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  • [MT] Group Claims Enough Signatures For Recreational Marijuana Vote

    06/20/2020 9:52:03 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 73 replies
    Montana Public Radio ^ | June 19, 2020 | EDWARD O'BRIEN
    A group seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Montana says it has gathered enough signatures to put the question to voters in November's election. The ballot committee, New Approach Montana, says it has turned in 52,000 signatures in support of a ballot initiative to allow retail marijuana sales at a 20% tax rate. Organizers also turned in more than 80,000 signatures for an accompanying constitutional initiative that would allow the legal age buying age of marijuana to be set at 21. The committed collected signatures from all 100 state House districts, spokesman Pepper Petersen said, all while taking precautions to...
  • Portland plans to stop using marijuana tax revenue to fund police

    06/13/2020 10:13:30 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 19 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | JUN 12, 2020 | BRENDAN BURES
    <p>Police benefit from marijuana legalization in ways you probably don’t expect. Research shows no longer enforcing marijuana policies allows cops to redirect their attention to solving more pressing crimes, including burglary, theft, and property crimes. But multiple states and municipalities also allocate legal marijuana tax revenue to police budgets. That could change following nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.</p>
  • Weed Dispensaries, Destroyed and Looted in Late-Night Unrest, Face Uncertain Future

    06/11/2020 11:04:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    rolling stone ^ | June 11, 2020 | Mary Jane Gibson
    Cannabis shops that were broken into during the last weekend of May in the wave of civil unrest following the brutal killing of George Floyd are reeling from the financial toll. Though several have said they supported the protests, the burglaries and looting perpetrated by a number of individuals has left some business owners worried about whether their operations can survive. Dispensaries were hit hard; Leafly reports that 43 businesses in California and Oregon were ransacked. Boston’s Pure Oasis — the first minority-owned adult-use dispensary on the East Coast — reportedly lost $100,000. Chicago’s Mission Dispensary South Shore was “mostly...
  • People who regularly smoke cannabis 'are nearly three times more likely to be violent', study finds

    06/06/2020 5:33:41 PM PDT · by kevcol · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 6, 2020 | Stephen Adam
    People who regularly smoke cannabis are almost three times more likely to commit a violent offence as those who abstain from the drug, new research has found. Scientists involved in a landmark study of almost 300,000 teenagers and young adults believe that over time, prolonged cannabis use profoundly alters the brain, making the user less able to control their temper. In addition, the research found addicts may also suffer from withdrawal symptoms, making them irritable and prone to lashing out.
  • Joe Biden: ‘I Know a Lot of Weed Smokers’

    05/22/2020 10:49:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    CNSnews ^ | May 22, 2020 | Staff
    “Because they are trying to find out whether or not there is any impact on the use of marijuana, not in leading you to other drugs, but what it effects—does it effect long-term development of the brain,” said Biden. “And we should wait ‘til the studies are done. I think science matters.” Charlamagne responded: “I think we got, I think we got decades and decades of studies from actual weed smokers." “Yeah, I do,” said Biden. “I know a lot of weed smokers.”
  • Minnesota Catholic, Lutheran Bishops to Gov: We’re Opening Up Regardless of Your Order

    05/20/2020 5:57:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/20/20 | Claire Chretien
    May 20, 2020, 7:21 p.m. EST: BREAKING: The Minnesota Catholic Conference and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in Minnesota sent Governor Tim Walz separate letters today announcing that they will resume worship services on May 26 despite Governor Walz’s current COVID-19 executive order which allows retailers to operate at 50 percent capacity but caps church worship services at ten people. Governor Walz’s latest re-opening order allows the Mall of America to open its doors to those seeking retail therapy but disallows churches from providing spiritual healing to their congregations. At the same time, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty sent Governor...
  • Scientists believe cannabis could help prevent and treat coronavirus

    05/21/2020 7:03:27 PM PDT · by sam_whiskey · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/21/20 | Lee Brown
    They have high hopes for a coronavirus breakthrough. A team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent and then treat coronavirus infections, according to interviews and a study.
  • Illinois legal weed sales during the first full month of coronavirus lockdown amount to almost $37.3mm

    05/05/2020 2:50:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Legal weed sales during Illinois’ first full month of coronavirus lockdown amounted to almost $37.3 million, surpassing every month of recreational marijuana sales in Illinois so far except January. Dispensaries have been allowed to stay open during Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, which has been extended through May. But operators have had to adapt, implementing online ordering systems, curbside pickup and enforcing social distancing in stores. Even April 20, the well-known holiday celebrating marijuana, was subdued this year. Dispensaries stretched out 4/20 deals to reduce overcrowding in stores, and some celebrated the occasion virtually. Still, last month’s sales bested March’s...
  • Nearly $1 million dumped along 5 Freeway during pursuit of 3 SUVs in Central Valley; cash was for weed: CHP

    05/05/2020 7:22:26 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 32 replies
    KTLA NEWS ^ | May 4, 2020 | AP
    Nearly $1 million in cash was dumped on a Central California road during a police chase that ended with the arrests of two New York men who apparently planned to buy marijuana with the money, the California Highway Patrol said. Frank Capraro, 23, and Desmond McDay, 25, both of Medford, were arrested Friday evening, the Merced Sun-Star reported. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they had obtained lawyers. The chase began shortly before 6:30 p.m. when a CHP officer tried to stop one of three black SUVs that appeared to be traveling together on Interstate 5 south of Los Banos in...
  • Dozens of Hippies Stuck at Festival in Panama Due to Coronavirus Realize Collectivist Utopia is Actually “Hell”

    04/29/2020 3:09:40 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 168 replies
    The Summit News ^ | April 28, 2020 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Dozens of hippies who got stuck at a festival in Panama due to coronavirus realized that the collectivist utopia they sought after is actually “hell” as they bicker over food and territory.
  • Israeli Hospital to Begin Treating Coronavirus Patients with Cannabis

    04/26/2020 8:46:50 PM PDT · by Ken H · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 25, 2020 | n.a.
    TEL AVIV – An Israeli hospital will begin testing COVID-19 patients with medicinal cannabis, which is known to have anti-viral properties, as part of a new experimental treatment. Researchers are investigating cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis also known as CBD, can slow down the spread of the virus and stop moderate patients from turning critical. Dozens of COVID-19 patients in moderate condition at Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv are expected to be treated. Barak Cohen, a senior anesthesiologist who is in charge of managing the hospital’s coronavirus response, stressed the treatment would alleviate symptoms by using “a component...
  • Fresno's Cinnamon Roll Craze Continues as Long Lines Form Again

    04/20/2020 3:35:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    ABC30 ^ | Sunday, April 19, 2020
    The cinnamon roll craze continues in Fresno. Long lines formed yet again on Saturday after Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls set up shop at the fairgrounds in the morning. It was a chance for people to take home hot rolls to enjoy. The company's Facebook page kept people updated while they were in line, even noting a 4-hour wait at one point. They had to cut off sales at five but plan to hold more events like this in the future. If you are looking for a place to buy the rolls year-round, you can head to the Chowchilla Chevron off...
  • Coronavirus sends 420 gatherings up in smoke, but potheads still plan virtual toke

    04/20/2020 5:06:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC "News" / Disney ^ | April 20, 2020 | By Bill Hutchinson
    At the age of 81 and having survived a bout with prostate cancer, marijuana icon Tommy Chong meets the definition of someone the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers "vulnerable" to the coronavirus. But when contacted by ABC News, Chong, who has been adhering to stay-at-home orders at his Southern California residence, said he doesn't plan to let the virus, also known as COVID-19, get in the way of celebrating one of the most synchronistic dates the pot world has ever anticipated: 4/20/2020. "I know everybody calls me because of my age, asking, ‘How are you feeling?''' Chong said...
  • Smoking weed and coronavirus: Even occasional use raises risk of Covid-19 complications

    04/10/2020 9:51:51 AM PDT · by kaehurowing · 80 replies
    KITV News ^ | April 10, 2020 | Sandee LaMotte
    If you're smoking weed to ease your stress during the coronavirus pandemic, experts say it's time to think twice. Smoking marijuana, even occasionally, can increase your risk for more severe complications from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. "What happens to your airways when you smoke cannabis is that it causes some degree of inflammation, very similar to bronchitis, very similar to the type of inflammation that cigarette smoking can cause," said pulmonologist Dr. Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association. "Now you have some airway inflammation and you get an infection on top of...
  • How George Soros's Marijuana Advocacy Makes the COVID-19 Panic Worse

    04/01/2020 4:21:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    American ^ | April 1, 2020 | Rachel Ehrenfeld
    George Soros's first major effort to reshape America was undertaking the legitimization of illegal drug use, especially marijuana. Soros initially said his overarching goal was to promote informed discussion of drug policy. But debate and discussion are not his style and were not his objects. Instead, he used his resources to fund think-tanks, foundations, and public policy action groups that successfully muddled public opinion enough to change public laws, making illegal drug use legal. In the early 1990s, the notion of legalizing marijuana in the U.S. was unthinkable and unacceptable. The voices to legalize drugs were marginal and not in...
  • Tractor-trailers carrying $8.7 million in meth, pot stopped at South Texas border crossing

    03/28/2020 1:22:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Big Country ^ | 3/25/20 | Fernie Ortiz
    EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) - A pair of drug busts netted more than $8.7 million worth of narcotics last week at a South Texas border crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. Both drug seizures occurred at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. On Friday, border officers conducted a non-intrusive imaging inspection on a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of plastic containers. With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, officers found 137 packages containing 3,272 pounds of marijuana. The previous day, border officers discovered 159 packages containing 581 pounds of methamphetamine in a tractor-trailer following a secondary inspection that...
  • Why does California consider cannabis clubs "essential"?

    03/19/2020 8:39:40 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 19, 2020 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Earlier this week, Newsom ordered all non-essential businesses to close, including bars, beer pubs and wineries. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, cannabis clubs and other businesses deemed as essential are still open, state and local officials say.
  • Medical marijuana bills challenge Bible Belt politics

    03/14/2020 10:39:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 14, 2020 | Bruce Schreiner
    Facing a potentially historic vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Republican lawmaker John Schickel is conflicted. A retired law enforcement officer, Schickel once steadfastly opposed medical cannabis, but his stance has softened. Now he says he’s approaching the question with an open mind. […] Schickel’s dilemma stands as yet another sign that views about marijuana are changing across the South, where efforts to legalize it have long been stymied by Bible Belt politics. While medical cannabis is legal now in 33 states, including Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida, other Southern states remain among the holdouts. Whether wavering resistance...
  • Boston braces for large crowds as 1st pot shop opens

    03/09/2020 9:05:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 9, 2018 | By PHILIP MARCELO and SOPHIA TAREEN
    BOSTON - The first recreational marijuana shop opened Monday in Boston, where owners are bracing for large crowds. Pure Oasis owners Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart say they’re preparing for up to 1,000 customers a day to visit the store, which is also the first pot shop owned and operated by black entrepreneurs, in its initial days. Evans and Hart say their shop marks a significant step forward for the East Coast’s pot industry. “It’s bittersweet. It’s a great feeling to be first, but we know that also comes with a level of responsibility,” Hart told The Associated Press last...
  • Legal Marijuana Sales In Illinois Total Nearly $35 Million For February

    03/06/2020 6:41:46 AM PST · by NobleFree · 76 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | March 4, 2020
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Statewide legal marijuana sales in Illinois totaled nearly $35 million in the month of February, according to the state. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced preliminary numbers showed statewide sales totaled $34,805,072.01 for February. Dispensaries sold 831,600 items in total, with $25,615,371 worth being purchased by Illinois residents, and $9,189,701.01 being purchased by out-of-state residents. The figures do not include taxes collected. The state charges a 7% tax on the sales of cannabis by cultivators and craft growers to dispensaries. The governor’s office has estimated cannabis tax revenues will grow to $127 million in...