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  • Effort Underway to Legalize All Pot (Illinois)

    03/25/2017 9:14:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 127 replies
    The Alton Daily News ^ | March 25, 2017 | Greg Bishop - Illinois News Network and WBGZ-FM
    Proponents and opponents of legalizing pot in Illinois are firing up their talking points after a proposal to legalize the sale of weed for recreational purposes sprouted up this week. Opponents of legalizing, regulating and taxing pot say they don’t care how much revenue it could generate for Illinois’ failed finances. Amendments to bills in the House and Senate this week would allow for the sale of recreational marijuana with a $50 tax per ounce. That would be on top of any sales tax. Supporters says it could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the state. Democratic...
  • Illinois looks toward legal weed with bills in House and Senate

    03/23/2017 2:12:29 PM PDT · by davikkm · 13 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Andrew Blake
    Illinois, one of the nation’s most populous states, could soon join the ranks of the limited few with recreational weed following the filing Wednesday of proposed pro-pot legislation in the state House and Senate. Democrats proposed identical bills in both chambers that would legalize the use, cultivation and distribution of marijuana and establish a framework for taxing and regulating the plant, potentially making the Land of Lincoln the next state to skirt the federal prohibition on pot. Senate Bill 316 and an amendment to House Bill 2353 would let adults 21 and over harvest weed and have up to 28...
  • Latinos Got 77 Percent of Federal Pot Sentences Last Year

    03/15/2017 10:07:30 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 54 replies
    The vast majority of federal sentences for marijuana crimes went to Hispanics last year, according to new data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Hispanics were widely overrepresented with 77 percent of federal marijuana sentences, despite making up less than 20 percent of the U.S. population. Non-Hispanic whites were dramatically underrepresented, with 11.9 percent of pot sentences, and African-Americans were also underrepresented with 8.3 percent.
  • K2 overdoses a ‘total drain’ on downtown resources (Austin, TX)

    03/07/2017 8:57:37 AM PST · by bgill · 23 replies
    kxan ^ | Mar. 7, 2017 | Patrick Tolbert
    Thirty-six people are facing new charges accused of dealing K2 or related synthetic drugs. Austin police are rounding up people involved with synthetic drugs stemming from a late-2016 string of overdoses... Unlike dealing with an epidemic of crack cases, where officers can quickly identify the drug using field tests and arrest the suspect, when officers encounter a person with a substance they suspect to be K2 or another synthetic drug, they have to confiscate the drug and send it off for testing and let the person go. It takes months of lab testing to identify the drug before a warrant...
  • Auditor General DePasquale Recommends Regulating, Taxing Marijuana as Right Move to Deal with Issues

    03/06/2017 5:26:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Auditor's Office ^ | March 6, 2017 | Press release
    HARRISBURG (March 6, 2017) – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today Pennsylvania should strongly consider regulating and taxing marijuana to benefit from a booming industry expected to be worth $20 billion and employ more than 280,000 in the next decade. “The regulation and taxation of the marijuana train has rumbled out of the station, and it is time to add a stop in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” DePasquale said during a news conference at the state capitol. “I make this recommendation because it is a more sane policy to deal with a critical issue facing the state. Other states are...
  • Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use

    03/06/2017 4:34:23 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2017 | Maayan Lubell
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach. "On the one hand we are opening ourselves up to the future. On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet in broadcast remarks. According to the new policy, which must still be ratified by parliament, people caught smoking marijuana would be fined rather than arrested and prosecuted. Criminal procedures would be launched only against those caught repeatedly...
  • Israel’s Cabinet votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana use

    03/05/2017 12:18:32 PM PST · by NobleFree · 9 replies
    Israel’s Cabinet voted to decriminalize recreational use of marijuana. The cabinet voted on the policy at its regular meeting on Sunday. An inter-ministerial committee will now create legislation in order to implement the new policy, which still must be ratified by the Knesset. Thecommittee will present its recommendations to the government by May 7. The proposal was submitted by Minister for Public Security Gilad Erdan of the Likud Party and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home Party. “The government’s approval is an important step on the way to implement the new policy, which will emphasize public information...
  • Sessions Just Confirmed He’s Going After States With Legalized Marijuana, Claims It Causes “Violence

    03/02/2017 5:15:18 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 183 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 2/28/2017 | Melissa Dykes
    While Trump may claim he’s for states rights, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just pissed on the opinions of about 71% of Americans who do not believe the federal government should attempt to ram federal laws down the throats of states where voters have legalized marijuana. After Press Secretary Sean Spicer essentially warned everyone last week that the Trump administration plans to crack down on states with recreational marijuana laws, AG Sessions backed that up on Monday with some bizarre statements that prove the guy actually believes Reefer Madness was a documentary. Via Politico: “Most of you probably know I don’t...
  • New AG Sessions: 'States...can pass the laws they choose' regarding legal marijuana

    02/28/2017 6:20:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    KMGH-TV ^ | February 27, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will try to adopt "responsible policies" for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday, adding that he believes violence surrounds sales and use of the drug in the U.S. In a meeting with reporters, Sessions said the department was reviewing an Obama administration Justice Department memo that gave states flexibility in passing marijuana laws. "Experts are telling me there's more violence around marijuana than one would think," Sessions said....
  • Sessions Beats War Drum on Pot Legalization, Concerning State Attorneys General

    02/28/2017 10:37:25 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 106 replies
    ttorney General Jeff Sessions has twice in two days publicly bashed marijuana legalization, abandoning his confirmation-process reticence to discuss the topic and reclaiming his colorful opposition. On Tuesday, Sessions told a Washington ballroom packed with state attorneys general – many of them in charge of defending laws that conflict with federal prohibition – that pot legalization should be resisted, though he did not describe any specific plans to challenge state-regulated markets. Attorneys general of three states with laws allowing for recreational sales told U.S. News after the remarks that Sessions needs to clarify his intentions.
  • Celebrities Launch Pot Brands As California Marijuana Market Gets Set To Boom

    02/25/2017 4:20:47 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 73 replies
    CBS SF BAY AREA ^ | 25 FEBRUARY 2017 | CBS/AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed. Regulators are still scrambling to get California’s recreational pot market launched and are racing to issue licenses to growers and sellers by early 2018. Still to be decided is who will receive the first licenses to grow, distribute and sell recreational marijuana. Growers already...
  • A Bay Area Gym Wants You to Get Sweaty and Stoned

    02/25/2017 9:03:42 AM PST · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Outside Magazine ^ | February 24th, 2017 | By: Chris Colin
    To understand what inspires Jim McAlpine, a fit and exuberant 46-year-old, you must conjure an image of the American stoner. Are you picturing someone heavy-lidded, couch-bound, and struggling to make an animated GIF of that Big Lebowski scene without knocking his bong off the coffee table? That stereotype drives McAlpine crazy, and he’s made it his mission to change it. This spring, the surfer, skier, and weed lover will open the world’s first cannabis fitness center in San Francisco. Power Plant Fitness will be a premier gym, McAlpine says, not just a hangout for potheads. Though, to be clear, there...
  • Trump administration plans crackdown on recreational marijuana

    02/23/2017 5:00:00 PM PST · by Mariner · 93 replies
    McClatchy DC via Sacramento Bee ^ | February 23rd, 2017 | By Anita Kumar and Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON President Donald Trump’s administration said on Thursday for the first time that it will crack down on marijuana sales in states that have approved recreational pot use. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the Department of Justice will pursue enforcement of federal law against recreational use, but not medical use. The statement marked a major break with the Obama administration’s hands-off approach to the growing marijuana legalization movement. “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing. “Because again there’s a big difference between the medical use … that’s very different than...
  • New policy to decriminalize marijuana in Harris County will save time, money, DA’s office says

    02/16/2017 9:00:46 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 6 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2-16-2016 | Brian Rogers
    Houston and Harris County are poised to decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana in a sweeping move that puts the area at the forefront of efforts in Texas to halt minor drug arrests that clog jails and courts. District Attorney Kim Ogg is set to announce the new policy Thursday with Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. The new policy, set to begin March 1, means that misdemeanor offenders with less than four ounces of marijuana will not be arrested, ticketed or required to appear in court if they agree to take a...
  • Jeff Sessions says if Americans don’t want him to enforce marijuana laws, they should change them

    02/11/2017 9:07:26 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 110 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 11, 2017 | Trey Williams
    If the American people are worried about freshly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach to enforcing federal marijuana laws, he says they should get Congress to change them. “It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce. We should do our jobs and enforce laws effectively as we’re able,” Sessions said during his hearing. “The U.S. Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state — and the distribution — an illegal act. If that’s something that’s not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule.”
  • 4,000 Pounds of Marijuana Camouflaged as Limes Seized by Border Officers in Texas

    02/08/2017 11:27:08 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    KTLA5 News ^ | February 8, 2017
    US Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly two tons of marijuana packed in phony limes near the Texas-Mexico border last week, according to authorities. The 3,947 pounds of weed came through a commercial shipment of key limes in Pharr, Texas, on Jan. 30, officials said. The truck hauling the "produce" crossed the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge along the Texas-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico. Over 34,000 of the fake fruit packages were discovered by an imaging inspection system and narcotics K-9 team.
  • Richard Kirk, accused of fatally shooting wife while high, pleads guilty ( Marijuana : Colorado)

    02/03/2017 6:37:14 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    KDVR ^ | February 3, 2017 | Chuck Hickey
    DENVER -- The man accused of fatally shooting his wife while investigators said he was high on marijuana edibles pleaded guilty to second-degree murder .. Richard Kirk, 50, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, citing marijuana intoxication, in September to a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife Kristine. Under terms of the plea, Kirk, who had been charged with first-degree murder, will be sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison and fined $5,000 to $1 million. He will also give up parental rights to the couples' three children to Kristine Kirk's parents ... The...
  • MICHAEL MEDVED SHOW - in drug discussion, guest goes off topic and mocks MSNBC

    01/31/2017 1:44:38 PM PST · by doug from upland · 34 replies
    Too funny. A guest was talking about the dangers of various drugs on the show. One of 12 Millennial deaths is now caused by heroin. And then for a zinger. Our brains continue to develop until about 25. Regular marijuana use dumbs down our brains. MEDVED: Should the government do something about that? GUEST: If the government were to ban everything that dumbs us down, they would have to ban MSNBC.
  • Why a ganjapreneur dreams of building a 100-story skyscraper to feed city dwellers

    01/29/2017 3:29:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Cannabist ^ | January 24, 2017 | Jennifer Kaplan, Bloomberg News
    According to ganjapreneur Rick Byrd, the future of farming is tall, dirtless and local. Byrd’s vision of skyscraper farms to feed city dwellers begins with a much different kind of crop: marijuana. The 45-year-old is chief executive officer and founder of Pure Agrobusiness Inc., a company that sells equipment to grow legal cannabis, a market worth $6 billion in 2016 and expected to reach $50 billion by 2026, according to Cowen & Co. Because cannabis has higher profit margins than food, and pot is mostly grown inside, Byrd said he hopes the innovations perfected by PureAgro, with the help of...
  • N.Y. pol asks Trump not to interfere with state's medical pot

    01/26/2017 5:48:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 26, 2017 | Kenneth Lovett
    ALBANY - The lead state Senate sponsor of New York's medical marijuana law has written to President Trump asking that the feds allow such state programs to continue. Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) wrote to Trump on Dec. 9 when he was President-elect encouraging him to direct his Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions "to respect the wishes of the citizens and elected officials of 29 states and allow carefully regulated and closely monitored medical cannabis programs to continue without undue interference from the federal government." Despite the growing number of states allowing some type of marijuana use, the drug...
  • Obama Withholds Clemency from Pot 'Lifers,' Devastating Families

    01/19/2017 6:17:42 PM PST · by melania · 48 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Jan. 19, 2017
    High-profile inmates serving life sentence for marijuana crimes were not given clemency by President Barack Obama on Thursday, leaving their families devastated after long public campaigns urging their freedom. John Knock, whose sister Beth Curtis has lobbied for the release of nonviolent marijuana convicts, learned Wednesday that his application had been denied. Knock was arrested in 1996 and convicted in 2000 of participating in an international pot-smuggling operation. “It’s an incredibly painful disappointment that my brother – a wonderful person who is totally nonviolent – is going to die in prison,” Curtis says, holding back tears.
  • How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists

    01/16/2017 3:30:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    news.com.au ^ | January 15, 2017
    How North Korea became a magnet for pot-seeking tourists January 15, 2017 NORTH Korea has been getting some pretty high praise lately from the stoner world. Marijuana news outlets including High Times, Merry Jane and Green Rush — along with British tabloids, which always love a good yarn — are hailing North Korea as a pothead paradise and maybe even the next Amsterdam of pot tourism. They’ve reported North Korean marijuana to be legal, abundant and mind-blowingly cheap, sold openly to Chinese and Russian tourists at a major market on the North’s border for about $3 a pound (or $AU4...
  • Florida dispensaries aim to 'normalize' medical marijuana

    01/15/2017 9:57:39 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 48 replies
    SF Gate ^ | January 15, 2017
    Vials of cannabis-laced sprays, lotions and tinctures line display shelves a few steps from handbags specially designed to tote marijuana products.-snip. A stylish kitchenette and table is on the opposite side of this ... medical marijuana showroom, space used to host educational sessions on the merits of the drug — something legal only under very strict circumstances in Florida until Amendment 2 took effect last week. This ... storefront ... looks more like a day spa lobby or high-end salon. Nothing about it evokes images of the seedy bong-filled pot shops of popular imagination. -snip- More than 60 Florida communities...
  • Marijuana Industry Hopes Promise of Jobs Will Keep Trump, Sessions Happy

    01/13/2017 6:09:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    TheStreet ^ | January 13, 2017 | Emily Stewart
    Marijuana legalization advocates and industry actors remain optimistic about the incoming Trump administration's attitude towards pot, despite some less-than-reassuring comments from the man who will soon be charged with enforcing drug laws in America. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, in a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week said he could not commit to not enforcing federal marijuana laws when at the helm of the Department of Justice. He didn't say he would crack down on cannabis, either. "I won't commit to never enforcing federal law...but absolutely it's a problem...
  • 2 Postal Workers Indicted in Marijuana Distribution Ring in West Philadelphia

    01/13/2017 4:40:36 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    WPVI.COM ^ | 13 JANUARY 2017 | 6ABC.COM
    WEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Two U.S. postal workers were among nine people indicted as part of a widespread marijuana distribution ring running out of West Philadelphia. Forty-two-year-old postal carrier Steven Williams and another carrier are facing several charges. Federal authorities say they used their positions at the West Market Post Office to funnel more than 100 kilos of marijuana to three separate drug organizations.
  • Sterling Hall bomber Armstrong arrested after $800,000 cash found in vehicle

    05/27/2012 10:55:28 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 17 replies
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 22nd | ED TRELEVEN
    Convicted Sterling Hall bomber Karl Armstrong was arrested last week in Chicago after state troopers found more than $800,000 cash in heat-sealed bags stashed inside of a motor home that Armstrong was driving, according to a document filed Monday in court. That arrest Thursday led to a search on Saturday by the state Division of Criminal Investigation of a town of Madison trailer home where Armstrong lives for evidence of marijuana trafficking, according to a search warrant filed in Dane County Circuit Court. Neither Wisconsin nor Illinois authorities found marijuana in Armstrong's trailer or motor home.
  • Elizabeth Warren seeks to pull pot shops out of banking limbo

    01/03/2017 4:38:21 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 2017 | By STEVE LeBLANC
    BOSTON (AP) -- As marijuana shops sprout in states that have legalized the drug, they face a critical stumbling block - lack of access to the kind of routine banking services other businesses take for granted. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, is leading an effort to make sure vendors working with legal marijuana businesses, from chemists who test marijuana for harmful substances to firms that provide security, don't have their banking services taken away. It's part of a wider effort by Warren and others to bring the burgeoning $7 billion marijuana industry in from a fiscal limbo she...
  • Mendocino County landowners fined $37,000 in water bladder spill

    12/29/2016 3:45:50 PM PST · by rey · 21 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 29 Dec 2016
    A Mendocino County man and his mother have been fined $37,079 for the failure of a giant water bladder that ruptured, spilling up to 80,000 gallons and carrying sediment down a tributary to the Eel River in April 2013. The deluge of water tore out vegetation, dislodged boulders and scoured the seasonal stream bed before flowing into the Eel River, muddying its waters, according to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, which announced the penalty last week. “We don’t know whether any harm happened to fish,” said Stormer Feiler, an environmental scientist with the water board. But “the...
  • Florida Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules Make Getting Pot Difficult

    12/28/2016 12:53:55 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 22 replies
    Yahoo News- International Business Times ^ | December 28, 2016 | Janice Williams
    Patients will technically be able to receive medication as of Jan. 3, but the state still has months to go before full legalization and implementation of the medical marijuana law. Patients in Florida suffering from a variety of ailments will technically be eligible to use legal medical marijuana as a form of treatment on Tuesday. However, the state still has months to go before dispensary rules and regulations must be officially implemented, which could potentially leave patients without access to medical cannabis for quite some time. On Election Day, 71 percent of voters approved Florida’s Amendment 2, a measure legalizing...
  • Marijuana Home Delivery Is Coming To Portland

    12/28/2016 10:52:24 AM PST · by NobleFree · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/27/2016 | Steve Birr
    Marijuana could soon be ordered to your door like delivery food in Portland, Ore., after lawmakers eased regulations prohibiting businesses from conducting the practice.Portland city commissioners relaxed the rules governing how marijuana dispensaries can distribute their products. It opens the door legally for marijuana businesses to start home delivery services, much in the way people order a pizza. Restrictions and prohibitions remain however, making the legality of home delivery a little complex.Any licensed delivery person working for a cannabis business must ensure their headquarters is at least 1,000 feet away from any schools, reports CBS 6.It also prohibits marijuana deliveries...
  • Police: Air traffic controller was sleeping while pilots' calls went unanswered [ BOISE]

    12/20/2016 6:18:22 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    KTVB ^ | December 18, 2016 | Katie Terhune
    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why pilots trying to land at the Boise Airport were met with silence from air traffic controllers during the early hours of Nov. 19. Boise Police officers and paramedics were called out to the air traffic control tower at 2:41 a.m. for a welfare check after learning that pilots and airport officials had been unable to reach the tower operators, despite trying multiple radio frequencies, telephone and the emergency "red phone." The first officers on scene wrote in a report that after reaching a locked gate, they used a spotlight to flash the tower...
  • Why is Medical Marijuana Not Legal In Every State?

    12/16/2016 9:39:59 AM PST · by rhett october · 109 replies
    Resistance Feed ^ | 12-16-2016 | Rhett October
    When my mother struggled with cancer, her appetite dropped to nothing. In my state, medical marijuana is legal, so the doctor prescribed it to help her appetite. To say it worked would be an understatement. Within a couple of days she was eating normal amounts and felt hunger for the first time in a week. With the drug, she was able to maintain her weight and strength. She stayed with me during her treatment but went home to dad some as well. On one of her trips home to dad, she ran out of the medical marijuana and went to...
  • Marijuana Goes Mainstream: Newport Cigarettes to Introduce 'Marijuana Cigarettes'

    12/15/2016 5:44:24 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 70 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-15-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    When social conservatives told libertarians (of which I am one!) and liberals about their fears that legalization of marijuana would cause a domino effect, they were blasted for supposedly using a 'slippery slope' argument. 'Stop nagging,' we told those conservatives, 'it won't be that bad! It's just that people who use marijuana right now won't be punished for it. Won't that be a considerable improvement?' Well, perhaps not so much: Newport Cigarettes, one of the world’s most popular cigarette brands, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization trend and start producing marijuana cigarettes. Reynolds American Inc. Chief Marketing...
  • Mexican Drug Smugglers Use Air Cannon to Launch Weed into the U.S.

    12/12/2016 12:58:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    MRC TV ^ | December 12, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Smuggling illicit drugs across the U.S border is a lucrative business. From hiding hundreds of pounds of cocaine or marijuana in vehicles, funneling it through tunnels under fenced areas or shipping it across the Florida coastline, drug dealers based in countries like Mexico and Cuba are pretty inventive in finding ways to get their contraband past border agents and into the United States. So inventive, in fact, that U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that over the weekend, drug smugglers in Mexico used an air cannon to launch a pile of weed across the border into the U.S. According to...
  • Pot activists roll joint in Sen. Sessions office

    12/09/2016 8:13:26 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 111 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Dec. 8, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    Marijuana legalization activists returned to the office of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions on Thursday, successfully sneaking cannabis past a security checkpoint so they could offer it for use by the attorney general nominee or his staff. Sessions communications director Chris Jackson deftly handled the two dozen office visitors, listening politely to stories about medical use of the plant and arguments against prohibition, but he declined to accept a sample of the drug that is increasingly legalized or decriminalized at the state level but remains illegal in the eyes of federal authorities. Although at least two activists brought weed, with one...
  • Electoral College Voters Form Group To Block Trump Presidency [fake news-jimrob]

    12/01/2016 9:30:39 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 105 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/01/16 | BROOKE SEIPEL
    Electoral College voters based in Colorado have formed a political non-profit to block Donald Trump from the presidency. According to The Denver Post, Michael Baca, a Democratic elector, filed paperwork Tuesday with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office to create the "Hamilton Electors," a group able to fundraise unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and labor unions for political reasons. The goal of the group is to convince Republican and Democratic Electoral College voters to unify behind a Republican alternative for President or force an Electoral College deadlock. “I was opposed, actually, to raising money because I would prefer to just...
  • Drug more powerful than heroin being sold legally in Colorado

    11/25/2016 7:09:40 PM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 99 replies
    Fox ^ | Nov 9 2016 | Keagan Harsha,
    It was never tested on humans but is now being manufactured and sold by clandestine labs in Asia. "These synthetic opioids are so potent you essentially have to dilute it by mixing it in with heroin or something else because it's too powerful," he said. Thirty-one states have reported overdose deaths from U-47700. That includes Colorado, where two people were killed in Boulder County in January. But it was a case in Utah that thrust the drug into the national spotlight. Two 13-year-olds overdosed and died after buying the drug from a classmate who purchased it online. Hospitals are also...
  • Ohio troopers find drugs wrapped as Christmas gifts in SUV

    11/25/2016 6:55:42 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | November 25, 2016 8:41 am | AP
    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says troopers found 71 pounds of marijuana and other drugs wrapped as Christmas gifts in a vehicle that was stopped for a driving violation in northwest Ohio.
  • Attorney General nominee: ‘Good people don't smoke marijuana'

    11/18/2016 5:28:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 84 replies
    KIRO 7 ^ | 18 NOVEMBER 2016 | KIRO 7 AND AP
    United States Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions is against legal marijuana and once said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” What does that mean for Washington State, where voters legalized marijuana?
  • Eleventh Hour Changes to Federal Firearm Form

    11/19/2016 5:44:24 AM PST · by jimbug · 56 replies
    National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action ^ | November 18,2016 | National Rifle Association
    In what will hopefully be one of the final acts of the Obama Administration on firearms, the ATF on Monday announced that its proposed changes to the Form 4473 would go into effect on January 16, 2017, just four days before the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. Form 4473 is the federally mandated form that must be filled out by any person who acquires a firearm from a licensed dealer.... Another notable change to the form is the inclusion of a bolded warning to potential transferees from ATF. The warning provides that “the use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful...
  • Marijuana wins big on election night

    11/09/2016 4:06:40 AM PST · by Wolfie · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/9/2016
    Marijuana wins big on election night Voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada approved recreational marijuana initiatives Tuesday night, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions, in what is turning out to be the biggest electoral victory for marijuana reform since 2012, when Colorado and Washington first approved the drug's recreational use. Of the five recreational marijuana initiatives on the ballot, three passed and one more — in Maine — was leading early Wednesday in preliminary vote totals. A similar measure in Arizona was trailing with 68 percent of votes counted. On the medical side, voters in Florida, North Dakota...
  • On a Ballot Near You

    11/06/2016 7:51:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    Perhaps marijuana legalization is on so many state ballots because caring and clairvoyant people understood how desperately Americans need a mind-altering substance to blur and numb the pain of this year’s presidential contest. By sheer numbers, marijuana tops this year’s list of The Top Five Issues on state ballots. 1. Marijuana (Nine States)Voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for medical use in four states — Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota — and for recreational use in five more— Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada. Those nine states contain more than 82 million people — constituting over 25 percent of the...
  • If Prop 64 passes, what happens to prisoners convicted of marijuana charges?

    11/04/2016 9:01:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 4, 2016 | Brooke Edwards Staggs
    Though his fate will hang in the balance on Election Day, Corvain Cooper won’t get to cast a ballot. The 37-year-old will be in a cell in central California’s Atwater federal prison, where he’s serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for convictions involving marijuana. “I was placed in a federal prison at its highest level, with felons who all committed acts of violence,” the Los Angeles native said in a series of monitored emails sent from prison. “Yet they all have release dates.” Soon, Cooper could too. Though most of the attention surrounding Proposition 64 centers on...
  • New Arizona poll: Trump up 45-41 over Clinton, marijuana Prop. 205 down

    11/01/2016 4:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Phoenix Business Journal ^ | November 1, 2016 | Mike Sunnucks
    A new Arizona poll by Phoenix-based consulting firm Data Orbital gives Donald Trump a 45 percent to 41 percent lead over Hillary Clinton in their U.S. presidential battle. That is within the 550-person poll’s margin of error....
  • Lessons Learned After 4 Years of Marijuana Legalization

    10/30/2016 1:47:38 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 32 replies
    www.learnaboutsam.org ^ | October 2016 | SAM-Smart Approaches to Marijuana
    ... Colorado now leads the country in past-month marijuana use by youth, with Washington not much further behind. Other states that have since legalized marijuana occupy 4th place (District of Columbia) and 5th place (Oregon). States with lax “medical marijuana” laws occupy 2nd and 3rd place (Vermont and Rhode Island, respectively). Additionally, as explained in greater detail below, the laws have had significant negative impacts on public health and safety, such as: * Rising rates of pot use by minors * Increasing arrest rates of minors, especially black and Hispanic children * Higher rates of traffic deaths from driving while...
  • Marijuana vote in California may herald end of prohibition era

    10/29/2016 11:14:04 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 43 replies
    U.S. voters next month in five states, including bellwether California, are poised to expand the legal use of recreational marijuana to almost a quarter of the American population, a move that could prove to be one of the most consequential shifts in U.S drug policy since the 1930s. Passage in California, where polls show it has wide support, would make pot legal along the entire West Coast and give momentum to efforts to lift the ban nationwide. The state, the most populous in the U.S. with 39 million residents, was the first to allow medical marijuana two decades ago. In...
  • No, We Should Not Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

    10/28/2016 2:50:17 PM PDT · by fwdude · 125 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | Oct 18, 2016 | Tim Bradley
    Legalizing recreational marijuana use would hurt not only those who smoke—it also hurts children and society as a whole. As a country, if we encourage and profit from this vice, we will be undermining the very foundations of our government. _____________ Four states and the District of Columbia have lifted their prohibitions on recreational marijuana use by adults. That number could double in November, when Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada vote on proposals to eliminate state restrictions on possession and cultivation of specified amounts of marijuana by those twenty-one and older. The fact that these are voter-driven ballot initiatives...
  • [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.
  • 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....
  • 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
    https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 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...