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  • 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...
  • Trump To Sign Law That Increases Drug Tests for Unemployed Seeking Benefits

    03/18/2017 12:45:01 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 102 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | March 18 2017 | Conservative Tribune
    Welfare reform has been a high priority for Republicans and conservatives for many years, and now that President Donald Trump is in the White House, the possibility of such reform is finally feasible. In what was quite possibly the opening salvo on welfare leeches, Trump was ready to sign a bill passed by Congress that would allow states to perform drug tests on those applying for unemployment benefits, WITI reported. Under President Barack Obama, states weren’t allowed to test applicants for drugs unless they were applying for a job that already had mandatory drug testing. However, there’s a new sheriff...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Pot Mail Intercepts 18 Percent Higher Last Year

    03/03/2017 12:39:30 PM PST · by deplorableindc · 7 replies
    The significant 18.4 percent increase in intercepted marijuana packages comes after two years of declines that appeared to dash expectations of doom among pot legalization opponents. Non-marijuana drug mail, by contrast, increased 11.6 percent last year. The latest annual numbers come at a sensitive time for the cannabis industry. Federal law continues to ban almost all pot possession, and recent comments from White House spokesman Sean Spicer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have aroused fear that the Trump administration may abandon the Obama-era approach of empowering states to pursue their own policies.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • The biggest potheads aren't who you'd guess

    02/07/2017 9:17:47 AM PST · by HLPhat · 94 replies
    NYPost ^ | February 7, 2017 | Gabrielle Fonrouge
    They are the city’s new pot-smoking professionals — ganja-puffing teachers... ...A Brooklyn teacher told The Post that it’s a good thing city education officials don’t randomly test school workers for the drug. “If they did . . . they’d probably have to fire about 85 percent of their staff,” she said. Today’s pot puffers say they’re no head cases...
  • 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...
  • These “Dragon Balls” Contain 3,000 Grams of Pure Cannabis Oil

    02/01/2017 6:06:23 PM PST · by CtBigPat · 20 replies
    Leafly ^ | 1/31/2017 | Bailey Rahn
    As the artist held his orb up to the sky, you might sooner guess that we were touring Saruman’s tower in Middle Earth than an extraction facility in Seattle. But this globe is no crystal ball or palantir – it’s 3,000 grams of pure cannabis extract measuring up to a staggering 99% THC. Its creators at X-tracted Labs call them Dragon Balls (like in the popular manga, and I can only imagine that collecting seven of these would get you high enough to think you’ve summoned Shenron), and beholding them in-person is somewhat of a religious experience for any connoisseurs...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Framingham middle-schooler hospitalized after eating marijuana edible on school bus

    01/11/2017 3:49:02 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 18 replies
    WFXT News ^ | Jan 11, 2017 | Christine O'Donnell
    A Framingham middle school student was hospitalized Monday after he and another student ate a marijuana edible on the school bus, according to a letter released by Fuller Middle School. School officials are trying to find out who brought the edibles on the bus and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Stacy Velasquez says her 12-year-old son was riding the bus to school Monday morning when he found a container of gummy bears that got him very sick.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Bill Maher Just Broke His Silence to Address Donald Trump

    12/21/2016 8:02:25 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 60 replies
    You Tube ^ | 20/12/16
    Bill Maher talks Trump, Russia and the War on Christmas in an exclusive interview with ATTN:
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How pot is firing up this real estate

    10/25/2016 10:08:11 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/25/16 | Diana Olick
    It could be the hottest outgrowth of the pot-conomy — highly lucrative for both investors and cannabis companies. The industrial real estate that houses pot production is in high demand, and it is about to become the first opportunity for investors large and small to get in on marijuana. How? The biggest problem for cannabis growers and suppliers is an inability to get much-needed cash to grow both their products and their businesses. Since cannabis production and use is not legal under federal law, only state to state, most banks won't lend to cannabis producers. Enter, the real estate angle....
  • [From September 28, 2016] Feds conducting drug raids in southern Colorado

    10/23/2016 11:36:05 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 11 replies
    KOAA 5 ^ | Updated:September 28, 2016 1:36 PM PDT
    Federal authorities say a Laotian drug ring was the target of a series of raids conducted at illegal marijuana grows in five Southern Colorado Counties Wednesday. The wide spread drug bust operation is still underway however a number of people have been detained on site. So far, authorities have seized more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana that was being shipped to Texas and Arkansas.
  • 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....
  • High Times Magazine Oddly Silent on Hillary Giving Thumbs Down to Pot

    10/13/2016 12:37:36 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 13, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Sometimes you learn more about a periodical by what is not published in it than by what is published. And in the case of High Times magazine, what do we learn by the fact that all the marijuana oriented publications available on the Web, except High Times, have published stories about the revelation released by Wikileaks on Monday that Hillary Clinton during a private talk to bankers gave a most definite thumbs down to legalization of marijuana? Could it be that High Times is so in the tank for Hillary that they must avoid mentioning this story about what Hillary really says...
  • Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?'

    09/08/2016 5:16:21 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 79 replies
    Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?' Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, does not know what Aleppo is. Asked on Wednesday's "Morning Joe" what he would do if elected president about the city in Syria at the center of the refugee crisis, Johnson earnestly asked what Aleppo is even. "And what is Aleppo?" Johnson said. "You're kidding me," Mike Barnicle responded, who asked the question. Barnicle then began to explain what Aleppo is to the candidate. "OK, got it, got it," Johnson cut him off, and then added, "With regard to Syria I do think it's a mess. I think that...
  • 'The Choom Gang': 9 juiciest details from Barack Obama's days as a pothead (2012)

    08/30/2016 7:04:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    The WEEK ^ | May 25, 2012 | Kevin Fallon
    ============================================================================================================== The "audacity of dope"? In his memoir Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama admits having smoked marijuana during high school, but newly released excerpts from David Maraniss' upcoming biography Barack Obama: The Story paint a picture of a truly committed pothead.The "giggle-worthy" details — many attributed to Obama's high school buddies collectively known as "the Choom Gang," after the slang term for smoking marijuana — are "right out of a buddy stoner flick," says Adam Sorensen at TIME. Here, the most scandalous allegations: 1. The Choom Gang While in high school at the Punahou School in Honolulu, Obama began...
  • Legalized pot is making America’s lower class poorer and less responsible

    08/21/2016 10:34:48 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 254 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8-20-16 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    (Snip) The middle and upper classes have been the ones out there pushing for decriminalization and legalization measures, and they have also tried to demolish the cultural taboo against smoking pot. But they themselves have chosen not to partake very much. Which is not surprising. Middle-class men and women who have jobs and families know that this is not a habit they want to take up with any regularity because it will interfere with their ability to do their jobs and take care of their families. But the poor, who already have a hard time holding down jobs and taking...
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Says She Would Reschedule Marijuana

    08/11/2016 7:34:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 38 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 11, 2016 | Daniel White
    <p>Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to reschedule marijuana if she is elected in November, according to a statement issued by the campaign.</p>
  • Malia Obama appears to be smoking pot at Lollapalooza

    08/10/2016 1:05:22 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 65 replies
    Malia Obama won’t be able to roll her way out of this one. The 18-year-old first kid was caught smoking what looks like a joint at a concert in a video that emerged Wednesday. The video, posted by Radar Online, shows Obama puffing away on the cigarette at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago last month. In the 9-second clip, the elder child of President Obama can be seen in the background smoking as a young girl in the foreground of the video dances and sticks her tongue out. An eyewitness claimed that Obama was smoking pot, according to the website....
  • Law enforcement destroys cartel marijuana grow in remote corner of Curry County

    08/10/2016 12:48:22 PM PDT · by AuntB · 16 replies
    NBC 16 ^ | Aug. 9, 2016 | NBC 16
    BROOKINGS, Ore. - Law enforcement put nearly 12,000 mature marijuana plants through a wood chipper Monday while dismantling a grow operation found in a remote corner of Curry County near the California border, Sheriff John Ward said. A helicopter surveyed the area from the air, and an armed ground team entered the grow first to make sure the area was safe, Ward said. They found a camouflaged living structure and evidence of weapons and chemicals. No one was present as law enforcement moved in. "It was obvious that whoever was tending to the marijuana had left prior to the eradication...
  • Doctors Warn of Increase in Colorado Children Exposed to Marijuana

    07/27/2016 9:41:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    goodhousekeeping.com ^ | 07/26/2016 | Heather Finn
    he rate at which Colorado children were exposed to marijuana began increasing in 2009, when the U.S. government first announced it would not prosecute residents who complied with the state's new medical marijuana laws. Dr. Genie E. Roosevelt, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Health Medical Center, expected that rate to go up even more when Colorado voters decided to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2012, the Times reports — but she never could have predicted the rate would increase as much as it did. Since 2014 (when...
  • Get Ready: There’s a 51-Foot Joint Coming to the DNC

    07/20/2016 2:16:15 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 61 replies
    phillymag.com ^ | 7-18-16 | Claire Sasko
    A 51-foot joint will make an appearance in Philly for the Democratic National Convention next week. No, it doesn’t actually contain marijuana – just a lot of air. The giant joint has circulated at past events in New York City and Washington, D.C. DCMJ, an organization pushing for marijuana legalization, will lead the joint-centered march. It’s expected to start sometime after noon on July 25th, according to PhillyVoice. Volunteers will help carry the joint to the convention, and activists will support it on the return journey. According to the Associated Press, the Secret Service flagged and restricted the whereabouts of...
  • California Marijuana To Cost Just $1 Per Gram After November Ballot

    07/04/2016 8:09:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 108 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/3/2016 | Guy Bentley
    One of the nation’s leading experts on marijuana and criminal justice fears California’s ballot to legalize marijuana could result in plummeting prices and rising rates of marijuana disorder. Professor Mark Kleinman, an adjunct scholar at the Center for American Progress excoriates the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which qualified for a November ballot June 28. The bill allows commercial legalization of marijuana and six plants per household, with no limits on the quantity produced but a ban on sales and advertising to minors. California would impose a $9.75 tax (33 cents per gram) of flowers and a 15 percent sales...
  • Marijuana compound removes toxic Alzheimer's protein from the brain

    07/01/2016 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 144 replies
    Science Alert ^ | July 1, 2016
    Marijuana compound removes toxic Alzheimer's protein from the brain An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to kickstart the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The finding supports the results of previous studies that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative disease. "Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid...
  • REPORT: More Than 90% Of Marijuana Arrests In NYC Are People Of Color

    06/01/2016 10:03:47 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies
    BI ^ | 6-1-2016 | Jeremy Berke
    Jeremy BerkeJune 1, 2016 91.8% of the people arrested for marijuana possession and sale in the city of New York between January and March 2016 were people of color, according to statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services obtained by the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP). PROP also found that 86.5% of New York Police Department (NYPD) misdemeanor arrests involved people of color, up 2% from 2015. Arrests for "small amounts" of marijuana were up a whopping 33.7% from last year. Robert Gangi, PROP's director, said in a press release that the statistics show that NYPD...
  • (June 9, 2016) Johnson Rising! Libertarian Party Candidate Hits 12 Percent in New Fox Poll

    06/14/2016 9:24:28 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 53 replies
    Reason ^ | |June 9, 2016 | Brian Doherty
    The Libertarian Party's presidential candidate Gary Johnson has long insisted that the presidential debates are key to his ticket's success. And getting into the debates, through the front door anyway, requires polling at 15 percent in five (as yet unnamed) reputable national polls. He's inching closer to that goal with today's announcement of his highest even national poll total, with 12 percent from Fox. He was only at 10 in their last presidential poll including him in May. Since that poll, Clinton stayed the same against him and Trump with 39 percent, while Trump fell from 42 percent to 36...
  • Considering a career path in the pot industry? Here's what you should know

    06/12/2016 6:39:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 11, 2016 | Brooke Edwards Staggs
    Some have messy buns and sleeve tattoos. Some have salon cuts and $2,000 suits. Some are joining blue-collar unions, getting health benefits as they grow and sell a plant they’ve long loved. Some say they never touch it, but they’re standing guard outside shops and fiercely lobbying legislators in Sacramento to ensure that others can. As public support and legalization of cannabis spreads, those who’ve quietly worked in California’s medical marijuana industry are slowly emerging from the shadows. And professionals who never would have considered joining the industry a couple of years ago are leaving behind traditional careers in law,...
  • Yale Study Shows Danger of Marijuana

    06/01/2016 11:42:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 91 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 1, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Donald J. Trump says vets are treated worse than illegal immigrants. But help is on the way. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to make it easier for veterans to get access to officially-approved marijuana. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a physician, argues that the proposal is "absolutely insane." It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. But Rep. Fleming notes evidence that marijuana "enhances psychosis and schizophrenia" in some people with these psychological problems. Dr. Christine Miller asks, "Does no one remember Eddie Routh,...
  • Medical marijuana legalization sent to Ohio governor

    05/25/2016 10:16:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2016 11:11 PM EDT | Julie Carr Smyth
    A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure. The measure cleared the Ohio Senate by just three votes, and the House followed by OKing Senate changes 67-28. The proposal, which Kasich has not committed to signing, would bar patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home, but it would allow its use in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions. It garnered both support and opposition among Republicans and Democrats. Supporters recalled emotional testimony from chronic pain sufferers and...
  • Marijuana-linked traffic fatalities on the rise, AAA warns

    05/10/2016 11:08:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 84 replies
    Press Release Rocket ^ | 5/10/16 | Jeremy B
    One of the nation’s top traffic safety organizations is issuing an urgent warning about driving while high. AAA says that in some states that have legalized marijuana, fatal accidents involving drivers who’ve consumed pot are on the rise. “Marijuana-linked traffic fatalities on the rise, AAA warns”...
  • Ohio attorney general: Slayings of 8 'pre-planned execution

    04/24/2016 5:42:11 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 50 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/24/2016 | Ann Sanner
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio "was a pre-planned execution" and the investigation will be lengthy, the state's attorney general told reporters Sunday... Authorities said it was clear that the Rhoden family was targeted, and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said he's told relatives to be armed. Reader said he did not believe there was a safety issue for other residents. But "If you are fearful, arm yourself," he said. Authorities have been scrambling to determine who targeted the clan and why. Investigators have interviewed between 50 and 60 people in hopes...