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  • Pot-related poison control calls up in Washington, Colorado

    01/23/2015 10:37:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2015 1:36 PM EST | Gene Johnson
    Marijuana-related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children. New year-end data show that the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center received 151 calls for marijuana exposure last year, the first year of retail recreational pot sales. That was up from 88 calls in 2013 and 61 in 2012, the year voters made marijuana legal for adults over 21. …
  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    12/20/2014 10:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 6:36 PM EST | Nicholas Riccardi
    Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court—social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado’s experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. …
  • Obama administration to allow Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana

    12/12/2014 4:56:18 PM PST · by BAW · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | German Lopez
    The Obama administration will direct attorneys to not prevent Native American tribes on reservations from growing and selling marijuana even in states where pot is illegal, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. Some federal restrictions will still apply. Marijuana can't be sold to minors, grown on public land, fall into the hands of drug cartels, or systemically spread to states where the drug remains illegal. It's unclear how many tribes will take advantage of the opportunity. Many are opposed to marijuana legalization. The federal government will continue enforcing prohibition for those tribes, at their request, even in states where...
  • Marijuana should stay illegal, young Europeans say

    08/27/2014 8:56:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.08.14 @ 12:40 | Benjamin Fox
    A narrow majority of Europe’s youth would ban cannabis, according to new research published by Eurobarometer. Opinion was divided on whether cannabis should be banned. Forty-five percent believed that it should be regulated, while 53 percent felt it should be banned. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of respondents added that hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and ecstasy should be illegal. Eurobarometer interviewed more than 13,000 15-24 year olds across the bloc in June for the survey, which was released on Thursday (21 August). It focused on levels of drug use, perceived risk of certain substances, as well as opinions...
  • 6 Surprising Realities of the Legal Weed Industry

    08/23/2014 10:28:08 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 97 replies
    Cracked.com ^ | 08/23/14
    #6. There's a Whole Industry Dedicated to Just Making Weed Pretty #5. The "Safe, All-Natural Drug" Could Actually Be Full of Serious Toxins #4. Weed Can Be Fairly Dangerous to Handle #3. Even Where It's Legal, It's Not Legal #2. The Legal Pot Industry Is Hurting the Environment #1. The Growers Don't Want It to Be Legal
  • Probe into Brown shooting goes to pot ("shows that Brown was the quintessential American teenager")

    08/19/2014 11:42:49 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    WP ^ | 8/18/14 | J Capehart
    Reading the profile of Michael Brown by Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times over the weekend, one paragraph stood out. He was heavyset and quiet, but not shy. He recorded rap music with his best friend and smoked marijuana with other young men. Hennessy-Fiske also points out that cigarillos, the kind that Brown allegedly stole from a convenience store, are “often used to smoke marijuana.” So, it should hardly come as a shock that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. If anything, this...
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    08/08/2014 1:36:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 153 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 8th, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first...
  • Denver Fair’s Bong, Edible Contests Celebrate Pot

    08/03/2014 7:09:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    cbs Denver ^ | 8-3-2014
    Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation’s first county fair to allow pot competitions. This weekend’s Denver County Fair includes a 21-and-over “Pot Pavilion” where winning entries for plants, bongs, edible treats and clothes made from hemp are on display. Organizers say the marijuana categories this year — which come with the debut of legal recreational marijuana in Colorado — add a fun twist on Denver’s already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant and a contest for dioramas made with Peeps candies. “We’ve been selling tickets to people from all over the...
  • Urban Outfitters Pinpoints Hairroin Salons With Free Hypodermic Pens

    07/29/2014 11:11:21 AM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    The Fix ^ | 7/18/14 | John Lavitt
    Urban Outfitters Pinpoints Hairroin Salons With Free Hypodermic Pens Urban Outfitters has teamed up with the NYC Hairroin Salon in glamorizing drug use at a time when heroin has devastated the city. Pinpointing Hairroin Salons in their stores that give away free hypodermic needle pens, it’s clear that Urban Outfitters has failed to learn their lesson. After previously pulling shot glasses designed as prescription medication bottles from its shelves after an uproar, the teen-focused store has actually teamed up with a hair salon with the name Hairroin in its latest New York City location. The so-called cutting edge salon glamorizes...
  • A Crime No Man Can Commit:

    07/16/2014 12:13:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Given the link between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and birth defects, should expectant mothers who drink be arrested for assault? If not, it is hard to see why Mallory Loyola is in jail. Loyola, who was arrested last week after giving birth to a baby girl who tested positive for amphetamine, is the first woman to be charged under a new Tennessee law that criminalizes drug consumption by pregnant women. The law, ostensibly aimed at protecting children, is really about punishing what its chief sponsor described as "the worst of the worst": women who not only use arbitrarily proscribed intoxicants...
  • Washington Pot Stores Open, But Some Activists Aren't Celebrating

    07/09/2014 12:54:00 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    USNews ^ | 0708/2014 | Steven Nelson
    Veteran marijuana activist Douglas Hiatt, right, says Washington's Initiative 502 establishes a "Soviet style" market for marijuana and won't work. “You’re going to have people selling grams of pot for $25? What, are you kidding me?” Hiatt says. “You can get the best pot you have ever smoked for 10 bucks a gram at a [medical marijuana] dispensary or from someone else who's going to give you a better deal than the state.” There’s no way they are going to eliminate the black market with something that’s totally unresponsive to a market at all,” Hiatt says. "You're going to see...
  • Colorado Man Who Gives ‘No F****’ Asks Obama If He Wants Some Weed

    07/09/2014 7:44:44 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Chuck Ross
    President Obama did not say “yes,” but he also did not say “no” when asked by a man in a Colorado bar Tuesday night if he wanted to smoke marijuana. Obama merely laughed when, as he was greeting a crowd at a Denver bar, 24-year-old Matthew Anton held a joint up in the air and asked “You want to hit this?” “Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot…he laughed! #legalizeit #iinhaled #mrGQ” wrote Anton on Instagram. The offer capped an interesting night for Obama, who is in Colorado to attend two fundraisers. He and Gov. John Hickenlooper were...
  • Unusual witness presses medical-marijuana cause in Pa.

    06/13/2014 4:47:57 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 31 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 11, 2014
    Unusual witness presses medical-marijuana cause in Pa. During the last 32 years, stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld has smoked 130,000 marijuana cigarettes - with the federal government's blessing. As jaws dropped in a Harrisburg legislative chamber filled with state senators, Rosenfeld made the remark Tuesday and then held up a silver canister containing 300 pre-rolled joints, a month's supply. He continues to receive the canisters from a government-authorized farm in Mississippi to help treat a rare bone-tumor disorder. This despite the drug's classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a top-tier hazardous substance with no medicinal value. "I'm living proof of the...
  • Hershey sues Colorado edible pot company

    06/07/2014 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | June 6, 2014 | By SADIE GURMAN
    The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles company, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker. The trademark infringement lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver this week against TinctureBelle LLC and TinctureBelle Marijuanka LLC. It alleges TinctureBelle's Ganja Joy, Hasheath, Hashees and Dabby Patty mimic Hershey's Almond Joy, Heath bar, Reese's peanut butter cups and York peppermint patty candies, respectively.
  • Marijuana use may affect the size and shape of men's sperm

    06/06/2014 7:14:49 AM PDT · by shove_it · 28 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 5 Jun 2014 | Loren Grush
    ~snip~ “There are fewer risks than people think, and that makes sense to me,” Pacey said. “The single thing that affects fertility is how big your testicles are. If you’re blessed with big testicles, you’ll produce more sperm.”
  • Maureen Dowd's marijuana-induced freak out

    06/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 June 2014 Last updated at 12:21 ET | By Anthony Zurcher
    Maureen Dowd travelled to Colorado in January, ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown in her hotel room. Here's how she describes the experience in her Wednesday New York Times column: "I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn't move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the...
  • Jared Polis — a pro-pot, video-game playing congressman — tries to win over his party

    05/28/2014 11:33:02 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2014 | Ben Terris
    Rep. Jared Polis will gladly visit a marijuana dispensary in his home state of Colorado. He’ll stand in a fluorescent-lit room with hundreds of skunky plants, discuss the different types of high someone gets from Willie’s Wonder versus Super Lemon Haze (one’s a “creative upper,” the other “uplifting and euphoric”) and ruminate on the local ban on edibles. Just don’t try to take his picture in the grow room. “It’s like, that could go viral,” Polis says, leaving Choice Organics in Fort Collins. “I don’t shy away from the issue; we talk about it, whatever. But the problem is, we...
  • Medical marijuana high in the polls for Florida voters (88% support)

    05/07/2014 3:35:04 PM PDT · by Ken H · 26 replies
    Biz Journals ^ | May 06, 2014 | Jim Saunders
    A poll released Monday shows that 88 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, bolstering the arguments of advocates who have placed a constitutional amendment on the November ballot seeking legalization. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, indicates widespread support across political and demographic lines — Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old — for legal medical marijuana if it is prescribed by physicians. The constitutional amendment needs approval from 60 percent of voters to pass.
  • Medical marijuana: Here's a look at differing approaches in Minnesota House, Senate

    05/05/2014 8:28:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-5-14 | Christopher Snowbeck
    With medical marijuana bills advancing at the Minnesota Capitol, both supporters and critics have been invoking the phrase "Wild West" when debating the merits of legislation. Without more scientific evidence about risks and benefits, the prospect of legalized medical marijuana "would be kind of like the Wild West of medicine," argued Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, during a hearing in April. In a Senate committee last week, Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, used the metaphor in a different way -- arguing that desperate patients currently face a Wild West situation of buying marijuana on the street, without knowing what they're getting. "Or...
  • FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco

    04/23/2014 10:06:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 12:34 AM EDT | Michael Felberbaum
    The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration proposal being issued Thursday would ban sales to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels. …
  • Denver mayor to learn about Amsterdam pot rules

    04/04/2014 10:20:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    TBO ^ | 04/04/2014
    DENVER (AP) — Denver's mayor will visit Amsterdam next week partly to learn about marijuana regulation in the country that led the way in pot liberalization. The city announced Thursday that Michael Hancock and other officials plan to meet with representatives of Amsterdam's municipal government during a trip mainly focused on economic development.
  • Belgian Newspaper Under Fire for Depicting President & Mrs. Obama as Monkeys (Link only)

    03/26/2014 10:51:07 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 61 replies
    De Morgen ^ | 3/26/2014 | http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/03/belgian-newspaper-fire-depicting-president-mrs-obama-monkeys/
    De Morgen, a Belgian newspaper, found itself in the middle of a firestorm over the weekend after it ran an image depicting President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama as apes just days before Mr. Obama is scheduled to visit the country. http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/03/belgian-newspaper-fire-depicting-president-mrs-obama-monkeys
  • Get real, lower drinking age to 19

    03/20/2014 6:52:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 115 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu March 20, 2014 | William Cohan
    (CNN) -- It's been eight years since a black exotic dancer in Durham, North Carolina, accused three white Duke University lacrosse players of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping at a party. Whether you believe justice was adequately served -- without a trial, the North Carolina attorney general unilaterally declared the indicted players innocent -- one fact remains indisputable: A whole lot of underage drinking of beer and Jack Daniels was going on throughout much of that March day, badly impairing the judgment of the more than 40 man-boys in attendance. According to a June 2006 study by Aaron White, then...
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Guard Shoots Self in Foot (San Bernardino, CA)

    03/16/2014 4:37:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    San Bernardino County Sun ^ | March 15, 2014 | Greg Cappis
    Medical marijuana dispensary guard shoots self in foot SAN BERNARDINO - A medical marijuana dispensary guard shot himself in the foot for unknown reasons Friday night, according to police. Just after 9 p.m. officers went to the 3300 block of East Highland Avenue to investigate the shooting. “On our arrival, we found that the security guard for the business, for some reason, had his weapon out, discharged his firearm, striking himself in the foot one time,” said Lt. Travis Walker. The security guard was transported to a hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound, according to Walker. “We plan...
  • Girl Scout Cookies Controversy – To Sell or Not To Sell? You Decide!

    03/15/2014 5:19:52 AM PDT · by harpu · 23 replies
    AMAC (a Decent AARP Alternative) ^ | 03/14/14 | D.J. Wilson
    It was Juliette Gordon Low’s vision to empower young girls to grow courageous and strong and to develop their full potential. For that reason, she founded Girl Scouts in 1912. Today, membership has grown to 3.2 million, 2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers. Some of the many benefits of scouting include learning skills, discovering fun, increasing understanding and respect, contributing to society and developing values to guide actions. If value driven actions matter, I can’t help but wonder if Juliette would have envisioned a sweet little 8-year-old girl selling cookies on the doorstep of...
  • Pot connection? Colorado schools deny spike in applications sparked by marijuana law

    03/13/2014 2:41:34 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/13/2014 | By Katharine J. Crane
    Colorado colleges and universities have seen a dramatic jump in applications, including from out of state, following the legalization of marijuana, but officials insist there’s no drug connection. Applications to the University of Colorado are up 30 percent since Amendment 64 made recreational pot legal, according to Director of Admissions Kevin MacLennan. But while several marijuana advocates told FoxNews.com it is hardly surprising that the Centennial State would become a mecca for college-bound tokers, MacLennan disagrees. “We aren’t getting a lot of questions about this,” MacLennan said, referring to the new law. He said a better explanation for the rise...
  • Young Republicans Find Fault With Elders on List of Social Issues

    03/11/2014 9:26:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    It was difficult to miss Ian Jacobson at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Known as Rooster, he was 33, with an ample beard, earrings and a towering orange-and-aqua spiked Mohawk haircut. But he also sported a pinstriped suit, French cuffs and a natty contrast collar. Mr. Jacobson’s sartorial contradictions matched those of his politics: He is among the young Republicans who are pro-free market on fiscal issues and libertarian on social ones. While his views represent a potential growth wing for a party that is losing among other demographic groups, they also show an emerging tension with the older social...
  • Greeley Barber Shop Refusing Customers That Smell Like Pot

    03/10/2014 5:48:53 AM PDT · by massmike · 37 replies
    A barber shop in Greeley refuses service to people who smell like marijuana. The owner of Hugo’s Barber Shop said he felt he had to step in when it got bad. “I feel that it’s my right to make the statement. It’s the same thing as no shoes no service,” said shop owner Hugo Corral. When his customers, many of them with children, started expressing their frustration about the issue he decided it was time for a change. “A mother calls and says hey we can’t go in there anymore because we don’t want it to smell like marijuana when...
  • CPAC Audience: Legalize It!

    03/08/2014 6:12:42 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 123 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03-07-2014 | John Sexton
    There are things you expect to see at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and there are things you don't. One of the things you probably don't is an audience cheering and applauding arguments for legalizing pot and bemoaning the war on drugs. A panel titled "Rocky Mountain High" held Thursday afternoon started out as a debate between Mary Katherine Ham of Fox and Hot Air and Christopher Beach a staffer for former Drug Czar William Bennett's radio show. But as the debate wore on it became clear the real disagreement was between Beach and the overwhelming majority of the...
  • 3rd-Graders Caught Smoking Pot In Sonora School Bathroom

    03/05/2014 9:34:46 AM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    SONORA (CBS SF) — Three third-grade students at a Sonora elementary school were busted for smoking pot in the school’s bathroom last week. Two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old were caught by another student, who immediately informed school administrators. Those officials then alerted local police. The students were questioned by officers, and later released to their parents on February 27th. Sonora Elementary School Principal Chris Boyles would not speak with CBS SF regarding the case, but Superintendent Leigh Shampain confirmed that the students were caught smoking marijuana in the school’s bathroom. He would not discuss how the students might be disciplined.
  • CA Gov.: The Nation Needs to be Competitive and Alert, Not Stoned

    03/04/2014 7:27:02 AM PST · by rktman · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/3/2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Democrat Governor Jerry Brown opposed marijuana legalization during an interview on Meet the Press Sunday. By advertising and codifying the drug, Brown feared its acceptance and use could lead to a less alert and less competitive population. The problem with anything, a certain amount is okay. But there is a tendency to go to extremes. And all of a sudden, if there's advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day,...
  • Vets Seeing More Dogs Eating Edible Marijuana

    02/26/2014 8:36:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 46 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    DENVER (CBS4) – An animal hospital in Denver is seeing an increasing number of dogs who have eaten edible marijuana and is finding that the diagnosis isn’t good. VCA Animal Hospital is open 24 hours a day and they see hundreds of dogs every week from checkups to emergencies. Since Jan. 1 the clinic says dogs have been getting into their owner’s supply of marijuana, specifically edibles. “What we are seeing is dogs getting into the baked products,” said Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. The concern is that edibles have a concentration of marijuana meant for controlled human consumption and dogs weigh...
  • Two States Look to Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21

    02/23/2014 12:52:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Lawmakers in Utah and Colorado are promoting legislation to raise the legal age for tobacco use to 21, a higher standard than imposed by any other state, saying they want to discourage young people from picking up a lifelong smoking habit. Supporters say keeping tobacco out of the hands of young adults will save thousands of lives, even as critics complain that Americans who are old enough to vote and serve in the military should not be deemed too young to decide on their own if they should smoke. In a dramatic display of the risks of smoking, lawmakers in...
  • Governors: Legalized pot buzz just smoke

    02/22/2014 5:18:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 6:03 PM EST | Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas
    All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke. Nearly three months after Colorado began selling recreational marijuana, the nation’s governors are taking a cautious approach to loosening their drug laws despite growing support for legalization. Republican and Democratic state chief executives meeting in Washington this weekend expressed broad concern for children and public safety should recreational marijuana use spread. At the same time, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is warning other governors against rushing to follow his lead. …
  • Banks warned they risk prosecution if they follow Obama admin. guidance on marijuana

    02/15/2014 9:40:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Bankers should beware of the Obama administration’s newly issued green light for banks doing business with the legal marijuana industry, according to the head of the Colorado Bankers Association. Memos released Friday by the Justice Department and Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network were intended to give banks leeway to open accounts for marijuana businesses in states like Colorado and Washington that have legalized retail pot. Instead, the guidance “only reinforces and reiterates that banks can be prosecuted for providing accounts to marijuana related businesses,” said the CBA in a Friday statement. “In fact, it is even stronger...
  • Wendy Davis says she supports medical marijuana

    02/11/2014 4:54:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 11, 2014 7:13 PM EST
    Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis said Tuesday that she supports the use of medical marijuana and would consider decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the substance. She explained her position in an interview with the Dallas Morning News editorial board. “We as a state need to think about the cost of that incarceration and, obviously, the cost to the taxpayers as a consequence of it, and whether we’re really solving any problem for the state by virtue of incarcerations for small amounts of marijuana possession,” Davis said, according to a transcript of the meeting and confirmed by the...
  • Amateur hash-oil production, explosions bound to continue [WA]

    02/08/2014 9:42:18 PM PST · by steve86 · 18 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Feb. 8, 2014 | Robert Young
    From Spokane to Seattle, Vancouver to Mount Vernon, amateur chemists have caused explosions in recent months, often in homes, while using flammable solvents to produce hash oil. The most recent blast occurred Monday in a Spokane Valley kitchen. Three weeks earlier, an explosion in a Vancouver home left a man hospitalized with burns to his face. [...] This phenomenon is not part of the state’s legal marijuana system. Under rules for the state’s new industry, hash oil can only be made in licensed facilities, and those do not include homes. State rules also require that only certain equipment and chemicals...
  • Reason Magazine: Hey, Let’s Reduce Heroin Overdoses by Legalizing Heroin

    02/04/2014 2:32:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/04/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    For a magazine that styles itself Reason, it’s surprisingly unreasonable. Nick Gillespie of Reason attacks Truth Revolt’s Ben Shapiro for writing that “Philip Seymour Hoffman['s] self-inflicted death is yet another hallmark of the broken leftist culture that dominates Hollywood, enabling rather than preventing the loss of some of its greatest talents. Libertarianism becomes libertinism without a cultural force pushing back against the penchant for sin; Hollywood has no such cultural force.”It’s a point that’s rather hard to argue with. Freedom opens up the arena for individual character to define how people will use it. Freedom alone is a blank slate...
  • SUPER BOWL 2014: RIOT POLICE RESTORE ORDER IN SEATTLE AFTER SEAHAWKS WIN

    02/03/2014 2:01:23 PM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Feb 14
    After the Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday, fans in Seattle jumped on cars, took over intersections, torched couches, and riot police had to be brought in to restore order.
  • Medical marijuana ballot called 'plan' to help Crist beat Scott

    02/01/2014 4:58:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 1/24/14
    “It is no coincidence that Charlie Crist's law partner and biggest supporter, John Morgan, is financing medical marijuana,” said Gainesville-based GOP consultant Alex Patton. “It's a plan.”
  • President and Moo Obama Announce New Crusade

    01/30/2014 6:32:41 PM PST · by RetiredTexasVet · 9 replies
    1-30-14 | Retired Texas Vet
    President and Moo Obama Announce New Crusade. Moo took the lead at the press conference in announcing their new crusade "Toking is not Smoking". His Arrogance and Moo will take their program to the schools during the month of February. Many children are erroneously reporting their parents as smoking under the "Comrades Reporting Addiction Program (CRAP)" under CORE when they are just toking a few joints after work. Several leaders of cancer charities, the Surgeon General, CDC and HHS have joined with His Arrogance and Moo to clarify that doing a few doobies is not the same as the filthy...
  • DA’s office: Woman accused of selling heroin out of McDonald’s Happy Meals

    01/29/2014 12:54:18 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 29, 2014
    EAST LIBERTY, Pa. — A 26-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after police said undercover agents purchased heroin from the woman while she was working at the East Liberty McDonald’s. According to Mike Manko, a spokesperson for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, authorities received information that heroin was being sold by an employee at the McDonald’s Restaurant on Penn Avenue in the Bakery Square section of East Liberty. Manko said several law enforcement officers set up a controlled buy at the restaurant Wednesday. Investigators said the customer looking for heroin was instructed to go through the drive-through lane and say,...
  • Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

    01/27/2014 2:03:55 PM PST · by Theoria · 90 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | Alastair Bland
    Within days after each season premiere and season finale of the Discovery Channel's reality show "Moonshiners," they come — a small but perceptible wave of people — to purchase suspiciously large amounts of corn, sugar and hardy strains of fermenting yeast at Austin Homebrew Supply. "We know what they're up to," says Chris Ellison, the manager of the Texas store.That is, it's obvious they're planning to ferment the sugars from grain or fruit juice into alcohol, then distill the resulting mid-strength beverage into high-alcohol hooch.Making spirits at home with plans to drink it is against federal law. Only with the...
  • Gov. Rick Perry for decriminalization of pot

    01/23/2014 12:38:11 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 57 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/23/2014 | Kolten Parker
    SAN ANTONIO — Texas Gov. Rick Perry signaled Thursday that he's for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for marijuana users in the border state. “As governor, I have begun to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization” by introducing alternative “drug courts” that provide treatment and softer penalties for minor offenses, Perry said during an international panel on drug legalization at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His spokesman confirmed that Perry is staunchly opposed to legalization of marijuana because of the dangers that have been associated with the drug,...
  • Obama pot comments not meant to endorse legalization: White House

    01/23/2014 12:30:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 22, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama wasn’t trying to set new federal drug policy when he stated that Colorado and Washington state should “go forward” with new laws legalizing marijuana use, the White House said Wednesday. “The president’s position on these matters hasn’t changed,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “He made clear that he sees it as a bad habit and a vice, and not something that he would encourage. He’s not endorsing any specific move by a state, he’s simply making an observation.” Under federal law, marijuana use is illegal. The president has acknowledged smoking marijuana — former friends in his...
  • N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Promises to End War on Drugs in Inaugural Speech

    01/23/2014 9:04:52 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 01/22/2014 | Allison Geller
    In the inaugural speech for his second term of office, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie vowed to end the ineffective “war on drugs.” “We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse. We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands this simple truth:  every life has value and no life is disposable,” Christie said Tuesday at the War Memorial in Trenton. Christie generally tried to strike...
  • HHS: 8,300 Words About the Dangers of Tobacco Smoking, But Not a Single Word About Pot Smoking

    01/21/2014 6:07:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "We're still a country very much addicted to tobacco," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a news conference last Friday, as she urged communities, schools and businesses to "help make the next generation a tobacco-free generation." A transcript of that news conference runs around 8,300 words, but there isn't a single word about the adverse health effects of marijuana smoking -- even as more states jump on the pot-legalization bandwagon. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana smoke is an irritant to the lungs, and "frequent marijuana smokers can have many of the same...
  • Why Heroin Use Is Skyrocketing Across The US

    01/20/2014 2:12:28 PM PST · by BBell · 68 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | 1/15/14 | Pamela Engel
    Heroin abuse has been getting more attention lately. Last week, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin spent his entire 34-minute State of the State address talking about the state's "full-blown heroin crisis," and law enforcement officials in small cities across New England have noted an increase in heroin use. Demand for the drug might be coming from people who are hooked on prescription pills.Health officials and drug experts have started noticing that heroin use has been exploding as states crack down on "pill mills," which get people addicted to Oxycontin and other pain killers even when they don't have a medical need...
  • Legal pot prompts a question: What about hash?

    07/14/2013 8:25:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 14, 2013 9:55 AM EDT | Gene Johnson
    Jim Andersen has a 40-year history with hashish, the concentrated cannabis sometimes referred to as the cognac of the marijuana world. When he served in the Air Force in Southeast Asia, he said he smuggled it home in his boots. When he was in grad school in California, he made it with a centrifuge in a lab after hours. So when Washington was on the verge of legalizing the sale of taxed pot last fall, Andersen decided to move back to his home state and turn his hobby into a full-time, legitimate paycheck—a business that would supply state-licensed, recreational marijuana...
  • Ex-RI Rep. Kennedy lobbies against legal marijuana

    01/08/2013 6:53:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2013 8:29 AM EST
    Former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he’s established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana. … The Providence Journal reports that Kennedy’s group, Project SAM—for Smart Approaches to Marijuana—will instead lobby for increased treatment for marijuana and drug abuse. …