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  • Colorado Stoner Resort Plans Go Straight to Pot

    07/04/2015 2:11:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    THE AURORA SENTINEL ^ | July 3, 2015
    CannaCamp couldn't cultivate kush resort after national derision becomes a real downerA planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing. But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting CannaCamp announced Thursday that the resort won’t open after all. The MaryJane Group, which runs marijuana-friendly inns in Denver and Silverthorne, announced that it hopes to find a new home for CannaCamp by 2016. Guests who already booked stays starting at $395 per person per night are being offered stays...
  • Rand Paul Makes History As First Major-Party POTUS Candidate to Seek Pot Industry Donors

    07/01/2015 1:28:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    TruthInMedia.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Barry Donegan
    On June 30, US Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul attended the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Cannabis Business Summit at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO and held his own private, $2,700-per-ticket fundraiser. An invitation to the fundraiser, which was originally obtained by Yahoo News, can be seen below. As The Associated Press points out, Rand Paul’s pot industry fundraiser marks the first time in US history that a major-party presidential candidate has attempted to openly seek campaign cash from America’s new legal marijuana industry. Around 40 marijuana business leaders met with Paul at the event. “This is...
  • Oregon takes first steps into era of legal retail marijuana

    07/01/2015 11:28:26 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 66 replies
    The Monroe News [OR] ^ | July 1, 2015
    Forty-two years after Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, the state is taking its first steps along a road leading to state-licensed stores selling limited amounts of it to anyone over 21. "Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, which on Wednesday makes Oregon the fourth state to adopt laws legalizing recreational use of cannabis for people old enough to drink. He added though that he doesn't expect much increased demand for it. Smoking it in public is illegal, but in Portland police are...
  • Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

    07/01/2015 1:01:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WAFF-TV / The Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt
    DENVER (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business. Paul's fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit - tickets started at $2,700, the maximum donation allowed for the primary contest - came as the marijuana industry approached its first presidential campaign as a legal enterprise....
  • Rick Perry defends Colorado’s ‘right to be wrong’ on marijuana

    06/28/2015 6:33:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not agree with Colorado’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana, but he said Saturday he will defend the state’s right to make a hash of things. Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit, Mr. Perry made a vigorous defense for the states’ role as “laboratories of democracy,” in the words of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, even if it means sticking up for Colorado’s retail pot market. “Let this country compete again. I am so optimistic about the future of America if we would free up these states from this one-size-fits-all,”...
  • Rand Paul Is Winning the Pot Reform Primary

    06/26/2015 3:17:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | June 26, 2015 | Steven Nelson
    A large pro-legalization group ranks Paul above all Democratic candidates.Sen. Rand Paul bested his rivals for the White House in a candidate report card issued Friday by the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the largest organizations pushing to regulate the drug like alcohol. The group gave the Kentucky Republican an A- in recognition of his efforts to overhaul federal drug laws and his support of states’ right to legalize marijuana. Second place – a B+ – went to former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who has not officially announced a bid, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a former Republican seeking...
  • Raid of the decade underway in America’s pot-growing epicenter

    06/24/2015 4:29:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2015 | by David Downs
    An estimated 100,000 marijuana plants are expected to be eradicated this week at an enormous, multi-farm bust in remote Northern California — the heart of the famed Emerald Triangle. Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies — with no federal involvement — began serving search warrants Monday in a remote area at the intersection of the three counties. Dozens of deputies are staging a four or five-day operation in what is being called the largest raid in a decade. The raid targeted some very prominent members of the community, including public members of lobbying groups and marijuana PACs like the...
  • Study: Here's how stoned, drunk drivers differ

    06/24/2015 2:04:20 PM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.24.2015 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    When it comes to smoking marijuana and driving, many variables affect impairment—the potency of the drug, the tolerance of the toker, when the drug was taken, how the drug was taken—making guidelines difficult to implement. But with some states decriminalizing the possession of weed, the feds are investigating a pot version of the .08 breath alcohol concentration set as the legal driving limit in most of the country.
  • Sorry, stoners: New study shows ‘medical’ marijuana doesn’t actually help with anything

    06/23/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 106 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Which, of course you all knew, since you only pretended to think otherwise so you could get high without the pigs harshing your mellow. Honestly, if you ever believed the nonsense that marijuana was “medicine,” you probably don’t have the brain capacity to process the information I’m about to give you. Then again, there’s dumb and there’s willfully delusional. You can have the ability to know better, but choose to embrace nonsense anyway because you want so desperately to get high. I’d say that still makes you an idiot. Just that you’re an idiot by choice. At any rate, you...
  • STUDY: SCANT EVIDENCE THAT MEDICAL POT HELPS MANY ILLNESSES

    06/23/2015 10:26:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2015 | Lindsey Tanner
    Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette's syndrome and the authors recommend more research.
  • Study: Scant Evidence That Medical Pot Helps Many Illnesses

    06/23/2015 10:19:23 AM PDT · by LRoggy · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 6/23/15 | By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette's syndrome and the authors recommend more research.
  • Pot edibles manufacturing plant opens in Salinas (California)

    06/20/2015 8:41:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KSBW-TV ^ | June 19, 2015 | Brynne Whittaker
    SALINAS, Calif. —Altai Brands has set up shop in northern Salinas to make and distribute medical marijuana products despite the fact that medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal in the city. The company found a legal loophole because they're not actually growing or selling the pot there. "This is a manufacturing business that is going above and beyond to assure safety and security," Salinas City Councilman Steve McShane said. Altai Brands is housed in a warehouse off Quail Run Circle. Large batches up pot-infused chocolate are made there and sent to dispensaries around the state. The warehouse is in McShane's district,...
  • It's legal to smoke pot in Colorado, but you can still get fired for it

    06/19/2015 5:53:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/19/2015 | NIGEL DUARA
    The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that businesses can fire employees who use marijuana during their off-time, including those with a legal prescription for medical pot. In a case that has been closely watched by employers in some states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, the Colorado court found that Dish Network lawfully fired a quadriplegic employee and medical marijuana user who failed a drug test. Customer service representative Brandon Coats, 35, used marijuana in his off-time to deal with painful muscle spasms. The court ruled that the federal prohibition on pot makes the drug unlawful despite...
  • Marijuana Legalization For Adults With Taxation And Regulation Supported By Most New Jerseyans

    06/18/2015 10:53:51 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 73 replies
    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A clear majority of New Jerseyans supports legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and over, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today. Just under one-third of residents strongly support making marijuana use legal, assuming it would be taxed and regulated, while another 26 percent somewhat support the idea. Twelve percent are somewhat opposed while 27 percent are strongly opposed. An April 2014 Rutgers-Eagleton Poll found that while about two-thirds in New Jersey favored eliminating marijuana possession penalties, just 49 percent supported “completely legalizing” the drug. “The trend in New Jersey mirrors the nation as...
  • Colorado court: Workers can be fired for using pot off-duty

    06/15/2015 4:54:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2015 5:05 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The state Supreme Court ruled 6-0 Monday that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. The case was being watched closely by employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Colorado became at least the fourth state in which courts have ruled against medical marijuana patients fired for pot use. Supreme courts in California, Montana and Washington state have made similar rulings, and federal courts in Colorado and Michigan also...
  • Colorado announces results of 1st adult pot survey

    06/15/2015 3:02:44 PM PDT · by dware · 46 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 06.15.2015 | AP via KJTC8
    DENVER (AP) Almost 14 percent of Colorado adults use pot. That's according to the state Health Department's first-ever survey of how many adults use the newly legal drug. Results from the 2014 survey were announced Monday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that 13.6 percent of adults currently use pot. Of those, more than a third said they use pot every day.
  • EMS: 235 people sickened by synthetic drug K2 since May 29 (Austin, TX)

    06/15/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | June 15, 2015 | Nicole Chavez
    The number of people sickened by synthetic marijuana has reached 235 since May 29, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Since Sunday evening, medics responded to a couple of calls where two people were treated for adverse reactions to the synthetic drug known as K2 or “spice,” EMS officials said. The synthetic drug is intended to mimic the effects of marijuana. People who have taken K2 have shown symptoms that include violent behavior, paranoia, seizures, low heart rates and low blood pressure.
  • Hidden footage shows cops eating marijuana goods, more...

    06/14/2015 9:05:20 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 25 replies
    http://www.mediaite.com/ ^ | 6/13/15 | Ken Meyer
    On Thursday, KTLA-5 reported on hidden camera footage that showed some objectionable behavior from police officers during a raid on an unlicensed marijuana dispensary. The cops were recorded playing darts on the job, eating pot-laced baked goods, and even joking about assaulting a woman with an amputated leg. The footage shows that eight officers had masks on and their guns drawn when they entered Sky High Holistic, shouting “everybody on the ground” to customers and workers. After clearing the building of everyone present, the police began to remove the store’s mounted surveillance cameras, though they did not get the ones...
  • 27 February 2013: 'Marijuana cannon' used to fire drugs over US border seized in Mexico

    06/14/2015 5:22:16 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 27 February 2013 12.29 EST | Associated Press
    Compressed-air gun mounted on truck could throw 13-kilo packets over fence into California
  • Cruz Mega-Donor is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire

    06/12/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 51 replies
    TexasTribune.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jay Root
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. ...
  • Video of Santa Ana Police Pot-Shop Raid Shows Officers Eating ‘Edibles,’ Attorney Says

    06/11/2015 4:20:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Video of a police raid of Sky High Holistic in Santa Ana last month showed officers appearing to eat “edibles” laced with marijuana, according to attorney Matthew Pappas,
  • GOP-controlled Hill panel backs state medical marijuana laws

    06/11/2015 12:17:49 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 174 replies
    Philly.com ^ | June 11, 2015
    The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee. The 20-10 vote puts the Senate Appropriations panel on record in favor of permitting people to obtain and dispensaries to provide medicinal marijuana in states where it's permitted and regulated. [...]
  • In Canada Medical marijuana legal in all forms, Supreme Court rules

    06/11/2015 7:37:18 AM PDT · by Phlap · 8 replies
    CBC ^ | 06/11/2015
    Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana — and not just smoke it — as well as use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.
  • Daneshia Heller Calls 911, Says Man Took Her Marijuana Money

    06/10/2015 10:28:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Local10 ^ | 6/10 | Peter Burke
    BSO says Fort Lauderdale woman found with 'flakka' in her pocketA Fort Lauderdale woman called 911 to report that a man from whom she was buying drugs took her money, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report. Daneshia Heller, 19, was arrested Tuesday on charges of drug possession and misuse of the emergency 911 system. ccording to the arrest affidavit, Heller told the arresting deputy that a man named Zakan Allan took her $5 that she was using to buy drugs. Heller said she went to the house to buy marijuana, but he took her money and didn't give her...
  • First pot-friendly resort to open in Colorado; Campers treated to happy hours, marijuana massages

    06/11/2015 3:54:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 6-9-15 | Meg Wagner
    Vacationers can soon live the high life at cannabis camp. CannaCamp — which bills itself the first pot-friendly ranch resort — opens in southwest Colorado next month. The 170-acre ranch in Durango hosts daily Wake+Bake breakfasts, organizes pot-centric cooking and yoga classes and encourages guests to smoke freely on resort grounds. CannaCamp won’t provide travelers with pot, a clear violation of Colorado’s marijuana laws. Instead, the resort allows their guest to bring their own weed and use it during their stays. CannaCamp will even pick guests up at the airport and take them on dispensary tours before heading to the...
  • Landlords get the final say when it comes to pot on rental property (CO)

    06/10/2015 6:47:46 AM PDT · by dware · 51 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 06.09.2015 | Lindsey Pallares
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Pot divides the real estate industry -- Colorado may have legalized recreational marijuana, but not all landlords are on board with pot on their property. According to Dan Slover, a broker at Cedar Creek Property Management, it comes down to landowner preference whether or not they will allow the possession, consumption, and production of marijuana in their rentals.
  • Colorado sees 1st camp resort for pot users

    06/09/2015 2:45:15 PM PDT · by familyop · 25 replies
    Associated Press by way of Fox 5 New York ^ | June 9, 2015 | Associated Press
    The 170-acre CannaCamp opening July 1 in Durango in southwest Colorado calls itself the nation's first cannabis-friendly ranch resort...In addition to horseshoes and hiking, guests are offered yoga sessions and workshops on marijuana cultivation..."We're bringing an element of luxury to that adventurous, exploratory vibe of childhood summer camp -in a beautiful setting where visitors can enjoy marijuana in a safe, comfortable, social environment," Joel Schneider, head of the management group opening CannaCamp, said in a statement.
  • Mom who uses medical marijuana faces up to 30 years in prison

    06/09/2015 9:46:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/08/2015 | Brigid Schulte
    With a wave of legalization measures in recent years, marijuana in some form is now legal in 38 states. But in the 12 where it is not — a swath of the west and Midwest, including Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, and in the rust belt states of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania — parents whose use of the drug would be legal elsewhere are losing their children and often seen as irresponsible parenting pariahs. In March, Child Protective Service workers took Shona Banda’s 11-year-old son from her home in Garden City, Kansas, saying her use of marijuana to control debilitating...
  • Smoking Pot Interferes With Math Skills, Study Finds

    06/09/2015 4:42:54 AM PDT · by Drango · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | June 09, 2015 | Ari Shapiro
    Audio. Click link http://www.npr.org/2015/06/09/413069509/smoking-pot-interferes-with-math-skills-study-found
  • Monday’s Campaign Round-Up, 6.8.15

    06/08/2015 2:18:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * Hillary Clinton didn’t explicitly endorse a $15 minimum wage, but she nevertheless made a surprise call yesterday to a convention of fast-food workers who are rallying for the cause. The Democrat declared, “I want to be your champion.” * On “Face the Nation” yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reiterated his support for a federal crackdown on states that legalized marijuana. Asked if he would “go after” state experiments, and prohibit the legal use of...
  • Bus driver allegedly turns in ‘chicken broth’ during drug test

    06/06/2015 11:34:19 AM PDT · by digger48 · 13 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 5, 2015 | Mark Douglas
    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Hillsborough school bus driver who resigned “for personal reasons” following a bus crash in March, was able to keep transporting students a week after submitting what a collector described as “looking and smelling like chicken broth” during a routine drug screening. A second test the same day of the “chicken broth” sample turned out to be positive for pot, but the school district didn’t find out until the day after Crews crashed her bus into a Toyota driven by David Senquiz and was cited by Tampa police for failure to yield the right of...
  • Police seize manure-masked marijuana.

    06/06/2015 5:48:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — An attempt to smuggle several bales of marijuana hidden inside a horse trailer was thwarted by a sharp-nosed Sierra Vista Police K-9 on Friday morning. It was about 9:15 a.m. when officers conducted a traffic stop on the white pickup truck hauling the trailer. A department narcotics-detective dog was brought to the scene and alerted to the presence of illicit drug inside the vehicle, prompting a search. Inside a hidden compartment within the trailer, investigators located 19 bales of marijuana covered in manure in an apparent attempt to mask the drug’s smell. A total of 482 pounds...
  • Woman duct-taped while 5 men ransack medical marijuana grow house (Michigan)

    06/03/2015 5:32:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Ann Arbor News ^ | May 30, 2015 | John Counts
    A 27-year-old Ypsilanti Township woman was duct-taped and led into a back room while five young men ransacked her home early Thursday morning. The woman and her boyfriend, a 24-year-old man, were sitting in the living room at their home in the 500 block of Bagley in Ypsilanti Township when there was a knock at the door around 12:36 a.m., according to police. When the woman answered the door, five young men burst in the door and pushed her to the back of the house where they duct-taped the woman's wrists, Derrick Jackson of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said....
  • Rep. Blumenauer: Marijuana Sales Taxes in Oregon to Be Spent on Drug Addiction Treatment

    06/03/2015 1:00:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 3, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said Wednesday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that the tax revenue from legalized marijuana sales in his state will go in part towards treating drug addiction. When asked how much Oregon will tax legalized marijuana and how the tax revenue will be spent, Blumenauer said it will be allocated among a number of things, one of which will be to deal with addiction. “Voters decided that it’s available to deal with addiction, people who are addicted—whether it’s to a drug or alcohol, gambling—we need more resources,” he said, adding that some voters want it to go towards law...
  • North Pole rejects ban on pot sales

    06/03/2015 10:46:36 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 18 replies
    Fairbanks [AK] Daily News-Miner ^ | June 2, 2015 | Amanda Bohman
    NORTH POLE — Marijuana stores are welcome in the city with the motto “where the spirit of Christmas lives year round.” The City Council on Monday rejected a measure that would have banned marijuana dispensaries in North Pole. Even Santa Claus — yes, that’s his real name — spoke in favor of a marijuana store opening in the Christmas-themed community. “As far as the image goes here at North Pole, how do most people perceive Santa Claus?” Claus said. “I would say Santa Claus is a pretty jolly fellow. “I am a medical marijuana patient,” he said. “I would like...
  • Marijuana-Worshipping ‘Church’ Gets Tax-Exempt Status From IRS (IN)

    06/03/2015 12:46:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | June 2, 2015 12:28 pm
    An Indiana-based church that worships marijuana has been granted tax-exempt status. First Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin said it took 30 days for the IRS to grant his group tax-exempt status. “Somebody at the IRS loves us,” he added. […] Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana. …
  • Pot Rock Smokes Into Denver

    06/01/2015 7:01:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | June 1, 2015 | Lance Venta
    Featuring a mix of Rock hits and marijuana themed programming, KBUD will also air the syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge in mornings. The station is focusing on the niche of weed smokers in the first state to legalize marijuana, just like the short-lived on-air version of “K-High” in Colorado Springs.
  • Teacher Aide Found In Bathroom Allegedly Had Syringe In Arm

    05/30/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 70 replies
    CBS Denver 4 ^ | May 29, 2015 | CBS Denver 4
    A teacher aide who was found passed out in a bathroom by students at a northwest Denver school allegedly had a syringe sticking out of her arm. The paraprofessional, Cassandra Rein, 27, was found Thursday morning in the bathroom at Denver Center for International Studies at Ford Elementary School by four first grade girls...While Denver Public Schools has only gone as far as to say that Rein is a teacher’s aide, her Facebook page states she’s a preschool teacher. She was placed on administrative leave...Rein appeared in court for an advisement hearing Friday morning and bonded out of custody on...
  • From Gateway Drug to VA Medicine

    05/25/2015 9:51:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Senate Appropriations Committee did something last week the Senate has never done; it passed a marijuana reform measure. It was the narrowest of proposals, an amendment co-authored by Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., to a military spending bill that would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from using federal money to prosecute doctors who recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where the drug is legal. Last year, the House passed five measures that supported states' rights on marijuana. For its part, the Senate would not budge -- until Thursday. Twelve Democrats and four Republicans supported...
  • Legalization threatens Oakland drug dealer revenue

    05/21/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 21, 2015 | by David Downs
    California might be ready to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over, but some members of the Oakland community are worried it will be a job-killer for their street dealers. Support for legalization proved mixed at a public meeting of the ACLU’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Legalization in Oakland this week. "Street-level drug dealers who are now selling to 17- to 25-year-olds could see legalization cut their market in half," said Robert Dousa. “Many of these dealers are doing it to support their families — they need to make money,” Dousa said.
  • Unfortunate Drudge Headline

    05/19/2015 5:45:00 AM PDT · by Auslander154 · 24 replies
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | May 19,2015 | Sarah Knapton
    Drudge Headline Gives one pause. STUDY: Smoking marijuana causes early puberty, stunts growth... Boys 'four inches shorter'... That's a lot to give up for a bud or blunt. Good headline for dads to show their teen age boys. From the Telegraph: "Boys who smoke cannabis 'are four inches shorter'"
  • Going to Pot?

    05/17/2015 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Bill Bennett, a great American and a great Republican was all over television promoting his new book Going to Pot co-written with Robert A. White. This is a topic I have followed for years and previously written about so I thought I would read the book and hope for an interview with Dr. Bennett. I was unable to land the big fish, but did interview his co-writer for an hour discussing the issue of whether the legalization of marijuana should continue. I have previously written that the experiment of legalization should go forward in Colorado and Washington and let us...
  • Louisiana marijuana law changes endorsed by House, headed to Senate

    05/15/2015 2:00:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/14/15 | Emily Lane
    A proposal to reduce marijuana penalties for those convicted multiple times of possessing pot cleared the House floor Wednesday (May 13) in the Louisiana Legislature. Current law allows for someone to be sentenced up to 20 years in prison for getting convicted three or more times with as little as one joint. Among the changes proposed in the legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, is a reduction of the maximum penalty from 20 years to eight. "It starts chipping away at Louisiana being the incarceration capital of the world," Badon said from the House floor, after his...
  • Greens, conservatives want weed legalized [Germany]

    05/13/2015 11:22:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 May 2015 08:40 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    MPs from the Green Party and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have joined forces to say that cannabis should be regulated and legalized. Economic policy spokespeople Joachim Pfeiffer of the CDU and Dieter Janecek of the Greens told broadcaster ARD that they thought it no longer made sense to criminalize possession of or trading in the drug. “Every year we spend between one and two billion euros to punish consumers, although real organized crime should be the focus of our efforts,” they wrote in a position paper. The pair believe that a state-regulated cannabis market would bring in between...
  • Texas House panel approves full legalization of marijuana

    05/08/2015 7:54:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 05/07/2015 | Brian M. Rosenthal
    In a surprise move that supporters hailed as a historic victory, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state. Two Republicans joined with the panel's three Democrats in support, giving House Bill 2165 a decisive 5-2 victory. The proposal, which would make Texas the fifth state in America to OK pot for recreational purposes, has virtually no chance of clearing any other hurdles on the path to becoming law in this year's legislative session. Still, advocates described the committee vote as a big step toward future...
  • Parents accused of giving kids drugs as ‘bargaining tool’ (FL)

    05/07/2015 9:06:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2015 11:39 AM EDT | Tamara Lush
    A couple gave their teenage daughters cocaine and marijuana if they went to school and did household chores, authorities said. Chad and Joey Mudd, of Largo, a suburb in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, gave their daughters, ages 13 and 14, drugs as a “bargaining tool” for school attendance and doing chores, Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives said. They were arrested Monday. According to an affidavit, the mother said she smoked pot with her daughters five times and the father snorted cocaine with the teens and one of his daughter’s boyfriends in his truck. …
  • U.S. Supreme Court seeks Obama administration's input on Oklahoma pot case against Colorado

    05/04/2015 3:08:56 PM PDT · by gwjack · 22 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | May 4, 2015 | Chris Casteel
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court asked Monday for the Obama administration’s views on whether Oklahoma and Nebraska should be able to sue Colorado over its marijuana laws. The court sometimes asks the solicitor general — the president’s advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court — for input on a case justices potentially will hear.
  • 2 Dead in Aizona Desert in deadly drug dispute

    05/01/2015 12:11:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Borderland Beat ^ | April 30, 2015 | By Lucio R
    The search continued for several suspects who shot and killed two men and wounded two others in a gun battle six miles east of Gila Bend. The shootings occurred a high-traffic corridor known for human and drug smuggling. The bodies of the two men were found by Maricopa County sheriff's investigators in a cave about six miles east of Gila Bend Monday afternoon. Two other men who were seriously hurt were airlifted to the West Valley Hospital in Goodyear. “We're hoping one will be able to talk and give us more information,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a...
  • House Rejects Bid to Let VA Docs Give Advice on Medical Pot

    04/30/2015 7:21:39 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 4/30/15
    The GOP-controlled House Thursday barely rejected a bid by supporters of medical marijuana to permit veterans to receive information about the drug from their government doctors. The 213-210 vote came on a failed amendment to a bill funding the budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The proposal by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., would have lifted a rule blocking VA doctors from discussing the pros or cons of medical pot. They would still not have been able to prescribe it. He said marijuana is less addicting and dangerous than drugs like opiates that are commonly prescribed. "States are listening to...
  • Norway study links mental illness to drugs

    05/01/2015 6:54:25 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 4-27-2015
    A new Norwegian study has shown that alcohol and drug abuse is much more common among patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression than in the population at large. The study, conducted by the Norwegian Institute for Public Health, looked into the extent of drug and alcohol dependence among Norwegians diagnosed with serious mental health disorders. Every fourth patient with schizophrenia and every fifth with bipolar disorder also suffered problems with substance abuse.  One in ten people who were severely depressed also had problems with alcohol or drug-related health problems.  It is estimated that one in forty Norwegians indulge...