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  • IRS Hits Oakland Pot Shop With $2.4M Tax Bill

    10/05/2011 11:58:47 AM PDT · by Smogger · 48 replies
    My Fox New York ^ | uesday, 04 Oct 2011, 8:30 PM EDT | Ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal government has found a new weapon in its war on marijuana — the tax man. A San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana dispensary that promotes itself as the world's largest has been hit with a $2.4 million tax bill following an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, the dispensary founder said Tuesday. The back taxes, penalties and interest levied against Harborside Health Center came after the IRS examined its returns for 2007 and 2008 and determined a 1982 tax code prohibiting cost deductions for businesses that traffic in illegal drugs applies to the dispensary....
  • Troopers: Fatal Crash Exposes Pot Operation

    10/02/2011 4:32:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Car Plows Into House Where Marijuana Plants Grew CORYDON, Ind. -- Indiana State Police said a fatal crash near Corydon late Friday led to the discovery of a large indoor marijuana-growing operation. Troopers said a 2006 Chevrolet heading south on Old Highway 135 ran off the road and crashed into the side of a house and caught fire. The driver, whose name has not been released, was killed. Investigators said they went into the house to make sure no one was injured and found a large indoor marijuana grow site. After making sure the fire was out, investigators said they...
  • 4 Americans Get Pot From US Government

    09/28/2011 7:00:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    EUGENE, Ore. -- The U.S. government considers marijuana among the world's most dangerous drugs, classifying it as a highly-addictive substance that has no medical use. But there's a catch: The government also supplies four people with 300 marijuana cigarettes each month. They are patients in the government's Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program. The program began when a Washington, D.C., man sued the government in order to get access to marijuana to treat his glaucoma. He won, and the program was born. The pot is grown in Mississippi as part of the government's research into marijuana. It's then sent to a...
  • Petition to legalize pot is first to hit White House threshold; ET proposal close

    09/23/2011 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/11 | Brendan Sasso
    Petition to legalize pot is first to hit White House threshold; ET proposal closeBy Brendan Sasso - 09/22/11 06:33 PM ET A proposal to legalize marijuana is the first idea on the White House's online petition site to gather enough signatures to break the threshold required to receive an official response. The White House has promised to evaluate and issue a formal response to any idea that receives more than 5,000 signatures within 30 days. Visitors are free to offer their own proposals. The first proposal to reach that limit asks, "Isn't it time to legalize and regulate marijuana in...
  • City councilman killed after finding CA pot field

    08/29/2011 3:23:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2011
    FORT BRAGG, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California town was reeling Monday after the death of a well-respected city councilman and former mayor who was gunned down after finding a remote illegal marijuana operation. As authorities searched the rugged forest terrain for a suspect in the shooting, Fort Bragg Councilman Jere Melo was remembered as a community leader who led efforts to build firehouses and a first-class high school football stadium in the coastal town of about 7,000 people.
  • $25M pot farm found in Oregon forest

    08/27/2011 8:30:12 AM PDT · by Baynative · 36 replies ^ | 8/28/11 | staff
    WALLOWA, Ore. - Police plucked $25 million worth of marijuana plants from an illegal plantation on privately owned forest land in northeastern Oregon on Wednesday. With the upcoming bow hunting season, law enforcement officals asked hunters to keep their eyes open for illegal pot grows - and to be careful when encountering suspicious people in the woods. Two men, ages 50 and 25, were arrested and jailed after police raided the grow site. The investigation started a week ago when a helicopter spotted the marijuana plants from the air.
  • Rep. Dennis Kucinich is headline speaker at Seattle's "Hempfest"

    08/19/2011 9:00:38 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 24 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 8-19-2011 | Sabrina Eaton
    Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich is making yet another trip to the left coast over the weekend - this time to be a headline speaker at Seattle's "Hempfest," which advertises itself as "The World's Largest Protestival." Kucinich is scheduled to address the event on Saturday afternoon, right after Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. Other luminaries slated to address the three day gathering at Seattle's Myrtle Edwards Park include Wayward Bill of the United States Marijuana Party, representatives of "Moms for Marijuana" and "Gramma's for Ganja," as well as someone from High Times Magazine who goes by the name "Stinkbud." According to...
  • “Medical Marijuana” Sends Mixed-Messages To Teens

    08/01/2011 8:07:05 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 11 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | July 22, 2011 | -TWR-
    While Colorado’s soft on marijuana laws, were welcomed by adults-first libertarians, so-called unexpected costs are being felt. “The dark side of the issue, however, is the unintended consequences on Colorado’s young people,” reports Our Colorado News. “Since the state legalized marijuana for medical use, treatment centers are treating more teens for marijuana addiction, according to a report from Thomas Crowley, director of the Division of Substance Dependence at the University of Colorado.” The consequences are alarming: “Denver Health Medical Center reports that treatment referrals have tripled, with 83 percent of the teens that smoke marijuana daily saying they obtained it...
  • Police: Man Driving To Drug Deal Causes Crash While Texting

    07/12/2011 5:49:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies ^ | 7/12/2011 | Jay Ditzer/
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville man is facing criminal charges after police said he caused a severe car crash by texting while driving to sell marijuana. According to arrest records, an officer saw 20-year-old Tyler M. Harris cause a collision by failing to yield the right of way to another vehicle. The officer saw Harris texting while driving, according to arrest records. Police said Harris and his car smelled strongly of marijuana. Harris admitted to police he was texting another person directions to meet him so Harris could sell him $60 worth of marijuana, according to arrest records.
  • It's now easier to get medical marijuana than a Starbucks coffee in Denver

    07/10/2011 2:54:46 PM PDT · by dennisw · 74 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 6th July 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    There are now more medical marijuana dispensaries in the Mile High city than there are branches of Starbucks. In Denver, Colorado, there are nearly 300 locations where patients with a prescription from a doctor can legally buy medical marijuana, reports The Daily. New patients are often treated to a free joint, and have their choice of an ever growing array of strains of marijuana, many with colourful names like Golden Goat and Romulan Cotton Candy. Besides Colorado, 15 other states plus Washington, D.C., have laws that allow use of medical marijuana. This does not trump federal law, but the Obama...
  • Dutch Admission: Marijuana Isn’t So Soft Kids!

    06/28/2011 4:10:38 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 23 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | June 29, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Okay. So it’s too late for some fried brains – but better late than never. From Reuters: Now, a Dutch commission has found that hashish and marijuana on sale in the Netherlands contain around 18 percent of THC, the main psychoactive substance, and advised the health minister that anything above 15 percent put drugs on a par with heroin or cocaine. “I've been very worried for years about the THC concentration, especially if it is so high. We will take a serious look at it," Health Minister Edith Schippers told public broadcaster NOS. “The addictive consequences are much stronger and...
  • Dr. Paul clarifies marijuana bill on Kudlow—doesn’t “endorse” use

    06/23/2011 3:33:06 PM PDT · by Crush · 87 replies
    The US Report ^ | June 23, 2011 | Kay Day
    Dr. Ron Paul (R-Texas) clarified details on the marijuana bill he will introduce with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and others. Paul talked to Larry Kudlow on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report on Wednesday. The bill is not a blanket legalization bill as numerous media have suggested. Paul's position relates to the Tenth Amendment. Paul said the bill would return marijuana to the status that existed in 1937. The legislation, he said, would remove it “from the jurisdiction of the federal government.” The states that chose to legalize it for personal use or for medical purposes would regulate marijuana in a manner...
  • Legalize cannabis? Not so fast, say medics

    06/22/2011 11:34:42 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 325 replies
    Bermuda Sun ^ | June 22, 2011 | Raymond Hainey
    Government Senator Marc Bean recently called for a debate on the merits of decriminalising drugs in the wake of a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy. A distinguished panel that wrote the report said the war on drugs had failed and recommended partial legalization as a solution to the blight of the illegal drugs trade on communities around the world. Not so fast, warn medics. Side effects of marijuana can include a heightened risk of psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia, depression, damage to memory and judgement and heart problems. Neurologist Dr Keith Chiappa said: “The use of marijuana, especially...
  • Decision-Making Processes Blunted in Chronic Marijuana Smokers

    06/23/2011 1:20:37 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 26 replies
    Newswise ^ | June 21, 2011 | Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C... Smoking marijuana affects peoples’ impulsivity, attention, memory, cognition and decision-making abilities. That’s been scientifically proven. Recent research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center draws on the findings of previously published studies to further understanding about how marijuana affects the brains of chronic users, with specific focus on how the drug affects the decision-making process. These findings are important because they demonstrate a potential, negative side effect of chronic marijuana use. “Understanding how marijuana influences the perception of what is ‘negative’ may help explain continued marijuana use and aid in the development of effective strategies for treatment therapies,” said...
  • Seized pot’s value estimated at almost $1M

    06/10/2011 4:33:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    TUCSON — In three separate incidents over a 24-hour period, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 1,940 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $970,000. Yesterday morning, Ajo station agents working northwest of Lukeville discovered 11 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the desert. The narcotics, weighing 569 pounds with an estimated value of $284,500, were seized and transported to the Ajo station for processing. Early Thursday, the Ajo station All Terrain Vehicle Unit discovered 14 bundles of marijuana abandoned in the desert northeast of Lukeville with assistance from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter. The narcotics,...
  • TPD: Mom beat kid for eating her pot

    05/31/2011 12:14:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    WTSP ^ | May 30, 2011
    A Tampa mother is behind bars Monday after beating her one-year-old child for eating her marijuana. Tampa Police say India Couch, 22, faces drug and felony child abuse charges. Investigators say the child was left unsupervised, found the pot in her mother's purse, and ate an undisclosed amount of the drug. That's when police say Couch beat the child with a sandal and then hit the one-year-old hard enough to leave welts. TPD also says this mother attacked her live-in partner with a dumbbell.
  • Oklahoma Woman Sells $30 Worth of Weed, Gets 12 Years In Prison

    05/20/2011 10:03:23 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 135 replies · 1+ views
    Reason ^ | May 19, 2011 | Mike Riggs
    In January 2010, Dee Starr and her grown children William Lamebull and Patricia Spottedcrow* were arrested in an early morning raid after selling $31 worth of marijuana to undercover police. According to Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV, it was their first felony arrests. Each was held on $100,000 bond. Each pled guilty. Here's what that got them: William Lamebull faced the least serious charge, possession of marijuana around children. He pleaded guilty and got two years probation, no jail time. Dee Starr, who was facing more serious charges, two felony counts for dealing drugs and for having drugs in front of children,...
  • 30 students arrested in Palm Beach County drug sting that had cops posing as teens

    05/10/2011 8:13:27 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 20 replies · 1+ views ^ | May 10, 2011 | Alexia Campbell
    An undercover drug sting that nabbed 30 Palm Beach County students last week is just the beginning of a long-term drug investigation that will expand to more high schools in the district, police said Monday. The students arrested last week face expulsion, and most will be charged as adults for allegedly selling marijuana to kids near school campuses. The nine-month investigation, dubbed "Operation D Minus," began in the fall at Park Vista, Royal Palm Beach and Jupiter high schools, School District Police Chief Jim Kelly said. Undercover officers posed as students, attending classes for most of the school year and...
  • Could Legalized Marijuana and Prostitution Save Detroit?

    04/17/2011 8:45:42 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 68 replies
    Conclub ^ | 04-17-11 | The Rat
    PROGRESSIVE WANTS TO RESCUE MOTOR CITY WITH SEX AND DRUGS Could Detroit become America’s version of Amsterdam? As far as oft-mayoral candidate Geoffrey Fieger is concerned, why not give it a shot? Feiger, who gained notoriety as Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian’s attorney, believes that legalizing pot and prostitution would attract young people to Detroit, which would turn the decaying city around “in five minutes.” “I could turn it around in five minutes. I’d shovel the snow and I’d clean the streets and parks. Then, I’d tell the police department to leave marijuana alone and don’t spend one dime trying to...
  • Man Caught Smuggling Pot Across Border In Wheelchair

    04/09/2011 5:36:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies ^ | April 8, 2011
    <p>SAN DIEGO, California ~ Border authorities report that a man was caught trying to smuggle marijuana through a US-Mexico crossing with marijuana stashed under the seat of his wheelchair.</p> <p>Officers working the San Ysidro port of entry claim that 19-year-old Donte Jonae Damas was crossing the border into the United States on March 28th in a wheelchair. Damas looked nervous as a drug-sniffing dog approached him at the port of entry’s pedestrian processing area. During a search, three packages of weed were discovered under the seat. US Customs and Border Protection then seized the smoke and the wheelchair and turned Damas over to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement.</p>
  • Why Pot Smokers Are Paranoid

    04/09/2011 3:34:13 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 166 replies
    TIME ^ | 6 April, 2011 | Maia Szalavitz
    Paranoia is one of the most unpleasant "side effects" of marijuana. It's also a key experience shared by marijuana smokers and people with schizophrenia. But exactly how does smoking a joint cause the feeling that dark forces are conspiring to do you wrong? New research in rats may help explain the source of this distress. The study, led by Steven Laviolette at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, involved training rats to fear the scent of either almond or peppermint. The scents were delivered to rats in a cage either with black-and-white striped walls or with black polka dots...
  • Man mauled by bear after smoking pot awarded workers' comp

    03/24/2011 12:13:50 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 32 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | March 24, 2011 | Associated Press,
    KALISPELL, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a Workers' Compensation Court ruling that about $65,000 in medical bills incurred by a man who was mauled while feeding the bears at a tourist attraction should be covered by workers' compensation, despite the fact the man had smoked marijuana on the day of the attack.
  • Police arrest 5 in pot swap at Burger King (including a former police officer from Mexico)

    03/05/2011 8:41:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Police arrest 5 in pot swap at Burger King (Charlotte)Posted: Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 Police have arrested five people they say were involved in a scheme to swap large amounts of cash and marijuana at a Burger King in Matthews. In all, authorities say, they recovered more than 4,000 pounds of marijuana and $250,000 in cash. Investigators say the scheme included a former police officer from Mexico, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Wednesday. Ubaldo Sandoval, Ana Bertha Sandoval, Jaime Fregoso Arellano, Ciro Noe Guerrero-Rosales and Hector Tegeda Galvan have been charged with conspiracy and possessing...
  • Kadhafi has lost legitimacy, must leave: Obama

    03/03/2011 11:22:30 AM PST · by jda · 20 replies
    Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has lost legitimacy and must leave office, US President Barack Obama said Thursday.
  • Detroit man pleads guilty in robbery of Ann Arbor medical marijuana clinic

    02/12/2011 8:38:24 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies ^ | 2-11-2010 | Lee Higgins
    One of three men accused in a September armed robbery at a medical marijuana clinic in downtown Ann Arbor has pleaded guilty to various charges in the case. Terrence Robinson, 34, of Detroit, pleaded guilty Thursday in Washtenaw County Court to armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He also pleaded no contest to resisting and obstructing police officers, Washtenaw County Chief Deputy Assistant Prosecutor Steve Hiller said. Police said Robinson and two other men robbed the Liberty Clinic on South Main Street at gunpoint at 8...
  • More Chrysler factory workers caught enjoying "the plant" at Jefferson North

    02/06/2011 7:19:19 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 26 replies
    Engadget ^ | 02/06/11 | Noah Joseph
    What is it about working at the Chrysler Jefferson North facility (pictured above) that drives employees to get high? Controversy has bubbled up again in the form of a new report of auto workers at the factory smoking pot during their lunch break. The last report came in September 2010 when a local Fox News affiliate caught video footage of a group of off-duty Chrysler employees apparently downing a few beers and smoking a joint or two in the company parking lot. This time, Chrysler reportedly busted another three workers -who were evidently not deterred by (or fully cognizant of)...
  • Video: Pot Meets Pop In New Marijuana Soda

    02/01/2011 5:56:18 AM PST · by greatdefender · 11 replies
    WESH 2 orlando ^ | Februray 1, 2010
    A California entrepreneur is marketing a new line of medical marijuana soft drinks. Canna Cola contains THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and will only be sold in legal pot clubs.
  • Marijuana cookies lead to teen's arrest at South Plantation High

    01/28/2011 3:12:26 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | January 28, 2011 | Juan Ortega
    PLANTATION — A teen at South Plantation High was arrested Friday after allegedly bringing two marijuana-laced cookies to school and letting two other students share one of his chocolate-chip sweets, police said. Plantation police pieced together their case against the teen by apprehending him with the other cookie -- still intact with marijuana, according to Plantation Police Detective Philip Toman. The student, 15 or 16, whose name wasn't released because of his age, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of marijuana under 20 grams, Toman said.
  • Bill would legalize pot sales in Washington (State) liquor stores

    01/26/2011 5:09:27 PM PST · by djf · 19 replies
    King5 ^ | 01/25/2011 | Chris Daniels
    OLYMPIA – Imagine if you will, shoppers could have a choice. Pot or Patron. Marijuana or Monarch Rum. Cannabis or Crown Royal. That’s what Representative Mary Lou Dickerson wants to do. “I’m not kidding around when I’m doing this. I’m dead serious. We need to stop handling Marijuana the way we have been,” says the Seattle Democrat. She dropped House Bill 1550 on Tuesday, which she says will allow for the sale of marijuana in state-run liquor stores. “There really is a great comparison between the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s and what we’ve been doing with marijuana now,”...
  • Exclusive: Jared Loughner Radically Changed Before Alleged Shooting, Friend Says

    01/09/2011 4:31:34 PM PST · by worst-case scenario · 102 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 9 2911 | Lee Ferran, Jason Ryan, Emily Friedman and Richard Esposito
    A longtime friend of Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in custody following the murder of six people in an apparent assassination attempt on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said there was a mysterious, significant change in him a year before the shooting. More Video 1 2 3 4 PreviousNext VIDEO: A total of 19 people were wounded by gunman Jared Lee Loughner's attack. Watch: Tragedy in Arizona: Timeline of Rampage VIDEO: Dr. Steven Rayle and Ken Penner describe the scene at the Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Arizona. Watch: Eyewitness Accounts of Arizona Shooting VIDEO: Tilman Fertitta talks about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords'...
  • Missoula District Court: Jury pool in marijuana case stages ‘mutiny’

    12/20/2010 11:45:22 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | Dec. 29, 2010 | Gwen Florio
    A funny thing happened on the way to a trial in Missoula County District Court last week. Jurors – well, potential jurors – staged a revolt. They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody for having a couple of buds of marijuana. Never mind that the defendant in question also faced a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs. The tiny amount of marijuana police found while searching Touray Cornell’s home on April 23 became a huge issue for some members of the jury panel. No,...
  • Feds seize 22,000 pounds of pot

    12/16/2010 9:58:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/16/10 | Staff
    Federal authorities seized 22,000 pounds of marijuana from a South Suburban warehouse — a huge stash that came here from Mexico packed into six railroad cars, authorities said. The seizure is being touted as the largest seizure ever of marijuana in the Chicago area. Seven people were arrested Wednesday and are expected to appear before a federal magistrate in downtown Chicago today. The top feds in the area are expected to hold a 1 p.m. news conference to discuss the case. Attending the news conference will be Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Gary
  • Car Plows Into Group of Cyclists in Italy, 8 Dead (Driving While High On Pot)

    12/05/2010 7:51:17 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/4/2010 | Yahoo News
    ROME – A speeding car plowed head-on into a group of cyclists in southern Italy on Sunday morning, killing eight of them, officials said. The driver had been smoking marijuana, police said. Bent, mangled bikes were strewn about the scene, and the sheet-draped corpses dotted the two-lane road near Lamezia Terme, in the Calabrian "toe" of boot-shaped Italy where the accident occurred. In addition to the eight cyclists killed, four people were injured, said Gianluca Gioia, a spokesman for ANAS, the agency that runs Italy's state roads and highways. Police confirmed the toll.
  • Willie Nelson Will Likely Go to Jail for Pot Bust, Expert Says (won't affect Thursday's concert)

    11/29/2010 7:23:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 156 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/29/10 | Hollie McKay
    Willie Nelson Will Likely Go to Jail for Pot Bust, Expert SaysBy Hollie McKay Published November 29, 2010 Willie Nelson was arrested in Sierra Blanca, Texas on Friday for possession of six ounces of pot. As a result, the country music legend faces as many as two years behind bars. “If the Texas prosecutors do not reduce the charges, and the marijuana's weight is indeed six ounces, then he is dealing with felony and a potential minimum of 180 days in a county jail and a maximum of two years, with a $10,000 fine,” explained former California-based prosecutor, Robin...
  • Country Legend Willie Nelson Charged With Pot Possession in Texas

    11/27/2010 5:10:58 PM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 6 replies ^ | November 27, 2010
    <p>SIERRA BLANCA, Texas -- A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.</p> <p>Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana.</p>
  • Police: Mom Was Smoking Pot When Toddler Fell Out 3rd Floor Window

    11/21/2010 2:28:58 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | November 21, 2010 | JOSEPH WENZEL IV
    A Hartford mother was arrested after her toddler fell from a third floor window while she was allegedly smoking marijuana. The two-year-old boy fell from an apartment at 1668 Broad St. around 5 p.m. Saturday, police Sgt. Michael Kot said. The toddler was playing near an open window, which did not have a screen, Kot said. His mother, Marilis Santiago, 22, was smoking marijuana at the kitchen table at the time, Kot addded. The toddler suffered a bruised liver, a fracture to his right arm, and facial lacerations, Kot said. The child was taken to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center,...
  • Man robbed while trying to sell his med pot stash ( CO )

    11/20/2010 7:28:08 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    THE GAZETTE ^ | November 19, 2010 | MATT STEINER
    A man apparently was robbed Thursday night while trying to sell his medical marijuana to two teenagers... The suspects asked if he had any marijuana and the victim, who is a medical marijuana patient, offered to sell them some. The three went behind a business where one of the boys pulled out a gun, demanding all the marijuana. The victim pulled out his knife and stabbed one of the suspects in the leg. They attacked him, took the pot and ran. “I think he got his justice,” said Colorado Springs police spokesman Lt. Kirk Wilson, noting that the victim had...
  • Governor Schwarzenegger: 'No one cares if you smoke a joint'

    11/09/2010 9:14:02 AM PST · by patriotgal71 · 31 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | 11/9/2010 | SkinnieMinnie
    Last night on the “Tonight Show”, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger responded to host Jay Leno’s question about the failure of Proposition 19, a measure on the California ballot to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Schwarzenegger responded that the measure failed in part, because he had already decriminalized the use of less than 1 oz of pot, and also because, “No one cares if you smoke a joint.”
  • Potheads united will never be defeated?

    11/04/2010 5:48:49 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 18 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | November 4, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    It would be really nice if libertarian think-tanks stood with small free-market businesses against welfare-dependent marijuana addicts, period. Or if Reason magazine stopped banning anti-drug voices because “bans don’t work”. To the best of my knowledge, professional libertarians are so emotionally invested in pretending that socialist Europe’s soft-on-drugs experiment was groovy, that they’ve lost the plot.
  • No smoke in California as ballot props 19 and 23 defeated

    11/03/2010 1:20:59 AM PDT · by JoeA · 9 replies ^ | 11/3/2010 | Joe Alfieri
    California once again proves that, in the words of Jerry Brown’s former girlfriend, that it marches to the beat of a different drum. Two measures that were widely expected to pass were easily defeated tonight. One would have delayed the state’s green house gas restricting AB 32, the other freed marijuana for legal possession and sale.
  • California Pot Referendum: A Political Land Mine for Democrats

    10/26/2010 1:55:58 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | Oct. 26, 2010 | Stephanie Condon
    SAN FRANCISCO -- As California Democrats gain ground in the polls, one of the big questions left for Californians on Election Day is whether the state will become the first in the nation to legalize marijuana (and not just medical marijuana). As voters continue to mull over the issue, officials in the state and nationally are also considering their next moves. There's new evidence to support the theory that Proposition 19 - the ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in California and allow it to be taxed and regulated - could help Democrats, who are facing a challenging midterm election...
  • Colorado OKs medical-pot help for poor

    10/22/2010 12:13:49 PM PDT · by epithermal · 11 replies
    Denver Post ^ | 10/21/2010 | John Ingold
    The Colorado State Board of Health on Wednesday approved a program through which poor medical-marijuana patients can apply to the state registry for free and not have to pay sales tax on their cannabis purchases. But the standard the board approved for determining who is poor enough to qualify for the program upset medical-marijuana advocates, who said some indigent patients will still be stuck with a bill. And even some board members expressed frustration that the health department — which has received millions of dollars in application fees since the medical-marijuana program began — couldn't put together a program that...
  • Record Mexican Pot Bust Even Mas Grande than First Thought: now 134.2 tons/$428M

    10/20/2010 3:12:58 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 20, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Sinaloa cartel exploiting Tijuana corridor "unimpeded"The Examiner reported that Mexico's largest-ever seizure of marijuana packaged for sale is even bigger than the original estimate of 105 tons and probably belonged to the country's most powerful drug-trafficking cartel, authorities said Tuesday. The Sinaloa cartel run by Mexico's most wanted fugitive, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, now is moving drugs through the Tijuana corridor "unimpeded," said a U.S. law enforcement official in Mexico, a possible reason why violence has dropped in the city across the border from San Diego, California, since a bloody peak in 2008... Mexican soldiers and police grabbed the U.S.-bound...
  • Thank You for (Pot) Smoking

    10/20/2010 1:20:56 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Oct 20, 2010 | Robin of Berkeley
    Thank You for (Pot) Smoking By Robin of Berkeley I spend a chunk of my week as a Berkeley psychotherapist trying to convince clients to lay off the illicit substances. The State of California is making my job that much harder. There's a proposition on the November ballot to legalize marijuana for residents over 21. Now, is this really the direction that the state should be heading in? California's economy is in tatters. We host the biggest share of the country's illegal aliens, and we have 32% of the nation's welfare caseload on our books. What else: a decaying infrastructure,...
  • Mexican authorities seize 105 tons of marijuana

    10/19/2010 5:24:16 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Oct. 18, 2010
    TIJUANA, Mexico – Mexican security forces seized at least 105 tons of U.S.-bound marijuana in the border city of Tijuana on Monday, by far the biggest pot bust in the country in recent years.
  • Authorities to announce major pot bust in Tijuana (100 tons of marijuana)

    10/18/2010 4:18:12 PM PDT · by library user · 19 replies
    Sign On San Diego ^ | 10/18/2010 | Staff
    Authorities in Tijuana plan to announce Monday afternoon that they have seized 100 tons of marijuana. That's the biggest amount confiscated in years. A news conference is set to begin soon on the incident. We hope to soon provide an update with details such as the street value of the marijuana, which drug gang was carrying it and whether Mexican law enforcement is ratcheting up anti-drug operations.
  • U.S. Casts Vote Against Pot

    10/16/2010 8:35:07 PM PDT · by tired1 · 40 replies
    Attorney General Eric Holder said the Obama administration "strongly opposes" a California ballot measure to legalize marijuana, warning that federal drug-enforcement efforts would be "greatly complicated" if the measure passes.
  • U.S. Will Enforce Marijuana Laws, State Vote Aside (Holder on California's Proposition 19)

    10/16/2010 5:22:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/15/10 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    U.S. Will Enforce Marijuana Laws, State Vote AsideBy ADAM NAGOURNEY Published: October 15, 2010 LOS ANGELES — The Department of Justice says it intends to prosecute marijuana laws in California aggressively even if state voters approve an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot to legalize the drug. The announcement by Eric H. Holder Jr., the attorney general, was the latest reminder of how much of the establishment has lined up against the popular initiative: dozens of editorial boards, candidates for office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other public officials. Still, despite this opposition — or perhaps, to some extent, because of...
  • Dutch look at weeding out cannabis cafés (Libertarian potheads weep, confronted by common sense)

    10/09/2010 8:26:52 AM PDT · by heye2monn · 27 replies
    Financial Times online ^ | 10/08/10 | Stanley Pignal
    Coinciding with a tightening of laws around prostitution – another tolerated industry – the authorities’ new stance on cannabis is raising questions as to whether Dutch society is moving away from laisser-faire traditions. The equation that led to the policy of tolerance has changed in the past decade, as large-scale crime around both coffee shops and the legal sex trade became more visible.
  • School's Greenhouse Raided; Tomato Plants Taken for Pot (NM)

    10/08/2010 11:35:00 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 8, 2010 | Jessica Dyer
    Through helicopter surveillance intended to locate marijuana operations, members of the Region III Narcotics Task Force zeroed in on the Camino de Paz Montessori School and Farm on Sept. 21. But when the ground team reported to the campus about 25 miles north of Santa Fe and received permission to search the school's greenhouse, they realized the plants were tomatoes. State Police Maj. Robert Shilling said the task force is in the midst of "eradication operation flights." Trained spotters search for marijuana plants while flying over the region aboard National Guard helicopters. Shilling said the school's greenhouse had "tall bushy...