor Blowing Smoke? Marijuana Legalization Is a Net Loss for PA

    10/20/2020 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | October 20, 2020 | Tom Copeland
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is proposing that the state legalize recreational marijuana in an effort to raise tax revenues lost during the Covid pandemic. Ironically, his draconian shutdown of much of the state over the past six months has seriously impacted the PA economy, and hence the state’s tax revenue. But it’s a pipe dream. In Colorado, for every dollar gained from marijuana taxes, taxpayers spend $4.50 to mitigate the effects of legalization. For Pennsylvania, any short term revenue increase will be swallowed up by the serious long term social and economic effects of legalization.In fact, if the governor is...
  • Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Wolf calls for marijuana legalization to aid state economy

    10/13/2020 2:50:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 56 replies
    Fox Business ^ | October 13 2020 | Brittany De Lea
    Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday called for marijuana use to be legalized, which he said could help shore up the state’s economy. Wolf said on Twitter that he would be renewing calls on the state legislature to legalize adult-use to provide a new revenue stream as the state battles a multibillion-dollar coronavirus-related budget deficit. During a press conference on Tuesday, Wolf acknowledged that so far there has been no movement among Pennsylvania lawmakers to advance corresponding legislation.
  • Woman arrested after 85 pounds of marijuana found in luggage at Nashville airport

    09/28/2020 4:31:35 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 85 replies
    Cox Media Group ^ | 9/25/2020 | Bob D'Angelo
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 20-year-old woman is accused of carrying 85 pounds of marijuana in two pieces of luggage at Nashville International Airport, authorities said. Tomisha Hamm was arrested Wednesday night and charged with a felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, WKRN reported. She was booked into the Nashville Metro Jail and her bail was set at $100,000, the television station reported. At 3 p.m. Wednesday, a drug dog at Nashville international Airport alerted detectives to possible narcotics in luggage on a Southwest Airlines flight that originated from Los Angeles and was bound for Cleveland, WZTV reported. The...
  • California’s largest wildfire is threatening marijuana-growing area in NorCal

    09/25/2020 6:46:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/25/2020
    The wildfire called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported. Law enforcement officers went door to door warning of the encroaching fire danger but could not force residents to evacuate, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo said. As many as 1,000 people remained in Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, authorities and local residents estimated Thursday. The threatened marijuana growing area is in the Emerald Triangle, a three-county corner of Northern California that by some estimates is the nation’s largest...
  • Largest California wildfire threatens marijuana-growing area

    09/25/2020 9:08:44 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 9/25/2020
    California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops even as weather forecasters predict more hot, dry and windy conditions that could fan flames. The wildfire called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported. Law enforcement officers went door to door warning of the encroaching fire danger but could not force residents to evacuate, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo said.
  • Minnesota Second Congressional District race delayed after death of Legal Marijuana Now candidate

    09/24/2020 2:40:19 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 32 replies
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 9/24/20 | Jessie Van Berkel
    The Legal Marijuana Now Party’s candidate in the race for the Second Congressional District has died, prompting a special election in February. Adam Charles Weeks died earlier this week, said Kevin O’Connor, the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate. “It’s a sad and sudden thing. We are pretty much taken aback,” he said. Weeks was facing off with Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and Republican candidate Tyler Kistner to represent the district. That election will now be postponed. “The law is clear on what happens next,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a statement Thursday. “If a major party nominee...
  • Florida parents reportedly smoking weed, drinking during kids' remote classes

    09/18/2020 4:50:34 PM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18, 2020 | Paul Best
    Some Florida parents have turned to booze and weed to get through remote learning with their kids..."...parents...with joints in their hand and cigarettes in their mouth," Pride told Fox News. "Sometimes the joints are as big as cigars...Elysa Grossman, a Johns Hopkins University professor, and Susan Sonnenschein, a UMBC professor, polled parents earlier..."We found that parents who are stressed by having to help their children with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic drink seven more drinks per month...
  • Marijuana vote poses November risk for Democrats

    09/11/2020 8:07:34 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 112 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/09/2020 | NATALIE FERTIG and PAUL DEMKO
    Democrats are taking an unprecedented gamble this month: voting to legalize cannabis at the federal level.The MORE Act would remove the penalties for marijuana, erase some criminal records and create grant programs for people hit especially hard by the war on drugs.Democrats say the timing is perfect: Support has been building for loosening marijuana restrictions over the last decade, with the most recent Gallup poll showing 66 percent of Americans favor legalization, including more than half of Republicans.The demands for racial justice that have ratcheted up following the killing of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd gave the bill the final...
  • Riverside [CA] County marijuana grow house where 7 were fatally shot is tied to organized crime

    09/09/2020 10:15:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    KTLA ^ | 09/09/2020
    More than 20 people lived on the property, which had several makeshift dwellings, a nursery and vehicles used in production, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said. Marijuana was processed to honey oil, a highly potent concentrate made by extracting the high-inducing chemical THC from cannabis. All seven victims and witnesses were Laotian, Bianco said. Six people were found dead on the property, and a woman who was shot there died later at a hospital. Partially eaten pizza sat in boxes in a circular dirt driveway of the dilapidated two-bedroom house where the shootings occurred. Three cars were parked outside —...
  • 7 killings investigated at illegal pot grow in California

    09/08/2020 4:23:24 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sep. 8, 2020 | ELLIOT SPAGAT and MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Detectives on Tuesday investigated what prompted the Labor Day killings of seven people at an illegal marijuana growing operation in a small, rural Southern California community known for its horse ranches and nurseries along dirt roads
  • 7 killed in shooting at illegal marijuana grow operation in Riverside [CA] County, Sheriff’s Dept. says

    09/08/2020 2:23:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/08/2020 | by: Tony Kurzweil
    Deputies responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call in the 45000 block of Highway 371 just after 12:30 a.m. Monday... A woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds was found at the location and transported by paramedics to a local hospital for treatment...was later pronounced dead at the hospital. A search of the property revealed six additional victims, all suffering from gunshot wounds. All six of those victims also died from their wounds... Investigators say evidence at the location indicated it was being used as an illegal marijuana growing facility. More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several hundred...
  • US Forest Service Police Dog Survives Second Stabbing Attack

    09/04/2020 8:22:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    ABC6 ^ | Friday, September 4th 2020
    A highly decorated U.S. Forest Service police dog suffered nine stab wounds during a marijuana raid in Northern California. But he survived after he was airlifted to a veterinary clinic, the agency said Friday. What's more, it's the second time the dog, an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois named Ice, recovered after being seriously injured on the job. Ice was wounded Aug. 27 in the Klamath National Forest south of the Oregon border when he was released to catch a suspect who had fled down a steep hill to escape the raid that unearthed more than 5,500 marijuana plants. He kept hold...
  • Drone drops hundreds of bags of cannabis in Tel Aviv

    09/03/2020 12:56:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 21:52 | By TOBIAS SIEGAL
    The bags were dropped by the "green drone" Telegram group, which advocates for the legalization of cannabis in Israel, with "free love" being the group's slogan. A drone dropped hundreds of bags of cannabis on Thursday afternoon over Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, attracting dozens of confused people, who rushed to pick up as many bags as they could carry. The bags of cannabis were dropped by the "green drone" Telegram group, which advocates for the legalization of cannabis in Israel, with "free love" being the group's slogan. Before dropping the cannabis over Tel Aviv, the group published a message...
  • Marijuana decriminalization vote expected in House [Democrats pushing for BLM.]

    08/30/2020 2:38:12 PM PDT · by familyop · 159 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2020 | Paul Best
    The bill also would establish a fund for people impacted by drugs, impose a 5% tax on legal marijuana sales, and establish a process to expunge certain convictions and review sentences related to past federal marijuana offenses...Clyburn, D-S.C., told members that the vote is expected to take place in the September work period...According to an American Civil Liberties Union report earlier this year, Black Americans are 3.64 time more likely than White Americans to be arrested for marijuana possession...
  • Trump to Republicans: Don’t put marijuana on the ballot at the same time you’re running

    08/23/2020 2:20:15 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 134 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | AUG 19, 2020 | BRENDAN BURES
    President Donald Trump hosted a campaign rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the same night the Democratic National Convention was scheduled to kick off in Milwaukee. While Democrats instead opted for a virtual conference to avoid spreading the coronavirus, Trump drew a crowd of at least 1,000 people. In off-the-cuff remarks, Trump suggested to Republicans that if they wanted to win elections, they had to keep cannabis legalization off the ballot. Though the Trump Administration has attacked cannabis reform in behind-closed-doors proceedings and by blocking legislative action, this is the first time the President has made negative comments about cannabis in public....
  • CBD increases blood flow in regions of the brain linked to memory

    08/14/2020 12:30:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | By Rich Haridy & University College London--------- August 13, 2020
    A new study, led by researchers from University College London, is offering some of the first robust evidence showing how cannabidiol (CBD), a key compound in cannabis, increases cerebral blood flow in memory processing regions of the brain such as the hippocampus. CBD is just one of more than 100 different cannabinoids found in cannabis. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound most often associated with the plant’s psychoactive euphoric effects. CBD on the other hand is increasingly being found to confer a number of positive health outcomes. It recently became the first cannabis-derived compound ever approved by the FDA, used to...
  • Marijuana use during pregnancy associated with autism in babies, study finds

    08/11/2020 11:27:11 AM PDT · by familyop · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 11, 2020 | Kayla Rivas
    In a separate study conducted by the same researchers, they previously found that cannabis use in pregnancy was linked to an increased risk of preterm birth. The women involved in that study often used other substances like tobacco, alcohol, and opioids. "Considering those findings, in the current study the researchers specifically looked at 2,200 women who reported using only cannabis during pregnancy, and no other substances. They found that babies born to this group still had an increased risk of autism compared to those who did not use cannabis," per the press release.
  • Marijuana use during pregnancy linked to autism in babies, study says

    08/10/2020 3:36:13 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 41 replies
    cnn ^ | August 10, 2020 | By Sandee LaMotte, CNN
    what they call the largest study ever done, researchers found using marijuana while pregnant may increase the risk that a child will develop autism. "Women who used cannabis during pregnancy were 1.5 times more likely to have a child with autism," said study author Dr. Darine El-Chaâr, a maternal fetal medicine specialist and clinical investigator at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada. These are not reassuring findings. We highly discourage use of cannabis during pregnancy and breastfeeding," she said. Past studies have shown the use of marijuana during pregnancy is linked to low birth weight, impulsivity, hyperactivity, attention issues and...
  • Survey: Marijuana use among Colorado kids has not significantly changed since legalization

    08/08/2020 11:03:43 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 116 replies
    ABC7 Denver ^ | Aug 03, 2020 | Robert Garrison
    Newly-released data shows the majority of Colorado’s youth are participating in healthy behaviors and that marijuana use among school-aged children has not significantly changed since legalization. The data comes from the bi-annual statewide Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) conducted last year with more than 100,000 students participating. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released the results of the survey Monday. The survey shows marijuana use among school-aged kids has stayed relatively flat since legalization, but the way kids are using marijuana has changed. In 2019, 20.6% of youth said they use marijuana compared to 19.4% in 2017....
  • Smoking or vaping cannabis could cause strokes, heart attacks

    08/05/2020 1:13:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 92 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Auguest 5th, 2020 | By Nicole Lyn Pesce
    The American Heart Association is warning that marijuana use shows “substantial risks” and “no benefit” in cardiovascular health, and its deputy chief science and medical officer is recommending that people “not smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis products, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs and blood vessels.” Marijuana contains the psychoactive chemical THC (which gives users the “high”), as well as more than 100 compounds (cannabinoids, such as the popular cannabidiol, or CBD ) chemically related to THC that are still not entirely understood. Studies suggest that they inhibit some enzymes in the body that can...