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  • Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado

    07/22/2014 7:31:53 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them.
  • GOP-led House gives marijuana businesses another boost

    07/18/2014 4:18:13 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 16, 2014
    GOP-led House gives marijuana businesses another boost When it comes to liberalizing marijuana policy, Congress has once again shown that it is not always the liberals taking the lead. The GOP-dominated House on Wednesday delighted cannabis advocates by voting to prohibit law enforcement from going after banks for doing business with state-licensed marijuana growers and sellers. The measure would be a boon to the marijuana business. Currently, banks fear taking on dispensaries and related companies as clients out of concern that the relationship puts them at risk of being a target for federal drug and treasury agents. The banks had...
  • The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?

    07/18/2014 10:46:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18 2014 | Charles Hurt
    Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody else’s health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • HURT: Now that I have to pay for it, it is my business

    07/16/2014 5:46:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody else’s health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • White House Upholds States’ Rights, At Least For Marijuana

    07/16/2014 11:04:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/15/2014 | Jonah Bennett
    In reaction to a proposed amendment to block decriminalization of marijuana in D.C., the White House Office of Management and Budget took a strong stance in favor of states’ rights. Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland introduced an amendment that would prevent the D.C. Council from using any federal funds to enact pot policy changes, calling marijuana “poison to a teenager’s brain.” The D.C. Council has also released a statement condemning interference from Congress. The current legislation adopted by the Council replaces criminal penalties for marijuana usage with fines. The marijuana amendment in the Financial Services and General Government appropriations...
  • Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

    07/16/2014 4:44:01 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 74 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 16 July 2014 | Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman
    *The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals* To discover whether cannabis really does cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals, we carried out the largest ever study of the effects of THC (∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the drug’s principal psychoactive ingredient). We recruited 121 volunteers, all of whom had taken cannabis at least once before, and all of whom reported having experienced paranoid thoughts in the previous month (which is typical of half the population). None had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The volunteers were randomly chosen to...
  • Strictly Business: Legal pot industry sure to be robust

    07/14/2014 1:57:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Columbian ^ | July 13, 2014 | Gordon Oliver, business editor
    It's rare when any business in Clark County attracts national or even regional interest, so the media throng that greeted last Wednesday's opening of Main Street Marijuana was quite a curiosity. The clever "weed and weenies" event that accompanied the store's opening, along with the presence of Mayor Tim Leavitt at the ribbon-cutting, captured the attention of media outlets that devour eye-catching visuals. But business likely would still have been brisk at Main Street Marijuana even if it hadn't snagged the free publicity. With a state-imposed limit of just 15 retail outlets for all of Clark County, and with some...
  • Colorado Recreational Pot Dales Fip for 1st Time

    07/12/2014 7:25:31 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 33 replies
    Krextv.com ^ | 7/11/14 | Kristina kuestner
    <p>DENVER (AP)- Colorado sold less recreational pot in May than in April, the first month-to-month sales decline for the newly legal drug.</p> <p>Tax collections reported by the Colorado Department of Revenue this week showed that Colorado sold about $21 million of recreational pot in May. That was down slightly from April, when the 4/20 marijuana holiday was credited in part for a boost in recreational sales to $22 million.</p>
  • Colorado Is Consuming Way More Pot Than Anyone Ever Believed

    07/12/2014 2:55:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Maya Rhodan
    And most is consumed by a minority of daily users. About 9% of Colorado’s population consumes marijuana, according to a market demand study conducted by the state department of revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division and the state’s Marijuana Policy Group. And those users, it’s estimated, will get through about 121.4 metric tons of pot every year. According to the report, that consumption — calculated through survey results, demographic data and source data — is “31 percent higher than a recent department of revenue assessment, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center, and 111 percent higher than an...
  • First person to buy pot in Spokane says he was fired from job

    07/11/2014 9:15:12 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/10/2014 | Kasia Hall
    Mike Boyer got his 15 minutes of fame when he became the first person in Spokane to buy recreational pot on Tuesday. On Wednesday Boyer posted his resume on Craigslist, saying Kodiak Security had fired him. Kodiak officials told the Spokesman-Review, though, that Boyer still had a job with the company. Boyer said two of his three part-time employers have asked him to take drug tests after seeing news reports of his pot purchase. He said he will fail them. Kym Ramey, a human resources manager for Kodiak, said employees are tested per company policy. "We're a security firm," Ramey...
  • More Colorado drivers in fatal crashes positive for pot, study says

    07/11/2014 7:29:08 AM PDT · by Kazan · 72 replies
    Denver Post ^ | 5/15/2014 | John Ingold
    Two new University of Colorado studies paint an ominous picture of the direction of the state since marijuana commercialization, but neither provides conclusive evidence that legal pot is causing harm. One study shows more drivers involved in fatal car accidents in Colorado are testing positive for marijuana — and that Colorado has a higher percentage of such drivers testing positive for pot than other states even when controlled for several variables. But the data the researchers use does not reveal whether those drivers were impaired at the time of the crash or whether they were at fault. "The primary result...
  • Louisiana still loves the war on drugs

    07/11/2014 7:03:24 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 12 replies
    Rare ^ | July 11 2014 | Lucy Steigerwald
    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama laughed off an offer of a joint. A legal one, mind you, since this was Colorado. We’ve come a long way, baby, since five years ago when the exact same president was making cheap stoner jokes in response to serious questions about changing drug policy. These last few years have seen — and continue to see — an amazing pushback against the excesses of the drug war. Like the Berlin Wall, the war on drugs seemed like it would stand forever. The arguable “tear down this wall” moment for drug policy came in November, 2012,...
  • Washington Pot Stores Open, But Some Activists Aren't Celebrating

    07/09/2014 12:54:00 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 23 replies
    USNews ^ | 0708/2014 | Steven Nelson
    Veteran marijuana activist Douglas Hiatt, right, says Washington's Initiative 502 establishes a "Soviet style" market for marijuana and won't work. “You’re going to have people selling grams of pot for $25? What, are you kidding me?” Hiatt says. “You can get the best pot you have ever smoked for 10 bucks a gram at a [medical marijuana] dispensary or from someone else who's going to give you a better deal than the state.” There’s no way they are going to eliminate the black market with something that’s totally unresponsive to a market at all,” Hiatt says. "You're going to see...
  • Stoned men break into Spring Hill school, steal Froot Loops, deputies say

    07/09/2014 11:33:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7-9-2014 | GEOFF FOX
    Too young to purchase alcohol, Logan Brown, 18, and Christopher Ramos, 20, elected to pair their marijuana with the popular cereal Froot Loops on July 3 — after they broke into the Challenger K-8 School, a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office report said. The pot-puffing pair was busted after a Hernando detective posted images from the school’s surveillance video on the sheriff’s office Facebook page and distributed the images by a Community Alert Bulletin, the report said. Inside the school, Brown and Ramos wandered the halls and looked inside classrooms until they found an open room, went inside and stole the...
  • Someone at a Denver Bar Just Asked Obama If He ‘Wanted a Hit of Pot’...

    07/08/2014 9:59:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Someone at a Denver Bar Just Asked Obama If He ‘Wanted a Hit of Pot’ — and That Might Not Have Even Been the Most Bizarre Part of His Evening President Barack Obama was asked by an unknown individual if he wanted a “hit of pot” Tuesday night, while visiting a Denver, Colorado bar. The incident, captured on video, shows the president laughing off the suggestion. “Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot…he laughed!” the Instagram user wrote for the video’s caption. (The off camera comment was, "Do you want a hit, man?" Obama gave a big friendly...
  • The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal (Patrick Kennedy and Big Pharma team up to fight legalization)

    07/08/2014 3:37:29 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 28 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 8, 2014
    The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line. USA -- Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, did several stints in rehab after crashing his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill in 2006, a headline-making event that revealed the then–US congressman for Rhode Island had been abusing prescription drugs, including the painkiller OxyContin. Kennedy went on to make mental health—including substance abuse—a cornerstone of his political agenda, and he is reportedly at work on a memoir about his struggles with...
  • Legal Marijuana Goes on Sale in Washington

    07/08/2014 11:00:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 91 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 8 2014 | GENE JOHNSON
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. People began buying marijuana at 8 a.m. at Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two Bellingham stores that started selling the drug as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Several dozen people waited outside before the doors opened at the shop in this liberal college town of about 80,000 north of Seattle. The first three customers in line were...
  • Everything you need to know about legal marijuana in Washington [State]

    07/07/2014 9:35:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 13 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 7/7/2014 | Jake Ellison
    This is maybe somewhat misnamed, but does have an interesting collection of slideshows with commentary. Click the link above or Seattle-PI Pot Blog
  • Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California

    07/07/2014 9:40:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    NBCNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | HARRIET TAYLOR
    Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California BY HARRIET TAYLOR California cannabis growers may be making millions, but their thirsty plants are sucking up a priceless resource: water. Now scientists say that if no action is taken in the drought-wracked state, the consequences for fisheries and wildlife will be dire. "If this activity continues on the trajectory it's on, we're looking at potentially streams going dry, streams that harbor endangered fish species like salmon, steelhead," said Scott Bauer of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Studying aerial photographs of four watersheds within northern California's so-called Emerald Triangle, Bauer found that...
  • Details fill final day before pot stores open in state

    07/06/2014 10:25:18 PM PDT · by steve86 · 32 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/6/2014 | Evan Bush
    With the state set to license a handful of recreational-marijuana stores Monday, retailers have been hustling to set up shop while growers and processors are racing to package pot so it’s ready to deliver Tuesday, when the first stores are expected to open. Aaron Nelson, the general manager of 2020 Solutions in Bellingham, said his store has already passed inspection by the state Liquor Control Board and hopes to open its doors Tuesday at 8 a.m., the earliest hour allowed under state law. Nelson expects to have enough marijuana for at least 1,000 people Tuesday, but said 2020 Solutions might...
  • 3 Things You Need To Know Before Tuesday’s Marijuana Sale [Washington State]

    07/06/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06 July 2014
    The nation’s second legal recreational marijuana market is opening in Washington state Tuesday. Few Stores. Little Pot. No Edibles.
  • Marijuana is illegal under federal law, should IRS be able to collect taxes on Colorado pot sales?

    07/05/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Fox 6 Now ^ | 7/05/14
    (CNN) — Some Colorado marijuana sellers are challenging Uncle Sam. They’re filing a lawsuit — saying the IRS shouldn’t be allowed to collect taxes on marijuana sales because marijuana is illegal under federal law. Attorney Rob Corry says forcing Colorado’s recreational marijuana businesses to pay violates the United States Constitution. He has filed a lawsuit in District Court on behalf of clients, some of whom say taxes could be used as evidence in any future prosecution. “They’re open records and they are admitting to a federal crime. It’s still a federal crime to sell marijuana,” Corry said.
  • Berkeley To Force Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/04/2014 8:49:37 AM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    CBS Local ^ | July 4, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley. Under the proposal, at least two percent of all medical weed dispensed at a club would have to be provided at no cost to very low-income members — and it must be the same quality that’s dispensed to regular paying customers.
  • Texas Rancher Discovers $2M Marijuana Growing Operation on His Land

    07/04/2014 3:11:31 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    ABCNews.go.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Alexa Valiente
    A Texas man who was just hoping to graze cattle on the land he recently acquired was surprised to discover $2 million worth of marijuana plants growing in a back-woods area.
  • D.C. residents urged to boycott Md. shore to protest congressman’s marijuana move

    07/03/2014 2:25:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/3/2014 | MIKE DEBONIS
    If you’re a District resident planning to vacation in the Maryland havens of Ocean City or St. Michaels this summer, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and some D.C. activists would prefer you choose Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Chincoteague Island, Va., instead. A week after Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city’s marijuana decriminalization law, Gray and the District’s largest voting-rights advocacy group said city residents would be better off vacationing somewhere besides Harris’s district, which includes all of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “I don’t think we should support someone who...
  • Six Months After Legalizing Marijuana, Two Big Things Have Happened in Colorado

    07/02/2014 11:27:52 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 339 replies
    Mic.com ^ | 7/1/14 | Chris Miles
    $19 million in new tax revenue. Marijuana-related arrests, which make up 50% of all drug-related crimes, have plummeted in Colorado, freeing up law enforcement to focus on other criminal activity. By removing marijuana penalties, the state saved somewhere between $12 million and $40 million in 2012, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. According to government data, the Denver city- and county-wide murder rate has dropped 52.9% since recreational marijuana use was legalized in January. This is compared to the same period last year, a time frame encompassing Jan. 1 through April 30.
  • Colorado governor on pot legalization: 'It could've been a lot worse'

    07/02/2014 8:00:28 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    ASPEN, Colo. — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is refusing to call the state's legalization of marijuana a success — mostly because he says that would send a bad message to kids. "Talk about bad branding," Hickenlooper said during an interview with Yahoo News' Global Anchor Katie Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Tuesday, six months after recreational pot use in the state was legalized. "We don't want kids slipping off the rails." But the governor, who previously opposed legalization because he saw "so many risks," now readily admits that many of his fears surrounding the topic have gone unrealized:...
  • Before pot yield of their dreams, constant care for fickle plants

    06/29/2014 12:29:59 AM PDT · by steve86 · 38 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 28, 2014 | Bob Young
    Greenshields and Sewell envision their product selling for roughly $3,000 per pound. They believe their pot will be as good as anybody’s. But they want to be in the business long-term and establish a well-regarded brand. They don’t want to be seen as gouging the first customers just because they can. After retailer markup and before sales tax, Sewell hopes consumers can buy an eighth of an ounce of AuricAG weed for $60. Top-shelf eighths sell in medical marijuana dispensaries for roughly $40. But dispensaries don’t pay the stiff state excise taxes that the recreational system will — 25 percent...
  • [OR] Marijuana advocates submit 145,000 signatures

    06/28/2014 3:13:56 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 7 replies
    Advocates have submitted more than 145,000 signatures for a ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use in Oregon. If it qualifies for a statewide vote Nov. 4 -- 87,213 valid signatures are required -- Oregon would join Colorado and Washington in legalizing the drug for recreational use. "Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed, and it's time for a new approach," said Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for New Approach Oregon, the political committee promoting the measure. "Our measure regulates marijuana in a manner substantial to how beer and wine are regulated." Like the measures passed in the...
  • Maryland fast-food customer gets a bag of pot with her fries

    06/27/2014 8:05:40 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 06/27/2014 | Reuters
    A Maryland woman who ordered a meal at a Sonic Corp fast-food restaurant got something extra with her French fries - a bag of marijuana. Carla McFarland, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, and her children, ages 6 and 8, were about to eat a chicken strips lunch on Thursday when she discovered a small, green plastic bag of marijuana in her fries, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Spokeswoman Lieutenant Jennifer Bailey said on Friday no arrests had been made and the incident is under investigation. McFarland said a Sonic employee claimed ownership of the marijuana and was promptly fired....
  • In bag of fast food, a surprise: Marijuana

    06/27/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.fredericknewspost.com ^ | Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 2:00 am | By Courtney Mabeus News-Post Staff
    Woman finds pot while taking children to Sonic franchise A trip to Sonic intended as a treat ended with a surprise twist for a Frederick woman. Carla McFarland said she went to Sonic on Guilford Drive on Wednesday with her 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son after a trip to the library and a morning spent packing boxes. After passing chicken strips and fries to her children, McFarland, 35, reached into the bag for her own food and found a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana in a third container holding her own fries. “I just kind of...
  • The UN says these countries smoke the most weed [INFOGRAPHIC]

    06/26/2014 11:12:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Global Post ^ | 6-26-2014 | Simran Khosla
    More than 10% of the U.S. population uses cannabis.
  • Police to hand out scratch and sniff cannabis cards

    06/27/2014 1:37:34 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 25 Jun 2014
    Scratch-and-sniff cards loaded with the scent of cannabis are being handed out by police to help residents identify dope farms in their area. Today’s drive, the second phase of a campaign launched last year, aims to educate the public about how growing plants smell so they can alert police. It is hoped to have a knock-on effect on other crimes, such as human trafficking and possession of weapons. Det Supt Kath Barnes, of Hampshire Police – one of 17 forces across England and Wales taking part in the initiative – said: ‘Cannabis is often seen as harmless and somehow acceptable....
  • DEA Asks FDA To Consider Rescheduling Marijuana From Schedule I Drug

    06/26/2014 9:17:43 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 16 replies
    MAINst ^ | June 26, 2014 Email | Marguerite Arnold
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — In another sign that the 2014 is turning out to be a watershed year for marijuana drug reform, the federal Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA) has sent up the first of what undoubtedly will be the first of many white flags. After a historic House vote to defund the DEA's operating budget for marijuana enforcement in the states earlier in the month passed (with a similar one now in the Senate), the government agency has now asked the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider removing marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs as...
  • Detox Network Sees Pot DUIs Spike in Colorado After Legalization

    06/25/2014 11:31:22 PM PDT · by South40 · 14 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 6/25/2014 | Phil Helsel
    It may be legal to buy and smoke marijuana in Colorado, but it’s still against the law to drive while high — and that’s a message an increasing number of people aren’t receiving. Colorado’s largest detox network said Wednesday that the number of its patients busted for DUI while high on pot has nearly doubled, from 8 percent last year to 15 percent this year.
  • Retail Marijuana Sales begin Friday in Fort Collins

    06/20/2014 9:08:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Collegian Central ^ | 6-18-2014 | Josephine Bush
    Fort Collins will be home to two retail stores this Friday, Choice Organics located near I-25 and Organic Alternatives, along with a dozen existing medical dispensaries. More retail shops will be opening within the next few months, one of which is Flower Power Botanicals. Edibles are still banned in Larimer County, however. Individuals seeking baked goods, infused treats and other edible items containing cannabis will have to journey to Denver. To date in Colorado, there are a little over 200 retail marijuana stores, a number that is expected to grow.
  • Littwin Weekly GOP Gov Rankings: Hick shoots self in the foot; someone fires away at all of Tancredo

    06/17/2014 11:58:39 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Colorado Independent ^ | Mike Littwin
    It's primary week and finally there’s some news. First, and most critically, we have our first-ever shakeup at the top of the Littwin Weekly GOP Governor’s Race Rankings. As LeBron James so ably put it, history is made to be broken. Second, John Hickenlooper apologized to a meeting of state sheriffs for hurting their feelings on guns, which came out sounding like he was apologizing for passing the gun laws. Worse (for Hick), he told the sheriffs he never talked to then-Mayor Bloomberg when, in fact, he had and, in fact, had said he had and, in fact, of course...
  • Arizona Man Arrested After Shooting at the Moon, High on Marijuana

    06/12/2014 1:31:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 6/11/2014 | Vivian Padilla
    A man was arrested by Prescott Valley police after he shot his handgun in a residence and claimed he was shooting at the moon. On Friday, a 49-year-old woman called police because her boyfriend had fired shots from a handgun and was still armed at the time, according to the Prescott Valley Police Department. Officers arrived at a residence near Robert Road and Loos Drive where they confronted 39-year-old Cameron Read. Read initially refused to leave the residence, but eventually exited and resisted arrest before being taken into custody by force, according to police. The victims told police Read had...
  • AZ Judge: PTSD approved for medical marijuana use

    06/10/2014 9:30:46 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 7 replies
    Airzona Daily Sun ^ | June 7, 2014
    Judge: PTSD approved for medical marijuana use PHOENIX — State Health Director Will Humble acted illegally in denying access to medical marijuana to people — many of them former soldiers — suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an administrative law judge has ruled. Judge Thomas Shedden said Humble relied solely on the lack of scientific “peer-reviewed” studies in determining that PTSD should not be added to the list of conditions for which marijuana could be made available. But the judge said the health chief should also have considered the testimony of doctors and nurses who said the drug has helped their...
  • Tobacco industry once had high hopes for marijuana business

    06/05/2014 1:27:21 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 2, 2014
    Tobacco industry once had high hopes for marijuana business USA -- Richard Nixon was in the White House, his "war on drugs" was in full swing, yet Big Tobacco was secretly exploring the possibility of becoming Big Pot. Newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives at UC San Francisco show that major companies in the cigarette industry investigated joining the marijuana business in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The companies were driven then by the same shift in public attitudes that is now pushing legalization around the country. One company even asked a federal counter-narcotics official to secretly secure...
  • Ted Cruz must change if he wants to be president

    06/02/2014 12:34:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    all voices ^ | May 31, 2014 | "Punditty"
    Analysis Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, hero to the tea party and villain to liberals, predicted Saturday that Republicans will win control of the Senate in November, then went on to edge out Dr. Ben Carson in a straw poll taken on the last day of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. Cruz had uplifting words for the party faithful in attendance. “I am convinced we are going to retake the United States Senate in 2014,” the junior senator from Texas said, no equivocation whatsoever in his distinct voice. Cruz is the latest in a long line of polarizing...
  • Congress Tackles Marijuana for Next Year's Budget

    05/31/2014 7:39:35 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 31 replies
    Main St. ^ | May 30, 2014 | Debra Borchardt
    In a historic vote, Congress voted to support states on legalized medicinal marijuana. The measure will not allow the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to spend federal funds to interfere with states that have legalized medicinal marijuana. "The states have spoken, the American people have spoken and now for the first time the U.S. House of Representatives have spoken on allowing medical marijuana," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the sponsor of the measure, in a press conference on Friday.
  • GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    05/29/2014 11:57:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2014 2:04 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department’s budget. The amendment by conservative GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California—the first state to legalize medical marijuana—came as almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical uses, such as improving the appetites of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. …
  • Where The War On Pot Will Go To Die

    05/24/2014 3:38:24 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 114 replies
    Time ^ | May 23, 2014 | Mike Gillespie
    Where The War On Pot Will Go To Die In some states, there's an untenable mismatch between the crime and the time, but does anyone think that pot—medical or recreational—will still be illegal in 10 years? Now that a majority of Americans—54% and climbing, according to Pew Research—believe that marijuana should be treated like beer, wine and liquor, it’s time to ask: where does the war on pot go to die? What episode will trigger that final skirmish that kicks over the hollowed-out edifice of marijuana prohibition like the Berlin Wall? What will be the final outrage against common sense...
  • How The One Percent Will Legalize Marijuana

    05/11/2014 8:29:01 PM PDT · by mgist · 79 replies
    high Times ^ | 2/21/14 | Mike Adams
    How The One Percent Will Legalize Marijuana BY MIKE ADAMS · FRI FEB 21, 2014 The federal government, along with anti-drug groups, would like to paint a portrait for the American public that stoned supporters of the legalized marijuana movement are all saggy-pant thugs and unemployed hippies -- nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is there are some very wealthy and influential people out there are working the system in an effort to legalize the leaf. People with LOTS of money have swooped in like stoner superheroes and written fat checks so that America can finally be...
  • Colorado Lawmakers Approve Plan for Pot Banking

    05/08/2014 3:18:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/08/2014
    Colorado lawmakers approved the first financial system for the marijuana industry Wednesday, a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services. The plan seeks to move the marijuana industry away from its cash-only roots. Banks routinely reject pot businesses for even basic services such as checking accounts because they fear running afoul of federal law, which considers marijuana and its proceeds illegal. The result: Pot shop owners deal in large amounts of cash, which makes them targets for criminals. Or they try to find ways around the problem, like drenching their proceeds...
  • Recent Studies on Pot and Brain Damage Need to be Given “Sober” Attention

    05/02/2014 2:09:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/1/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A study recently came out analyzing the damage to the brain caused by pot smoking. Unfortunately, it came out during the week of the Triduum, and a Catholic blog like this had another focus at that time. But it’s time to circle back and have a look.I wrote some time ago of my anecdotal observation that the pot smokers I knew all developed serious problems with motivation, and that the effects of being “high” lingered long after toking a joint and went on to become semi-permanent. It involved a glazed look, a shuffling gait, and a lethargic attitude largely exemplified...
  • Source: DEA, IRS, firefighters raiding four marijuana businesses tied to money laundering case

    04/30/2014 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    ABC News Denver ^ | April 30, 2014
    DENVER - Federal agents and local officers are raiding four marijuana businesses tied to an alleged international money-laundering scheme. U.S. marshals arrested a suspect, Gerardo Uribe, a 33-year-old Colombian. Uribe was the last of four suspects arrested under a federal indictment unsealed Monday. The indictment charged Gerardo Uribe and his younger brother, Luis Uribe, along with another Colombian, Hector Diaz, and Denver attorney David Furtado with money-laundering crimes related to the illegal cultivation and distribution of marijuana.
  • Marijuana Edibles: You May Not Be Getting What You Think

    04/28/2014 10:14:04 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | April 25, 2014 | Unknown
    The State of Colorado will start phasing in mandatory lab testing of marijuana edible products on May 1. Currently, marijuana product testing of any kind has been performed strictly on a voluntary basis. As Colorado ramps up its lab testing, CBS4 requested permission to perform independent lab tests of edible products but was forbidden by the Marijuana Enforcement Division. In a letter banning independent lab testing, MED Director Lewis Koski states, “licensed labs are only allowed to accept samples from ‘Retail Marijuana Establishments’ only.” (snip) But according to the labs, potency is just one issue with marijuana products. “We’ve found...
  • Pot shop shooting leaves robber dead

    04/25/2014 4:28:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | April 25, 2014 | By Pauline Repard
    A gunbattle inside a North Park marijuana dispensary midday Friday left a robber dead and a security guard wounded, police said. Two men with handguns held up the shop to steal marijuana San Diego police homicide Lt. Manual del Toro said. Del Toro described the fleeing robber as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, 190 pounds, and wearing a blue hoodie. Around the corner, at Holistic Health Gurus, office worker Michael Adams arrived after the shooting and was surprised to hear what happened. "Ray Street is very artsy," Adams said. "It's very surprising to have any...