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  • Los Angeles to Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana Convictions: DA...

    02/14/2020 8:02:41 AM PST · by caww · 18 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 2/14/2020 | JACK PHILLIPS
    The dismissals include 62,000 felony convictions for marijuana cases dating back to 1961 and around 4,000 misdemeanor cases, District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office said in a news release. “As a result of our actions, these convictions should no longer burden those who have struggled to find a job or a place to live because of their criminal record,” Lacey said in a press conference in announcing the move. She added that it’s the largest mass dismissal of marijuana cases in state history.
  • Cannabis legalization bill derailed in Senate panel (Legal Pot dead in NM this year)

    02/13/2020 4:12:28 PM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 12, 2020 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – The push to add New Mexico to the ranks of states that have legalized recreational cannabis for adult use will have to wait another year. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 late Wednesday to table a high-profile marijuana legalization bill, as two Democrats joined with Republicans to block it from advancing. Backers acknowledged the measure is all but dead for this year’s 30-day session, which ends next week, but said they plan to try again in 2021. “We’d have no chance of getting it through now,” the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, said in...
  • Being Browns fan not enough for medical marijuana, board rules

    02/12/2020 8:01:01 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 16 replies
    CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Living through the pain of being a Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals fan isn’t enough to obtain a medical marijuana license. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Ohio State Medical Board committee rejected a petition for the condition “being a Bengals or Browns fan.”
  • Michael Bloomberg on marijuana: Legalizing 'another addictive narcotic' is perhaps 'stupidest thing anybody has ever done'

    02/09/2020 7:15:56 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 209 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 23, 2020 | Tim Marcin
    Former New York City Mayor—and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—Michael Bloomberg called efforts to legalize marijuana "perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done." Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, Bloomberg said on the subject, according to WBNG-TV: "We have a different kind of problem in America, for example. Last year, in 2017, 72,000 Americans [overdosed] on drugs. In 2018, more people than that are OD-ing on drugs, have OD'd on drugs. And today, incidentally, we are trying to legalize another addictive narcotic, which is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done. We've got...
  • CBD Oil for Weight Gain

    02/06/2020 12:12:15 PM PST · by chemical_boy · 46 replies
    Disclaimer I live in Canada My 85 year old mother has a poor appetite and she only weights 79 Lbs. My question is have any here tried CBD oil for Appetite Stimulation and does it really work? I'm desperate and am seriously considering getting her CBD gelcaps (0% THC)
  • Whoopi Goldberg’s Cannabis Brand Goes Up in Smoke

    02/04/2020 9:48:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 4, 2020 | Ian Mohr
    Whoopi Goldberg and her business partner Maya Elisabeth are shuttering their cannabis brand, Whoopi & Maya, after four years. And we’re told it all went up in smoke because of a rift between the pair. Board member and High Times veteran Rick Cusick told us, “In the last few months, Whoopi and Maya wanted a divorce, and the board had worked very hard to try and come up with some proposals … but we couldn’t get both principals to agree.” He said the board thought they had found a “win-win” solution to “preserve the company,” but that Goldberg then sent...
  • New CDC: Drug overdose rates in the era of legalized marijuana.

    01/30/2020 8:14:28 AM PST · by dangus · 106 replies
    CDC data for death rates, and Wikipedia data for state laws. | Dangus
    Does legalized marijuana prevent people from turning towards more dangerous drugs, like opioids, to manage pain and withdrawal? Or does marijuana continue to act as a "gateway" drug, even after obtaining it no longer requires someone to enter into a shady underworld? The CDC just released its summation of 2018 deaths due to drug overdoses. (THIS IS FOR ALL OVERDOSES, NOT MARIJUANA OVERDOSES; I'm looking at how marijuana relates to overdoses from other drugs!) When I saw that death rates from drug overdoses (largely due to opioids, but with cocaine and other drugs playing an increasing role) had declined for...
  • Oprah and Amy Schumer Want Gayle King to Smoke Weed

    01/24/2020 11:07:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2020 | Leah Bitsky
    SNIP “We both have a dream in life and that is to get Gayle to smoke weed,” Winfrey said of her best friend, while talking with Schumer on a recent episode of her podcast “Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations.” Winfrey explained that as long as she’s known the “CBS This Morning” co-host, King has stayed away from the hard stuff. “In all the years that I’ve been besties with Gayle and that’s since 1976, and I’ve been with Stedman [Graham] since 1685, in all those years neither he nor Gayle has ever had a sip of anything,” she said, adding that...
  • This State Will Make Marijuana History Come November

    01/11/2020 11:52:59 AM PST · by NobleFree · 69 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | Jan 11, 2020 | Sean Williams
    Despite the drubbing that marijuana stocks took in 2019, it was still a year filled with cannabis firsts. We witnessed Canada become the first industrialized country to launch derivative pot products and watched Illinois do what New Jersey and New York failed to do -- legalize recreational weed while also passing an expungement clause for those people with previous cannabis possession or use convictions. The current year also looks as if it'll be filled with marijuana milestones. For instance, Mexico should become the third country in the world to give adult-use cannabis the green light by no later than the...
  • Marijuana Will Be Legalized in New York in 2020, Cuomo Vows (cut $6 billion budget gap)

    01/08/2020 8:22:58 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    NYT ^ | Jan 08, 2020 | Jesse McKinley and Luis Ferré-Sadurní
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vowed on Wednesday to legalize marijuana in New York, prioritizing a push that fell apart last year amid tensions over who should be allowed to sell the drug and where the revenue should go. The governor described the effort as a long overdue criminal justice reform that could help salve wounds in communities affected by the decades-long war on drugs. “For decades, communities of color were disproportionately affected by the unequal enforcement of marijuana laws,” Mr. Cuomo said in his annual State of the State address. “Let’s legalize adult use of marijuana.” The effort comes as...
  • Police Officers and Judge Push Back On Leftist Prosecutor’s Marijuana Sanctuary Policy

    01/07/2020 5:28:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhll.com ^ | January 7, 2020 | Marina Medvin
    A handful of local police officers and the Honorable Mark C. Simmons, a General District Court Judge in Fairfax County, Virginia, pushed back on the progressive prosecutor backed by George Soros, who took office last week. The neoliberal Steve Descano has spent his first few days in office attempting to effectuate leftist political agenda with powers that he does not legally have. He declared that his lawyers will not prosecute simple marijuana possession crimes, essentially transforming Fairfax County into a marijuana sanctuary while possession continues to remain unlawful under Virginia state law. Virginia State Senator Mark Obenshain (R), who is also...
  • Northam backs marijuana decriminalization, raising felony larceny threshold to $1,000 (Virginia)

    01/04/2020 11:08:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 03, 2020 | Mel Leonor
    Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he would throw his weight behind the decriminalization of marijuana in Virginia this year but said he wants to study full legalization before going further. Northam announced legislation Friday that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense carrying a $50 penalty, instead of a criminal misdemeanor. The proposal is part of a broader “criminal justice reform agenda” that includes changes to the state’s parole system, a higher threshold for theft to be considered a felony, and an increase to the age at which a young offender can be tried...
  • Fairfax Virginia Is Now A Marijuana Sanctuary City

    01/02/2020 2:43:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 20 | Marina Medvin
    Fairfax County, Virginia: The largest county in Virginia with a population of 1.2 million people, elected a George Soros-backed prosecutor for a leftist re-design of criminal prosecution. On January 1, 2020, the Soros plant, Steve Descano, took office. The very next day, he announced that Fairfax County is officially a marijuana possession sanctuary. Fairfax is already a sanctuary city for illegal aliens.  Descano declared this position during his campaign, saying, "I would not prosecute cases of marijuana possession." Descano called his approach to criminal justice reform "a holistic approach." He reaffirmed his position a few weeks ago on Twitter, stating that marijuana possession...
  • Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions

    12/31/2019 11:20:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2019 | Kathleen Foody
    llinois’ governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law. The expungement process is a key part of the law, which takes effect Wednesday and made Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana for people 21 or older. When they crafted the policy, Illinois lawmakers said they wanted to repair some of the damage caused by law enforcement’s efforts to combat sale and use of the drug, particularly in minority communities. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced the...
  • Chicago cannabis coordinator lays out do's and don'ts for legal weed in 2020

    12/30/2019 3:39:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 12/27/19 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- In Chicago, Paul Stewart has been given the job of cannabis coordinator and he spoke exclusively with ABC7 Eyewitness News to lay out the do's and don'ts of legal weed. All 11 of Chicago's medical marijuana dispensaries will add recreational sales starting on January 1, 2020. Most are located on the city's North Side. For now, the 11 dispensaries are the only Chicago retail stores where people can buy pot legally. Lines are expected on New Year's Day, and there's a very real possibility of a supply shortage. "As it related to larger shortages, if that occurs...
  • Psychosis, addiction, ER visits: For young users, marijuana can be a dangerous game

    12/26/2019 5:08:08 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 125 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 23, 2019 | Rita Giordano
    “A few years ago, it was rare to see a young person enter Caron with marijuana-induced psychosis,” said Garbely. “Now we see it on a regular basis. Older teens and young adults — approximately ages 18 to 26 — are the most impacted. We see a significant misperception about the safety and efficacy of marijuana among our teen and young-adult patient population.”
  • Florida man busted for handing out pot ‘because it was Christmas’

    12/24/2019 10:16:56 AM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    nypost.com ^ | December 24, 2019 | Jackie Salo
    Even Florida man is getting in the holiday spirit. A 67-year-old merrymaker was busted in St. Petersburg for handing out marijuana Saturday night “because it was Christmas,” authorities said. Richard Ellis Spurrer was confronted by officers around 11 p.m. after he was allegedly spotted handing out weed to passersby, news station WFLA reported. Spurrer — who had 45 grams of marijuana on him — chocked up his generosity to the holidays, telling cops that the hand-outs were “because it was Christmas,” according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Statement by the President

    12/21/2019 7:28:39 PM PST · by ransomnote · 26 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | Statement by the President | DONALD J. TRUMP
    Today, I have signed into law H.R. 1158, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020” (the “Act”), which authorizes appropriations to fund the operation of certain agencies in the Federal Government through September 30, 2020. Certain provisions of the Act (such as Division A, section 8070) purport to restrict the President’s constitutional authority as Commander in Chief to control the personnel and materiel that the President believes to be necessary or advisable for the successful conduct of military missions. Others provisions (such as Division A, sections 8075, 8078, 8110, 9013, and 9016) purport to require advance notice to the Congress before the...
  • One Florida legalize marijuana petition drive is floundering, while other flourishes, leaders say

    12/04/2019 8:19:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 4, 2019 | Steven Lemongello
    Two citizens campaigns to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida are headed in opposite directions, with one contending it’s close to getting on the 2020 ballot and the other saying it’s unlikely to get the needed signatures in time. Make It Legal Florida, backed and financed by the medical marijuana industry, has gathered close to 600,000 signatures, chairman Nick Hansen said Tuesday. That would be more than 75% of the 766,200 needed to get on the ballot in November 2020, though only about 119,000 had been verified Tuesday. But Karen Goldstein, vice-chair of Regulate Florida, which backs more sweeping legal marijuana...
  • Willie Nelson says he’s no longer smoking marijuana due to breathing issues

    12/04/2019 10:14:54 AM PST · by billorites · 32 replies
    KSAT.com ^ | November 29, 2019 | Paul Venema
    SAN ANTONIO – Midway through a sold out two night stand at the Majestic Theater here, country music icon Willie Nelson said that in spite of recent breathing related health issues, he has no plans to give up touring. “I love the bus,” he told KSAT TV’s Paul Venema during a recent interview. “This is my home.” Performing, he says, is his key to happiness and good health. “It’s an energy exchange,” he said, describing his relationship with the audience. “They give me a lot of positive energy and I hope to give them a lot of positive energy.” He...