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  • Denver mom shot to death after husband allegedly consumed marijuana edibles, began hallucinating

    04/16/2014 2:57:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 61 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 04-16-2014 | Nina Golgowski
    A Denver woman was allegedly shot to death by her own husband while on the phone with police after he consumed marijuana edibles and began hallucinating. Kristine A. Kirk clung to her phone with a 911 dispatcher for nearly 15 minutes before her final scream was accompanied by a piercing gunshot late Monday night, NBC reported. When officers arrived at the 44-year-old's home they reported finding the mother of three dead at the scene after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
  • Mom, 44, shot dead ... by husband who was hallucinating after eating a marijuana cookie'...

    04/16/2014 8:55:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 117 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4-15-14 | Helen Poq
    A Denver, Colorado mother has been shot dead in front of her children by her 'hallucinating' while she was on a 13 minute call to 911, police said. Kristine Kirk, 44, called for help around 9:30p.m. Monday, telling dispatchers that her husband Richard Kirk, 47, was 'talking about the end of the world' and 'scarring' their three children. A source told FOX31 investigators are looking at whether he had eaten a marijuana cookie. Mrs Kirk said in the 911 call that there was a gun in the house but it was in a safe, according to a probable cause statement....
  • Stoned mom avoids jail after driving 12 miles with baby on roof

    04/16/2014 8:43:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-1-14 | Jessica Chasner
    An Arizona mother will avoid jail time after she got high and drove nearly 12 miles with her 2-month-old baby on the roof of her car. Maricopa County Superior Judge Cynthia Bailey sentenced 21-year-old Catalina Mariah Clouser on Wednesday to 16 years of supervised probation. She will have to serve 3 months in jail only if she violates the order, a local CBS affiliate reported. Miss Clouser pleaded guilty in February to child abuse and driving under the influence of marijuana after her infant son was found miraculously unhurt in the middle of a Phoenix highway in June 2012, still...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 9:10:17 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 25 replies ^ | Published April 15, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    ...Researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual marijuana use after previous work in his lab found that heavy cannabis...
  • Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds

    04/15/2014 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes—and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. …
  • California teen sells pot brownies to buy prom dress, may get deported to Mexico

    04/10/2014 3:10:48 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | April 10, 2014
    She should have left the hemp at home. A northern California teen was sentenced to four years of probation this week for selling brownies made with marijuana to fellow high school students. Saira Munoz of Yuba City may also get thrown out of the country and deported to her native Mexico for a 2013 bake sale she held to raise money for a prom gown. Her dress dreams went up in smoke after a schoolmate ate her chocolate concoction, became ill and had to be rushed by ambulance to the hospital
  • Does Marijuana Induce Psychosis?

    04/09/2014 2:53:47 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 115 replies ^ | April 09, 2014 | Al Lewis
    DENVER (MainStreet) — It's something Colorado's legalized marijuana industry did not want to see: a college student tried a cannabis edible product and inexplicably jumped to his death. ... "There is a groundswell building to repeal it," he said. "It's going to continue to lose support because there are going to be more harms coming from it, large and small." ... "Increasingly, we are contacted by parents, desperate to learn more," he writes on his blog. "Their typical and tragic messages go something like this: "We never knew. We thought marijuana wasn't even addictive and that it was less harmful...
  • Here's what happens when you 'vape' hashish for TV

    04/08/2014 9:37:39 PM PDT · by Drango · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4/8/14 | Jane Wells
    In a report I did on the marijuana business, I focused on a company called mCig, which sells a hybrid between an electronic cigarette and a joint. Basically, the $10 device takes anything from "dry herb" to oil, heats the substance to the edge of combustion and creates a vapor, or a vapor/smoke combination, that can be inhaled. To demonstrate the product, we asked mCig COO Mark Linkhorst to heat up some mCigs and vape them on camera. It was all done legally in a medical marijuana setting. Linkhorst is allowed to do this under Washington state law. First, there...
  • Michelle Malkin: Put aside the pot jokes and look again at Colorado legalization

    03/26/2014 9:58:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 209 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Our great friend and Boss Emeritus, Michelle Malkin, offers a powerful testimony today in her column on marijuana legalization — and a surprisingly personal perspective. Sure, we all have fun with jokes at Colorado’s experiment with recreational approval, but the access it creates does more than just serve as easy access to intoxication. Michelle found herself in one of the pot shops that have opened to serve demand that comes from more than just fun and games, hoping to find help for her mother-in-law: It’s 9 a.m. on a weekday, and I’m at the Marisol Therapeutics pot shop. This is...
  • "The Five" are for legalizing Marijuana

    03/12/2014 3:19:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 165 replies
    March 13, 2014
    Was just watching the show and they played a clip of Rick Perry saying that Texas has lowered fines for first time offense for marijuana use. So far he has not said he would legalize it. So the members went around the table and all but Beckel (recovering addict) said they were for legalizing marijuana. Dana Pirino said Texas might as well legalize it because Texans are coming into Colorado to legally smoke the stuff. She also said that if a republican wants to get a hand in an audience full of hipsters all they have to say is they...
  • CPAC Audience: Legalize It!

    03/08/2014 6:12:42 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 123 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03-07-2014 | John Sexton
    There are things you expect to see at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and there are things you don't. One of the things you probably don't is an audience cheering and applauding arguments for legalizing pot and bemoaning the war on drugs. A panel titled "Rocky Mountain High" held Thursday afternoon started out as a debate between Mary Katherine Ham of Fox and Hot Air and Christopher Beach a staffer for former Drug Czar William Bennett's radio show. But as the debate wore on it became clear the real disagreement was between Beach and the overwhelming majority of the...
  • 3rd-Graders Caught Smoking Pot In Sonora School Bathroom

    03/05/2014 9:34:46 AM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    SONORA (CBS SF) — Three third-grade students at a Sonora elementary school were busted for smoking pot in the school’s bathroom last week. Two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old were caught by another student, who immediately informed school administrators. Those officials then alerted local police. The students were questioned by officers, and later released to their parents on February 27th. Sonora Elementary School Principal Chris Boyles would not speak with CBS SF regarding the case, but Superintendent Leigh Shampain confirmed that the students were caught smoking marijuana in the school’s bathroom. He would not discuss how the students might be disciplined.
  • Driver accused of letting students smoke pot on school bus

    03/05/2014 9:37:30 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    SALISBURY POST ^ | Shavonne Potts
    LANDIS — A Rowan County school bus driver remains in jail today after Landis Police say he allowed students to smoke marijuana on the bus. Police say it wasn’t the first time he allowed students to smoke on the bus. Brian Davis Overcash, 30, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The incident occurred Feb. 20 after Corriher-Lipe Middle School assistant Principal Matt Krome contacted authorities. Krome told officers with the Landis Police Department that Overcash, who drove bus No. 162, told the assistant principal that several students were on the bus smoking...
  • D.C. Council votes to eliminate jail time for marijuana possession

    03/04/2014 3:10:58 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/04/2014 | Aaron Davis
    Consuming marijuana in a private home will no longer be a criminal offense in the nation’s capital under a measure that passed the D.C. Council on Tuesday and that instantly escalated a simmering national debate over loosening marijuana laws. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) intends to sign the measure, a spokesman said, putting District drug law in conflict with federal law. The signed measure will go to Congress, which has veto authority over D.C. laws but has organized to override only three times since 1979. National advocates for marijuana legalization celebrated the 10 to 1 vote by the D.C. Council,...
  • Colo. Marijuana Businesses Embrace New Drug at Center of DEA Crackdown in Calif

    02/26/2014 7:38:14 PM PST · by posterchild · 70 replies
    ABC news via ^ | Wed Feb 26, 2014 | CHRIS R. MURPHY and GEOFF MARTZ
    While Drug Enforcement Administration agents in California are cracking down on the popular new drug known as “wax,” people in Colorado are rushing to embrace it. Wax, the ultimate distillation of marijuana, is so potent that it is said a single hit will keep a person high for more than a day. “There is no weed out there that possesses the punching power that the wax does,” an undercover DEA informant who asked to remain anonymous told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “And it’s like smoking 20 joints of the best grade of weed that you have into one hit of the...

    02/26/2014 12:45:28 PM PST · by shove_it · 54 replies
    CNBC TV ^ | 26 Feb 2014 | Harry Smith
    A legal Rocky Mountain high Marijuana, still illegal under federal law, is now at the center of a thriving industry that’s attracting a new breed of entrepreneurs, as Colorado becomes the first state to allow the sale of pot for recreational use. Colorado made history as the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational use. NBC News correspondent Harry Smith tells the story behind this stunning development, which has been called one of the great social experiments of the next century. Premieres Wednesday, February 26th at 10p on CNBC TV
  • First Colorado County Reports Pot Taxes

    02/26/2014 3:02:49 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 9 replies
    CBS - Denver ^ | 2/26/2014 | News Desk
    DENVER (AP) – A southern Colorado county with two recreational marijuana stores has become the first in the state to announce tax totals from the new industry. Pueblo County finance authorities announced Monday that its two shops had about $1 million in total sales in January, producing about $56,000 in local sales taxes. ... snip ...
  • Vets Seeing More Dogs Eating Edible Marijuana

    02/26/2014 8:36:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 46 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    DENVER (CBS4) – An animal hospital in Denver is seeing an increasing number of dogs who have eaten edible marijuana and is finding that the diagnosis isn’t good. VCA Animal Hospital is open 24 hours a day and they see hundreds of dogs every week from checkups to emergencies. Since Jan. 1 the clinic says dogs have been getting into their owner’s supply of marijuana, specifically edibles. “What we are seeing is dogs getting into the baked products,” said Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. The concern is that edibles have a concentration of marijuana meant for controlled human consumption and dogs weigh...
  • Study: Fatal Car Crashes by Marijuana Smokers up 300% over Last Decade

    02/25/2014 2:31:10 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | 24 Feb 2014 | Robert Wilde
    The study draws its conclusions from statistics on more than 23,500 drivers who died within one hour of a crash between 1999 and 2010. The toxicology tests were performed on victims from six states including: California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and West Virginia. While alcohol related traffic fatalities remained steady at 40% throughout the decade, drug related deaths soared from 16% in 1999 to a whopping 28% in 2010. Significantly, the study cites marijuana use as the leading culprit for the swelling number of drug related traffic deaths, contributing to 12 percent of 2010 crashes. This represents a...
  • Welfare Stoners: $5,475 Withdrawn on Food Stamp Cards in Colorado Pot Stores

    02/25/2014 7:19:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I don’t think pot is covered by food stamp cards, but by the time the left gets done with Colorado, it probably will be. During the first month of Colorado’s experiment with legal marijuana, welfare beneficiaries withdrew thousands of dollars in public-assistance cash from ATMs at weed shops, according to records obtained by National Review Online.At least 64 times, public-assistance benefits were accessed at businesses selling marijuana. A total of $5,475 in public benefits was withdrawn at ATMs in establishments that sell pot.The amounts withdrawn ranged from $20 to $400, averaging $85.55, according to the transaction records. In Colorado, the...
  • Pot Goes Up In Smoke After Molotov Cocktail Is Thrown Into South LA Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    02/24/2014 12:07:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | February 24, 2014 10:43 AM
    LOS ANGELES ( — Police say some of the merchandise at a medical marijuana dispensary in South Los Angeles went up in smoke Monday morning after someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window. The fire bomb went through the glass of a dispensary in the 5300 block of South Hoover Street at about 3 a.m., Los Angeles police Sgt. Rick Rodgers said.
  • Richland Medical Marijuana Patient Denied Concealed Pistol License [WA]

    02/21/2014 9:44:37 PM PST · by steve86 · 77 replies
    KNDU/KNDO ^ | Friday, February 21, 2014 | Michelle McNiel and Dee Riggs
    RICHLAND, WA-- A Richland medical marijuana patient recently applied for a Concealed Pistol License, but was denied by police. Medical marijuana is legal under Washington state law, but the federal government won't make an exception for that when it comes to getting a Concealed Pistol License. Richland police sent the medical marijuana patient a letter stating that federal law prohibits anyone who uses a controlled substance from "shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition." And even if marijuana is legal here, it's still illegal at the federal level. When anyone applies for a concealed weapons permit with Richland police,...
  • Pot Becomes a National Industry

    02/16/2014 11:33:20 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | February 15, 2014 | Tad Cronn
    The transformation of America is proceeding apace this week, with the Obama Administration clearing the way for banks to legally get involved with drug dealers. The Justice Department and Treasury Department on Friday issued guidelines for banks and other financial service companies to get involved with marijuana growers and distributors in states where the drug is legal. Washington and Colorado in January became the first two states to completely legalize pot. Other states, such as California, have legalized "medicinal" marijuana. The new guidelines were intended to allow banks to serve pot distributors while still ensuring the legitimacy of the businesses...
  • Grassley blasts Obama weed memo (Hussein 'can’t change the law')

    02/16/2014 6:00:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/15/14 | Ian Swanson, Julian Hattem
    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) says the Treasury Department is overstepping its bounds with a memo outlining how banks can provide services for businesses selling marijuana. Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it’s illegal for banks to deal with marijuana sale proceeds, and that only Congress can change those laws. “The administration can’t change the law with a memo,” he said in a statement released late on Friday. “While the Justice Department’s memo tries to guide prosecutorial discretion, that discretion shouldn’t be used to facilitate illegal conduct.” Grassley said the Justice Department was encouraging an “improper use...
  • Federal guidance on pot business leaves banks wary

    02/15/2014 1:48:31 PM PST · by steve86 · 18 replies
    Seattle PI / Associated Press ^ | 2/15/2014 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (AP) — For marijuana dispensaries around the country, the days of doing business in cash — driving around with bill-stuffed envelopes to pay the rent, or showing up at a state revenue office with $20,000 in paper bags for the tax man — can't end soon enough.
  • Medical marijuana could put employers in bind

    02/10/2014 6:17:24 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/10/14 | Priyanka Dayal McCluskey
    The state’s new medical marijuana law will force hard choices on employers and workers — forcing some to fire medicinal pot users while others will have to make tough calls on whether employees’ drug use is interfering with their work. Public safety employers such as the Boston Fire Department say it won’t tolerate pot use, even as 
medication. “Boston Fire does conduct random drug and alcohol testing of its uniform force,” spokesman Steve MacDonald said. “Marijuana use is not allowed.” Meanwhile, Associated Industries of Massachusetts is advising businesses not to fire employees just for using medical marijuana, even if they...
  • Pot petition has enough signatures to make ballot

    02/05/2014 7:01:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Mark Theisen
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, election officials said Tuesday.
  • Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    02/05/2014 2:31:33 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 02/04/2014
    SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S. “Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News. Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health gathered data from six states – California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia – that perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal car accidents. This data included over 23,500 drivers that...
  • Pilots on Justin Bieber 'pot plane' were ‘forced to wear oxygen masks..

    02/05/2014 6:30:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Justin Bieber has been accused of abusing a flight attendant on a private jet until she was forced to hide in the cockpit. The troubled teen singer and his entourage were also said to have smoked so much marijuana on the flight between Canada and New Jersey that the pilots were forced to wear oxygen masks. Bieber, 19, his father Jeremy, 38, and ten friends travelled on the leased jet to Teterboro airport ahead of the Superbowl and were allegedly so verbally abusive towards the female flight attendant that she refuses to work for him again.
  • Jindal: Too many locked up over pot

    02/03/2014 5:40:38 AM PST · by balch3 · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 2, 2014 | CNN
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tells CNN's Candy Crowley they are looking at lowering pot penalties in his state. Video at link.
  • Let 50 Cannabis Flowers Bloom

    01/29/2014 2:38:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 29, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    resident Obama says he opposes marijuana legalization but thinks Colorado and Washington should be able to try it. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who sought to run against Obama in 2012 as a Republican presidential contender, takes the same position. You might call this policy federalism -- but not if you are Barack Obama. According to the president, he has the authority to enforce the federal ban on marijuana even in states that have legalized the drug. But he chooses not to exercise that authority, because he is curious to see how these experiments turn out. In an interview with The...
  • Obama's high school pot dealer was beaten to death with a hammer by his gay lover.

    01/29/2014 9:42:33 AM PST · by managusta · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 January 2014 | Richard Alleyene
    Raymond Boyer was known as 'Gay Ray' to Obama and his marijuana smoking 'Choom Gang' of privately-educated kids at Hawaiian high school Ray was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in 1986, seven years after he supplied the future president and his friends with drugs. Lover Andrew Devere, a male prostitute, gave police a variety of reasons for the murder. He said surfer Boyer put him down constantly and broke wind in his face Court documents uncovered for the first time by MailOnline Choom is island slang for pot smoking and group went on excursions to countryside to get high...
  • Florida Voters to Decide on Medical Marijuana

    01/28/2014 4:23:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Time ^ | 1/27/14 | Maya Rhodan
    The proposed amendment would make Florida the 21st state to decriminalize marijuana for medicinal purposes... Florida’s state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a constitutional amendment to decriminalize medical marijuana can go before voters, rejecting opponents’ argument that the measure would mislead voters in legalizing the drug. The high court ruled 4-3 in favor of allowing the constitutional amendment to move toward a vote in November, the Miami Herald reports. The proposed amendment would allow strains of marijuana with greater levels of substances that help prevent epileptic attacks and lower levels of the substance that makes people high. Opponents of the amendment...
  • Pot grower’s ‘Beast Mode’ strain packs punch [SEAHAWKS]

    01/27/2014 2:53:51 PM PST · by steve86 · 10 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 1/26/2014 | Robert Young
    With bartenders naming cocktails after Seahawks players, it’s no surprise a local pot grower has come up with a strain called “Beast Mode,” in tribute to Marshawn Lynch. “It’s extremely strong,” said Nate “Diggity” Johnson, owner of the Queen Anne Cannabis Club, which carries the strain named after the burly Seahawks running back. Most of the weed sold in Seattle medical-marijuana dispensaries has a THC content between 12 and 20 percent. An indica-dominant strain of the OG Kush family, Beast Mode has a THC content of 17.6, according to testing by Analytical 360, Johnson said.
  • Pot pavilion (Denver Fair)

    01/27/2014 11:38:15 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 7 replies
    Blue Ribbon competitions, live music, pot-themed vendors and entertainment will make this a must-see stop at the 2014 Fair! you will KNOW you are in the Mile High City! Our new Pot Pavilion will be on a separate, upstairs level, alongside the new Beer Pavilion. Both will require a 21-and-over ID verification for entry ( unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. ) In compliance with Denver’s new laws, there will be no marijuana allowed on the premises during this event. Judging for some categories in the Pot Pavilion will be held offsite. Attendees over 21 will be able...
  • Prediction; The Return of Televised Cigarette Commercials, but this time for Marijuana!

    01/24/2014 6:40:53 PM PST · by lee martell · 34 replies
    Lee Martell
    I'm making a prediction that, judging by trends, may happen this year or within the next five years. I recall in 1973 or so, when tv commericals for cigarettes were outlawed. There were some very creative ads back then, but times and expectations change. Now, it is illegal to show cigarette commercials on TV. However, we are living in a time where things that were once exceedingly clear-cut and unambiguous have become flexible. Somethings have almost taken the opposite meaning compared to in the recent past. If a time traveler walked up to you in 1973 and said in a...
  • Students treated after ingesting marijuana edibles

    01/25/2014 6:09:03 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 1-24-14 | unattributed
    OLATHE, Colo. - Police say two students at Olathe High School have been taken to a hospital after eating marijuana-infused edibles and another student is under investigation. The Montrose Daily Press reported police have turned the matter over to the district attorney to decide whether to file charges against a 14-year-old suspected of providing the items.
  • Lawmaker wants pot off federal drug list

    01/25/2014 3:02:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2014 | Ben Goad
    The Justice Department should cross marijuana off the government's list of most dangerous drugs, says a House Democrat now trying to build congressional support for the action. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is making the case to remove pot from the list of "Schedule I" drugs, a day after Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that the Justice Department would adjust existing rules to allow legal marijuana businesses to access the banking system. Recreational pot use became legal in Colorado this month, and 20 other states allow it for medicinal purposes. Blumenauer said the Obama administration was “unquestionably making the right call”...
  • Police: Teacher brought marijuana-laced food to after-work potluck

    01/25/2014 10:35:21 AM PST · by Morgana · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | Ed Payne and Greg Morrison
    (CNN) -- Police in Northern California have arrested an elementary schoolteacher after she allegedly brought marijuana-laced food to an after-hours employee potluck dinner. Teresa Gilmete Badger, a 47-year-old teacher at Matthew Turner Elementary School in Benicia, was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of poisoning after a six-week-long investigation, said Lt. Frank Hartig of the Benicia Police Department. After the late-November get-together in the Bay Area town, several people reported feeling ill, a police statement said.
  • The next battle in the right to smoke weeds...Salvia

    01/24/2014 4:45:43 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 14 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 1/24/2014 | Live Leak
    Video Linky Here Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, with nearly 1000 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals. Within the Lamiaceae, Salvia is member of the tribe Mentheae within the subfamily Nepetoideae. It is one of several genera commonly referred to as sage.
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry defends states' right to legalize marijuana

    AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry defended Colorado and Washington's legalization of marijuana on Thursday, saying it was an issue of state rights, while touting initiatives in Texas as national models for keeping minor drug offenders out of jail. Perry's comments during the World Economic Forum in Switzerland echoed his past comments on drug policy, but they caused a bit of a stir because of how publicly the Republican endorsed lesser punishments for non-violent drug offenders.
  • Gov. Rick Perry for decriminalization of pot

    01/23/2014 12:38:11 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 57 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/23/2014 | Kolten Parker
    SAN ANTONIO — Texas Gov. Rick Perry signaled Thursday that he's for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for marijuana users in the border state. “As governor, I have begun to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization” by introducing alternative “drug courts” that provide treatment and softer penalties for minor offenses, Perry said during an international panel on drug legalization at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His spokesman confirmed that Perry is staunchly opposed to legalization of marijuana because of the dangers that have been associated with the drug,...
  • Obama pot comments not meant to endorse legalization: White House

    01/23/2014 12:30:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 22, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama wasn’t trying to set new federal drug policy when he stated that Colorado and Washington state should “go forward” with new laws legalizing marijuana use, the White House said Wednesday. “The president’s position on these matters hasn’t changed,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “He made clear that he sees it as a bad habit and a vice, and not something that he would encourage. He’s not endorsing any specific move by a state, he’s simply making an observation.” Under federal law, marijuana use is illegal. The president has acknowledged smoking marijuana — former friends in his...
  • Polis Extends Colorado Cannabis Invite to Obama, Reid [to reinforce their emerging beliefs]

    01/23/2014 2:04:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call - 218 ^ | January 22, 2014 | Matt Fuller
    (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)Rep. Jared Polis wants President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to come see how Colorado is implementing its new marijuana legalization laws. Polis, a Colorado Democrat and cheerleader of his state’s new legalized marijuana laws, told CQ Roll Call he wants the two leaders to “visit a regulated store and a growing operation with me to see our Colorado laws enforced. It’ll only reinforce their emerging beliefs when see what we’re doing in Colorado.” In a letter that will be sent on Thursday, Polis extends the invite and thanks Obama and...
  • Family-owned Colo. marijuana shop wants to become 'Costco of weed' [but with armed guards]

    01/22/2014 11:30:24 PM PST · by grundle · 55 replies ^ | January 22, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    The pot business is booming in Colorado, and the owners of one of the state’s largest marijuana dispensaries have big plans: to become the "Costco of weed." According to the Denver Post's Cannabist, members of the Williams family, who own Medicine Man in northeast Denver, are embarking on a $2.6 million expansion including a 20,000-square-foot retail space "all in white like an Apple store." "We're building a showcase for the world," Andy Williams, Medicine Man's president and co-founder, told Time magazine. Their current headquarters — located in Denver's Montbello neighborhood, now dubbed "Potbello" — includes bulletproof glass, armed security guards,...
  • Proposed medical marijuana rules force choice: Your pot or your gun (Illinois)

    01/22/2014 2:24:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/21/14 | Robert McCoppin
    Patients who want to qualify for medical marijuana in Illinois would have to be fingerprinted for a background check and pay $150 a year — and give up their right to own a gun, state officials proposed Tuesday. The plan outlines how adults who have any of 41 specified medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS or complex regional pain syndrome, may apply to get a patient registry identification card to purchase medical pot. The proposed rules are the first in a series of parameters expected to be outlined over the course of the year to govern how medical marijuana can...
  • Obama On The Merits Of Pot Versus Booze, Summarized In A Cartoon

    01/20/2014 1:04:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1/20/14 | Tyler Durden
    Apparently fully content with the state of the economy, America's foreign affairs in pristine shape requiring none of the president's attention, and no golf course left untouched, Obama reverted to more important things over the weekend. Like the relative merits of pot and booze.  CNN summarized it as follows: "Marijuana, which is still placed in the same category as heroin, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms by the federal government, is no more dangerous than alcohol, President Barack Obama said in an interview published Sunday. Speaking to New Yorker editor David Remnick, Obama said he still viewed pot smoking negatively – but that...
  • 2014 STUPOR Bowl?

    01/20/2014 6:53:16 AM PST · by 2harddrive · 29 replies
    Since Denver CO and Seattle WA are the only two big cities to legalize not just medical marijuana, but the recreational use of pot, will 2104 see a post-soaked STUPOR Bowl??
  • DN Editorial: Dope or dopes?

    01/18/2014 8:44:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    TWO recent economic experiments tell us a good deal about the priorities of young Americans. They want marijuana, and they're not so crazy about Obamacare. First, the pot. Colorado essentially legalized the drug Jan. 1. There are lines around the block, most outlets are already sold out, and the price has shot up to $400 an ounce. A quick look at photos of those lined up for pot tells you they're exactly the kind of people Obamacare needs. Most experts agree that Obamacare would work best if the so-called young invincibles would agree to buy insurance. But these same invincibles...
  • Pats fans hitting up Denver pot shops before big game

    01/16/2014 5:36:43 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 16, 2014 | Chris Cassidy
    New England Patriots fans are already in a Mile High state of mind for this weekend’s AFC Championship showdown with the Broncos, seizing on the opportunity to score some pot from Denver marijuana shops just days after Colorado legalized weed for recreational use. “We had 45 people from Massachusetts today — I’d say at least 80 percent of them are here for the game,” said Justin Staley, an owner of Mile High Medical Cannabis, a pot shop across the street from Sports Authority Field at Mile High. “We saw 250 to 300 San Diego Chargers fans last weekend. I know...