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  • Ohio attorney general: Slayings of 8 'pre-planned execution

    04/24/2016 5:42:11 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 50 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/24/2016 | Ann Sanner
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The slayings of eight family members in rural southern Ohio "was a pre-planned execution" and the investigation will be lengthy, the state's attorney general told reporters Sunday... Authorities said it was clear that the Rhoden family was targeted, and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said he's told relatives to be armed. Reader said he did not believe there was a safety issue for other residents. But "If you are fearful, arm yourself," he said. Authorities have been scrambling to determine who targeted the clan and why. Investigators have interviewed between 50 and 60 people in hopes...
  • Marijuana grow operations found at three crime scenes in Ohio family slayings

    04/24/2016 4:53:32 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 64 replies
    ABC 6 COLUMBUS ^ | 24 APRIL 2016 | CSABA SUKOSD
    PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) The mass murder that left eight members of the same family dead, unveiled marijuana grow operations at three crime scenes, according to the Ohio Attorney General. Those were Mike DeWine's final words at a press conference for an update on the investigation of the "execution-style" deaths within the Rhoden family in Pike County, about 70 miles south of Columbus, on Friday.
  • This California Town Wants to be the Next Marijuana Mecca

    04/17/2016 11:53:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 16, 2016 | Heesun Wee, CNBC
    If California is the land of reinvention, the small desert city of Adelanto fits the bill. Roughly a two-hour drive east from Los Angeles, Adelanto was founded in 1915 by an inventor who wanted to sell land to World War I veterans. His dream never materialized and the region was taken over by orchard farms, then poultry ranches. The nearby George Air Force Base opened and eventually closed in the early 1990s. The city more recently made a solar play, but the energy market fizzled. City unemployment hovers at 14 percent, well above the national unemployment rate of under 5...
  • Abby Wambach: American admits taking cocaine and smoking marijuana

    04/07/2016 1:16:40 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.com ^ | April 06, 2016 | BBC
    World Cup winner and two-time Olympic champion Abby Wambach has admitted taking cocaine and smoking marijuana. American Wambach, the world's all-time leading international goalscorer, was arrested on Saturday for drink-driving. Court documents connected to the 35-year-old's arrest said that "the defendant tried cocaine at age 25".
  • Cannabis: scientists call for action amid mental health concerns

    04/15/2016 9:55:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 103 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 15 April 2016 | Ian Sample Science editor
    The call for action from scientists in the UK, US, Europe and Australia reflects a growing consensus among experts that frequent cannabis use can increase the risk of psychosis...In the UK, cannabis is the most popular illegal drug, and according to Public Health England data, more young people enter treatment centres for help with cannabis than any other drug, alcohol included.
  • The more cannabis you smoke, the more likely you are to be a loser, finds international study

    04/02/2016 4:28:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 97 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | April 02, 2016 | By ALEXANDER ROBERTSON
    Persistent users likely to be lower paid and have relationship difficulties Research found abusers ended up in a lower social class than their parents Also more prone to be in less skilled, prestigious jobs and to run into debt Study by Californian university followed children from birth up to age of 38The study, conducted by a team of researchers led by Magdalena Cerda at the University of California and Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt at Duke University, appeared in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. 'Our research does not support arguments for or against cannabis legalization,' said Cerda. 'But it does...
  • Pennsylvania set to officially legalize medical marijuana

    04/15/2016 7:28:31 AM PDT · by Ken H · 32 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Apr 14, 2016 | Oscar Pascual
    Pennsylvania will soon become the first state to legalize medical marijuana through the legislature. The Pennsylvania House on Wednesday made a final vote in favor of a medical marijuana bill introduced in 2014. Gov. Tom Wolf said he will sign the bill on Sunday, the AP reports. The overwhelming support of a 149-46 vote capped an intense legislative process for the bill that was initially approved by the Senate last year. The bill has bounced back and forth between Senate and House, each time with added small changes, over the extended period of time
  • Colorado SO FAR: Cruz 6, Trump -0- ... After delegates selected in 2 congressional districts

    04/02/2016 5:46:29 PM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 84 replies
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  • Pot activists get blunt with Obama

    04/02/2016 3:25:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 6 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | April 1, 2016 | ANNA GIARITELLI
    Marijuana legalization advocates in Washington have rescheduled the infamous 4/20 holiday for Saturday. Organizers said they moved the event up a few weeks to call attention to the need for reform by President Obama. "Due to popular demand, we're rescheduling 4/20 this year to 4/2 because Obama's been a BIG ZERO on cannabis reform," the D.C. Cannabis Campaign said in a statement. "Some people think we should not protest President Obama in an election year. But if not now, when? Let's make the rescheduling of cannabis a campaign issue now." The organization also hopes their challenge to Obama spills over...
  • Cross-border tunnel extends length of 4 football fields (from Mexico to US)

    03/23/2016 6:43:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2016 | Elliot Spagat | AP
    U.S. authorities on Wednesday seized a cross-border tunnel that ran the length of four football fields from a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, to a newly built house in Calexico, California, following an investigation that netted more than a ton of marijuana and resulted in four arrests. The tunnel was the 12th completed secret passage that U.S. authorities have discovered along Californias border with Mexico since 2006. They have found more than 75 along the entire U.S.-Mexico border in the last five years, mostly in California and Arizona and many of them incomplete.
  • Drug-smuggling tunnel from Mexico concealed by new home

    03/23/2016 7:39:21 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Cliff Pinckard
    SAN DIEGO, California Authorities have discovered a 415-yard tunnel used to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the U.S., and the traffickers reportedly bought land and built a home in order to conceal the American side. ABC News reports the tunnel ran from a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, to the living room of a three-bedroom home in Calexico, California, a city located just east of San Diego. Four people have been arrested and more than a ton of marijuana was seized, the Los Angeles Times reports. The drugs are valued at more than $1 million. Investigators with U.S. Homeland Security...
  • Supreme Court rejects suit against Colorado over marijuana law

    03/21/2016 4:46:56 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/24/16
    Supreme Court rejects suit against Colorado over marijuana law The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against their neighbor Colorado over a law approved as a ballot initiative by Colorado voters in 2012 that allows the recreational use of marijuana. The court declined to hear the case filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma, which said that marijuana is being smuggled across their borders and noted that federal law still prohibits the drug. Two conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, said they would have heard the case. Nebraska and Oklahoma contended...
  • A Peace Pipe Made In America

    03/20/2016 8:13:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    Is this a great country or what? Oh, sure, as Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump puts it, We are led by very, very stupid people, but still the ingenuity of the populace shines through. Sometimes the inhabitants of America find a path around their political potholes. Case in point: the amazing progress being made in the War on Drugs. Legal marijuana may be doing at least one thing that a decades-long drug war couldnt, explains Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Posts Wonkblog, taking a bite out of Mexican drug cartels profits. Oh, wait a second. Legal marijuana hardly qualifies...
  • February data now in: Crime continues to explode in the legal pot metropolis of Denver

    03/19/2016 5:58:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 140 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/19/2016 | Sierra Rayne
    Denver has just released its crime statistics for February of this year, and the city's post-marijuana crime explosion continues. In the first two months of 2016, total reported offenses using the NIBRS definitions are up a further 10.5% over this time last year. Crimes against persons have increased 14.1%, property crimes are up 13.8%, and crimes against society are up 18.4% compared to the same time frame in 2015. For comparison, in January and February of 2013 the last year for these two months before marijuana legalization there were just 6,791 crimes in the city. During January and...
  • Alaska legalizes pot, crime explodes in Anchorage

    03/19/2016 6:03:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 65 replies
    americanthinker ^ | 3/19/2016 | Sierra Rayne
    In February of 2015, it became legal to grow and consume marijuana in Alaska. And, as has happened in Denver and Seattle, crime immediately began to increase after being stable or declining in the pre-legal pot era. According to the FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report for the first six months of 2015, the number of violent crimes in Anchorage (the only city reporting for Alaska) increased 34% compared to the same period in 2014. Murders were up 167%, and aggravated assaults increased 32% versus the first six months of 2014.
  • Conservative Utah lawmakers show progressive leanings

    03/12/2016 8:23:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 11, 2016 5:58 PM EST | Brady McCombs and Hallie Golden
    Utahs staunchly conservative legislature came close to eliminating the death penalty and gave serious consideration to setting up a system to grow and distribute medical marijuana making the 2016 session a surprising one that may foreshadow future traction for progressive issues. [] The lean toward progressive issues was led by a pair of outgoing GOP lawmakers who went all in on their bills. Sen. Mark Madsen led the medical marijuana push, while Sen. Steve Urquhart pushed the death penalty abolishment. Urquhart also backed a failed measure that would have added discrimination protections for gay and transgender people. A year...
  • The Effect of Medicinal Cannabis on Pain and Quality of Life Outcomes in Chronic Pain

    03/11/2016 9:43:58 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 35 replies
    National Institutes of Health ^ | 2016 Feb 17 | Haroutounian S, Ratz Y, Ginosar Y, Furmanov K, Saifi F, Meidan R, Davidson E.
    Abstract OBJECTIVES: The objective this prospective, open-label study was to determine the long-term effect of medicinal cannabis treatment on pain and functional outcomes in subjects with treatment-resistant chronic pain. METHODS: The primary outcome was change in pain symptom score on the S-TOPS (Treatment Outcomes in Pain Survey - Short Form) questionnaire at 6 months follow-up in intent-to-treat (ITT) population. The secondary outcomes included change in S-TOPS physical, social and emotional disability scales, pain severity and pain interference on brief pain inventory (BPI), sleep problems, and change in opioid consumption. RESULTS: 274 subjects were approved for treatment; complete baseline data were...
  • Portland pot shops are selling joints to raise money for Bernie Sanders

    03/09/2016 4:28:36 PM PST · by dennisw · 26 replies
    A cannabis company in Portland, Oregon is the latest marijuana business to raise money for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders has been the most outspoken in terms of marijuana reform, drawing support from all corners of the industry. Dispensaries Foster Buds and Glisan Buds, which are owned by the same parent company, are partnering with marijuana grower Farmer 12 for its "Burn One for Bernie" campaign. They're selling special one-gram joints for $10 apiece and will donate 10% of sales to the Sanders campaign. Other businesses in the pot industry have also been championing the candidate. Just last week, a...
  • Harmless? Marijuana-induced psychosis on the upswing

    03/09/2016 10:32:56 AM PST · by cassiusking · 94 replies
    KIRO Radio ^ | 2/26/2016 | Josh Kerns
    "Duane Stone is a veteran Seattle mental health specialist. He's seeing a surprising increase in patients experiencing psychotic episodes as well. Many have never had any mental health problems before. "I get lots of first break kind where this person doesn't have an experience with mental illness, they don't have a diagnosis, they're 30 or 40-years-old. And the only thing they've been doing has been smoking marijuana for the last year or two," Stone said. It's not just your stereotypical stoner. They're family people working at places such as Microsoft and Amazon."
  • Legal marijuana is finally doing what the drug war couldnt

    03/05/2016 9:11:55 PM PST · by Ken H · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 03, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Legal marijuana may be doing at least one thing that a decades-long drug war couldn't: taking a bite out of Mexican drug cartels' profits. The latest data from the U.S. Border Patrol shows that last year, marijuana seizures along the southwest border tumbled to their lowest level in at least a decade. Agents snagged roughly 1.5 million pounds of marijuana at the border, down from a peak of nearly 4 million pounds in 2009. The data supports the many stories about the difficulties marijuana growers in Mexico face in light of increased competition from the north. As domestic marijuana production...
  • 2nd Grader's 'Special Medicine' Story Leads to Pot Bust

    02/25/2016 2:13:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | Feb 25, 2016
    An 8-year-old boy said he helped his mother's boyfriend grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all," The Times-Argus reportsA second-grader's story about helping a farmer grow "special medicine" plants led to the bust of an indoor marijuana growing operation in Vermont, authorities said. According to an affidavit, an 8-year-old boy told school officials and Windsor police detective Jennifer Frank that he helped his mother's boyfriend, 54-year-old Steven Mann, grow "special medicine that can cure anything at all," The Times-Argus reports. Police said they found 50 marijuana plants worth $75,000, along with two "grow rooms" next to the...
  • Oregon woman sells pipes in support of Bernie Sanders (marijuana pipes)

    02/25/2016 5:16:32 AM PST · by simpson96 · 32 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 24, 2016 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- An Oregon woman is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign by selling ceramic pipes featuring his campaign logo. Ariel Zimman, a 29-year-old artist from Portland, is selling the pipes through her company Stonedware and promising a portion of the sales towards donations to Sanders' campaign."It was really just a way to show my support for him as a candidate," Zimman told the Center for Public Integrity. "People love [the pipes], and once they hear they are contributing in some way to the campaign they are all about that too." Zimman offers both short and long...
  • (Canadian) Federal Court strikes down ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot

    02/24/2016 10:26:03 AM PST · by Phlap · 13 replies
    CBC ^ | 02/24/2016
    A Federal Court judge has struck down federal regulations restricting the rights of medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis
  • Why I quit my dream job at Google to launch a marijuana business

    02/22/2016 5:57:17 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 94 replies
    The Globe And Mail ^ | 2-22-2016 | ALAN GERTNER
    On my way to a voodoo ceremony with a Ghanian tour guide, I reflected on my career path, admitting to him that I'd lost focus and felt unfulfilled. What he told me changed the course of my life: "You either work on something you love, or work because it supports the people you love." That's when I quit Google. For years, I had structured my life around achieving work-related success: Work hard, get promoted, make more money. Lather, rinse, repeat. I craved the validation of corporate success. I wanted badly to be recognized for my intelligence, for my parents to...
  • Wisconsin Court: Police Need No Warrant To Enter Homes And Seize Evidence

    02/20/2016 4:39:55 PM PST · by ransomnote · 54 replies
    mintpressnews.com ^ | ebruary 17, 2016 | Brianna Acuesta
    I am unfamiliar with this website. Here's the excerpt: Though the Court of Appeals initially ruled the search and seizure unconstitutional, the Supreme Court “found that the police were not investigating a crime but exercising their ‘community caretaker’ function." In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court just killed the rights of citizens outlined in the Fourth Amendment by stating that police officers may enter a home, or parts of the home, without a warrant and can seize evidence to use in the arrest and prosecution of citizens. The Fourth Amendment states that unreasonable searches and seizures are not allowed...
  • New Jersey man completes 30-year murder sentence only to kill mother two days later

    02/19/2016 11:43:23 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 104 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb. 19, 2016 | Yanan Wang, Washington Post
    In October of 2014, Steven Pratt was supposed to begin his life anew. He had served out a 30-year prison sentence and gone home to Atlantic City, N.J., where his family held a party to welcome him. But a violent history would repeat itself all too soon. Pratt was 15 when he got into an argument with his next-door neighbour, Michael Anderson. Court records show that Anderson was a father figure of sorts to Pratt. On Oct. 11, 1984, he asked Pratt and his friends to vacate a hallway in their apartment building where they were noisily hanging out and...
  • Feds Slap 70% Tax on Legal Marijuana Businesses

    02/18/2016 4:36:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 80 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 18th, 2016 | Thor Benson
    Legal marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington State have grossed billions, but legal dealers will see little of that thanks to a draconian federal law meant to punish street pushers. In one of the first years of legal sales, 2015, Colorado moved nearly $1 billion worth of marijuana and is estimated to take in $135 million in taxes on it. Meanwhile, Washington is expected to pull in around $1 billion in revenue from sales taxes between 2015 and 2019. Despite technically being illegal on the federal level, these businesses must file taxes to the Internal Revenue Service—and they may pay...
  • Marijuana-infused cookie sends Oregon boy to hospital

    02/17/2016 9:17:29 AM PST · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 02/16/2016 | Noelle Crombie
    An 8-year-old Klamath Falls boy became ill last Saturday after eating a marijuana-infused cookie that he found on the ground. The child's mother, Jessica Hart, 30, said her son, Jackson, came home from an afternoon outing at a local rock quarry complaining he was sick. He pulled at his chest and made motions that suggested he was choking. He had trouble keeping his eyes open.
  • Cash-only marijuana dispensaries flood California tax office with paper

    02/16/2016 12:04:23 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 16 February 2016 | Anita Chabria
    The Sacramento branch of the California tax collection agency reeks of marijuana. That's because it's cash day at the collection center - when marijuana dispensary owners are allowed to bring in paper money to pay their quarterly sales tax bill - and the smell of their inventory clings to everything. California, like all states with any form of legalized marijuana, faces a growing problem over the federal government's position that cannabis remains a Schedule 1 illegal drug, classified the same way as meth or cocaine, with no legal uses - and therefore no legal access to traditional banks. That means...
  • My Thoughts...

    02/16/2016 7:42:00 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 19 replies
    16 Feb 2016 | US Navy Vet
    Just got back from Colorado Springs. Sad to see what CaliPorninans and LIBERALS have done to this once Beautiful City and State! Pot Holes and POT Shops EVERYWHERE! frown emoticon! O well Broadmoor, Garden of the Gods and Woodland Park was nice.
  • US veteran's children taken away over his use of medical marijuana

    02/16/2016 6:33:41 AM PST · by Wolfie · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Feb. 1, 2016
    US veteran's children taken away over his use of medical marijuana When Raymond Schwab talks about his case, his voice teeters between anger and sadness. "People who don't understand the medical value of cannabis are tearing my family apart," says the Kansas father and US veteran, who has a prescription for marijuana in neighboring Colorado, where it is legal. Nine months ago, Schwab tried to move to Colorado to grow medical marijuana for fellow veterans. While he and his wife were there preparing for the move, the state of Kansas took five of their children, ages 5 to 16, into...
  • Elizabeth Warren asks CDC to consider legal marijuana as alternative painkiller

    Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider the role legal marijuana could play in the prescription opioid epidemic.Warren asked for more research into medical marijuana and painkiller addiction in a letter to the CDC director, Thomas Friedan."Opioid abuse is a national concern and warrants swift and immediate action," Warren wrote. Her request comes as politicians, including the presidential nominees, search for the best response to the opioid epidemic. The use of prescription opioids doubled between 2000 and 2014, according to the CDC. And Massachusetts experienced its highest number of unintentional opioid...
  • Watch: Trump Says 'Yes' To Medical Marijuana, 'No' To Deporting Justin Bieber

    02/10/2016 5:29:44 PM PST · by JediJones · 55 replies
    Civilized ^ | 11/24/2015 | Julia Wright
    Donald Trump's position on cannabis appears to have flip-flopped wildly over the years. (No comb-over jokes - promise.) "Legalized marijuana is always a very difficult question - for medicinal purposes and medical purposes, it's fine," says Trump in the video. Earlier this year, Trump told FOX's Sean Hannity he supports medical users "100 percent," but added that overall, marijuana legalization has been "a bad thing for Colorado." He added the Evergreen state is now facing some "big, big problems." But back in 1990, Trump told the Sarasota Herald America's drug policy was "a joke," and legalizing all drugs was the...
  • Seattle’s brash king of pot raking in cash and raising hackles at Uncle Ike’s

    02/08/2016 8:50:26 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | Bob Young
    Just after Uncle Ike's Pot Shop opened in Seattle's Central District, it boasted in an ad, "Our weed cures Ebola." Knowing that merchants in the new industry weren't allowed to make any medical claims about pot, the fine print disclaimer winked: "If you believe this ad, you are a (expletive) moron." That in-your-face Vern Fonk-on-weed sensibility has helped make Uncle Ike's the state's top-selling pot store, with $1.4 million in monthly sales. It's also changing the personality of 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, once a predominantly African-American corner, with neon signs, a wall-mural ad, food truck, sign-waving mannequin and...
  • Obama’s war against medical marijuana is the biggest of any president

    02/06/2016 9:51:27 AM PST · by grundle · 89 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 6, 2016 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Obama's war against medical marijuana is the biggest of any president, which is the exact opposite of what he had promised Campaign promisesIn May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end DEA raids on medical marijuana in states where it's legal.Also in 2008, Obama said that he supported the "basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs" and that he was "not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws."Federal raids against medical marijuana in states where it's legalDespite Obama’s campaign...
  • California Medical Association backs recreational marijuana legalization bill

    02/03/2016 9:35:51 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 5 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | February 02, 2016
    California's largest organization of practicing physicians, the California Medical Association, announced Monday that it is backing a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A coalition of entrepreneurs, activists, environmentalists and state politicians are backing the initiative, led by billionaire technology investor Sean Parker. CMA said in a statement that its members believe controlling, tracking and studying pot will better protect public health than "ineffective prohibition." Spokeswoman Molly Weedn said the medical association is most interested in provisions of the proposal that would expand marijuana research. "We feel that this initiative specifically is in line with...
  • What happens when you get stoned every single day for five years

    02/01/2016 12:39:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 86 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 1st, 2016 | By Christopher Ingraham
    New research published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what many of us have suspected for some time: If you smoke a lot of weed -- like a lot of it -- it can potentially do permanent damage to your short-term memory. Professor Reto Auer of the University of Lausanne led a team of researchers who examined data on the marijuana habits of nearly 3,400 Americans over a 25-year period. At the end of the study period, the subjects took a battery of tests designed to assess cognitive abilities -- memory, focus, ability to make quick decisions, etc....
  • Medical marijuana will be on Florida ballot in November

    01/28/2016 8:33:45 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    Floridians will decide this November whether to allow medical marijuana in the state. On Wednesday, a constitutional amendment to legalize the drug gained enough signed petitions to qualify for the ballot next November. If passed, the amendment would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for people with “debilitating conditions” such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article56931218.html#storylink=cpy
  • Veterans testify on Kansas medical marijuana bill

    01/22/2016 9:25:06 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    Lawrence Journal-World ^ | January 21, 2016
    Topeka - Navy veteran Raymond Schwab started treating symptoms from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with a slew of prescription medications that he said nearly ruined his life. But he found relief in cannabis therapy that helped him to get a degree and be a more effective parent, Schwab told a panel of Kansas senators on a second day of hearings. The Kansas Senate's Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee heard Schwab - who was deployed during the Bosnian War in the 1990s - and other opponents testify about a bill that would soften criminal penalties for marijuana possession, allow for hemp oil...
  • French drug trial leaves one brain dead and five critically ill

    01/15/2016 6:36:59 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | January 15, 2016 | Angelique Chrisafis
    One person is brain dead and five others are seriously ill after taking part in a drug trial for an unnamed pharmaceutical firm at a clinic in north-west France. The French health ministry said the six patients had been in good health until taking the oral medication. It did not say what the new medicine was intended to be used for, but a source close to the case told AFP that the drug was a painkiller containing cannabinoids, an active ingredient found in cannabis plants. The health minister, Marisol Touraine, said on Friday the six had been taking part in...
  • VIDEO: Middle schooler dances on lunch table, taunts teachers, police [LEGALIZE POT? HOPE NOT]

    01/14/2016 3:52:01 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 36 replies
    eagnews ^ | January 14, 2016 | Victor Skinner
    AUSTIN, Texas – A black Texas middle-school student threw a temper tantrum in a video that also shows adults seemingly unwilling to do anything to restore civility. User bklynblke posted a nearly 3 minute tirade to LiveLeak Monday showing the young girl climb on top of tables in the Westview Middle School cafeteria before going off on a profanity-laced rant against school officials and law enforcement, repeatedly challenging them to "touch me, I dare you." VIDEO The video appears to have been recorded by a student sitting at an adjacent table, where other students seem unconcerned, as if it's just...
  • Cannabis Legalization is a Panacea. (Wanna Buy a Bridge?)

    01/14/2016 7:21:07 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 17 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 1/13/2016 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Townhall's Steve Chapman advocates marijuana legalization to combat El Chapo of the Sinaloa Cartel and other narcotraficatismos.If we truly want to hurt the major drug traffickers, there is a simple way: legalize the use, sale and production of marijuana. - El Chapo Got Caught. So What? Legalization in Netherlands has really solved their problems--right. Legalziation there merely puts organized crime in a different court of play. Netherlands has pulled back from some its legalization policies in the wake of the failures.Marijuana is the least problematic, so lets count some of the ways... Is It Worth Losing Your Manhood?Does smoking pot...
  • El Chapo Got Caught. So What?

    01/14/2016 6:14:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    All across America last weekend, panicked drug users rushed to their dealers to stock up on marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine for fear of running out. The arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, was sure to cause a sudden shortage of illegal substances in this country. That's right. And I'm Queen Latifah. In reality, the capture of the narcotics kingpin is likely to have about as much impact on drug supplies as Martian solar storms do. You wouldn't expect long lines at the gas pump if the CEO of Exxon Mobil...
  • Why the ‘wet tea leaves’ drug raid was outrageous

    01/12/2016 12:29:56 PM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 19 replies
    Washington Pest ^ | 1/11/16 | Radley Balko
    A couple weeks ago, I posted about a case in Kansas in which a couple was wrongly raided by a police tactical team. Robert and Addie Harte and their two children were held in their home by armed officers for over two hours as the officers searched the house for marijuana. They found no drugs. After spending $25,000 to get a judge to order the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to turn over documents related to the search and investigation leading up to it, the Hartes discovered that Robert Harte, along with hundreds of other people, became a suspect when Missouri...
  • Why the ‘wet tea leaves’ drug raid was outrageous

    01/11/2016 3:40:20 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2016 | Radley Balko
    A couple weeks ago, I posted about a case in Kansas in which a couple was wrongly raided by a police tactical team. Robert and Addie Harte and their two children were held in their home by armed officers for over two hours as the officers searched the house for marijuana. They found no drugs. After spending $25,000 to get a judge to order the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to turn over documents related to the search and investigation leading up to it, the Hartes discovered that Robert Harte, along with hundreds of other people, became a suspect when Missouri...
  • What Marijuana Legalization brings to your town?

    01/08/2016 8:07:15 PM PST · by Rich from PTD · 32 replies
    Through the use of images… I’ll show you what it brings. But before I do that (just to be fair), I will say that the drug has its medicinal benefits, there’s no doubt about that, but medicinal patients are hardly the bulk of the enthusiasts or the consumers. They might represent 10% or less of that base. The other 90% represents the following: Filthy dirty homeless drug addicts hanging out on your street corners. Pan handling, and when asked to leave… they respond, hey man I thought this place was cool man? I thought I could just sit here and...
  • Some pot labs in state failed no pot at all, says scientist [WA]

    01/06/2016 11:17:30 PM PST · by steve86 · 15 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 5, 2016 | Bob Young
    Some state-certified marijuana labs testing for microbes such as E.coli and mold appear more friendly to pot merchants than others, according to an analysis by a Woodinville data scientist. Four labs rejected none of the pot they tested over a three-month period last year, according to the analysis by Jim MacRae. Four other labs failed more than 12 percent of samples tested over the same time, with two labs rejecting 44 percent of samples for microbes. “It’s almost impossible for that to happen,” said David Lampach, co-founder of Steep Hill Labs in Tukwila, of the disparity. After sifting through public...
  • NorCal Drug Agent Busted Delivering $2M Worth Of Pot To Pennsylvania

    01/05/2016 5:32:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | January 05, 2016 | n/a
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) A deputy who works for a Northern California anti-narcotics task force is facing felony drug charges after he was arrested delivering $2 million worth of marijuana to someone in Pennsylvania. According to a criminal complaint, officers arrested Yuba County Sheriff Deputy Christopher M. Heath, along with 2 other men, driving across the country with 122 packages of marijuana. Each package weighed about a pound. The trio was stopped on December 29 after police received a tip. All three were booked into York County Prison. Heath, 37, was also carrying his badge, his duty firearm and $11,000...
  • Marijuana Retailers Cope with Falling Pot Prices [WA]

    01/04/2016 5:22:17 PM PST · by steve86 · 42 replies
    NBCRightNow ^ | Jan 04, 2016 | Jonathan Halvorson
    <p>LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - As the price of marijuana continues to drop, Washington pot businesses are struggling to keep up with the changes.</p> <p>The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1O6nqKx ) that since legal marijuana entered the market in July 2014, prices have dropped from $25 to $30 per gram to about $10 a gram now.</p>
  • Santorum Claims Ted Cruz isn't a Conservative. Um, What?

    12/31/2015 11:28:34 AM PST · by Isara · 103 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | December 31, 2015 | Rob Knowles
    “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism…The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.” – Ronald Reagan We’re entering an unusual time in politics. It used to be conservatism versus liberalism; that was the standard by which everything was judged. There was little to no nuance within the two groups. I’m not saying that was incorrect. For the time, it was perfectly appropriate. Now, however, we’ve become a less...