Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $33,365
Woo hoo!! And the first 37% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: cannabis

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 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:
  • 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 ^ | 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 · 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.