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  • Is pot the new gay marriage for the GOP?

    01/31/2015 12:27:13 PM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | January 31, 2015 | Jonathan Topaz
    Marijuana is shaping up to be the new gay marriage of GOP politics — most Republicans would rather not talk about it, except to punt to the states. But when it comes to the 2016 presidential race, a series of legalization ballot initiatives — and a certain outspoken Kentucky senator — could make it harder for the Republican field to avoid the conversation.
  • Seattle pot supplier rolling thousands of joints for Seahawks fans

    01/30/2015 7:13:16 PM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    Seattle pot supplier rolling thousands of joints for Seahawks fans Double doobie time! Solstice employees are trying to roll 12,000 joints for the retailer's special edition 12 Pack. The pot packages are targeted to fans who are medical marijuana users. BY DEBORAH HASTINGS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:38 PM A A A For Seattle Seahawks fans who want to be stoned while watching Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX, there's a new pack of pot for you. A Washington marijuana supplier has doubled its production time to keep up with demand for its 12 Pack special edition —...
  • Rand Paul slams Bush 'hypocrisy' on pot

    01/30/2015 9:50:27 PM PST · by Plummz · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/30/15 07:09 PM EST | Alexander Bolton
    DALLAS — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused Jeb Bush of hypocrisy after The Boston Globe reported the former Florida governor was a heavy marijuana smoker while at an elite prep school. Bush opposed a Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative last year even though he partook liberally of the herb while in high school. “You would think he’d have a little more understanding then,” Paul told The Hill while en route to a political event in Texas. “He was even opposed to medical marijuana,” Paul said of Bush, a potential rival in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. “This is a guy...
  • Loretta Lynch Opposes the Legalization of Marijuana-Just Another Disqualifying Point

    01/29/2015 2:40:34 PM PST · by Stayfree · 37 replies
    Stayfree | January 29, 2015 | Self(vanity)
    During her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) asked, “Do you support the legalization of marijuana?”“Senator, I do not,” Lynch replied. In addition to lovingly supporting the White House Commie opening up the border so we can be further invaded by the world's poor and unknown, she is also on the wrong side of public desire to decriminalize marijuana...
  • Legal Marijuana Blooms into the Fastest-Growing Industry in America

    01/28/2015 5:25:32 AM PST · by Wolfie · 45 replies
    Inc.Com ^ | Jan. 27, 2015
    Legal Marijuana Blooms into the Fastest-Growing Industry in America Back in 1938, Popular Mechanics ran an article about how cannabis (specifically, hemp) was the new "billion dollar crop." It may have taken nearly eight decades, but according to a report released this week, the legal cannabis industry is now worth well over twice that. The report by ArcView Market Research, the research arm of cannabis-focused angel investor network The ArcView Group, finds that the U.S. cannabis industry has a value of $2.7 billion. That's a 74 percent increase from 2013, making it the fastest-growing industry in the country. If all...
  • Pediatricians appeal to DEA to allow research on medical marijuana treatment for children

    01/27/2015 8:10:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | January 26, 2015 | Maria Santos
    Critics of marijuana legalization love to argue about its repercussions for “the children”—paging Nancy Grace—but the American Academy of Pediatrics seems to disagree. The group has now appealed to the Drug Enforcement Agency to reclassify marijuana and allow them to research its medical benefits for children, the Wall Street Journal reports. They have also asked the federal government to permit marijuana use by children with serious conditions. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government, classifying it with drugs like heroin. This scheduling prohibits research by ranking marijuana as having no acceptable medical use. “A...
  • Oregon bank now says it won't work with Colorado marijuana businesses

    01/27/2015 11:41:26 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    MBank, an Oregon bank that last week said it would allow Colorado marijuana businesses to open accounts, now says it won't. The Denver Post reports the bank is saying it doesn't have the infrastructure to handle the volume of customers in the pot industry. But the newspaper cites unnamed sources as saying federal banking regulators told MBank the move was too risky. Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, companies in the industry haven't been able to find a bank to handle their business. MBank doesn't have a Colorado location. Instead, MBank intended to have marijuana businesses deposit their cash...
  • Colorado Seeks Permission To Grow Pot At State Universities [More Jobs For Chinese & indians]

    01/25/2015 10:42:58 AM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 25, 2015 | DAVID KELLY
    Colorado Seeks Permission To Grow Pot At State Universities By DAVID KELLY After years of trying to stamp out marijuana use on college campuses, Colorado officials are now asking the federal government to allow its state universities to grow their own pot. The reason, they say, is that the legalization of the drug here has raised questions about its health effects, questions that can only be answered by studying large amounts and different strains of marijuana. Why not have the best and brightest working on discovering not only the dangers but also the therapeutic benefits of marijuana? - Colorado state...
  • Obama: States more likely to legalize pot

    01/23/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama believes more states are likely to legalize marijuana following efforts in Colorado and Washington state. "My suspicion is that you're going to see other states look at this," the president told YouTube blogger Hank Green. Obama said that the federal government was "not going to spend a lot of resources" enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had decided to legalize the drug. He also noted that the Department of Justice was examining how to shift policies for nonviolent drug offenders. In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Obama appeared to tacitly endorse a Colorado referendum...
  • Pot-related poison control calls up in Washington, Colorado

    01/23/2015 10:37:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2015 1:36 PM EST | Gene Johnson
    Marijuana-related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children. New year-end data show that the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center received 151 calls for marijuana exposure last year, the first year of retail recreational pot sales. That was up from 88 calls in 2013 and 61 in 2012, the year voters made marijuana legal for adults over 21. …
  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 7:13:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said, 'This was a bad idea,’” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.” “You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. He said that he tells other governors to “wait...
  • Odd Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up

    01/17/2015 3:22:44 PM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Jack Healy
    When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts and lawmakers across the state are confronting these days: amateur marijuana alchemists who are turning their kitchens and basements into “Breaking Bad”-style laboratories, using flammable chemicals to extract potent drops of a marijuana concentrate commonly called hash oil, and sometimes accidentally blowing up their homes and lighting themselves on fire in the process.
  • Washington Man Who Faces Years In Prison For Growing Medical Marijuana Has Cancer

    01/17/2015 6:02:04 AM PST · by Wolfie · 76 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Jan. 16, 2015
    Washington Man Who Faces Years In Prison For Growing Medical Marijuana Has Cancer A Washington state man who is facing at least 10 years in prison if convicted in a high-profile federal case over growing medical marijuana for personal use has been diagnosed with cancer. --snip-- Harvey, along with his wife, Rhonda; their son, Rolland Gregg; Rolland's wife, Michelle Gregg; as well as close family friend Jason Zucker are all facing federal marijuana charges for growing about 70 cannabis plants for their own medical use at the Harveys' rural home. The family's defense attorneys have maintained the pot patch complied...
  • Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state

    01/16/2015 7:20:24 AM PST · by posterchild · 298 replies
    AP via finance.yahoo.com ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry. A big harvest of sun-grown marijuana from eastern Washington last fall flooded the market. Prices are starting to come down in the state's licensed pot shops, but due to the glut, growers are — surprisingly — struggling to sell their marijuana. Some are already worried about going belly-up, finding it tougher than expected to...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM, January 14, 2014

    01/14/2015 8:52:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 224 replies
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  • Former Florida lieutenant governor to lobby for medical marijuana

    01/14/2015 4:14:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Jacksonville Biz Journal ^ | 1/13/15 | Alexa Epitropoulos
    A former Republican lieutenant governor of Florida is joining attorney John Morgan's push to legalize medical marijuana statewide. Jeff Kottkamp, who served in Gov. Charlie Crist's administration, signed paperwork to lobby for a Morgan-backed bill, called the Florida for Care bill, which would expand – not overwrite – the existing "Charlotte's Web" law.
  • 15 Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives

    01/13/2015 4:21:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2015 | John Hawkins
    1) P_resident Obama's own Department of Justice completed a six-year study on college rape, and it turns out that instead of 1-in-5 college coeds being raped, the figure is 0.03-in-5. Less than 1 percent of college students are the victim of a sexual assault -- 0.6 percent to be exact -- not to be confused with the 20 percent, or "one in five," claimed by feminists and President Obama. -- Ann Coulter2) In Â’92, the general sense was that New York was rotting from the inside. Now, crime feels like the exception rather than the rule. The city is the...
  • Two Bedford County teens charged with homicide in woman's death

    01/12/2015 10:28:31 AM PST · by massmike · 47 replies
    post-gazette.com ^ | 01/12/2015 | Andrew Goldstein
    Two teenagers have been charged in the Thursday killing of a Roaring Spring, Pa., woman, according to Pennsylvania state police in Bedford County. One of the teenagers is charged with homicide and other related offenses while the other is charged with conspiracy to commit homicide and other related offenses in the death of Stephanie Waters, 21. Police did not identify the 16-year-old boy from Woodbury, Pa., and the 15-year-old boy from Martinsburg, Pa., who were arrested as suspects. Ms. Waters was reported missing Thursday to the Roaring Spring Borough Police Department, and posts were made on social media describing her...
  • Founders Fund joins historic $75M marijuana investment round

    01/08/2015 11:46:12 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 114 replies
    Upstart Online ^ | January 8, 2015 | Michael del Castillo
    In one epic journey four and a half years ago, stretching from Denver to Boulder, Colo., Privateer Holdings co-founder and CEO, Brendan Kennedy hit up 40 medical marijuana dispensaries in a single day. At the time, his unusual new business was just getting started. Today, his private equity firm, which invests in legal marijuana-related startups, crossed another milestone with the announcement of its first institutional investor, Founders Fund—perhaps the first ever to invest in the cannabis industry, Kennedy says. "This is a key milestone for us as a company, but it's also important for the industry as a whole," said...
  • DC Mayor Says City "Exploring" Suing Congress Over Marijuana Legalization

    01/05/2015 12:56:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    This morning on Meet the Press, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will "explore every option" in regards to getting Initiative 71 enforced in the city. Initiative 71, which would have permitted the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, was passed with overwhelming support on Election Day, yet was blocked by Congress. Bowser had previously been against legalized marijuana, but has since changed her position to align with the will of the voters of the District of Columbia. Bowser also said that she intends on "forging a path" for increased autonomy in the District of Columbia. Mayor...
  • Former U.S. Senator to become pot peddler

    01/05/2015 3:57:35 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 40 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 1/3/2014 | Sam Rolley
    Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel served as a Democratic lawmaker between 1969 and 1981. He walked marbled halls during Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs” and witnessed his congressional colleagues trying to see who could produce the most heinous draconian drug laws. Today, Gravel is getting ready to sell some kush, or rather, serve as the CEO of an edible marijuana company called KUSH, a Cannabis Sativa, Inc. subsidiary. “I’m anxious to assist in bringing this important resource to a broader market in a serious and credible way,” the former lawmaker said in a statement. KUSH announced in a recent press...
  • Former senator to lead marijuana company

    01/01/2015 5:23:56 PM PST · by workerbee · 34 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/1/15 | Molly K. Hooper
    A former Democratic senator will take the reins of a company that makes marijuana products for recreational and health purposes. Cannabis Sativa Inc., this week announced that 84-year-old former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel will head its subsidiary, Kush, which develops and markets cannabis products including “Kubby” a marijuana-based throat lozenge. Gravel ran for president in 2008 and served between 1969 and 1981 in the U.S. Senate, where he was a vocal critic of the war on drugs. "We need to decriminalize drugs and treat them as a health problem," Gravel told Reuters on Wednesday. "You should go see a doctor...
  • Gun owners fear Maryland cops target them for traffic stops

    12/30/2014 10:13:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 146 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    A year ago this New Year’s Eve, John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers. The officers were searching for Mr. Filippidis‘ Florida-licensed, palm-size Kel-Tec .38 semi-automatic handgun, which he left at home locked in his safe. (Maryland does not recognize handgun permits issued by other states.) When the search turned up nothing, Mr. Filippidis, 51, was allowed to go...
  • Marijuana Use Has Increased in Colorado: Study

    12/27/2014 4:02:32 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 91 replies
    NBC Snooze ^ | DEC. 27, 2014
    Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. The Denver Post reports the study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found about 1 out of 8 Colorado residents older than 12 had used marijuana in the past month. Only Rhode Island topped Colorado in the percentage of residents who reported using pot as often, according to the study. The study averaged state-specific data over two-year periods. It found that, for the 2011-2012 period, 10.4 percent of Colorado residents 12 and...
  • Legal marijuana drawing homeless to Colorado

    12/26/2014 6:48:42 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | 12/24/2014 | /Doug Pensinger
    DENVER -- Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug when he needed relief the most. So he moved to Denver, where legal pot dispensaries are plentiful and accessible. Easterling is among a growing number of homeless people who have recently come to Colorado seeking its legal marijuana, and who now remain in the state and occupy beds in shelters, according to service providers. While no state agency records how many homeless people were...
  • Proposal seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users

    12/23/2014 10:31:14 AM PST · by PROCON · 82 replies
    apnews.myway ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | IVAN MORENO
    DENVER (AP) — Using marijuana in Colorado is legal. But the drug remains illegal federally and therefore is a disqualifier for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The so-called "Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights" wants to put a question on the November 2016 ballot asking voters to change state law to prevent sheriffs from denying permits due to marijuana use.
  • China Indicts Jackie Chan's Son On Drug Charge

    12/22/2014 3:40:53 PM PST · by zeestephen · 17 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 22 December 2014
    Police said Jaycee Chan and [Taiwan movie star] Ko Kai tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Jaycee Chan's home. [In past years Jackie Chan has effusively praised the Communist Party and called America the most corrupt nation in the world]
  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    12/20/2014 10:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 6:36 PM EST | Nicholas Riccardi
    Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court—social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado’s experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. …
  • Dangerous implications of the Nebraska-Oklahoma lawsuit against marijuana legalization in Colorado

    12/19/2014 10:16:21 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 120 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    Co-blogger Jonathan Adler and Vanderbilt law professor Robert Mikos have pointed out some of the flaws in the lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma urging a federal court to invalidate marijuana legalization in neighboring Colorado. In the unlikely event that the plaintiff states prevail, they will also have set a very dangerous precedent – one that conservatives are likely to rue in other areas. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana under state law, in the face of continuing federal prohibition, harms neighboring states because it facilitates the flow of marijuana across their borders and may increase...
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma are misreading Raich

    12/19/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Randy Barnett
    I want to second Jonathan’s take on the lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska to enjoin the operation of Colorado’s marijuana regulations. Much as I respect Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt, I think this suit lacks merit. Among other vices, it seriously misreads the Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Raich, which I litigated on behalf of Angel Raich and Diane Monson from the filing of the complaint to the oral argument in the Supreme Court. The Court in Raich ruled that Congress had the power to criminalize the noncommercial and wholly intrastate cultivation, possession and transfer of marijuana notwithstanding...
  • Medical Marijuana May Worsen PTSD Symptoms, Increase Violence

    12/19/2014 4:39:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 68 replies
    Medscape ^ | December 15, 2014 | Deborah Brauser
    AVENTURA, Fl; Although a growing number of states have approved post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use, new research shows that the drug may actually worsen symptoms and increase violent behavior. A large observational study of more 2000 participants who were admitted to specialized Veterans Administration treatment programs for PTSD showed that those who never used marijuana had significantly lower symptom severity 4 months later than those who continued or started use after treatment. Veterans who were using marijuana at treatment admission but quit after discharge ("stoppers") also had significantly lower levels of PTSD symptoms...
  • Oklahoma, Nebraska suing Colorado over legalization of marijuana

    12/18/2014 2:20:21 PM PST · by balch3 · 216 replies
    KFOR ^ | December 18, 2014 | KFOR
    OKLAHOMA CITY – After legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, Colorado is at the heart of a lawsuit. The Denver Post is reporting that Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to strike down Colorado’s legalization laws. The Colorado attorney general’s office says the lawsuit alleges “that Colorado’s Amendment 64 and its implementing legislation regarding marijuana is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.” “Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action,” said Colorado Attorney General John...
  • Congress Quietly Ends Federal Government's Ban On Medical Marijuana [Transparency?]

    12/17/2014 4:45:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2013 | EVAN HALPER
    Congress Quietly Ends Federal Government's Ban On Medical Marijuana Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so. By EVAN HALPER Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates....
  • Teen marijuana use declined this year, despite increased legalization

    12/17/2014 3:10:40 PM PST · by Ken H · 42 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 16, 2014 | Maria Santos
    A favorite argument of the anti-marijuana crowd is that legalization would send the wrong signal to the youth and make them think drugs are good for them. Except that, with increasing legalization across the country, that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, teen drug use decreased in 2014, according to a study by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. The same year Colorado and Washington’s legalization was in full swing, while two states and the District of Columbia all passed some form of legalization. -snip- Also notable: according to the study, marijuana has gotten slightly more...
  • Congress just banned the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws

    12/17/2014 11:22:21 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 275 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 14, 2014 | Maria Santos
    Dispensaries in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana can all breathe a sigh of relief. The massive “Cromnibus” spending bill passed Saturday night includes an amendment that essentially shuts down the DEA’s pricey prosecution of state-sanctioned medical marijuana. The amendment bans the Justice Department from using funds to “prevent [medical marijuana states] from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” The bill now awaits approval from President Obama. The Obama administration has regularly raided and prosecuted medical marijuana dispensaries regardless of state laws. According to a study by Americans...
  • Don't Look for Culture War Arguments in Campaign 2016

    12/16/2014 4:31:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Michael Barone
    In an earlier column, I looked at the role the abortion issue would play in the 2016 election -- not very much, I concluded -- and promised another column on other cultural issues. Here goes. On anyone's list of cultural issues that have been debated over the last decade, same-sex marriage ranks just behind abortion. And unlike abortion, opinion on same-sex marriage has changed dramatically in recent years. Not long ago, it wasn't a political issue at all. The gifted writers Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch were making an intellectually serious, and interestingly conservative, case for same-sex marriage. But the...
  • How Big Is the Ted Cruz Caucus?

    12/14/2014 10:49:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 145 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 14, 2014 | Steven Dennis
    It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus? Three votes on the “cromnibus” late Saturday night suggest it could be as large as 22 senators — a dangerously high number for McConnell — or as few as a handful. Let’s break down the three votes — on filibustering the $1.1 trillion package, on Cruz’s point of order aimed at targeting the president’s immigration action, and final passage. The high-water mark for the Texas Republican came on his point of order vote,...
  • One challenge for Ferguson grand jury: Some witnesses' credibility

    12/14/2014 8:16:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | December 14, 2014 | Josh Levs
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The grand jury in the case of Michael Brown's shooting didn't just face an onslaught of witnesses with conflicting memories of what happened the day white police officer Darren Wilson killed Brown, an unarmed black teenager. It also heard from witnesses who couldn't be believed at all. Some admitted lying. Others changed their stories under questioning. Prosecutors were so skeptical of one woman's account that they asked whether she might have dreamed about seeing the confrontation in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9. Most of the dozens of witnesses who testified likely did their best to describe what they saw, but...
  • Obama administration to allow Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana

    12/12/2014 4:56:18 PM PST · by BAW · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | German Lopez
    The Obama administration will direct attorneys to not prevent Native American tribes on reservations from growing and selling marijuana even in states where pot is illegal, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. Some federal restrictions will still apply. Marijuana can't be sold to minors, grown on public land, fall into the hands of drug cartels, or systemically spread to states where the drug remains illegal. It's unclear how many tribes will take advantage of the opportunity. Many are opposed to marijuana legalization. The federal government will continue enforcing prohibition for those tribes, at their request, even in states where...
  • Police may soon be armed with marijuana breath test

    12/12/2014 12:12:06 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 28 replies
    Riverhead News-Review [NY] ^ | 12/12/2014 | Carrie Miller
    The hand-held breath test, which is expected to become available in February, can detect a presence of THC on the breath for up to two hours after use. (Credit: courtesy photo)Six months after New York State lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes — and as pot laws become more relaxed across the U.S. — the availability of a breath analysis test to help determine if drivers are under the influence is that much closer. Researchers with a Canadian company called Cannabix Technologies Inc. say they have the technology for a THC detection test that’s similar to an alcohol...
  • U.S. won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

    12/11/2014 4:50:44 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 37 replies
    http://www.latimes.com ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | TIMOTHY M. PHELPS
    Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice. The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Native American Issues. It remains to be seen how many reservations will take advantage...
  • Man Who Speaks Out About Police Seizing His Property Without Charges is Arrested Hours Later

    12/11/2014 9:59:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 79 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/2014 | Anne Schieber
    A man featured in a Dec. 3 Michigan Capitol Confidential story for being a medical marijuana user and having his property seized and money taken by police without being charged with a crime was arrested at 2 a.m. the next morning by the Michigan State Police within a day after the story was published. Wally Kowalski says he was woken Wednesday to find the police at his door with a felony warrant. He was handcuffed and brought to the Van Buren County Jail where he spent the night in a cold cell without a pillow or blanket. He was arraigned...
  • US won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

    12/11/2014 11:56:00 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 11, 2014 | Timothy Phelps
    WASHINGTON — Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice. The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Native American Issues. It remains to be seen how many reservations will...
  • Congress Plans to Partially Defund DC Pot Initiative

    12/10/2014 12:43:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A congressional deal to avert another government shutdown contains a provision to stop the District of Columbia from allowing the sale of marijuana, angering supporters of a pro-pot initiative that D.C. voters approved overwhelmingly in November, The Washington Post reports. The anti-pot measure — a budget "rider" slipped into a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that would keep the government running past Thursday — could prevent the nation's capital from joining Colorado and Washington as legal weed havens. The measure does not overturn the results of Initiative 71, the legalization referendum that passed on Nov. 4 with more than 60...
  • Morning Update: Smokers Beware

    12/10/2014 7:38:58 AM PST · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com | 12-10-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    From Arizona: The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote later this month on a measure to ban smokers from being hired by their local government. Those smokers who already work for the government will face a 30 percent health-insurance surcharge. Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says the county will save lots of money if employees who smoke can be “replaced” over time with healthier workers. Huckelberry says this is all being done for the taxpayers: “Anything we can do to reduce [insurance] cost is beneficial.” said ol'Huck. You Pima County government workers who smoke had better beware. There’s a...
  • Nevada certifies 2016 gun, marijuana ballot items

    12/09/2014 8:54:31 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    8newsnow.com ^ | 12/8/2014 | unknown
    Nevada's top election official is giving the go-ahead to two initiatives for the 2016 ballot: One to allow recreational marijuana use, and the other to tighten background checks for anyone buying guns from private sellers and gun show exhibitors.
  • Teacher quits after student pens Jesus, pot story (Rio Rancho, NM)

    12/09/2014 12:19:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 1:21 PM EST
    A New Mexico high school teacher has left her job after a student rewrote the biblical story about Jesus handing out bread and fish to the poor into a narrative about Jesus handing out marijuana to the sick. Katrina Guarascio, a creative writing teacher at Cleveland High School in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, had assigned students to take a fairy tale or legend and rewrite it in modern times. …
  • Corrections officer gets probation for marijuana butter [distribution, not possession]

    12/08/2014 11:45:28 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 7 replies
    WZZM 13 | December 5, 2014 | Phil Dawson
    Gannett - link and title only.
  • AK: The Green Rush: Marijuana businesses, associations gear up

    12/06/2014 6:40:30 AM PST · by Wolfie · 13 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | Nov. 30, 2014
    The Green Rush: Marijuana businesses, associations gear up With the passage of Ballot Measure 2 last month, a new industry has opened up in Alaska for entrepreneurs looking to cash in on cannabis. Recreational marijuana will be legalized in Alaska on Feb. 24, and the green rush has already begun. Three trade shows are planned for Anchorage this spring. Cannabis associations are taking shape. And entrepreneurs are anxious for the regulatory process to begin, as the laws will ultimately define what marijuana businesses look like in Alaska. Attorney advice Attorneys consulting would-be marijuana entrepreneurs are some of the first industry...
  • Asked about marijuana, Paul says ‘I made mistakes’ (i.e. Rand)

    12/05/2014 3:56:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2014 6:35 PM EST
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hinted in an interview Friday that he smoked marijuana in his youth, adding that voters should not confuse his push for reduced criminal penalties for drug offenses as an endorsement of drug use. […] “I think drugs, marijuana included, aren’t good for you,” Paul said. “I don’t want to be someone who is seen as being this person advocating for drug use. I think they’re not a good idea.” […] Paul told WHAS he has focused on reducing criminal penalties for some nonviolent drug offenses, which he said have been administered unfairly and disproportionally (sic) impact...