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  • Drug dog finds nothing in car at traffic stop, but sniffs out pot [& illegal alien] at nearby house

    07/24/2012 9:08:39 AM PDT · by kevcol · 56 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | July 22, 2012 | Jamar Younger
    Authorities arrested the suspects late Thursday after finding 25 bales of marijuana, weighing more than 430 pounds, inside a shed at an Ajo home. Ajo is about 100 miles west of Tucson. The discovery came after a deputy made a traffic stop in front of the home. The deputy smelled marijuana in the car, reportedly driven by Womack, and called for additional deputies and a drug-sniffing dog. The dog did not smell drugs in the car but alerted deputies to the fence line of a nearby house. Deputies eventually searched a shed at the home and found the marijuana, along...
  • Marijuana to be BIG in the News Tomorrow

    07/22/2012 6:51:16 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 116 replies
    Self | July 22, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    The subject of marijuana will be in the news tomorrow. HUGE. And it will involve a prominent former member of the Choom Gang. Watch the news tomorrow and you will see just how right I am about this marijuana prophecy.
  • SF Considers Strict Outdoor Smoking Ban – Except For Medical Pot

    07/20/2012 5:22:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | July 19, 2012 | Barbara Taylor
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Smoking anything other than medically-prescribed marijuana at San Francisco street fairs, festivals and other outdoor events held on city property would be banned under new legislation before the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Eric Mar said he introduced the proposal because of the health impacts of secondhand smoke when people light up in public. “It’s widely known that secondhand smoke is responsible for as many as 73,000 deaths among non-smokers each year in the United States, and there is no safe level of exposure,” he said.
  • How The Romney Campaign Decided To Take The Gloves Off

    07/18/2012 6:39:34 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 41 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 07/18/2012 | McKay Coppins
    IRWIN, Penn. — Standing before hundreds of roaring partisans in this sweltering Pittsburgh suburb Tuesday, Mitt Romney delivered a 30-minute speech that sounded, at times, like a greatest hits compilation of his favorite Obama-knocking stump speech lines. The president was, Romney said, "out of ideas," and "looking for someone to blame," and a "crony capitalist." One thing he was not: "A nice guy." In speeches from Des Moines to Dallas, Romney has always been careful to hedge his tough digs at Obama with a civil nod toward the president's moral character: "He's a nice guy," the Republican has often said....
  • Flying Pigs Alert: Pro-Pot Publication Praises Bush; Slams Obama

    07/14/2012 8:14:17 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 14, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Perhaps President Obama figures that pot smokers are so spaced out that they will float into the voting booths this November and automatically vote for him no matter how harshly his federal prosecutors crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries. If that is his assumption he might be in for a rude shock. On the heels of the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country, Harborside Health Center which was featured in the Discovery Channel's "Weed Wars" last year, being targeted for closure by prosecutors, the pro marijuana publication of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) published an...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 07-12-12 (HUffies Outraged Over Fed Crackdown on Largest Marijuana Dispensary)

    07/12/2012 12:48:51 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | July 12, 2012 | HUffies and PJ-Comix
    It can't be! It can't be! The feds are now cracking down bigtime on medical marijuana dispensaries despite a promise from the Obama Regime that it would leave them alone if they were in compliance with state laws. That is why the HUffington Post HUffies are so upset over the news that the feds are cracking down on the Harborside Health Center of Oakland, CA, the biggest medical marijuana dispensary in the world. You might remember Harborside and its owner, Steve DeAngelo, from the discovery channel's "Weed Wars" last year. Your humble correspondent, despite never having partaken of the...
  • U.S. cracks down on "world's largest" medical marijuana dispensary

    07/12/2012 1:20:55 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 11, 2012 | Dan Whitcomb
    Federal prosecutors have filed civil forfeiture actions against an Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world's largest Harborside says it is the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, serving more than 100,000 patients In a statement on its website, the clinic said, "Harborside has nothing to be ashamed of, and will contest the Federal actions openly and publicly, with every legal means at our disposal." "We look forward to our day in court, and are confident that justice is on our side. Come what may, we shall continue to care for our patients unless we are...
  • Grandma’s pot cookies land toddler in hospital (Murrieta, CA)

    07/02/2012 7:40:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Press Enterprise ^ | 02 July 2012 | SARAH BURGE
    MURRIETA: Grandma’s pot cookies land toddler in hospital A 3-year-old Murrieta boy ended up in the hospital over the weekend after he got into his grandma’s special chocolate chip cookies while no one was looking. Little did he know, the cookies were not for kids. They were laced with medical marijuana concentrate, police said. The grandmother, who has been diagnosed with cancer, had a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana to treat her pain and to help her sleep, Sgt. Phil Gomez said. Days before, she had baked THC oil into a batch of cookies and tucked them away in a garage...
  • 'Marijuana changed us from Nazis to peace-loving hippies'

    Twin sisters who sparked outrage with pop band named after gas used on Jews claim they've grown up At the age of 11, blonde-haired, blue-eyed twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede formed a band and saw themselves as the new faces of pop music. But instead, the girls from Bakersfield, California, would soon be labelled the 'new faces of hate'. Not surprising when you consider the group they created in 2003 was a neo-Nazi outfit called Prussian Blue - named after a by-product of the poison used to gas millions of Jews in the Holocaust - at the suggestion of White...
  • Uruguay Government Plans To Sell Marijuana

    06/25/2012 9:21:35 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 50 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 6/25/ 2012 | Bryan Nash
    In an attempt to lower crime and raise government revenue, Uruguay is planning on legalizing marijuana. Currently, it is legal to possess less than 25 grams of cannabis, but it is illegal to grow or sell it. If the proposal passes, Uruguay’s government would oversee the growth and distribution of the $75 million business. Buyers would be required to register with the government. “It’s a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking,” said defense minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro. “We think the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves.” Congress must approve...
  • Polis Questions DEA on Marijuana Policy

    06/22/2012 3:20:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | 6/22/12 | C-Span
    Congressman Jared Polis questions DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart during a hearing on the agency's priorities. He repeatedly pressed the administrator on the relative health impacts of marijuana versus other drugs.
  • Irvine parents planted drugs on school volunteer, police say (VIDEO,parents both attorneys)

    06/20/2012 11:36:51 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 24 replies
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com ^ | 6/20/2012 | http://latimesblogs.latimes.com
    An Irvine couple who became upset with a parent volunteer at their son’s elementary school have been arrested and charged with conspiring to frame her by planting drugs in her car and calling police. Kent and Jill Easter, both 38 and both attorneys, are charged with three felonies. Orange County prosecutors say the story began in 2010 when Jill Easter was angered by the unnamed school volunteer, whom she accused of not properly supervising their son. In retaliation, the Easters allegedly hatched a plot to have the volunteer arrested. Kent Easter, authorities say, drove to the volunteer’s home shortly after...
  • MI: Ravenna man charged with 15-year felony in alleged marijuana-linked traffic death

    06/19/2012 3:14:12 PM PDT · by sbMKE · 13 replies
    Muskegon Chronicle. ^ | 6/19/12 | John Hausman
    MUSKEGON, MI -- Steven Paul Spencer of Ravenna has been charged with driving while intoxicated causing death for allegedly smoking marijuana and causing a head-on crash Saturday on Heights Ravenna Road. The crash killed John Shumaker, 37, of Grand Haven. Spencer, 24, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the felony. According to court records, he posted a $25,000 surety bond Sunday after a Muskegon County 60th District Court magistrate signed a warrant for his arrest. Spencer was scheduled for a walk-in arraignment June 29. The crash happened around 4:20 p.m. on Heights Ravenna near Ensley Road...
  • Is Legalizing Weed Obama's Secret Weapon?

    06/13/2012 6:10:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 13, 2012 | Elspeth Reeve
    In 2004 George W. Bush's re-election campaign worked to put anti-gay marriage ballot initiatives up for vote in several swing states in order to turn out more hard-core conservatives to the polls. This year the question is whether marijuana legalization measures will turn out young voters for Obama. Bush's plan to use gay marriage bans -- in states that did not actually allow gay marriage -- as a turnout booster led to signs featuring icky public restroom symbols proliferated and liberal panic that the Christian right had taken over. The press obsessed over "values voters." One of Bush's aides, Ken...
  • Meghan McCain Says Yes to Legalizing Marijuana

    06/12/2012 8:25:41 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 110 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Jun 11, 2012
    In the new book, America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom, Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain and comedian Michael Ian Black take a road trip across America and write about their experiences. The excerpt below is from their visit to New Orleans, and what happens after Meghan and Michael light up. Meghan McCain: -SNIP- Let me put it right out there. Yes, I have smoked marijuana a few times in the past. The first time was on a trip to Amsterdam in college and I was surprised by how mild of an experience marijuana was (and in my...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 4 - a rebuttal

    06/08/2012 12:53:33 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 29 replies
    (self) | June 8, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 4;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts; "Fact 2" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts; "Fact 3" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2864032/posts.) Claim 4. "Smoked marijuana is not scientifically approved medicine. Marinol, the legal version of medical marijuana, is approved by science." Claim: Medical marijuana already exists. It’s called Marinol. A pharmaceutical product, Marinol, is widely available...
  • Cannabis health dangers 'underestimated' (factually wrong)

    06/06/2012 6:14:32 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 68 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 Jun 2012 | Stephen Adams
    A third of people think cannabis is harmless, despite it being 20 times more carcinogenic to smoke than tobacco, according to a report published today (Wednesday). Young people are particularly ignorant of the health dangers posed by smoking cannabis, found the British Lung Foundation. The British Lung Foundation, which produced the report, said there was “an alarming disconnect” between public perception of the drug as safe, and “the serious, even fatal impact it can have”. Almost nine in 10 people think tobacco cigarettes are more damaging to health than cannabis ones, found the BLF. The charity reviewed existing scientific evidence...
  • Bloomberg Backs Plan to Limit Arrests for Marijuana

    06/05/2012 8:32:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 4, 2012 | Thomas Kaplan
    The New York Police Department, the mayor and the city’s top prosecutors on Monday endorsed a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amounts of marijuana, giving an unexpected lift to an effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to cut down on the number of people arrested as a result of police stops.
  • Bloomberg Backs Plan to Limit Arrests for Marijuana

    06/05/2012 5:25:47 AM PDT · by stefeb · 52 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 6/5/12 | Steve F.
    ALBANY — The New York Police Department, the mayor and the city’s top prosecutors on Monday endorsed a proposal to decriminalize the open possession of small amounts of marijuana, giving an unexpected lift to an effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to cut down on the number of people arrested as a result of police stops...
  • New York governor in bid to decriminalize small-quantity marijuana possession

    06/04/2012 11:17:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 4, 2012 | Staff
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ask state lawmakers Monday to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of cannabis, according to The New York Times, in a bid to save young men from minorities who find themselves charged with a crime after being stopped and frisked. Lawmakers representing minority neighborhoods in New York City urged the Democratic governor to take action, arguing that such young men are forced into the justice system unnecessarily and find their future job prospects hampered.
  • Marijuana initiative could make or break Obama in Colorado

    06/04/2012 6:53:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 2, 2012 | Samuel P. Jacobs
    Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama hasn't exactly been a friend to marijuana users. Sure, he has acknowledged smoking pot as a young man, but he has disappointed marijuana advocates by opposing its legalization, regulation and taxation like alcohol. And the Justice Department's occasional crackdown under his administration on medical marijuana dispensaries, which 17 states and the District of Columbia allow, has angered others. So now, with Obama facing a stiff challenge from Republican Mitt Romney in the November 6 election, it's ironic that his chances of winning the key state of Colorado could hinge on marijuana legalization, supported by a...
  • 56% Favor Legalizing, Regulating Marijuana (Rasmussen Reports)

    06/01/2012 12:00:10 PM PDT · by Ken H · 27 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Rasmussen
    A solid majority of voters nationwide favor legalizing and regulating marijuana similar to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are currently regulated. Most also don’t believe it should be a crime for people to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes. A new national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 56% favor legalizing and regulating marijuana in a similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated. Thirty-six percent (36%) are opposed to such a legalizing and regulating pot. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Scientists invent 'cannabis without the high'

    05/31/2012 5:51:32 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 58 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/31/2012 | AFP Writer
    Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn't get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday. According to the Maariv daily, the new cannabis looks, smells and even tastes the same, but does not induce any of the feelings normally associated with smoking marijuana that are brought on by the substance THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. "It has the same scent, shape and taste as the original plant -- it's all the same -- but the numbing sensation that users are accustomed to has disappeared," said Tzahi Klein, head...
  • Texas: Silvestre Reyes Ousted in Democratic Primary

    05/30/2012 2:00:21 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 30, 2012 | By David M. Drucker Posted
    Updated 2 a.m. | Rep. Silvestre Reyes was defeated Tuesday by former El Paso City Councilman Beto O’Rourke in the 16th district Democratic primary. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the eight-term lawmaker trailed 44 percent to 50 percent. O’Rourke had been hovering around the key 50 percent mark needed to avoid a runoff all night as results trickled in. The Associated Press called the race a little before 2 a.m. O’Rourke’s bid was boosted by a Texas-based super PAC, the Campaign for Primary Accountability, which invested heavily in two House contests in the Lone Star State. In the other...
  • The Choom Gang Lives?

    05/29/2012 9:54:22 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 29, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    While Libertarians point to innovative 'choom gang' pioneer Barry Obama's towering hypocrisy in continuing to persecute the war on drugs and close medical marijuana dispensaries, others say it's not hypocritical to outgrow youthful indiscretions and then favor prohibition as a mature adult- all I want to know is 'when did he actually quit?' The Left loves to paint his pothead past as irrelevant ancient history, but since we can't even get anything resembling a legitimate birth certificate or even college transcript out of this secretive charlatan (yet again) and all we ever hear is BS when asking straightforward questions re. his enduring ciggy habit... what's...
  • Is This Obama's Brain on Drugs?

    05/27/2012 8:31:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    We all know the difference between normal mistakes and those that hint at a deeper, more frightening problem, such as Alzheimer's or other brain conditions. In light of this, how do you interpret a shocking mistake recently made by Barack Obama? Writes Terry Jeffrey of CNS News: In two campaign speeches over the last two days, President Barack Obama has twice mistakenly mentioned "my sons" when defending his administration's regulation requiring virtually all health-care plans in the United States to provide women, without any fees or co-pay, with sterilizations and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that can...
  • Obama’s high school pot-smoking detailed in Maraniss book

    05/26/2012 6:32:36 AM PDT · by EnigmaticAnomaly · 31 replies
    The Ticket ^ | 05/25/2012 | Olivier Knox
    Bill Clinton he was not. When it came to smoking pot, the teenage Barack Obama had rules. You had to embrace "total absorption" or face a penalty. When you smoked in the car, "the windows had to be rolled up." And he could horn his way in, calling out "Intercepted!" and grab the joint out of turn. Best-selling author David Maraniss' "Barack Obama: The Story" describes the future president's teenage antics, notably his copious marijuana smoking, details of which were published early Friday by Buzzfeed. While the book won't be released until June 19, vast sections of it were already...
  • Obama and His Pot-Smoking ‘Choom Gang’

    05/25/2012 10:11:21 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Obama and His Pot-Smoking ‘Choom Gang’ Email 0 Smaller Font Text Larger Text | Print Unlike Bill Clinton, Barack Obama never tried to say he didn’t inhale. In his 1995 memoir “Dreams of My Father,” Obama writes about smoking pot almost like Dr. Zeus wrote about eating green eggs and ham. As a high school kid, Obama wrote, he would smoke “in a white classmate’s sparkling new van,” he would smoke “in the dorm room of some brother” and he would smoke “on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids.” He would smoke it here and there. He would...
  • Update #26 Part 2 – Trayvon Martin Shooting [Shortened]

    05/24/2012 4:23:20 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 37 replies
    The zonservative treehouse ^ | May 24 2012 | sundancecracker
    <p>OK – so Trayvon is seeking a source for a powerful cough syrup, commonly used in his “culture” to make an intoxicating drink called “Lean” – also known as the infamous “purple drank/Purple Lean/Lean/Sizzurp.”</p> <p>“…Be very careful in trying to restrain the tripper, since she or he may perceive this as a threat, and will probably be mostly immune to pain...the tripper, like a cornered animal, could beat the living shit out of you without thinking twice. (!!) …”</p>
  • Four tons of marijuana found floating off Southern California coast

    05/21/2012 12:48:07 PM PDT · by bgill · 30 replies
    The Lookout ^ | May 21, 2012 | Pueng Vongs
    Four tons of marijuana in large bales were found bobbing off the Southern California coast, and authorities are still trying to determine where it came from. Harbor patrol agents began receiving tips about "suspicious bales" 13 miles offshore near Dana Point, in Orange County around noon on May 20, according to a report from CBS Los Angeles. The Coast Guard, Orange County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Border Patrol hauled in some 160 bales or 7,623 pounds of marijuana. Border Patrol agents said the bales had a street value of $3.6 million.
  • 4 Reasons Why THC Should Not be a Factor in Trayvon Martin's Death (Unintentional Laff Riot)

    05/21/2012 9:58:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | May 20, 2012 | Ursula Brantley
    Ever since Trayvon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman just moments from his front door, some people have been trying to make Trayvon look like a trouble making 17-year-old black kid who started a fight with a man who was only doing his job. That's crap! Regardless of what they say, I know in my heart that wasn’t the person he was. I’m not saying he was an angel because no one is perfect, but he’s not what people are trying to make him out to be. I consider that totally disrespectful for anyone to slander anyone else’s name...
  • Trayvon Martin Had Drugs in System, Autopsy Found

    05/17/2012 2:11:52 PM PDT · by ironman · 244 replies
    ABC ^ | May 17, 2012 | MATT GUTMAN
    Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, had the drug THC in his system the night of this death, according to new information obtained by ABC News. The revelation came as prosecutors in the case prepared to release to the public hundreds of pages of new evidence along with videos and crime scene photos. Martin's death sparked public outrage after police released Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, without any criminal charges for the killing. Zimmerman, 28, is a multi-racial Hispanic man who shot the black high school junior at close range on Feb. 26,...
  • Gary Johnson Wins Libertarian Nod

    05/05/2012 5:37:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 05/05/20
    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is campaigning to win the White House as a Libertarian after receiving scant attention in the Republican presidential race. Johnson easily became the party's presidential nominee at the Libertarian national convention in Las Vegas on Saturday. He hopes to appeal to voters fed up with the traditional two-party system this November. SNIP He won 74 percent of the vote on the first ballot in Las Vegas, an unusual showing of support. SNIP
  • Pelosi Calls for End to Raids on Marijuana Producers and Distributors

    05/05/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Taking an uncharacteristic stand in favor of “states’ rights,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) beseeched President Obama to put an end to federal efforts to impede the production, distribution, and use of marijuana in states where it is legal. “I know how important it is to the President to establish the absolute supremacy of the federal government in all matters,” Pelosi conceded. “I share that goal. Nevertheless, we can’t allow ourselves to lose sight of the fact that marijuana users are a prime constituency of the Democratic Party. So, while I’d normally say ‘screw states’ rights,’ in this case...
  • Pelosi calls on Obama to respect states’ rights, end medical marijuana raids (Hussein's fault!)

    05/03/2012 7:15:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/03/12 | Steven Nelson
    Pelosi calls on Obama to respect states’ rights, end medical marijuana raidsBy Steven Nelson | The Daily Caller – 5 hrs ago House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants President Barack Obama to lay off the weed. Reacting to an ongoing crackdown on medical marijuana facilities in California, Pelosi said in a Wednesday statement, “I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California.” The California Democrat said that medical marijuana is “both a medical and a states’ rights issue.” California legalized the...
  • National Study: Teen"Heavy" Marijuana Use Up 80 Percent Since 2008...

    05/02/2012 4:19:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 5/2/12
    Only Half of Teens, 51 Percent, Now Say They See "Great Risk" in Using Marijuana Regularly ~Teen Abuse of Rx and Over-The-Counter Medicines Remain at Dangerous Levels~ New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation found that past-month marijuana use -particularly heavy use - has increased significantly among U.S. high school students since 2008.
  • Berkeley marijuana dispensary forced out of business after 13 years

    04/30/2012 7:50:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | April 30, 2012 | Doug Oakley
    After nearly 13 years in business, a San Pablo Avenue medical marijuana dispensary in Berkeley was set to close Monday evening under pressure from the federal government for being too close to two schools. The 9,000 member Berkeley Patients Group has not yet found a suitable new location in Berkeley and plans to open a delivery service, dispensary management said Monday. Sixty nine employees of the dispensary will be out of work come Tuesday, but they will be paid through the end of the month. "There's a lot to take into account in trying to follow state and local laws...
  • Pittsburgh Post Office employee, 19 others charged in marijuana trafficking ring

    04/24/2012 6:34:14 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 24, 2012
    PITTSBURGH — A federal grand jury indicted 20 people accused of being involved in a drug trafficking ring operating out of Western Pennsylvania and California. Authorities said 11 residents of Pennsylvania and nine residents of California were indicted. According to the indictment, from October 2010 to March 2012, the defendants conspired to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. Distribution of 1,000 kilograms is the highest level offense. The group operated through the United States Postal Service using Express Mail packages, police said. According to authorities, at least one of the suspects, Tom Chieu, worked for the post office on...
  • Israeli Gas Masks Help Get You High(er)

    04/22/2012 3:19:45 PM PDT · by pavlova · 9 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 22, 2012 | Josh Nathan-Kazis
    Israel has a shortage of civilian gas masks, but you wouldn’t know it from walking down Manhattan’s St. Mark’s Place, where the masks are on sale in half a dozen stores for a mere $25 each. The Israeli model 4A1 gas masks on display in the East Village — where storefront noodle shops bump up against vintage clothing stores — might not protect you from a chemical weapons attack. That’s because their protective filters have been removed and replaced with foot-long acrylic bongs meant for smoking marijuana. Gas mask bongs, used by pot aficionados to intensify the drug’s impact, started...
  • $2 million in Gold Bars Unearthed

    04/12/2012 9:54:49 AM PDT · by GJ15 · 17 replies
    The Post Star ^ | April 11, 2012 | Don Lehman
    Police and prosecutors hit gold, literally, in the recent case of a local man who pleaded guilty to participating in a large-scale marijuana distribution ring. Authorities last fall unearthed an estimated $2 million in gold bars that Eric R. Canori had buried on property on Blackberry Lane in Queensbury, New York. Canori, a Wilton, NY resident who used to live in Queensbury, divulged the location of the gold cache as part of his forfeiture of $5.25 million in cash, real estate and other personal property that was part of his plea deal last year to a federal marijuana distribution conspiracy...
  • Boat with $2M worth of marijuana comes ashore on Palm Beach; Broward man in custody

    04/11/2012 7:12:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 11, 2012 | Alexia Campbell
    Firefighters don't often dig up drug-smuggling cases. But they did early Wednesday morning, and it was a $2 million jackpot. Returning from an early-morning call, Palm Beach firefighters spotted a fishing boat beached on the north end of the island, just as the sky lightened over the ocean. Palm Beach police soon discovered 80-100 tightly packed bricks of marijuana abandoned on the open Concept 22 motor boat.
  • What did pass the Maryland General Assembly

    04/11/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | Greg Masters
    Although negotiations over a package of tax increases and a proposed casino collapsed Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly passed a lot of bills this session — 791, to be exact. Of those, 96 percent were passed in the last week, including hundreds in the hours and minutes before midnight on Monday. Here are some highlights from the 90-day session’s last day: STORMWATER FEE The Senate spent much of the session’s waning hours fiercely debating a stormwater fee bill that was on few people’s radar earlier in the session. The bill requires localities to fund projects to reduce polluted runoff...
  • Craig County Woman, 73, Busted For Marijuana Possession

    04/10/2012 12:02:53 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 9 replies
    NewsOn6 ^ | 4/10/2012 | Russell Hulstine, NewsOn6.com
    CRAIG COUNTY, Oklahoma - A 73-year-old Craig County woman was arrested Monday after sheriff's deputies searched her home and found marijuana and $278,000 in cash. Darlene Mayes was booked into the Craig County jail. Sheriff Jimmie Sooter says a lengthy investigation led deputies to conduct a search of her home Monday. Along with the five pounds of marijuana, deputies found the cash in vacuum-sealed bags in the house and in her car. Mayes home is located six miles east of Vinita. Mayes was booked into the Craig County jail on a complaint of possession of marijuana.
  • Obama, the Happy Drug Warrior

    04/08/2012 8:26:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Why is the federal government under President Barack Obama arguably tougher on medical marijuana operations than it was under George W. Bush? That's the question that anti-drug-war groups have been asking themselves for months. In 2008, antiprohibitionists thought an Obama administration would not tread on medical marijuana dispensaries in states where they are legal. Obama's 2008 campaign spokesman, Ben LaBolt, told me Obama "believes that states and local governments are best-positioned to strike the balance between making sure that these policies are not abused for recreational drug use and making sure that doctors and their patients can safely access pain...
  • Feds raid downtown Oakland pot university

    04/02/2012 9:24:07 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 27 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 4/2/12 | Henry K. Lee
    Federal agents swooped in Monday morning to search Oakland's Oaksterdam University in Oakland, the state's first cannabis industry training school. Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation division are searching the university at the corner of 16th Street and Broadway, in the heart of the city's widely recognized downtown cannabis-oriented district, authorities said. The federal agencies are conducting a joint investigation, she said.
  • Feds' crackdown is a bummer for Oakland marijuana university

    03/26/2012 4:30:18 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 2 replies · 10+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/26/12 | Peter Hecht
    OAKLAND – For the school renowned as the Princeton of Pot and the Harvard of Hemp, the high times have wafted into a downer. Enrollment has plummeted at Oaksterdam University, the Oakland college that since 2007 has attracted 15,000 students to study cannabis cultivation and related careers, while boosting commerce in one of America's most pot-friendly cities. The pilgrimage for pot scholarship in Oakland is waning as California's four U.S. attorneys wage a crackdown on medical cannabis dispensaries. And yet, at Oaksterdam and elsewhere in the city, neither fewer students nor heightened federal scrutiny of the cannabis business seems to...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 3 - a rebuttal

    03/26/2012 11:07:14 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 35 replies · 15+ views
    (self) | March 26, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 3;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts; "Fact 2" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts.) Claim 3: "Illegal drugs are illegal because they are harmful." Fact: The legal drugs alcohol and tobacco are legal despite being harmful. Claim: Drug use can be deadly, far more deadly than alcohol. Although alcohol is used by seven times...
  • Trayvon suspended over marijuana; thousands expected at rally

    03/26/2012 11:08:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 237 replies · 121+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | March 26, 2012 | Frances Robles
    Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin was suspended from school because he was caught with an empty plastic bag with traces of marijuana in it, the boy’s family attorney has confirmed. Trayvon was killed while serving out the suspension in Sanford Florida, where his father’s girlfriend lives. A community watch volunteer who thought he looked drugged out and suspicious called police and later wound up in a fight with him. The two scuffled and volunteer George Zimmerman shot Trayvon, killing him. He has not been charged. Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on Sanford on Monday for an...
  • Family: Pot Linked to Trayvon Martin Suspension

    03/26/2012 10:16:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 71 replies · 67+ views
    AP ^ | March 26, 2012
    A family spokesman says slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was suspended from school last month for having a baggie that contained marijuana residue in his book bag.
  • Was Trayvon Martin a Drug Dealer?

    03/25/2012 7:17:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 224 replies · 44+ views
    Wagist ^ | 3/25/12 | Dan Linehan
    Above is the iconic picture we’ve been become accustomed to seeing everywhere in the media, used to represent the recent Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida. From everything the public has been told, Trayvon Martin was a fresh-faced, innocent looking teenager and the visage of the man who shot him, George Zimmerman, is right out of a booking photo. The media narrative being sold is quite clear, Trayvon Martin is the innocent victim here and George Zimmerman is a horrible bigot who attacked the young man for doing nothing more than buying skittles while being black. Even Barack Obama seems...