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  • Kansas Supreme Court decision in marijuana case hinges on Lawrence officers’ sense of smell

    12/12/2018 4:44:58 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 23 replies
    The Topeka Capital Journal ^ | 11 December 2018 | Tim Carpenter
    A divided Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Lawrence Hubbard’s misdemeanor convictions in a case demonstrating police officers relying exclusively on olfactory skills to detect raw marijuana can supply probable cause to support search of a residence. The decision by the high court extended to a private residence the accepted principle in Kansas that a trained and experienced officer’s detection of the aroma of marijuana could justify the legal search of a vehicle. The ruling also resolved conflicting Kansas Court of Appeals decisions. Supreme Court justices, on a 4-3 vote, rejected arguments put forth by Hubbard’s attorney, including questions about whether Lawrence...
  • crash suspect may have been impaired from a combination of beer, sleep medication, and CBD oil

    12/10/2018 7:05:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Daily Item (Mass.) ^ | Dec. 10, 2018 | Gayla Cawley
    REVERE — Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Boston woman who allegedly struck five pedestrians with her SUV on Route 145 Sunday night, killing a 5-year-old girl and critically injuring a 2-month-old infant, may have been impaired from a combination of beer, sleep medication, and CBD oil. The 5-year-old girl has been identified as Adrianna Mejia-Rivera, a student at an undisclosed elementary school in Revere. Autumn Harris pleaded not guilty to charges of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle in Chelsea District Court on Monday. Harris was held on $10,000 bail and ordered to remain drug- and alcohol-free...
  • Border Patrol agents seize $1.5M worth of pot in weekend crackdown

    12/10/2018 4:08:12 PM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 10, 2018 | Tulsi kamath
    U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped 12 smuggling operations and seized nearly two tons of marijuana worth over $1.5 million during a weekend crackdown, officials with Customs and Border Patrol wrote in a press release Monday. On Friday, agents working near Mission, Texas, saw "smugglers utilize a raft filled with bundles of marijuana cross the Rio Grande," officials wrote. On the Texas side of the river, they loaded up a Ford F-150 pick up truck with the pot. "As mobile units responded to the area, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed," officials wrote. When agents stopped the truck,...
  • Guardian (UK): We ban cannabis but let people eat as much meat as they want. That makes no sense

    12/02/2018 11:29:00 AM PST · by Simon Green · 89 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/01/18 | Sonia Sodha
    ...And as I tucked into my first vegan mockburger on the plane home – nicely pink inside, my tastebuds honestly couldn’t distinguish it from the real thing – it left me thinking, why are we so willing to wield the nanny state when it comes to cannabis but not something like meat, which does real social harm? ..... Take a step back and it seems bonkers that our political leaders hold firm on outlawing weed but seem loth to invoke the nanny state where it’s most needed: in avoiding catastrophic climate change. We won’t succeed in this unless we persuade...
  • Results of Colorado Marijuana Legalization 4 Years Later

    11/30/2018 2:21:41 PM PST · by fwdude · 237 replies
    Barbwire ^ | November 30, 2018 | David Jolly
    On January 1, 2014, Colorado legalized the medical and recreational use of Marijuana. They claimed that it would add millions of dollars to the state’s revenue via state taxes which includes a 2.9% sales tax, 10% special sales tax and 15% excise tax, meaning the state would collect $27.90 for every $100 of recreational marijuana sold in the Rocky Mountain state. In April 2014, 19 year old foreign exchange student Levy Thamba plunged off a hotel balcony and died after eating legally purchased marijuana laced cookies. After eating just one cookie, Thamba became agitated and ran out onto the balcony...
  • Pro-Pot Folks Take Note: New Study Provides Further Evidence that Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug

    11/30/2018 7:03:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 153 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/28/2018 | John Ellis
    A new study looking at alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use among adolescents gives some interesting and helpful conclusions. Well, helpful conclusions if people will be willing to remove their cultural blinders concerning marijuana. Since the politically and culturally popular thing to do is to extol the virtues of the recreational use of marijuana, the study's sharp gateway-drug implications will most likely be a warning that is derided and unheeded.Frankly, I don't really care if people smoke weed or not. To be clear, if asked, I'll warn against it. What bugs me, though, is that many who do choose to...
  • With Jeff Sessions out at the Justice Dept., the marijuana movement exhales

    11/25/2018 4:39:56 AM PST · by be-baw · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 25, 2018 | Kurtis Lee
    He described marijuana as a “very real danger” and has said its effects are “only slightly less awful” than those of heroin. Once, during a drug hearing when he was a Senator, he said he wanted to send a clear message: “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” So when Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions was ousted recently, a collective sigh of relief rose up from proponents of legalized pot — activists, politicians, investors — who felt targeted by the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Sessions’s departure has translated into spiking stocks for cannabis companies and a reset of sorts for the legalization...
  • Marijuana legalization is a response to the failures of the war on drugs

    11/23/2018 8:58:41 AM PST · by Red6 · 162 replies
    VOX ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | German Lopez
    The debate over marijuana legalization is just one of the many ways the political landscape is changing as the US comes to terms with drug and criminal justice policies that many experts and Americans consider to have failed at a great cost to the nation’s liberty and finances. The war on marijuana in particular has cost the US billions of dollars over decades, led to a black market for pot that criminal organizations use to fund violent operations, and contributed to the explosive growth of America’s incarcerated population, which is now the largest in the world. And despite those costs,...
  • Michigan localities are saying ‘no’ to recreational marijuana

    11/16/2018 10:54:05 AM PST · by equaviator · 34 replies
    Marijuana Business Daily ^ | November 14, 2018
    Some Michigan communities are already prohibiting adult-use marijuana businesses, a little more than a week after voters in the state approved legalization of recreational cannabis. According to various newspaper reports, Niles City in southwestern Michigan and Pinckney village in the southeastern part of the state have decided to opt out, at least for now. St. Joseph in southwestern Michigan is expected to do the same. Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that officials at colleges across the state say marijuana won’t be allowed on campuses. That’s because they don’t want to jeopardize federal funding since marijuana is still illegal...
  • Marijuana legalization had a pretty good election night

    11/10/2018 3:20:06 PM PST · by NobleFree · 64 replies
    Vox ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | German Lopez
    Marijuana legalization had a very good election night on Tuesday. The big news came from Michigan, which became the first state in the Midwest to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes. And it appears to have won by a fairly big margin: With 87 percent of precincts reporting, the “yes” vote got 56 percent of the vote — topping the “no” vote by 12 percentage points. There were also a couple of medical marijuana victories in Missouri and Utah. Both states went Republican in state races (particularly the Senate), yet they still showed solid support for legalizing medical pot. The winning...
  • Snoop Dogg smokes blunt outside White House: 'F--- the president'

    11/08/2018 12:09:47 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/08/18 | Aris Folley
    Snoop Dogg shared a series of videos online Wednesday of his recent visit to the White House, where he smoked a blunt and lit into President Trump. The rapper can be seen saying in one clip posted on Instagram that while other Americans were “doing all this other bullshit” amid the midterm elections, he decided to temporarily camp out nearby the White House to smoke, saying: “F--- the president.” Snoop Dogg could be seen in other clips walking throughout what appears to be Lafayette Park while talking to fans with his blunt in hand. Snoop Dogg, who has been a...
  • Washington Needs to Legalize Cannabis: Voters may relax the rules Tuesday, bringing the total to 32

    11/05/2018 9:04:56 AM PST · by billorites · 94 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2018 | John Boehner
    Citizens in four states vote Tuesday on ballot initiatives to legalize some form of cannabis. Residents of Missouri and Utah will decide on its medical availability, Michigan and North Dakota on recreational consumption for adults. If all four measures pass, the tally of states that allow some sort of cannabis use will jump to 32, nearly two-thirds of the U.S. The trend could not be clearer: Cannabis prohibition is coming to an end. A Gallup poll last month found 66% of Americans favor legal marijuana. I am now one of those Americans. It began when a friend of mine who...
  • 'Crazy': Maine Trick-or-Treater Finds Marijuana in Halloween Haul

    11/01/2018 7:25:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    NECN ^ | Nov. 1, 2018 | Danielle Waugh
    Instead of tricks or treats, a teen in Maine said she received a bag of marijuana Wednesday night while trick-or-treating near a middle school. Steve Gagne, the fiance of the teen's mother, said he turned it in to Auburn police Thursday morning and filed a report. "I'm just dismayed," the Lewiston resident said. "The world is a crazy place these days."
  • Boehner Now 'All in' on Marijuana, Predicts Nationwide Legalization Within 5 Years

    10/23/2018 5:12:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 84 replies
    PJ Media ^ | OCTOBER 23, 2018 | NICHOLAS BALLASY
    WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he was “wrong” about marijuana when he opposed legalizing the drug while serving in Congress. Boehner predicted that national cannabis legalization is going to happen in less than five years. “That sound bite about being ‘unalterably opposed’ to cannabis is almost a decade old. Back then, like a lot of folks, I was getting faulty information,” Boehner said of his 2011 remark during today’s American Cannabis Summit online seminar organized by the National Institute for Cannabis Investors. “I realized I was wrong and, let me tell you, I’ve been having more...
  • States With Legal Pot See Increase In Car Accidents, Studies Say

    10/21/2018 6:09:43 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 103 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | October 18, 2018
    CNN) – The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the probable cause of a crash that killed 12 people on a church bus near Concan, Texas, in March 2017 was that the 20-year-old man whose truck hit the bus was under the influence of marijuana and a sedative. In its report, the board says that there has been an increase in the number of drug-impaired drivers across the country and that something must be done about it. That call to action seems to match up with a report released Thursday from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss...
  • Nine-year-old sells out of Girl Guide cookies in front of cannabis store on first day

    10/18/2018 8:05:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    CTV News ^ | October 18, 2018
    A nine-year-old Alberta girl managed to rapidly sell out of Girl Guide cookies by targeting cannabis consumers on the first day of legal sales. Elina Childs tells CTV News Channel that it was her father’s idea to load up her wagon and line up outside of an Edmonton pot shop on Wednesday.
  • Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

    10/17/2018 5:31:41 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 125 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct 17, 2018
    Cannabis becomes legal in Canada Country becomes second and largest with legal national marketplace. The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world’s second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Canada legalizes marijuana: here's everything you need to know Read more A federal official said Canada would pardon people with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the new legal threshold, with a formal announcement due later on Wednesday. The use of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since...
  • U.S. cannabis firms press Trump about Canada’s ‘competitive advantage’

    10/16/2018 2:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hamilton Spectator ^ | October 16, 2018 | James McCarten The Canadian Press
    An American cannabis producer took out a full-page ad in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal warning that the United States is “rapidly losing” its competitive advantage in the industry to Canada, the first G7 member to greenlight legal recreational pot. An American cannabis producer is warning President Donald Trump that Canada is poised to dominate the North American marijuana industry unless the United States takes steps to eliminate barriers to financing and market capital south of the border. A full-page ad in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, framed as a plea to the White House and its most prominent occupant, warns the...
  • Canadian pot industry workers will be able to enter U.S. for pleasure travel

    10/11/2018 11:12:16 AM PDT · by jerod · 29 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct 11, 2018 12:11 PM ET | Brandie Weikle
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Canadian citizens working in the cannabis industry should be able to enter the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry. The agency updated its website Tuesday, providing a measure of clarity after a vague statement last month left the industry and investors facing uncertainty about travel of any kind to the U.S. That statement sparked weeks of confusion and rumours that those tied to the cannabis industry could face lifetime bans from the U.S. It read that "As marijuana continues to be a controlled substance under United States law, working in or facilitating...
  • Rhode Island gubernatorial, attorney general candidates arrested with 48 pounds of marijuana: police

    10/05/2018 11:00:29 AM PDT · by ETL · 50 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Oct 5, 2018 | Suarez Sang | Fox News
    -snip- A pair of Rhode Island political hopefuls, who aspired to be The Ocean State's governor and attorney general, was arrested Thursday after police allegedly uncovered 48 pounds of illegal marijuana in the duo's West Greenwich home. State police said they arrested Anne Armstrong, 58, and Alan Gordon, 48 -- the Compassion Party’s candidates for governor and attorney general, respectively -- after a search at the pair’s home uncovered nearly 50 pounds of marijuana. Officials said they searched the pair’s home after receiving a complaint of a “strong odor of marijuana emanating from marijuana plants being illegally grown outdoors.” -snip-...