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  • DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana

    03/28/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 2, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That's according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team...
  • Colorado Asks Supreme Court To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit Filed By Nebraska, Oklahoma

    03/28/2015 9:01:35 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 15 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/27/2015
    Colorado Asks Supreme Court To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit Filed By Nebraska, Oklahoma The Colorado Attorney General's Office on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma that contends Colorado's legalization of marijuana is causing an increase in drug crimes in their states. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman wrote in a brief filed with the high court that the lawsuit's aim to stop Colorado from regulating its recreational marijuana industry is a "dangerous" move that would leave "legalization intact" while neutering the state's ability to police businesses. The court should dismiss the lawsuit, Coffman...
  • Drugs squad accidentally gets locals high while burning marijuana mountain

    03/28/2015 8:34:46 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 23 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/26/15 | Mark Molloy
    An Indonesian police force might want to rethink its drugs disposal policy after accidentally helping residents of one district get high as kite. Destroying tonnes of marijuana in a big bonfire proved to be as reckless as it sounds as those witnessing the event started inhaling the fumes. Journalists and locals began feeling dizzy as police officers, who were wearing masks, destroyed tonnes of marijuana stacked up in a field. The fumes drifted into homes located near to the police station in West Jakarta, Indonesian news website kompas.com reports. “I got a headache because I wasn't wearing a mask," said...
  • Marijuana Edibles Blamed For Keystone Death

    03/26/2015 10:14:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 128 replies
    Denver CBS ^ | 03/25/2015 | Brian Maass
    ... When the young men got back to Keystone, Fowler said they began ingesting the edible pot. He said his cousin favored some peach tart candies, each piece of candy containing 10 mg of the active ingredient in marijuana, the recommended dose for an adult consuming an edible. But when Goodman consumed several and experienced no immediate effects he kept gobbling them up. “Luke popped two simultaneously” after the first two didn’t seem to do anything, said Fowler. Then he said Goodman took a fifth candy, five times the recommended dose. His mother says her son likely didn’t see the...
  • Colorado prepares to refund tax revenues back to taxpayers for first time in nearly 15 years

    03/25/2015 1:29:54 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-25-15 | Ben Wilterdink
    Colorado taxpayers are very likely to get a break when they file their taxes next year as the state prepares to refund some tax revenues back to taxpayers for the first time in nearly 15 years. This is due to a provision in the state’s constitution, little known outside of Colorado, called the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR. This provision is one of the most effective limits on both Colorado state spending and on state revenue collection. TABOR works by establishing a limit on how much tax revenue the state can collect in a given year. Generally, the cap...
  • Christie says tax revenue from pot sales is 'blood money'

    03/25/2015 12:36:20 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 42 replies
    my 9 nj ^ | 3-25-2015 | AP
    <p>Gov. Chris Christie is reiterating his opposition to legalizing marijuana for recreational use and says tax revenue from sales of the drug amount to "blood money.</p>
  • Bill to legalize medical marijuana introduced in the House [Don Young (R-AK), Steve Cohen (D-TN)]

    03/24/2015 2:33:19 PM PDT · by Ken H · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 24, 2015 | JAKE MILLER
    A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level is now underway in both Houses of Congress, and its sponsors acknowledge they face an uphill climb to passage - but they believe the public is on their side. "Polls show that at least 86 percent of Americans say medical marijuana should be available," said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, in an interview with CBS News. "Legislators rarely lead, they generally follow. I guess it's called cultural lag...Eventually, people in Congress start catching up." Cohen and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, unveiled a bill on Tuesday that would reclassify marijuana as...
  • Colorado's legal pot 3 times stronger...and contaminated with fungus, heavy metals & pesticides

    03/23/2015 5:44:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 35 replies
    dailymail ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael Zennie For Daily Mail Online
    Colorado's legal marijuana is three times stronger than it was a generation ago and is often contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, fungus and bacteria, a startling chemical analysis of 600 samples has found. Additionally, modern pot has very low levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, the compound that medical marijuana advocates say gives the drug its healing properties. In most samples, the CBD levels were so small they were undetectable. The findings come from Andy LaFrate, a Ph.D. chemist and the founder of Colorado testing firm Charas Scientific. LaFrate will present the results of his research today at the national meeting...
  • Fed should respect state laws on medical marijuana

    03/22/2015 6:29:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 22, 2015 | Editorial
    States across the land have legalized marijuana for medical – and, in some cases, recreational – use, but conflicts with strict federal anti-drug laws have left patients, other users, doctors, marijuana businesses and the banks and landlords with commercial relationships to those businesses vulnerable to federal raids and prosecution. A new bill introduced by Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would solve this problem by simply respecting states’ rights. Medical marijuana has been legalized in 23 states and the District of Columbia, but that has not stopped federal agencies from aggressively – and inconsistently –...
  • Southern Oregon medical marijuana growers fear industrial hemp could ruin their crops

    03/22/2015 4:32:29 PM PDT · by gundog · 75 replies
    The Oregonian/Oregon Live ^ | February 17, 2015 | Noelle Crombie
    Southern Oregon marijuana growers want to ban industrial hemp production from the region out of fear that hemp may pollinate their crops and render them worthless. Some outdoor marijuana growers want industrial hemp cultivation to be limited to eastern Oregon - far from their lucrative marijuana crops. At the very least, they don't want hemp in Josephine, Jackson and Douglas counties. Compared to Oregon's marijuana legalization movement, the effort to launch an industrial hemp industry in Oregon has been an understated one propelled by a small but passionate group of advocates. When one of them, Edgar Winters, of Eagle Point,...
  • Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot (General Social Survey stuff)

    03/20/2015 6:49:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 8:48 PM EDT | Emily Swanson
    Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They’re likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana. Those are among findings from the 2014 General Social Survey, which has been measuring trends in American opinion and behavior since 1972. …
  • Which is worse, booze or pot? A doctor weighs in

    03/20/2015 10:51:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 216 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 19, 2015
    Worrying about teen drinking and drug use has kept many a parent up at night. With marijuana becoming increasingly available and legal in some parts of the country, the question has taken on new urgency: If teens are going to experiment, which is safer, booze or pot? "The first answer always has to be neither," Dr. Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, told CBS News. But then he acknowledges they're not exactly equivalent -- and he considers alcohol much more dangerous. Carroll wrote a provocative piece for the New York Times exploring what's known...
  • Video: Dallas police open fire on schizophrenic man with screwdriver

    03/18/2015 6:26:04 PM PDT · by ToxicMich · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2015 | By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
    Jason Harrison appears in the doorway, twiddling a screwdriver between his fingers. One of two Dallas police officers called to the scene tells Harrison to drop the tool, a command the officers repeat at least four times as Harrison's mom screams, "Jay! Jay! Jay!"
  • Nevada Bill Would Allow Sick Pets to Use Medical Marijuana

    03/18/2015 10:16:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 17, 2015 | MICHELLE RINDELS
    <p>CARSON CITY, Nev. — Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.</p>
  • Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

    Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack. The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to...
  • Obama: Think more about the economy, war and peace and less about pot

    03/16/2015 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-16-2015 | ROBERTA RAMPTON AND JULIA EDWARDS, REUTERS
    President Barack Obama has a stern message for the younger generation about their political priorities: care more about climate change, and less about legalizing marijuana. Obama, who has been open about smoking pot in high school, chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that young people would view legalizing marijuana as a top item when considering the president's legacy. "First of all, it shouldn't be young people's biggest priority," Obama said in the interview with Vice News. "Young people: I understand this is important to you, but as you be thinking about climate change, the economy and jobs, war and peace,...
  • Not-pot leaf gets 6th-grader in big trouble (VA)

    03/16/2015 1:51:40 PM PDT · by bgill · 42 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Dan Casey
    Some schoolchildren claim another student bragged about having marijuana. They inform school administrators. An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy’s knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court... There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana.
  • Top Congressional Republican Wants To Know If Marijuana Should Be Legal

    03/15/2015 4:01:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The recent signing of a medical marijuana bill by GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller hasn’t gone unnoticed. Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise has introduced a poll on his website, asking people to vote on whether marijuana should be legalized on the federal level. Scalise in the past has voted down marijuana reform legislation, Marijuana.com reports. On May 30, 2014, Scalise voted against an amendment in the House to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds from its budget to crack down on states that have enacted medical marijuana programs. Later, in July, Scalise voted against legislation to...
  • Secret, 905-foot-long drug tunnel found along U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona

    03/13/2015 6:53:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 27 February 2015
    Federal agents discovered the longest drug tunnel ever unearthed along the agency’s Tuscon sector earlier this week when they found a 905-foot-long drug thruway in the tiny town of Naco, Arizona. At three times the length of a football field and replete with lighting, wooden supports and a cement shaft complete with a hydraulic lift, the record-breaking drug tunnel was discovered following a major marijuana bust in the town of Bisbee. Acting on a tip by deferral authorities, Bisbee police officers and Border Patrol agents stopped a U-Haul truck headed toward to the Naco house and found 4,700 pounds of...
  • Heller Cosponsors Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Legislation [Senator Dean Heller, R-NV]

    03/11/2015 7:38:57 PM PDT · by Ken H · 15 replies
    Senator Heller Press Release ^ | March 11, 2015 | US Senator Dean Heller
    (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced he is cosponsoring the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, S.683, to ensure that states, like Nevada, have the right to determine their own medical marijuana laws. The bipartisan legislation is also supported by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Heller stated: “The time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies. This bipartisan legislation puts Americans who are suffering first by allowing Nevada’s medical marijuana patients, providers,...
  • Senators Unveil Bill To Legalize Federal Medical Marijuana

    03/11/2015 4:30:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 170 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 10, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul joined Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand Tuesday to propose legislation to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level. The bill, termed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, allow access for veterans and put a final stop to federal raids on dispensaries, among other things. This is the first time a medical marijuana bill has been introduced in the Senate, whereas the House has seen 15 pieces of legislation on marijuana reform in the last session of Congress, according to Marijuana.com. The move...
  • [US Senators] Paul, Booker, Gillibrand to introduce medical marijuana bill

    03/09/2015 3:18:58 PM PDT · by Ken H · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | March 09, 2015 | BURGESS EVERETT
    Sens. Rand Paul, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce on Tuesday a Senate bill that would legalize medical marijuana under federal law, another possible step towards relaxation of once strict policies toward the drug. The Kentucky Republican and his New Jersey and New York Democratic colleagues will propose legislation that allows states that have passed medical marijuana laws to enact those programs without operating illegally under federal law. That bill would also allow veterans in states with medical marijuana programs to receive care from the government, according to guidance issued by their offices
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Rand Paul Join Forces for Pot

    03/09/2015 6:11:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jaime Fuller
    Senators Kristen Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Rand Paul announced that they plan to unveil legislation that would lift the federal ban on medical marijuana on Tuesday. The bill, which adheres to the unfortunate and by no means necessary rule that all attention-grabbing legislation must feature a tortured acronym, is called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, and would “allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution," according to a statement released by the co-sponsors. Medical marijuana is legal in 23...
  • Former St. Petersburg Episcopal priest says 'Thank God for marijuana' (w/video)

    03/08/2015 11:49:49 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 3 replies
    Tampa Bay TImes ^ | March 4, 2015 | Waveney Ann Moore
    ST. PETERSBURG — The bishop was not amused. Not with the video of one of his priests — complete with clerical collar — advocating gratitude for marijuana. "Now, thanking God for weed might feel a little awkward at first," says the Rev. Chris Schuller — a former rector at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in the Snell Isle neighborhood — in the short video that's punctuated with the reggae rhythms of Bob Marley. "Thanking God is going to feel so much better than throwing stones at people who are already stoned," he says. But Bishop Dabney Smith, head of the Episcopal...
  • Majority favors marijuana legalization for 1st time, according to nation’s most authoritative survey

    03/07/2015 1:12:44 PM PST · by Ken H · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 04, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    For the first time, the General Social Survey -- a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research -- shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana. In interviews conducted between March and October of last year -- when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up -- researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?" Fifty-two percent said pot should be legalized, 42 percent opposed it, and another 7 percent were...
  • Sheriffs Try to Overturn Legalization of Pot in Colorado

    03/05/2015 6:14:02 AM PST · by Ken H · 337 replies
    Time ^ | March 05, 2015 | Tessa Berenson
    The lawsuit brought against the state claims sheriffs are faced with a "crisis of conscience" A group of sheriffs will file a lawsuit Thursday against Colorado for its legal marijuana law. The lawsuit says legalizing pot on a state level while it’s still illegal on a federal one creates a “crisis of conscience,” USA Today reports. Colorado is “asking every peace officer to violate their oath,” Larimer County, Colo., Sheriff Justin Smith, the lead plaintiff in the suit, said. “What we’re being forced to do … makes me ineligible for office. Which constitution are we supposed to uphold?”
  • South Florida Man Charged With Growing Marijuana, Found Not Guilty (Jury Nullification)

    03/03/2015 10:55:54 PM PST · by Ken H · 44 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | March 03, 2015 | Keith Jones
    A South Florida man charged with growing marijuana he claims he needs for a medical condition was found not guilty Monday. Jesse Teplicki, 50, had been charged with manufacturing cannabis and was facing up to five years behind bars. "This case is about medical marijuana and for the hundreds of thousands of patients who can use this medicine as an alternative," Teplicki said. It took jurors just 30 minutes to return the verdict.
  • DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana

    03/02/2015 1:19:28 PM PST · by Ken H · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 02, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That's according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team...
  • Most young Republicans support legalizing pot (63%)

    03/02/2015 11:52:11 AM PST · by Ken H · 162 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 03, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    A majority of young Republican voters support legalizing marijuana, even as older GOP members still believe it would be a danger to society, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center found in a recent study that nearly two-thirds of Republican millennials, 63 percent, believe pot should be legalized. Millennials include those born since 1981.
  • Everyone in Colorado may get a pot tax refund

    03/02/2015 12:21:07 PM PST · by Wolfie · 9 replies
    CNN Money ^ | March 2, 2015
    Everyone in Colorado may get a pot tax refund Thanks to Colorado's new pot tax and a quirky state law, residents may get a special one-time tax refund next year. The total could be about $59 million. That's how much the state expects to collect from taxes on the sale of recreational marijuana, which Colorado legalized last year. Some of that money was slated for schools, but it may go back into taxpayers' pockets instead. The reason for the refund: Colorado is expected to collect more in total tax revenue than it thought it would this year. That's not permitted...
  • Marijuana Investors Lost $23.3 Billion in Penny Stocks Last Year

    03/02/2015 11:04:42 AM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies
    vice.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jordan Pearson
    Investors in small cannabis companies lost $23.3 billion in 2014 because shady stock promoters are capitalizing on the slow tide of legalization in the US by manipulating the penny stock market with “pump and dump” schemes. Penny stocks are stocks in small companies that trade for less than five dollars apiece. They’re quoted and traded on dealer networks like OTC Markets because they don’t meet the requirements to be traded on more formal exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange. They’re also extremely volatile. Shady stock promoters capitalize on this volatility by convincing others to buy stock in worthless companies...
  • Tribes From Around US Gather to Discuss Legal Marijuana

    02/28/2015 2:12:58 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 02/28/2015 | GENE JOHNSON
    The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes. They were reluctant given the substance-abuse problems that already plague many reservations.
  • Art Class Allows You To Smoke Pot And Paint

    Art Class Allows You To Smoke Pot And Paint February 19, 2015 marijuana art class puff pass paint Students in this cannabis-friendly art class paint and smoke marijuana with their fellow artists.
  • CPAC 2015: Cruz Marijuana Policy Shifts (should be state's decision)

    02/28/2015 6:16:37 AM PST · by Ken H · 73 replies
    IBTimes ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | Max Willens
    A would-be Republican presidential nominee has changed his mind on marijuana. Sen. Ted Cruz said he supports Colorado’s state rights to keep marijuana legalized without federal interference during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity at Thursday’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “I actually think this is a great embodiment of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called ‘the laboratories of democracy,’” Cruz said. “If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I personally don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.” Cruz’s comments at CPAC bring him in line with...
  • Marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, according to a new study

    02/25/2015 11:28:41 AM PST · by Wolfie · 109 replies
    The Verge ^ | Feb. 23, 2015
    Marijuana is much safer than alcohol or tobacco, according to a new study Marijuana is roughly 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to recent findings published in the journal Scientific Reports. Of the seven drugs included in the study, alcohol was the deadliest at an individual level, followed by heroin, cocaine, tobacco, ecstasy, methamphetamines, and marijuana. Previous studies consistently ranked marijuana as the safest recreational drug, but it was not known that the discrepancy was this large. The researchers determined the mortality risk by comparing a lethal dose of each substance with the amount typically used. Not only was...
  • Poll: Colorado residents still back legal marijuana (58%-38%)

    02/25/2015 10:15:40 AM PST · by Ken H · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | ADAM B. LERNER
    More than two years after Coloradans voted to allow recreational marijuana use, the state’s residents continue to stand firmly behind keeping the drug legal, a new poll found. The survey, commissioned by Quinnipiac University, found that 58 percent of Colorado voters support keeping pot legal, while only 38 percent are against it. The result featured significant gender and age disparities. Voters ages 18 to 34 favored it overwhelmingly, 82-16 percent, while 50 percent of those ages 55 and older were against it, with only 46 percent in support. Likewise, men supported the measure by a margin of 63-33, while women...
  • Marijuana Becomes Legal in D.C. Thursday at Midnight -- Unless Congress Steps In

    02/24/2015 10:02:25 PM PST · by Ken H · 53 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | Carissa DiMargo and Tom Sherwood
    A law to legalize marijuana in the District will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, unless Congress steps in at the last minute. As a result, D.C. police officers will begin carrying business card-sized summaries of the new rules, which were publicly explained Tuesday and will be part of a public education campaign. The law -- which was approved by voters last fall -- will permit possession of small amounts of marijuana by those ages 21 or older, with consumption allowed only in private homes and space.
  • Washington Post: House Republicans warn D.C. mayor not to legalize pot (NANNY STATE ALERT)

    02/25/2015 7:36:18 AM PST · by MadIsh32 · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 25th 2015 | Aaron C. Davis
    Two powerful House Republicans late Tuesday warned D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser not to move forward with legalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital and they warned of stiff federal retribution if the city’s chief executive did not yield. The letter came on the same day that Bowser declared that a voter-approved measure to legalize pot would become law in the city at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and the letter set the stage for a dramatic final 24 hours before that deadline. “If you decide to move forward tomorrow with the legalization of marijuana in the District, you will be doing...
  • Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

    02/23/2015 5:50:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings. Making Alaska the third state to legalize recreational marijuana was the goal of a coalition including libertarians, rugged individualists and small-government Republicans who prize the privacy rights enshrined in the state’s constitution....
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24th: Alaska Marijuana Legalization Law Takes Effect

    02/23/2015 12:24:09 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 20 replies
    eNews Park Forest ^ | 23 Feb 2015
    Tomorrow, Feb. 24th, will mark a major step forward in the implementation of Alaska’s marijuana legalization law, as personal cultivation, possession, and consumption become legal. Last November, Alaskans voted 53-47% in favor of marijuana legalization, making it the first “red” state to pass such a law. “First Colorado and Washington, now Alaska and Oregon – and all with levels of support higher than the winning candidates for governor and U.S. Senate achieved in those states,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Legalizing marijuana just makes sense now to voters across the political spectrum and – as...
  • Tribe threatens to grow pot if casino isn't allowed near Pensacola

    02/22/2015 4:36:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    PENSACOLA — A small, Alabama-based Indian tribe that wants to expand its casinos into the Sunshine State might adopt a hardball negotiating stance: Let us offer gambling in a few Florida locations, or we could consider growing and selling marijuana on our property. The prospect of selling pot is just one "what if" scenario that tribal leaders say is possible. But what the Poarch Creek Band of Indians want now is for Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature to take them seriously and approve a compact with the tribe that would allow a casino....
  • Tribe threatens to grow pot if casino isn't allowed near Pensacola (FL)

    02/23/2015 12:24:37 AM PST · by Ken H · 14 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Feb 20, 2015
    PENSACOLA — A small, Alabama-based Indian tribe that wants to expand its casinos into the Sunshine State might adopt a hardball negotiating stance: Let us offer gambling in a few Florida locations, or we could consider growing and selling marijuana on our property. The prospect of selling pot is just one "what if" scenario that tribal leaders say is possible. But what the Poarch Creek Band of Indians want now is for Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature to take them seriously and approve a compact with the tribe that would allow a casino.
  • From the OC to Oaktown, Drug War Opposition Builds

    02/22/2015 5:56:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The times they are a-changin'. This week, a Republican congressman from Orange County, California, joined Oakland medical marijuana dispenser Steve DeAngelo to urge President Barack Obama, a Democrat who started out as a critic of the war on drugs, to curb his Department of Justice. They want Obama to make his prosecutors stop trying to shut down honest marijuana establishments in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and the left-leaning DeAngelo have found common cause in calling out one area in which the federal government can and should do less. They've got the law on their side....
  • Big Tobacco's future as Big Marijuana

    02/21/2015 10:18:23 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    Newsday ^ | February 21, 2015 | LEONID BERSHIDSKY
    You may like technology (who doesn't these days) or the energy sector (where would we be without it) -- but if you're making a long-term bet as an investor, there's a lot going for Big Tobacco. It's not just that tobacco boasts the best historical performance of all U.S. industries. The industry's future seems especially bright. As marijuana gradually becomes a legal drug, Big Tobacco is poised to dominate the market.
  • Marijuana dating app High There bubbles up onto the App Store

    02/20/2015 4:27:56 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | AppleInsider Staff
    iPhone owners finding it difficult to connect with their peers through the tetrahydrocannabinolic haze have a new option with High There, a Tinder-like matchmaking app that specializes in bringing together users with a penchant for bud. To differentiate itself from similar social networks, High There gives users the ability to define their marijuana preferences in detail. When creating a profile, users can specify their preferred method of THC ingestion, their energy level while baked, and various pastimes that hold their interest. Typical features needed to reach parity with competitors — such as person-to-person text chat — are of course included....
  • Coloradans become first to ask feds to block legalized marijuana

    02/20/2015 11:54:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 130 replies
    The Eugene Register-Guard ^ | February 19, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt (Associated Press)
    DENVER — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close. The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors.
  • Coalition pushes legalization of marijuana in New Jersey

    02/18/2015 6:20:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies
    Bergen Record ^ | 02.18.15 | DAVID PORTER
    Marijuana should be legalized in New Jersey because existing laws waste police resources, unfairly target minorities and leave millions of dollars in potential tax revenue unrealized by relegating it to the black market, a coalition said Wednesday in announcing a public education initiative. New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform wants to legalize marijuana for people over 21, tax it and regulate its distribution. Among the groups represented at Wednesday's news conference were the American Civil Liberties Union New Jersey, the NAACP State Conference of New Jersey and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. NJUMR is focusing its efforts on educating the public...
  • Bill Clinton apologizes to Mexico for the war on drugs which he blames for fueling violence

    02/15/2015 4:21:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/14/15 | Belinda Robinson
    Former President Bill Clinton has apologized to Mexico during a speech in which he suggests that the U.S. war on drugs has been responsible for fueling escalating violence. Clinton spoke at the Laureate Summit on Youth and Productivity in Mexico where he told the audience that the war had backfired and led to violence which is crippling the country. He said: 'I wish you had no narco-trafficking, but it's not really your fault. Basically, we did too good of a job of taking the transportation out of the air and water, and so we ran it over land. I apologize...
  • Strong cannabis causes one in four cases of psychosis

    02/15/2015 7:32:34 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 301 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2015 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Full Title: Strong cannabis causes one in four cases of psychosis: Users three times more likely to have an episode than those who have never tried it ªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªªª As many as a quarter of new cases of psychotic mental illness can be blamed on super-strength strains of cannabis, scientists will warn this week. The potent form of the drug – known as ‘skunk’ – is so powerful that users are three times more likely to have a psychotic episode than those who have never tried it.
  • Two Big Fiscal Lessons from Colorado’s Pot Legalization

    02/14/2015 7:49:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Regular readers know that I don’t approve of drug use, but that I also favor legalization because the Drug War has been a costly and ineffective failure.(And it’s led to horrible policies such as intrusive money-laundering laws and Orwellian asset-forfeiture laws).So I was happy when folks in Colorado voted to decriminalize marijuana use, even if part of me didn’t like the idea that politicians would gain a new source of tax revenue.If nothing else, what’s happening in Colorado (and Washington state) will be an interesting social experiment.And even though we only have a modest bit of data, I’m going to be...