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  • Marijuana Supersedes Cigarette Smoking Among College Students, Study Finds

    09/02/2015 8:54:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015
    The percentage of daily and near-daily pot users from the 2014 survey was the highest ever recorded.More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found. Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the annual "Monitoring the Future" study reported using pot either every day or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days. By contrast, 5 percent of respondents identified themselves as heavy cigarette smokers, a steep...
  • Medical marijuana does well in national study

    09/02/2015 11:07:21 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 52 replies
    Wyoming Tribune Eagle ^ | Sep 02, 2015 | Mike Hinton
    The National Cancer Institute recently released its report on medical marijuana. The overview of their conclusion is, THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) caused a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer, remission in breast and liver cancer and more. They have determined that there is no lethal dose of marijuana. And addictive potential is considerably lower than any other medicine available. Among their findings, they have found that cannabis is not associated with adverse pulmonary function and does not cause lung cancer or any aerodigestive tract cancers. Cannabis does not cause other types of cancer either. They found cannabis has...
  • Why Montana Is Going Backward on Medical Marijuana

    08/17/2015 5:08:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | Michael Bodley | AUG 16 2015
    Gone are the flashing green neon lights advertising $200 ounces of pot. Gone are the caravans of cannabis doctors who signed up hundreds of people in a single day. The medical marijuana business in Montana boomed after voters legalized it in 2004. At one time, this state of only a million people had almost 30,000 patients and 4,900 providers. But the industry has been crippled by state legislators and a determined grass-roots opposition. And a state Supreme Court decision coming as early as October could all but wipe it out. Elizabeth Pincolini is a medical marijuana user and advocate, who...
  • Is Legal Cannabis the Future of California Agriculture?

    08/11/2015 5:46:37 PM PDT · by Talkwire · 17 replies
    Some stoner ^ | Aug 11, 2015 | Joseph Tully
    Amidst agricultural fields of tomatoes, sunflowers, and alfalfa, a small Woodland farm is openly growing hundreds of cannabis plants. This legal medicinal marijuana grow is setting a precedent for cannabis growers in the state. Most of California’s largest crop is grown clandestinely to avoid Law Enforcement. By growing in the open, with strict adherence to legal statutes and requirements, and promoting their organic and sustainable practices to the community, this farm hopes to turn Yolo County into the Napa of Weed. FULL ARTICLE: http://www.tully-weiss.com/news/california-farmers-shine-sunlight-on-marijuana-crops
  • Jerusalem fire Lake County (Backfire set by pot grower)

    08/10/2015 3:40:58 PM PDT · by rey · 5 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 10 Aug 2015 | RANDI ROSSMANN
    Jerusalem fire in Lake County continues to increase As Cal Fire ramped up efforts Sunday night to fight Lake County’s newly raging Jerusalem fire, estimated at 5,000 acres and growing, sheriff’s deputies arrested a Lake County man suspected of starting a separate fire in the area in an attempt to protect his marijuana garden, sheriff’s officials said Monday. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Juan Ramos Silva, 51, of Lower Lake was arrested at about 6 p.m. Sunday. He’d told deputies and fire officials he’d been a firefighter years ago while living in Mexico and he’d wanted to set a...
  • How marijuana is making California drought worse

    08/06/2015 3:48:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 20 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | August 6, 2015 | By Pete Spotts
    California's most valuable cash crop, marijuana, is taking a heavy toll on some of the state's most sensitive ecosystems, with the effects ranging from erosion, contamination, threats to wildlife, and heavy water use at a time of severe drought. The situation is prompting ecologists and wildlife managers to urge greater focus on bringing marijuana plots under tighter environmental scrutiny. It's a tall order, notes a research team calling for the added focus via an article in the August issue of the journal BioScience. Among the challenges: Money to beef up enforcement and to cover cleanup is scarce. And where some...
  • Teen marijuana use not linked to later depression, lung cancer, other health problems, study finds

    08/04/2015 7:25:58 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 55 replies
    Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.
  • Keith Richards Still Smokes A Joint 'Regularly' In Morning

    07/28/2015 2:20:35 PM PDT · by Mariner · 106 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 28th, 2015 | Ron Dicker
    Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, 71, still likes to wake and bake. But he's fussy about where the weed comes from. "I smoke regularly, an early morning joint. Strictly Californian," The Independent reports the musician told Mojo magazine for its September issue. Richards, who is currently promoting his solo album "Crosseyed Heart," also remarked on the spread of marijuana legalization in the United States. "One of the most pleasant things to watch is a map of America where it goes, green ... green ... green ... green," The Independent reports he said. "Whether it’s a good thing in the long...
  • Experts: Sandra Bland's toxicology report raises possibility she used marijuana in jail

    07/28/2015 11:52:23 AM PDT · by Theoria · 45 replies
    AP ^ | 28 July 2015 | AP
    An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, raises the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody, two experts said. The amount of THC, one of the active components of marijuana, in Bland's system was 18 micrograms per liter, according to the report released Monday. That's more than three times the legal limit for drivers in Colorado and Washington, states that permit the recreational use of marijuana. "I don't think it's possible to rule out the possibility of use while in jail,"...
  • Pot pastor refuses to tear down Church of the Holy Smoke tents in White Rock, B.C.

    07/27/2015 1:10:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBC ^ | Jul 27, 201
    Robin Douglas says up to 10 people attend his cannabis-centred servicesThe self-proclaimed pastor of the Church of the Holy Smoke in White Rock, B.C., is refusing to tear down the tents where he conducts cannabis-centred services. The City of White Rock ordered the tents, erected in the backyard of a beachfront property in the city, to be removed citing bylaw contraventions, but Robin Douglas says that's just a smokescreen. "The only thing that the city is getting mad about is that we're a religious organization that uses cannabis as a sacrament and they want us gone," he told CBC News....
  • Snoop Dogg Arrested In Sweden For Drug Suspicion, Takes To Instagram To Shun The Police

    07/26/2015 5:52:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | 07/26/2015 | Iyana Robertson
    After an appearance in Sweden on Saturday night (July 25), Snoop Dogg was arrested by authorities for suspicion of use of narcotics. His vehicle was pulled over, and officers transported him to a police station where he was ordered to take a drug test. While in the back of the cop car, the rapper recorded a video message, which was posted to Instagram on Sunday (July 26). “[N-word] as got me in the back of police car right now in Sweden, cuz,” Snoop said in the clip. “Pulled a n---- over for nothing, taking us to the station where I...
  • Seniors Are Seeking Out States Where Marijuana is Legal

    07/25/2015 11:26:01 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 92 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 22, 2015
    Seniors Are Seeking Out States Where Marijuana is Legal The top moving destination in 2014 was Oregon, which voted to legalize marijuana last November. When choosing retirement locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities, proximity to grandchildren, access to quality healthcare. Chris Cooper had something else to consider – marijuana laws. The investment adviser from Toledo had long struggled with back pain due to a fractured vertebra and crushed disc from a fall. He hated powerful prescription drugs like Vicodin, but one thing did help ease the pain and spasms: marijuana. So when Cooper, 57, was looking for...
  • Is Social Liberalism Winning?

    07/24/2015 8:11:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This article was co-authored by Tim Graham.The end of the Supreme Court term was depressing for conservatives. The double-whammy of a 50-state mandate for gay marriage and the upholding of Obamacare sounded the alarms for religious freedom. All that unease is measurable. Credit The Washington Post for doing precisely that. The polling team has just reported, "Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues." They found...
  • No Outrage From Environmentalists About Pot

    07/23/2015 7:12:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 7/22/2015 | Michael Reagan
    In fact, it appears the growers don't appear to be very mellow at all. According to an editorial in the Fresno Bee, "Acres of ancient trees are disappearing and illegal marijuana farms are popping up in their place. Streams and rivers are being sucked dry, diverted sometimes miles away through plastic pipes into tanks. Several species of fish, along with a rare breed of wild rodent, are on the verge of extinction." Evidently this is because when you are an outlaw, it's cheaper to despoil parkland and steal water than it is to buy your own land and your own...
  • No Growing Pains: De Beque embraces sales, tax revenue from marijuana

    07/19/2015 3:00:01 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 3 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 7/18/15 | Amy Hamilton
    DE BEQUE — Most motorists cruising along Interstate 70 likely don’t realize De Beque has a downtown. To get there from the interstate, drivers follow a winding road over a broad stretch of the Colorado River and under a railroad bridge. A weathered welcome sign currently lists 501 residents, although those numbers have fluctuated over the years. Yet thanks to the 40-foot-high pillar adorned with a gigantic green cross and a yellow smiley face, Exit 62 off the interstate now is the first outpost for eastbound drivers in Colorado to purchase marijuana. The January opening of Kush Gardens, 4550 U.S....
  • Hawaii governor signs state's medical marijuana dispensary license program into law

    07/16/2015 8:08:34 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 27 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | Jul 15, 2015 | Lorin Eleni Gill
    Hawaii Gov. David Ige has signed a bill that outlines the state’s first licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries, officials announced Wednesday. The governor had until midnight Tuesday to sign or veto bills passed by the state Legislature this year. “I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical marijuana,” Ige said in a statement. “We know that our challenge going forward will be to adopt rules that are fair, cost effective and easy to monitor. We will make a good faith effort to create a fair process that will help the...
  • Colorado pot tax for schools hits record, exceeds 2014 total

    07/14/2015 3:49:42 PM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 07.14.2015 | AP via KJTC8
    DENVER (AP) A marijuana tax for schools in Colorado raised more in the first five months in 2015 than it did for all of 2014. May excise tax collections reported this week showed the recreational pot tax for school construction raised $3.5 million, bringing the 2015 total to $13.7 million The tax brought in just $13.3 million in all of 2014.
  • Marijuana opponents using racketeering law to fight industry

    07/13/2015 3:38:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 4:20 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits. A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it—from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the plaintiffs agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot...
  • Smoking marijuana may affect weight gain

    07/10/2015 12:36:01 PM PDT · by dware · 29 replies
    Live Science via Fox News ^ | 07.10.2015 | Agata Blaszczak Boxe
    Whether smoking marijuana contributes to weight gain may depend on how much pot a person smokes, in addition to other factors such the person's gender, according to a new study. Smoking marijuana often gives people the munchies — a sudden increase in appetite that can make them eat a lot at once — so researchers wanted to examine whether this drive to eat might mean that people who smoke pot put on extra pounds over time.
  • 12-year-old boy facing murder charge has had violent examples

    07/09/2015 7:08:27 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    Omaha World-Herald(Buffets Rag) ^ | July 9, 2015 | By Maggie O’Brien and Alissa Skelton
    The father of a 12-year-old Omaha boy charged with first-degree murder is serving a life sentence in Minnesota for killing a man in 2010. Javaris Eugene Milton, 37, was convicted of first-degree murder in what Minneapolis authorities said was a marijuana-related robbery attempt. The crime is eerily similar to accusations that the boy, Jarrell Milton, his older brother and another teenager are facing in Douglas County.
  • 1 year of legal marijuana sales, 115 years of Seattle Times’ coverage

    07/08/2015 11:02:38 AM PDT · by shotgun · 84 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | July 7, 2015 | Paige Cornwell
    To mark the anniversary of recreational-marijuana stores opening in Washington, we look at The Seattle Times’ coverage of pot over the past 115 years.
  • Editorial: Marijuana growers are wrecking California

    07/07/2015 11:22:33 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 99 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 6, 2015 | By The Bee Editorial Board
    <p>Acres of ancient trees are disappearing and illegal marijuana farms are popping up in their place. Streams and rivers are being sucked dry, diverted sometimes miles away through plastic pipes into tanks. Several species of fish, along with a rare breed of wild rodent, are on the verge of extinction.</p>
  • Chicago cops give wide berth to pot-smoking Deadheads

    07/06/2015 6:39:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/6/15 | FRANK MAIN AND FRAN SPIELMAN
    On Chicago’s lakefront bike path, across the lawns of the museum campus and in the stands of Soldier Field, Grateful Dead fans toasted to the band’s farewell tour this weekend by lighting up. A pungent fog of marijuana smoke wafted throughout the arena packed with 70,000 Deadheads over three straight nights of concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But almost none of those fans needed to fear any repercussions for breaking the city’s ordinances prohibiting public weed consumption. Chicago Police officers made only one arrest for possession of cannabis on Friday and wrote only two possession of cannabis tickets Sunday...
  • The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

    07/06/2015 12:31:33 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 44 replies
    The Herald ^ | 7-6-2015 | KRISTEN WYATT, AP
    <p>DENVER Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.</p> <p>White House hopefuls in both parties are taking donations from people in the new marijuana industry, which is investing heavily in political activism as a route to expanded legalization and landed its first major candidate, Rand Paul, at a trade show last month.</p>
  • Colorado Stoner Resort Plans Go Straight to Pot

    07/04/2015 2:11:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    THE AURORA SENTINEL ^ | July 3, 2015
    CannaCamp couldn't cultivate kush resort after national derision becomes a real downerA planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing. But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting CannaCamp announced Thursday that the resort won’t open after all. The MaryJane Group, which runs marijuana-friendly inns in Denver and Silverthorne, announced that it hopes to find a new home for CannaCamp by 2016. Guests who already booked stays starting at $395 per person per night are being offered stays...
  • Rand Paul Makes History As First Major-Party POTUS Candidate to Seek Pot Industry Donors

    07/01/2015 1:28:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    TruthInMedia.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Barry Donegan
    On June 30, US Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul attended the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Cannabis Business Summit at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO and held his own private, $2,700-per-ticket fundraiser. An invitation to the fundraiser, which was originally obtained by Yahoo News, can be seen below. As The Associated Press points out, Rand Paul’s pot industry fundraiser marks the first time in US history that a major-party presidential candidate has attempted to openly seek campaign cash from America’s new legal marijuana industry. Around 40 marijuana business leaders met with Paul at the event. “This is...
  • Oregon takes first steps into era of legal retail marijuana

    07/01/2015 11:28:26 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 66 replies
    The Monroe News [OR] ^ | July 1, 2015
    Forty-two years after Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, the state is taking its first steps along a road leading to state-licensed stores selling limited amounts of it to anyone over 21. "Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, which on Wednesday makes Oregon the fourth state to adopt laws legalizing recreational use of cannabis for people old enough to drink. He added though that he doesn't expect much increased demand for it. Smoking it in public is illegal, but in Portland police are...
  • Paul is first major-party candidate to court pot donors

    07/01/2015 1:01:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WAFF-TV / The Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt
    DENVER (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul courted donors from the new marijuana industry Tuesday, making the Kentucky senator the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from the legal weed business. Paul's fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit - tickets started at $2,700, the maximum donation allowed for the primary contest - came as the marijuana industry approached its first presidential campaign as a legal enterprise....
  • $357,750: NIH Funds Research for App to Promote Exercise for Marijuana Users

    06/30/2015 1:05:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 30, 2015 | 12:30 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Could an app motivate marijuana users to exercise? The National Institutes of Health is giving $357,750 in taxpayer dollars through its National Institute on Drug Abuse to State University of New York at Buffalo to find out. “Currently, marijuana (MJ) is the most popular illicit drug, but there are few effective interventions to help young adults (age 18 to 25 years) to reduce their MJ intake and avoid negative consequences, including dependence,” the grant noted. “This study will develop and initially test an intervention [personalized feedback on MJ use + a smartphone app to promote exercise/physical activity (PA) as a...
  • Rick Perry defends Colorado’s ‘right to be wrong’ on marijuana

    06/28/2015 6:33:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not agree with Colorado’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana, but he said Saturday he will defend the state’s right to make a hash of things. Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit, Mr. Perry made a vigorous defense for the states’ role as “laboratories of democracy,” in the words of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, even if it means sticking up for Colorado’s retail pot market. “Let this country compete again. I am so optimistic about the future of America if we would free up these states from this one-size-fits-all,”...
  • Rand Paul Is Winning the Pot Reform Primary

    06/26/2015 3:17:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | June 26, 2015 | Steven Nelson
    A large pro-legalization group ranks Paul above all Democratic candidates.Sen. Rand Paul bested his rivals for the White House in a candidate report card issued Friday by the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the largest organizations pushing to regulate the drug like alcohol. The group gave the Kentucky Republican an A- in recognition of his efforts to overhaul federal drug laws and his support of states’ right to legalize marijuana. Second place – a B+ – went to former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who has not officially announced a bid, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a former Republican seeking...
  • Raid of the decade underway in America’s pot-growing epicenter

    06/24/2015 4:29:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2015 | by David Downs
    An estimated 100,000 marijuana plants are expected to be eradicated this week at an enormous, multi-farm bust in remote Northern California — the heart of the famed Emerald Triangle. Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies — with no federal involvement — began serving search warrants Monday in a remote area at the intersection of the three counties. Dozens of deputies are staging a four or five-day operation in what is being called the largest raid in a decade. The raid targeted some very prominent members of the community, including public members of lobbying groups and marijuana PACs like the...
  • Study: Here's how stoned, drunk drivers differ

    06/24/2015 2:04:20 PM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.24.2015 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    When it comes to smoking marijuana and driving, many variables affect impairment—the potency of the drug, the tolerance of the toker, when the drug was taken, how the drug was taken—making guidelines difficult to implement. But with some states decriminalizing the possession of weed, the feds are investigating a pot version of the .08 breath alcohol concentration set as the legal driving limit in most of the country.
  • Sorry, stoners: New study shows ‘medical’ marijuana doesn’t actually help with anything

    06/23/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 113 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Which, of course you all knew, since you only pretended to think otherwise so you could get high without the pigs harshing your mellow. Honestly, if you ever believed the nonsense that marijuana was “medicine,” you probably don’t have the brain capacity to process the information I’m about to give you. Then again, there’s dumb and there’s willfully delusional. You can have the ability to know better, but choose to embrace nonsense anyway because you want so desperately to get high. I’d say that still makes you an idiot. Just that you’re an idiot by choice. At any rate, you...
  • STUDY: SCANT EVIDENCE THAT MEDICAL POT HELPS MANY ILLNESSES

    06/23/2015 10:26:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2015 | Lindsey Tanner
    Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette's syndrome and the authors recommend more research.
  • Study: Scant Evidence That Medical Pot Helps Many Illnesses

    06/23/2015 10:19:23 AM PDT · by LRoggy · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 6/23/15 | By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette's syndrome and the authors recommend more research.
  • Pot edibles manufacturing plant opens in Salinas (California)

    06/20/2015 8:41:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KSBW-TV ^ | June 19, 2015 | Brynne Whittaker
    SALINAS, Calif. —Altai Brands has set up shop in northern Salinas to make and distribute medical marijuana products despite the fact that medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal in the city. The company found a legal loophole because they're not actually growing or selling the pot there. "This is a manufacturing business that is going above and beyond to assure safety and security," Salinas City Councilman Steve McShane said. Altai Brands is housed in a warehouse off Quail Run Circle. Large batches up pot-infused chocolate are made there and sent to dispensaries around the state. The warehouse is in McShane's district,...
  • It's legal to smoke pot in Colorado, but you can still get fired for it

    06/19/2015 5:53:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/19/2015 | NIGEL DUARA
    The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that businesses can fire employees who use marijuana during their off-time, including those with a legal prescription for medical pot. In a case that has been closely watched by employers in some states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, the Colorado court found that Dish Network lawfully fired a quadriplegic employee and medical marijuana user who failed a drug test. Customer service representative Brandon Coats, 35, used marijuana in his off-time to deal with painful muscle spasms. The court ruled that the federal prohibition on pot makes the drug unlawful despite...
  • Marijuana Legalization For Adults With Taxation And Regulation Supported By Most New Jerseyans

    06/18/2015 10:53:51 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 73 replies
    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A clear majority of New Jerseyans supports legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and over, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today. Just under one-third of residents strongly support making marijuana use legal, assuming it would be taxed and regulated, while another 26 percent somewhat support the idea. Twelve percent are somewhat opposed while 27 percent are strongly opposed. An April 2014 Rutgers-Eagleton Poll found that while about two-thirds in New Jersey favored eliminating marijuana possession penalties, just 49 percent supported “completely legalizing” the drug. “The trend in New Jersey mirrors the nation as...
  • Colorado announces results of 1st adult pot survey

    06/15/2015 3:02:44 PM PDT · by dware · 46 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 06.15.2015 | AP via KJTC8
    DENVER (AP) Almost 14 percent of Colorado adults use pot. That's according to the state Health Department's first-ever survey of how many adults use the newly legal drug. Results from the 2014 survey were announced Monday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that 13.6 percent of adults currently use pot. Of those, more than a third said they use pot every day.
  • Colorado court: Workers can be fired for using pot off-duty

    06/15/2015 4:54:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2015 5:05 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The state Supreme Court ruled 6-0 Monday that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. The case was being watched closely by employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Colorado became at least the fourth state in which courts have ruled against medical marijuana patients fired for pot use. Supreme courts in California, Montana and Washington state have made similar rulings, and federal courts in Colorado and Michigan also...
  • EMS: 235 people sickened by synthetic drug K2 since May 29 (Austin, TX)

    06/15/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | June 15, 2015 | Nicole Chavez
    The number of people sickened by synthetic marijuana has reached 235 since May 29, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Since Sunday evening, medics responded to a couple of calls where two people were treated for adverse reactions to the synthetic drug known as K2 or “spice,” EMS officials said. The synthetic drug is intended to mimic the effects of marijuana. People who have taken K2 have shown symptoms that include violent behavior, paranoia, seizures, low heart rates and low blood pressure.
  • Hidden footage shows cops eating marijuana goods, more...

    06/14/2015 9:05:20 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 25 replies
    http://www.mediaite.com/ ^ | 6/13/15 | Ken Meyer
    On Thursday, KTLA-5 reported on hidden camera footage that showed some objectionable behavior from police officers during a raid on an unlicensed marijuana dispensary. The cops were recorded playing darts on the job, eating pot-laced baked goods, and even joking about assaulting a woman with an amputated leg. The footage shows that eight officers had masks on and their guns drawn when they entered Sky High Holistic, shouting “everybody on the ground” to customers and workers. After clearing the building of everyone present, the police began to remove the store’s mounted surveillance cameras, though they did not get the ones...
  • 27 February 2013: 'Marijuana cannon' used to fire drugs over US border seized in Mexico

    06/14/2015 5:22:16 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 57 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 27 February 2013 12.29 EST | Associated Press
    Compressed-air gun mounted on truck could throw 13-kilo packets over fence into California
  • Cruz Mega-Donor is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire

    06/12/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 51 replies
    TexasTribune.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jay Root
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. ...
  • Video of Santa Ana Police Pot-Shop Raid Shows Officers Eating ‘Edibles,’ Attorney Says

    06/11/2015 4:20:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Video of a police raid of Sky High Holistic in Santa Ana last month showed officers appearing to eat “edibles” laced with marijuana, according to attorney Matthew Pappas,
  • GOP-controlled Hill panel backs state medical marijuana laws

    06/11/2015 12:17:49 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 174 replies
    Philly.com ^ | June 11, 2015
    The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee. The 20-10 vote puts the Senate Appropriations panel on record in favor of permitting people to obtain and dispensaries to provide medicinal marijuana in states where it's permitted and regulated. [...]
  • In Canada Medical marijuana legal in all forms, Supreme Court rules

    06/11/2015 7:37:18 AM PDT · by Phlap · 8 replies
    CBC ^ | 06/11/2015
    Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana — and not just smoke it — as well as use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.
  • First pot-friendly resort to open in Colorado; Campers treated to happy hours, marijuana massages

    06/11/2015 3:54:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 6-9-15 | Meg Wagner
    Vacationers can soon live the high life at cannabis camp. CannaCamp — which bills itself the first pot-friendly ranch resort — opens in southwest Colorado next month. The 170-acre ranch in Durango hosts daily Wake+Bake breakfasts, organizes pot-centric cooking and yoga classes and encourages guests to smoke freely on resort grounds. CannaCamp won’t provide travelers with pot, a clear violation of Colorado’s marijuana laws. Instead, the resort allows their guest to bring their own weed and use it during their stays. CannaCamp will even pick guests up at the airport and take them on dispensary tours before heading to the...
  • Daneshia Heller Calls 911, Says Man Took Her Marijuana Money

    06/10/2015 10:28:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Local10 ^ | 6/10 | Peter Burke
    BSO says Fort Lauderdale woman found with 'flakka' in her pocketA Fort Lauderdale woman called 911 to report that a man from whom she was buying drugs took her money, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report. Daneshia Heller, 19, was arrested Tuesday on charges of drug possession and misuse of the emergency 911 system. ccording to the arrest affidavit, Heller told the arresting deputy that a man named Zakan Allan took her $5 that she was using to buy drugs. Heller said she went to the house to buy marijuana, but he took her money and didn't give her...