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  • Congress to take up marijuana reform this spring

    12/19/2021 7:55:21 AM PST · by RandFan · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/21 07:45 PM EST | BY SAUL ELBEIN
    Congressional Democrats are gearing up for a sweeping set of initiatives aimed at decriminalizing marijuana that they plan to take action on this spring. The federal proposals seek to establish 21st century banking services for the nearly $18 billion industry and purge the criminal records of thousands of marijuana offenders. “The growing bipartisan momentum for cannabis reform shows that Congress is primed for progress in 2022, and we are closer than ever to bringing our cannabis policies and laws in line with the American people,” Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) wrote in a memo to the Congressional...
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): Today I voted to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 drugs

    09/30/2021 11:28:14 AM PDT · by RandFan · 58 replies
    twitter ^ | Sep 30 | Rep. Matt Gaetz
    @RepMattGaetz Today I voted YES on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 drugs, decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policy. (1/2) Though not perfect (bad tax and spending provisions) the MORE Act is a step in the right direction as science has already proven the substance has healing properties in many chronic ailments. (2/2)
  • Garbage truck crash reveals suspected illegal marijuana grow operation in Sterling Heights

    09/10/2021 4:03:08 AM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 7 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 9/9/2021 | Charlie Langton and Amber Ainsworth
    STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich (FOX 2) - Sterling Heights police are investigating after a garbage truck crashed into a marijuana grow operation Wednesday morning. The truck was traveling south on Mound Road approaching 15 Mile Road around 5:30 a.m. when a vehicle turned south onto Mound from a turnaround just north of 15 Mile while the light was red, cutting off the truck. The garbage truck driver swerved but still hit the turning vehicle, police said. The garbage truck drove through the northbound lanes of Mound. No other vehicles were hit, but the truck struck a building at 35100 Mound. The...
  • N.B. soldier found guilty of secretly feeding troops cannabis-laced cupcakes

    08/19/2021 10:32:49 AM PDT · by jerod · 23 replies
    CBC news ^ | Aug 18, 2021 | Lauren Bird ·
    Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell of Base Gagetown faces maximum of 5 years in prison New Brunswick soldier accused of giving cannabis-laced cupcakes to troops on a live-fire training exercise has been found guilty of nine charges. Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell was convicted Wednesday of eight counts of administering a noxious substance to soldiers without their consent and one count of behaving in a disgraceful manner, a charge under the National Defence Act, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to the prosecution. A 10th charge of committing an act to the prejudice of good order and discipline, which...
  • Asked how much he'd had to drink, a motorist replied 'Not enough'

    08/13/2021 11:00:46 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 8/12/2021 | Eddie Ritz
    Too much/not enough: Pulling into a gas station in the 3900 block of Northlake Boulevard, a motorist’s vehicle drew the attention of several employees. In addition to make strange noises, the wounded SUV was missing a tire and riding on the rim. Stopping by a pump, the driver entered the station, paid for some fuel, then when out and pumped it into the vehicle. He then pulled into a parking space and appeared to pass out. Next, for reasons unknown, he regained consciousness, put the car in reverse and ran over the parking block before slamming into a concrete structure....
  • And Now the Left Targets Marijuana as an Enemy of Climate Change

    08/12/2021 3:31:56 PM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 8/12/2021 | Matt Vespa
    Climate change is back in the news probably because a new report declared that this is a make-or-break decade to curb global warming. This is what—the seventh time we were told this was a critical decade for climate change. In 2007, these experts said that the Arctic Ice Cap would be gone by 2013. It ended up growing by over 533,000 square miles. And then, they said in the 1970s that global cooling was an existential issue as we undergo periods of glaciation. They were wrong again. As the environmental Left goes haywire over carbon emissions, everything has been slated...
  • Drunk driver asked to smoke a cigarette after killing mother of four: video

    08/12/2021 8:37:38 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 08/12/221 | Emily Crane
    A suspected drunk driver asked New Mexico police if she could “smoke a cigarette” just moments after she allegedly caused a crash that killed a mother of four, bodycam video shows. Jennifer Munoz, 26, is accused of crashing into and killing 41-year-old Janelle Katesigwa in Albuquerque in May, KRQE reports. According to bodycam video released Wednesday, the first thing Munoz said to police after the fatal crash was: “Can I just smoke a cigarette?” Munoz’s friend could be heard screaming in pain in the passenger seat. “I would not do that right now … Let them try to help your...
  • 2.8 Tons of Meth, Fentanyl Seized at California Border Crossing

    08/11/2021 11:27:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 11 AUGUST 2021 | BOB PRICE
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 2.8 tons of methamphetamine and fentanyl at a commercial border crossing in California. Officers found the deadly drugs in a shipment of plastic household items. CBP officers assigned to the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility on August 5 observed a tractor-trailer hauling a load of plastic household items approaching from Mexico. Following an initial interview, a CBP officer referred the driver, a Mexican national, to a secondary inspection station, according to information obtained from CBP officials this week. Additional officers carried out non-intrusive inspections utilizing an x-ray scan and found several anomalies inside the...
  • Study Finds Schizophrenia Linked to Excessive Cannabis Use Is on the Rise

    07/26/2021 7:47:16 PM PDT · by tatown · 75 replies
    Complex ^ | July 22, 2021 | Tara Mahadevan
    A new study from Denmark reveals that the connection between people who experience schizophrenia and who smoke a problematic amount of weed is on the rise, CNN reports. The study, which was published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, shows that the link between the mental health disorder and cannabis use disorder in Denmark was two percent in 1995, four percent in 200, and eight percent in 2010. Cannabis use disorder is the clinical name for cannabis addiction. “I think it is highly important to use both our study and other studies to highlight and emphasize that cannabis use is...
  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa Highlights Need for Active Forest Management and Crackdown on Illegal Marijuana Grows

    07/24/2021 5:34:04 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    California Globe ^ | July 23, 2021 | KATY GRIMES
    With the federal Resilient Federal Forests Act introduced this week with the support of more than 70 bipartisan Members of Congress and over 85 organizations, California Congressman Doug LaMalfa stressed that California is a poster-child for what not to do – little to no forest management, and illegal marijuana grows in those forests and rural areas. “Communities across the West are being devastated by wildfires and there will be long-term negative impacts to our forests, our water quality, and wildlife habitat,” LaMalfa said. He noted that it is Republicans in Congress proposing solutions to help prevent the catastrophic wildfires California...
  • Schizophrenia linked to marijuana use disorder is on the rise, study finds

    07/22/2021 1:41:53 PM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 160 replies
    KITV4 ^ | 7/22/2021 | CNN
    <p>In 1995, 2% of schizophrenia diagnoses in the country were associated with cannabis use disorder. In 2000, it increased to around 4%. Since 2010, that figure increased to 8%, the study found.</p><p>"I think it is highly important to use both our study and other studies to highlight and emphasize that cannabis use is not harmless," said Carsten Hjorthøj, an associate professor at the Copenhagen Research Center for Mental Health and an author of the study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, via email.</p>
  • California congressman bulldozes Asian-run pot greenhouses, quotes ‘Apocalypse Now’

    07/22/2021 6:24:22 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | JULY 21, 2021 | RYAN SABALOW
    In May, a Northern California sheriff’s office asked on Facebook for volunteers to help bulldoze the marijuana greenhouses that have recently popped up by the hundreds on private property in one small area of the remote county. Less than a week later, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office got an unlikely volunteer: The local congressman
  • Drug driving cases soar in Canada

    07/16/2021 6:57:20 PM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 50 replies
    Western Standard ^ | 7/16/2021 | Dave Naylor
    Analysts said 6,453 police-reported incidents of drug-impaired driving in 2019, the first full year of legalization, “a 43% increase over 2018.” Unlike drinking and driving charges that peak in twilight hours, “the rate of drug-impaired driving varies little from one time of day to another,” said the report. “Police reported just as many of these incidents between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., as between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m,.” wrote analysts. Cases also took twice as long to wind through the courts as alcohol-related charges.
  • Free heroin, cocaine and meth handed out outside of the Vancouver Police Department

    07/16/2021 10:16:13 AM PDT · by algore · 37 replies
    Advocates for a safe supply of drugs handed out heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine outside the Vancouver Police Department Wednesday (July 14) afternoon. City Councillor Jean Swanson, along with members of the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), distributed the free drugs outside the Vancouver Police Department. The collective action demonstrates the "life-saving potential of a community-led response to the crisis of prohibition in Canada" as a necessary alternative to Vancouver's proposed model of decriminalization, explains a news release. The drugs that were handed out were tested via "FTIR spectrometry and immunoassay, and...
  • High potency weed linked to psychotic episodes, mysterious vomiting illness in young users

    07/15/2021 4:22:07 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 81 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11 July 2021 | Laura Strickler and Steve Patterson
    The condition — officially called "cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome" but now known to health care workers as "scromiting," a mashup of "screaming" and "vomiting" — has popped up with increasing frequency at hospitals in Colorado, doctors say. “The only thing that convinced me was that it stopped when I stopped smoking,” said Gribbon, now 20. “We use up a lot of medical resources to see if there is anything more seriously wrong with them,” Scromiting cases have increased as pot has become far more powerful, according to doctors. Experts say the marijuana consumed 20 years ago had levels of THC, the...
  • Editorial: What legalization? California is still the Wild West of illegal marijuana

    07/15/2021 12:38:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    The Los Angeles Times via Yahoo ^ | July 15th, 2021 | The Times Editorial Board
    Nearly five years after Californians voted to create a legal marijuana industry through Proposition 64, the illegal weed market is as big as or even bigger than it was before the ballot measure passed.The end of prohibition at the state level was supposed to be the beginning of a highly regulated marijuana market served by legitimate, taxpaying companies (even though marijuana remains illegal under federal law). Legalization was billed as a way to tame the Wild West-style marijuana industry, which often flouted environmental and health strictures and was a bastion for organized crime.It hasn’t worked out that way for a...
  • Illegal Pot Invades California’s Deserts, Bringing Violence, Fear and Ecological Destruction

    07/15/2021 12:10:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    Bakersfield/Los Angeles Times ^ | Jul 15, 2021 | Jaclyn Cosgrove and Louis Sahagún
    Before his corpse was dumped in a shallow grave 50 miles north of Los Angeles, Mauricio Ismael Gonzalez-Ramirez was held prisoner at one of the hundreds of black-market pot farms that have exploded across California’s high desert in the last several years, authorities say. He worked in what has become California’s newest illegal marijuana haven: the Mojave Desert. A world away from the lush forest groves of the “Emerald Triangle” of Northern California, this hot, dry, unforgiving climate has attracted more than a thousand marijuana plantations that fill the arid expanse between the Antelope Valley and the Colorado River. It’s...
  • ‘Joints for jabs’: Weed giveaway to be available for Long Beach [CA] residents who get COVID vaccine

    07/13/2021 7:55:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    “Cannabis is part of our Long Beach culture and to safely share a joint without contributing to the spread of COVID-19, we must all do our part to get vaccinated,” said James Suazo, Executive Director with Long Beach Forward. “With the delta variant becoming the dominant COVID-19 strain in Los Angeles County, we want our unvaccinated neighbors to catch a free marijuana strain instead so we can protect each other.”
  • Scaffolder who almost died after 'long bender' is a totally new man after giving up alcohol

    07/13/2021 10:58:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    DevonLive ^ | 12 JUL 2021 | Anita Merritt
    Mark Langdon says if he stay off the booze during the Euros then he can conquer anythingAn Exeter scaffolder who was saved from the brink of death after spiralling into deep depression during lockdown has bravely spoken about his mental health battles to encourage young men to open up and seek help. For much of his life, Mark Langdon, 30, has struggled with anxiety and instead of talking about his problems, his coping mechanism was alcohol and recreational drugs. When lockdown hit last year, Mark was able to continue working, but his drinking at home in his flat, where he...
  • In a Milestone, Schumer Will Propose Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

    07/14/2021 5:13:59 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 179 replies
    NYT via MSN ^ | July 14, 2021 | Nicholas Fandos
    <p>The draft bill, called the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and begin regulating and taxing it, placing federal rules on a burgeoning industry that has faced years of uncertainty. Though states would still be allowed to set their own marijuana laws, businesses and individuals in states that have legalized its use would be free for the first time to sell and consume it without the risk of federal punishment.</p>