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  • States Should Stop Treating Sober Cannabis Consumers As Public Menaces

    10/28/2020 12:41:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 28, 2020 | Jacob Sullum
    Four years ago, Pennsylvania allowed patients suffering from any of 17 serious medical conditions to relieve their symptoms with marijuana. But there was a catch: If they used cannabis as a medicine, they could no longer legally drive. Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill that would eliminate that legal disability by requiring evidence of impairment to convict medical marijuana patients of driving under the influence. That reform points the way to an overdue reevaluation of DUI laws that irrationally and unfairly punish cannabis consumers who pose no threat to public safety. Thirty-three states have legalized medical...
  • The True Cost of Marijuana: A Colorado Town That Went All-In

    10/27/2020 8:58:09 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 61 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 10/27/2020 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    PUEBLO, Colo.—It’s a common story across America: A city loses its main employer, usually a manufacturing company with well-paying, blue-collar jobs (that often go to China). The city’s economy crumbles, and those who can move out, do. Decades later, and looking peeling-paint tired, the city hasn’t managed to recover, but drugs have found a permanent home. In Pueblo, Colorado, the manufacturer was a steel plant beleaguered by a market crash in the 1980s and worker strikes in the 1990s. And one drug was given a red-carpet welcome. For years, Pueblo has been looking for industries to revive its economy, and...
  • As a libertarian, I think it’s reprehensible that liberals are against medical marijuana, and also reprehensible that they tried to raise the price of wheat at a time when millions of Americans were hungry

    10/27/2020 10:34:24 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    wordpress ^ | October 27, 2020 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    As a libertarian, I think it’s reprehensible that liberals are against medical marijuana, and also reprehensible that they tried to raise the price of wheat at a time when millions of Americans were hungry. I hope Amy Coney Barrett will help overturn these rulings. In the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Raich, the court ruled that a person who grew and smoked their own medical marijuana was engaging in interstate commerce, even thought the marijuana never crossed state lines, and no money changed hands.Voting for the majority were Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Scalia.The dissenters were O’Connor, Rehnquist,...
  • Is the Governor Blowing Smoke? Marijuana Legalization Is a Net Loss for PA

    10/20/2020 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | October 20, 2020 | Tom Copeland
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is proposing that the state legalize recreational marijuana in an effort to raise tax revenues lost during the Covid pandemic. Ironically, his draconian shutdown of much of the state over the past six months has seriously impacted the PA economy, and hence the state’s tax revenue. But it’s a pipe dream. In Colorado, for every dollar gained from marijuana taxes, taxpayers spend $4.50 to mitigate the effects of legalization. For Pennsylvania, any short term revenue increase will be swallowed up by the serious long term social and economic effects of legalization.In fact, if the governor is...
  • Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Wolf calls for marijuana legalization to aid state economy

    10/13/2020 2:50:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 56 replies
    Fox Business ^ | October 13 2020 | Brittany De Lea
    Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday called for marijuana use to be legalized, which he said could help shore up the state’s economy. Wolf said on Twitter that he would be renewing calls on the state legislature to legalize adult-use to provide a new revenue stream as the state battles a multibillion-dollar coronavirus-related budget deficit. During a press conference on Tuesday, Wolf acknowledged that so far there has been no movement among Pennsylvania lawmakers to advance corresponding legislation.
  • Woman arrested after 85 pounds of marijuana found in luggage at Nashville airport

    09/28/2020 4:31:35 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 85 replies
    Cox Media Group ^ | 9/25/2020 | Bob D'Angelo
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 20-year-old woman is accused of carrying 85 pounds of marijuana in two pieces of luggage at Nashville International Airport, authorities said. Tomisha Hamm was arrested Wednesday night and charged with a felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, WKRN reported. She was booked into the Nashville Metro Jail and her bail was set at $100,000, the television station reported. At 3 p.m. Wednesday, a drug dog at Nashville international Airport alerted detectives to possible narcotics in luggage on a Southwest Airlines flight that originated from Los Angeles and was bound for Cleveland, WZTV reported. The...
  • There are millions of dollars out there! Californian growers terrified about wildfires destroying their pot plants

    09/28/2020 4:28:08 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 34 replies
    ss ^ | 9/28/20 | ss
    Smoking weed is the newest worry for California firefighters as the state’s biggest wildfire races toward the nation’s biggest marijuana-producing region. The wildfire is headed for Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, two small communities northwest of Sacramento that lie in the heart of cannabis country. And many of the locals — up to 1,000 — are refusing to evacuate because they want to protect their pot. Law enforcement officials went knocking on doors, but can’t make anybody go, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo told the AP. “It’s mainly growers,” Trujillo said. “And a lot of them, they don’t...
  • California’s largest wildfire is threatening marijuana-growing area in NorCal

    09/25/2020 6:46:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/25/2020
    The wildfire called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported. Law enforcement officers went door to door warning of the encroaching fire danger but could not force residents to evacuate, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo said. As many as 1,000 people remained in Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, authorities and local residents estimated Thursday. The threatened marijuana growing area is in the Emerald Triangle, a three-county corner of Northern California that by some estimates is the nation’s largest...
  • Largest California wildfire threatens marijuana-growing area

    09/25/2020 9:08:44 AM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 9/25/2020
    California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops even as weather forecasters predict more hot, dry and windy conditions that could fan flames. The wildfire called the August Complex is nearing the small communities of Post Mountain and Trinity Pines, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento, the Los Angeles Times reported. Law enforcement officers went door to door warning of the encroaching fire danger but could not force residents to evacuate, Trinity County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nate Trujillo said.
  • Minnesota Second Congressional District race delayed after death of Legal Marijuana Now candidate

    09/24/2020 2:40:19 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 32 replies
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 9/24/20 | Jessie Van Berkel
    The Legal Marijuana Now Party’s candidate in the race for the Second Congressional District has died, prompting a special election in February. Adam Charles Weeks died earlier this week, said Kevin O’Connor, the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate. “It’s a sad and sudden thing. We are pretty much taken aback,” he said. Weeks was facing off with Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and Republican candidate Tyler Kistner to represent the district. That election will now be postponed. “The law is clear on what happens next,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a statement Thursday. “If a major party nominee...
  • Florida parents reportedly smoking weed, drinking during kids' remote classes

    09/18/2020 4:50:34 PM PDT · by familyop · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18, 2020 | Paul Best
    Some Florida parents have turned to booze and weed to get through remote learning with their kids..."...parents...with joints in their hand and cigarettes in their mouth," Pride told Fox News. "Sometimes the joints are as big as cigars...Elysa Grossman, a Johns Hopkins University professor, and Susan Sonnenschein, a UMBC professor, polled parents earlier..."We found that parents who are stressed by having to help their children with distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic drink seven more drinks per month...
  • Marijuana vote poses November risk for Democrats

    09/11/2020 8:07:34 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 112 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/09/2020 | NATALIE FERTIG and PAUL DEMKO
    Democrats are taking an unprecedented gamble this month: voting to legalize cannabis at the federal level.The MORE Act would remove the penalties for marijuana, erase some criminal records and create grant programs for people hit especially hard by the war on drugs.Democrats say the timing is perfect: Support has been building for loosening marijuana restrictions over the last decade, with the most recent Gallup poll showing 66 percent of Americans favor legalization, including more than half of Republicans.The demands for racial justice that have ratcheted up following the killing of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd gave the bill the final...
  • Riverside [CA] County marijuana grow house where 7 were fatally shot is tied to organized crime

    09/09/2020 10:15:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    KTLA ^ | 09/09/2020
    More than 20 people lived on the property, which had several makeshift dwellings, a nursery and vehicles used in production, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said. Marijuana was processed to honey oil, a highly potent concentrate made by extracting the high-inducing chemical THC from cannabis. All seven victims and witnesses were Laotian, Bianco said. Six people were found dead on the property, and a woman who was shot there died later at a hospital. Partially eaten pizza sat in boxes in a circular dirt driveway of the dilapidated two-bedroom house where the shootings occurred. Three cars were parked outside —...
  • 7 killings investigated at illegal pot grow in California

    09/08/2020 4:23:24 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sep. 8, 2020 | ELLIOT SPAGAT and MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Detectives on Tuesday investigated what prompted the Labor Day killings of seven people at an illegal marijuana growing operation in a small, rural Southern California community known for its horse ranches and nurseries along dirt roads
  • 7 killed in shooting at illegal marijuana grow operation in Riverside [CA] County, Sheriff’s Dept. says

    09/08/2020 2:23:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    ktla ^ | 09/08/2020 | by: Tony Kurzweil
    Deputies responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call in the 45000 block of Highway 371 just after 12:30 a.m. Monday... A woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds was found at the location and transported by paramedics to a local hospital for treatment...was later pronounced dead at the hospital. A search of the property revealed six additional victims, all suffering from gunshot wounds. All six of those victims also died from their wounds... Investigators say evidence at the location indicated it was being used as an illegal marijuana growing facility. More than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several hundred...
  • US Forest Service Police Dog Survives Second Stabbing Attack

    09/04/2020 8:22:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    ABC6 ^ | Friday, September 4th 2020
    A highly decorated U.S. Forest Service police dog suffered nine stab wounds during a marijuana raid in Northern California. But he survived after he was airlifted to a veterinary clinic, the agency said Friday. What's more, it's the second time the dog, an 11-year-old Belgian Malinois named Ice, recovered after being seriously injured on the job. Ice was wounded Aug. 27 in the Klamath National Forest south of the Oregon border when he was released to catch a suspect who had fled down a steep hill to escape the raid that unearthed more than 5,500 marijuana plants. He kept hold...
  • Drone drops hundreds of bags of cannabis in Tel Aviv

    09/03/2020 12:56:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 21:52 | By TOBIAS SIEGAL
    The bags were dropped by the "green drone" Telegram group, which advocates for the legalization of cannabis in Israel, with "free love" being the group's slogan. A drone dropped hundreds of bags of cannabis on Thursday afternoon over Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, attracting dozens of confused people, who rushed to pick up as many bags as they could carry. The bags of cannabis were dropped by the "green drone" Telegram group, which advocates for the legalization of cannabis in Israel, with "free love" being the group's slogan. Before dropping the cannabis over Tel Aviv, the group published a message...
  • Marijuana decriminalization vote expected in House [Democrats pushing for BLM.]

    08/30/2020 2:38:12 PM PDT · by familyop · 159 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 30, 2020 | Paul Best
    The bill also would establish a fund for people impacted by drugs, impose a 5% tax on legal marijuana sales, and establish a process to expunge certain convictions and review sentences related to past federal marijuana offenses...Clyburn, D-S.C., told members that the vote is expected to take place in the September work period...According to an American Civil Liberties Union report earlier this year, Black Americans are 3.64 time more likely than White Americans to be arrested for marijuana possession...
  • Legalized marijuana, paid family leave and child care: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf releases fall agenda

    08/25/2020 11:35:33 AM PDT · by lightman · 26 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 25 August A.D. 2020 | Ron Southwick
    Gov. Tom Wolf introduced a broad legislative agenda for the fall, including expanded access to child care, paid family leave for Pennsylvanians, recreational marijuana sales and a host of other items. The governor is asking lawmakers to change the law to allow sales of marijuana for recreational purposes, going beyond sales of medical marijuana. He’s also seeking more than $300 million in grants and loans for small businesses and tax breaks for the hospitality industry. Wolf announced a lengthy list of proposals to help the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic damage to families and the...
  • Trump to Republicans: Don’t put marijuana on the ballot at the same time you’re running

    08/23/2020 2:20:15 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 134 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | AUG 19, 2020 | BRENDAN BURES
    President Donald Trump hosted a campaign rally in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the same night the Democratic National Convention was scheduled to kick off in Milwaukee. While Democrats instead opted for a virtual conference to avoid spreading the coronavirus, Trump drew a crowd of at least 1,000 people. In off-the-cuff remarks, Trump suggested to Republicans that if they wanted to win elections, they had to keep cannabis legalization off the ballot. Though the Trump Administration has attacked cannabis reform in behind-closed-doors proceedings and by blocking legislative action, this is the first time the President has made negative comments about cannabis in public....