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  • Study Claims Marijuana Reshapes Brain Of Users

    08/30/2014 1:11:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 113 replies ^ | Aug, 27, 2014, 07:10 PM | Carrie Weisman ,
    The paper will be published Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in the Journal of Neuroscience. ... researchers used an MRI machine and the brains of 40 people between the ages of 18 and 25. They claim that the more marijuana a person smokes, the more those two neural regions get "damaged." Dr. Hans Breiter, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, co-authored the study. He says, "Anytime you find there's a relationship to the amount of marijuana consumed and you see differences of core brain regions involved in processing of rewards, the making of...
  • 6 Surprising Realities of the Legal Weed Industry

    08/23/2014 10:28:08 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 97 replies ^ | 08/23/14
    #6. There's a Whole Industry Dedicated to Just Making Weed Pretty #5. The "Safe, All-Natural Drug" Could Actually Be Full of Serious Toxins #4. Weed Can Be Fairly Dangerous to Handle #3. Even Where It's Legal, It's Not Legal #2. The Legal Pot Industry Is Hurting the Environment #1. The Growers Don't Want It to Be Legal
  • Dustin Johnson banned 6 months [PGA Tour]

    08/01/2014 1:20:08 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 38 replies
    espn ^ | 8-1-14 | n/a
    The PGA Tour has suspended Dustin Johnson for six months after he tested positive for cocaine, according to a report on Citing a source, reported that Johnson has failed three drug tests -- two for cocaine (in 2014 and 2012) and one for marijuana (2009). Johnson, 30, was suspended for the 2012 failed test, reported, but that suspension was never made public. Under its guidelines, the PGA Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs. Johnson announced Thursday that he was taking a leave of absence from competition,...
  • 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....
  • Obama turns down offers of marijuana during visit to Denver

    07/09/2014 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    UPI ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Frances Burns
    DENVER, July 9 (UPI) --President Obama turned down a hit of marijuana during a visit to a Denver bar with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The man who offered the president some weed posted video on Instagram to document his story. The presidential motorcade also passed two people holding up signs offering Obama free marijuana but did not stop. During his evening out, Obama also ate at a pizzeria with several people who had written him letters.
  • 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...
  • Maureen Dowd’s Weed Candy Experiment Personifies White Privilege

    06/04/2014 4:26:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    Newsone ^ | Jun 4, 2014 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    Maureen Dowd, author of “Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk”, speaks during a panel discussion during a luncheon at the Book Expo America convention, Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey) I never smoked marijuana before, and Maureen Dowd‘s haphazard experience with a weed-laced candy bar in her Denver hotel room certainly isn’t motivating me to book a plane ticket to what is soon to be dubbed the “Mile High State.” The New York Times columnist was in Colorado reporting on the state’s first months of legalized marijuana use when she decided to take what she later learned...
  • Debbie Wasserman Shultz just says ‘no’ to pro-marijuana push

    05/30/2014 3:05:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 30, 2014 | by S.A. Miller
    The usually progressive Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz continues to confound fellow liberals by voting against medical marijuana and other pro-weed legislation. Mrs. Wasserman Shultz, who serves at the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, three times broke with most of her fellow House Democrats early Friday to vote “no” on blocking feds from interfering with medical marijuana and hemp research in states where it’s legal. Mrs. Wasserman Shultz’s office said the votes were cast in defense of executive power. “The congresswoman believes that it is not appropriate to limit the ability of the Executive Branch to enforce federal law at...
  • Senate fires peace officer for drug use before 2012 shootout

    05/06/2014 3:21:30 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | May 2, 2014 | Laurel Rosenhall
    The Sacramento Bee asked legislative officials about court records showing the officer had cocaine in his system when he was involved in a December 2012 gunfight that left three people injured and one man dead. Lopez’s mother, Dina Hidalgo, is a high-ranking official in charge of Senate human resources. His wife, Jennifer Delao, is a secretary in Steinberg’s policy unit. The missing $100 bill, he said, was what they were using in the endeavor. When it was eventually discovered, Brace said, the bill was rolled up like a straw.
  • Minn homeowner convicted of premeditated murder

    04/30/2014 7:13:29 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 75 replies ^ | 4/29/14 | unknown
    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – A Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two teenagers during a break-in was convicted Tuesday of premeditated murder. Bryon Smith had claimed he was simply defending himself during the break-in at his home in the small city of Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith's attorney said the 65-year-old was fearful after previous burglaries. But prosecutors argued that Smith waited in his basement and intended to kill the teens. A total of nine shots were fired at 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. Jurors began deliberating Tuesday morning and within three hours had a verdict:...
  • Woman Says She Knew Obama in High School as a Homosexual Druggie Foreign Student

    04/16/2014 8:11:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 214 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | November 7, 2013 | Dr. Eowyn
    Mia Marie Pope knew Obama at their Punahou high school in Honolulu, Hawaii, during the late 1970s. She knew him then by the name of Barry Soetoro. In this interview on October 31, 2013, with Reverend and Dr. James David Manning, the pastor of Atlah World Missionary in Harlem, New York, Pope says Barry “always portrayed himself as a foreign student” and “very much was within the gay community.” It was “common knowledge” that Barry “wasn’t interested in girls” but “was strictly into men.” “One of his attributes even then,” as he is now, was that Barry “was a pathological...
  • Denver mom shot to death after husband allegedly consumed marijuana edibles, began hallucinating

    04/16/2014 2:57:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 74 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 04-16-2014 | Nina Golgowski
    A Denver woman was allegedly shot to death by her own husband while on the phone with police after he consumed marijuana edibles and began hallucinating. Kristine A. Kirk clung to her phone with a 911 dispatcher for nearly 15 minutes before her final scream was accompanied by a piercing gunshot late Monday night, NBC reported. When officers arrived at the 44-year-old's home they reported finding the mother of three dead at the scene after suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
  • Willie Nelson Singing at Wendy Davis Fundraiser

    04/11/2014 10:04:14 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 54 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 | Christy Hope
    Legendary singer Willie Nelson will be featured at a high-dollar fundraiser for Democratic governor nominee Wendy Davis. The event will be held April 27 in the Houston backyard of plaintiff’s lawyer Steve and Amber Mostyn, featuring barbecue, Nelson and — for those who stay overnight at the Hotel ZaZa — a campaign briefing on Monday morning.
  • Tumbleweeds Overtake Colorado Neighborhood and Trap Families in Their Homes

    03/19/2014 7:10:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 19, 2014 | Charlene Sakoda
    Tumbleweeds overtake neighborhood and trap families in their homes Recent tornado-like winds have covered a Colorado Springs, Colorado neighborhood in tumbleweeds. The large dried plants have invaded the Cuchares Ranches subdivision to such a degree that some residents said they were trapped in their homes and had to call 911 for help. “I look outside and tumbleweeds are literally blowing up and over our house,” Melissa Walker told KRDO NewsChannel 13. “I didn’t expect to be able to jump from my second story window into a pile of tumbleweeds.” In some places, the tumbleweeds are stacked 10-feet high. As reported...
  • CPAC Audience: Legalize It!

    03/08/2014 6:12:42 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 123 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03-07-2014 | John Sexton
    There are things you expect to see at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and there are things you don't. One of the things you probably don't is an audience cheering and applauding arguments for legalizing pot and bemoaning the war on drugs. A panel titled "Rocky Mountain High" held Thursday afternoon started out as a debate between Mary Katherine Ham of Fox and Hot Air and Christopher Beach a staffer for former Drug Czar William Bennett's radio show. But as the debate wore on it became clear the real disagreement was between Beach and the overwhelming majority of the...
  • Weed Could Block H.I.V.’s Spread. No, Seriously.

    02/16/2014 6:57:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/15/2013 | Abby Haglage
    But the U.S. government won’t let scientists try out this promising treatment on humans. On a warm summer day in Chicago at the International Cannabinoid Research Conference, hundreds of marijuana researchers were giggling. It wasn’t the groundbreaking research they’d just heard—proving the ability of THC, one of the active ingredients in marijuana, to stave off HIV (or RIV in monkeys)—that did it. Nor was it the author of the study, Dr. Patricia E. Molina, who had them laughing. It was the rogue researcher daring enough to taint the victory with a harsh dose of reality: “What’s next, testing this on...
  • Grassley blasts Obama weed memo (Hussein 'can’t change the law')

    02/16/2014 6:00:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/15/14 | Ian Swanson, Julian Hattem
    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) says the Treasury Department is overstepping its bounds with a memo outlining how banks can provide services for businesses selling marijuana. Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it’s illegal for banks to deal with marijuana sale proceeds, and that only Congress can change those laws. “The administration can’t change the law with a memo,” he said in a statement released late on Friday. “While the Justice Department’s memo tries to guide prosecutorial discretion, that discretion shouldn’t be used to facilitate illegal conduct.” Grassley said the Justice Department was encouraging an “improper use...
  • Dem whip Hoyer: Keep pot illegal

    01/12/2014 10:49:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 144 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/14 | Mike Lillis
    Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer (D) this week said he's opposed to laws legalizing marijuana. While Maryland legislators are expected to take up several proposals to legalize the drug this year, the Democratic minority whip said he's concerned it’s a gateway to harsher narcotics. "I'm not a proponent of the legalization of marijuana," Hoyer said Thursday during a taping of C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program, which will air Sunday. The position puts Hoyer on the same page as Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), but at odds with a recent shift in public opinion. O'Malley said earlier in the week that he's "not much...
  • High court hears medical-marijuana case

    12/14/2013 8:12:22 AM PST · by wonkowasright · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/4/2013
    Tallahassee’s political establishment has repeatedly blocked legislative votes on medical marijuana and will ask the Florida Supreme Court Thursday to follow suit and keep the issue away from state voters in 2014. Led by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, opponents have raised a host of objections to the proposed state constitutional amendment, which they say could lead to de facto “unfettered” marijuana legalization under the guise of compassionate medicine. Read more here:
  • Marijuana-wrapped arrow shot at Wash. jail

    08/29/2013 12:45:14 AM PDT · by South40 · 15 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 8/28/2013
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A man is accused of trying to get marijuana into a Washington state jail by attaching it to an arrow he shot onto the roof. A Whatcom County sheriff's employee saw the man step out of his pickup truck and use a bow to launch the arrow toward the jail's second-floor recreation area, but it missed its target. ((snip)) The sheriff says Jordan told deputies he had been aiming at a squirrel, but he couldn't explain why he needed to attach marijuana to the arrow to go squirrel hunting.
  • D.C. government program to subsidize pot for poor patients

    08/21/2013 11:29:08 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 8/21/13 | Celina Durgin
    An unprecedented D.C. government program will require medical marijuana dispensaries to put aside 2 percent of their profits in order to subsidize pot purchases for poor patients. Under the proposed rule, which was published in the D.C. Register last week and is in the midst of a 30-day review period, dispensaries will give at least a 20 percent discount on marijuana to low-income people at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Clinics often offer discounts to poor patients, and other states mention low-income provisions in medical marijuana legislation. But Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National...
  • Golden Gate Park pot party a major mess [San Francisco]

    04/22/2013 6:05:45 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 38 replies ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2013 | Victoria Colliver
    San Francisco park workers and volunteers spent much of Sunday picking up and hauling away 10,000 pounds of garbage strewn all over the eastern part of Golden Gate Park known as Hippie Hill, the remnants of Saturday's annual yet unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia. But this year's annual celebration - which falls each year on April 20 and is known as "420" - drew a larger-than-average crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000 revelers on the warm weekend day. They proceeded to smoke, drink, eat and rack up more than $10,000 in costs for city crews to clean up the mess, ironically just...
  • Shooting at marijuana grow house leaves 1 dead, 1 critically hurt

    03/12/2013 12:13:49 PM PDT · by illiac · 20 replies ^ | 3/12/13 | KOMO Staff
    SEATAC, Wash. -- One person was killed and another person was wounded in a shooting at a marijuana grow operation in SeaTac early Monday. King County sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West said a woman called 911 just before 3 a.m. to report the shooting. Deputies found one person dead inside the home in 3000 block of South 146th Street, and another person who had been shot was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. West said the two attackers got away. No description was immediately available, but West said they believe the victims knew the attacker and it wasn't a...
  • Hawaii marijuana bill goes up in smoke

    02/13/2013 2:43:58 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 48 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | February 12, 2013 | Anita Hofschneider, Associated Press
    Honolulu (AP) - A bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii has died in the state House. House judiciary committee Chairman Karl Rhoads said Tuesday that he decided to kill the bill after learning from House leadership that the initiative does not have enough votes to pass the House. Key lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House supported the measure, including the speaker and the majority leader.
  • Immigrants take guilty pleas without lawyers and can later be deported

    01/28/2013 8:24:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27,2013 | Jeremy Borden,
    Luis Bladilir Lopez would have needed a sharp defense lawyer to explain what could happen as the result of pleading guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge last year in Prince William County. But Lopez, then 19, was never appointed a lawyer, according to court records. In the end, the consequences were far more serious than he probably could have imagined.
  • Chrysler Auto Workers fired...are back on the job

    12/07/2012 8:20:16 PM PST · by RckyRaCoCo · 34 replies ^ | Dec 07, 2012 | Rob Wolchek
    Two years ago Fox 2 Problem Solver Rob Wolchek got a tip from someone inside Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant about what some workers were doing at the park on their lunch break.
  • Marijuana Use Causes Brain Damage Confirmed

    11/23/2012 7:07:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 72 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | August 9, 2012 | Christine Hsu
    Scientists have confirmed the long-held suspicion that frequent heavy marijuana use damages the brain's memory and learning capacity. "Our results suggest that long-term cannabis use is hazardous to white matter in the developing brain. This was especially true for those who had started in adolescence, as we know the brain is still developing during this time," Lead researcher Dr. Marc Seal, from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children's Research Institute said in a university release. Scientists from MCRI, Melbourne University and Wollongong University compared MRI scans of the brain for 59 people who had been using marijuana for an average of 15 years...
  • Welcome to the Rand Paul evolution

    11/13/2012 3:30:47 PM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/13/12 | MANU RAJU
    In an interview with POLITICO, Paul said he’ll return to Congress this week pushing measures long avoided by his party. He wants to work with liberal Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and Republicans to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for pot possession. He wants to carve a compromise immigration plan with an “eventual path” to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a proposal he believes could be palatable to conservatives. And he believes his ideas — along with pushing for less U.S. military intervention in conflicts overseas — could help the GOP broaden its tent and appeal to crucial voting blocs that handed Democrats...
  • California Gov. Brown: DOJ, Obama should 'respect' state marijuana laws

    11/11/2012 3:52:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/11/12 | Zack Colman
    Calif. Gov. Brown: DOJ, Obama should 'respect' state marijuana lawsBy Zack Colman - 11/11/12 10:12 AM ET California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said the federal government should let recently passed marijuana legalization laws stand in Colorado and Washington. “It’s time for the Justice Department to recognize the sovereignty of the states,” Brown said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I believe the president and the Department of Justice ought to respect the will of these states.” Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use through ballot measures last week. But marijuana is still outlawed at the federal level, which...
  • Pot farmers way of life threatened

    10/14/2012 2:31:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 14, 2012 | Joe Mozingo
    As competition drives prices down, even chamber-of-commerce types acknowledge that the North Coast economy is at risk. Pot kept things afloat as the logging and fishing industries declined. Restaurants, car dealerships, banks, hotels and dental clinics all depend on marijuana money...In the past,planting day was a time of great expectations, maybe for a vacation in Hawaii or Mexico during the rainy months or a new motor home to make deliveries around the country.But this year,Andrew and Anna are hoping only that their 50 or so marijuana plants will cover the bills. Since the mid-1990s,the price of outdoor-grown marijuana has...
  • Chicago cops seize pot plants: 'Big as Christmas trees' [2 football fields large]

    10/03/2012 5:47:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 3, 2012 | Staff
    A Chicago police helicopter discovered a patch of marijuana plants the size of two football fields, nestled among heavy brush along the Bishop Ford Freeway on the Southeast Side, authorities say. The helicopter spotted the pot as it flew above overgrown wetlands near Stony Island and 105th Street around noon Tuesday.
  • Marijuana's Effects on President's IQ Contested

    09/01/2012 12:20:59 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted that the President's admitted heavy use of marijuana as a teenager “does not prove he is a dope.” The question of whether President Obama may have suffered brain damage as a member of the infamous “Choom Gang” as a youth reared its ugly head when a recently completed study by two New Zealand professors measured an average decline in IQ of 8 points for heavy users of weed. “First of all, these figures are an average person,” Carney argued. “The President is already acknowledged to be so far above average that a decline of...
  • Poll: Colorado Pot Amendment Could Pass -- And Hurt Obama

    08/15/2012 10:49:36 PM PDT · by South40 · 85 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 8/14/2012 | Tom Kludt
    Support is growing for a proposed Colorado amendment to legalize marijuana, a new poll released Wednesday shows, and the referendum could upend the former member of the Choom Gang who currently occupies the White House. The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that 47 percent of likely Colorado voters support Amendment 64, which will appear on the state ballot in November. That's a small uptick since PPP's June survey, which showed 46 percent support, but opposition to the measure is dropping. Only 38 percent of voters oppose Amendment 64 in Wednesday's poll, down from 42 percent in...
  • Man destroys his 40,000 square-foot lawn after mistakenly buying weed AND grass killer

    07/15/2012 4:26:45 AM PDT · by rawhide · 60 replies ^ | 7-15-12 | James Nye
    A once green fingered Minnesota man is ruing not reading the labels on the weed killer he bought after it killed all the grass on his 40,000 square foot lawn. Turning the previously lush green grass to dead, arid scrubland, Lake Elmo resident Rob Olson only wanted to get rid of the weeds from his two and a half acre lawn. Instead, Olson says three employees at Dege Garden Centre consulted with him about which weed product to buy and fatefully he purchased five bottles of the multi-purpose killer at $35 a pop. The weed killer in fact contained a...
  • Golfer in Chief? Obama Hits 100th Time on the Links

    06/18/2012 6:48:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 1,2012 | By Matthew Larotonda
    President Barack Obama’s love of golf hit a milestone today as he marked his 100th time on the links. His Father’s Day achievement was reached at the Beverly Country Club in his hometown, the windy city. Mark Knoller, CBS radio correspondent and chronicler of all things presidential, pointed out the quiet occasion to the traveling press. Like 15 of the 18 presidents since Theodore Roosevelt, Obama has used golf as a way to unwind outdoors, but away from the prying eyes of press and onlookers. And despite the fact that he had never golfed before taking office, his love of...
  • Marijuana doesn't harm lung function, study found

    01/11/2012 9:29:52 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 185 replies ^ | January 11, 2012 | Lindsey Tanner
    CHICAGO—Smoking a joint once a week or a bit more apparently doesn't harm the lungs, suggests a 20-year study that bolsters evidence that marijuana doesn't do the kind of damage tobacco does. The results, from one of the largest and longest studies on the health effects of marijuana, are hazier for heavy users -- those who smoke two or more joints daily for several years. The data suggest that using marijuana that often might cause a decline in lung function, but there weren't enough heavy users among the 5,000 young adults in the study to draw firm conclusions. Still, the...
  • Snoop Dogg Arrested for Weed

    01/09/2012 4:32:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 9, 2012
    Snoop Dogg has a medical prescription for cannabis in California, his home state, but that doesn't fly in Texas. The rapper was arrested over the weekend after a drug-sniffing police dog found less than half an ounce of marijuana in a waste basket, according to reports. The bus was stopped at a border-control checkpoint in Sierra Blanca – the same town where Willie Nelson was busted for weed in 2010. Snoop was cited on a misdemeanor drug possession and released. If convicted, he could face up to 180 days in jail.
  • Obama’s foolish war on marijuana (Obama Regime Doing Bidding of Mexican Drug Cartels?)

    12/09/2011 6:35:47 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 1, 2011 | Kristin Davis
    When it comes to the subject of marijuana, Barack Obama appears to talk out of both sides of his mouth. As a candidate, Obama intimated that he would respect state laws regarding medicinal marijuana and would not prosecute medicinal marijuana sales and use in states where it is legal. “It’s not a good use of our resources,” he said at the time. When Obama took office, the Justice Department released a memo that seemed to confirm that position. But in the years since Obama’s inauguration, his administration has shifted course. Now, Attorney General Eric Holder is vigorously prosecuting medicinal marijuana...
  • 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...
  • Willie Nelson plea rejected in marijuana possession case (Free Willie!)

    07/12/2011 12:50:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 60 replies ^ | 7/12/2011 | Unattributed
    EL PASO - A judge has rejected a plea deal that would have resolved Willie Nelson's marijuana possession case in West Texas with a fine, saying the country singer shouldn't get what she considers special treatment. Nelson was arrested in November after a Border Patrol agent said 6 ounces of marijuana were found on Nelson's tour bus. Judge Becky Dean-Walker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she rejected prosecutor Kit Bramblett's suggestion that Nelson resolve the case by pleading guilty and paying a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia. Dean-Walker claims the prosecutor "doesn't do that for anybody...
  • Ron Paul, Barney Frank to Jointly Introduce Bill to End Federal War on Marijuana

    06/23/2011 3:46:24 AM PDT · by lbryce · 113 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    Congressmen Ron Paul, Barney Frank and others will introduce legislature Thursday that aims to end a major part of the war on drugs -- namely the battle against marijuana. Reps. Paul (R-Texas) and Frank (D-Mass.), though technically on opposite sides of the aisle, have often spoken out against the war on drugs and will propose a bill "tomorrow ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, tax, and control marijuana without federal interference," according to a statement from the Marijuana Policy Project via Reason. The bill would allow the individual states to decide how they want to...
  • Republicans, Let us Honor Abraham Lincoln Today

    09/15/2003 6:37:23 AM PDT · by republicanwizard · 155 replies · 876+ views
    National Park Service ^ | 9/15/2003 | RepublianWizard
    Third Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Jonesboro, Illinois September 15, 1858 MR. DOUGLAS' SPEECH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: I appear before you today in pursuance of a previous notice, and have made arrangements with Mr. Lincoln to divide time, and discuss with him the leading political topics that now agitate the country. Prior to 1854 this country was divided into two great political parties known as Whig and Democratic. These parties differed from each other on certain questions which were then deemed to be important to the best interests of the Republic. Whig and Democrats differed about a bank, the...
  • Found Out What The Weed Was! (vanity/help/dummy)

    05/24/2011 7:51:49 PM PDT · by freejohn · 53 replies
    I hope that everyone that posted in my other thread will see this.(Any Lawn and Garden Folks Out There?) Other Post That thread was getting too long and I'm really not sure how to respond back to each and every person who tried to help me out!?According to Virginia Techs 'weed' department .. the weed .. as it turns out is: Black Medic. Again .. Thanks To All 8)
  • Any Lawn and Garden Folks Out There? (vanity/help)

    05/22/2011 6:34:34 PM PDT · by freejohn · 126 replies · 1+ views
    Am I the first 'dummy' to ever post something SO off topic and foreign to FReerepublic?There just aren't ANY forums (Regardless of topic) where folks respond as quickly as here!I have this stuff that just 'exploded' and is taking over my lawn and have No idea what it is called or What will do away with it!?Some answers that I have received from elsewhere are: shotweed, bittercress and clover.Sure hope there's a weed expert around?Thanks Everyone.
  • R.I. House Minority Leader Watson, R-East Greenwich, charged with DUI (Booze & Weed )

    05/01/2011 10:52:25 AM PDT · by csvset · 20 replies
    Projo,com ^ | April 26, 2011 | Katherine Gregg
    PROVIDENCE — House Republican Leader Robert Watson, the trenchant and bitingly acerbic leader of the tiny GOP bloc in the overwhelmingly Democratic House of Representatives in Rhode Island, is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana possession after a random stop by Connecticut police as he was driving his pickup truck through a checkpoint in East Haven, Conn., Friday night. A police report said his eyes were “extremely glassy and bloodshot,” his speech slurred, and he had difficulty performing a series of sobriety tests. After handcuffing Watson and placing him under arrest, the arresting police officer...
  • 'Legal weed ruined my life'

    04/11/2011 5:35:44 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 75 replies
    Bay of Plenty Times ^ | April 4, 2011 | Jamie Morton
    A young Tauranga man wants "legal weed" banned, claiming an addiction to it drove him to steal and left him riddled with anxiety. Student Robert Moore, 23, (pictured) says he smoked up to $80 of Kronic each day and claims the marijuana alternative has had damaging psychological and physical effects on him. But Kronic has rejected the claims, saying its products are not addictive and are harmless unless used irresponsibly. The R18 synthetic cannabinoid is made from a mixture of dried herbs and is available at about 20 outlets across the Western Bay. The product usually contains the 1,1-dimethyloctyl homologue...
  • CA: State To Combat Invasive Weed Choking Contra Costa Delta (Egeria Densa aka Brazilian Waterweed)

    03/16/2011 10:27:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    CBS5 ^ | 3/16/11 | Dave Padilla - KCBS
    DISCOVERY BAY (KCBS) – Boaters and swimmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are finally getting some help from the state in removing a non-native plant that is flourishing uncontrollably. The plant is called Egeria Densa, or Brazilian Waterweed. The South American aquarium plant is notorious for being almost impossible to eradicate. The problem is especially noticeable near Discovery Bay. ”There might not even be any room for boaters to navigate because it’s so thick,” said Gloria Sandoval of the California Department of Boating and Waterways. “And for swimmers, their feet could get tangled in the weeds.” Starting next month,...
  • 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...
  • Gone to Pot

    10/16/2010 9:34:39 PM PDT · by sinanju · 22 replies · 2+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 2, 2010 | Matt Labash
    It would be easy to assume that all new entrants into the industry are coming to it in bad faith. Not so, I learn from my classmates back at school. There are guys like Bob Nead, a cable-contractor from Ohio who admits he smokes about a quarter of an ounce a week for his shot knee, as he prefers that to popping Vicodin—it helps him sleep. He wants to become a caregiver to his terminally ill aunt and to provide a better living for his two children. But, he says, after he gets certified, he’s not giving any to friends,...
  • Man charged in NY triple slaying

    06/25/2010 3:44:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    Times Union ^ | Friday, June 25, 2010 | BEN DOBBIN, Associated Press
    GREECE, N.Y. -- One of three suspects in a triple slaying at an apartment complex near Rochester was charged with first-degree murder Friday, a day after pleading not guilty to helping distribute at least 2,200 pounds of marijuana in western New York. The suspects, all three Jamaican natives, were tracked to a house in Arizona on March 18, nine days after three other Jamaican men were found shot to death in an apartment in the Rochester suburb of Greece.On Friday, Richard Anderson, 45, an illegal immigrant who had twice been deported to his home country, pleaded not guilty at an...