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  • 3 Deputies Hospitalized From Exposure To Marijuana Fumes In LA

    11/23/2014 8:34:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 23, 2014 7:53 AM
    Three sheriff’s deputies were recovering Sunday after going into a home that had a small marijuana farm inside. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were sent around 9:30 p.m. Saturday to a home located in the 36000 block of Sierra Highway to serve a warrant. Once on scene, deputies were exposed to numerous chemicals and open flames inside of the small grow room. Firefighters explained the deputies, along with a woman who lived at the residence, were overcome by fumes and became ill. Officials said two of the deputies have already been treated and released from the...
  • OR and WA Differences in Recreational Marijuana

    11/18/2014 7:52:33 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    Local NBC Right Now ^ | 11/18/2014 | Morgan Ashley
    KENNEWICK, WA- Measure 91, approving recreational marijuana use in Oregon, has lawmakers developing rules and regulations. Many wonder if Oregon will adopt similar policies as Washington. Both Liquor Control Boards have set rules for both I-502 in Washington and Measure 91 in Oregon that will take effect on July 1st of next year, but there are a few big differences between the states. NBC Right Now spoke with both boards Tuesday to simplify the details. In Washington and Oregon you can have up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana in your possession. In Oregon you can have up to 8...
  • Hazards of secondhand marijuana smoke

    11/18/2014 6:56:53 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 59 replies
    CBSNEWS ^ | 17 Nov 14 | Dennis Thompson
    That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests. Blood vessel function in laboratory rats dropped by 70 percent after a half-hour of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke -- similar to results found with secondhand tobacco smoke, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco reported Sunday. Reduced blood vessel function can increase a person's risk of developing hardened arteries, which could lead to a heart attack. "Smoke is smoke. Both tobacco and marijuana smoke impair blood...
  • Drug cartels invade the northwoods of Wisconsin (2012)(massive pot farms)

    11/16/2014 6:06:52 AM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies
    ox6 ^ | May 17, 2012 | Stephen Davis and Bryan Polcyn
    CLAM LAKE — The war on drugs has a new battleground and it’s deep in the heart of Wisconsin’s great northwoods. Drug traffickers with ties to Mexican cartels are setting up shop in our state and national forests. FOX6 Investigators got an exclusive invitation to see what’s left of one massive pot farm near Clam Lake. In just the past four years, state agents have wiped out more than $70 million worth of marijuana grown on the same public lands where people go to hunt, hike and camp – and that’s just what they’ve found. Drug traffickers are setting up...
  • Marijuana Auction Sells Close to 500 Pounds, Attracts Nearly 100 Bidders [WA]

    11/15/2014 8:16:28 PM PST · by steve86 · 28 replies
    KNDU Right Now ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Raven Richard
    PROSSER, WA- Fireweed Farm made history Saturday after they hosted the first marijuana auction in the state. Nearly 500 pounds of marijuana were auctioned off Saturday to approved producers, retailers, and processors. Those bidders came from all over to get in on the marijuana action. There is a first time for everything, and many did not know what to expect. “I expected nothing to be quite honest with you and everything at the same time,” said Jack Ron, marijuana grower. Nearly 100 producers, processors, and retailers from Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham, and other areas around the state, bid on marijuana from...
  • Will Federalism Trump the Drug War?

    11/14/2014 2:23:58 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 31 replies
    mericas are angry with their politicians but nuanced in their political opinions. Voters in Alaska simultaneously ousted their Democratic Senator and legalized the use of marijuana. Floridians gave 505,000 more votes medical use of pot than they did in re-electing Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Milton Friedman and William F. Buckley took their places on the pantheon of the Right while arguing against drug prohibition. The electorate appears to be moving their way. ,P. Which makes sense. If you want to limit government and protect individual liberty, it’s impossible to ignore the ill consequences of arresting and imprisoning millions of people...
  • Marijuana Patient Sues After Firm Won't Hire Her

    11/13/2014 8:02:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 117 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2014 | Michelle R. Smith
    A graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination. Christine Callaghan, who is studying textiles at the University of Rhode Island, sued Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. and its parent, the Moore Company, on Wednesday. The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Callaghan, said it believes it's the first lawsuit of its kind in the state.
  • Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says

    11/11/2014 1:45:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/11/14 | Melissa Healy
    Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn't want to believe it could happen to them: Compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain's reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network. More ambiguously, in regular pot smokers, that region is better connected than it is in non-users:The flow of signal traffic is speedier to other parts of that motivation and decision-making network, including across the superhighway of "white matter"...
  • Legalized marijuana spreads to two more states and D.C. Next up, California

    11/05/2014 11:51:33 PM PST · by BurningOak · 59 replies
    The Chrisitan Science Monitor ^ | 11/05/2014 | Daniel Wood
    Oregon and Alaska approved recreational pot use – following Washington State and Colorado, which did the same in 2012 – and the District of Columbia approved legal marijuana possession but not sales, though the move could still be halted by the new US Congress. Though medical marijuana was rejected in Florida, the steps by Oregon, Alaska, and the District add momentum to a movement that is eyeing California next. Recommended: How much do you know about marijuana? Take the quiz ... Yet marijuana remains prohibited by the federal government, and the issue could come to a head in the District...
  • GOP Congress to weigh legal pot in DC

    11/05/2014 10:01:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 133 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2014 5:55 PM EST | Ben Nuckols
    The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot. Voters in Oregon and Alaska also approved legalization initiatives, joining Colorado and Washington state, where pot is already legally available. But while states out West enjoy both autonomy and distance, federal lawmakers have the power to quash any District law they don’t like. And with legalization getting a foothold on the East Coast for the first time, the District’s initiative could force Congress to make decisions affecting the...
  • A good election night for marijuana legalization

    11/05/2014 9:11:15 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 120 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 5, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    The 2014 election was a successful one for marijuana legalization. Referendum initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana passed in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. Florida’s legalization amendment (which was limited to medical marijuana) failed, but only because victory required a 60% supermajority (it got just over 57% percent). A medical marijuana initiative did pass in the Pacific island territory of Guam. Coming on the heels of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington in 2012, this is a further sign of pro-legalization momentum, and perhaps of dissatisfaction with the War on Drugs more generally – even among some conservatives.
  • Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    11/05/2014 3:58:55 AM PST · by Wolfie · 71 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/05/2014
    Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In yet another major pushback against the war on drugs, Alaska legalized recreational marijuana joining Oregon and Washington, D.C. -- both of which legalized cannabis only hours before on election day. Alaska becomes the fourth state in the U.S. to legalize retail marijuana, along with Oregon, Colorado and Washington state. Voters approved Measure 2, which legalizes the possession, use and sale of recreational marijuana. Adults, age 21 and older, may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (with no more than three being mature) for personal...
  • Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

    11/04/2014 9:47:16 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 5 2014 | DAVID CRARY, AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join the company of Colorado and Washington state, where voters approved the recreational use of pot two years ago. And the District of Columbia is on the same path unless Congress, which has review power, blocks the move. Still to come were results from Alaska, which also had a marijuana-legalization measure on its ballot Tuesday. Other volatile issues on state ballots include...
  • Marijuana legalization on track for easy passage in D.C.

    11/04/2014 8:35:28 PM PST · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/4/2014 | Andrea Noble
    Marijuana legalization appeared on its way to passing easily at the polls in the District on Tuesday, putting the city at the vanguard of a nationwide movement that also saw Oregon and Alaska consider pro-pot initiatives on Election Day. Many D.C. voters who took to the polls Tuesday framed their support of the initiative in terms of social justice, saying they favored legalization because it would bring an end to arrests and discrimination against marijuana users, specifically young black men.
  • Florida Rejects Medical Marijuana [60% Approval Needed: 57% Voted Yes]

    11/04/2014 8:52:54 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | November 04, 2014
    Florida Rejects Medical Marijuana By Dan Merica, November 4, 2014 Florida voters rejected a proposal on medical marijuana in Florida, according to a CNN projection Because the law was a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% approval Marijuana proposals are also on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. Washington (CNN) -- Voters in Florida have given the thumbs down to medical marijuana in the the Sunshine State, according to a CNN projection. The measure - which is one of many on ballots in 2014 - would have legalized the use of medical marijuana in Florida and would have tasked...
  • Marijuana profits up in smoke under ITS rules [link only]

    11/04/2014 1:12:54 PM PST · by grundle · 108 replies
    USA Today [link only] | November 4, 2014 | Katie Kuntz
    link only: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/03/irs-limits-profits-marijuana-businesses/18165033
  • Why Synthetic Marijuana Is More Toxic To The Brain Than Pot

    11/03/2014 4:12:12 PM PST · by DBCJR · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | Alice G. Walton
    One of the chemists who designed synthetic cannabis for research purposes, John W. Huffman, PhD once said that he couldn’t imagine why anyone would try it recreationally. Because of its deadly toxicity, he said that those who tried it must be “idiots.” Taxpayer money created synthetic cannabis through this research. Synthetic pot also goes by Spice, K-2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Bliss, Blaze, Skunk, Moon Rocks, etc. Synthetic cannabis, unlike pot, however, can cause a huge variety of symptoms, which can be severe: Agitation, vomiting, hallucination, paranoia, tremor, seizure, tachycardia, hypokalemia, chest pain, cardiac problems, stroke, kidney damage, acute psychosis,...
  • Marijuana expected to become legal in Washington DC

    10/31/2014 1:02:51 PM PDT · by PROCON · 41 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Raf Sanchez
    In a referendum next week, voters in the US capital look likely to legalise marijuana The fresh air of the White House’s rose garden may soon be fragrant with the smell of cannabis. On November 4 - while other Americans are voting for their senators and congressman - residents of Washington DC are expected to vote overwhelmingly to legalise marijuana. The referendum would go beyond decriminalisation and give the drug full legal status, meaning it may one day be possible to set up a dope shop across the street from the halls of Congress. A yes vote in the US...
  • Magical Thinking: The Belief that Marijuana Cures All Ailments with No Side-Effects

    10/29/2014 6:43:13 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 122 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 10/29/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
     Hey, Kids, Puph to Majik Dragoon wants you to know: Weed is a Panacea  The Science of Pharmacology Dictates that Any Effective Medication Has Side-Effects.  A medication can't be effective if it has no dangers. (Side-Effects Management is at the heart of Pharmacology.) It's magical thinking to promote Weed as a cure-all with no dangers.  Teenage Cannabis Smoking ‘Permanently Lowers IQ’ 8 Points Study sheds light on damaging effects of marijuana among college-aged adults America ill-prepared for marijuana mayhem  Longtime Marijuana Use Linked With Decreased Motivation Brain Changes are Associated with Casual Marijuana Use in Young Adults Teen pot use could hurt brain and memory, new...
  • PETER HITCHENS: Don't make an "Islamist conspiracy" out of a few cannabis-crazed losers

    10/28/2014 4:02:09 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10/25/2014 | Peter Hitchens
    Why do our politicians and media talk so much drivel about Islam? We react like superstitious peasants to anything connected with this religion. As a result, we completely miss the point of what is going on. For example, we imagine that the horrible killings by cannabis-crazed drifters, of Lee Rigby here and of Nathan Cirillo in Canada, are evidence of some vast secret Islamist conspiracy masterminded from a cave by a robed villain with a beard. This is partly because a long and expensive international PR campaign has fooled a willing elite (many of them drug abusers themselves) into believing...
  • Can Marijuana Fuel Jihad?

    10/26/2014 10:11:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 26, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    Potheads defend their addiction by insisting that marijuana can make people lazy, dumb or hungry, but not violent. However, the case of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Canadian Islamic terrorist killer, proves otherwise. Zehaf-Bibeau was an Islamist, as well as a pothead. In another notorious case of jihad, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was not only a dope smoker but a dealer. It appears that Dzhokhar’s brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was implicated in a Jewish triple murder case in which thousands of dollars’ worth of marijuana and money were left covering the bodies. All three victims’ throats were slashed. It...
  • War on marijuana unconstitutional, doctors testify in federal court Monday

    10/23/2014 10:51:04 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 111 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Downs
    The U.S. government claims marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical benefits. But that claim will be up for debate Monday in California when a federal judge is scheduled to hear testimony from doctors that conclude the opposite. Doctors Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, retired physician Phillip Denny, and Greg Carter, Medical Director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington will testify Monday that marijuana — real name, “cannabis” — is not the demon drug the federal government makes it out to be. Accepted science does not justify the listing of cannabis as...
  • Autopsy, toxicology report on Michael Brown reportedly reveal marijuana ... (and vindicates the cop)

    10/22/2014 5:51:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2014
    Complete Headline: Autopsy, toxicology report on Michael Brown reportedly reveal marijuana, cast doubt on witness claims he was running away Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August touched off weeks of racially-charged rioting, had marijuana in his system, was initially shot at close range and does not appear to have been killed while running away, according to experts who reviewed the official autopsy and toxicology report. [Snip] The newspaper had St. Louis medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official...
  • Dentists Want To See Studies On Pot-Cavity Link (Weed is rotting teeth alert)

    10/20/2014 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 17, 2014
    Pot smoking — and its stereotypical associations like munching on carbohydrates and other treats — seems like it’d be your teeth’s worst enemy. And now some Colorado dentists are saying more research needs to be done on how smoking pot can affect dental health, including causing an increase in cavities. “We’ve been finding more cavities in our patients who are smoking more than a few times a week,” dental hygienist Julie Baukus at LoDo Dental says. The journal of the American Dental Association finds smoking marijuana can lead to abnormal growths and lesions inside the mouth. Some Colorado dentists are...
  • Halloweed? Police warn of pot-spiked candy

    10/19/2014 8:48:44 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | 10/20/2014 | FOX
    Colorado parents are being told to be on the lookout this Halloween for marijuana-laced candy, NBC News reported. The Facebook page of the Denver Police Department is warning that mass-produced candy can by sprayed with hash oil, and once the spray dries, there is no way to tell that the candy has been infused. The station reported that the Denver PD Facebook page features Patrick Johnson, owner of marijuana shop Urban Dispensary. In the film, Johnson urges parents to inspect any candy their children bring home after trick-or-treating on Halloween to make sure it hasn’t been tampered with..
  • Smoking Marijuana Can Protect You From Ebola: Is there anything weed can't do? (Bizarre)

    10/18/2014 6:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Montreal's MTL Blog ^ | October 16, 2014 | Michael D'Alimonte
    Not a day has gone by in the last few weeks without a mention of Ebola. Having made its way into North America, Ebola has become reached the top of the “to fear” list, making many worry that it will only be a matter of time before the disease dominates the continent. Effective vaccines and treatments for Ebola have yet to be discovered, though one may be hiding in plain sight: cannabis. Cannabinoids in marijuana have gained more and more of a reputation as a way to control and aid one’s immune systems, specifically with diseases that target a body’s...
  • Times poll: Florida medical marijuana amendment in deep trouble

    10/16/2014 3:18:14 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 40 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 15, 2014 | Stephen Nohlgren
    A constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is in serious jeopardy. For more than a year, the amendment seemed to enjoy broad support, cutting across political, racial and age lines. But with opposition forces financing TV ads and sheriffs showing up at forums, support for the amendment has slipped dramatically, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll. Only 48 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Amendment 2. Forty-four percent oppose it and 7 percent said they had not made up their minds. The requirement that it pass by a...
  • Colorado marijuana revenues hit a new high

    10/15/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 252 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 14, 2014
    Colorado marijuana revenues hit a new high New figures from the Colorado Department of Revenue show that recreational marijuana sales continued to climb in August, the most recent month for which data are available. Recreational sales totaled approximately $34.1 million in August, up from $29.3 million the previous month. Medical marijuana also jumped sharply in August, after several months of flat or declining sales. Medical sales figures were just under the recreational total, at $33.4 million. One goal of creating Colorado's recreational marijuana market is to shift customers away from the medical market. The numbers suggest that work remains to...
  • Hillary Clinton Cracks Herself Up Over Pot Joke

    10/14/2014 9:02:55 AM PDT · by dead · 16 replies
    During the former secretary of state's visit to Denver Monday, a barista at the Pigtrain Coffee shop made Clinton a latte with artwork drawn in to the foam, and boy did she get excited. "Oh my god. Oh my god," Clinton said, summoning over Sen. Mark Udall, who she was campaigning for in the state. "Look at this. Look at this." Atop Clinton's latte was an image of a smiling pig, named after the local coffee shop the two politicians stopped by, that Clinton said she liked too much to actually drink. But, it was Udall's latte, topped with one...
  • Anaheim cuts power, water to shut down pot shops (California)

    10/14/2014 1:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
    Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses. Officials have used its operation of utilities to cut off water and power to dispensaries in the city that’s home to Disneyland, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. …
  • NYC Hosts Medical Marijuana Expo As State Ramps Up For Legalization

    10/12/2014 10:21:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    New York state lawmakers and advocates of medical marijuana gathered in New York City on Sunday to discuss the implementation of a new state law authorizing medical marijuana. The event drew potential patients, policymakers and hundreds of people interested in working in the new medical marijuana industry. State lawmakers voted this year to make New York the 23rd state to authorize pot for patients with conditions including AIDS, cancer and epilepsy....
  • Pot Use Is Devastatingly Dangerous: Analysis of 20 Years of Studies

    10/13/2014 5:10:25 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | October 11, 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    “I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from ... cigarettes.” This sentiment, expressed by Barack Obama in January and shared by millions, has once again been challenged — this time by an academic review of 20-years worth of research. The handiwork of Dr. Wayne Hall, a professor of addiction policy at King's College London and drug advisor for the World Health Organization, the review implicates cannabis in a whole host of health problems, but, in particular, in mental-health issues and addiction among habitual users — especially teenagers.
  • Will California's Next Top Cop Support Legal Pot?

    10/12/2014 5:28:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Practically everyone expects California Attorney General Kamala Harris to win re-election handily in November. The Democrat won 53 percent of the vote in a crowded June primary. A rising star expected to ascend someday to the governorship, perhaps a U.S. Senate seat, Harris has won the endorsement of major newspapers in the state. She's such an attractive candidate that even though it was true, President Barack Obama had to apologize last year for calling her "by far the best-looking attorney general in the country." Yet Harris faces two unusual obstacles in the November runoff. One is Ron Gold, a never-elected...
  • Pot should be legalized, regulated and sold like alcohol, says addiction centre

    10/10/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 165 replies
    CityNews Toronto ^ | 10/09/2014 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity. In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores. “Legalization means that we remove all penalties for cannabis possession and use by adults,” said Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH. “Canada’s...
  • If cannabis were without risks, it would be medically ineffective

    10/09/2014 3:06:56 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    SacraPizzaMan blog ^ | 10/9/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Tea is a highly ceremonialized substance for human consumption. It’s only mildly addictive, but like much more addictive substances—tobacco & heroin—the importance of the ceremonial attribute of human substance consumption, needs to be recognized in the abstract and applied to the cannabis issue currently under consideration.Mother Superior Jumped the Gun. Some former junkies of my acquaintance, recounted that they habitually vomited as they were being driven to their pusher—they associated the location with becoming intoxicated on heroin. Cannabis should be examined in common with consumption substances with strong cultural connotations, like a substance unfamiliar to westerners but widely used in...
  • Marijuana-infused soda bottles explode at Washington pot shop; worker says it sounded like gun

    10/08/2014 3:59:52 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | AP
    <p>BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Bottles of legal marijuana-infused soda delivered to a Washington state pot shop started exploding on the store shelf.</p> <p>The manager of Top Shelf Cannabis, Zach Henifin, told KOMO (http://is.gd/CvX0bS ) that "it sounded like a shotgun going off."</p>
  • Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: New Numbers Hint at Increasingly Unfavorable Views

    10/08/2014 1:41:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 10/08/2014 | Taylor Tyler
    It's almost been two years since Colorado passed legislation legalizing the sale of marijuana to adults who are 21 and older, and many states are on similar paths to pass marijuana legislation in the upcoming election - there are more drug reform questions on this November's ballot than ever before. But a few recent reports coming out of Colorado indicate that support for the legalization efforts may be decreasing among Colorado citizens. A Sept. 17 poll conducted by Suffolk University and USA Today shows 50.2 percent of Colorado voters are not satisfied with the state's decision to legalize marijuana, while...
  • Colorado Governor Says Voters Were 'Reckless' to Legalize Marijuana

    10/06/2014 2:56:53 PM PDT · by Mariner · 156 replies
    International Business Times ^ | Oct 6th, 2014 | David Sirota
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says his state's voters were "reckless" for voting to become the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The Democrat's statement came during a debate Monday with his Republican opponent, Bob Beauprez, just four weeks before voters head to the polls for the state's hotly contested gubernatorial election. In 2012, more than 55 percent of voters in Colorado supported Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use. The amendment aimed to regulate marijuana in roughly the same way alcohol is regulated.
  • The terrible truth about cannabis:...20-year study...demolishes claims that smoking pot is harmless

    10/06/2014 6:05:29 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 191 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10.6.14 | Ben Spencer
    A definitive 20-year study into the effects of long-term cannabis use has demolished the argument that the drug is safe. Cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs, the study found.
  • The terrible truth about cannabis: British expert's devastating 20-year study

    10/06/2014 11:55:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 171 replies
    dailymail ^ | 7 October 2014 | Ben Spencer
    20-year study into the effects of long-term cannabis use has demolished the argument that the drug is safe. Cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs, the study found.
  • Okra in garden mistaken for marijuana, leads to police raid in Georgia

    10/06/2014 1:32:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 69 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 06, 2014
    A Georgia man says drug suppression officers mistook his okra plants for marijuana.
  • ‘Weed lobbyists’ or Democrats? Watch these pot smokers field basic political questions

    10/05/2014 11:45:37 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | October 5, 2014 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Marijuana is fast becoming a hot political issue around the country, so is it a really good idea to encourage more people to vote?
  • Oregon rolls out legal-pot plan far different from Washington’s

    10/05/2014 10:07:06 PM PDT · by steve86 · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/5/14 | Hal Bernton
    PORTLAND — Matt Price sells 100 different kinds of edibles, tinctures, buds and other marijuana offerings to the patients who frequent Cannabliss, the medical dispensary he opened up in a historic brick building that once served as a fire station. Unlike in Washington, Price’s medical-marijuana business is licensed by the state, and all the pot he sells is subject to mandatory testing and labeling. The 28-year-old entrepreneur says he’s now ready for his next step — an expansion into recreational marijuana if Oregon voters pass a measure this fall that would legalize pot sales to anyone 21 years of age...
  • Georgia Drug Warriors Raid Okra Grower, Looking for Marijuana

    10/03/2014 2:40:47 PM PDT · by bamahead · 72 replies
    Reason ^ | October 3, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    This is marijuana: This is okra: Basically the same, right? If you agree, you may have a bright future as a Georgia drug warrior. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that heavily armed Broward County deputies, accompanied by a helicopter and a K-9 unit, showed up at the home of retiree Dwayne Perry in Cartersville on Wednesday after someone spotted his okra plants from the air. "They were strapped to the gills," Perry told the paper. "Anything could have happened." Fortunately, no humans or dogs were killed. Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes, whose agency is in charge of the anti-pot task...
  • Hambycast: Rand Paul's campus challenge

    10/03/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    "I am not opposed to birth control," he said. After a pause, he elaborated. "That's basically what Plan B is. Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that." ... Another student here pressed him on "the drug war," asking if Paul would support legalizing marijuana, cocaine and heroin. He said he wasn't supportive of drug use, explaining that pot "is not that great," but said drug laws should be left up to states. Colorado and Washington are experimenting with legalized marijuana, he said, and we...
  • Marijuana Burglaries Increase During Pot Harvest Season, Medical Marijuana Growers Worried [WA]

    10/02/2014 8:05:32 PM PDT · by steve86 · 16 replies
    Local NBC Right Now ^ | Oct. 2, 2014 | Fernanda Lopez
    FINLEY, WA - Some medical marijuana growers in our area are not getting much sleep lately. Especially after another marijuana burglary early Thursday morning. The latest marijuana burglary happened just before 6 a.m. Thursday morning in the area of highway 397 and East Finley Road. Benton County Sheriff's Deputies said a medical marijuana grower shot at a suspect as he ran from the property. NBC Right Now found out this may happen more often this time of year because it is prime marijuana harvest season and medical growers are worried. "If you don't have sophisticated cameras, alarm systems, (are)friends with...
  • A 33-year police veteran stars in Oregon’s new $2M marijuana legalization ad campaign

    10/02/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 2, 201 4 | Niraj Chokshi
    Marijuana legalization advocates in Oregon have launched a $2 million-plus ad campaign starring a 33-year police veteran. The new ad, embedded below, features Pete Tutmark, a former patrol sergeant and sheriff’s deputy. Tutmark criticizes what he calls a “broken” system that diverts resources from important crime-solving to drug arrests and urges his fellow Oregonians to vote yes on measure 91 this fall, which would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use. “Last year in Oregon, there were 13,000 citations and arrests for marijuana,” he says in the ad. “That takes time, time better spent solving murders, rape cases, finding missing children....
  • Marijuana Smoke Gets in Your Rights

    10/02/2014 5:53:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    If you wanted to nudge the courts to establish a right to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, you couldn't pick a more sympathetic plaintiff than Brandon Coats of Colorado. As a teenager, Coats was in an automobile accident that left him severely disabled. Now 34, Coats is a quadriplegic who has had a state medical marijuana card since 2009. He worked as a customer service representative for Dish Network from 2007 to 2010, when Dish fired him after he tested positive for marijuana use during a random drug test. Coats sued Dish. On Tuesday, attorneys argued...
  • The "people's lawyer" is a criminal

    09/30/2014 1:22:18 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    renewamerica.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In a sympathetic profile just before his resignation, Politico said Eric Holder's biggest legacy may be "his quiet dismantling of the War on Drugs...." How he could have "accomplished" this without legislative authority from Congress – which is supposed to make and pass laws – is never really explained. He was an Attorney General described by President Barack Obama as "the people's lawyer." Anybody familiar with Marxist jargon knew exactly what Obama meant. At home and abroad, the Obama administration distributed weapons to America's enemies. Holder's area of expertise was facilitating weapons shipments to Mexican drug cartels, in a...
  • Colorado High Court Considers Pot Firing Case

    09/30/2014 6:19:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 30, 2014 | By SADIE GURMAN
    Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test more than four years ago, says he still can't find steady work because employers are wary of his off-duty smoking. In a case being closely watched around the country, Colorado's Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in Coats' case, which could have big implications for pot smokers in the first state to legalize recreational sales of the drug. The case highlights the clash between state...