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  • Colorado prosecutor: Marijuana-related murders are skyrocketing

    10/21/2016 11:49:18 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 175 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 1, 2016 | Sierra Rayne
    According to the latest reports coming out of Colorado, marijuana is a major cause of homicides in the state, and the problem is only getting worse. "There is increased crime, sometimes violent crime, associated with legalization of marijuana," Brauchler said. "That's not what you'd expect. You'd expect the harder-core drugs." ... "If cash is the only way to acquire marijuana, crime follows cash," Brauchler said ... Brauchler believes the legalization of marijuana is partly to blame for the rise in crime. "It is easier for there to be black market in a legalized system than there was before," he said....
  • Police arrest more people for marijuana use than for all violent crimes — combined

    10/14/2016 4:25:58 PM PDT · by BBell · 94 replies ^ | 10/12/16 | Christopher Ingraham
    On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 people sit behind bars on simple drug-possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. The report says that most of these jailed inmates have not been convicted of any crime: They're sitting in a cell, awaiting a day in court, an appearance that may be months or even years off, because they can't afford to post bail. "It's been 45 years since the war on drugs was declared, and it hasn't...
  • Cannabis Beer Brewer Prepares for National Distribution

    10/13/2016 1:54:06 PM PDT · by notscj · 40 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Oct. 13, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    A Colorado company says it has cleared a major hurdle to distribute cannabis-infused beer nationwide, and that it's developed the business relationships necessary to rapidly scale up production to meet what could be enormous demand. The company, Aurora-based Dad and Dude's Breweria, says it has received federal formula approval for an extract-infused beer variety from the Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), which acts as gatekeeper for interstate beer sales. The bureau still must approve a label for the beer, but that is seen as a lower hurdle. Once label approval is given, the company can...
  • High Times Magazine Oddly Silent on Hillary Giving Thumbs Down to Pot

    10/13/2016 12:37:36 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 13, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Sometimes you learn more about a periodical by what is not published in it than by what is published. And in the case of High Times magazine, what do we learn by the fact that all the marijuana oriented publications available on the Web, except High Times, have published stories about the revelation released by Wikileaks on Monday that Hillary Clinton during a private talk to bankers gave a most definite thumbs down to legalization of marijuana? Could it be that High Times is so in the tank for Hillary that they must avoid mentioning this story about what Hillary really says...
  • 1000th blog post & election issues

    10/11/2016 8:54:44 AM PDT · by mainestategop
    Maiinestategop ^ | Brian Balll
    As of 2008 we are now at 1000 posts for Mainestategop, the blog of those of us who are refugees of New England Socialism and the voice of the New Hampshire based New England Alliance for Liberty and Free Markets. We've come a long way I think and I am just ecstatic. Eight years of fighting liberalism and saving America from liberal failure. I love it. Thank you to all for your continued support.  Now, with that said I want to discuss political issues concerning elections in New England. There's not much to be said, we are voting straight GOP...
  • MA Nat'l Guard, State Police Raid 81 yr old woman's home to seize pot plat

    10/07/2016 6:38:28 AM PDT · by Right-wing Librarian · 45 replies
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  • Gary Johnson: I can't start wars with places if I can't find them on a map

    10/05/2016 2:48:53 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 36 replies
    POLITICO ^ | October 4, 2014 | Louis Nelson
    Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Tuesday defended his lack of knowledge of world affairs, suggesting on MSNBC that foreign policy expertise, or even an understanding of where international leaders are from, is what leads to military conflict. “You know what? The fact that somebody can dot the i’s and cross the t’s on a foreign leader’s geographic location then allows them to put our military in harm’s way,” Johnson told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. The former New Mexico governor has been widely panned for a pair of foreign policy gaffes that have weighed down his long-shot candidacy. First, Johnson responded...
  • Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson admits he does not follow foreign affairs

    10/04/2016 10:12:12 AM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | October 4, 2016 | Jason Silverstein
    Bumbling Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson wandered onto national television Tuesday to finally admit, with pride, that he does not study trivial things like world leaders and foreign nations. “If that’s a disqualifier, so be it,” Johnson hollered on CNN, echoing a line he coughed up last month after he failed to recognize Syria’s largest city. Johnson — baring bedhead hair and yelling nearly every time he opened his mouth — ostensibly appeared to defend his month of stunning ignorance about world affairs. In recent live TV appearances, Johnson didn’t know what Aleppo is and said “nobody got hurt” in...
  • Marijuana is Never 'Legalize,' It Just Becomes Much More Highly Regulated

    09/30/2016 10:31:59 AM PDT · by fwdude · 17 replies
    self-published | Sept 30, 2016 | fwdude
    For discussion. What does the "legalization" of marijuana usage really entail? Do the breadth of laws related to this expand or contract? Do people still violate marijuana-related laws? Are children affected? Do more people become uses who were not before the law change? Must requirements for professional organization membership change in response to such laws?
  • Chelsea Clinton Suggests Marijuana Is Killing People

    09/28/2016 12:42:50 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 57 replies
    High Times ^ | Sept. 27, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Former White House rugrat Chelsea Clinton believes marijuana may have some therapeutic benefits, but she also thinks the herb may be killing people in states where it has been made legal. During a recent appearance at Youngstown State University, Clinton—campaigning on behalf of her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—told a crowd of students that “anecdotally, we have lots of evidence” that cannabis is effective in treating epilepsy and stimulating the appetites of those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. But she then went on to say that there are still some public health concerns associated with pot consumption due to recent deaths...
  • Marijuana Could Be the Answer to Curing Alzheimer's Disease, Study Shows

    09/18/2016 11:55:04 AM PDT · by Mariner · 93 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | September 18th, 2016 | Sean Williams
    However, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies believe the cure to Alzheimer's disease might come from a readily available substance: marijuana. In order to test their theory, researchers at the Salk Institute modified nerve cells to produce high levels of beta-amyloid. Researchers then noted that these higher levels of beta-amyloid production led to the expression of pro-inflammatory proteins and eventually nerve cell death. The ongoing death of these nerve cells is what leads to the progressive cognitive decline witnessed in Alzheimer's patients. This itself was an intriguing finding, as it was long believed that an immune-like response, not...
  • Officials Keep Whittling Away At Second Amendment Rights

    09/16/2016 12:33:52 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 15, 2016 | George Leef
    Earlier this year, Justice Clarence Thomas caused a mild sensation among Court watchers when he asked his first question from the bench in a decade. His question to the government’s counsel was why should it be so easy for a citizen to be deprived of his or her rights under the Second Amendment. (I wrote about the incident and the underlying case here.) That question applies with equal force in a case where state officials have decided to deny gun permits to individuals who have been issued cards enabling them to purchase medical marijuana. Why should the fact that a...
  • ‘Trimmigrants’ Are Looking For Easy Summer Work; Growers Looking For Something Else

    09/13/2016 10:38:38 AM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    It’s no secret that the marijuana industry brings an infusion of money and seasonal work to the part of the North Bay known as the Emerald Triangle, but there’s a darker side to the industry. Many of the seasonal job-seekers who painstakingly trim the marijuana flowers are young women who can end up victims of intimidation and sexual abuse. Often taken to remote farms deep in the forest unwitting females, often in their teens and early 20s, are especially easy prey for unscrupulous growers. break “Students from the nearest college, Humboldt State University, return from a summer of trimming marijuana...
  • Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?'

    09/08/2016 5:16:21 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 79 replies
    Gary Johnson: 'What Is Aleppo?' Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, does not know what Aleppo is. Asked on Wednesday's "Morning Joe" what he would do if elected president about the city in Syria at the center of the refugee crisis, Johnson earnestly asked what Aleppo is even. "And what is Aleppo?" Johnson said. "You're kidding me," Mike Barnicle responded, who asked the question. Barnicle then began to explain what Aleppo is to the candidate. "OK, got it, got it," Johnson cut him off, and then added, "With regard to Syria I do think it's a mess. I think that...
  • Marijuana makes rats lazy, less willing to try cognitively demanding tasks

    08/30/2016 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 48 replies
    University of British Columbia @ medicalxpress ^ | August 24, 2016 | University of British Columbia
    New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness— at least in rats. The study, published today in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, makes rats less willing to try a cognitively demanding task. "Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that when we gave THC to these rats, they basically became cognitively lazy," said Mason Silveira, the study's lead author and a PhD candidate in UBC's department of psychology. "What's interesting, however, is that their ability to do the...
  • 'The Choom Gang': 9 juiciest details from Barack Obama's days as a pothead (2012)

    08/30/2016 7:04:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    The WEEK ^ | May 25, 2012 | Kevin Fallon
    ============================================================================================================== The "audacity of dope"? In his memoir Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama admits having smoked marijuana during high school, but newly released excerpts from David Maraniss' upcoming biography Barack Obama: The Story paint a picture of a truly committed pothead.The "giggle-worthy" details — many attributed to Obama's high school buddies collectively known as "the Choom Gang," after the slang term for smoking marijuana — are "right out of a buddy stoner flick," says Adam Sorensen at TIME. Here, the most scandalous allegations: 1. The Choom Gang While in high school at the Punahou School in Honolulu, Obama began...
  • Obama and His Pot-Smoking 'Choom Gang' (2012)

    08/30/2016 6:59:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 25, 2012 | By JONATHAN KARL
    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. Seuss 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 smoke it anywhere. Now a soon-to-be published biography by David Maraniss entitled "Barack Obama: The...
  • Ithaca College ranks No. 1 on Princeton Review's 'Reefer Madness' list

    08/29/2016 6:45:08 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | August 29, 2016 at 5:25 PM | By Jourdan Bennett-Begaye
    Ithaca College flies to the top of the "Reefer Madness" list in the Princeton Review. College students answered the survey question, "How widely is marijuana used at your school?" to determine the rankings. Ithaca College, home to 6,323 undergraduate students, shares the small town of Ithaca with Cornell University within the Finger Lakes region. Besides the "reefer madness" list, Ithaca College also made lists for the "Best College Newspaper," the "Most Liberal Students" and "Little Race/Class Interaction" among others.
  • Legalized pot is making America’s lower class poorer and less responsible

    08/21/2016 10:34:48 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 254 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8-20-16 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    (Snip) The middle and upper classes have been the ones out there pushing for decriminalization and legalization measures, and they have also tried to demolish the cultural taboo against smoking pot. But they themselves have chosen not to partake very much. Which is not surprising. Middle-class men and women who have jobs and families know that this is not a habit they want to take up with any regularity because it will interfere with their ability to do their jobs and take care of their families. But the poor, who already have a hard time holding down jobs and taking...
  • 9th Circuit Court bars feds from prosecuting medical marijuana cases

    08/16/2016 8:25:03 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/16/2016 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Tuesday banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases if no state laws were broken. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the federal agency to show that 10 pending cases in California and Washington state violated medical marijuana laws in those states before continuing with prosecutions.
  • Reefer Madness and the Election

    08/14/2016 5:36:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | August 14, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    For the first time since 1988, both major parties' nominees -- Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump -- say that they have never smoked or experimented with marijuana (without inhaling). President Obama has been open about having used marijuana and other drugs in his youth, yet his administration has taken insufficient steps to inject some sanity into the federal government's approach to marijuana policy. In 2008, the Obama campaign talked about keeping federal prosecutors from going after medical marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized medical use such as California. To the contrary, in his first term especially, Obama's...
  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Says She Would Reschedule Marijuana

    08/11/2016 7:34:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 38 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | August 11, 2016 | Daniel White
    <p>Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to reschedule marijuana if she is elected in November, according to a statement issued by the campaign.</p>
  • Marijuana-Infused Gummy Rings Sickens 19 After San Francisco Quinceańera: Health Dept.

    08/08/2016 4:17:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Lisa Fernandez and Chuck Coppola
    The patients taken to the hospital ranged in age from 6 to 18.The gummy rings that sickened 19 people - including a 6-year-old - at quinceańera in the Mission District were laced with pot, the San Francisco Public Health Department announced Monday, after a dozen patients tested positive for the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said that the final lab tests on the gummy rings have not yet come back yet from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. But she said that 12 of the 19 people hospitalized after the party at the Women's Building on 18th Street...
  • Soros, Steyer, and Democracy Alliance Work to Retake Colorado

    08/05/2016 9:56:39 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 5, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    The Democratic Party’s top donors are pouring money into Colorado political groups, drawing attention to state legislative contests and ballot fights that could affect the redrawing of key congressional districts, public records show. Billionaire hedge fund managers George Soros and Tom Steyer are steering money to Colorado state senate candidates, while the Democracy Alliance, a leading left-wing donor club created ten years ago by four wealthy Colorado Democrats, provides financing for an interconnected network of Democrat-aligned political groups. Campaign finance data reveals how the Alliance and its top donors are implementing a strategy conceived last year to retake power at...
  • Jamaica to install weed vending machines at airports

    07/30/2016 8:37:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Green Rush Daily ^ | July 2, 2016 | A.B. Hanna
    Instead of landing and having to ask strangers where “the plug” is, you’ll find it conveniently plugged into the wall nearby. The Jamaican government is looking over a proposal to install cannabis kiosks in Jamaican airports. Only one year ago, the Jamaican House of Representatives passed a law that made possession of 2 ounces of marijuana legal. Now the proposal being looked over by the Cannabis Licensing Authority would allow a tourist to obtain 2 ounces from a kiosk before they even check into their hotel....
  • Doctors Warn of Increase in Colorado Children Exposed to Marijuana

    07/27/2016 9:41:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies ^ | 07/26/2016 | Heather Finn
    he rate at which Colorado children were exposed to marijuana began increasing in 2009, when the U.S. government first announced it would not prosecute residents who complied with the state's new medical marijuana laws. Dr. Genie E. Roosevelt, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Health Medical Center, expected that rate to go up even more when Colorado voters decided to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2012, the Times reports — but she never could have predicted the rate would increase as much as it did. Since 2014 (when...
  • Colorado Town's Water Tests Positive for THC, Active Ingredient in Marijuana

    07/23/2016 7:01:06 AM PDT · by Mariner · 55 replies
    Good Morning America via Yahoo ^ | July 23rd, 2016 | BRIAN MCBRIDE
    Officials have urged residents in a small Colorado town not to consume their water after several wells tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. So far no illnesses have been linked to the water in Hugo -- a town of around 700 people located roughly 100 miles southeast of Denver -- according to officials. The announcement comes after a local company was testing its own water and got a positive result. Local law enforcement was then notified and further testing in other locations took place, which revealed additional positive results, reports ABC Denver affiliate, KMGH. "At this point...
  • Marijuana taxes generate more than $8.4M for Boulder County communities [misleading headline]

    07/18/2016 9:20:48 AM PDT · by catnipman · 118 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 7/16/2016 | Jerd Smith and Alex Burness
    [The REAL headline:] Schools left out on construction funding, dollars FAR LESS less than many expected In some circles, it's the windfall that wasn't. it has not been the cash cow thousands of Coloradans had expected.
  • New Renaissance Party backs use of medical marijuana; gets mixed reaction

    07/09/2016 5:06:05 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 9 replies
    Japan Today ^ | July 08, 2016 | Reuters
    TOKYO — Japan prides itself on having a low tolerance for guns and drugs, but a tiny political party has become the first to adopt an election plank of scrapping a research ban on medical use of marijuana. Proponents say such use could ease cancer-related pain, prevent dementia and cut soaring medical costs. But the government says its effectiveness has not been proved, and worries about the social harm weaker controls could bring. Japan outlaws owning and growing marijuana, besides the ban on clinical research, despite a trend in advanced countries, such as Canada and the United States, to free...
  • After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs

    07/06/2016 7:19:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    npr ^ | 07/06/2016
    Prescription drug prices continue to climb, putting the pinch on consumers. Some older Americans appear to be seeking an alternative to mainstream medicines that has become easier to get legally in many parts of the country. Just ask Cheech and Chong. Research published Wednesday found that states that legalized medical marijuana — which is sometimes recommended for symptoms like chronic pain, anxiety or depression — saw declines in the number of Medicare prescriptions for drugs used to treat those conditions and a dip in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications. Because the prescriptions for...
  • California Marijuana To Cost Just $1 Per Gram After November Ballot

    07/04/2016 8:09:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 108 replies ^ | 7/3/2016 | Guy Bentley
    One of the nation’s leading experts on marijuana and criminal justice fears California’s ballot to legalize marijuana could result in plummeting prices and rising rates of marijuana disorder. Professor Mark Kleinman, an adjunct scholar at the Center for American Progress excoriates the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which qualified for a November ballot June 28. The bill allows commercial legalization of marijuana and six plants per household, with no limits on the quantity produced but a ban on sales and advertising to minors. California would impose a $9.75 tax (33 cents per gram) of flowers and a 15 percent sales...
  • Marijuana compound removes toxic Alzheimer's protein from the brain

    07/01/2016 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 144 replies
    Science Alert ^ | July 1, 2016
    Marijuana compound removes toxic Alzheimer's protein from the brain An active compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to kickstart the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The finding supports the results of previous studies that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative disease. "Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer's, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid...
  • California Voters to Decide Whether to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    06/28/2016 6:55:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 77 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/28 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana after Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Tuesday that initiative proponents turned in more than enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot. A successful vote in California would mean one in every six Americans lives in a state with legal marijuana sales, including the entire West Coast. The initiative is promoted by a well-funded and politically connected coalition spearheaded by former Facebook president Sean Parker. It asks voters to allow people 21 and older to buy an ounce of marijuana and marijuana-infused products at licensed retail outlets and...
  • Supreme Court Weakens Protections Against Unconstitutional Police Stops

    06/20/2016 12:21:30 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 56 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 06/20/2016 | Chris Geidner Supreme Court Weakens Protections Against Unconstitutional Police Stops The 5-3 decision prompts a sharp rebuke from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who writes that those targeted by police “warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere.” Originally posted on Jun. 20, 2016, at 12:16 p.m. Updated on Jun. 20, 2016, at 1:07 p.m. BuzzFeed News Reporter Chris Geidner/BuzzFeed WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for police to get evidence admitted in a prosecution even if that evidence was obtained after an unconstitutional stop. In a 5-3 decision, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court that...
  • Microsoft serving marijuana trade (software for tracking pot business "from seed to sale")

    06/17/2016 6:48:10 AM PDT · by dayglored · 7 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Jun 17, 2016 | Nathaniel Popper
    As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government. But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot this week by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale,” as the pot industry puts it. The software — a new product in Microsoft’s cloud computing business — is meant to help states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana keep tabs on sales and commerce, ensuring that...
  • Considering a career path in the pot industry? Here's what you should know

    06/12/2016 6:39:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 11, 2016 | Brooke Edwards Staggs
    Some have messy buns and sleeve tattoos. Some have salon cuts and $2,000 suits. Some are joining blue-collar unions, getting health benefits as they grow and sell a plant they’ve long loved. Some say they never touch it, but they’re standing guard outside shops and fiercely lobbying legislators in Sacramento to ensure that others can. As public support and legalization of cannabis spreads, those who’ve quietly worked in California’s medical marijuana industry are slowly emerging from the shadows. And professionals who never would have considered joining the industry a couple of years ago are leaving behind traditional careers in law,...
  • Study of 81,000 Adults Examines Mental Illness, Gun Violence and Suicide

    06/09/2016 1:02:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    People with serious mental illnesses who use guns to commit suicide are often legally eligible to purchase guns, despite having a past record of an involuntary mental health examination and brief hospitalization, according to a new Duke Health analysis. The study, released in the June issue of Health Affairs, looked at gun use, violent crime and suicide among 81,704 people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties over 10 years starting in 2002. Over that time, 254 study subjects committed suicide -- nearly four times the average suicide rate of the general adult...
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Manager Shoots Armed Robbers Clad in Masks, Body Armor (CA)

    06/09/2016 8:03:12 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 55 replies
    ABC7 (Eyewitness News) ^ | June 8, 2016 | Leo Stallworth
    WALNUT PARK, Calif. (KABC) -- The manager of a medical marijuana dispensary in Walnut Park opened fire on two armed men after he said the suspects tried to rob him. The incident occurred at around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 2400 block of Florence Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The store manager told Eyewitness News that the suspects barged into his business clad in body armor and with their faces covered, pointing assault rifles at him. The manager said he had no other choice but to grab his handgun and shoot at the suspects, firing at...
  • New smoking age to take effect in California (it's okay to die for the country, just don't smoke)

    06/08/2016 5:38:23 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Rodriguez was 15 years old when he smoked his first cigarette. He knows how addictive smoking can be and hopes a new California law raising the smoking age will discourage young people from taking up the habit. "I think it's better," said the 21-year-old chef-in-training from Los Angeles. "I just hope they don't raise the drinking age." Beginning Thursday, smokers have to be at least 21 to buy tobacco products in California. The nation's most populous state joins Hawaii and more than 100 municipalities in raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. Anyone...
  • About 92K Coloradans to lose Obamacare coverage as insurers drop out, cut back, raise rates

    06/06/2016 2:44:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    More than 92,000 Coloradans will lose their Obamacare health care coverage in 2017 as four leading insurance companies scale back or eliminate their plans while others propose rate hikes of as much as 40 percent. Insurance holders with individual plans through Anthem, UnitedHealthCare, Humana and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will need to find new coverage for the 2017 coverage year, according to a Monday statement from the Colorado Division of Insurance. ... the news came as a devastating blow to the state’s already-shaky insurance market. Colorado is one of 14 states that opted to launch its own Obamacare exchange instead...
  • Yale Study Shows Danger of Marijuana

    06/01/2016 11:42:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 91 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 1, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Donald J. Trump says vets are treated worse than illegal immigrants. But help is on the way. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to make it easier for veterans to get access to officially-approved marijuana. Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a physician, argues that the proposal is "absolutely insane." It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. But Rep. Fleming notes evidence that marijuana "enhances psychosis and schizophrenia" in some people with these psychological problems. Dr. Christine Miller asks, "Does no one remember Eddie Routh,...
  • Drug tests present major hurdle for employers

    06/01/2016 11:16:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | May 29, 2016
    As the unemployment rate drops across the country, employers are running into another problem – finding potential job candidates who will take and pass drug tests. Even though the country is amid an opioid epidemic, employers say marijuana has been the biggest hurdle. New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes talks to Hari Sreenivasan about her reporting on the issue. HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS ANCHOR: So Jackie Calmes, how big is this problem of people walking away from a job interview when they hear that there’s a drug test? JACKIE CALMES: Well, it’s bigger than I thought! Clearly, because this whole subject...
  • REPORT: More Than 90% Of Marijuana Arrests In NYC Are People Of Color

    06/01/2016 10:03:47 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies
    BI ^ | 6-1-2016 | Jeremy Berke
    Jeremy BerkeJune 1, 2016 91.8% of the people arrested for marijuana possession and sale in the city of New York between January and March 2016 were people of color, according to statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services obtained by the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP). PROP also found that 86.5% of New York Police Department (NYPD) misdemeanor arrests involved people of color, up 2% from 2015. Arrests for "small amounts" of marijuana were up a whopping 33.7% from last year. Robert Gangi, PROP's director, said in a press release that the statistics show that NYPD...
  • False Promise of Tax Revenue from Pot

    05/31/2016 12:00:11 PM PDT · by DenverCossack · 88 replies
    HealthZette ^ | 5/31/2016 | Kristen Fischer
    Dollar signs are flashing in the eyes of state lawmakers under pressure to legalize marijuana. In Arizona, the state has been told it could make $113 million if it legalizes recreational marijuana; in New Jersey, the financial promise behind a push for legalization is $300 million. If all 50 states jump on this bandwagon, total revenues could be approximately $5.3 billion at a 15 percent tax rate, a Tax Foundation study found. That number could surge to $8 billion at a 25 percent tax rate. More money may sound like a win for states. But some officials may be paying...
  • Legal Cannabis is Literally Transforming Cities — Funding Roads, Schools, Charities and More

    05/29/2016 1:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | May 29, 2016 | Justin Gardner
    Two years after Colorado began its first retail sales of cannabis, towns and cities across the state are enjoying the benefits in a number of ways. With sales this year expected to reach $1 billion, local governments are seeing windfalls of tax revenue, which is funding education, recreation, infrastructure improvements, and even aid to the homeless. The small town of Mountain View may be able to dispel its reputation for collecting revenue through speeding tickets, now that two pot shops reside there. “We have such a small tax base,” said Mayor Jeff Kiddie, who opposed pot stores. “Medical and retail...
  • Medical marijuana legalization sent to Ohio governor

    05/25/2016 10:16:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2016 11:11 PM EDT | Julie Carr Smyth
    A medical marijuana legalization bill has been sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure. The measure cleared the Ohio Senate by just three votes, and the House followed by OKing Senate changes 67-28. The proposal, which Kasich has not committed to signing, would bar patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home, but it would allow its use in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions. It garnered both support and opposition among Republicans and Democrats. Supporters recalled emotional testimony from chronic pain sufferers and...
  • Man catches teens breaking into house, makes them call 9-1-1 to report themselves

    05/25/2016 12:52:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    ktau ^ | May 25, 2016 | ktau staff
    COOS BAY, Ore. - A homeowner caught three 14-year-olds burglarizing his Coos Bay house on Sunday afternoon, and forced one of the boys to call 9-1-1 to report the attempted theft. The three boys were all taken to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility on several charges including burglary II, criminal trespassing, and marijuana possession. The homeowner was armed when he found the boys burglarizing his home on Terramar Road, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said. According to emergency dispatchers, he told one of the teens to call police and report the burglary in progress.
  • Debate on Pot Legalization Heats up in California [semi-satire]

    05/16/2016 10:30:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 May 2016 | John Semmens
    The debate over a California initiative to legalize recreational marijuana sparked heated rejoinders from both sides this week. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) suggested that legalization "will better deploy law enforcement resources. Energy that is now put into harassing inoffensive users of marijuana can be redirected toward suppressing more serious crimes like rape and murder." Leading opponent of legalization, Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, challenged the Congressman "to name one so-called rape or murder victim who might otherwise have been spared if police officers weren't occupied enforcing our drug laws." "Potheads like to portray...
  • Death of Muslim teen was an accident, not a hate crime, police investigation finds

    05/13/2016 9:22:29 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 10, 2016 | Christine Clarridge
    The death of an Islamic teen in December, which fueled wide speculation about an anti-Muslim attack, was the result of a fall that followed the teen’s first use of marijuana, according to a report released Tuesday by Seattle police. Hamza Warsame’s death Dec. 5 drew national attention and sparked widespread speculation that he might have been the victim of an anti-Muslim hate crime, until it was ruled an accident a month later. A report released Tuesday by Seattle police reveals details of the investigation that bolster the conclusion made by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
  • Hate Crime Turns Out to Be Death by Marijuana

    05/13/2016 8:03:32 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    AIM ^ | May 12, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    So marijuana is harmless and doesn’t kill people? Consider the case of black Muslim teenager Hamza Warsame, who took a toke and plunged to his death. His friends from the hood blamed it on a non-existent white man who allegedly pushed the kid to his death. The headline in last December’s New York Times story was certainly ominous: “Assertions of Hate Crime in Seattle After a Somali-American Teenager Falls to His Death.” The paper said, “The death of the boy, Hamza Warsame, has prompted outrage among members of the Muslim community here, amid assertions—it is not clear from whom—that he...