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  • The Future for Republicans

    Senate Republicans breathed a big sigh of relief Tuesday night when Roy Moore went down to defeat in the Alabama special election -- even though it halved their already razor-thin majority. Alabama voters rejected a man who was totally unfit to serve as U.S. senator, not just because of numerous allegations that he preyed on young girls when he was a local district attorney in his 30s but because his reverence for the Constitution was as phony as his 10-gallon hat.P But the race might have turned out differently had it not been for the courage of my home state's...
  • Denver shuts down 26 legal pot businesses, makes arrests

    12/14/2017 6:55:32 PM PST · by x1stcav · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 12/14/17
    DENVER (AP) — Denver authorities shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses Thursday and arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution of pot after a yearlong criminal investigation. Potential charges relate to marijuana sales exceeding limits set in state law, police said. Colorado allows people 21 and older to possess an ounce or less of marijuana under a measure approved by voters in 2012. The city department that regulates marijuana businesses issued the order to close the businesses based on the police investigation, spokesman Dan Rowland said. It marked the first time the city has issued an open-ended suspension to any...
  • Vomiting Syndrome Discovered in Some Long-Term Marijuana Users: Researchers

    12/06/2017 9:46:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 12/6 | Wendy Fry
    The condition has become so common, ER staff have coined a new term that helps identify it: "scromiting," for "screaming" and "vomiting."A mysterious illness induced by excessive marijuana use can cause bouts of uncontrolled vomiting and debilitating nausea, doctors say. Doctors have only recently begun to recognize the prevalence of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS), a condition characterized by chronic cannabis use, cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting, and the compulsion to take hot baths or showers. The syndrome typically affects just a small portion of the population – heavy, long-term marijuana users. CHS has become so common in the emergency...
  • L.A. Approves Plan to Help Cannabis Convicts Open Pot Shops

    12/07/2017 9:02:11 AM PST · by DFG · 22 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | 12/07/2017 | Craig Bannister
    The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously passed a plan to help people convicted of marijuana crimes open, fund, and staff rent-free pot shops – and expunge their convictions. In a 12-0 vote Wednesday, the Council approved marijuana regulations to go into effect when recreational marijuana becomes legal on Jan. 1, 2018. The measure now goes to Democrat Mayor Eric Garcetti for signing.
  • Chris Christie's Situational Federalism

    12/06/2017 9:52:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | November 6, 2017 | Jacob Sullum
    As a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Chris Christie promised to stop states such as Colorado from legalizing marijuana. As governor of New Jersey, Christie insists that the federal government has no business stopping his state from legalizing sports betting -- an argument that got a mostly friendly reception at the Supreme Court on Monday. The most likely explanation for Christie's situational federalism is that he does not mind if people bet on sports but cannot abide pot smoking. But there is a legal rationale for Christie's apparent inconsistency, and it says a lot about the extent to...
  • ...'scromiting' hits weed smokers across the US and causes them to vomit AND scream

    12/06/2017 6:44:37 AM PST · by familyop · 148 replies, The Daily Mail ^ | 05DEC17 | DANIEL ROTH
    Chronic cannabis users are at risk of experiencing a horrifying new condition that is being reported at hospitals across the country. 'Scromiting,' doctors say, is becoming an all-too-familiar site at emergency rooms, with patients 'screaming and vomiting' as they turn up for help...'I've screamed out for death,' Chalfonte LeNee Queen, 48, told NPR after experiencing the terrifying illness. 'I've cried out for my mom, who's been dead for 20 years, mentally not realizing she can't come to me.'
  • Army now forgiving of past marijuana use to attract recruits

    12/03/2017 10:42:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2017 1:13 AM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    Smoked pot? Want to go to war? No problem. As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in their youth — as long as they realize they can’t do so again in the military. The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016. Three years ago, no such waivers were granted. The big increase is just one way officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army’s size. “Provided they understand that...
  • Higher Standards keeps vapes clean while Aerospaced makes the daily grind better

    12/02/2017 9:36:58 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/2/17 | Jim Bray
    Vaping may be all the rage for partakers of medical marijuana, but while the technology does offer a relatively safe and clean way to get one's hits, it isn't all sweetness and light. Besides the moral and legal issues behind medical and/or legal cannabis, there's also the issue of maintenance if you want to keep your equipment humming along nicely. That's why Higher Standards has introduced a line of cleaning products that they say offers a, well, higher, standard of performance to what you can get from the average bottle of generic rubbing alcohol and pack of Q-tips and/or Kleenex/toilet...
  • Medical Marijuana rules being used to confiscate guns in Hawaii

    12/01/2017 7:03:06 AM PST · by rogerantone1 · 22 replies
    While 29 states have legalized medical marijuana in some form, the drug is still illegal under federal law. Some police departments are now selectively enforcing federal law — people can get the medical marijuana, they just can’t own guns. Hawaii requires all medical marijuana users to register in a state-run patient registry and also requires gun owners to register all their weapons with the county police chief.
  • Sessions hints at crackdown on recreational pot, affecting California, other states

    11/30/2017 10:49:51 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 174 replies ^ | 11/30/2017 | Katie Irby and Emily Cadei
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted Wednesday that the Justice Department may take a tougher stance on recreational marijuana in the near future, a change in policy that would have a significant impact on the five states plus the District of Columbia that already allow the drug to be used for more than medicinal purposes. California is scheduled to join that group on Jan. 1. Sessions and other DOJ officials previously indicated they would continue the policy laid out by the department under former President Barack Obama, which in essence allows state officials leeway in how they deal with the drug...
  • Honolulu police tell legal marijuana users to turn in their firearms

    11/28/2017 6:47:07 PM PST · by LadyBuzz · 95 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | 11/28/2017 | Kristen Consillio
    The Honolulu Police Department has told legal marijuana users who own guns that they must turn in their weapons within 30 days. In a letter to about 30 medical marijuana card holders on Oahu, the police said “you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms.” The letter was signed by Susan Ballard, the new chief of police, and dated Nov. 13. “Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition,” the letter said.
  • The drug war destroyed black neighborhoods. This Sacramento weed policy could help

    11/28/2017 6:05:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 27, 2017 | Erika D. Smith
    With sales of recreational cannabis becoming legal in a few weeks, many Californians have been asking questions about where they’ll be able to buy it, where they’ll be able to smoke it and why on God’s green, weed-filled Earth they still have to use cash to get it. Meanwhile, all I want to know is whether the black and brown people who sold cannabis during the dark years of the war on drugs, and went to prison for it in disproportionate numbers, will benefit from the newly legal, multibillion-dollar industry.
  • Rush of pot grows splits rural California before legal sales

    11/24/2017 8:52:46 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 24, 2017 | PAUL ELIAS
    The four young men had just started their marijuana harvest in rural Northern California when a dozen sheriff's deputies swooped in with guns drawn, arrested them and spent the day chopping down 150 bushy plants with machetes. "I could do this every day if I had the personnel," Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio said during the operation near the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Copperopolis, about two hours east of San Francisco.
  • Murphy's win boosts prospects for legal marijuana in New Jersey

    11/24/2017 8:00:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 42 replies
    The Record ^ | 11.24.17 | James Nash
    Murphy's win boosts prospects for legal marijuana in New Jersey
  • Arizer ups its Solo ante with a sequel - while Vie vies for vapourizer success

    11/24/2017 8:58:42 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 11/24/17 | Jim Bray
    One of the most popular ground cannabis vapourizers - though definitely not the most affordable - has received a serious upgrade, one that's well worth a view. And if the Arizer's too rich for you, Vie has unleashed a much different and less expensive model it thinks should be, well, high on your shopping list. It's always nice to have choices! With medical marijuana all the rage and legal marijuana on the Canadian horizon, it seems that it's more a matter of "when" the stuff will become mainstream, rather than "if." But there are still the issues of smoke, second...
  • Indiana teacher busted after being caught on camera doing drugs in classroom

    11/23/2017 3:33:06 PM PST · by familyop · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23NOV17 | Fox News
    Samantha Cox, a 24-year-old teacher at Lake Central High School in the town of St. John near the Illinois border, was arrested on Wednesday for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The English teacher was allegedly caught doing drugs after students filmed her with a phone from outside the classroom, according to Fox 32 Chicago.
  • Is California about to be hit by the 'Big One'? Fears of a massive earthquake rise...

    11/22/2017 7:35:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 11/22/2017 | By Phoebe Weston
    FULL TITLE: Is California about to be hit by the 'Big One'? Fears of a massive earthquake rise after 134 mini-tremors rattle the San Andreas fault in just one week Fresh fears have been raised that a huge earthquake is about to hit California after a swarm of recent tremors. In the last week 134 earthquakes have hammered a three-mile stretch around Monterey County on the San Andreas fault. Of those earthquakes, 17 were stronger than 2.5 magnitude and six of them were stronger than 3.0, with more tremors expected in the coming weeks, experts warn. It follows fears raised...
  • Pennsylvania Couple Arrested After Hibiscus Plants Mistaken For Cannabis

    11/19/2017 11:48:49 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    civilized ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Neil Bonner
    Take a look at the picture at the start of this article. The one on the left is good ol' cannabis, the plant we know and love. The one on the right is kenaf hibiscus, a plant which is not marijuana. Could you tell the difference? Well, a Nationwide Insurance agent couldn't - or didn't want to. What followed was an arrest and a lawsuit. On Oct. 5, the agent spotted the hibiscus plants while investigating a fallen tree on the property of Buffalo Township, PA couple Edward and Audrey Cramer. He then told police they had marijuana on their...
  • Steps you can take if you suspect your neighbors are smoking cannabis.

    11/18/2017 5:44:59 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 94 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 16th November 2017 | Chris Mallett, Oliver Astley & Colleen Smith
    Nightmare neighbours smoking cannabis inside their own homes is a common problem for communities across Britain. The notoriously pungent stench may be a sign of a recreational user smoking the odd joint next door or the drug being grown in large quantities close by. And while you may not be bothered by what other people get up to in their own homes, there’s no denying the smell can be off-putting. So what action can you take if you suspect the drug is being used near your home? The Derby Telegraph and DevonLive took a closer look at the law surrounding...
  • As Canada prepares for legal pot, ex-cops get into the business

    11/17/2017 2:16:26 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 17 | Anna Mehler Paperny
    With Canada’s legalization of a multi-billion dollar marijuana industry set for next year, former police officers who once argued for mandatory jail time for minor marijuana offences are among those in line to capitalize on the change. The most high profile is Julian Fantino, a former Toronto police chief and Conservative cabinet minister who fought against the legalization of pot and who said he now sees the value of a legal medical pot industry.