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  • Oregon Pot Stores Sell More Than $11 Million in First 5 Days

    10/09/2015 4:08:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 9, 2015 | The Associated Press
    Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon's first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association. Oregon retailers had sales of $3.5 million by the end of opening day, Casey Houlihan, executive director of the association, told the Statesman Journal ( ). By contrast, Colorado's first week of sales reached $5 million. In Washington, sales during the first month hit $2 million....
  • Trimmigrants headed to the Emerald Triangle for harvest season

    10/08/2015 9:01:05 PM PDT · by rey · 17 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 8 Oct. 2015
    Have you’ve noticed an influx of hitchhikers heading along 101 lately—the ones with frame backpacks, dreads and cardboard signs that say “North” or “Mendocino”? Let us put the pieces together, in case you haven’t: It’s trimming season. Between mid-October and late November, mostly 20-somethings from all over the country flock to Northern California in hopes of getting a job trimming recently-harvested marijuana plants. Most are headed into the Emerald Triangle, considered the largest marijuana-growing region in the world. Made up of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity County, it’s more than 10 thousand square miles of sparsely populated forests and hills with...
  • Man who calls police to say he’s ‘too high’ found in pile of Doritos (Article and 911 call)

    10/08/2015 12:26:43 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | October 8, 2015 | Web Staff
    AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- An Ohio man made a strange, and not-so-wise call to police last Friday to tell them that he was "too high" on marijuana. Police arrived at the 22-year-old man's home at approximately 5:20 p.m, according to WJW. There, they found him on the floor "in a fetal position," surrounded by, "a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies." According to a police report, the man told the officer that he couldn't feel his hands because he smoked too much weed. The 22-year-old gave the officer the keys to his car, where he had smoked...
  • Tommy Chong’s Cancer Battle Takes a Turn for the Worse

    10/07/2015 9:51:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Richard Johnson
    Fans are praying for Tommy Chong, of “Cheech & Chong” fame, as he faces his latest battle with cancer. The marijuana maven who created best-selling stoner comedy albums and eight movies with partner Cheech Marin could barely stand last weekend at the Las Vegas Hempfest, where he was given a lifetime achievement award. Chong, 77, announced three years ago he’d been stricken with cancer. But a month later, he tweeted that a hemp oil treatment was working and that he was “99 percent cancer-free.”
  • Marina Man Arrested for Armed Robbery, Reveals His Own Identity (Used Medical Pot Card to Rob Pot)

    10/07/2015 10:19:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KSBW ^ | Oct 06, 2015
    On Monday night, Ricardo Antonio Lopez-Campos, 27, of Marina, robbed a medical marijuana vendor and ordered some cannabis. Unfortunately for the robber, the vendor required that the purchaser show a copy of his identification and medical marijuana certification to them before agreeing to the transaction. Lopez-Campos then complied with the request and sent his own identification to the victim. Then, he proceeded with the armed robbery and took marijuana from the victim. Officers were able to quickly identify Lopez-Campos and were able to locate him within a very short time. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail. The stolen...
  • Driver allegedly smoking pot hits pedestrian at Gresham crosswalk (Legalized Oregon)

    10/06/2015 9:22:25 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 89 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 10/05/2015 | Jeff Manning
    Gresham Police say a driver suspected of smoking marijuana slammed his Toyota Prius into a 46-year-old Portland woman at a Gresham intersection Monday sending the woman flying 35 feet. The collision took place at 8:09 a.m. at the intersection of East Burnside Street and Northeast 181st Avenue. The woman, who Gresham Police did not identify, was attempting to cross Burnside on a marked crosswalk. The accident comes just just five days after retail recreational marijuana sales became legal in Oregon.
  • Illinois Medical Marijuana Applicants Trending Female, Older

    10/05/2015 10:20:08 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 14 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | Carla K. Johnson
    The patient most commonly seeking a doctor's blessing to use medical marijuana in Illinois is an older woman in Cook County with either severe fibromyalgia or cancer, according to data published Thursday in a report to the Legislature. The eight-page report is straightforward and makes no predictions about the future of the state's medical marijuana pilot program, which Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner inherited from his Democratic predecessor, Pat Quinn. The Illinois Department of Public Health compiled the data to fulfill a requirement in the medical marijuana law to report on the program annually to lawmakers. The report shows more than...
  • Marijuana is infinitely worse than tobacco-Harper says as he encourages pot debate to go up in smoke

    10/04/2015 4:24:14 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | October 3, 2015 | Stephanie Levitz
    MONTREAL — Marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco and its use should be widely discouraged in Canada, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says. The remarks come the morning after the federal leaders’ French-language debate, in which Harper’s clash with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over the issue of legalization was among the evening’s more memorable exchanges.
  • Six jailed in huge pot grow

    10/04/2015 4:02:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    GJ Sentinel (Colorado) ^ | 04 ocvt 2015 | Paul Shockley
    Six men were arrested this week after local and federal authorities targeted an elaborate illegal marijuana grow that covered a full mile of federal land, adjacent to Colorado Highway 141 at the Dolores River and near the Mesa and Montrose county lines. All totaled, 153 pounds of marijuana were hauled away in recent days by federal authorities, who boated it in trash bags from one side of the Dolores River to the other. Leonel Olaguez Cabrales, 22, Angel Guzman Gutierrez, 31, Sergio Enrique Arevalo Portillo, 26, Jose Eleno Rodarte Garcia, 38, Eduardo Arias Torres, 27, and Juan Mejia-Vasquez, 41, were...
  • Fort Myers Woman Calls 911, Says She Was Shorted in Weed Deal: Police

    10/01/2015 10:53:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A southwest Florida woman landed herself behind bars after calling 911 to complain about being shortchanged in a drug deal. According to a Fort Myers Police Department report, 36-year-old Erin Klich called police to complain that she'd attempted to buy $75 worth of marijuana, but never got the goods from the dealer. Officers arrived outside a home to find Klich outside the reported dealer's home, still on the phone with police. Klich told the responding officers that the dealer inside took her money. Klich was arrested for misuse of 911.= Upon searching Klich, police found a clear plastic baggy, later...
  • Company leaves Colorado, too many employees coming in high

    10/01/2015 9:36:03 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 85 replies
    9News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jen Marnowski
    DENVER – Little Spider Creations had been making scary creations in Denver for 24 years, but the owner of the company says legalizing recreational marijuana changed everything. He recently moved his company to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Recreational pot users score bags of bud at Oregon shops

    10/01/2015 10:05:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 1, 2015 | Jonathan J. Cooper and Bob Seavey
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eager night owls looking to score some of the first recreational pot in Oregon bought up baggies of bud at shops that opened early Thursday, some taking advantage of door-buster deals. Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical marijuana welcomed lines of enthusiasts soon after midnight — just moments after it became legal to sell to anyone who is at least 21. There were no reports of problems from early sales, although most stores planned to open at a more reasonable hour. At Portland's Shango Premium Cannabis, co-founder Shane McKee said the...
  • South Dakota Tribe to Open Nation's 1st Marijuana Resort

    09/29/2015 2:13:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 29, 2015 | Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press
    FLANDREAU, S.D. — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos. Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking...
  • Santa Rosa Cannabis Providers Donate $20,000 Worth of Medical Marjuana to Valley Fire Victims

    09/29/2015 11:41:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015 | Rhea Mahbubani
    Two Santa Rosa cannabis providers are coming to the rescue of Valley Fire victims. Care by Design and AbsoluteXtracts have teamed up to donate $20,000 worth of medical marijuana products to Lake County residents who have prescriptions but lost access to their medicine because of the fire, the Press Democrat reported. The companies issued a joint statement, saying: "This disaster happened in our own backyard. As a company that prides itself on putting patient needs first, we felt there was no better time to reach out and help our neighbors in their time of need." Through Oct. 7, each victim...
  • Advocacy Group: Commercialization Of Legal Pot Has Led To ‘Epidemic’ For Colorado Kids

    09/26/2015 1:20:15 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies ^ | September 20, 2015 | CBS4
    The results of a new study about the impact of Colorado’s marijuana legalization is raising troubling questions for parents. The study cites a significant increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths, hospital visits and school suspensions.
  • Snoop Dogg concert, free pot offered as voting incentives (Vancouver, Canada)

    09/26/2015 1:14:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | September 25, 2015 | Chantelle Bellrichard
    A Vancouver marijuana dispensary is offering some unusual perks in an effort to get voters to cast a ballot for the Oct. 19 federal election — a chance to see American rapper Snoop Dogg perform, and a shot at winning free pot. Danny Kresnyak said he's spearheading Eden Medicinal Society's get-out-the-vote campaign because he believes marijuana policy is a federal election issue. "We're going to have people hitting the street with hand bills; there's going to be posters up," said Kresnyak. Eden Medicinal Society is offering two prizes as a voting incentive: ■Members who can prove they voted on election...
  • Marijuana And Election 2016: Where The Presidential Candidates Stand

    09/25/2015 9:53:20 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 34 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 25, 2015 | Debra Borchardt
    [...] Donald Trump Position: Cloudy In 1990, Donald Trump argued that in order to win the War On Drugs, you had to take away the profits from the drug czars. He favored legalizing drugs and using the tax revenue to fund drug education programs. Fast forward to 2015 at the Conservative Political Action Conference where Trump reversed course and said he was against the legalization of marijuana. “I think it’s bad and I feel strongly about that,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado, some big problems.” However, Trump contradicts himself when asked...
  • Donald Trump suggests Jeb Bush is still smoking pot (Ha)

    09/21/2015 9:56:40 AM PDT · by VinL · 21 replies
    Instagram ^ | 9/21/15 | D. Trump
    Funny short video by Trump, skewering Jeb.
  • Under Mr. Obama, Drug Law Enforcement Lapses

    09/21/2015 8:35:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | September 21, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Like too many politicians of his generation, President Obama seems to think that proper enforcement of our nation’s drug laws would be hypocritical. We know from David Maraniss’ highly acclaimed biography, Barack Obama: The Story, that the marijuana-smoking “Choom Gang” was all too much a part of the young Obama’s days at Hawaii’s exclusive Punahou prep school. Last year, the President asserted that smoking marijuana is little different than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. He’s wrong: As FRC has documented, today’s pot is far more potent and thus far more likely...
  • David Cameron 'put his private parts in a dead pig's mouth' claims explosive new book

    09/21/2015 1:13:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies ^ | 21 September 2015 | Ben Glaze
    PM rocked by extraordinary claims from former Tory treasurer Lord Ashcroft that he was in a 'dope smoking group' and took part in a debauched initiation, but No 10 says it 'does not recognise' the accusations
  • Countdown to recreational marijuana sales: What you need to know (Q&A) [OR]

    09/18/2015 11:10:56 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 51 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | September 18, 2015 | Noelle Crombie
    In less than two weeks, Oregonians -- and any one else 21 and older -- will be able to walk into a marijuana shop and buy pot, the latest milestone in the state's long history with the drug. Though the Oregon Liquor Control Commission doesn't plan to launch a regulated recreational market until late next year, the Legislature authorized medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to the recreational market starting Oct. 1. Until now, dispensaries served only medical marijuana patients and their caregivers. Starting next month, they will be able to sell to anyone with a government-issued ID that shows they...
  • Jeb Bush: "I smoked marijuana" when I was young

    09/17/2015 4:35:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/16/15 | REENA FLORES
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush admitted on the GOP debate stage Wednesday night that he smoked marijuana decades ago. "Forty years ago I smoked marijuana and I admit it," Bush said at the Ronald Reagan Presiential Library. "I'm sure that other people might have done it and might not want to say it in front of 25 million people." He tacked on a comment that his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, would not be pleased about the admission: "My mom's not happy that I just did." Moments later, Jeb Bush's official twitter account tweeted out an apology to his...
  • Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol

    09/16/2015 12:38:53 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/15/2015
    Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol No state has ever generated more tax revenue from marijuana than alcohol—until now. The Colorado Department of Revenue, according to recently released figures, just brought in $70 million in taxes relating to marijuana, compared to less than $42 million for alcohol taxes, over the course of a year. This Wednesday, Colorado is declaring a marijuana tax holiday, meaning that for a single day, taxes on marijuana items will be suspended. “Marijuana taxes have been incredibly productive over the past year, so this tax holiday...
  • Santa Ana pot stores off to a slow start

    09/13/2015 11:52:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 13, 2015 | Jessica Kwong
    SANTA ANA – Turns out, selling pot in Santa Ana isn’t going to be easy. Seven months after the city became the first Orange County municipality to hold a lottery to let small businesses sell medical marijuana, only two, South Coast Safe Access and OC3, are open. Reasons for the slow start are varied. Some landlords and neighboring businesses aren’t thrilled about the prospect of working with or near pot merchants. And those would-be pot sellers who have won over their neighbors say the city and local police – in spite of overwhelming approval from Santa Ana voters – aren’t...
  • California lawmakers create medical marijuana 'bureau' to regulate industry

    09/13/2015 5:17:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 9/12/15 | Anita Chabria
    Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, legislators have a plan to impose order on the erratic patchwork of inconsistent policies that currently govern the billion-dollar industry. “We’re making up for two decades of inaction”, said state senator Mike McGuire, whose district includes the “Emerald Triangle” in Northern California where 60% of the marijuana grown in the US is cultivated. “This legislation brings clarity and desperately needed rules and regulations.” In the final hours of the legislative session that ended late Friday night, lawmakers passed a trio of bills that create...
  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Upbeat on Marijuana Legalization

    09/11/2015 9:58:28 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 51 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | September 10, 2015 | Ray Stern
    [...] Hickenlooper, founder of a beer brewery and a former mayor of Denver, opposed the historic 2012 measure that legalized pot for adults 21 and older. But in the interview published on Wednesday in Westword, he says legalization hasn't been so bad, after all. "Now I look at how far we've come, and I think there's a real possibility that we'll have a system that works... if you eliminate the black market, make it harder for kids to get marijuana. We can put more money into education for kids," he says. "The sky isn't falling. People thought it was the...
  • More Teens Using E-Cig Devices to Vaporize Pot, Researchers Say

    09/09/2015 3:19:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 7, 2015, 2:13 PM ET | Gillian Mohney
    Teens are increasingly turning to electronic cigarettes not to get their tobacco fix, but instead to inhale pot. A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics found that teens have devised ways to turn e-cigarettes into devices for hashish oil, marijuana, wax and other cannabis products. Researchers surveyed 3,847 Connecticut high school students about their drug and e-cigarette use and found that students using e-cigarettes to vaporize cannabis was 27 times higher than the adult rate. According to the study, 5.5 percent of the students surveyed had used an e-cigarette to vaporize cannabis. In total, nearly 30 percent of...
  • A psychedelic send-off for 'the godfather of LSD': Susan Sarandon at Burning Man

    09/06/2015 11:58:44 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 6, 2015 | Kelly Mclaughlin and Mia De Graaf
    Susan Sarandon led a very belated funeral procession for her dear friend, the 'godfather of LSD' Timothy Leary, at Burning Man on Saturday. Clutching his ashes on the march into a makeshift church, the 67-year-old actress - who was wearing a bridal gown - said she had wanted to lay Leary to rest where he would be surrounded by revelers who had taken the psychedelic drug to honor his memory. 'I think he'd be so happy,' Sarandon said of Leary, who died and was cremated in 1996. 'I think he would have loved the chaos. He would have loved it....
  • 20 people in Colorado face federal pot trafficking charges

    09/04/2015 8:52:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 80 replies
    abc 7 ^ | September 4, 2015
    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said Thursday 17 of the people charged have been arrested and three remain at-large. Authorities say warrants conducted in the southern Colorado towns of Cotopaxi and Westcliffe led to the seizure of 1,000 marijuana plants, 50 pounds of dried marijuana, and 28 firearms. Sheriff offices in Custer and Freemont counties helped execute the warrants Tuesday.
  • Marijuana Supersedes Cigarette Smoking Among College Students, Study Finds

    09/02/2015 8:54:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 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 · 56 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:
  • 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.
  • Arizona man says he beheaded wife 'to get the evil out': Police

    08/03/2015 8:29:22 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 75 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | August 3, 2015 | Davis Schwartz, Reuters
    PHOENIX - An Arizona man who admitted to decapitating his wife and her two dogs in a bloody incident last month in Phoenix told authorities he was attempting "to get the evil out" of her, according to court documents released on Monday. Kenneth Dale Wakefield, 43, also told police that he had smoked marijuana and the designer drug Spice about an hour before the gruesome killings in a Phoenix apartment on the morning of July 25, the documents showed. Wakefield, a transient with a history of mental illness who also maimed himself in the incident, was booked into a Maricopa...
  • 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....
  • Bowe Bergdahl detained after Mendocino County marijuana raid

    07/26/2015 11:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Weather Space ^ | July 26, 2015 | Chelsea West
    He was charged March 25 with one count of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty, and one count of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place. The Sheriff said "Bergdahl was "above politeness" as several people from the home where Bergdahl was visiting were taken into custody". Bowe Bergdahl, the Army soldier-turned-prisoner who was released by the Taliban after President Barack Obama released five terrorists from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, was unexpectedly spotted at a California marijuana farm this week. Bergdahl, who is awaiting military court martial,...
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • Sandra Bland had marijuana in her system, DA reported as saying (Now a Possible Murder)

    07/23/2015 12:22:16 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 84 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07-23-2015 | Ben Klayman
    Sandra Bland, the black woman found hanging dead in a Texas jail days after a traffic stop, smoked or possibly swallowed a large amount of marijuana while in custody, her family's attorney reported the district attorney as saying. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis made the disclosure in a text message to attorney Cannon Lambert, who has called the state's autopsy on the Chicago-area woman defective, Lambert said. "Looking at the autopsy results and toxicology, it appears she swallowed a large quantity of marijuana or smoked it in the jail," Mathis said in a text message to Lambert that the...
  • No Outrage From Environmentalists About Pot

    07/23/2015 7:12:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 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....
  • Colorado marijuana business owner ordered to stop illegally soliciting investors

    07/16/2015 6:51:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Jul 16, 2015 | Monica Mendoza
    For two months one man posted Craigslist advertisements seeking “high net worth investors to strategically partner with one of the largest MMJ chains in Colorado.” But the man, Ryan M. Quinn, was not registered to sell securities and has been ordered to stop. Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome issued a cease and desist order Thursday to Quinn stipulating that he can no longer illegally solicit investments for a marijuana business in Colorado. ... The terms of the order, which Quinn agreed to, requires him to immediately cease and desist in the offering of unregistered securities, to cease offering securities as...
  • 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...